Yesterday I was hipped to the indie pop band Carousel from Boston (who I understand are on their way to a move to Brooklyn). The three piece - Kevin Friedman, Tyler Cratcha amd Jackson Phillips - have an EP called 26 Allston available for free download from their site here and a few additional singles here . After a few listens it's easy to understand why so many people have fallen in love with them. We're talking instant hooks, lush keyboards, swells of body moving electronica energy. I often dislike making [...]
Hope For AgoldenSummer is the Athens, GA trio of sisters Claire & Page Campbell with their band mate and engineer Suny Lyons. The band's forthcoming album, Life Inside The Body , is being released on May 1st on Mazarine Records . The album is an exquisite collection of gorgeous new indie-folk; perfect for front porch hangin, late night drivin' and early morning rising. The Campbell siblings harmonize with warmth and ease and the pace is just, well, pretty damn sweet. Hope for agoldensummer; [...]
how happy am i? very. seriously, a new album from the verlaines is always exciting music to my ears. untimely meditations is available here . they'll be much debate among flying nun aficionados however for me the verlaines' 1987 bird dog is perhaps their finest moment and to this day remains one of my favorite all time records.
Best Coast releases their new album on May 15th called The Only Place on Mexican Summer . Below, download the title song to the band's forthcoming album. Best Coast - Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno - worked with producer and composer Jon Brion on the album.
While SVB - "the blog" - continues sporadically, the real action now is over here at Some Velvet Blog.2 on tumblr. come join the fun.
Rollo & Grady faves The Owsley Brothers have a new song that you can download below for free. It's a gritty, bluesy downnright hot and funky jam called "Hot Mess." Go here to download the two song EP they released in January. The band will be playing at SXSW including the Saturday Rollo & Grady & Electric Co. Symphony Square Party . Cobalt by the Owsley Brothers
a little less than two years ago i discovered - and became a fan of - the union line over at we all want someone to shout for , one of my daily blog reading stops. i wore out the grooves on the band's debut ep so it's exciting to hear new music from the cali band. listen to three new songs below that represent this sunshiny indie orch-pop band quite well. it sounds like everything new and old all at once; sounds like they've got their hearts in the 602s and their minds in the oughts. [...]
the beachtapes crew posted this swell rockin' video from the uk band wanderlings for the song "swingin." watch it below, and in case you missed it, check out "sleeping as a saint."
bon iver dropped a new video for "towers" directed by nabil
A few months after the release of their now genius landmark record Slanted And Enchanted in 1992 Pavement played in Philly at the Khyber Pass on July 30th. Freedom Has No Bounds recently posted this show that you can download here .
one & 1/2 months in to the 1-2, and fun.'s new album - some nights is one of my favorite records of the year so far. never mind the fact that it's got the ridiculously catchy-ready to explode "we are young" on it; from start to finish it sits like a proper album and for a tad over 45 minutes you can't but fall in to deep musical wonder at the band's crafty use of both modern day and traditional pop song structure, melody and arrangement and technique [...]
From a recent World Cafe session the Alabama Shakes did with Cafe host David Dye, check out their cover of Led Zep's "How Many More Times." The band release their debut album on April 9th/10th.
I've been a fan of Conner Youngblood since back in december 2010 when I first discovered his music. The singer-songwriter just released a new mixtape/collection of gorgeous songs called Sketches, Pt. 1 that he's offering as a free download
The latest episode of Shaking Through features North Carolina's Filthybird . The band includes singer Renee Mendoza, her husband and guitarist Brian Haran, and the rhythm section of Chris Girard, Nick Jaegar, and drummer James Wallace. The song was recorded in November at Miner Street Recordings in Philadelphia and was produced by Brian McTear. The episode was curated by Grayson Currin of Independent Weekly, IFC, and Pitchfork.
download below: justin townes earle covers Bruce Springsteen's "Racing In The Streets" from a live show at the Six Strings Lounge/February 11, 2011, Bloomington, Illinois . justin's new album, nothing's gonna change the way you feel about me now is out on march 27th on bloodshot records. download: Racing In The Streets by Justin Townes Earle download the title song to justin's forthcoming album via rollingstone.com Nothing's Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now - [...]
welcome to team me , a six piece norwegian pop band who are releasing their debut album called to the treetops in the states in march on propeller records . i missed the blogfamous buzz around the band on the ep they put out last year, however now they've hit my radar i've got a crush. the songs that team me craft are quite impressive; it's joyous reach-for-the-skies indie-pop at it's most melodic, with warm instrumentation and classic pop drive. think prefab sprout, the la's, fanfarlo, deacon blue...i [...]
Rodrigo y Gabriela are releasing their new album Area 52 next Tuesday, January 24th. The album, recorded mostly in Havana with a 13 piece Cuban orchestra is streaming now in its entirety at NPR Music here .
maybe it's that the interwebs have just turned my brain into having no attention span, or maybe i just dig the nimbleness of tumblr, but i've been finding myself posting alot to my tumblr recently and i'm feeling the way it handles. i started my some velvet blog.2 tumblr to post about some of my non-musical interests but i soon found i would resort back to the music since it's mostly my life. and as i started posting music to my tumblr i would ask myself, should i post this to my wordpress blog or my tumblr. ultimately [...]
In case you missed it: The Best Of Philly Music 2011, Part 1 is here featuring The Roots , The War On Drugs , Work Drugs , Purling Hiss , Lushlife , Hezekiah Jones , Chill Moody , Vintage Kicks and Gracie [...]
This is part one of my look back on some of my favorite Philly based music that came out in 2011. Right up front I want to say that The Roots and The War On Drugs put out two of my favorite records of the year. I'm not going to dwell on the massive goodness of these records cause, let's face it, these two bands have a profile that transcends the illadelph; although it wasn't too long ago that the only [...]