Friday, December 31, 2010

Bonnie Prince Billy - Go Folks, Go


Post #39.5: This was a collaboration that Will Oldham did with The Cairo Gang, and was released in 2010. The album is called The Wonder Show of the World.

This isn't the actual video for the song. From the tag it seems to be a family's Easter videos from the past. The song and video go well together.

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, "Go Folks, Go"
2,270 views on Youtube

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - Three Questions


Post #39: This is one of those albums I picked out because I loved the cover. I found it in the used section at Cheapo back in 2003. Since then it has been in my top 5 of all time, and is still in regular rotation after 7 years.

There is a lot of music to check out as Will Oldham has gone by many names, (Palace Music, Palace Brothers, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, etc.,), and has released over 20 albums. More recently he has been doing more collaborations with artists. I'll post one of those next.

This song is from Master and Everyone. If you like this song, you will like the entire album. Very, very mellow and absolutely beautiful.

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, "Three Questions"
1,529 views on Youtube

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson - Blackie's Dead (Live @ The Interface)



Post #38.5: Here is another one from the same album, Break Up.

Pete Yorn is coming to First Avenue on February 22nd with Ben Kweller, another great musician.  Another show I am planning on attending.

He is touring in support of his new self titled release that came out this year.

Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson, "Blackie's Dead"
99,058 views on Youtube

Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson - Relator (Live @ The Interface)


Post #38: Back in 2001, Target had a small endcap section of music that was priced at $6.99 an album. As someone that often times will buy music because the album cover looks cool, this was an offer too good to pass up. Sometimes the albums weren't to my liking, but I could typically find a song or two worth listening to. Pete Yorn's debut musicforthemorningafter, was one of these "chances", and to this day is included in my list of favorite albums.

More recently, in 2009, he released an album alongside Scarlett Johansson. Having purchased everything else Pete Yorn, I picked this up as well. After a couple of listens, it wasn't really clicking with me. And with memories of my excitement over finding musicforthemorningafter, I was quite disappointed.

But as is true, often times with an album, sometimes it is about timing. Some of my favorite albums are ones that didn't hit me right away. Well yesterday, I pulled this album out again, and have listened to it all day yesterday, last night and this morning a couple of times already. Great album!

This is my favorite tune, the opening track.

Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson, "Relator"
669,470 views on Youtube

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Cold War Kids - St. John - A Take Away Show


Post #37.5: This is a cool live version of "St. John", however, it probably doesn't make sense unless you have heard the actual song first, so check out the previous post before watching this.

Cold War Kids, "St. John"
187,262 views on Youtube

Cold war Kids - Saint John


Post #37: Yesterday, went and picked up tickets for the Cold War Kids this March at First Avenue.

Their third album will be coming out this January.

This is my favorite of theirs, off of their first album Robbers & Cowards.

Cold War Kids, "Saint John"
69,049 views on Youtube

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Passenger and Josh Pyke record the demo to 'What You're Thinking'


Post #36.5: Here Passenger performs with Josh Pyke (whom I posted a few days ago). The music starts 50 seconds in after a brief interview with Josh.

So, so good!

Both this song and the previous post, "The Girl Running" are from the new album Flight of the Crow.

Passenger (with Josh Pyke), "What You're Thinking"
1,114 views on Youtube

Passenger - 'The Girl Running' with Jess Chalker


Post #36: During my recent purchasing binge, I came across Passenger. I think I have found a new favorite!

When I purchased Josh Pyke, itunes suggested I check out Passenger, which is Michael Rosenberg from the UK.

This last September he released an album called Flight of the Crow, in which he performs songs with Australian musicians he has met along the way, Josh Pyke being one of them.

This song he performs with Jess Chalker.

I highly recommend this album, as it led to me purchasing 3 more of his.

Passenger, "The Girl Running"
1,227 views on Youtube

Monday, December 27, 2010

SXSW 2009: Delta Spirit - People Turn Around



Post #35.5: This is from Delta Spirit's first full length Ode To Sunshine.

