ICYMI – Ear to the Ground Presents Volume 1 (Download)

 Back in April, we released our first download compilation featuring many of the artists we had featured up to that point.  The release was timed so that it coincided with the high holy Record Store Day.  As a year end treat, for those who might have missed it, I’m linking one more time to the Download Page for the Compilation. You’ll find all the details there.  And thanks once again to the great friend’s who contributed to this collection of beautiful music.  Happy New Year everybody from your friends at Ear to the Ground.

J.W-M

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Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Semi-Circle of Life Mix

Greetings and Salutations….

Time is short, so let’s get to the shuffle:

In contrast to yesterday’s shuffle which contained a mix of classic (i.e. very old music) and new stuff, all of the songs in today’s shuffle were released in 2012.  Let’s get to it…

First up, we have a young band from Florida which I came across during some random surfing on Bandcamp. Grounded play noisy rock and I kind of dig their style… so yeah… The song we have today is called Take the Hit… We have the Bandcamp widget for you to listen and Download Grounded’s three song demo and it’s Free! So take a chance with Grounded.

http://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/v=2/album=1849887131/size=grande3/bgcol=FFFFFF/linkcol=4285BB/
Next up, we have another superb song from the Marvin Country! album by Marvin Etzioni (Lone Justice).  This one is called Bob Dylan is Dead, and it’s a really great song.  Interesting and totally random incident… yesterday, I went to Twitter and saw that Bob Dylan was trending,and I had to immediately make sure he had not died.  He hadn’t.  Rather he is releasing his 35th studio album soon.   Anyway, you really need to go get Marvin Country!

I could not find a video for Bob Dylan is Dead, so here is a interview with Mr. Etzioni from Inside Music Row.

And finally, we dig deeper into the awesome debut by Nashville rock superground, The Bluefields. The album is called Pure, and the song today is called Trainwreck.  The Bluefields started a three week run of free shows at the Hi-Watt in Nashville.  I missed last night and will have to miss next week, but I am going to try to make it the week after.  If you’re around Nashville head on down for what is sure to be a good time.

 
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MP3: Warm Weather "Stay"

(via Audible Treats)

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Critical Praise For Warm Weather:

Artist of the Month (May 2012) – The Deli LA

Best Albums of 2011 (Dances) – I Guess I’m Floating

“Warm Weather is a still-wet-behind-the-ears outfit outta Los Angeles who play kaleidoscopic indie rock replete with vocal harmonies that will have fans of running the spectrum from The Beach Boys to Grizzly Bear snapping their fingers in approval.” –My Old Kentucky Blog

“Warm Weather are exactly what you want them to be – a dancey synth pop LA based band with plenty of boyish charm and heart-crushing soaring harmonies.” – Listen Before You Buy

The Song:

It’s ironic that the title of the second track on LA-based band Warm Weather‘s sophomore EP, Looking Through, is “Stay” as the song will make listeners want to do anything but sit still. The fastest and most urgent sounding song on the EP features smooth, complementary vocals and almost unexpected rocking guitars.Music Dissection says, “Guitars and drums support with almost Mediterranean zest the soothing vocals, the catchy refrain–a stand-out feature. An incredibly thick musical interlude harks back to The Who; classic rock lent a folk sensibility…”

The guys are currently in the process of recording new material at Truth Studios in Los Angeles, which will be ready later this summer.

Download Warm Weather’s “Stay” here: http://media.audibletreats.com/Warm_Weather-Stay.mp3

MP3: Daytrotter Unveils Brown Shoe Session, Features Springsteen Cover


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Critical Praise for Brown Shoe:

“Taking cues from Coldplay and Band of Horses, these four cute brothers and their equally cute friend make soaring rock music ripe for emotional movie montages.”– Nylon Magazine

“Expressing heartache and loss through grand, daring musical compositions, “Diving Bell” is a song that’s easy to play over and over again.” – Magnet Magazine

“Brown Shoe creates intricate, huge, pop songs, glacially moving things with arena-rock heft behind them.” – Pop Matters

“5/5” – Music Emissions

The Session:

Daytrotter released Brown Shoe’s session last night, which was recorded at Daytrotter’s studio, The Horseback, in downtown Rock Island, Ill., on April 2. Included in the session is a haunting cover of the Bruce Springsteen track “I’m On Fire,” along with “The Run” from Brown Shoe’s latest LP, The Gift Horse. The set is rounded out by “Aquarium”and “Goodnight Old Man;” two fan favorites from the band’s catalog.

Daytrotter founder Sean Moeller had this to say about the session: “The band, consisting of vocalist/guitarist Ryan Baggaley, bassist Bryson Baggaley, guitarist Aaron Baggaley, guitarist Chandler Clemons and drummer Landon Baggaley, gives you a feeling that you’re sitting in a worn out chair – with the springs jabbing you in the lower back – in a house sitting at the end of a road that no one drives on. Even less people seem to be driving by these days. It’s lonely. It’s heartbreakingly, goddamn fucking lonely out here, where they bring us.”

The emotional place they bring us to is even more impressive given that practically the entire band was ill when they recorded their session. Aaron recalls, “We were really looking forward to playing Daytrotter for the first time, and the morning of it we woke up in Chicago to Landon throwing up in the bathroom. We all just assumed that he’s a lightweight, then Chandler started throwing up and we knew something was up. By the time we started, three of us were having a bout with food poisoning. We could hardly stand, let alone load gear, but we’re such big fans of Daytrotter that we just couldn’t imagine not doing it. At the end of the day, we’re all really glad that we got to be a part of it, even if we felt like hell while we were doing it.”

