October 31, 2011

The Security Dilemma-10.31.11

A bit of a mish-mash last night, lots of jams and some new stuff I've been loving. Think Siskiyou, Murs, Deer Tick, and The Wooden Sky (plus lots more). Enjoy.

The Security Dilemma: 10/31/11

Macklemore - "And We Danced" Music Video

We have posted about Macklemore and Ryan Lewis before. They are one of the most incredible rapper/producer duos out there today. Macklemore's raps are poetic, heartfelt, honest and extremely deep, while Ryan Lewis's creative beats put the words in a beautiful frame. But they don't just rap about serious issues like cough syrup. They have a lighter side too. Enjoy their newest music video for the infectious "And We Danced".

October 30, 2011

Reviewed - The Civil Wars with Milo Greene

Berklee Performance Center, Boston, MA

After hearing that one of my favorite up and coming acts Milo Greene, was going on tour with The Civil Wars, one of the best live bands around, I knew I had to see them together. While the venue choice of the auditorium-like Berklee Performance Center was an odd one, the two acts combined to create one of my favorite shows of the year. The opening L.A.-based quintet captivated the unsuspecting crowd with their dense four-part harmonies and their lively instrument-swapping performance. All five members are extremely talented musicians in their own right, and combined, they are greater than the sum of their parts. After a solid 40 minutes of fun, The Civil Wars took the stage. 

The voices of Joy Williams and John Paul White make one think that neither of them have hit a wrong note in their lives. Playing through nearly their entire catalog, the duo also put their own twist on The Jackson 5's "I Want You Back" and Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" to a fantastic result. With the sweetest, most pristine live harmonies I have ever heard and some extremely entertaining stage banter, The Civil Wars ran through their set with a casual grace and relaxed stage presence that is rarely seen these days. The combination of their voices is addicting and I must say I need another dose. 

October 27, 2011

Pretty Lights and Country Music??

Hyundai, in an effort to capture some of the youth market, has sponsored The RE:GENERATION Music Project. This creative form of marketing has paired some of the most popular electronic artists with various "older" musicians in order to create collaborative tracks, with the hopes of stumbling upon a great new style. One of my favorite electronic musicians, Pretty Lights, was paired up with LeAnn Rimes and Dr. Ralph Stanley to create a country track! What came out was quite a pleasant surprise! Check it out!

October 26, 2011

New Black Keys - "Lonely Boy"

The Black Keys announced recently that they will be releasing a new album, El Camino, on December 6th. Today they released the first single off the record, "Lonely Boy," along with another absolutely hilarious video from the Keys. The single will be released on vinyl with the B-side track "Run Right Back" on Record Store Day, November 25th. 

October 25, 2011

Recent Recommended Releases - 10-25-2011

Justice - Audio, Video, Disco
Buy on iTunes

Coldplay - Mylo Xyloto
Buy on iTunes

The Wooden Sky - City Of Light EP
Buy on iTunes
The Wooden Sky-"Angelina"

Kaskade - Fire & Ice
Buy on iTunes
Kaskade-"Lick It (Feat. Skrillex)"

Mumford & Sons - Live From Sheperd's Bush Empire
Buy on iTunes

Shower Hour - Fall Show #6

Last night I aired another Shower Hour on WMFO! It was all over the map, featuring folk, electronic, rap, and mashups. Hope you enjoy!

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October 24, 2011

New Decemberists - "E. Watson"

On November 1st, The Decemberists will be releasing a new EP, Long Live The King. It is available for pre-order on The Decemberists' website. The first track off the EP, "E. Watson," is now streaming online! Enjoy!!

In other Decemberists news, multi-instrumentalist Jenny Conlee announced in May that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Last week, Colin Meloy revealed on their website that her cancer is officially in remission! It seems as if she will be back on the road with the group in no time!

The Decemberists-"E. Watson"

More Bon Iver on Later. . .

A few days ago we posted a video of Bon Iver performing "Towers" on Later With Jools Holland. Now, more videos of the great set with a huge backup band have emerged. Here are videos of "Calgary" and "Perth" from the same show. Enjoy!

Arcade Fire at The Bridge School

This past weekend, The Bridge School Benefit Concert, put on by Neil Young and his wife for the last 25 years, brought some great artists to Mountain View, CA to play for charity. Among the performers were Arcade Fire, Beck, Eddie Vedder, and Devendra Banhart. The video of Arcade Fire's set is below. About 27 minutes into the video, they perform a great rendition of "Helpless" with Neil Young himself! Enjoy!

The Security Dilemma: 10.24.11

I went all country on the radio last night. Joining me were the likes of Hank Williams, Justin Townes Earle, Teddy Thompson, and Uncle Tupelo. Too much good fun. Enjoy.

