S.O.T.D. Bright Eyes – Lua (Live at Coachella 2005)

Song of the day:


S.O.T.D. Elizabeth and the Catapult – “Race You”

I heard this song on some commercial the other day, and it got me hooked.  I’m pretty sure that this song came out about 2 years ago, but it’s good nonetheless.  Turns out, Elizabeth and the Catapult is a pop/folk trio from Brooklyn, NY and haven’t done much since their 2009 album Taller Children.  Here is the song of the day, “Race You.”

Pat Dowling; Hamden, CT, Acoustic Redefined

Because I posted his roommate, I thought it’d be only right if I posted Pat Dowling as well.  Pat went from recording metal riffs on “Tabit” software to actually making good music.  Pat does all of the recording himself, plays percussion on improvised drums and makes up his own 3-part harmonies in this track, “A Modest Compromise.”  Pat fabricates a unique radio-sounding acoustic guitar making listeners feel like this modern folk is from some old time radio show.  Check it out here!

Colin Burke (Cbear); Hamden, CT, stylish composition, crafted lyrics

A former roommate of mine…Patrick Dowling recently introduced me to his newest roommate’s music.  Colin Burke, out of Hamden, CT; proves to be a master of arrangement.  Specifically, I’ve been playing “The World Revolves Around Me” on repeat.  Ironic, cerebral  lyrics and atmospheric instruments keep me coming back for more.  This guy has some talent for not only playing, but as far as I understand, he does all of his own recording.  Anyway, here’s my favorite track of his, “The World Revolves Around Me,” as well as a link to all his pages, enjoy!

***UPDATE: check out Colin’s brand new track on his Bandcamp site, “savage beast.”

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Great Caesar; CT/Brooklyn, NY, “Rock, like You’ve Never Heard Before”

Catchy, original and raw are three adjectives that come to mind when I hear Great Caesar. Great Caesar, a 6-piece alternative rock ensemble from Brooklyn, NY, have been together for awhile now.  These Connecticut natives recently relocated to Brooklyn, NY to focus on the music scene and move onto big things.

These guys have it, I mean, I have never heard a sound like these guys.  Originality and energy radiate from the driving horn lines and fuzzed-out guitars.  The jazzy vibes, rocky riffs, and edgy lyrics complete the equation for what Great Caesar is.  It’s rock like you never heard it before.  Expect to hear more from these guys in the future.  Check out their very well put together video for “Sweet Banana.”

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Song of the Day; Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band – Nikorette

In my opinion this is one of Conor Oberst‘s most underrated songs from his “newer” Americana project “The Mystic Valley Band.”  Expect to see a lot more of the Mystic Valley Band’s stuff on this blog, especially since the rumors that Conor is doing away with his pseudo name /alterego Bright Eyes.  The Mystic Valley Band’s sound is raw and bar-room country-like with non-conformist lyrics and rebellious guitar riffs.  Worth checking out the previous Mystic Valley Band albums for sure!

“Babytown Frolics” from West Haven, CT

Here’s the first of many unsigned bands.  Babytown Frolics is about as unique as their name.  Categorized as “twinkle daddy” genre, Babytown Frolics uses sparse vocals, alternate tunings, a lot of guitar hammer-ons and pull-offs, and coats its sound with spacey delay effects.  I kind of like the grooves mixed with the  atmospheric layers.  Anywho, this West Haven, CT band is worth a listen.  I recommend “rare melon.”

Record Club – Need You Tonight (INXS cover)

This is an oldie but goody.  Beck’s super-recording group, Record Club, comprised of Annie Clark (St. Vincent),  Leslie Feist (Feist), Devendra BanhartAndrew Stockdale (Wolfmother), Angus Andrew (Liars), and other notable musicians, put together a complete INXS album.  In my opinion, their cover of “Need You Tonight” with Annie White and Angus Andrew on lead vocals totally kills it.   The only thing that could work differently is if Angus Andrew put some shampoo in that dirty hair of his.  For a real time recording, this sounds super tight, not to mention my affinity for Annie Clark’s voice…

Bon Iver – Skinny Love (Live on Jools Holland TV)

One man, one resonator. Arguably one of the best solo performers around today. I don’t understand why he always looks dirty, but hey, he makes great music and sounds pretty damn good live. Not sure how this video slipped my attention. I probably would say that he may sound better live than recorded.

God Help the Girl – God Help the Girl

It is my understanding that Stuart Murdoch (lead singer of Belle and Sebastian) is making a feature film with some original and recycled Belle and Sebastian songs with his side project, “God Help the Girl.” Anyway, I have an apparent obsession with female folk vocalists, and I do believe this is one terrific example.  Something about the doowop/ballad aura that this tune creates is addicting.  Catherine Ireton takes the microphone and in my opinion, really belts out a good one. I have never heard of her before this project, but I am a fan. Supposedly she was chosen to play the lead part of Murdoch’s musical from a pool of 500 other women and can be seen singing in the following clip titled “God Help the Girl.”  The album was released in 2009, but the production of the film keeps being pushed back.