Folk-rock at its Finest: Vetiver

April 7, 2011 § Leave a comment

Three days ago I raided my roommate’s computer for music, and luckily I came across a band named Vetiver. Formed in 2004, Vetiver is a folk rock band led by singer/songwriter Andy Cabic with a sound similar to the likes of Blitzen Trapper and The Strokes. I have only heard their 2009 album Tight Knit, but I honestly like every song on the album. The simple, catchy acoustic guitar riffs, the smooth folky vocals, the driving bass lines, the consistent upbeat drumming, and the overall chemistry of the band support the many positive reviews the album has received. Check out a couple of my favorite songs below and if you like what you hear, buy the album here.

“Rolling Sea” – Vetiver

“More of This” – Vetiver

P.S. Vetiver’s new album titled The Errant Charm is being released June 14, and you can check out the first single from the album below.

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Monday Warming: The Decemberists – “January Hymn”

January 31, 2011 § Leave a comment

On my way to work this morning, after scraping the snow away from my car, I heard this new song from the Decemberists’ latest album, The King Is Dead, and what could be more fitting on this final Monday of January.  On this bitingly cold and slow-rolling day the soothing sounds of Colin Meloy’s voice are just the thing to help you glide through the morning.  I haven’t heard the new album yet but this song is realing in anticipation.

My favorite lyrics:
“Is this the better way to spend the day?  Keeping the winter at bay”

Monday Warming: The Head and The Heart

January 3, 2011 § Leave a comment

So coming off a long holiday break
(apologies for the small amounts of posts), needless to say we’re probably all a bit drowsy trying to get back into the groove. So I wanted a special Warming today and who else better to do that than The Head and The Heart. I saw these guys a few weeks ago on Seattle’s kick ass KEXP station as a ‘band you might have missed.’ After that they opened for Dave Matthews in Vegas and things seem to be picking up quickly for them. All of their songs gradually build and their harmonies and driving percussion really make the whole album spectacular. If the song below doesn’t brighten your Monday…drink some more coffee.

Check out their MySpace for some more incredible tunes.

Monday Warming

December 13, 2010 § Leave a comment

Here’s another installment…
of our little ‘Monday Morning Music’ experiment
On this frigid morning, I bring you a track from Amos Lee. Amos is a singer-songwriter who doesn’t as much recognition as he should. Sure he has toured with Bob Dylan, Dave Matthews, Paul Simon, etc…but he seems to always be an afterthought or a B-level artist. This is “El Camino”, the first single off his upcoming 4th album ‘Mission Bell’ due out Jan. 25, 2011.
Hopefully this smooth cat can help ease you into your week.

Amos Lee – El Camino by smartleydunn

Brit-rock Allstars Join In For A Carnival

November 30, 2010 § Leave a comment

Mysterious band from foggy London, Erland and the Carnival does folk-rock in a state of dreamlike nostalgia, especially in “Trouble In Mind” from their self-titled January 2010 release and the video is just as dreamlike. The band features Simon Tong, previously from Blur and The Good, The Bad & The Queen, and drummer David Nock, previously from The Cult and The Fireman.

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