August 26, 2011

Dan Mangan



Lately, one of the best places to look for up-and-coming indie/alternative/folk musicians has been the great nation of Canada! A surprising number of great bands have recently come out of the sparsely populated country and into the vast American audience. One of these gems is Vancouver-based singer/songwriter Dan Mangan. Having been compared to Nick Drake and The Swell Season, Mangan has a beautiful, woodsy voice and the guitar and songwriting skills to do it justice. His latest album, Nice, Nice, Very Nice, released in 2009, has been one of the most exciting folk albums I have heard in a while. Luckily, he is set to release his next work, Oh Fortune, on September 27th, and I could not be more eager to hear it!

Buy Nice, Nice, Very Nice on iTunes

Dan Mangan-"Road Regrets"

Dan Mangan-"Oh Fortune"

August 25, 2011

Daytrotter Sessions

Hey all! If you aren't already aware, Daytrotter is an amazing website that brings in up and coming bands to record mini live sessions! Some incredible groups have recorded at Daytrotter and often record previously unreleased tunes. Recent sessions include The Civil WarsThe KnuxJames Vincent McMorrow, and Andrew Belle. All of the sessions are available for free download as long as you create an account. Check it out and find some hidden gems!

August 22, 2011

City and Colour



I know I am slightly late hopping on this train, but it has come to my attention that there are still many out there who have not had the pleasure of hearing City and Colour. Dallas Green, frontman of post-hardcore band Alexisonfire has recently left his group to focus on his side project that has become extremely successful, City and Colour. Green is the sole member of City and Colour and has released three albums under the moniker. Unlike in his previous group, Dallas now writes acoustic, folk-inspired tunes, and sings often with a falsetto very similar to that of James Vincent McMorrow. Most recently, in June, Green released Little Hell, the most mature, fully-realized City and Colour album yet, and the first to chart in the U.S. If you are a fan of McMorrow or a folk fanatic in general, this stuff is for you. Enjoy!!

Buy Little Hell on iTunes

City and Colour-"Little Hell"

City and Colour-"Sleeping Sickness"

August 19, 2011

Givers



Givers, a five-piece alt-pop group from Louisiana caught my eye after they gave one of the most exciting, lively shows of the Sasquatch Music Festival earlier this year (See review here). After going out on tour with The Dirty Projectors, one of their primary influences, and releasing an awesome debut album, In Light, available here, the group is developing quite a following and is heading out on their first headlining tour. Their unique sound combines influences from indie jam bands like Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, along with the poppy side of the Dirty Projectors and a little Southern twist. The album is definitely worth getting and it won't disappoint! Enjoy!

Givers-"Up Up Up"

August 16, 2011

Vids Worth A View

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis released their single "Wings" a few months back and after raising $20,000 from fans and teaming up with awesome director Zia Mohajerjasbi, they have finally released the music video! It's excellently done and is a perfect companion to such a great deep song. Enjoy!

July 02, 2011

Pickering Pick - Tiger Balm



Ballad-master Sam "Pickering" Pick is at it again! Last week, Yer Bird Records released Tiger Balm, Pick's latest collection of perfect acoustic rainy day music. For fans of Mr. Pick, this album is less a departure from his previous work than it is a refinement. The ten tracks are consistent, carefully crafted, quiet, catchy acoustic tunes. The difference here is the collection of the album as a whole. The tracks are more connected and Tiger Balm feels more like a cohesive work of art than his previous albums. For those of you who are not familiar with Pickering Pick, you can read our original post on him here and stream his previous albums on his website. For new listeners I recommend starting with either Tiger Balm, or his last offering, The Boy In The Back. Enjoy!

Buy Tiger Balm on iTunes / Amazon

Pickering Pick-"Your Sleeping Dog"

Pickering Pick-"Like A River"

Pickering Pick-"In The End"