Rootsy Americana from a bunch of Londoners. Oh, you’ve got to love it.
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Rootsy Americana from a bunch of Londoners. Oh, you’ve got to love it.
Brooklyn by way of Scranton’s Kyle Wall, aka Wharfer, writes music that wisps the listener to another place and time. Maybe that place is a back porch, a campfire, or an empty saloon that smells of stale beer, whiskey, and cigarettes. Dusty, lo-fi, and hauntingly beautiful; listening to these songs creates an extreme intimacy with the artist. It’s like you’re right there with him, and for this country folk style, it’s just the way it should be.
Listen below and be on the lookout for the full length album, The Rattling, on August 27th.
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.
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.
There’s many things about folk music that just gets me, but sometimes it’s simply just the acoustic guitar work. Now that will stop me quick.
The second track, “Forever,” could be the cutest song ever. I really enjoy the shared vocal leads, sweet lyrics, and classic folk sound that Hollerin’ Pines seem to so effortlessly output in their recently released self-titled album.
Listen below and fall a little more in love with them on Facebook.
I could die for this classy French collection of vintage goods. Well done, Chelsea, well done.
Remember to click on each individual picture to be taken back to the artist/seller’s direct purchasing page.
Year In The Kingdom - J. Tillman I’m serious about this one, the lyrics are amazing. Simple guitar, intense song.
Cupcakes For The Army – Hezekiah Jones I cannot tell you how much I love that this band calls Philadelphia home. It’s an old one but a slow burner.
I Think I Love You – The Guggenheim Grotto Now this is a throwback for real. I remember I got this off an old Paste Sampler..when they still had physical dics..when they were still around. Anyways, if you know me well enough you may recognize this.
Lastly. congratulations to my roommateEEEE for graduating college today from my Alma mater (ok, it’s been like a year…), Temple U. Cute.
Right-click and enjoy.
BONUS: TAOS – Menomena A heavy hitting track that will give you the one-two punch.
I love music. I also love wrestling. With the superbowl of wrestling, Wrestlemania, coming up I figured I should combine the two and do a wrestling themed post here. If you are reading this and are a musician, sample some of these songs and make something awesome.
Ain’t No Grave by Johnny Cash is up first. I always thought that the funeral march was the best entrance that the Undertaker could have. Then he started coming out to this song. Johnny Cash was a badass and this song fits Undertaker’s character perfectly. They took the best entrance in wrestling and made it even better.
Speaking of the Undertaker, his Wrestlemania opponent has a pretty sweet entrance theme himself. Performed by Motorhead, Play The Game signals the arrival of Triple H. It’s also played before Celtics home games. This combines music, wrestling, and basketball. That’s AWWEEESOOMMMMMEEEEEE, to borrow a phrase from the Miz.
Let’s use basketball as a segue. My tag team logging partner for the 2008 NBA Finals, Kenny Murals, said that whenever he heard Hulk Hogan’s Theme his heart would start racing. My friend Tim feels the same way as he just lost an arm wrestling match to a 400 pound man but he is certain he would have won if Real American was playing. The song is that powerful. It got Kenny and I through some really late nights at the NBA and it would have gotten Tim through that arm wrestling match.
Hulk Hogan does have his haters, as evidenced by Be a Man, Macho Man Randy Savage’s diss track. Hogan has yet to release a mixtape in response, though his daughter Brooke has an album that I haven’t heard, so maybe it’s on there.
Ric Flair is not a theme song, it’s a track by rapper Trazz that encourages us to do a dance that is modeled after the patented Nature Boy Strut. Go ahead and strut around, pat your hair with it, lemme see you Ric Flair with it. I feel like this should be way bigger than the Dougie. WOOOOO!!!
With Youtube around, we have been able to witness a number of wedding receptions with wrestling elements. If I ever tie the knot I’m coming out to Shawn Michaels’ entrance music and the lucky lady will be holding a mirror for me like Sherri did in the early HBK days. I’m not budging on that. Also, my sons will be named Daryl the Fourth, Larry Joe Bird Hatfield, and Bret The Hitman Hart Hatfield. Those are the rules, ladies.
Razor Ramon brings us the only instrumental track in this post. This theme is just cool. It’s so cool that I asked them to play it at my job every time I walked in the building. They didn’t. I quit. You wanna be like Razor, you gotta do like Razor, chico.
Chris Jericho was the first Undisputed Champion ever, he’s written two books, he has a band that tours the world, and he is currently on Dancing With the Stars. And people think that wrestlers are just roided out dumb jocks. Martyr No More is a track from Jericho’s band Fozzy’s latest album “Chasing the Grail”.
Jericho isn’t the only singing wrestler. Junkyard Dog released Grab Them Cakes in the 80s and my college radio station had it on vinyl. This was a favorite to play and one show was even named after it.
As we round out this post I think it’s a good time to explain why I love wrestling. It’s simple, wrestling is life. The story telling, while fantastic and unbelievable for the most part,usually gets a moral across. Growing up I always trained, took my vitamins and said my prayers. As I grew older I understood the importance of intelligence, integrity, and intensity. I don’t trust anybody and I know that it doesn’t matter what your name is our what you think. My friend Scott once said that he can list countless life lessons he learned from sports entertainment. I think Hot Chip sums it up best with the line “All I know , I know from watching wrestling” in their song Wrestlers . They use wrestling as an analogy for a difficult relationship and beg their lover not to fight dirty and hit them with a chair. They also sing that everyone knows that Monday night means wrestling, which is very important to tell your significant other in order to make the relationship work.
I can’t do a post about wrestling and music without mentioning the most electrifying musical performance in sports entertainment history. The Rock, who hosts Wrestlemania this year, performed a Rock Concert for the lucky people of Sacramento right in the middle of the ring.
I stepped outside today and said, “What’s good Spring?” (But I meant Fall…). For the first time in 4 years I am getting to experience Fall at home, out in the country, as apposed to the city. I’m usually stuck inside but I must say that the weather and the sights around me are beautiful. The falling leaves the changing colors, Autumn is all around.
Especially at home, this time of the year really gets me in an outdoors, woodsy state of mind, and in honor of that I’d like to bring to the table a little tune by my man Pappy. Nothing is more outdoorsy than Folk and Bluegrass, and nothing’s more Folk and Bluegrass than a banjo. And nothing’s more banjo than…okay you get the picture.
This tune, “Two Timer” is the first single off of Pappy’s upcoming album entitled “Pappy Time”. You might recognize Papst from his work with the Bluegrass/Americana jam group Cabinet (Ropeadope proud!) but his solo alum is much more laid back and straight up country then the danceable jams of Cabinet.
Anyways, this will be sure to put you in the mood for Fall. Toss this one on the iPod, throw on your flannel and corduroys and go for a little stroll in the woods.