Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Rediscover: Talking Heads

For a while I was listening to Talking Heads every Friday afternoon while I worked. It always made the day better. Since I left that job I haven't listened to them as much and it kind of makes me sad. So let me introduce you to the brilliance of Talking Heads and David Byrne.
Learn more about Talking Heads here.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Discover: Beaty Heart

I just came across Beaty Heart the other day. Pretty interesting tropical-influenced pop (trop-pop?) going on here. Hey, anyone that works a kalimba into their music is going to get my attention.
Learn more about Beaty Heart here.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Five For Friday: Winter

Congratulations! You've successfully made it to the first weekend of Winter. Let this week's playlist help you settle in to Winter. Make your favorite warm beverage, sit a little closer to the fireplace (if you have one) and make the best of the long, dark nights. Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Rediscover: System Of A Down

Oh man... It's been forever since I've listened to these guys. When I first heard them, I couldn't stand the lead singer's voice, but over time it grew on me.
Learn more about System Of A Down here.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Discover: Young Wonder

Sometimes you just need some Irish electronic pop music to make your day go better. Luck for you, Young Wonder fits that bill perfectly and is here to save the day!
Learn more about Young Wonder here.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Five For Friday: If I Were A Jellyfish

If I were a jellyfish, I'm pretty sure I would listen to these songs as I floated along in the magical ocean.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Rediscover: The Rosebuds

I came across The Rosebuds when I was shopping Media Play's "Going Out Of Business" sale so it's safe to say that that was a long time ago... I came across their album "Birds Make Good Neighbors" and bought it because of the album artwork. I had no idea who they were at the time, but I'm glad I picked it up. It's still a rather enjoyable album that I don't listen to often enough.
Learn more about The Rosebuds here.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Discover: Phoria

If I were to have a soundtrack for floating along freely, deep within the (preferably warm) saltwater like a jellyfish, Phoria would definitely be on that list.
Learn more about Phoria here.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Five For Friday: 24HR Records

I've always been fascinated by working within constraints. That's one reason I enjoy poetry. There are set rules and you have to create something compelling from the limited supply of words/stanzas etc., but within those same constraints you are free to do absolutely anything you want. It makes you think about what you're saying and how to say it differently and compellingly. You often find yourself making connections you never would have if you had no rules to adhere to. 24HR Records is based on similar, very tight constraints.
Within a 24 hour period, they bring together artists that have never worked together, put them in a studio and have them create a three song album. The results are pretty fantastic (though I think they rely a little too much on reverb-heavy vocals)! Do yourself a favor and check out their website after you listen to this week's playlist.
Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Rediscover: John Lennon

This is probably one of my favorite John Lennon songs. I don't know why, but the slap delay on his vocals is perfectly delicious. Is that weird? Maybe... But after I say "Yoko Ono", nothing else is weird.
Learn more about John Lennon here.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Discover: Kofelgschroa

Don't ask how I came across these guys because I don't remember. That's the magic of stumbling around the internet. Secondly, don't ask me how to pronounce their name. I have no idea. Thirdly, don't ask me what they're saying. I have no idea. I don't speak German. Even though I don't know any of those things, I do know that I find foreign music very intriguing (and horns and accordions are pretty awesome).
Learn more about Kofelgschroa here (I just hope you can read German).

Friday, December 5, 2014

Five For Friday: "Life Is Pain, Highness."

"Anyone who says differently is selling something."
Life isn't always smooth sailing, but that doesn't mean that it isn't good. You find out who you are when you're abruptly reconnected with the earth; when it scrapes your hands and knees... when you bleed. These songs are for those times. Not songs of despair, but of hope in the hard places.
Embrace life. Celebrate that you have survived the fall. Pick yourself up and have a good weekend.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Discover: Roger Sellers

My first encounter with Roger Sellers was a video of him with a banjo, and between his nose and his upper lip sat a little mustache... I will go ahead and say that if you're a young guy with a mustache and I don't know you, I'm going to instantly judge your musical credibility (you can blame the hipsters for that). Yet as I continued to watch and listen, I was pleasantly surprised. Depending on when you catch him, he may be a one-man band armed with loops and keyboards and computers and such, or you may find him simply playing a piano... or, as stated before, playing a banjo with a full band. I'm not quite sure who Roger Sellers is yet, but I'm looking forward to discovering his music.
Learn more about Roger Sellers here.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Five For Friday: Black Friday (special edition)

While last week's playlist was all about wonderful, beautiful colors, this week's playlist is all about one color: black. Black Friday is here and you're probably going to have a pretty long day, so I've doubled up on the songs today. Have a wonderful day and I do hope you haven't already forgotten to be thankful for the friends and family and things that you do have (just in  case you missed out on buying whatever it is you stayed up all night to buy).

