May 21, 2011

Fleet Foxes Fallon Performance

Hey all! Last night Fleet Foxes performed a rousing "Sim Sala Bim" on Jimmy Fallon. Check out the performance below!

May 20, 2011

Phantom Kicks

The debut EP from Phantom Kicks, Tectonics, has a sound that is difficult to describe. Imagine the huge, raw, building power of a post-rock song. Now take that power, add minimal electro moments and compress it into bite-size four-minute pieces. And there you have it: Tectonics EP from San Francisco, CA based Phantom Kicks. It would be easy to compare these guys to Explosions in the Sky or SAUR, but the Kicks get their advantage from the increased accessibility of their music. While maintaining the signature post-rock grandiosity, they have managed to set themselves apart from the pack, and in a great way. The whole EP is available for free download at the group's Bandcamp page. Check it out!

Phantom Kicks-"Cut From A Different Clay (Feat. Cameron Spies)"

Phantom Kicks-"Eyes Familiar"

May 19, 2011

Little Owl

Santa Barbara six-piece Little Owl has released their debut EP, Stories and Observations of Argus Madur, and it is quite a treat! The five songs show the group's great versatility, using synths ("Black on White") and Beirut-esque ukelele and strings ("Psalms. . ."). This EP is a strong start for a group that has huge promise. Their charming harmonies and inventive drums help craft a sound that is refreshingly new and extremely infectious. The EP is available at CD Baby here. Enjoy!

Little Owl-"Black On White"

Little Owl-"Naturally"

Little Owl-"Psalms, The Mariner In The Doldrums"

May 17, 2011

Recent Recommended Releases 5-17-2011

Dispatch - Dispatch EP
Buy on iTunes / Amazon

Tinie Tempah - Disc-Overy
Buy on iTunes / Amazon

Bon Iver - Bon Iver (Preorder)
Preorder on iTunes / Amazon

May 16, 2011

Bon Iver - Calgary

Folk god Justin Vernon has finally graced the world with a new single! The new song, "Calgary," is the first single off his upcoming self-titled album coming June 21st. It is clear from this song that the album will have a much fuller, busier sound than his previous masterpiece, For Emma, Forever Ago. Even so, it is a brilliant first look of the new disc! The song is available for free download on Bon Iver's website. Enjoy!!

Bon Iver-"Calgary"

May 15, 2011

Reviewed - Milo Greene

The Troubadour, Los Angeles, CA
Photo by Rachel Fidler

There is a certain feeling you get when you see a band perform, and you just know they are going to be big. I had that very distinct feeling last night for the half an hour I had the pleasure to see Milo Greene perform. The L.A. based quintet owned the crowd last night with their flawless performance. Belting perfect four-part harmonies, the group sounded even better than the recording. I wasn't aware that was possible! They performed with the refreshing excitement of a young band, still new to the live music scene and looked like they were having as much fun as the audience. One aspect of the performance that caught my attention was the lack of a specific frontman. Instead, all four of the singers had enough talent and charisma to lead the band, making the collection of them all the more powerful. The four of them constantly rotated instruments, all of them singing, and playing guitar and bass extremely fluently. They put on one of the most genuine, exciting, refreshing and purely beautiful performances I have had the pleasure of seeing. If you have the chance to see them live, jump at the opportunity. You won't regret it.

Milo Greene-"1957"

Milo Greene-"Don't You Give Up On Me"

After the show, we were able to chat with singer/guitarist/bassist Robbie Arnett and ask him a few questions about the group and where they are headed:

Write To The Beat: How did Milo Greene form?

Robbie: Andrew and I were in college together and we were playing with different bands so we collectively came up with someone to help us book shows and send out emails on behalf of our individual bands to sound a little bit more professional and that name was Milo Greene. Then I came up to LA and played with another band and Andrew went up to Sacramento and played and we stayed in touch and kept demos going and then when we started to really get going we went up there, recorded a bunch of music with Marlana, and Andrew, and they moved down here, got Graham and Curtis and that's where it all started.

WttB: Do you all share songwriting duties?

Robbie: Yeah definitely, the four of us singing up front are all songwriters, so we all just bring in ideas and flesh them out and work on the at home, sit by the computer and nerd out.

WttB: Who are your musical inspirations?

Robbie: I'm all over the place. It's hard to pin down. I like a lot of soul, old Nina Simone, and jazz singers, stuff like that. I like a lot of female vocalists. But I listen to some cheesy pop music and some cool rap and stuff like that.

WttB: What's next for you guys?

Robbie: We are going to be doing a couple shows in LA and releasing a 7" and then getting on the road.

May 14, 2011

Pickering Pick

Sam "Pickering" Pick is one of those artists that I cannot quite figure out why he isn't famous. The Sacramento, CA based singer/songwriter has released seven albums of some of the most beautiful, relaxing acoustic folk music I have ever heard. He brings to mind a slightly less sugar-coated Joshua Radin with his soothing, perfect rainy day music. All of his albums are available for download at his website. Luckily he is currently working on a new album, entitled "Tiger Balm," to be released in late June on Yer Bird Records. We at the Galley could not be more excited! Check out Pickering Pick. You won't regret it!

Pickering Pick-"Sparkling Thing"

Pickering Pick-"My Dreams Are All My Own"

Pickering Pick-"Shine"