The Security Dilemma--10/24/11

October 21, 2011

Reviewed: Yellow Ostrich + Ra Ra Riot

The Paradise, Boston

This was our second time hearing Yellow Ostrich, the threesome headed by Wisconsin native Alex Schaaf. On this occasion, the boys proved yet again that their unique, often sparse sound holds up beautifully to the test of a large, energetic crowd. Schaaf, one of the most innocent, pure personalities I've ever seen hold an electric guitar, was fascinating and captivating. He added to his numerous vocal looping some heavy guitar we hadn't heard before, something that freshened many of the arrangements off their 2010 record, The Mistress. The group was unafraid to showcase some brand new work as well. Here's a sample of a few of the tracks we hope they lay down very soon. All told, I was impressed not only with the increasing creativity and chemistry of the group, but also with the crowd's reaction to the material after just a 40 minute set. If anyone deserves the adoration of the masses, it's these guys. 

Following Yellow Ostrich was Ra Ra Riot, the now well-established indie-string-pop darlings. The sextet, complete with cello and violin, immediately stormed the stage with power and energy. I was blown away by their professionalism and musicianship. The sound was crisp and the vocals spot on, and any who may have imagined that the layered string melodies on record would be difficult to replicate live were proven wholly wrong. The set featured material from both their latest record, The Orchard, and the more successful, acclaimed 2008 album The Rhumb Line. It was by no means the most creative of performances, but it was a hell of a lot of fun. They know how to get the crowd jumping, and isn't that really what we all want in life?

October 20, 2011

The Decemberists with Gillian Welch

As you get excited for The Decemberists' upcoming EP, take a look at this great video of them performing "Down By The Water" at Austin City Limits with special guest Gillian Welch! Enjoy!

October 19, 2011

Bon Iver on Later With Jools Holland

Last night Bon Iver performed on the BBC show, Later With Jools Holland. Justin Vernon and a mighty huge orchestra played "Towers," one of my personal favorites from his most recent self-titled album. Enjoy!

October 18, 2011

M83 - "Midnight City" Music Video

Check out this new M83 music video about kids with super powers!

Wilco -- Tiny Desk Concert

I honestly never dreamed that a band like Wilco would ever do a Tiny Desk Concert. A mostly acoustic set is not something I've ever seen from this incarnation of the group. Yet here we are. Performing three of my favorite tracks of their new album The Whole Love and an absolute classic from the group's seemingly endless catalogue, the boys knock it out of the park. They prove here they are still some of the most creative musicians of any genre, and can delight in just about any venue. This really is a treat.
 Check. It. Out.

Recent Recommended Releases - 10-18-2011

M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
Buy on iTunes
M83-"Midnight City"
M83-"Steve McQueen"

Rob Crow - He Thinks He's People
Buy on iTunes
Rob Crow-"Scalped"

Shower Hour: Fall Show #5

Hey all! Another successful Shower Hour was on air last night! I featured an eclectic mix of new folk, rock, electronic, and rap releases. Listen here and enjoy!

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October 17, 2011

The Security Dilemma-10.17.11

Last night's show heavily featured Joe Henry and Ryan Adams, both of whom have brand new albums I can't stop listening to. Well worth a listen, enjoy.

Something In The Water

This mini-documentary about the Seattle music scene features The Head and the Heart and Macklemore! Check it out!

October 16, 2011

Ryan Adams-"Ashes & Fire"

It's been a long time since Ryan Adams released a record. Or at least since he released one that isn't metal. Ashes & Fire, his latest work, has been billed by some as his "return to music." But even one listen in, it's hard to imagine he ever left. The 11 tracks are seamless. They're lyrically introspective and meaningful, yet so easy. Each song is refreshingly simple in instrumentation, with hints of organ and consistently tender piano accompanying Adams' faithful acoustic guitar (plus drums and bass). The album is seemingly over in the blink of an eye, leaving you longing for more and instantly ready to start it over and savor again. I've been a Ryan Adams fan for years. But I have to say it. This is my favorite work of his yet. Buy it now, and savor the "return" of one of music's most gifted artists.

Ryan Adams--"Dirty Rain"

Ryan Adams--"Lucky Now"


When seeing Langhorne Slim last week, we were pleasantly surprised by the opener, Matrimony. A five-piece from Charlotte, NC, Matrimony is led by singer/keyboardist Ashlee Hardee Brown and her husband, singer/guitarist James (Jimmy) Brown. Making it a true family band, the two lead vocalists are backed by two of Ashlee's brothers on banjo and bass. Their lively show inspired me to pick up their debut CD, The Storm & The Eye, a conscise 6-track collection of exciting folk-rock with great male-female harmonies. They also have a new single available for free on their bandcamp page. Take a listen and enjoy!

