Thursday, January 31, 2013

Ed Sheeran - Wonderwall

by Jay Allbritton
Ed covers one of my guilty pleasures. I recently heard Dave Grohl on Maron's podcast make the argument that there's no such thing as a guilty pleasure. I would like to hear more about that from him, because liking Oasis songs does make me feel guilty. And I like several of them. It's bad you guys.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Swear and Shake - These White Walls

by Jay Allbritton
My first taste of this promising group (h/t YANP). One taste is enough; I'm buying this album.

Elliott Smith - Between the Bars

by Jay Allbritton
"...images stuck in your head..."

Abbey Road, Primitive

by Hector Diego

Station Agent, I think you will like this unreleased version.

Monday, January 28, 2013

George Harrison Tribute

by Hector Diego

I like how the young women sing and play "While My Guitar Gently Weeps".

Lucinda Williams - Lake Charles

by Jay Allbritton
The great Lucinda Williams is the guest on today's episode of WTF with Marc Maron.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Ed Sheeran - We Found Love (Rihanna Cover)

by Jay Allbritton
Ed Sheeran does wonderful covers.

Black Prairie - Live on KEXP

by Jay Allbritton

For more Black Prairie, head over to NPR's Tiny Desk.

Wild Flag - Glass Tambourine

by Hector Diego

If we're going to post "Green Tambourine", then it is only right that we hear from Wild Flag.

Lemon Pipers - Green Tambourine

by Hector Diego
I owned the single, or my brother did. Must have been my brother because I saved all my money for Beatles records. I considered 45s to be a rip off, so I always held out for albums.

Left Banke - Walk Away Renee

by Hector Diego

A beautiful melody.

Four Tops - Shadows Of Love

by Hector Diego

Parts of this song sound like 'I'll Be There', but that's OK. Anyone who has never been heartbroken has not stood in the shadows of love. The rest of us have been there.

Jess Delgado - Pumped Up Kicks

by Jay Allbritton
When Jess Delgado takes over the music industry, and she's going to, I hope it still sounds this good. Sometimes that DIY excellence turns into a syrupy pop sheen when the uber-producers get in the mix.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Animals - Sky Pilot

by Hector Diego

I am currently reading the conclusion of Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time Series, A Memory of Light...the Last Battle.

Little Red Riding Hood

by Hector Diego

Ain't this the truth...

AJ Rafael and Jess Delgado - Such Great Heights

by Jay Allbritton
Fabulous cover that I found because I am psyched about the upcoming Postal Service reunion. These kids know how to bust out some harmonies.

The Like - Wishing He Was Dead

by Jay Allbritton
Since JJAMZ formed, I have become increasingly enamored with singer Z Berg. This is her previous band, The Like. I'm not sure how representative this is of their sound.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

The Postal Service to Reunite at Coachella, Reissue Give Up

by Jay Allbritton
Ten years after releasing their only album, 2003's Give Up, The Postal Service have announced that they are reuniting for the Coachella festival and other tour dates yet to be announced. They will be reissuing Give Up with a bonus material featuring b-sides, remixes and covers of their music by Iron & Wine and The Shins. The collection will also feature two new songs.

No official word on whether Jenny Lewis will be part of the reunion, but she was a big part of the band's live shows in the past and she recently told Billboard's Phil Gallo, "I have a spring tour I can't talk today about with one of my bands. You'll know soon enough."

Here's a fan video of their live set from what may very well have been The Sasquatch Music Festival in 2004.

Beatles '65

by Hector Diego


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Rilo Kiley - Paint's Peeling

by Hector Diego

Ms. Lewis tells it like it's a hard day for dreamin'. Again. Now that you've seen almost all of America.

Paint's Peeling by Rilo Kiley on Grooveshark

Neil Diamond - I Am... I Said

by Jay Allbritton
The great Kimya Dawson got this ND song stuck in my head (via Twitter).

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Tegan and Sara - Now I'm All Messed Up

by Jay Allbritton
New song from T&S (h/t Stereogum). Kinda digging the courageous move they made to redefine their sound this far into a successful career. Electro-pop isn't really my thing, but they do it well and in a way that's true to their voices as songwriters.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Martin Luther King - I Have A Dream

by Hector Diego

Martin Luther King day is important in the neighborhood where I live. The local community center is decked out in red, white, and blue.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Ed Sheeran - Chasing Cars (ft. Gary Lightbody)

by Jay Allbritton
From last summer at iTunes Festival in London.

Bishop Allen - Flight 180

by Jay Allbritton

This band hasn't done much lately, here's hoping 2013 will bring us a new BA record.

