I was just introduced to the band Thee Shambels, a folky band based out of Brooklyn. As soon as I saw that they have an accordion I was sold. They sound like a mix of O’Death and Bowerbirds – amazing. They have this kooky but incredible sound of klezmer, folk, and Americana all rolled into one. You can get a free download of their EP from their site through the end of January (which I know is tomorrow, my b). My favorite song is Girl at the Bottom of the World followed very closely by Baby’s Bones. Give them a listen.
I was just watching a YouTube video and heard this song. After failed attempts at Shazaming it (new verb?) I finally found it. I know very little about this group but I really like this song.
So, I absolutely love the beginning of this song. The chanting first verse is so great but then the song kind of loses steam. It turns into this weird Jefferson Airplane White Rabbit thing that I really only like when I’m in a very specific mood. Still, that first verse. Damn.
There are a few songs that always remind me of winter. I rarely listen to them at any other time of year and although it’s not snowing here, it seems like now is a good time to bust these out.
Back in April (Those Darlins, April 6, 2011) I mentioned that I would post some Diamond Doves on this blog and they have FINALLY released some music in a format that I can post on here. Diamond Doves is composed of Nick Kinsey, Brigham Brough, and Wyndham Boylan-Garnett. These guys also make up the “In Dearland” of Elvis Perkins in Dearland – a band that I absolutely adore and was featured in my very first post (EPID is epic, Jan. 4, 2011). So, without further delay, here is Diamond Doves.
I just came across a version of Romeo and Juliet by The Killers. I also am very aware of the version by Dire Straits. Where this all becomes problematic is that I kind of really like the The Killers version. I like the way he wails “Juliet.” But I also like the guitar of the original. It’s a conundrum.
I’ve been finding new music on a pretty regular basis lately, which is exciting and not likely to last. Here’s a song I heard for the first time this week and have really enjoyed.
I first heard this song in one of my classes in high school and it has stuck with me ever since. It’s a much later Dylan song than those I normally listen to but there is something so haunting about it that I love.
These songs are my absolute favorites. I think they are so beautiful and sad. The broken down piano sound in some of them just makes my heart swell. I’ve already posted Never Let Go (Schizophrenic songs, Jan. 4, 2011) but I’ll post it again in hopes that it will reach just a few more ears.
The second type of music Tom Waits music that I adore is his more blues-based music. I didn’t really know he had made music like this until I started really listening to his body of work.