Three lads—Alex Goot, Michael Henry, and Justin Robinett—have recorded a collaboration of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep”, “Turning Tables”, and “Someone Like You”. If you like what you hear, please go check out Alex Goot’s new Album The Songs I Wish I Wrote Vol. 2 and his YouTube Channel. Be sure to also subscribe to Justin + Michael’s channel to watch the video for the medley!
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“Adele Medley” by Alex Goot, Michael Henry, and Justin Robinett
The American Analog Set’s frontman Andrew Kenny has continued songwriting with the Wooden Birds. The group released their debut album Magnolia in 2009, and now they have returned with a sophomore effort.
The album is called Two Matchsticks and will be released by Barsuk Records on June 7. Label head and Death Cab for Cutie heartthrob Ben Gibbard makes an appearance on the record along with touring Wooden Birds members Matt Pond and Leslie Sisson. This EP is free from the band’s official site and it contains 2 unreleased non-album tracks.
AUSTRA is Katie Stelmanis, Maya Postepski, and Dorian Wolf. They formed in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 2010. AUSTRA released the debut Feel It Break on May 17th on Domino Records. The album incorporates Katie’s influences, dark melodies, synthesizers, and astounding vocals. Download your free mp3 of “Lose It” from mySpoonful: a taste of new music.
Image courtesy of mySpoonful.
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“Lose It” by AUSTRA
Please also have a listen to AUSTRA’s “Beat and the Pulse” from DominoRecordCo on soundcloud.
Seattle’s Minus the Bear will be touring with fellow Dangerbird bands Skysaw and The Constellations. To kick off the tour, Minus the Bear is offering the brand new six-song Hold Me Down EP as a free download through their website.
The EP contains live versions (from Dangerbird Studios) of “My Time”, “Hold Me Down”, and “Into the Mirror” from the latest full-length, OMNI. It also includes the original version of the bonus track “Broken China”. Furthermore, it contains a remix of “My Time”. The Minus the Bear “My Time” Remix Contest has ended and winners have been chosen! Congratulations to the following:
A facebook add recently told me that I should listen to Chris Ayer because he sounds a lot like Amos Lee. I don’t hear much of a comparison myself, as I would need a little more soul and emotion from Ayer to associate the two. If anything I’d say he sounds more like Jason Mraz, which is funny because I just realized that he covered Mraz’s little ditty “I’m Your” with John Callaway.
Nevertheless, I like what I am hearing from the singer-songwriter and solo guitar artist who graduated from Stanford in phylosophy and music.
Ayer has released two EPs and two full-length albums since 2003. His latest album, Don’t Go Back to Sleep, includes the song “Roy G Biv.” Please have a listen below to the live version from Tainted Blue Studios in New York City.
This song talks about “looking to belong”. He starts by describing his experience stepping into the world of a musician. He talks about doing his own ProTools producing and mailing albums like old school to the labels and magazines. He also talks about appealing to the hipsters and engaging the blogosphere.
But really I think he’s talking about everyone, ROYGBIV—all the colors of the world. We’re all on our way to somewhere and there’s no need for bullies in the lunch line cramping our style.
David Bazan’s new album Strange Negotiations will be released on May 24th, 2011 on Barsuk Records. Please have a listen to the first track, “Wolves At The Door.” A North American tour in support of the record will begin June 1st in Salt Lake City, UT, and continue through mid-July. Some dates will include shows with Rocky Votolato.
Vandaveer is a folk duo based in Washington, DC made up of tunesmith Mark Charles Heidinger and harmonizing vocalist Rose Guerin. As the follow up to 2009’s Divide and Conquer, they have released their third full-length record, entitled Dig Down Deep (April 26th) on the Supply and Demand music label. Below please find the official video for the title track.
Subscribe to the Vandaveer mailing list and receive a free download of “Everything Is Spinning” from the 2010 EP A Minor Spell.
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Showcasing their harmonizing capabilities, The Watson Twins released a cover EP last month titled Night Covers – EP. Three albums after breaking through as backup singers to Jenny Lewis, the sisters have developed an indie-folk reputation all their own.
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Tracklisting (with original artists):
1. “You Showed Me” by The Turtles
2. “Angelene” by P.J. Harvey
3. “Ain’t No Sunshine” by Bill Withers
4. “Here Comes the Rain Again” by Eurythmics
5. “Sweetest Taboo” by Sade
6. “Tighten Up” by The Black Keys
mp3s purchased on iTunes Night Covers – EP by The Watson Twins
The self-titled debut album of The Belle Brigage is now available on iTunes and Warner Brother Records. The band is made up of brother/sister duo Ethan and Barbara Gruska.
“While the band has drawn many comparisons to Fleetwood Mac and other pop-rock bands of the ‘70s, it’s the soft poetry of Simon & Garfunkel and the pop sensibility of The Beatles that seem to have had the biggest influence.” ~ Paste Magazine.