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Video Of The Day: Music Tapes- Majesty

From the album Clouds And Tornadoes:

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November 6, 2008 at 12:24 am Leave a comment

Album Review: Jolie Holland- The Living And The Dead

Jolie Holland has returned to the music world with a new release titled “The Living And The Dead”. Her earlier releases had a kind of rustic lo-fi charm about them that felt like actual artifacts of many years ago. 2006’s Springtime can kill you was a decidedly glossier affair, with slinky jazz instrumentation amping up Jolie’s sultry vocals. On this new release, she has taken a fairly straightforward approach to her song structures which heightens certain aspects of her aesthetic, but ultimately fail in pushing her discography to new innovative heights.

The first single, Mexico City , sets the tone for the record with a rollicking rhythm set to Jolie’s ghostly voice which weaves in and out of the simple guitar progression. Unfortunately, this same sound is replicated a few too many times on the record on tracks like Palmyra, and Your Big Hands, diffusing the effectiveness of this new approach.

The standouts on the album are the tracks that recall a more traditional songwriting angle such as the breathtaking Love Henry, and Enjoy Yourself, which highlight her outstanding voice in more challenging tempo situations. All in all, a strong record, that will age well, but I get the feeling that we haven’t seen the peak of this singer songwriter yet.

October 15, 2008 at 8:11 pm Leave a comment

Video Of The Day: Department Of Eagles- 1997

A fresh tune from the guys who are on the verge of releasing a new album called In Ear Park. This song is not from the upcoming record, so indulge!

October 1, 2008 at 3:10 pm Leave a comment

Concert Review: Breathe Owl Breathe At The Earthwork Harvest Gathering

I recently was lucky enough to attend the 8th annual Harvest Gathering put on by Earthwork Music in Lake City, MI. The festival boasted a host of quality Michigan folk artists such as Seth Bernard, Daisy May, and Chris Bathgate. One of the highlights came from East Jordan natives Breathe Owl Breathe.
They played a wide variety of tunes, including some cuts off of their latest release, Ghost Glacier. Incorporating quirky vocals, rich cello, and smooth drum quips, Breathe Owl Breath definitely stepped up to the plate as one of Michigan’s premier folk acts.

Crowd interaction was abundant as cellist/vocalist Andrea Moreno-Beals invited the audience to transform into saber toothed tigers using their hands. Guitar/vocalist Micha Middaugh in turn jumped into the audience and instigated an epic wave.Percussionist Trevor Hobbes displayed a wide variety of instrumentation, leaping from his kit to violin, to organ. Definitely a festival worth exploring for unknown and known acts alike, the Earthwork Harvest Gathering is a special place to indulge in the finest folk music Michigan has to offer.

October 1, 2008 at 2:50 pm 1 comment

John Frusciante To Release Imperium In ’09

According to Invisible Movement, John Frusciante will release a new album called “Imperium” on January 20th, 2009. The album will feature nine new tracks and one cover. Josh Klinghoffer Flea, Vanessa Freebairn-Smith, and Ryan Hewitt have all reportedly been involved with the recording. No tour is currently in the works.

September 29, 2008 at 7:18 pm Leave a comment

Video Of The Day: Dana Falconberry- Baby Blue Sky

Baby Blue Sky is from the upcoming September 30 release of Oh Skies Of Gray, the debut solo release from Dana Falconberry. It is a perfect example of the gorgeous melodies and modern folk sensibility that she brings to the table. Backup harmonies from Gina Dvorak & Erika Maassen , and stand up bass action by Andrew Bergmann create a triple threat sound assault that compliments Falconberry’s vocals superbly.

September 24, 2008 at 5:31 pm 1 comment

Video Of The Day:Bjork-Dull Flame Of Desire

This “star studded” music video has been rocking my world recently. Check it:

September 22, 2008 at 3:43 am Leave a comment

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