Matrimony-"Obey Your Guns"

Matrimony-"Flee Or Fight"

October 12, 2011

Givers Daytrotter Session

Louisiana crew Givers have just recorded a lovely session with Daytrotter! Recorded today, the set includes live versions of three songs from their debut album. If you enjoy the set, you should also check out the first session they recorded there last year. Enjoy!

October 11, 2011

Death Cab For Cutie Remix

On November 22nd, Death Cab For Cutie will be releasing an EP of remixes of songs from Codes and Keys. Each week they will be revealing a track from the EP and on the 7th week, the entire collection will be released. Enjoy the first track released, a remix of "Doors Unlocked and Open" by Cut Copy!

Shower Hour: Fall Show #4

Last night I had another great Shower Hour, filled with a solid mix of old and new tunes. Check it out!

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October 10, 2011

New M83 Album Streaming

Hurry Up, We're Dreaming, the epic upcoming double album from synth-crazy electronic artist M83 is streaming on Urban Outfitters' site. The album will be officially released on October 18th. Also you can read an interview with Anthony Gonzalez about the upcoming album here. Enjoy!

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The Black Keys Announce New Album

The Black Keys, drummer Patrick Carney and guitarist/singer Dan Auerbach, have announced their follow-up to the crittically-acclaimed and Grammy-nominated album Brothers! It will be titled El Camino and will be released on December 6th. We're excited and you should be too!

The Security Dilemma-10.10.11

Highlights of last night's show include new Siskiyou, Dan Mangan, and Megafaun, plus lots of great old stuff I haven't shared on-air yet. Check it out.

New Justice Tracks

Two more tracks off the upcoming Justice album, Audio, Video, Disco out October 25th, have appeared online and they are sweet! Check them out!



October 09, 2011

Matthew And The Atlas

One of the most exciting discoveries I have made in the last few months is the British group Matthew And The Atlas. Playing their own non-American take on Americana, Matthew Hegarty and crew have recorded two exceptional EPs (To The North and Kingdom Of Your Own) and crafted an infectious unique sound. After signing to the awesome British folk label Communion and developing a bit of a following across the pond, they are in the States this fall for an extensive tour (Tour Dates here). Judging by the fact that they recorded one of the best Daytrotter Sessions ever, they are sure to be a great live band. Enjoy!

Matthew And The Atlas-"To The North"

Matthew And The Atlas-"Come Out Of The Woods"

Matthew And The Atlas-"I Followed Fires"

October 07, 2011

Talib Kweli Performs at Occupy Wall Street

Politically charged rapper Talib Kweli took to the streets and performed acapella for those participating in Occupy Wall Street. Check it out!!

October 04, 2011

Shower Hour - Fall Show #3

Last night I aired anoether episode of Shower Hour. I featured a lot of artists that are pretty new to me. Check it out and discover something exciting!

Stream Shower Hour - Fall Show #3

October 03, 2011

Bon Iver Covers Dylan


This is almost too much to handle. One of my favorite Bob Dylan tracks, performed live just last week in Portland by none other than Bon Iver. It's a really interesting arrangement (trumpet solos!), the lyrics are already perfect, and Justin Vernon's voice pushes it over the edge. Check it out.

Bon Iver--"With God on Our Side"

The Security Dilemma-10.3.11

In tribute to Wilco's new album The Whole Love, the show last night was an exploration into Wilco's entire catalogue, stretching from 1995 to just last Tuesday. Too much good music. Listen below.

The Security Dilemma--10/3/11

October 01, 2011

Reviewed - The Head And The Heart

Last night we had the pleasure of being able to make it out to The Royale in Boston, MA to witness one of the most exciting shows we have seen in quite some time. After a rousing, fun opening set by Thao and the Get Down Stay DownThe Head & The Heart took the stage. The lively sextet ran through their whole small, but powerful and thoroughly entertaining catalog, and also played three very promising new tracks. Their perfect blissful harmonies sounded better than ever and when the band let loose, the audience followed suit. The excited sold out crowd sang along to most of the songs to the pleasant surprise of the band. In only their second time in Boston they have developed a strong and loud fanbase. They accurately summed up their situation in the song "Heaven Go Easy On Me," when they sang with the crowd over and over, "We're well on our way".

Enjoy this beautiful video of one of their new tunes, "Josh McBride".


My latest discovery comes to us in the form of Wildlife, a poppy quintet from Toronto, Canada. Their debut album, Strike Hard, Young Diamond, available on their Bandcamp page, is full of a fun melange of indie, pop, and punk sounds, with a few synths thrown in for good measure. The group also recently recorded a fun session with Daytrotter that's available for free download! This album is definitely a fun, raucous listen. Check it out and enjoy!

Wildlife-"Stand In The Water"

Wildlife-"When I Get Home"