Posts tagged folk

I recently had someone on Tumblr ask me if I was on Spotify so they could follow me for music suggestions, having liked the music I post here. I’m not sure how to link directly to my Spotify account (if that’s even possible) so I decided to link to two playlists that have become my “catch alls” for new music I find.

The playlist above, “PRDR, Fishbowls & Mexican Mondays” came about sometime in August 2013 while studying for my first round of medical boards as a way to share some songs I was really into with a few friends. It served and continues to serve as a waystation for tracks that have already been vetted from my on-going (and currently 510 track, 31 hour long) “To Listen To” playlist and that might make it onto the “New for 34th” playlist. Basically, when I find a song I really like out of an album and listen to it over and over again, it gets bumped up to this playlist which means this playlist, on shuffle, is also pretty solid for long drives in the car.

Currently at 90 tracks and 5h 28 minutes, “PRDR, Fishbowls, & Mexican Mondays” features tracks by artists like Matthew Mayfield, Mighty Oaks, Bronze Radio Return, Moon Taxi, Smallpools, Johnnyswim and more.

I spent a good portion of my summer listening to Lord Huron and it wasn’t until recently, on a flight between NYC and Miami that I found myself really getting back into them. Their songs run the gamut from mellow folk/acoustic to more upbeat sing-a-long quasi-Mumford tracks which seems to be the genre that is really falling in my current wheelhouse. Here they are with a live version of “Time to Run.”

I listened to a ton of Mighty Oaks and Aunt Martha today on my drive up from D.C. and since I’ve already posted something by the former, I figured it was time to throw something out there by New England based singer-songwriter Tim Noyes aka Aunt Martha.

Noyes has been making a name for himself with the band since 2008 but really took off after his Bonaroo performances and the covers of fellow Bonaroo artists he recorded and posted to Youtube prior to said shows. Here though, we’ve got “Nassau” off the Norway, ME album. Check it out.

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Based out of Berlin, Mighty Oaks has two EPs out to date. Their latter, “Just One Day” features some really catchy alternative folk that fans of Of Monsters and Men and Mumford are sure to like. Here they are with the debut single, “Just One Day”

To quote Letterman at the end of this performance, “Whoa! Oh, my! Yeah BUDDY! Haha, YEAH!”

Seriously, Ray LaMontagne’s voice is unreal and this live version of “Repo Man” on Letterman kills it. Do yourself a favor and check this out. This just gave me the motivation to get back to studying.

I can’t find a lot of info on Mobilee other than their German Wikipedia page which is translated into semi-legitimate English. However, they are awesome and this performance of “Little Sister” for the Cardinal Sessions is fantastic.

If Cage the Elephant, Dawes, and Bronze Radio Return had a bastard love child, it would be The Wild Feathers. Citing music influences like Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, The Band, The Allman Bros, and Willie Nelson, the five piece band takes a more alt-rock approach to folk music. They are currently touring along side Gary Clark Jr. in support of their self-titled debut album. Check em out.

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Loving me some Bronze Radio Return these days. Another great find from my buddy Hanser aka Ron Weasley. One of my new favorite tracks from them is “Melting in my Icebox,” off their album Up, On & Over.

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Here’s Seattle’s indie folk rock golden children Fleet Foxes with a brilliant cover of Elvis Presley’s “Cant Help Falling in Love.” Now, I know this song has been covered a hundred times by a hundred different artists but this one is definitely worth checking out.

Yet another band I am always happy to see new music from, The Head and the Heart, performed their new single, Shake, live on Jimmy Fallon earlier this month. They also did a pop up show in the woods at Outside Lands where they debuted the song fully acoustic. You can watch taht performance here.

I’ve been listening to The Gospel Whiskey Runners pretty much nonstop for the past week. Fans of indie rock, acoustic singer-songwriter, bands with male and female vocalists, and folk music alike should definitely enjoy these guys. Think Mumford and Sons meets The Lumineers meets Of Monsters and Men and you’re pretty close. Here’s “Hold On.”

This find comes straight from two of my favorite falcons, and founding members of the #JazzyFizzle Crew. They know who they are. And now thanks to them, I know Hartford, CT based indie-folk band, Bronze Radio Return.

It’s hard to pin down their sound to one genre. They are folky but with a strong indie-rock feel. They are indie rock with more than just a little singer-songwriter thrown in. I guess it makes sense though when you see how the band cites their own influences:

"We each offer a different spin on the music we play,” offers Henderson, who professes great appreciation for Ben Harper and Muddy Waters. “That’s really how we found our unique sound. Everyone has a voice and adds to it.” Bandmates Struble and Griffith cite Stevie Wonder, while Tanen is moved by the modern-day Stone Temple Pilots’ tight bass groove. CCR and Stevie Ray Vaughn light Fetkowitz’s fire, and Warner rounds it out with a push from Tom Petty."

Here they are with a live performance of “Down There.”

It’s been raining all day so I’m thinking about listening to this version of “Evelyn” by Boulder, CO singer-songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov on loop while putting a serious dent in Gabriel García Márquez’s 100 Years of Solitude. If you’re unfamiliar with Isakov’s music, I recommend starting out with This Empty Northern Hemisphere.

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Vance Joy is yet another great artist out of Australia. The Melbourne based singer songwriter, who has just signed a five record deal with major label, Atlantic, gained a ton of notoriety for his single, “Riptide.” Check it out.

Check out Hudson Taylor, two singer-songwriter brothers from Dublin. The duo, who first came to fame via their Youtube channel as Harry & Alfie performing covers and original songs, have since moved to London to pursue music full time, which is good news given their solid lyrics and Marcus Mumford level strumming.