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.