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Rediscover: Alt-J

It's been a while since I've listened to these guys and I was reminded of them the other day when I came across their latest album at Barnes & Noble. It's a pretty good one albeit kind of slow and sleepy.
Learn more about Alt-J here.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Discover: Ásgeir

What is it about Iceland that makes such good musicians? I don't know, but whatever it is, I'm glad. I'm looking forward to hearing more from Asgeir soon... Oh look; he just so happens to be having a 3 disc deluxe edition album coming out today (depending on where you live).
Learn more about Asgeir here.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Five For Friday: Fall Colors

Fall has finally made it's way down to Savannah and we're starting to see the leaves turn all sorts of lovely colors. So in celebration, this week's playlist is all about Fall colors! Now get out there and enjoy a lovely weekend!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Rediscover: David Bazan

Years and years ago, I used to listen to Pedro The Lion. Then for some reason I stopped and kind of forgot about them... Then a few years ago I came across a video of David Bazan playing for Chase Jarvis' "Songs For Eating And Drinking" and once again forgot about him after a while... Then today I was at Graveface Records and came across a few of his albums. So I guess this is a re-rediscovery today. Anyway, I'm glad I came across him again.
Learn more about David Bazan here.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Discover: Woody Pines

I'm a little late on this weeks Discovery post, but here it is nonetheless. If you like old-timey/americana/railroad jazz, you'll probably like Woody Pines.
Learn more about them here.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Five For Friday: Food

I love music and I love food, so this week's playlist is the best of both worlds: songs about food! I hope you have plenty of delicious food this weekend and don't forget to start planning your Thanksgiving meals. If you start shopping now, you might miss the masses in the next week or so.
Have a good weekend!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Rediscover: Jakob Dylan

It's been quite a while since I've listened to Jakob Dylan/The Wallflowers. I like where he's at musically these days. He had me worried there for a little bit with the later Wallflowers albums, but I can't blame him for trying something new. "Bringing Down The Horse" is still one of my favorite albums. So many good songs! Anyway, you should check out his new stuff too.
Learn more about Jakob Dylan here.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Discover: The Bots

FINALLY!!! I've been digging around the internet for the last couple of hours searching for something interesting and different and I've finally found it! Thank you, The Bots! These brothers are fantastic and I imagine if Jimi Hendrix had had kids it would probably be these guys. Check them out now!... really. Go. Now.
Learn more about The Bots here.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Five For Friday: You're Such A Tool

This week's playlist is all about tools. Most of mine made it down here, but some of them didn't. I'll get back to building tables once I get them all down here.
I hope you have all the tools you need to enjoy a fantastic weekend! Let this playlist be one of them.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Rediscover: Radiohead

Some people are brilliant... and by "some people" I mean Radiohead. There is so much going on in their songs; so many different timings and nuances. It's some of the most aurally stimulating music that I know of. Plus it translates well to a stringed quartet (which is fantastic if you've never heard it).
Learn more about Radiohead here.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Discover: The New Orleans Swamp Donkeys

If you're ever in the mood for some old timey jazz, check out The New Orleans Swamp Donkeys. Preferably live in a small, crowded bar or out in the streets.
Learn more about The New Orleans Swamp Donkeys here.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Five For Friday: This Is Halloween

What are you doing for Halloween? I am going to see Nosferatu at our local theatre. I've never seen a silent film so it should be pretty interesting.
Here are some not so silent tunes that will help you score all the good candy.
Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Rediscover: Sleigh Bells

Because sometimes you just need some loud, noisy guitars and drums...
Learn more about Sleigh Bells here.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Discover: Foy Vance

I've recently come across the music of Foy Vance and I really like what I've heard so far. Reminiscent of Bruce Springsteen and David Gray, he is definitely one to check out.
Learn more about Foy Vance here.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Five For Friday: Things I No Longer Have

When you cut your living space in half you learn that there are some things you can live without. This week's playlist is dedicated to all the things we no longer have:
- A dishwasher
- A microwave
- A pantry
- A Ladder
- (extra) space
Have a great weekend wherever you live!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Rediscover: Bela Fleck

Classical banjo, anyone? Bela Fleck is fantastic! You should check him out if you haven't already. And I also highly recommend his documentary on the history of the banjo called "Throw Down Your Heart". It's brilliant.
Learn more about Bela Fleck here.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Discover: Jose Gonzalez

I know I've heard of Jose Gonzalez before, but didn't pay much attention to him until I was listening to my Nick Drake station the other day. So good and relaxing. Perfect for the weather we're having now.
Learn more about Jose Gonzalez here.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Five For Friday: Doors and Windows

This week's playlist is all about doors and windows. Why? Because I have 7 doors 11 windows in my house and some of them are currently open to let the wonderfully cool air in.
Have a great weekend!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Five For Friday: The City

We just moved to a new city (which is why I missed a few posts). We now call Savannah home. Listen to this week's playlist while you cruise around your city this weekend. Have a good one!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Monday, September 29, 2014

Discover: Patrick Watson

Patrick Watson plays good music... Especially for a gloomy and/or sleepy day. Not that it's boring, but it does have a good "I could sleep to this" feel about it. I'm looking forward to listening to his most recent album "Adventures In Your Own Backyard" start to finish soon.
Learn more about Patrick Watson here.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Five For Friday: Random

