- Best Album Cover Ever?
- Paper Route – Stripped
- February – Caught Among the Winter Air
- I love this guy
- The Head and the Heart – Here today, HUGE tomorrow
- This will never, ever get old.
- This just made life, in general, more awesome
- Could it be January ’cause it feels so cold without you here
- Ponderosa is what Kings of Leon should be
- Right Up My Alley
For a couple of years now I have been impressed by the unique sound and instrumentation of Paper Route. Today I stumbled across some live recordings from The Serial Box, which is a music site that videotapes live performances in only one take, without any cuts or over-dubs. The artists are asked to offer alternate versions of their songs that differ from the album versions. The result is some incredibly intimate performances that showcase the fundamental elements of song’s origins. These Paper Route recordings capture the true talent of the band as the highly produced album versions showcase more energy and electronic expertise.
Paper Route – Are We All Forgotten (mp3 download)
This is the second installment of what hopes to be a year long experiment; my documentation of monthly playlists that encapsulate 12 songs I have been intrigued by in 2011. In case you missed January’s mix, you can download it here.
This month brought about a couple of new singles from bands that are well established in my catalog, as well as some new discoveries from bands I was not previously familiar with.
- Fathers Be Kind – Ivan and Alyosha (yes, they were on the January list, but I can’t get enough of their new EP)
- Rainfall – Greater Pacific (A great, low-key band. Perfect for lazy, cold winter nights)
- No One Listens to the Band Anymore – The Damnwells (the title track from their recently released LP, which is a return to their rock background. Great album to usher in the Spring)
- Land or Sea – Sleeping At Last (A track off of their Yearbook project in which they release 3 new songs each month)
- Where Losers Do – Beta Radio
- Fader – The Temper Trap (Discovered them on the “500 Days of Summer” soundtrack. One of the better music/movie pairings I’ve heard come along in a while
- All of a Sudden – Telekinesis (Great Seattle band that got their break when offered the opportunity to record with unknown fan, Chris Walla)
- No One to Let You Down – The Head and the Heart (A great b-side from a band that I can’t seem to get sick of. The lyrics are haunting)
- If You Find Her – Future of Forestry (Nice acoustic track from former SPU alum, Eric Owyoung)
- Steal Your Heart – Augustana (Lead single from their upcoming self-titled album. I definitely get a little Brandon Flowers vibe from this track)
- Don’t Blame Love – Trent Dabbs (Upbeat song off of his new album Southerner. Dabbs created “Ten out of Tenn”, a compilation effort designed to spread the word about up and coming Nashville artists)
- Under the Cover of Darkness – The Strokes (The first new single from the Strokes since First Impressions of Earth in 2006)
Paul Henry strikes again! Paul was featured as my hero of the day back in 2009 and much to my delight, he’s back again!
Over the past three months, I have seen Seattle local band, The Head and the Heart, three times. The first two times as openers, and the third time as a headliner at Neumo’s in Capitol Hill. All three shows were amazing and captivating, catapulting their first album into top rotation on my itunes.
However, after their April 29th show sold out in less than 15 minutes this morning, I have to come to grips with the fact that those previous three experiences I had will never be duplicated. The days of seeing this local band in a small venue are over. While I am happy for them and acknowledge that they absolutely deserve the success they are receiving, it’s a little bittersweet as a fan. If nothing else, I am happy that I got to see them early on, but I didn’t think that they would sell out the Showbox in 15 minutes this early on in their career.
Whenever Pete Yorn comes to town, I am excited. But when he is coming to town and it is the 10-year anniversary of my favorite album of all-time, the sun shines brighter and even managing this budget at work doesn’t seem so bad. About a month ago, it was announced that PY would play musicforthemorningafter, in it’s entirity, in six select cities. Today it was announced that Seattle is one of the six! This is literally a dream come true. The only thing that could make this better would be a live CD/DVD recording of the show. However, if that happened, my heart might stop. At least I would die a happy man.
I just realized that the show is on April 1st. This better not be an April Fool’s joke, Pete.