Listening to them, they have reminded me of Dawes, which I posted a while back. Well, I happened to find this video of them playing with Taylor and Griffin from Dawes.

Unfortunately, the video cuts out short, but regarldess it is awesome.

Delta Spirit, "People Turn Around"
2,996 views on Youtube

Delta Spirit - Devil Knows


Post #35: Crystal from my office told me about Delta Spirit recently. I purchased the album last week, and have been listening to it non stop.

This is from their second full length album History From Below that came out this year.

Delta Spirit, "Devil Knows Your Dead"
25,757 views on Youtube

Sunday, December 26, 2010

JOSH PYKE: The Lighthouse Song


Post #34: Last night I did some more music shopping on itunes, and Josh Pyke brought my library past 36,000 songs. Technically the 36,000 song was "New Year's Song", but I couldn't find that on Youtube anywhere.

This song is off of the same album, Chimney's Afire which was released in 2008, and was song #35,991.

Josh Pyke is from Australia, which is evident if you have ever heard him talk, and is also a member of a band called Basement Birds, which I purchased shortly after this. (They have some live, "itunes sessions" on itunes. Check those out).

I will apologize, because sometimes there is a commercial that will play before this song.

Josh Pyke, "The Lighthouse Song"
171,727 views on Youtube

Saturday, December 25, 2010

David Bazan Slow and Steady Wins the Race, Baltimore House Show 9-4-09


Post #33.5: Here is David playing my favorite Pedro the Lion song.

This was released back in 2000 on the Winners Never Quit album.

This video so makes me want to start hosting "House Concerts".

David Bazan (Pedro the Lion), "Slow and Steady Wins the Race"
490 views on Youtube

David Bazan - God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen


Post #33: Merry Christmas everyone!

Here is another one for you from David Bazan, who is better known for being the main creative force and frontman for Pedro the Lion.

Unfortunately they chopped this video up, and only show short spurts of him actually singing, but the audio sounds great. The first glimpse of him is at about 1 minute in.

At the end of 2009, Bazan released his first full length solo album called Curse Your Branches. I encourage you to check out his first solo EP that was released in 2006 when Pedro the Lion dissolved. It is called Fewer Moving Parts.

David Bazan, "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen"
1,303 views on Youtube

Friday, December 24, 2010

Coal War/Glenn Tipton - Joshua James


Post #32.5: Joshua James' most recent album, Build Me This, was released in 2009. "Coal War" is the opening track. I had this song on repeat for days.

At 3:25, he transitions into "Glenn Tipton", a cover song by the band Sun Kil Moon which is fronted by Mark Kozelek from the band Red House Painters. Someone I will post at some point.

Joshua James, "Coal War" > "Glenn Tipton"
1,772 views on Youtube

Joshua James - Oh Come, Oh Come Emmanuel


Post #32: I can't believe that Christmas is already here. Another year almost completed.

I am a big fan of Christmas songs, however, everywhere you go, everyone is playing the exact same versions, over, and over and over again. To the point, where some of the songs I don't enjoy hearing any more.

Every once in a while, an artist will release their own version of these songs, and for me I love hearing these songs in a new way.

This is off of Joshua James album Fields and Floods. A 7 song album of Christmas/Winter songs.

Joshua James, "Oh Come, Oh Come Emmanuel"
8,460 views on Youtube

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Southbound Train by Jon Foreman on a Street corner in Baltimore



Post #31.5: After many Switchfoot shows, Jon will hit the streets and perform for waiting fans. Something that I wish more artists would do.

Here he is on a street corner in Baltimore, playing the second song off of the Fall EP.

He starts talking 1 minute in, giving an explanation of the song, and the music starts shortly after 2 minutes.

Jon Foreman, "Southbound Train"
1,692 views on Youtube

Jon Foreman The Cure For Pain



Post #31: In 2003, the band Switchfoot gained some popularity with their fourth album The Beautiful Letdown, which I highly recommend. A great album from beginning to end.

