I guess I should start this post by saying, I am not the usual blogger you hear from on Featured Tunes. The original writer and my best friend has been my musical confidant for years now. Our individual tastes in music have evolved in quite the complimentary fashion over the ten years we've know each other. We share music on a daily basis, so when she asked me to start contributing to Featured Tunes well over 6 months ago I immediately agreed. After much procrastination, I am finally making good on my promise. Now to the music!
The Portland band, Blind Pilot uses a harmonium to draw you into "New York." From there on out the song sounds like heartbreak and I mean that in the most complimentary way possible. With whispers of percussion and the slow, subtle support of violins, Israel Nebeker's voice stands out in way that makes each word sound raw with hurt. Their album, "We Are the Tide" dropped on September 13th and is definitely worth a listen. -JJ
Wow, wow, wow, wow, I don't know how I stumbled across her soundcloud page but this is fucking amazing! Usually I do not like cover songs, but when I do, it really has to be good. And let me tell you this, this is no Aaliyah, but really is a great tribute with a twist and different beat than I had expected. Awesome job Bell. I look forward to listening to more from you!
Wow, I have been out of the loop on this one. This band formed in 1995 and have been at it ever since. Their new song just recently released called "Unexplainable Stories" along with their LP, coming out soon. If Guillemots + Sigur Ros + Band of Horses+ Radiohead had a baby------this song would be its product of awesomeness. Seriously....listen.
This guy is totally new to me. Just discovered him today actually. His real name is Gordon Zacharias and he and his band are now located in NC. They are currently working on their third LP. For those who like good ol indie pop with orchestra numbers in the middle of the song. Listen to it!
Okay, ever since June I have been trying to post this band on my blog. Hopefully 17th time is the charm. Every time I try to write about this band, it keeps clunking out and the post doesn't go through. So let's cross our fingers. Whenever I hear this song, I imagine a group of friends gathering together around a bon fire, drinking and enjoying life, while everything is in slow motion. Can't you tell I want to be a music supervisor? This would be the perfect. So gather your friends, drink some booze, and enjoy your night.
I was randomly passing through a music blog and I stumbled upon this gem. Unfortunately I don't know who they are, I can't find them online, but when I heard their song, I immediately had to post to this my blog. All I know is that they are from Boston. This song is quite simple. It's heartwarming. It's folkish. And I want more.
If Stockholm, Sweden wasn't always so damn cold all the time, I would want to move there for their music. Originally the trio are big in the Sweden music industry and have apparently made big names for themselves---two of them have already worked with the ensemble of Miike Snow (who if you didn't know Miike Snow also wrote songs for Britney Spears.....before forming his band).
This song starts with an errie sound (similar to Snow) and picks up and kind of makes you want to fist pump the air when the chorus says, "yeah and it'll never be the same again!" Awesome sound.
For those who like swedish music, this one is an obvious.
Another band that I am proud to say is from Los Angeles. I remember the first time I heard them, I was actually on a date back in September 2010 and the guy mentioned that if I had to listen to one band, this band would have to be it. I rushed to my computer after and was blown away. I am also a huge soul lover, so this band will always have my heart. Please bring back soul to the radio! They used to hold free concerts at the LACMA, but now they are taking over the The Greek Theater and I am utterly proud of them!
For those who like indie soul, pop, neo-soul such as Mayer Hawthorne, Charlie Winston, and the Bamboos, this is for you.
I have been in love with this band ever since I had discovered them in 2007. I was utterly obssessed with instrumental music and when this band first released their self-entitled album, Balmorhea, my obsession grew even more. I have not had a chance to see them live yet, which kills me every time. But now that I am tracking them with all means possible, I am never going to miss their show anymore. They are originally from Austin, TX, which only seems fitting since there has been a huge music revival from there. Now I think they have released 2-3 more albums, which are ....stunning. But this song will forever be the song that attracted them to me the most.
Nonetheless, for those who like intrumental bands such as Explosions in the Sky, Saxon Shore, Album Leaf, this is for you.