FJM is Joshua Tillman, former drummer for Fleet Foxes and Saxon Shore. He left FF to pursue his solo project which has materialized before you as FJM. Firmly rooted into the folk genre FJM shines brightest in folk/rock gems such as “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings” and “Well, You Can Do It Without Me”. A brilliant debut from a man who knows his stuff, check out the cool video for “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings” below featuring the captivating Aubrey Plaza from “Parks and Rec”. That girl crazy!!
Austin, TX is the land of Indie with “Austin City Limits” and “SXSW” as well as all the great bands that come from there. Here is another one. Shearwater was formed in 1999 from Jonathan Meiburg and Will Sheff of the fab Okkervil River, although Sheff is no longer with the band. The band’s name comes from the shearwater, a tribe of seabirds related to petrels and albatrosses. Meiburg, who holds a master’s degree in geography with a focus on ornithology, picked the name mostly for the sound of the word. Interesting indeed. Shearwater just recently released their latest Animal Joy on Sub Pop records and the sonic attack is wonderful. “Breaking The Yearlings” sounds like a revenge anthem in a shoot em up thriller featuring Jason Statham and “You As You Were” plays in the background as Jason pieces together his plan. He then receives the MTV movie award for the most carcasses left behind. Thank you Shearwater. All because of you! Check the tracks below and then grab this incredible album here on iTunes.
Time for some lead in your cakehole!
Built Like Alaska is a five-piece rock band born in the sun annihilated Central Valley of California, landlocked between the Sierras and the Pacific Ocean. Residing in the small town of Oakdale, surrounded by rolling pastures, a cold river, and tiny hills, the band has developed their craft to reflect the scenery surrounding them. Bringing a rural perspective to sturdy rock songs, Built Like Alaska’s music has been said to conjure images both” warm and rich as the central valley sun” and as isolated as a “mic stand draped in cob webs and a wind chime hanging from a cow skull.”
After a year of touring to support 2005’s Autumnland, released on Future Farmer Recordings, the band hit a bit of a rough patch. There were many member changes and a lot of time spent dead in the water, but that gave the band the time to really develop and arrange the songs that make up In Troubled Times, their third release. In Troubled Times is the natural next step for the band. This record breaks away from the “indie rock” confinements that seem to be captivating the music industry, and harkens back to a time when musicians made good music together by simply playing together and not relying on the decorations and gimmicks that plague much of modern music.
Built Like Alaska now has a solid line up including; Neil Jackson, David Burtch, Sean Norman, Anthany Rossi, and Jacob Canada. With this new roster the band is ready to bring back the “raw energy and mindful spontaneity of their live shows”. -Taken from their website. Check out the awesome “The Saint Is Here” from the album “In Troubled Times” below and get all their amazing tunes here on iTunes.
Built Like Alaska “The Saint Is Here”
I get high on life....and occasionally stuff that looks like this stuff behind me.
New track by one of my favorite artists. Angus is half of the Australian brother sister duo Angus and Julia Stone but does solo work under Lady of the Sunshine and his own name. Unfortunately the brother/sister super duo will not be following up their amazing album “Down the Way” and will instead venture out on their own. I lit up the second I heard this and I think you will too. Mellow with a beautiful floating melody accompanied by his amazing vocals and beard. I actually think his beard writes some of his songs. He should just rename himself “Beard”.
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Angus Stone “Broken Brights”
Mp 3:The Middle East – Blood (HQ )
Home to Queensland the band The Middle East popped on the Australian music scene in 2005 playing at local Christian music festivals. They had a breakup and makeup along the way and in 2011 they released there first full album “I Want That You Are Always Happy” under the label Spunk Records. First released in Australia and New Zealand then 6 months later it made it’s way to the US. This song is quite beautiful, but very sad. Definitely one to really listen to the lyrics. Be sure you have access to a box of tissues. Ahh what more can I say Folk is the heart.
Emil Svanangen is Loney Dear from out of Stockholm and he makes pretty damn good music. He’s the Swedish Bon Iver to me. 5 albums to his credit and they all offer epic beauty to your ears. “Hall Music” is his latest release(Oct) and from which this song comes from, but each album is worth the buy. I own all of them and listen to them repeatedly. This song exemplifies the emotional stirring that can happen when his tunes are played. I feel like swimming in a sea of puppies when I hear this. So beautiful. What do you feel?