Due to some radio play, most people have heard of Switchfoot. Unfortunately, most people have not heard the name Jon Foreman, the vocalist for Switchfoot.

In 2007-2008, Jon released four EPs, one for each season (Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer).

This is an absolutely beautiful song, and is the first off of the Fall EP. One of my favorites to listen to when I'm feeling down.

I hope you like this Nicole!!

Jon Foreman, "The Cure For Pain"
1,286 views on Youtube

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

One Day As A Lion - "Wild International"



Post #30: This last weekend, I had my good friends Jon and Nicole, and their 4 kids stay overnight on their way to North Dakota.

Through college, Jon and I shared a love for Rage Against the Machine, a band we both enjoy to this day. When I mentioned One Day As a Lion to Jon, he had not heard them.

When Rage split up, three members picked up vocalist Chris Cornell from Soundgarden and started Audioslave.

Zach De La Rocha went his own way supposedly to work on material that was to have more of a Hip Hop feel. Ultimately his solo project was shelved, and in 2008 released a 5 track EP with former Mars Volta drummer Jon Theodore.

Awesome!!

One Day As a Lion, "Wild International"
653,293 views on Youtube

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Nada Surf - Blizzard Of '77 / THEY SHOOT MUSIC



Post #29: I am actually writing this on Monday night, the same day I posted the Avett Brothers, but I'll wait and post this on Tuesday. (Posting now at 1:30am, stuck at O'Hare, they don't have my bag, and won't let me back in to get something to eat. At least I was able to find an open chair). :)

I sit here in the Boston airport with nothing to do, because of a delayed flight to Chicago, which means I will probably miss my connecting flight into Minnesota. This, of course, due to the snow not only in Minnesota, but here in Boston as well. So I felt this song fitting.

Nada Surf is best known for their hit song "Popular" which came out all the way back in 1996, which has a pretty different sound than most of their stuff. It is almost strictly spoken word.

I absolutely love this song, which is the fourth most played song in my music library. The actual song starts about 1 minute in.

Nada Surf, Blizzard of '77"
1,277 views on Youtube

Monday, December 20, 2010

The Avett Brothers Tiny Desk Concert for NPR Music



Post #28.5: This is a longer video, but well worth it. I would love for The Avett Brothers to come do a show at my office.

This set includes 3 songs, the first, "Laundry Room" is from their most recent 2009 release, I and Love and You. The second, "Down With the Shine" starts at 7 minutes in, and is currently unreleased, with plans of it being on their next album. The third and final song is "Bella Donna", which starts at 12:15 in. This song is from The Second Gleam EP like the previous post "The Greatest Sum".

If you like any of this, i encourage you to check out their entire library. With 14 releases, including live performances and EPs, there is a lot of music to like...or in my case...love.

The Avett Brothers, "Laundry Room", "Down With the Shine", "Bella Donna"
397,011 views on Youtube

Scott Avett - "The Greatest Sum"



Post #28: Even though it was released in 2008, this was probably my most listened to song this last year.

This was released on The Avett Brother's The Second Gleam EP, their last release before signing to a major label.

Another band that is very difficult to get tickets for.

This is one half of the Avett Brothers, Scott. I'll try and find a good one of Seth to post next.

The Avett Brothers, "The Greatest Sum"
25,196 views on Youtube

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Post #27: Bon Iver - "Flume"



Post #27: I'm sitting in the O'Hare airport posting this with my iPad...I love this thing.

Upon arriving at the Minneapolis airport I made my customary purchase of a SPIN magazine. One of my favorite kinds of issues..."Top 40 albums of 2010."

Kanye West was #1 with his new album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Normally an album I would never purchase, but it just so happens I bought it a week ago. If you can get past the crudeness...it is actually very good.

There was one part of the album that really stood out to me, which is his collaboration with Bon Iver, (Justin Vernon, a folk artist from Eau Claire, Wisconsin). I'm not going to recommend the Kanye album as it is an acquired taste, but at least check out the track "Lost in the World". So cool!!.

