Thursday, December 18, 2014

Flying Lotus - Never Catch Me Feat. Kendrick Lamar

Feels like: Childish Gambino, Shad

Need an uplift after all the shit headlines these days?  Check out this great video from Flying Lotus.  Sprouts a little gold in an otherwise bleak world.

Chet Faker - Gold

Feels like: Mikky Ekko, Alt-J, Max Frost

Check out this gooder from Chet Faker.  The video is pretty dang mesmerizing.  It's like watching those bird toys that bob up and down into a bowl of water, just plain rhythmic and comforting.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Vulfpeck - Christmas In L.A.

Feels Like: Stevie Wonder, Funkadelic, Snarky Puppy

Hello Brethren!! We are ramping back up our blog activity here at Brethren ground zero. This might/definitely has included such happenings as the physical relocation of  brethren of the blog (still in Nashville, don't worry), new blog bands,  and new blog songs with good blog sounds. I know that sounds more like a Dr. Seuss verse than a blog entry, but I had to get out all of this pent-up nervous energy and it turns out that child-like rhymes are my coping mechanism. I digress... With the Christmas season upon us and holiday playlists in full tilt, it is always tough finding new material to add to holiday repertoire. Not one to shy away from a challenge, Vulpeck, the funkified rhythm group out of L.A, deliver with their new release of "Christmas in L.A.". Right in-step with the rest of their catalog, this up-tempo Motown tribute of a holiday song is one that I will definitely be brining into the fold for the family to enjoy this Christmas. Check out the video below. It's good to be back.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Rich Aucoin - Yelling In Sleep

Feels like: Reptar, Tiny Victories, Alt-J

Been gone a long time, but here's a good one to get you back in.  Check it out!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Twin Peaks - Making Breakfast

Feels Like: Mac DeMarco, Iggy Pop, The Smith Westerns

"Making Breakfast" is a pure nugget of carefree slacker rock. Something about the vibe of this video reminds me of the Simpsons, teenage comedy sidekicks, and flipping on MTV in the 90s. So wake up, eat some breakfast, and let this song put a smile on your face.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Family and Friends - My Life, My Love

Feels like: The Head and the Heart, Mumford and Sons, Run River North, Typhoon

Hello friends, I am so excited to share this one with you today!  These guys are from Athens, GA and they are the real deal.  Check them out tomorrow at Roots Academy.  I will see y'all there!

Young Liars - Night Window

Feels like: The Elwins, The Griswolds, Jinja Safari

Happy Thursday folks!  Grab a slice of happiness provided for you by Young Liars.  Just joy waiting to happen.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Strands of Oak - Shut In

Feels like: Deer Tick, Middle Brother, Desert Noises, Delta Spirit

Pretty awesome video dealing with depression and breaking the habit.  Give it a watch right now.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Vacationer - The Wild Life

Feels like: Jinja Safari, LinusYoung

Bringing back that summer vibe just in time for Fall?  Well here is another that you can add to your list that has all of the pure joy and fun you've come to expect from Vacationer.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Under the Covers: The Griswolds - Riptide by Vance Joy

Feels like: An 80's glorious version of the hit song with plenty of synth

Just as good as the original but with so much more happy in it.  Give it a go here:

Monday, September 8, 2014

Benjamin Booker - Have you seen my Son?/Violent Shiver

Feels like: The Walkmen, Allah-Las, The Weeks, Deer Tick, The Apache Relay, Clear Plastic Masks, Gary Clark Jr.

Welcome back to an exciting new edition.  We have missed you so, and so much good music has come our way.  To start things off, I want to introduce you to Benjamin Booker, a real quality rocker with talent to spare.  Give him a listen right here.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Goat - Run to your Mama

Feels like: TV on the Radio, Amadou and Miriam, Allah-las, Rock/EDM/Tribal fusion

Check out this crazy one from Goat, this awesome Swedish group that is anything from ordinary.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Fences - Arrows [Feat. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis]

Feels like:  Milo Greene, Republic Tigers, Childish Gambino, Cam Liberty, Linus Young

More summer jams for you right here.  Time for your own Independence day.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Linus Young - Fun in the Sun

Photo: NYLON has exclusively premiered our new single "Fun In The Sun". Let us know what you think!

