A Very Belated New Music Sunday vol 4- Dappled Cities, Girls, Monsters of Folk, Tea Leaf Green, Umphrey’s McGee

sorry everybody working with a free blog there are some limitations and that includes how much space i can host music online but hopefully thats not an issue anymore.anywho

Dappled Cities-

This Australian band features a good Strokes meets Coldplay vibe but with enough instrumental experimentation to be their own and they have a new album out thats worth checking out, unlike Yoko Ono’s latest attempt at singing.

Answer is Zero

Fire Fire Fire

Slow For Me, My Island

Girls-

Featuring one of the most descriptive band names ever, as well as one of the most alliterative album names ever (Album).  Girls is alot more complex than their simple names portray.  Easing into a psychedelic rock meets indie mode the lead singer is easily comparable to Elvis Costello and Buddy Holly in his timbre and the melodies they make are either sometimes downright catchy, or downright intriguing, definitely a band worth keeping an eye on. And despite the strange song names, they are quite easy to get into.

Ghost Mouth

Hellhole Retrace

Summertime

Monsters of Folk-

This band doesn’t need anymore accolades, in fact its already full of them.  Some people are saying its the new CSNY, others the new Traveling Wilburys, and everybody seems to think they’re a damn good band.  Featuring harmonies that are worthy of their former comparisons, Monsters of Folk is a group comprised of Jim James (My Morning Jacket), M. Ward (She & Him) and Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes).  Dear God (Sincerely M.O.F.) is worth the price of the album itself, a great piece featuring each vocalist by himself then the overall group with a great lush background.

Dear God (Sincerely M.O.F.)

Temazcal

Tea Leaf Green-

I haven’t always been the biggest fan of Jam bands but TLG is worthy of praise, especially when as a jam band they can break down their songs into acoustic sets with smaller audiences.  The harmonica and bass interplay on this song is sublime and I’d be damned if I don’t hear shades of Jerry Garcia all over this guys voice

Let Us Go

Umphrey’s McGee-

Simply the most fantastic funktastic jam I’ve ever heard about everybodys favorite malt liquor beverage.  Hell Marvin Gaye couldn’t make it sound sexier if he tried, its a little strange in the beginning, but the rest of the song is worth it.

40’s Theme

New Music Sunday! Vol 3- A.A. Bondy, As Tall As Lions, Jason Diaz, Justin Townes Earle

A.A. Bondy-

A.A. Bondy is blessed with the talent of taking the age old guitar and harmonica duo and breathing new life into it. While his lyrics match those of another famous guitar and harmonica wielding folkster, Bob Dylan, his voice is much less scratchy, warm and endearing.  He’s got a new record out as well, which shows he has a knack for arrangements, something Bob Dylan didn’t really flesh out.  His voice rings out against the dark moody instruments in the background and its hard to shake his warm spirit.  Troubadour say some,  but he seems to possess a depth beyond labels.

American Hearts

When the Devil’s Loose

There’s  A Reason

Witness  Blues

Hey Preacher

Black Rain, Black Rain

The Mightiest of Guns

I Can See the Pines are Dancing


As Tall As Lions-

As Tall As Lions is a group that thrives in its technical ability, its crazy modern arrangements, and its talented high register singer.  It would not be a stretch to compare them to Radiohead, nor an insult to either.  Beautiful these melodies are, derivative they are not.   The moods this band is able to create with each different song is remarkable and reason enough to listen

Circles

Sleepyhead (acoustic version)

Love, Love, Love (Love, Love)

Song for Luna


Jason Diaz-

I heard Jason Diaz on a music blog site, unsure at first of what his particular talent was until he opened his mouth.  Soulful, stunning, and absolutely exquisite, Jason Diaz’s voice can be a little too moving sometimes,  but the biggest highlight here is Foresaken which melds his croon with great jazz piano and guitar that seems like its right out of the Hendrix songbook, its an odd trifecta to be sure but one not to be missed out on.

Pleasure in Pain

Forsaken

Take Me or Leave Me

The Prodigal (Sweet Caroline)

Unholiest War

When You Lay Down Your Life


Justin Townes Earle-

Now, the one genre I have generally had no respect for is country.  It’s easy to hate on and make fun of since it is such a pigeonholed genre with little variation involved.  It seemed Justin Townes Earle would not fall far from the tree.  His father Steve Earle had already been a famous country singer and he seemed fated to fall in his footsteps.  Yet with Midnight At the Movies, his latest album, he manages to break free from the mold, he lets the style breathe with his simple arrangements and his voice has a slight twang that doesn’t overpower his singing abilities.

What I Mean To You

Poor Fool

Can’t Hardly Wait

The Ghost of Virginia