This song "Flume" is from Bon Iver's self released album from 2007 called For Emma, Forever Ago. Pick it up!

Bon Iver, "Flume"
109,651 views on Youtube

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Post #26: Frightened Rabbit - "Good Arms vs Bad Arms"



Post #26: Here is Frightened Rabbit, which I mentioned in yesterday's post. The lead singer, Scott Hutchison, will be opening for Josh Ritter. I am so pumped!!

As you can tell from his accent, they are from Scotland.

My first Frightened Rabbit experience was their live album, Liver! Lung! Fr!. I highly recommend it.

Frightened Rabbit, "Good Arms Vs. Bad Arms"
181 views on Youtube

Friday, December 17, 2010

Post #25.5: Josh Ritter - "See How Man Was Made"



Post #25.5: This is my favorite off of Josh's new album.

So excited!

Josh Ritter, "See How Man Was Made"
2,199 views on Youtube

Post #25: Josh Ritter - "Best For The Best"



Post #25: I am so excited! I just received tickets to see Josh Ritter in concert from a very good friend of mine that knew I liked him. Little did they know that Scott Hutchison is opening (from the band Frightened Rabbit, another one I love, and which I'll post tomorrow). THANK YOU!!!!

Unfortunately, I have to wait until February for the show. :(

He is touring to support his new album So Runs the World Away that came out earlier this year.

This song is off of his 4th album The Animal Years.

Josh Ritter, "Best For the Best"
1,161 views on Youtube

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Post #24: Nick Thune



Post #24: This isn't a song, but I'm justifying the post because during his standup, he plays the guitar.

I saw him a couple times on Leno a while back, and recently he came out with a DVD of his standup through Comedy Central. It is very good. He is very good.

Nick Thune, Thick Noon (name of his album released earlier this year)
49,797 views on Youtube

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Post #23.5: Mumford & Sons - "White Blank Page"



Post #23.5: I could listen to these guys all day (and have before).

There are a few more of these Bookshop Session videos on Youtube, so I encourage you to view the rest if you have time.

Mumford & Sons, "White Blank Page"
1,684,671 views on Youtube

Post #23: Mumford & Sons - "Little Lion Man"



Post #23: A couple days ago, I kept with my Christmas tradition and went shopping for CD gifts for friends and family. Typically I buy different albums based on what I think each person will like.

This year, I bought a bunch of copies of Mumford & Sons, and will be giving everyone the same album.

This is hands down one of the best albums to come out in the last decade.

I have tried to purchase tickets to see these guys twice, both times at First Avenue, and both times tickets were sold out in less than 5 minutes. So apparently I'm not the only one that loves these guys.

Mumford & Sons, "Little Lion Man"
1,063,676 views on Youtube

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Post #22: The Accidental - "The Closer I Am"



Post #22: I just purchased this album over the weekend, and love this sound. The Accidental is made up of members from The Bicycle Thieves, The Memory Band and Tunng. Out of those three I only have Tunng in my library, so I guess I have a few more albums to buy. :)

When will it end!!!

The Accidental, "The Closer I am"
1,245 views on Youtube

Monday, December 13, 2010

The Verve Pipe - Villains


Post #21.5: I originally was going to post "The Freshman", but I like this song so much more. Off of the same album entitled Villains.

If you like this, check out their album Underneath. And aside from The Verve Pipe, Brian Vander Ark has a couple solo albums as well that are more on the mellow side like the previous post.

The Verve Pipe, "Villains"
48,844 views on Youtube

Brian Vander Ark, 1229 Sheffield



Post #21: Every once in a while, I come across a song I get addicted too. This is one of those songs. I have listened to it so much lately that it has become a joke with the boys and I. As soon as he says "threw up my hands in disgust" they yell "NOOOOOOO! Not hands in disgust!!"

This is Brian Vander Ark, former lead singer of The Verve Pipe, which was known for their most popular song "The Freshman".

