Posts tagged mumford and sons

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.

And this cup of yours tastes holy
But a brush with the Devil
Can clear your mind
And strengthen your spine
Mumford & Sons, “Whispers in the Dark”

Figured I’d update an old 34th & Now mix in honor of tonight’s all-nighter Neuro study session. The old 34th & Now: The Life Acoustic playlist is now 34th & Now: The Life Acoustic w/ Steve Zissou.  Like its predecessor, its by no means exclusive to acoustic-only songs or acoustic versions of songs, its merely a collection of songs that feature the acoustic guitar prominently.

Right now its 60 tracks long but that’s subject to change as I give it a first run through. It features a bunch of artists I’ve been known to post on 34th & Now including:

Dave Matthews
Matt Nathanson
Blind Pilot
Radiohead
Mumford & Sons
The Head & The Heart
Phillip Phillips
Of Monsters & Men
ZZ Ward
Ingrid Michaelson
Joshua Radin
Iron & Wine
The Lumineers
The Villagers
The Decemberists
Vetiver
Margot & The Nuclear So and So
Archer Avenue
Matchbox Twenty
Coldplay
Ed Sheeran
Jack Johnson
Boy
Guster
Schuyler Fisk
Avalanche City
The Lighthouse & The Whaler
All Time Low
Katie Herzig
Zach Williams
Ben Gibbard
Damien Rice
Frightened Rabbit
The Pretty Reckless
The Civil Wars
Freelance Whales
John Mayer
Spoon
Hey Rosetta!
Tegan & Sara
Donovan Frankenreiter

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American Idol winner Phillip Phillips is equal parts Dave Matthews Band and Mumford and Sons. Just got through his debut album and it’s definitely worth checking out. Here’s “Get Up Get Down.”

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Finally got a chance to listen to the new Mumford & Sons album, Babel. It’s definitely worth checking out. Here’s the titular album track, “Babel.”

I haven’t had a chance to really listen to the new Mumford & Sons album Babel yet, but I woke up in an acoustic-folk mood so, naturally, I busted out The Head & The Heart. That led to me rewatching—for the hundreth time—their AllSaints Basement Session live performances. That in turn led me to the AllSaints Basement Session for Grouplove where I found this great acoustic version of “Tongue Tied.”

Can we all just agree that the AllSaints Basement Sessions are amazing? The cinematography and sound quality are fantastic and with bands like Grouplove, The Head & The Heart and Vintage Trouble they might be some of the best videos on Youtube.

Hypothesis:
My girlfriend has better taste in music than your girlfriend.

Data:
-Liz told me to check out Dawes.
-This video is a live Dawes performance.
-This video rocks fucking hard.

Conclusion:
My girlfriend has better taste in music than your girlfriend.

Note:I am currently up to my eyeballs in embryology and thus unable to give this a full write up, but will get to it sometime in the morning. In the mean time, watch this video and revel in it’s awesomeness.

Sirius XM’s Alt-Nation is a great resource for finding new bands and keeping up to date with the latest in indie and alternative rock. Like many radio stations, Alt-Nation hosts a year-end countdown of songs, but unlike many stations, the “Alt 18 for 2010” are voted on entirely by the fans. Since I know a lot of people don’t have Sirius XM, I figured I’d rehash the list here with links to the songs so you can listen on your own time. Enjoy.
Alt Nation Top 18 of 2010 
18. Gorillaz - Stylo17. The Heavy - How You Like Me Now 16. Neon Trees - Animal15. Temper Trap - Fader14. Broken Bells - The High Road13. The Limousines - Internet Killed The Video Star12. Kings of Leon - Radioactive11. Metric - Gold Guns Girls 10. Foster the People - Pumped Up Kicks09. Silversun Pickups - The Royal We08. The Xx - Crystalised07. The Arcade Fire - Ready to Start06. Muse - Resistance05. Phoenix - Lasso04. A Silent Film - You Will Leave a Mark03. Vampire Weekend - Giving Up The Gun02. Mumford & Sons - Little Lion Man01. The Black Keys - Tighten Up
P.S. I was pretty psyched that almost every song that made the list was covered on 34th & Now at some point this year. 
P.P.S. That band name logo took me way too long to make.

Sirius XM’s Alt-Nation is a great resource for finding new bands and keeping up to date with the latest in indie and alternative rock. Like many radio stations, Alt-Nation hosts a year-end countdown of songs, but unlike many stations, the “Alt 18 for 2010” are voted on entirely by the fans. Since I know a lot of people don’t have Sirius XM, I figured I’d rehash the list here with links to the songs so you can listen on your own time. Enjoy.

Alt Nation Top 18 of 2010 

18. Gorillaz - Stylo
17. The Heavy - How You Like Me Now
16. Neon Trees - Animal
15. Temper Trap - Fader
14. Broken Bells - The High Road
13. The Limousines - Internet Killed The Video Star
12. Kings of Leon - Radioactive
11. Metric - Gold Guns Girls
10. Foster the People - Pumped Up Kicks
09. Silversun Pickups - The Royal We
08. The Xx - Crystalised
07. The Arcade Fire - Ready to Start
06. Muse - Resistance
05. Phoenix - Lasso
04. A Silent Film - You Will Leave a Mark
03. Vampire Weekend - Giving Up The Gun
02. Mumford & Sons - Little Lion Man
01. The Black Keys - Tighten Up

P.S. I was pretty psyched that almost every song that made the list was covered on 34th & Now at some point this year.

P.P.S. That band name logo took me way too long to make.

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Here’s British alt-pop indie band Bombay Bicycle Club with "Ghost," a choppy, post-punk, hook-driven track off their 2009 debut album I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose. Winner of the 2010 NME Best Band award, they beat out stiff competition like The Xx, La Roux, and Mumford and Sons.

Before posting this performance by London’s hottest folk/bluegrass quartet, Mumford and Sons, I watched it not once, not twice, but seven times—in a row. In fact, if I didn’t have other things to do today, I would probably still be sitting there marveling at the level of intensity that Marcus Mumford and his band put into their performance of "The Cave;" particularly in the last minute of this video.

The band’s debut album, Sigh No More, is one of my most played— and most enjoyed—albums of the year and with live performances like this, well, it’s no wonder that the name Mumford & Sons is on the tip of everyone’s tongue when the “Best of 2010” conversation is brought up.

P.S. I totally dig that they have no live drummer but that Marcus plays the bass drum and guitar at the same time during shows.