Well, last week's playlist was pretty great and it came together quickly. This week, I've struggled with a topic and spent way too much time trying to figure out something great and after two hours, it just hasn't happened. So out of desperation I opened iTunes and hit shuffle. Here's there resulting playlist. If you hate it, blame iTunes.
Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Rediscover: Nick Drake

It's Fall and that means it's the perfect time to listen to Nick Drake... Cello Song is the first song I ever heard from him. I remember sitting in my car in the parking lot of Media Play (RIP) and having my mind blown by this song. I am still fascinated by his music and his story.
Learn more about Nick Drake here.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Discover: Company of Thieves

I know I've heard of Company of Thieves before, but, sadly, it was just in passing and I never checked them out until now. My my my... Have I been missing out. Rocky jazzy floating through the ocean emotion. Not to mention they have a song called "Oscar Wilde" so that's an instant win in my books! Learn more about Company of Thieves here. (Sadly, they are currently disbanded, but the lead singer has something else going on.)

Friday, September 19, 2014

Five For Friday: CrAzY

My life has been stupid crazy the last few days and will remain that way for the next few weeks. This week's playlist is dedicated to myself and my crazy wife as we embark on this crazy, new adventure together. Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Rediscover: The Silk Road Ensemble

These guys are amazing! I could listen to them all day. If you ever needed proof that music is a universal language, The Silk Road Ensemble is that proof.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Discover: The Wytches

Apparently there is a sub-genre known as surf doom; and apparently The Wytches are part of that sub-genre. Looks like I'll be learning something new this week.
You can learn more about The Wytches here.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Five For Friday: That's A Rap

I used to really be into Christian Rap when I was growing up. Started looking up a bunch of artists I used to listen to this week. It's all Lecrae's fault.
Have a good weekend!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Rediscover: Derek Webb

I have always liked Derek Webb's music. Lyrically honest and piercing, he's not afraid to say what needs to be said.
Learn more about Derek Webb here.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Discover: Gin Ga

So, these guys are pretty fun. I don't really know that much about them except I like what I've heard. Kind of 80's. Kind of Arcade Fire. Learn more about Gin Ga here.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Five For Friday: Dream On

This week's playlist is for all my friends who are chasing their dreams. That's what life's about... That and coffee... and bacon. Definitely bacon.
Happy weekend, everyone; and if you aren't chasing your dreams, then get to it! You don't live forever.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Rediscover: William Fitzsimmons

One of my friends introduced me to William Fitzsimmons about five or six years ago. If you're ever pensive or sleepy, his music will suit you well. Plus he has a fantastically admirable beard.
Learn more about William Fitzsimmons here.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Discover: Spirit Family Reunion

Have some folky tunes on this Labor Day! If I can say one thing about this band it's that they do like to dance around on (and off) stage! Learn more about Spirit Family Reunion here.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Five For Friday: Quiet

Shhhhhh... This week's playlist is all about quiet songs about being quiet... Have a nice, quiet holiday weekend.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Rediscover: Depeche Mode

When I was a kid, one of my friends was really in to Depeche Mode and listened to them all the time. His mom always called them Depressed Mode. 25 years later, they're still good... or depressing depending on who you are.  Enjoy (the silence)!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Discover: D.D Dumbo

Don't be fooled by the dumb(o) name, this guy is pretty great. I tend to be leery of people who perform by themselves, making loops on the fly to create all the music, but he does it quite well. His D.D Dumbo EP is an interesting listen. Check him out and learn more about him here.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Five For Friday x2: Georgia

This week's playlist is full of musicians from Georgia. We have a lot of good ones and I had a hard time keeping it to 5... So I didn't. This week you get 10 for the price of 5! And I still ended up having to leave out a bunch of bands/artists. Let's just say we have pretty much every genre covered pretty well. Who are some of your favorite bands from your neck of the woods?
Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Rediscover: Band Of Horses

I don't know exactly what it is, but I love their sound. Maybe it's the honesty of his voice and the simplicity of the music. I don't know, but I'm really digging their most recent album, "Acoustic at The Ryman (Live)". They sound so good live! I'm going to do my darnedest to see them live next time they come around.
Learn more about Band Of Horses here.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Discover: The Revivalists

New Orleans turns out some freaking great music and The Revivalists are no exception. Funky rock 'n' roll with horns and pedal steel? I'll take it! Also, the lead singer looks like Keith Richards.
Learn more about The Revivalists here.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Five For Friday: School

School is back in full swing so this week's playlist is all about school subjects! What is/was your favorite subject? Here's to a great school year for all of you students and teachers!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Rediscover: The Raconteurs

This is The Raconteurs a little different than you're used to seeing/hearing them. When you get an opportunity to record with Ricky Skaggs, you don't say no. :)
Learn more about The Raconteurs here.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Discover: The Barr Brothers

Why have I not heard of these guys before now? I don't know, but I'm glad I finally came across them. I love their sound and always like it when bands use interesting instruments. Learn more about The Barr Brothers here.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Five For Friday: RIP(ish) WRAS