Listen to it here-

Feels like: Rich Aucoin, Wildcat! Wildcat!, Yuksek

Pure Pop Joy.  Seriously, fall in love to/with this track right now.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Peace - Float Forever

Feels like: Foals, Mystery Jets, Vampire Weekend, The Kooks, The Postelles

Just click play.  You'll like this chilled out song, I'm just sure of it.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Yo Nashville: Cam Liberty - Comin' In Hot [Feat. Scrilla]

Feels like: Imagine Dragons, Chance the Rapper, Beyonce, Danny Brown, Yuna, RDGLDGRN, Childish Gambino

This guy is pretty hard to place into a mold.  He literally has every sound from Country to Pop to Rock, but his standout to me is this gem.  It's a dope beat that reminds me a lot of Childish Gambino if he collaborated with Imagine Dragons.  Give it a listen here:

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Doprah - Stranger People

Feels like: The XX, Phantogram, Jai Paul, How to Dress Well, Flume

Australia and New Zealand sure have a lot of bright talent these days.  Here is yet another one sure to be climbing our charts soon enough.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Family and Friends - Wyoming

Feels like: The Head and the Heart, Mumford and Sons, Houndmouth, Typhoon

Have you ever been in love?  Don't know for sure, but want to find out?  Close your eyes and listen to this song.  Does anyone immediately pop into your head?  Well...I think we found out who you love.  And if the answer is no, then go ahead and fall in love with Family and Friends.  These guys are incredibly talented and their sound is here to stay.  So go ahead and fall in love right here, right now.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

alt-J - Left Hand Free/Hunger of the Pine

Feels like: The Rolling Stones, The Kooks, Muse, The Whistles and the Bells, Led Zeppelin, Phantogram, M.I.A., Santigold

"Left Hand Free" is another song along the lines of The Kooks' new "Hooray for Henry" and let me tell you, this classic rock inspired jam is excellent.  "Hunger of the Pine" is more along the lines of what we have come to expect from alt-J, similar to a Phantogram with a Santigold or M.I.A. presence in the background.  One thing is for sure, alt-J was no mistake as they climbed to the top of the charts, and their new stuff is sure to impress.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Under the Covers: Local Natives - Out Getting Ribs [King Krule Cover]

Feels like: Woodkid, San Fermin

Local Natives making some good things happen, as usual.  If you want to check out the original song, here it is below.

Generationals - Gold Silver Diamond

Feels like: Peter Bjorn and John, Menomena, Los Campesinos!, Portugal. the Man

Hot new track for another hot hot day in July.  Generationals always bring the best out of simply sound.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Raury - God's Whisper

Feels Like: Outkast, Crystal Fighters, Lianne La Havas

"God's Whisper" is an out-there tune. It doesn't really sound like anything coming through the airwaves and simultaneously it feels like it could be chanted at the World Cup. Listening to more of his catalog just further confuses the categorization. Mixing Folk, Rap, and R&B (among other things) combined with the fact that he comes from ATL makes Outkast the easy comparison (he's going to be opening for them at their string of hometown shows in September). Comparing someone to Outkast though is basically just saying they're extremely creative and mix things up consistently. No matter what it sounds like, Raury is definitely one to keep an eye on.

Yo Nashville: Sol Cat - Bread on the Table

Feels like: Cherub, Lucius, Diarrhea Planet, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Weeks

So I bet your summer is going pretty well.  A beach trip.  Maybe a few backyard bbqs.  Endless pool days and boozey weekends.  As if that is not enough, you now have a great new tune from your Nashville bad boys Sol Cat.  Go ahead and enjoy.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Andy Bull - Talk Too Much

Feels Like: Chromeo, Passion Pit, Cloud Control

"Keep on Running" was a summer staple in 2013. While it'd be hard to match that song's pop perfection, "Talk Too Much" comes pretty close. If I had a time machine, I'd take this one back to the Eighties and suggest it for inclusion on a John Hughes' movie soundtrack. Bull's next album Sea of Approval is set to be released on July11 and is sure to be full of electro-pop goodness.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Phox - Slow Motion

Feels Like: Lake Street Dive, Feist, Thao and the Get Down Stay Down

Sean posted a version of this song during the lead-up to Shaky Knees. Now, their self-titled debut album is out and we've got the official video. This album is top-notch head-to-toe. Like this tune, the songs keep you guessing and have the perfect guise for your summer playlists. Both thumbs up on our end.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

PAPA - I Am The Lion King

Feels Like: Wild Cub, Leagues, Tom Vek

You name a song "I Am the Lion King" and you're setting the bar pretty damn high. PAPA hit their marks though, creating some simple, driving indie pop. And as always, black-and-white videos go a long way as far as cool factor (letting the yellow bleed through was a nice touch). If you're looking for a new groove, look no further.

