Monday Warming: Little Scream

April 25, 2011 § Leave a comment

Laurel Sprengelmeyer, aka Little Scream, from Montreal is sure to get you going on this Monday morning with her song, “Cannons” from her debut album The Golden Record.  Her album has the regular buffet of wispy girl vocal and acoustic guitar songs but this one here has something a little more special that really stands out.  On the album she plays guitar, violin and keyboard and gets some help from Arcade Fire’s violin player Sarah Neufeld.

The album came out earlier this month on Secretly Canadian.  Enjoy “Cannons”


Monday Warming: James V. McMorrow

April 4, 2011 § 1 Comment

It’s quite the rainy day in these parts, figured I could share a rainy song for you. Ireland’s James McMorrow released his debut ‘Early in the Morning’ back in Feb. 2010, but for some reason is just now really picking up some steam. The best way I’ve heard him described is “Ireland’s Bon Iver” and this comparison will be instantly recognized after today’s warming track. Not sure when his next album is due, but ‘Early in the Morning’ might be the perfect album for you on this dreary Monday morning. Stream/buy here

Discovery of the Week: King Charles

March 30, 2011 § Leave a comment

I just came across this track, ‘Love Lust’ on HypeMachine and I was so taken by it. King Charles is a singer-songwriter from London that has been softly clambering around the internet waves for a few years now but recently he entered a contract with US record label, Universal Republic. With a combined effort between that label and his UK independent counterpart, Mi7 Records, King Charles will hopefully be releasing his debut album this summer. This is definitely one that I’m going to keep an eye on. Ya gotta love that hair.

Mondway Warming: PJ Harvey New Album

February 7, 2011 § Leave a comment

Something soothing for the Monday morning after the Super Bowl?
NPR must know what they are doing because yesterday’s ‘First Listen’ includes English musician PJ Harvey’s new album “Let England Shake”. Definitely not fitting for a mid day pick-me-up, but almost perfect for that Monday morning hangover. The whole album is calm in itself but PJ’s high-pitched voice is spooky and peaceful at the same time. Not to mention she wrote all the music AFTER writing all the lyrics, which isn’t exactly a normal technique.

Listen to “Let England Shake” in its entirety now on NPR’s First Listing

Ben Folds Interview from MOG

October 4, 2010 § 1 Comment

In the blog age, legacy musicians are an uncommon commodity, so how did Ben Folds carve a career?

Best known in the ’90s for dour radio hit “Brick,” Folds could have easily clocked out a one-hit wonder, but the long-time piano man has only gained momentum since parting ways with Ben Folds Five. That’s not to say he hasn’t been burned. While Folds’ trademark mash of hard-driving piano plunkers and introspective ballads remains the same, his recent albums betray a more weathered edge. As he describes it, he’s stopped catering to an industry that doesn’t necessarily understand itself.

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