On this week's playlist you will find bands that used to be played on 88.5 WRAS... They're still there if you happen to be able to tune in on your computer, but GPB has taken over their airwaves during the hours that I normally listen to them. I still miss my 2 hour ska sessions every Friday afternoon...
Long live WRAS and have a good weekend!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Rediscover: Mutemath

If you've never listened to Mutemath, do yourself a favor and listen to them NOW. So good! So tight! And their drummer is a beast.
Learn more about Mutemath here.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Discover: Great Lake Swimmers

Great Lakes Swimmers is another one of those bands that I've known of for a little while, but never got around to really listening to until now. Hope you enjoy them!
Learn more about Great Lake Swimmers here.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Five For Friday: Pests and Unwanted Guests

This week's playlist is all about insects and other critters that most people would rather not encounter... especially in their homes. Here's to hoping you avoid running into any of these and that you have a great weekend!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Rediscover: The Morning Benders POP ETC

You know it's been a while since you've listened to a band when you look them up just to find out that they changed their name two years ago. Oops! Anyway, I first heard The Morning Benders (now forever/currently known as POP ETC) when I bought their album "Talking Through Tin Cans". I'm looking forward to rediscovering this band with their new name and new sound.
Learn more about The Morning Benders/POP ETC here.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Discover: Talisco

Why is it that artists from other countries will record entire albums in English and no one thinks a thing about it, but if an American recorded an album in a different language it would be totally weird? Maybe because most Americans are monolingual while the rest of the world is bilingual/trilingual? Anyway, I'm liking what I've heard from Talisco and I hope that you will too.
Learn more about Talisco here.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Five For Friday: Virginia Music Is For Lovers

It's my wife's birthday this weekend and what better way to celebrate than to dedicate this week's playlist to her! Happy Birthday, Jen! You're my best friend and I love you!
You should drop by her blog and tell her, "Happy Birthday!"
Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Rediscover: Joe Cocker

I love Joe Cocker's voice. So gritty and soulful! Not to mention he can still rock 40+ years later. Oh, and as an extra bonus, you get Leon Russell in this video too!
Learn more about Joe Cocker here.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Discover: Seasick Steve

Well, I'd better get started learning guitar so I can be this guy in a few years...
Learn more about Seasick Steve here.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Five For Friday: Music

Once again, it's FRIDAY! This week's playlist is all about music! Music about music! Music everywhere! Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Rediscover: French Kicks

If you haven't heard French Kicks, stop whatever you're doing and listen to them now. Their music will make your Summer even better than it already is. Good Music for just about any occasion; especially cooking or driving or walking (on the beach or just around town). Sadly, they are no longer a band, but at least they left us with a few albums to enjoy.
Learn more about French Kicks here.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Discover: Father Figures

So, this video is a bit longer than most that I post, but it's totally worth the watch. It's a three song performance from Father Figures for NPR's Tiny Desk concerts. These guys are ridiculous. They have described their music as Zombie Jazz, but I'm pretty certain that it can be enjoyed by the living and the undead alike.
Learn more about Father Figures here.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Five For Friday: Work

I have to work this weekend. Bummer, I know, but here are some songs to make money by! Hope you have a great weekend!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Rediscover: Listener

Listener is an explosion of energy and passion; honesty and brilliant lyrics. You'll probably either love this or hate it. I, for one, love it. 
Learn more about Listener here.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Discover: Vikesh Kapoor

If you're in the market for something new that sounds like Dylan's early work, Vikesh Kapoor is probably your best bet. Looking forward to discovering more from him.
Find out more about Vikesh Kapoor here.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Five For Friday: Independence Day

Ah... Independence Day... The holiday that marries mass alcohol consumption with excessive amounts of explosives like they were Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe. Stay safe out there and enjoy the heck out of your weekend!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Rediscover: Aqualung

I think I like doing the "Rediscover" posts on here the most because I get to go back through all the music that I've forgotten about and rediscover how much great music there is to go back to when I can't find anything recent worth listening to. That being said, it has to have been at least 6 years since I've listened to Aqualung, but I'll be digging his album out of my CD collection to listen to it this week.
Learn more about Aqualung here.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Discover: Glass Animals

If you ever need to groove in slow motion, like a lazy jellyfish or a lava lamp perhaps, Glass Animals should most definitely be your soundtrack... Especially this track.
Learn more about Glass Animals here.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Five For Friday: 100!

Well, well, well... This is my 100th. post! Let's kick off the weekend by celebrating with songs about 100!
Have a good weekend everyone!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Rediscover: Regina Spektor

I think what I like most about Regina Spektor is her lyrical content... Well, that and her phrasing... and the fact that she doesn't really fit a mold. That doesn't mean that I like all of her stuff ("That Time"), but much of it is brilliant ("Samson", "Laughing With", "All The Rowboats") and I do admire all of it.
Learn more about Regina Spektor here.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Discover: Electric Guest

Whoa! Where did these guys come from? The lead singer cracks me up with his repetitive hand gestures, but I find them very intriguing musically... Definitely check out their album "Mondo".
Learn more about Electric Guest here.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Five For Friday: Travel!

