You guys. I know next to nothing about this band. It seems to be the rebirth of Hot Hot Heat, a Canadian group (yep, another one from B.C., just like Said The Whale, The Zolas, Hey Ocean!, and Mother Mother, all bands with whom I am slightly obsessed...) who I must confess I've never gotten around to, but may have to check out after this. I've listened to this track at least twenty times today... maybe thirty. Yeah, probably at least thirty. I can't even put my finger on what it is that makes it so awesome... sweet little funky guitar riff, the dirty piano counter-riff, a brilliant line or two, or maybe the girl dancing in the video - speaking of things I can't explain, this girl's moves... she just exudes confidence. Blends some raggedy ballet with street moves, and it just... works. I wish I had that kind of confidence when I was thirteen (I'm guessing that's about how old she was at filming)... Anyway, check out the track, and tell me what you think: Ridiculously simple, yet amazing, music video:
Soundcloud: "There's a melody I hone that no one wrote..."
A wise man once said "Elegance is simplicity". Or maybe it was a woman, and maybe it was "Simplicity is elegance". Or I could be making this up. At any rate, this song by Lykke Li is beautiful, and the simplicity of it only serves to enhance and emphasize the beauty. Especially in this one-take acoustic video:
So I just discovered this band thanks to another band (Efterklang). This track is phenomal - simple, chill, and on repeat most of the evening. Give it a go:
This track is the first single from an upcoming album. If you check the band's label's website (Dead Oceans), you can snag a couple downloads - different tracks, though. And if you dig a bit deeper on the site, you can find a little treasure trove of more free tracks from artists such as The Tallest Man On Earth, Gauntlet Hair, and several others I haven't listened to yet but will be checking out in the near future. "Now my feet are gold, and my heart is white
And we race out on the desert plains all night
See honey, I am not some broken thing
I do not lay here in the dark waiting for thee..."
My friend Doug introduced me to this band during a recent LEGO building session (LEGO is cool, don't let anyone tell you otherwise. We were working on this Great Wall of China display for the Cranberry Library.) Sorry, that's a bit of a non sequitur, but it's a true story. Anyway, the band plays an incredible Americana style of music, of which this song is the archetype. Simple, yet poignant, lyrics sung by a fantastic vocalist over beautiful instrumentation evocative of the heartland come together for a tune that will keep you hitting repeat. The band admits to being influenced by Aaron Copland, and if you're familiar with his work you'll hear the similarities... hmm, I should post some Copland sometime... at any rate, have a listen:
If you like this track, you can find a different song on the band's website, available for free download (yeah, sorry, bait and switch... that song is also good but I felt like posting this one.) "A man is walking on the highway
My buddy Jake passed on a tip to check this band. They're from Seattle and are pretty rad. This song is on the chill side of their spectrum... they get a bit louder - not Slayer loud, but louder than this. But today this one feels like the one to post.
Here are a couple takeaway-style performances:
Oh by the way, check their website for a free download of the track! "Well, I don't want to die anymore
Given my recent track record, and in the interest of more music and less of my ramblings, I'm going to try and post at least every other day, even if it means limited to no commentary. As such, here's a track off of Dispatch's first release, "Silent Steeples". The song has powerful roots, which you can learn about in the video below; if it interests you, you can also check out the band's charity, The Elias Fund, which was started to help a man in Zimbabwe provide education for his sons.
"Distance is short when your hand carries what your eye found..."
David Wax Museum are coming back to Pittsburgh to play Club Cafe on Feb 2., a show for which I'm pretty excited. This might be my favorite track from last year's release, "Knock Knock Get Up"... but it's a fantastic album, so that's a tough call. I love that David sings most of the song in the low end of his register. It's a dynamic you don't hear often, and it sets the track apart while drawing focus to the lyrics. There isn't a lot of web presence for the song, but you can listen through the band's site, and/or check out this concert recording from last fall:
I find the lyrics to be quite powerful, so here they are in their entirety, taken straight from the band's website: