Sunday, August 31, 2008

Heavenly Days- Old Demos

Yay for good local bands! These guys are all my really good friends, and they make some cool music. Very Radiohead-esque.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Phosphorescent- Daytrotter Sessions

Phosphorescent did a session for the excellent Daytrotter site, and it offers four-piece versions of his songs- just guitar, piano, bass, and drums. I might actually prefer this version of "Picture of Our Torn Up Praise," which is saying a lot, because I greatly enjoy that song. You can download them all here:

You should bookmark that site, they do live sessions with some sweet bands; a new one every weekday.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Mount Eerie- Lost Wisdom

I'm on a kick, so I thought I'd post this one too. This album has some of the same songs, but with guest female vocals and electric guitar. Very veryy good.

Mount Eerie- Dawn

This is the songwriter from The Microphones stripped down and acoustic. I must say that this is one of the best CDs I've heard in quite a while, at least from a songwriting standpoint. I would say Phil Elverum can stand with any of the indie songwriter heavyweights of today. If you enjoy acoustic music or The Microphones, check it out. Kinda reminds me of Peter and the Wolf at points, Pedro the Lion at others, and maybe a little Death Cab sometimes.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Page France- Hello, Dear Wind

This is one of my favorite CDs ever. Folky indie with cryptic lyrics playing with biblical images and metaphors. Satisfies something deep down that is hard to get a grasp on. At least for me.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

So Many Dynamos- Flashlights

I've been looking for this album FOREVER and a friend finally hooked me up. Think along the lines of Les Savy Fav, Q and Not U, and other quirky, experimental kinda rock bands. "Search Party" is a really awesome song, along with "progress" (i think that's what it's called). Check it out.

also: "Smells Like Content" by The Books is my favorite song of all time.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Dr. Dog- Fate

I've always thought Dr. Dog was kinda mediocre, but this new CD is pretty sweet. Sounds like if Josh Ritter spent a few years in Mississippi. Great for fans of folk and folk rock.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

A Lily- Wake:Sleep

A little gem of electronica/indie goodness. I don't listen to much stuff like this, but it kinda reminds me of Telefon Tel Aviv mixed with Tycho. The main guy in the band also just put out a three song EP that is acoustic guitars and folky sounding, so, pretty good stuff all around.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Benjamin Wetherill- Laura

I've been a little lacking in new music lately, but this songwriter is pretty cool. Imagine if Sufjan decided to be melancholy instead of really jaunty all the time. there's some assorted clarinet, saxophone, etc. in here, and some pretty nice guitar work. Not the most memorable, but worth a listen.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Red Dog Alley- Dear and Absurd

Shameless promotion for my band's new CD. Folk rock with some jazzy tendencies. We worked pretty hard on it and I think it turned out pretty good. Comments appreciated!