It's Summer! Well, technically tomorrow is. But still... IT'S SUMMER!!! And that means traveling. Vacation. Road trips. Weekend getaways. Discovering new parts of the city you live in. Whatever. Here is a playlist to get you out and about. What are some of your favorite songs to listen to when you travel?
Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Rediscover: David Gray

David Gray is one of those artists I often forget about for long periods of time, but every time I do remember to give him a listen, I'm always glad that I did. Has he really been putting music out for 20 years? Craziness! Cheers to you, Mr. Gray! Here's to 20 more years! Also, check out his most recent album, "Mutineers" that released yesterday.
Learn more about David Gray here.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Discover: Lindi Ortega

This week's discovery is Lindi Ortega. I'm digging her country western rock infusion.
Learn more about here here.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Five For Friday: Picture Time!

This weekend, my wife and I are having pictures made! I'm pretty excited about this because we've never done a photo shoot and after 10 years of marriage, we have roughly 10 pictures of us; most of those being "selfies" from our phones. So to celebrate, here are five songs about photography!
Have a fantastic weekend!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Rediscover: Brett Dennen

The first time I heard Brett Dennen I thought he was a woman. There are a handful of artists I've mistaken for the opposite sex. Funny thing is it seems to always be artists/bands that I like. So the moral of the story is, if you're a woman that sounds like a man or a man that sounds like a woman, I will probably like your music... Unless you're Tiny Tim. But back to Brett Dennen. Check him out. It'll make you feel better.
Learn more about Brett Dennen here.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Discover: Yellow Ostrich

I don't know exactly what it is about music like this, but I love it. Moody. Etherial. Driving. Good. Refreshing after being bombarded by the predictability of perfectly polished pop songs that clutter up a majority of the airwaves.
Learn more about Yellow Ostrich here.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Five For Friday: 1979

My birthday is coming up this month so I figured I'd post some songs from the year I was born. Here's a look back at 1979. I'd say it was a good year for music. Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Rediscover: The Parlor Mob

I was super excited when I discovered The Parlor Mob. I had been searching for some good Rock & Roll for months and all I could find was folk rock and hipster music. Then, lo and behold, The Parlor Mob! (and there was much rejoicing in the camp.) If you like Led Zeppelin you'll probably like these guys.
Learn more about The Parlor Mob here. (I know... That's a link to their facebook page, but their page on their label is way outdated...)

Monday, June 2, 2014

Discover: Ghostland Observatory

I came across Ghostland Observatory (again) the other day and I'm glad I did because I had forgotten to ever check them out last time I came across them. I really love their sound and I'd love to see them live. Their live performances seem highly entertaining what with the lights and dancing and Dracula-cape wearing and all... I really enjoy this music and f I could dance, I would dance to this. Then again, maybe I should even if I can't.
Learn more about Ghostland Observatory here.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Five For Friday: Time to dance!

What better way to start off the weekend than with your own personal dance party? Here's something to dance to. Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Rediscover: Ben Folds

When I mentioned Ben Folds in my last post, it made me remember that I haven't listened to him in quite a while. I really enjoy listening to him and I think you will too. So without further ado, please enjoy some Ben Folds (and learn more about him here.)

PS: Fraggle Rock is awesome.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Discover: Crash Kings

Usually if you have a band consisting of keys, drums and bass, it's a Jazz band. And usually if you have a three piece rock band, it will have guitar, drums and bass... Neither of those is true of Crash Kings. A three piece rock band with no guitars is pretty fascinating. I know... I know... Ben Folds Five did it "first", but this music sounds like it should have guitars in it. Definitely worth a good listen or two!
Learn more about Crash Kings here.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Five For Friday: Things I Like

This week's songs are based on things that I like:
1. Coffee
2. Cereal
3. The ocean
4. Baseball
5. Star Wars (IV, V & VI only)
What are five things that you like?
Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Rediscover: Ben Harper

Ben Harper, Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals, Ben Harper and Relentless7, Ben Harper with The Blind Boys of Alabama, Ben Harper with Charlie Musselwhite and now Ben Harper with Ellen Harper? Yep. His most recent album is a collaboration with his mom. You never think about well known musician's parents also being musicians (unless, of course, you're talking about Jakob Dylan). I was interested to find out that his mother is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose parents and grandparents started The Folk Music Center and Museum in Claremont, California. You can read more about his most recent album, "Childhood Home" here and you can learn more about Ben Harper here.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Discover: Reignwolf

Reignwolf is a super dirty, hard hitting one, two or three piece band depending on when you catch a performance. Some might call it garbage but I call it greatness.  Regardless of which side of that fine line you believe Reignwolf falls on, you can't deny their energy. I personally love their sound and am looking forward to an album release (hopefully) soon.
Find out more about Reignwolf here.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Five For Friday: You've Got Me Feeling Emotions

