Monday, December 31, 2012

[Read] 2012: An Emotional Guide Presented By Al Green

It's been a crazy year. From the positive to the negative, 2012 has brought us many smiles and tears. With so many emotions floating around, however, the appropriate response can fall between the cracks. To make sure you reacted to some of this past year's major events correctly, we have enlisted the help of soul superstar, Al Green...

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

[Listen] Lord Huron, Ruler of Indie

[Sounds like: Maps & Atlases, Jesse Woods, Young Man]

Although there are only a few days left until 2013, we're still discovering bright spots in a seemingly dark time. Just turn on any news station and you'll witness negative event after negative event. The good is rarely focused on. I've always been told, however, that good things come in small packages. And whether you take that advice literally (you should always pick the small gift when participating in a white elephant gift exchange) or figuratively, it seems to always ring true. A song, for example, has a funny way of becoming an audible escape from reality. It can facilitate a mood, or better yet, improve it. 

Lord Huron is a band that we've recently discovered that has allowed us to retire from reality. Exemplified by their latest album, Lonesome Dreams, the band's sweeping, atmospheric sounds provide instant calmness to its listeners. Led by Michigan native, Ben Schneider, Lord Huron is a band we all should have known this past year. Luckily, there are 5 days left until the new year. So here's our small package to you: Lord Huron's best tune, "Time To Run." Escape, smile, and listen below...

Time to Run // Lord Huron

Purchase Lord Huron's album, 
Lonesome Dreams, HERE

Thursday, December 6, 2012

[Listen] Current Swell Rises Into Our Favorites

[Sounds like: Bag of Toys, The Beautiful Girls, ALO]

Surf rock sucks. It's been strung up and beaten relentlessly since Jack Johnson came into the picture several years ago. There are, however, a few shining heroes fighting to keep the genre respectable, as well as adaptable. Our friends, Bag of Toys, have gone the traditional route, changing little but doing things so well you can't help but love them. Our newest discovery, Current Swell, however, is changing the game and the genre by creating a hybrid. Think of grassy roots wrapped around a boogie board.  

Based out of British Columbia, this four man quartet has traveled the world, lived in cramped quarters, and have consequently created a close-knit movement they coin "singalong-ready roots rock." I'll give them some credit, they're not really surf rock anymore, yet they're not exactly not. It's confusing, I know. If I have completely lost you (which is always the likely case), the best way to deal with the bewilderment is to shut down and just listen. Current Swell's latest album, Long Time Ago, came out in October of 2011. Stream it below


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

[Download & Watch] Never Judge a Book By its Cover: Rayland Baxter

[Sounds like: David Mayfield, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Orbans]

Straight out of a mechanic's shop from the 60's, Rayland Baxter is a singer/songwriter from all over. He's dabbled in Tennessee, moved to Colorado, and explored Israel all while developing a sound that gets heads turning. It's acoustic, yet energetic - the type of mixture that makes you feel bubbly rural like feet on warm, hardwood floors. 

Rayland is currently touring the Northeast alongside Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, and consequently beginning to make a name for himself. Label it trickle-down-promotion if you like, but either way, Rayland's sound is attractive and worthy. Watch a video of one of Rayland's rooftop sessions below, then head over to his website to grab a free track for the price of an email address, as well as his new, full-length album...