Om Mani Padme Hum

by Hector Diego

It's eight hours!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Isaac Graham - No Children (Mountain Goats Cover)

by Jay Allbritton
Sound Cloud is turning out to be a great place to find good covers if you're willing to sift through some bad ones. I only hope my ears will forgive what I put them through to find this one.

Bob Dobbs - Church Of The Subgenius

by Hector Diego

If you ain't got slack, you ain't got Jack.

Bleeding Rainbow - Drift Away

by Jay Allbritton
Dave Grohl mentioned this band on the latest episode of WTF with Marc Maron. He likes them. He is correct.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Breck Alan - The Good The Won't Come Out (Rilo Kiley Cover)

by Jay Allbritton
Took a lot of digging, but I found a very good RK cover on Soundcloud.

Blitzkriegbrenna - Pretty (Ugly Before) (Elliott Smith Cover)

by Jay Allbritton
In their one and only appearance on Sound Cloud, this mysterious band lays down a pretty banging E. Smith cover.

Rilo Kiley - My Slumbering Heart

by Hector Diego

It just feels good, Jenny says.

Bobby McFerrin - Don't Worry, Be Happy

by Hector Diego

Let's remember this wisdom.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

JJAMZ - Never Enough

by Jay Allbritton
The band got a little love from Spinner, coming in at #30 of 2012 with "Heartbeat".

Monday, January 14, 2013

Haim - Falling

by Jay Allbritton
This band is gonna be huge. Just a feeling.

Ben Gibbard - Bigger Than Love (w Aimee Mann)

by Jay Allbritton
The great Aimee Mann joined the pretty good Ben Gibbard on The Colbert Report to play "Bigger Than Love" off his new album. Among the musicians filling out the band is none other than Ted Leo! Good song too.

Moody Blues - Candle Of Life

by Hector Diego

If you ever feel hopeless, try listening to "Candle Of Life."

Rilo Kiley's "Does He Love You" featured on American Songwriter

by Jay Allbritton
Jim Beviglia breaks down RK's "Does He Love You" over at American Songwriter.

The album was included by Elvis Costello on his list of Music You Should Hear back when it came out. "'Does He Love You?'," he wrote, "is the finest and most touching telling of a short story that you are likely to hear all year."

Sunday, January 13, 2013

The Like - Don't Make a Sound

by Jay Allbritton
Nice retro vibe to this one. I'm convinced, time to buy some The Like records.

The Jewel Is In The Lotus

by Hector Diego

Beautiful recitation of the famous mantra om mani padme hum. Very beautiful.

The Beatles 1

by Hector Diego

For anyone unfamiliar with the Beatles--and I know you are out there somewhere--here is a convenient way to follow their career. Surely there must be something in this album for you.

Thao and The Get Down Stay Down - We The Common

by Jay Allbritton
Excellent news! Thao and company are releasing a new album on February 5. Here's the title track (h/t Stereogum).

Saturday, January 12, 2013

JJAMZ - Suicide Pact

by Jay Allbritton
Stripped down version; only four strong.

Soundgarden - Rusty Cage

by Jay Allbritton
The band discusses Johnny Cash's plaintive cover of "Rusty Cage" before rocking it out themselves.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Au Revoir Simone - Knight of Wands

by Jay Allbritton
From Studio Q, circa 2009. According to the Vegan of Brooklyn, they should have a new album out this year.

The band's name comes from this poignant scene from Peewee's Big Adventure. The bike, I'm sure, is a metaphor.


by Hector Diego

Donovan wrote "Lalena." Which version is better, Station Agent?

Juliana Richer - Slow Love

by Jay Allbritton
Excellent song Juliana posted in November. 

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Soundgarden - Mind Riot

by Jay Allbritton
In retrospect, this deep cut off the band's unfortunately titled 1991 album Badmotorfinger may be their best song.

In light of police militarization, the line, "And the police said this was normal control," seems more pertinent now than when the song came out.

Maria McKee - If Love Is A Red Dress (Hang Me In Rags)

by Jay Allbritton
In this interview with Spin, comedian Marc Maron says, "When my second marriage fell apart there was definitely some music that helped me out. There's something about listening to music that's moving and sad that enables you to focus the sort of hopeless feelings that you have and carries you through them. I found myself listening to that Maria McKee song, 'If Love Is A Red Dress (Hang Me In Rags)'." So here it is.

Apparently it was on the Pulp Fiction soundtrack.

Zen Meditation

by Hector Diego

If you want to raise your consciousness rapidly, this is for you.