This weeks five song set is dedicated to anyone and everyone who has feelings. That should include almost everyone... almost. I'm sure there's someone out there that is emotionless, but then again, they probably wouldn't enjoy music anyway so what does it matter?
And before you even ask, yes. I intentionally left Pharrell off this list.
Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Rediscover: The String Cheese Incident

About 10 years ago, I used to listen to jam bands all the time, but then they slowly fell out of my playlist almost completely. Well, The String Cheese Incident recently released a new album so I have a feeling they're going to find their way back into rotation (though probably not as heavily as before). Their new album, "Song In My Head" is one of their better studio albums. I think they captured their live sound pretty well this time minus the excessive jamming. That was the problem I had with their other studio albums. They didn't translate very well to me and ended up being kind of boring, but this one is different and definitely worth checking out.
Find out more about The String Cheese Incident here.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Discover: Hurray For The Riff Raff

If you like folk music, you'll probably like Hurray For The Riff Raff. This kind of music makes me want to lie in a hammock and drink sweet tea while watching the sun set behind the pines... I can't remember where I first heard them, (NPR? Band of The Day app?), but I'm glad I came across them.
Learn more about Hurray For The Riff Raff here.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Five For Friday: Your Mom

This is a friendly reminder that Mother's Day is this Sunday. Don't forget to call or go visit your mom. After all, you wouldn't be here without her. No "Your Momma" jokes here; just songs about moms.
Have a good weekend and hug your mom!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Rediscover: Alabama Shakes

What can I say? Brittany Howard is freaking amazing! If their new album is anything like this new song, we're in store for some amazing music.
Find out more about Alabama Shakes here.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Discover: Little Hurricane

Any time I come across a two-piece band with a girl drummer, my first thought is, "Please don't be a White Stripes knockoff..." Nothing against The White Stripes at all. I love them. But fortunately Little Hurricane definitely isn't a knockoff and had I not seen them before I heard them, I wouldn't have had that thought to begin with. Good and gritty blues/folk/rock tunes coming from this duo. I'm looking forward to discovering more from this band.
Find out more about Little Hurricane here.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Rediscover: Alexi Murdoch

The first time I heard Alexi Murdoch, my first thought was that Nick Drake had been reincarnated and that made me quite happy. Since then, I've enjoyed listening to his quiet, contemplative music and am looking forward to another release hopefully soon. According to some recent photos on his Instagram, he's been recording. That, too, makes me quite happy.
Find out more about Alexi Murdoch here.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Discover: The Record Company

Today's Discovery is The Record Company -- a three-piece Blues/Rock band from LA. You might not find anything overly surprising or mind blowing here, but you will find some solid blues rock; and as the title of their most recent EP states, it "Feels So Good".
Find out more about The Record Company here.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Five For Friday: Dylan

Bob Dylan has been influencing musicians for years, and rightly so. Here are five artists/bands from very different areas of music that have all found something in common in Dylan.
Have a good weekend!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Rediscover: The Flaming Lips

I think what I like most about The Flaming Lips is that you never really know what they're going to do. I won't be one to say that I like everything that they do, but I really like their fearless exploration of music and how it can be created. Plus, you've got to admire anyone who uses the tape decks of a bunch of cars in a parking deck to perform a piece of music.
Here is one of their less-weird videos. They have a couple that are more less weird, but I like this song. If you're prone to seizures, you might want to skip this one... seriously.
For more info on The Flaming Lips, go here.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Discover: Stone Jack Jones

I came across Stone Jack Jones the other day and I have been enchanted and haunted by the songs on his latest album, "Ancestors" since then. If you're looking for something a little bleak and different than what you're used to, you'll find it here. I'm still absorbing this album and I'm enjoying it quite a bit.
Learn more about Stone Jack Jones here.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Five For Friday: Good Songs For Good Friday

These songs don't necessarily have anything to do with Good Friday, but they do all have the word "good" in their titles.
Have a good Friday and a great weekend!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Rediscover: Molly Parden

Speaking of my pal Molly, I've been listening to her quiet, relaxing tunes for a handful of years now. She moved from Atlanta to Nashville a while back and seems to be doing mighty fine for herself and I'm mighty proud.
Find out more about Molly Parden here.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Discover: Joseph LeMay

Tooling around the internet ( specifically), I came across Joseph LeMay. Nice, laid back, folky tunes here. And as an added bonus, my pal Molly just happens to be singing BGVs.
Learn more about Joseph LeMay here.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Rediscover: Over The Rhine

Over The Rhine's songs are comfortable and familiar like a warm blanket on a cool Winter's night or a faithful, childhood dog lying it's head on your lap after you've had a long and terrible day. Any time I revisit them I wonder why I ever stopped listening to them.
Learn more about Over The Rhine here.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Discover: Leagues

Some music just makes you feel good. Leagues makes you feel good. Kind of reminds me of a more happy Band of Horses or The Damnwells (vocally especially). I think their website describes it pretty well. "What LEAGUES creates is ethereal, joyful music that explodes the senses and challenges the mind."
Find out more about Leagues here.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Five For Friday: Last|First

This weeks songs were all selected and ordered by song title: the last word of the previous song being the first word of the following song.
Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Rediscover: Tom Waits

When you're drowning in an ocean of perfectly polished pop music, grab ahold of the lifesaver known as Tom Waits. You may at first feel disoriented and seasick, but give it time... You'll be glad you did.
Find out more about Tom Waits here.
Now, in the words of Monty Python, "And now for something completely different."