I love the lyrics of this song. As the Youtube descriptions says, heart wrenching. "We turned in our bottles for 10 cent deposits. I'll drink us $2 more."

Brian Vander Ark, "1229 Sheffield"
807 views on Youtube

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Living Sacrifice - Rules Of Engagement


Post #20.5: For the life of me, I am having a hard time finding a well recorded live track, so today it is posts directly from the album.

Living Sacrifice also released their first album in 7 years at the beginning of the year entitled The Infinite Order. This is their 7th album.

Dan, you need to get this one!! One of my favorite albums from 2010, and one of their best.

Living Sacrifice, "Rules of Engagement"
11,331 views on Youtube

Living Sacrifice-Death Machine



Post #20: I know that Metal of most varieties is not the cup of tea of most people I know. However, I was made aware that my friend Dan is now checking out this blog, so in celebration, I need to post something to reflect our love of Christian Metal.

Living Sacrifice is not only the forerunner in "Heavy" Christian music (forming in 1989), but they are considered to be influential by the secular Metal world as well.

Breaking up in 2003, they reformed in 2008 thankfully, and released a 2 song digital only EP. This is the title track.

"The death machine is sin and I am he."

Dan, for $1.98 on itunes you have to pick this up.

Living Sacrifice, "Death Machine"
426 views on Youtube

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Post #19.5: Fleet Foxes - "Crayon Angels"



Post #19.5: Robin Pecknold again, sitting in the back of a cab with J. Tillman.

This is a cover of a song by Judee Sill, a folk artist that passed away from drug abuse in 1979.

Fleet Foxes, "Crayon Angels"
277,081 views on Youtube

Post #19: Fleet Foxes - "Oliver James"



Post #19: As I mentioned yesterday, this is the Fleet Foxes (J. Tillman is their drummer).

However, both of these videos have lead singer Robin Pecknold going solo.

At the end of 2008, SPIN magazine referred to him as "Voice of the Year". Saying he has "otherworldly pipes." Another great vocalist.

Fleet Foxes, "Oliver James"
21,525 views on Youtube

Friday, December 10, 2010

Post #18.5: J. Tillman - "Make Me A Pallet On Your Floor"



Post #18.5: This is why I love Youtube!

This was filmed in Sweden, and here is what "wiki" had to say about the song:

"Make Me a Pallet on the Floor" is a blues/jazz/folk song now considered as a standard. The song's origins are somewhat nebulous and can be traced back to the 19th century. Various versions of the lyrics were first published in 1911 in an academic journal of ethnomusicology.

This is one of the only places you will hear this song. Awesome!

J. Tillman, "Make Ma a Pallet on the Floor"
6,708 views on Youtube

Post #18: J. Tillman - "Year In The Kingdom"



Post #18: I had the opportunity to see J. Tillman open for Phosphorescent at both shows and was able to meet him as well. Another great opening act and a super nice guy to boot.

He spends a lot of his time as drummer for the band Fleet Foxes (which I'll post tomorrow).

J. Tillman recently released a new album called Singing Ax, which has become my favorite of his, out of the 7 he has released, and lately I can't stop listening to it. (This song is from his previous album Year in the Kingdom).

J. Tillman, "Year in the Kingdom"
3,841 views on Youtube

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Post #17.5: Phosphorescent - "Little Parts I & II"



Post 17.5: So minimal, and so great.

Phosphorescent, "Little Parts I & II"
1,640 views on Youtube

Post #17: Phosphorescent - "Dead Heart"



Post #17: I love visiting Youtube and finding videos of my favorite songs. Live, acoustic, covers. Often times they are versions you can't get on any albums. The online video is the only source.

Because you can't get them anywhere else, there are a handful of videos I find myself going back to over and over again, and this is one of them.

I had the opportunity to see Matthew Houck and his band Phosphorescent twice this summer (once in Minneapolis, and then two days later in Chicago when I was traveling on business). By far one of my favorite vocalists.

I absolutely love this song, especially this version.