Yo Nashville: The Apache Relay - American Nomad/Power Hungry Animals

Feels like: Langhorne Slim, Milo Greene, Bronze Radio Return, The Head and the Heart, Family and Friends, Delta Spirit, Shovel and Rope

Well folks, you get quite the lovely show tonight at Nashville Riverfront park for the Nashville Dancin' series.  Tonight The Apache Relay is playing, and if you haven't heard, they are quite amazing.  Give 2 of their bests a listen here, then head on out tonight to catch them headline.  By the way, if you love "Power Hungry Animals" and also love yourself a helluva a good summer movie, check them both out in "The Way Way Back".  If you are still hungry for more after that, check out "Can't Wake Up", "Ruby", "Home is not places" and "Katie Queen of Tennessee". Happy beginning to the 4th for you all!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Under the Covers: Caught a Ghost - Like a Virgin (Madonna Cover)

Feels Like: Jamie Lidell, Sunny Levine, Chromeo

Too much R&B singers these days take a kitchen-sink approach to their production. Thankfully, Caught a Ghost doesn't misstep. Taking a minimalist, repeating bassline and layering on some subtle touches (and, of course, a sax solo), Caught a Ghost achieves a groove primed for late night listening. Madonna could get down to this.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Luther Dickinson - Blood 'n Guts

Feels Like: Mississippi John Hurt, John Fullbright, Nick Drake

North Mississippi Allstars' Luther Dickinson has gone and released an amazing solo album, and "Blood 'n Guts" gives you a great idea of what to expect. Intricate acoustic fingerpickin', easy melodies (which the more I listen to it, bring to mind Nick Drake), and a driving thump of a kick drum are all par for the course. While North Mississippi Allstars' rollicking, roots-y brand of blues will always be a mainstay, Dickinson broadens his range here a bit and in doing so, has made the perfect soundtrack for a laid-back summer afternoon.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Danny Brown - Smokin and Drinkin

Feels Like: Diplo, ASAP Rocky, Hyphy?

Turnt up? Turnt up. I'm pretty sure that that describes this song. This should the unofficial anthem until you start to look like Danny Brown. At that point, change tracks.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Lake Street Dive - Bad Self Portraits / Don't Make Me Hold Your Hand

Feels Like: Amy Winehouse, Alabama Shakes, St. Paul and the Broken Bones

The winner for best new discovery at Bonnaroo this year is without a doubt Lake Street Dive (OK, Sean's posted about them before...). They really truly have everything you could want in a band though. The songs are amazing. The instrumentation is interesting (here's to you stand-up bass and trumpet). The arrangements are intricate and perfectly executed. All I can say is find everything they've made and listen to it. None of it disappoints.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Under the Covers: Dave Rawlings Machine - Going to California / To Be Young

Feels Like: Alison Krauss, Parker Milsap, The Wood Brothers

Dave Rawlings Machine sports some members with serious pedigrees. Featuring Dave Rawlings (ace songwriter, guitar virtuoso), Gillian Welch (O Brother chanteuse), Paul Kowert (Punch Brothers), Willlie Watson (formerly of Old Crow Medicine Show, now doing a stand-up job as a solo artist), and John Paul Jones (LED ZEPPELIN), I'm pretty sure I could stop writing now. The fact that these songs (Rawlings wrote "To Be Young" so I wouldn't call it a cover) perfectly fit their sound only helps. I saw these extremely gifted folks last weekend at the Ryman, and was, unsurprisingly, blown away.

Under the Covers: Sarah Jarosz - Come On Up to the House (Tom Waits Cover)

Feels Like: Mike Farris, Punch Brothers, Mavis Staples

Sarah Jarosz's band might be the tightest in bluegrass (sorry Punch Brothers). And the Tom Waits version of this song definitely wouldn't make you think that it was primed for a bluegrass cover/Americana sing-along, but Sarah Jarosz and co prove that that isn't so. Each member of the band contribute equally stunning solos and prove that they're more-than-adequate support players. If these talented, talented string whisperers are in your neck of the woods, go.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Milky Chance - Stolen Dance

Feels Like: Michael Franti, Crystal Fighters, Bedouin Soundclash

Some songs just sound easy. It's not that they didn't require thought and time, but you get the feeling they just sort of came together naturally. "Stolen Dance" sounds immediately familiar, and while I've racked my brain for days, I still can't place exactly what it sounds like. It's a good one though, and deserves to be played until the needle breaks.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Patty Griffin - Ohio Feat. Robert Plant

