With our diverse display of controlled chaos daily, whether it be through our various devices or simply the new way of piling way too much on our decreasingly small plates, shit just gets in the way sometimes. I don’t think it’s necessary to acknowledge the want for a brief detachment of things. I do think it’s interesting to understand the reason for wanting that break. The importance of feeling recharged. We’re allowed to forget what that feels like. Perhaps it makes that moment of achievement all that more better feeling. It’s a rewarding process.
My mornings have become more crisp, more layers have been added to my daily routines, and I’m beginning to close my window at night. My ears naturally turn to folk this time of year and Dave Gerard’s newest album, Wooden Castles, is absolutely elegant. I knew the second I hit play, I was in for more than just a listen. From uptempo track “Viking Burial,” to the title track, “Wooden Castles,” the entire album is a push and pull of emotions that I wasn’t expecting. Stamped as a perfect Fall listen, stream below and grab your copy via bandcamp.
This new Fossil Collective track is simply gorgeous. That is all.
Grab your pre-order of their upcoming EP, The Water, due out October 28th.
Man. I’ve forgotten how good the Portland folk collective, Balto, truly is.
Although Monuments was released last year, it’s still such a timeless album. Less gritty then its previous release, this album is seamless from track to track. There’s something very special and unique about lead singer, Daniel Sheron’s voice. The full string sections, subtle banjo plucking, and building crescendos so naturally go hand in hand.
Spend a small part of your Sunday listening below and be sure to check out their upcoming tour dates – I’m looking forward to the Philly stop.
I’ve been a huge fan of the living room show for a long, long time. There’s something you can’t replicate about an intimate show in a small and packed space. The energy and excitedness are high while the equipment set up is tailored and minimal. Nothing beats the feeling of being at one of these things.
Locals Tri State Indie teamed up with So Far Sounds Philadelphia to create an awesome and well versed line-up for their secret show on Sunday. Living within two blocks of the location, I knew I’d be in for a late night.
Andrew Lipke started the evening off with his folky/classical style – emotive content alongside detailed song structure. I loved that he brought along a violinist friend who was there to really help open up sections of his songs. She played gorgeously.
Next up was Delaware’s 6-piece, New Sweden, who I saw for the first time back at the World Cafe Live show where local musicians played from Beck’s Song Reader. I knew I thoroughly enjoyed what I previously had heard but, I had no idea how much more I would fall in love with their sound after last night. Handing instruments back and forth, left and right, every single member had many different influences on the collective foot-stomping sound. And God, did I love the drummer’s homemade percussion setup, an old suitcase with a pedal inside thumping out a hollow beat with a tambourine on top. It was a beautiful thing. Grab their newest (and free!) EP below.
Toy Soliders, locals who have fluctuated at times up to 12 members have now finally found their solid 5-piece working sound. Led by Ron Gallo, the rootsy/raw group traversed through a span of folky tunes all while filming for their upcoming Kickstarter campaign to help release even more new music. Keep track of them via Facebook and catch their raucous Tell The Teller EP below.
And finally, the very first band to play So Far Sounds when it came to Philadelphia – The Lawsuits. I cannot say enough good things about these guys.
Leadman, Brian Dale Allen Strouse, does an incredible job with setting the tempo for their always energetic live sets. By the time these guys took hold of their instruments, the audience was plenty warm and ready after watching all of the amazing artists before them. Such a cohesive energy that’s always present when The Lawsuits get together on stage. There were certainly a fair amount of female musicians in the mix lending their harmonies throughout the evening but this group’s secret weapon, Vanessa Winter, stole the show at the end. Her vocal range is incredible. Listen to their latest EP release and check out their brand new single, “Onion,” over at WXPN’s The Key.
Great music in a boozy living room atmosphere, I was beyond content last night. For music lovers, do check out So Far Sounds and see if they’re operating in a city by you. Hosting one of these things is now on my list of things to do..
In regards to the Holiday season and feeling personally grateful, Dave Baxter recorded a solo EP that’s up for free download for his fans. Let It Go is an elegantly crafted 6-song release filled to the brim with emotion. Minimal instruments resonate even stronger when backing Baxter’s folky vocals. Achey lyrical content with catchy melodies, it’s a win all around – I highly recommend it.
Head over to his official website where you can grab the EP for yourself and also check out the beautifully shot video for the title track, “Whispers,” below.
Right-click and enjoy.
Incoming search terms:
- dave baxter whispers lyrics
- whispers dave baxter lyrics
- whispers lyrics dave baxter
- WHISPERS BY DAVE BAXTER LYRICS/
- Dave Baxter - Whispers
- whispers lyrics baxter
- what genre is whispers by dave baxter?
- lyrics of whispers by dave baxter
- david baxter whisper meaning
- dave baxter whispers paroles
Last time I wrote about Bing and Ruth I was gushing about their cinematic track, “Rails,” off of their 2010 release, City Lake. A Brooklyn-based band that consists of a variety of different people (and instruments) has been working hard since I last checked in with them back in February.
On December 14th. the group will be playing at the The Barnes Foundation, a very talked about historical organization that has been educating Philadelphia for decades now with its impeccable and diverse art collections. With a cover charge of free for members and $10 day of, I’d say this is quite the show worth going to.
For more ticketing information visit the Barnes Foundation’s site directly. Listen to City Lake below and completely get in the mood.
BONUS: while perusing around Bing and Ruth archives, I found a new project lead composer, David Moore, is a part of. Pepper Johnson is everything right.
This is the perfect album to start your week off with. You’re welcome.
I’v decided to spend some extra time deep within the New Zealand tag to uncover artists and groups that I’ve never heard of before, maybe catch some albums I may have missed along the way. Something like Avalanche City, who is the moniker for Dave Baxter’s wonderful folk-pop outfit. I’m instantly imagining a more upbeat, folkier sounding City & Colour.
Although I’m two years late on falling in love with his album, Our New Life Above the Ground, I don’t entirely care. With the perfect opening track, “Love Love Love,” I’m already sold. This past summer he’s teased us with new single, “Sunset,” (which you can watch the video for below) and he’s even released some vague news.
But, I’m all in with this one. I’ll throw my email on the subscription list, idly waiting for a news of an upcoming release. All while giving Our New Life Above The Ground some super heavy rotation.
Scotland-based indie label, mini50 records,
has yet again released another fabulous compilation that takes a small look into their line-up.
The mood is tense and dark, perfect for these colder months approaching upon us. This winter sampler is perfect for your Sunday Listening, the sort of music that can lap in the background of your day. Even more perfect is that it’s all available for free download.
If you enjoy what you hear, make sure you check out the label’s website and take a deeper look into what they’ve got their hands in.
Today is my last day in Philadelphia for a bit. I’ll be spending the next 10+ days traveling mostly for work, a litt
le bit for family, and if I’m lucky, I’ll see some old friends along the way. And sometimes with the help of this blog, I get really excited about loading up my electronics with new music.
Local folk outfit, Psalmships, recently sent over Hello, Traitor, which is slated to release right at the edge of the Holiday season. Of course I love many things acoustic, but there’s something working-class and warm about these male vocals. The minimal instrumentation really makes those lyrics stand out as well.
A truly wonderful 4-track recording, be sure to catch the album stream while it’s hot. Stay posted until their release on Nov. 20th, here.