Phosphorescent, "Dead Heart"
3,877 views on Youtube

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Post #16: John Lennon - "Working Class Hero"



Post #16: 30 years ago today, John Lennon was shot 4 times in his back.

Thanks to Mark David Chapman, most of us will never have the chance to see the Beatles live. :(

John Lennon, "Working Class Hero"
26,591 views on Youtube

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Post #15.5: Sufjan Stevens - "Casmir Pulaski Day"



Post #15.5: I was thankful to have the opportunity to see Sufjan a couple of months ago as he is on my list of artists I want to see before they, or I die.

If you do not have any Sufjan Stevens, I highly recommend the album Come on Feel the Illinoise!, which includes this song.

Part of a huge project to release an album for each of the 50 states. He has also released one called Greetings from Michigan, which is also a great album.

Sufjan Stevens, "Casmir Pulaski Day"
221,788 views on Youtube

Post #15: Sufjan Stevens - "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing"



Post #15: Some people's favorite day of the week is Saturday, for obvious reasons. Some say Thursday because then the week is almost over. I love Tuesdays, because that is when new music is released.

Today Sufjan (pronounced SOOF - YAWN) Stevens is releasing an EP on CD called All Delighted People. It sounds a little different than his older more traditional sound, so I will be posting older stuff instead.

In 2006, he released a 5 cd box set of called Songs for Christmas. He redid a number of Christmas songs and hymnals, and included a few of his own. This song was included, and it never gets old.

Sufjan Stevens, "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing"
40,483 views on Youtube

Monday, December 6, 2010

Post #14.5: Mason Jennings - "Birds Flying Away"



Post #14.5: I had to post this as well. My favorite Mason song of all time off of Birds Flying Away.

Mason Jennings, "Birds Flying Away"
854 views on Youtube

Post #14: Mason Jennings & James Mercer - "Something About Your Love"



Post #14: Mason Jennings is based out of Minnesota, where he spent most of his life, and is highly influenced by Bob Dylan. He just did a two night stint at First Avenue, on tour promoting his newest album The Flood. (Mine should be arriving in the mail today, AUTOGRAPHED!!!).

Here he is on his bus with James Mercer (lead singer of The Shins). I love this version of the song.

If you do not have any Mason Jennings I highly recommend Century Spring, which is in my top 5 albums of all time.

Mason Jennings, "Something About Your Love"
36,299 views on Youtube

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Post #13: The Black Crowes - "Soul Singing"



Post #13: Recently the Black Crowes came out with a double disc set called Croweology. They re-recorded about 20 songs, but with a more stripped down acoustic sound.

This video is from a few years back when Chris and Rich Robinson toured together off of their Brothers of a Feather album. This video is very similar to the version on the new album. (The original version is on the album Lions).

I am amazed that the Black Crowes don't have a bigger following. Especially with a voice like that.

The Black Crowes, "Soul Singing"
30,922 views on Youtube

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Post #12.5: Needtobreathe - "Washed By The Water"



Post #12.5: More proof of how amazing Bear is.

This is one of my favorite songs to listen to when I'm feeling down or stressed. In the end, all of the small, trivial stuff we deal with and worry about doesn't matter. There is way more to life than what this world has to offer.

Awesome, awesome song!

Needtobreathe, "Washed By the Water"
224,970 views on Youtube

Post #12: NeedtoBreathe - "Lay 'Em Down"



Post #12: Birthdays and Christmas is a great opportunity for me to share music, as it gives me an excuse to buy someone an album.

Last night for her birthday, I gave my Mom some Needtobreathe, which is lead by brothers Bear (lead vocals) and Bo (backing vocals) Rinehart.

One thing that is really cool with these guys is how amazing they sound live. I don't think I have ever heard or seen Bear with an off moment. This is one of those bands that sounds better live than they do on their album.

His voice gives me chills every time.

Needtobreathe, "Lay 'Em Down"
21,815 views on Youtube

Friday, December 3, 2010

Post #11: Atomic Tom - "Take Me Out"


Post #11: On Thanksgiving, my cousin's husband told me about this video, so we pulled it up on my ipad.