Monday, March 31, 2014

Discover: Valerie June

I can't remember where I first heard Valerie June, but I do remember that her voice is what caught my ear. It is very folky and cutting -- sharp; a welcome change from all the sugary-sweet, drowsy vocals you get from most female singers these days. Not to mention her hair is amazing.
Find out more about Valerie June here.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Five For Friday: Foreign

"I think music in itself is healing. It's an explosive expression of humanity. It's something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we're from, everyone loves music." -- Billy Joel

I enjoy listening to music from other cultures in other languages. Since I can't understand the lyrics, my understanding of the songs comes completely from the feelings produced by the music and the expression in the vocals.
Enjoy this set of songs from around the world and have a good weekend!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Rediscover: U2

I remember hearing this song when I was a kid. I thought it was kind of weird back then, but I remember liking the bass line. I still like the bass line and the video is kind of weird, but that's Bono and the early 90's for ya.
Not that I really need to, but here's a link to U2's website.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Discover: The Family Crest

Just came across these guys. So much is going on with this music. I guess that's to be expected when you have a band of 7 people and feature hundreds of others. I love all the various instruments they use throughout the album and the arrangements and range of musical styles keep things interesting . I'm looking forward to learning more about this band.
Find out more about The Family Crest here.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Five For Friday: Anatomy

This week's Five For Friday features bands that have body parts in their name. Why? Why not? Interestingly, most of your body part band names have to do with the face/head.
Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Rediscover: Damien Rice

I didn't intentionally mean to post about another Irish artist, but here it is. I haven't listened to him in a very long time. If you go to his website it says, "New website coming soon." Maybe this means new music coming soon too?

Monday, March 17, 2014

Friday, March 14, 2014

Five For Friday: Other Songs From One Hit Wonders

Just because you're only ever known for one song doesn't mean you didn't write a bunch of other ones that weren't really that good... Here's to all those other songs.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Rediscover: The Head and The Heart

It's been a while since I've listened to these guys. Heck, I still haven't listened to their most recent album they put out last year. I do hope it's as good their first album. This song is from their first album.
Learn more about The Head and The Heart here.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Discover: Phantogram

This week's discovery is Phantogram. I found them in the Spotify's "New Releases" and I've enjoyed listening to their most recent album, "Voices". I'll be checking out more of their albums soon. They kind of remind me of a less seductive, more up-tempo Portishead.
Learn more about Phantogram here.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Rediscover: Wye Oak

The first time I heard this band, I thought it was a guy singing... You know, like Bon Iver's slightly less sleepy brother... Finally looked them up online and found out otherwise.
Find out more about Wye Oak here.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Discover: Josh Garrels

I discovered Josh Garrels a while back thanks to Noisetrade. I really like his sound. 
Find out more about Josh Garrels here.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Five For Friday: Songs For Your Hammock

Here are five songs that go well with a hammock and a refreshing beverage. I'm sure they would work equally as well if you were strolling along the beach... Relax and enjoy.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Rediscover: Band of Skulls

YES to Rock 'n' Roll!!! Can't wait for Band of Skulls now album to come out at the end of next month. Until then, find out more about Band of Skulls here.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Discover: Andrew Bird

I don't know if this really belongs in the "Discover" or the "Rediscover" area now since I've known about Andrew Bird for quite a while... But since I didn't really start listening to him until the last year or two, I'll just put it here for now. Anyway, he's brilliant...
Find out more about Andrew Bird here.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Five For Friday: Summer

After the ridiculous Winter we've had here, I'm so ready for Summer. Here are five songs to try to coax it to come a little early... I'm sure Spring won't mind.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Rediscover: Elbow

I discovered Elbow thanks to the late, great 92.9 Dave FM here in the Atlanta area. I can thank them for many musical discoveries... But this is about Elbow... Yep. Elbow. A weird name for a fantastic band from across the pond. I love the feel of their music and their lyrics and phrasing are genius.
Learn more about Elbow here.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Discover: Gary Clark, Jr.

This is big, dirty, dusty, nasty blues... If you're numb before listening to this, you won't be afterwards... but if you still are, then you're probably dead.
Discover more about Gary Clark, Jr. here.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Five For Friday: ICE!

It seems that we don't handle it very well here in the Atlanta area when multiple-millions of tiny frozen objects fall from the sky, but I think we learned a lesson from the insanity a couple of weeks ago. Fortunately , this time it wasn't as bad (I'm writing this on Tuesday night and keeping my fingers crossed). And to make it even less bad, here are five songs about ice to kick off your weekend.
Stay safe out there.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Rediscover: Amos Lee

It's been a while since I've listened to Amos Lee. *counting on fingers* Oh my word... Has it really been 8 years? Yep. I bought his first album, "Amos Lee" when it came out and loved it. I just recently bought his latest album, "Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song" and it's hitting the spot! Why did I ever stop listening to him? This album is a bit more musically broad than his first album with a good mix of folk, blues and rock, but it all flows together very well. I'm glad to see such a good artist grow and expand while remaining to be exactly who he is. I'd love to see him do something with Ben Harper. That would be awesome. And on that note, it's time for me to go play catch up with all of his albums that I've missed. 