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

B.J. Thomas - Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head

by Hector Diego

This song is quite unusual. At the very end, a completely new melodic theme, which could stand as a separate song by itself, is introduced. Quite unusual, that.

I Will Never Stop Talking About Breaking Bad or The Wire

by Jay Allbritton
And Firefly. And Deadwood. And Sons of Anarchy. And... and... and...

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Printing A Memory of Light

by Jay Allbritton takes a look at the process of printing the final volume in The Wheel of Time Series, which had better be in my mailbox right now.

Jenny Lewis - You Are What You Love

by Jay Allbritton
Happy Birthday Jenny Lewis!

Jak O' The Shadows

by Hector Diego

From Robert Jordan's epic series, The Wheel of Time. The final book, A Memory of Light, is released today.

Bright Eyes - Drunk Kid Catholic (BBC R1 Evening Session)

by Jay Allbritton
This song has been stuck in my head for days. Here's an early performance of it on BBC radio.

Monday, January 07, 2013

NPR Speaks to Brandon Sanderson, Harriet McDougal About A Memory of Light

by Jay Allbritton
The Last Battle is at hand. NPR reports.

Make sure to click on the full interviews near the bottom of the article.

Serena Ryder And Jimmy Rankin - Walk That Way

by Hector Diego

A nice collaboration.

Serena Ryder - Weak In The Knees

by Hector Diego

I love this woman.

The Robert Jordan Story

by Hector Diego

A Memory of Light will be released tomorrow, January 8.

Beatles Anthology

by Hector Diego
You know you want to watch this if you haven't.

Rilo Kiley - Silver Lining

by Hector Diego

It would be better if the images came a bit slower, but if you have awakened your Buddha Mind, it should not be a problem...

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Geri X - You're Half Mine

by Jay Allbritton
Last month Geri spoke to the good peeps at the Examiner

Edward Sharpe And The Zeros - Home

by Hector Diego
Sent in by Polythene Pam.

Beatles Rare Footage

by Hector Diego
All those crazy in those days. I like the part where George assures us that the Beatles, with their MBE medals, have not joined the Establishment...

Saturday, January 05, 2013

Scout Niblett - Kiss

by Jay Allbritton
Scout Niblett performed "Kiss" at the Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona, Spain back in 2010.

Friday, January 04, 2013

U2 - A Sort Of Homecoming

by Jay Allbritton
This song is one of my favorites by U2. Oddly, I only really dig U2 when it's cold. They just strike me as a winter band and this is a winter song.

Haim: Sound and Vision

by Jay Allbritton
Short documentary on L.A. sister act Haim.

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Rilo Kiley - Jenny You're Barely Alive

by Jay Allbritton
The reason Rilo Kiley's forthcoming archival project is one of my most anticipated releases of 2013, is because RK is infamous for leaving amazing songs off their records. Like this one. 

Elliott Smith - In the Lost and Found

by Jay Allbritton
"Stay with me, hanging around in the lost and found..."

Allied Radio - Mailing It In

by Jay Allbritton
My friend Jason Edwards and I wrote a couple of albums in 2007 and recorded them with our good friends in South Florida. Those records are available on and on various other digital formats. Recently we have been using this song as theme music for our podcast of the same name. We're 40 episodes in! Check it out here or over at iTunes.  

How Nikki and Sara Got Their Show

by Jay Allbritton
On January 29, Nikki Glaser and Sara Schaefer go from being two podcasters I like to being two podcasters I like who also have a late night TV show. MTV is launching The Nikki & Sara Show, a live comedy show airing Tuesdays. Here's a look at how these talented ladies got their shot at stardom.

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Emilia Clarke, the Khaleesi

by Hector Diego
If you dig the Khaleesi, this is for you.

Best Of Joy Division

by Hector Diego
You decide if this is a compilation of Joy Division's best work.

You Forgot Something

by Jay Allbritton
New York Republican Peter King has long been one of my least favorite members of Congress, which puts him in the running for least favorite person. He's no Scalia or Cheney, but the man does his damage to be sure. That's why his resounding freakout over Speaker Boehner adjourning the House last night without voting on relief funding for victims of Hurricane Sandy was so shocking in its plea for humanity from ghoulish hacks. 

Dresses - Blew My Mind

by Jay Allbritton
Some delightful pop from promising new band Dresses(h/t YANP). More please.

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Rilo Kiley - Better Son, Daughter

by Jay Allbritton
In 2013, be a better son or daughter and real good friend.

Rilo Kiley - I Never

by Hector Diego

I Never by Rilo Kiley on Grooveshark

All You Need Is Love

by Hector Diego

For my first post of 2013, I don't think we can come up with something better than "All You Need Is Love."


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