June 29, 2012

Milo Greene - "1957" Music Video

Ahead of their debut album release on July 17th, our favorite LA up-and-comers Milo Greene have released a music video for their lead single, "1957." The charming clip shows a love story with bits of mystery and is filmed beautifully. Yet another gem from these guys. They can't be stopped. Be sure to catch them when they make their live TV debut on Letterman on July 26th. You can also pre-order their album here.




June 28, 2012

In Defense Of Pop

Confession time: I love pop music. I’m talking the crappiest of crappy pop music. You know, the incredibly catchy, mindless clutter that is repeated ad nauseum on countless radio stations and TV channels across the country. Case in point: I’m listening to Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” on repeat as I write.

You’re probably wondering why I choose to melt my brain with what some would argue is substance-less music lacking any semblance of musical technicality and designed with the sole intent of procuring a hefty sum of money.

The answer is simple: discovering new music is hard.

I think back to my eighth grade days when I used to spend hours scouring the Internet on sites like purevolume.com (anyone remember that?) desperately trying to discover some remotely decent, obscure band to stick on my iPod so I would look cool on the off chance someone decided to borrow it and browse my music collection. Looking back on those days, I not only feel a sense of nostalgia, but also wonder: How on earth did I have time for that?

Which brings me to my first point: discovering new music takes a lot of time. In most cities, you can’t flip the radio on in your car while driving to work if you want to find a fresh new band no one has heard of. Instead, you have to sit on your computer clicking through various blogs and music sites. You have to haul yourself to and pay for music festivals, the land of the unwashed masses and the overpriced pretzel. You have to go to concerts in hole in the wall joints in scary places like Brooklyn. That’s all fine and dandy if you have the time or do it for a career. And while lovely blogs like this one facilitate the process, I’m old and grumpy and get tired after a long day of work. I’d rather veg out in front of the TV instead of any of the aforementioned activities.

Now, let’s say you do invest the time and succeed in discovering an über hip band. Now what? Unlike pop music, obscure bands are a social boner kill. What do I mean by this? Well, I can talk to almost anyone I know about Britney Spears, and regardless of whether they love her or hate her, at least we can have a conversation about it. Now imagine the following scenario: I ask a friend, “Have you ever heard of Boink? They’re this awesome new ska band!” Their response: “No, I haven’t.” End of conversation. Social boner kill. (True story).

Finally, there’s nothing like bonding over a shared love of a guilty pleasure pop song with someone. There’s just no replacing singing and dancing to a song that has poorly rhymed verses and way too much auto tuning in a car with the windows down and speakers blaring. And that’s why, no matter what, I will always defend pop.

-Kaitlin Deveau
Read her blog here.

June 27, 2012

The Avett Brothers Announce New Album: The Carpenter


The Avett Brothers announced yesterday that they will be releasing their sixth full-length album, The Carpenter, this September 11th, a follow-up to the highly regarded I and Love and You released in 2009. The alt-country band from Concord, North Carolina was founded by brothers Scott and Seth Avett. As you can hear on the second track from the new album, "Live and Die," the band embraces their Southern roots with some country twang, a touch of folk, and good old rock 'n' roll. 

To support The Carpenter, The Avett Brothers will be touring across the country, including visiting the lovely Gorge Ampitheatre (one of our favorite venues!). I would highly suggest checking out one of their shows; seeing them in Dallas last Fall was one of the best decisions I've ever made. The band is simply beautiful live!

C2C - "Down The Road" Music Video

The French DJ's are at it again. Their new music video for "Down The Road" warns you not to ride a magic skateboard that sucks everything around you in to a vortex. Because you may be next. Thanks for the advice guys!

June 26, 2012

Bahamas



Afie Jurvanen, also known as Bahamas, has a stage name that brings to mind relaxation, and beachy music. That assumption is almost correct. The tracks that make up his recent release, Barchords, are a mix of folk, blues, and indie sounds that combine to form something charming, genuine, and unique. After I saw him open for Michael Kiwanuka with a rare acoustic set, I was so intrigued by his quirky, catchy songwriting that I had to do some investigating. Turns out Jurvanen, a Canadian, used to be a backing musician for Feist, and set out on his own when his debut, Pink Strat, was nominated for a Juno award. Now, his sophomore release is on the long list for this year's Polaris Prize, a coveted award naming the best Canadian album of the year. Check out the cute video for "Caught Me Thinking" and let me know what you think of the next Canadian sensation! Update: watch a short film about Jurvanen's Sunday dinners, a tradition he has visiting his family in Ontario. 

Bahamas-"Lost In The Light"


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Town Hall Plays The Classics, Vol. 1


Town Hall, the adorable indie-folk trio behind one of my favorite albums of the year so far, Roots & Bells, has always had a thing for covers. They have released a whole bunch of videos showing their calm and quiet renditions of everything from R. Kelly to Jimmy Eat World. Luckily, we can now have all of it! They just released Town Hall Plays the Classics, Vol. 1 via Bandcamp. The free EP gives us five of their finest covers and a quite creepy album cover. The release not only showcases the group's chameleon-like genre-crossing skills, but also guitarist Jesse's obsession with R. Kelly. Ever wanted to hear Ja Rule played by a folk group? Well now you can. 

June 25, 2012

Delta Rae

Gospel stomp. It sounds intriguing doesn't it? Hailing from Durham, North Carolina, Delta Rae are preparing to storm the country with their powerful Mumford & Sons meets The Civil Wars sound. Last week, they released their debut album, Carry The Fire, a diverse collection of Southern-influenced, folk-rock tunes. Led by the humongous single, "Bottom Of The River," and singer Brittany Hölljes' brassy voice, the six-piece group is sure to make lots of fans on their upcoming US tour (dates below). And not just one of them can sing. At least four members switch off vocal duties! Enjoy the awesomly Southern and intense video for "Bottom Of The River."