Monday, February 10, 2014

Discover: Rich Aucoin

So, if Daft Punk and The Arcade Fire adopted a kid whose birth parents were into The Flaming Lips, bright colors and dancing, you would end up with Rich Aucoin. His album, "We're All Dying To Live" is a fantastically sprawling 22 track album that is a single, cohesive piece of art. In an age where we are being forced to create and consume in bite-sized portions, I always get excited when I find an album that flows from beginning to end creating a soundtrack to a movie that doesn't exist.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Rediscover: Christ, Lord

Christ, Lord is a rambling, roving mashup of gypsy, vaudevillian, balkan music featuring trumpet, violin, guitar, upright bass, accordion, drums and occasionally tuba, vibraphone or anything else they can get ahold of. If you get a chance to see them live, go. That's the only way to get the full effect of their music.
PS: you will have a very strong urge to dance... even if you can't... especially if you can't.
Find out more about Christ, Lord here.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Discover: Filastine

I first discovered Filastine through NPR's Field Recordings. He was performing at The Cathedral of Junk in Austin, TX with all of his electronic gear... and playing a shopping cart... How I forgot about him, I have no idea. But now I've finally discovered his music once again and I am rather glad that I have.
Find out more about Filastine here.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Rediscover: Little Tybee

Just as the island of Little Tybee is larger than it's more popular sister island, Little Tybee is bigger than their name implies. There are so many little things going on; the details... the nuances. Their music just makes you feel good. Perfect for cruising around the beach on a bike while the salt-water wind kisses your skin and the ocean waves sing a never-ending song to the wide, blue sky.
Learn more about Little Tybee here.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Discover: The Stone Foxes

How can you go wrong with some good blues/rock? You can't... especially when it incorporates Edgar Allan Poe.
Learn more about The Stone Foxes here.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Five For Friday: Decompress

It may sound weird, but listening to music like this helps me decompress if I've had a rough day... Doubly so if I could listen to it while floating around weightless underwater.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Rediscover: Norma Jean

Because sometimes you need some Metal in your life... I remember going to see these guys  a handful of times a loooooonnnngggg time ago when I was right out of high school and they were still called Luti-Kriss.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Discover: Bhi Bhiman

Simple and effortlessly soulful, Bhi Bhiman is a good one to add to your folk/blues playlist. This ain't your mama's Sri Lankan-American folk singer... wait... what?
Just listen and learn more about Bhi Bhiman here.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Five For Friday: I'll Sleep When I'm Dead

That isn't the case for these artists. Check out these posthumous tunes and don't wait to die to do something awesome.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Rediscover: Kate Rusby

I first discovered Kate Rusby while perusing the music section at Barnes & Noble. The cover of her album "The Girl Who Couldn't Fly" (which, come to find out, was created by Ex-Blur guitarist Graham Coxon) was intriguing so I picked it up, sampled it and instantly fell in love with it. Her voice, lyrics and instrumentations weave into a wonderful, dreamy lullaby... If you enjoy British folk music as I do, I think you'll love it too.
Find out more about Kate Rusby here

Monday, January 13, 2014

Discover: Bear Cub

Bear Cub is fun, folky, rock/pop reminiscent of The Avett Brothers and the likes. I just now came across them so I really don't know much about them except that I like what I've heard so far. I hope you do too.
You can find out more about Bear Cub here.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Five For Friday: 8 Bit

If you've ever played the original NES or the likes, you've heard 8 bit music... But it's not just for video games. Oh no... There is an entire culture of 8 bit (or chiptune) artists out there still rocking these tiny tunes (not to be mistaken with Tiny Toons). I tried it once (using LSDJ) but didn't get too far. Being able to make music on my Game Boy Color is pretty fascinating. Maybe I'll pick it up again sometime soon... Until then, enjoy these chiptunes!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Rediscover: Buddy Miller

Buddy Miller is probably one of the best known musicians you've never heard of. Consistently playing with the likes of Levon Helm, Patty Griffin, Emmylou Harris and Shawn Colvin as well as producing albums for The Wood Brothers and The Devil Makes Three, this guy knows his stuff... He's one of those musicians where it's hard to tell where the music ends and he begins.

I was fortunate enough to get to see him and his wife, Julie, perform at the Variety Playhouse about 10 or 11 years ago and I'd have to say it was one of the best concerts I've ever been to. It was also the first concert I ever went to where everyone sat down the entire time. Such a departure from the rock concerts I was used to going to, it was stripped down, unadulterated, honest, pure musical perfection. If I ever get the chance, I'll go see them again. And if you get the chance to see them/him, do it.