The story is that they had their equipment stolen, so they improvised playing this song using only their iphones. Was their equipment really stolen? I don't know and don't care. But I do know this is one of the coolest things I have seen.


Since then, I have checked out their album on itunes and it is actually pretty good.


Atomic Tom, "Take Me Out"

4,050,359 views on Youtube

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Post #10.5: Andrew Bird - "Masterfade"



Post #10.5: Here is Andrew Bird playing Masterfade live in Madrid. He loops, which is why he isn't wearing shows, and pushing buttons with his feet. Each time he pushes a button it stops/starts the recording or playing, and layers all of the sounds over each other. So fun to watch.

Andrew Bird, "Masterfade" (live)
667 views on Youtube

Post #10: Andrew Bird - "Masterfade"



Power #10: Unfortunately another show I'll be missing. Andrew Bird is playing at First Avenue tonight. I have had the opportunity to see him 4 times, and each time I am blown away by how talented he is.

He is a multi instrumentalist. Classically trained violinist. World renowned whistler. And he loops this all together during his shows (recording one portion, then another, then another, and so on). It is so cool!

I will post a live version of this as well showing him in action.

This song is from the album cover shown during this video, and is my favorite Andrew Bird album (Andrew Bird and the Mysterious Production of Eggs). I highly recommend it!!

Andrew Bird, "Masterfade"
870 views on Youtube

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Post #9: Jeremy Messersmith - "Love You to Pieces"



Post #9: There are so many talented musicians in Minnesota, and the great thing about this is that they play around town quite often. Unfortunately you can't see them all.

Jeremy Messersmith lives in Minneapolis and attended North Central University. He played at The Cedar this last Saturday which I was unable to attend, but thankfully it won't be long before I get another opportunity.

If you visit his website, you can download his new single "Tatooine" (which is Luke Skywalker's home world (for you non nerd types)), here: http://www.jeremymessersmith.com/

Jeremy Messersmith, "Love You to Pieces"
11,004 views on Youtube.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Post #8: Linkin Park - "Waiting For The End"



Post #8: Many times you can come across new music without really looking for it. This morning I turned on the TV to catch the tail end of this video. Not only is the video really cool, but I love the song. I had a different song in mind for today, but decided to post this instead.

Normally I am not a Linkin Park fan, but now after checking out their new album, "A Thousand Suns" on itunes, it seems that they have tweaked their standard sound a bit.

I like the change, so I'll be picking this album up.

Linkin Park, "Waiting for the End"
7,759 views on Youtube

Monday, November 29, 2010

Post #7.5: Alter Bridge - "White Knuckles"



Post #7.5: Here is one a little less mellow. Off of the same Live DVD.

Alter Bridge, "White Knuckles"
300,634 views on Youtube

Post #7: Alter Bridge - "Watch Over You"



Post #7: When Creed broke up, it was a sad day. Unlike most people out there, I am not a Creed hater, and still enjoy their music to this day.

But out of this tragedy, came something amazing. Mark, Scott and Brian from Creed hooked up with vocalist Myles Kennedy. One of the most powerful vocalists around, and created Alter Bridge.

Alter Bridge just released their third album, "AB III" as well as a live DVD filmed in Amsterdam. This video is from that DVD.

If you like Myles' voice, check out Mayfield Four, which is the band Myles fronted prior to Alter Bridge.

Alter Bridge, "Watch Over You"
746,113 views on Youtube

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Post #6: Fistful of Mercy - "Father's Son"



Post #6: One thing I love about Conan is that he himself is a pretty big music fan, always spotlighting bands that aren't as mainstream as ones you would find on Leno.

During his first week, he had on Fistful of Mercy, which is made up at Dhani Harrison (the son of George Harrison from the Beatles), Joseph Arthur, and one of my favorite musicians Ben Harper. Their debut album was just recently released in October.