Feels Like: Alison Krauss, Roseanne Cash, Sarah Jarosz

Patty Griffin is a damn soulful. As is Robert Plant, no one's questioning that. Patty Griffin wins on this one though. Hands down. No questions asked. Game Over. Folk.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Under the Covers: The Wood Brothers - P.Y.T. [Michael Jackson Cover]

Feels like: Father John Misty, Phosphorescent, Deer Tick

Wanna hear what would have been if Michael Jackson grew up a southern rock singer?  Well here you go.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Wildcat! Wildcat! - Hero

Feels like: DWNTWN, The Knocks, Wild Cub

It's about damn time Wildcat! Wildcat! graced us with a new tune.  And what a stellar tune at that.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Grouplove - I'm With You

Feels like: Cool Beans

Just press play. You're welcome. And then go to Exit/In Friday for one helluva show.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Under the Covers: Milo Greene - We Didn't Start the Fire [Billy Joel Cover]

Feels like: Wild Cub, The Ceremonies

A new take on the classic by Billy Joel.  Lyrics are very much so updated.  Lend it your ear right now.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Teddybears - Sunshine

Feels like: C2C, Beck, Major Lazer

In a song that sounds like the exact collaboration between Beck, C2C and Major Lazer, literally anything is possible.  Lasers coming out of crotches? Check.  A throwback to early 2000's gushers commercials? Check.  E.T. reference? Check.  But what about a Bond Golden Gun that fires flowers? Check as well.  Well damn, this is just one helluva good time.

Chuck Inglish featuring Chromeo - Legs

Feels like: Classixx, Metronomy, Justice, Santigold

Too sexy to describe.  Just click and enjoy.

Hockeysmith - Hesitate / But Blood

Feels like: The Naked and Famous, The XX, Phantogram, Robert DeLong, Yacht

Because the weather is Oh so cruel today, I decided to be a sweetheart and treat you to a new one. Hockeysmith, with the title track and the single off their EP "But Blood", are quite the eerie honey your ear mouth has been craving.  Get yourself a full helping.  Heck, go for seconds.


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Parker Milsap - Truck Stop Gospel / Quite Contrary

Feels Like: Ray LaMontagne, Pokey LaFarge, Old Crow Medicine Show

Some artists can just wind it up and let it go. At least, it seems that way. There's an ease to what Parker Milsap and his top-notch trio do. They slip from one strand of American music history to another without missing a beat. Then there's the voice. It's bourbon-barreled. It's road worn. There's something timeless to it. And it's worth the trip to hear it live, so don't miss these guys when they come to your town.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Half Moon Run - Call Me in the Afternoon / Judgement

Feels Like: Lord Huron, Cloud Control, Alt-J

This "Call Me in the Afternoon" video is incredibly strange in all the right ways. The same could be said for the song. Hailing from the Great White North, Half Moon Run make spacey, rhythmic, and extremely melodic tunes. It'd be really hard to not like at least some piece of their bizarre puzzle. "Judgement" is slightly more straightforward, but still contains some pleasant surprises.

Monday, June 2, 2014

John Fullbright - Happy

Feels Like: Jason Isbell, Justin Townes Earle, Sturgill Simpson

John Fullbright's Songs is one heck of an album. His debut From The Ground Up set a damn high bar, and this sophomore effort just came and blew it out of the water. Every song is a high point so it was pretty hard selecting just one. "Happy" wins out cause it's the only one with a proper video. But this is an album people, it was made to be listened to end to end.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Yo Nashville: Pale Houses - Wayward Sires

Feels Like: The Replacements, Crowded House, Cloud Control

No, this song isn't from the soundtrack of an eighties' coming-of-age movie. This is some new shit as they say. And while it hearkens back to the days of neon, it does so knowingly and with a good amount of respect. Pale Houses is a amalgam of Murfreesboro indie rock veterans and it's obvious this isn't their first rodeo. These guys know what they're doing.

Yo Nashville is a segment in which we highlight acts from right here in Music City U.S.A.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Under the Covers: Arctic Monkeys - Feels Like We Only Go Backwards (Tame Impala Cover)

Feels Like: The Wind and The Wave, Swear and Shake, The Kooks

Man, did they always sound that British? This cover is pretty straight forward but it really doesn't need to be anything more. It's just Alex Turner and a guitar and really shines a great line on Tame Impala's fine, fine song. Arctic Monkeys are really on a roll and this is really just another check of the box.