Listen to Brown Shoe’s Springsteen cover here: http://media.audibletreats.com/Brown_Shoe-Im_On_Fire(Springsteen_Cover).mp3

And the full session here: http://www.daytrotter.com/#!/concert/brown-shoe/20055755-37382947

MP3: Lightouts – "Stray Boy"

 Critical Praise for Lightouts:

“Gowanus duo Lightouts resurrect the melancholy chug and darkly sexy swagger of bands like The Cure, Girls Against Boys, JAMC and Afghan Whigs and impolitely jam it into the drum machine crunch of contemporary locals like Sleigh Bells, Year Of The Tiger and the Death Set.”

– Chris Weingarten, The Village Voice


“I require precisely no convincing that Lightouts are brilliant, but if you’re in any doubt then by all means check out their new single, ‘The Cure For Shyness.'”
– Listen Before You Buy


“Best New Release”

– Indie Rock Cafe

The Song:

What happens when you mix an Is This It? -era Strokes verse with an anthemic Arcade Fire chorus and channel it all through The Shins? You get “Stray Boy,” the latest tune from Brooklyn’s Lightouts. The boys from Gowanus are back with the b-side to The Big Picture maxi-sinlge, out on 6/26.

The track was premiered yesterday by Filter, who had this to say: “Displaying their influences of The Cure and Guided By Voices proudly in their track, ‘Stray Boy,’ Greg Nelson and Gavin Rhodes deliver an upbeat song that’s fit for a windows down, slow driving summer day. ” While the deceptively slow intro may make you want to drive slowly at first, when the fast, punky, verse kicks in we think you’ll be punching it into overdrive.

Download “Stray Boy” here: http://media.audibletreats.com/Lightouts-Stray_Boy.mp3

Check out the premiere at Filter: http://bit.ly/L3wX93

via Audible Treats

Video and Download – Warm Weather – So Far/Vertigo

via: Audible Treats



The Video:


Warm Weather, our favorite LA-based trio of a cappella-infused indie rockers, has released their first official video for the single “So Far/Vertigo” from their latest EP, Looking Through. The comedic video stars the ladies of the Cocoon Central Dance Team clad in workout gear, sprinting along to the music in bursts of synchronized movement as they sport exaggeratedly goofy smiles and play to the camera. You’ll need to catch your breath too as the girls pause, winded, and then cheerfully begin to dance in place to the whimsical lyrics and calculated harmonizing.


“Ry and I put together the ‘So Far’ intro one day when Justin was out of town – quite literally ‘far away from home,'” explains Brendan Lynch-Salamon. “That sentiment of being away or getting away fit right into the concept that ties theDances EP together, and ‘Vertigo’ explores what drives us to go, to change our context.”


Check out the premiere at Buzz Bands LA


Watch the video for “So Far/Vertigo” here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDKXSjNtc9M


Download Warm Weather’s “So Far/Vertigo” here: http://media.audibletreats.com/Warm_Weather-So_Far_Vertigo.mp3


Critical Praise For Warm Weather:


Artist of the Month (May 2012) – The Deli LA


Best Albums of 2011 (Dances) – I Guess I’m Floating


“Warm Weather is a still-wet-behind-the-ears outfit outta Los Angeles who play kaleidoscopic indie rock replete with vocal harmonies that will have fans of running the spectrum from The Beach Boys to Grizzly Bear snapping their fingers in approval.” – My Old Kentucky Blog


“Warm Weather are exactly what you want them to be – a dancey synth pop LA based band with plenty of boyish charm and heart-crushing soaring harmonies.” – Listen Before You Buy

MP3: Lightouts – "Push" (The Cure cover)

via: Audible Treats

 
Critical Praise for Lightouts
:

“Gowanus duo Lightouts resurrect the melancholy chug and darkly sexy swagger of bands like The Cure, Girls Against Boys, JAMC and Afghan Whigs and impolitely jam it into the drum machine crunch of contemporary locals like Sleigh Bells, Year Of The Tiger and the Death Set.”
– Chris Weingarten, The Village Voice


“I require precisely no convincing that Lightouts are brilliant, but if you’re in any doubt then by all means check out their new single, ‘The Cure For Shyness.'”
– Listen Before You Buy 


“Best New Release”

– Indie Rock Cafe

The Song:

Lightouts’ forthcoming fifth single (and last before their debut LP), “The Big Picture,” will be out in a few weeks, and as with their first four singles, the Gowanus boys have included a cover tune along with their originals. This time they tackled a deep cut by The Cure — “Push” from 1985’s The Head On the Door. It’s a faster, more muscular version of the song that still retains the melancholic grandeur of the original.

Why The Cure this time? Rumor has it that chief Lightouts songwriter Gavin Rhodes used to tease his hair and wear eyeliner in the 8th grade, so this is a bit of a musical homecoming for the band. Rhodes had this to say about the cover: “This is one of those Cure songs that show why the stereotypical perceptions of the band as all keyboards, gloom, and doom are so wrong. I think this is one of the best guitar driven pop-songs of all time. Soaring, anthemic, wistful, it’s just amazing to me. This guitar riff alone was hugely influential in my development on the guitar. And the lyric, ‘A smile to hide the fear away / I’ll smear this man across the walls / Like strawberries and cream,’ is simply brilliant.”

Download Lightouts version of “Push” here:
http://media.audibletreats.com/Lightouts-Push_(The_Cure_Cover).mp3

Check out the premiere at Imposehttp://www.imposemagazine.com/bytes/lightouts-cover-the-cures-push