Fistful of Mercy, "Father's Son"
16,563 views on Youtube

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Post #5: Neon Trees - "Animal"



Post #5: I was recently told about the Neon Trees by a friend from the office. I didn't really take the time to listen to them until I saw them on Conan this last week (GO COCO!!). They played this song.

It sounded so familiar, and I couldn't place it. Finally I realized it is being used in "Camp Vegas" commercials for Las Vegas.

What a great voice!

Neon Trees, "Animal"
412,638 views on Youtube

Friday, November 26, 2010

Post #4: Dawes - "When My Time Comes"



Post #4: Another band I came across as an opener. This last year I saw Dawes open for Cory Chisel at the Triple Rock in Minneapolis. One of the best live shows I have seen. They must have quite a following as when they finished half the place cleared out.

Had a chance to see them a couple weeks ago on their headlining tour. They played at First Avenue and it was the largest audience they had ever played for. Super nice guys.

Dawes, "When My Time Comes"
398 views on Youtube

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Post #3.5: Harper Blynn - "Start All Over"



Post #3.5: Off of their new self-titled album.

Harper Blynn, "Start All Over"
5,618 views on Youtube.

Post #3: Harper Blynn - "Halo" [Beyonce & Dirty Projectors cover]



Post #3: A huge part of attending concerts, that most people miss, is seeing the opening acts. Often times people brush them off as their main intent is to see the headliner. This is a big mistake.

I had never heard of Harper Blynn until I saw them open for Greg Laswell. I have now had the opportunity to see them twice (both times as the supporting act for Greg Laswell). And both times they played this cover (a combination of Beyonce's "Halo", and the Dirty Projectors "Cannibal Resource").

It starts off a little slow, but it is well worth watching the whole thing. Amazing harmonies.

Harper Blynn, "Halo" cover
21,133 views on Youtube.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Post #2: One Eskimo - "Kandi"



Post #2: I purchased this album about 6 months ago, and finally listened to it for the first time today. Very very good! This is my favorite tune.

One EskimO, "Kandi"
11,979 views on Youtube.

Another great band from England.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Post #1: The Civil Wars - "Poison & Wine"



Post #1:  I came across this band today and was blown away listening to this song.  If you like this, both artists have solo work as well:  Joy Williams and John Paul White.

The Civil Wars "Poison & Wine"
372,018 views on Youtube.
Finding new music can almost be similar to dating.

When it comes to dating, we all have certain aspects we look for in a suitable mate.

And just like when you meet a possible mate, there are certain qualities you look for in a band, which you will then use to determine if you "like, like" or just "like" said band.

Certain qualities will lead to "dating" and guarantee that their album will get continuous play for the weeks to come.

Unfortunately, sometimes during dating, there may also be qualities that surface down the road, which could lead to a break up.  Maybe they are too "clingy" and won't leave you alone by being played on the radio too much.  Or perhaps they start showing negative behavior that does not suit you, which will cause you to kick them to the curb and stop listening to them.

It is an unbelievable feeling when you find qualities in a band that cause you to become a fan for life.  When this happens it is like a marriage.  Your relationship with this band will not necessarily be perfect, and the band may still mess up from time to time, but if you are a true fan for life, you will learn to forgive and accept them for who they are.

This is where the comparison of music and relationships stop.  You can date numerous bands.  You can be married to numerous bands.  All the while never being worried about cheating or hurting feelings.  You can try different things.  Maybe today it is Alt Country, and tomorrow it is Heavy Metal.  You can make choices based on your mood or even your activities.

Bottom line:  Music is one of the biggest blessings God has given us.  Music will always be there for you regardless of who you are or what you are going through. It doesn't care what you look like, how you dress or how you smell.  It doesn't care about your sex or your color.  Music can bring strength.  It can calm your nerves.  Sometimes it can save your life.

The point of this blog is to introduce anyone that is interested, to new music.  These posts will consist of bands that I have dated, or am currently dating.  And sometimes bands that I am married too.

I have an open relationship with all of the bands featured in this blog.

Please date my music...I really don't mind.