Foster the People - Best Friend

Feels like: Yuksek, Passion Pit, Cherub, the asteroids galaxy tour

Ready for a creepy one?  This video is right along the lines of a Portugal. The Man video, but it's got all the high happy sound you've come to know and love from Foster the People.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Yo Nashville: Sturgill Simpson - Time After All

Feels Like: William Elliott Whitmore, George Ezra, Andrew Combs

There are people who show up on Nashville concert calendars over and over. Most of the time I write them off as some down-and-out honky tonk singer, but Sturgill Simpson persisted. Eventually, it had to be checked out and I'm glad I did. Listen to that voice. That's a real fucking country voice. Although that voice threatens to overshadow everything else, it doesn't. The songs hold up. The musicianship is there. This is what the real deal sounds like.

Yo Nashville is a segment in which we highlight local acts from right here in Music City U.S.A.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Sleeper Agent - Waves

Feels Like: Crystal Fighters, Grouplove, Walk the Moon

Bands are changing their sound quicker and quicker. Point in case: While Sleeper Agent's breakthrough single "Get It Daddy," which is only 3 years old, is catchy as hell, the sound was definitely more in the camp of The Strokes than Passion Pit. But trends tend to have sway on young bands, and while the release of "Waves" could have turned out to be a cash-grab modification to the band, it seems genuine and sounds pretty damn good. Go ahead and try to listen to this without it getting it stuck in your head.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Yo Nashville: All Them Witches - Charles William

Feels Like: Arctic Monkeys, North Mississippi Allstars, Deap Vally

All Them Witches are some serious heavies. They make deep, murky rock that feels like it could raise the dead from under a swamp. If you're planning on having a seance or are missing the Bayou eeriness of True Detective, All Them Witches might be the band to fill that gap.

Yo Nashville is a segment in which we highlight local acts from right here in Music City U.S.A.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Bas feat. J. Cole - My N****a Just Made Bail

Feels Like: J Cole, Wale, A$AP Rocky

It's that wonderful time of year when the Hollywood blockbuster trailers start pouring in and Americans flock to the theaters to get their proverbial rocks off to some Bruce Willy/Liam Neesons action flick. However, since we have yet to see the formidable wave of nonsensical box office smashes crest, the good guys at Dreamville have a little treat to redirect your entertainment needs.

Now, before you head straight to the music video below, I would recommend checking out the comical 30 for 30 spoof from the Dreamville team -- but I know most you probably won't  ;) 

In any case, it's also the season for some big time summer rap hits (a la Shake Your Tailfeather via Bad Boys 2). Please enter... Bas with his latest release. The distinctly Brazilian feel to the beat is a perfect fit for the summer and this will be well worn by the season's close. Check it out below.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Spank Rock - Bully

Feels Like: Azealia Banks, Diplo, Nicky da B

This is a weekend song plain and simple. You're probably not going to listen to this on Sunday or Monday or Tuesday or Wednesday or Thursday (maybe Thursday). But come Friday, this is your jam. Use it.

Yo Nashville: L'Orange - Man of the Night Feat. Erica Lane

Feels Like: Erykah Badu, The Roots, Norah Jones

L'Orange is a Nashville-based producer who doesn't deal in fiddles and pedal steels. Dude's got some ranges mixing in elements of jazz, hip-hop, and even some left-field elements. "Man of the Night" showcases singer Erica Lane's smooth vocals and is a track that puts mood above all else. The black and white video only enhances the track's effect and the location couldn't have been more right.

Yo Nashville is a segment in which we highlight acts from right here in Music City U.S.A.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Pell - Eleven:11

Feels Like: Chance the Rapper, Bas, Drake

Pell Yeah. That's New Orleans lyricist Pell's twitter handle and website domain, and it pretty much sums up the feeling when listening to his album. In an era of mostly disappointing debuts, Pell's Floating While Dreaming is surprisingly amazing. His vocals bring to mind a toned-down version of Chance the Rapper's stream-of-conscious quirkiness while the production falls in line with the moody, atmosphere-driven style spearheaded by the world's most famous lint-roller, Drake. It's worth a listen or two and "Eleven:11" should be enough of a taste to convince you to take that dive.

Jurassic 5 - The Way We Do It

Feels Like: Souls of Mischief, A Tribe Called Quest, The Pharcyde

Rap groups typically don't age well. Their members tend to splinter off and become actors, activists, and solo performers who fall well short of what their former group could accomplish. Hats off to Jurassic 5 though. While they haven't always remained fully in the public's eye, they have managed to release a credible, nostalgia-driven party single every couple years or so. And that's really all we can ask for. Hearing them over The White Stripes' "My Doorbell" brings to mind everything good about the early aughts. And there's still nothing like Chali 2na's velvety vocals out there today.