New music from Blake Sennet, guitarist/co-songwriter for Rilo Kiley. This record’s got a lot of different influences. Sometimes it very much reminds me of 60’s & 70’s soft-pop and other times, on tracks like Jailbird, I hear the sounds of today’s folk bands.
Put a little pop/folk/fun in your day, take a listen.
Artist: The Elected Song: Go for the Throat Album: Bury Me In My Rings
Artist: Noah and the Whale Song: L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N Album: Last Night on Earth
And then there was Noah and the Whale. First, can we talk about how it’s possible that three guys in the band have the same exact curly hair? And I’m not talking about their hair cuts. The friend I took to the show happens to be a hairdresser and she insists they don’t have perms. So I ask you… was this band meant to be or what?
Noah and the Whale have the stage presence of a band that is way beyond their years. You’d think they’ve been together for much longer than 2006. The fun they have on stage radiates to their audience. It’s music for the masses, young and upbeat. I don’t think it will be long before everyone knows of these lads from the UK.
Last night was an exceptional night of music with Other Lives opening for S. Carey at the Doug Fir Lounge, a tiny venue here in Portland. Other Lives took the stage as the opener but left it as an obvious future headliner. The crowd begged for more, “just one more song?!” as Jesse Tabish smiled and bowed in thanks, tapping his watch letting us know they were out of time. No one wanted them to stop playing, and I myself could have listened to them all night long. The whole band is extremely talented, providing beautiful back up vocals to Jesse’s one of a kind, hauntingly expansive voice while switching between various instruments with ease. True musicians. Their sound enveloped the room. I forgot I was standing or surrounded by people, because their music does that to you, Other Lives take you other places.
In the words of S. Carey, “I can’t wait to see where they go in the next… future.” And I have no doubt they are going places. I feel lucky to have seen them so intimately. If you aren’t a fan already, spin either of their full length albums and trust me, they will find you. And please, go see them live, I guarantee they will not disappoint. (bring cash, because they’ve got vinyl with them)
Song: Tamer Animals Album: Tamer Animals Band: Other Lives
The child is an acrobat He walks upon the wire Knowing well that he might fall Still he climbs up higher
If he should slip He will surely die And his body will break and his soul will fly Into the night where the spirits scream He will leave this world and become a dream
My father was a sailor He lived upon the water Knowing well that he might drown He sailed beyond the harbor
If he should fall He will surely die And his body will sink and his soul will fly Into the night where the spirits scream
He will leave this world to become a dream He will leave this world to become a dream
Nothing will change Time goes by and nothing will
My love she is my saving grace She holds me through the winter Knowing well that I will leave Still she holds me closer
And if my heart should break I will surely die And my blood will flow and my soul will fly Into the night where the spirits scream We will leave this world and become a dream We will leave this world and become a dream
I finally got my copy of Other Lives new album, Tamer Animals. It does not disappoint. Everything I love about them is still there, and yet with greater energy. It’s as if they are trying to get somewhere, and luckily, I’m along for the ride. Other Lives exploration into new instruments results in a vibrant, compelling and luxurious listen.
This album is contradictory to it’s name, Tamer Animals. There is nothing tame about it, it’s got all the guts of a sweeping saga. This song in particular, Dustbowl III takes me to the place it’s named for. I see dust, hear the hooves of horses nearby, it’s hot, and I need a glass of water. This is a record that screams “close your eyes and see where we take you!”
New Friendly Fires. This is Blue Cassette, from their upcoming album Pala. Yesterday they released a sneak of the sunshiny single, Hawaiian Air, and today they are offering another great tune for the summer, Blue Cassette, as a free download. Enjoy!
Did you pick up your copy of Fleet Foxes today? I did! After several spins I’ve decided this track is my favorite thus far. This is The Shrine / An Argument from Fleet Foxes new record Helplessness Blues.
The whole album is as delightful as I’d hoped it would be. Sure, I previewed it before today, but now that It’s mine I can just keep hitting repeat and let it soak in. If you follow me often, you know I like crescendo’s and stories in my songs… this album offers both. Today’s song choice in particular, is an entire journey, all 8 minutes 9 seconds.
Being that this Lazy Sunday brings us the second 70 degree day in Portland this year, the town is a buzz with a hankering for more of these days and mostly, for summer to get here. Bikes, pale skin and shorts all about town today! This Lazy Sunday pick is Animal Collective singing Summertime Clothes from their album Merriweather Post Pavilion.