Aeroplanes and Nicotine Canaries

Gone, Gone, Gone- Colin Farell

Yes, before you ask, that is Colin Farell the actor, and how did he come out better than most country acts around today? Well he’s got a great voice, you’re gonna be asking yourself is this really an irish dude the whole time? That and he’s got T. Bone Burnett who is a great producer (of Oh Brother, Where Art Thou fame) helping provide the instrumental authenticity, sure its a song from his new movie Crazy Heart but just because its part of a movie soundtrack doesn’t mean it can’t be good.

Uh-Huh- Wu-Tang Clan/The Beatles

A couple years back, The Beatles were my Bible, and any deviations or covers of their songs I could never come to terms with, they never captured the same magic as the originals.  But then mashups came on to the scene, The Grey Album was one of the first and one of the best, and shot DJ Dangermouse into being the superstar producer he is today.  What I like about this particular track is it takes the instrumental from a Beatles song that I thought always had a great instrumental backing but lacked in lyrics, the crazy (You Know My Name) Look Up the Number.  This mashup fixes the lyrical inadequacy with its rapping, and you never thought a Beatles sample could sound so fitting.

Where My Fortune Lies- Auld Lang Syne

Just a beautifully delivered, organic song with a little The Band meets The Avett Brothers flair.  The banjo is a nice touch with the hammertack piano.

Locksmith- The Gorgeous Colours

With a band name like that you have to be able to back it up with your music and they do, with a colorful guitar sound and wonderfully gorgeous and intimate vocal performance.

You Carry the Deed- Deradoorian

Some people have that special talent where no matter what surrounds them, their voice immediately brings you in.  With a softly played acoustic backing, her voice just flows out from her heart and tugs at yours.

Little Lovin’- Lissie

Another example of that special talent, Lissie is a newcomer to the music scene but has a voice beyond her years.

Lewis Takes Off His Shirt- Owen Pallett

Of of his new LP Heartland Owen Pallett is a musician in his own world, sure people might compare him to fellow violinist Andrew Bird due to their choice of instrument and vocal range, but Pallett is no one trick pony, having arranged for acts such as the Arcade Fire as well as his own material.  In short this song is otherworldly, with hooks coming in and out in ways that delight the ears.  I promise you will never hear a more inspiring song with the lyrics “I’m never gonna give it to you”.

Blue Skies- Noah and the Whale

The cathartic build up of a song that The National is famous for is played out to perfection on this song by Noah and the Whale.  Off of their new LP The First Days of Spring, a breakup album, Blue Skies has a sweeping majesty and humbleness that only the song itself can describe.

Airplanes- Local Natives

Like Modest Mouse at their finest, with better singing.

Wicked Blood- Sea Wolf

Sea Wolf, despite the unusual name manages to evoke the familiar while being entirely original, a wonderful song off of a wonderful album.

Home Sweet Home- Sad Brad Smith

Put a Sad Brad Smith song on and you’ll be hard pressed to believe that he’s only released one album, his debut, his arrangements show wisdom beyond his years and his song-craft is impeccable, just check out his song off of the Up in Air soundtrack, if you need more evidence.

The Right Place- Monsters of Folk

As The Beatles so well proved, the sum is often greater than its individual parts, all the members in Monsters of Folk have their own great respective careers, but together they have a timeless cohesive element that only bands like CSNY could match.

Nicotine Canaries- Cotton Jones

A song thats as interesting and intriguing as its name.

Getting Better- The Beatles

I don’t care what anyone says, no one will be able to ever replicate this song, the ringing guitars, the famously impeccable Beatle harmonies, the perfect mixing in of Eastern Influences and an indomitable hook.  This song is for all those times you start to wonder if they were overrated to prove just how great they were.

Hot Cookin’- G. Love and Special Sauce

I’m already sick of this cold New England winter, I want it to be summer already.  At least with this song I’m halfway, its like a beach party campfire for your ears, it just sounds, well, warm and its a catchy song to boot.

Got Nuffin’- Spoon

Driving at night throwing cares out your window.  Theres something off, lurking in the shadows but you don’t know how to explain it, you got nuffin.

Let’s Stay Together- Al Green

This song is a classic, one that solidified Al Green as a powerful presence in soul and was the soundtrack to a lot of baby making, Just to further prove Green’s genius, after hearing the instrumental he wrote the lyrics in 15 minutes, I dare you to do better.

The Mystery Zone- Spoon

Just more proof of how catchy and inventive Spoon can be.

Tides- Megafaun

A perfect closing track.

Hey Hey

A new one for you all, this is a light hearted good jams kind of mix

Robert Palmer-Addicted to Love

Suave meets power rock, awesome combination

Monsters of Folk- Say Please

This is a super group of Jim James, M. Ward, and Conor Oberst, Say Please is a Beatlesque tune, the guitar solo is a nice touch

The Shaky Hands- The Sleepless

Nice bouncy groove on this one, fans of Modest Mouse will like this one

My Morning Jacket- Golden

One of the prettiest acoustic melodies you will ever hear, if gold had a sound it would be this

The Dodos- Fables

Great melody and drumming on this one and the singing is in fine form too

Donovan Frankenreiter- These Arms

Just a nice light-hearted acoustic tune, nice touches with the organ

Geto Boys- Straight Gangstaism

I could swear Tupac was on this, great sample, great flow

Harper Blynn- Centrifugal Motion

It’s like E.L.O. and Billy Joel decided to have a musical baby and this was the result, catchy melody, great vocal performance and great bridge

Pete Willett- Something

Most of the time, Beatles covers are like heresy in my book, but the laconic way he delivers the lyrics brings the song to a different place, dreamy and wistful, perfectly conveying the feeling Harrison was getting at by not being sure.

Forest Fire- Fortune Teller

Great vocal performance, great arrangement, a new band that more people should know about

The Clash- Guns of Brixton

London Calling is a fantastic album for a number of songs, and this is one of the best, fantastic arrangement, snide vocals, a powerful song through and through

The Shaky Hands- Sunburns

Just a sunny day tune, a happy song, good backing harmonies and easy going arrangement

Liam Finn & Eliza Jane- Honest Face

Tight harmonies with a wild arrangement

The Generationals- When They Fight, They Fight

Great homage to beach boys/ motown girl group style, this song is amazingly catchy and it is hard to believe it was recorded this year

Portugal The Man- The Home

Oasis meets Dispatch, these guys have a great sense of dynamics and melody and they’re a pleasure to listen to

Pete and J- No More One More Chance

This song could easily have been straight out of the CSN &Y songbook, great acoustics and singing performance

Arcade Fire- Haiti

Very nicely done arrangement on this one

The Explorer’s Club- Do You Love Me

The Beach Boys 2.0, catchy, strong harmonies and a summer melody

The Dutchess and the Duke- Reservoir Park

Similar to House of the Rising Sun but good in its own right

Dean Martin- Gentle on My Mind

Great upbeat country arrangement and Dean Martin shows his considerable vocal chops on this one, this is a hard melody to get off your mind.

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.

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