Monday, April 27, 2009

Isn't HD dope? It is it is! Click the video to get the full HD! Last week we invited Meiko to come in and record with us for a BLURS episode at the Fullerton Arts Lab. It was super hot cause we sorta didn't turn on the AC! After several silly takes, we finally wrapped it. We had a ton of fun and Meiko was awesome! She will be on her headlining US tour beginning May 2nd so be sure to check below for the dates. Listen more here.

May 2 - Toad Suck Dayz Festival (All Ages) - Conway, AR
May 3 - 3rd & Lindsley (18+) - Nashville, TN
May 4 - The Hummingbird (18+) - Macon, GA
May 5 - Eddie's Attic (All Ages) - Atlanta, GA
May 7 - Canal Room (18+) - New York, NY
May 8 - Jammin Java (All Ages) - Washington, DC
May 9 - Tin Angel (21+) - Philadelphia, PA
May 10 - Stage One (All Ages) - Fairfield, CT
May 11 - Monroe Community College (All Ages) - Rochester, NY
May 13 - Radio Radio (21+) - Indianapolis, IN
May 14 - Blueberry Hill (21+) - St. Louis, MO
May 15 - Schubas (7PM Early Show - All Ages) - Chicago, IL
May 15 - Schubas (10:30PM Late Show - 18+) - Chicago, IL
May 16 - People's Court (All Ages) - Des Moines, IA
May 17 - Varsity Theatre (18+) - Minneapolis, MN
May 18 - Majestic Theatre (All Ages) - Madison, WI
May 20 - Walnut Room (21+) - Denver, CO
May 26 - The Crocodile (21+) - Seattle, WA
May 27 - Doug Fir Lounge (21+) - Portland, OR
May 29 - Hotel Utah Saloon (21+) - San Francisco, CA
May 30 - BuFest Music Festival (All Ages) - Malibu, CA

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Friday, March 27, 2009

Happy Friday! What's up everyone? We've had the amazing pleasure of hanging out and listening to the Company of Thieves, our latest guests on BLURS. BLURS is our recording session and we've got lots of artists on the way, just for you! Chicago's Company of Thieves is Mike Ortiz, Genevieve Schatz and Marc Walloch. They have an amazing new album out called Ordinary Riches and you can get it on iTunes. For our session, they performed acoustic versions of In Passing, Oscar Wilde, and Fire Song. Also they performed When The City Waves, You Must Learn to Swim from a summer released EP called Tourniquet. Your ears also get an awesome acoustic cover of John Lennon's Instant Karma. Thanks so much to Wind Up Records and our whole crew. Enjoy!

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Virot's oui ou non!

Friday, January 16, 2009

I don't know about anyone else but I think Francis Virot is great for rainy days. He's been playing music forever and has been playing the drums with his brother in Clara Clara. This debut album, Yes or No, has tracks that remind me of the Shins. I like how his voice goes from high to low and back in his folkish melodies. The album dropped last Fall and you can get it here.
We got 3 tracks below that will easily compliment your weekend. Enjoy!

Casscade Kisses
Say Fiesta
Not the One

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Donny Hue and the Colors, Tell Tall Tales!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Howdy everyone, yes yes it's been a while but we've been so busy, but who's not busy these days right? Anywho we got a brand new track for you from Donny Hue and the Colors. The new track comes off their new album Tell Tall Tales which is a digital only release. The album is actually 10 solo works by Donny Hue, yes just him, his acoustic and his harmonica. Judging by "Good Time Happening", y'all are in for a treat! Check out some of their other fun songs here. Give that single a listen and check out the really dope video made with over 1500 still photographs!

Good Time Happening

Also check out these tours dates! Coming Very soon!
Tour dates - Donny Hue and The Colors full band
10.29.08 - Oakland, CA - Stork Club
10.30.08 - Stanford, CA - CoHo (Stanford U)
10.31.08 - Oakland, CA - Ghosttown Gallery
11.1.08 - Davis, CA - The Firehouse
11.2.08 - Arcata, CA - Greenhouse
11.3.08 - Portland, OR - Valentines
11.4.08 - Bellingham, WA - Green Frog Cafe
11.5.08 - Seattle, WA - Comet Tavern
11.6.08 - Olympia, WA - Vouyer
11.7.08 - Tacoma, WA - Bob's Java Jive
11.8.08 - Portland, OR - East End
11.9.08 - Astoria, OR - Ft. George Brewery
11.10.08 - Arcata, CA - Big Pete's Pizzeria
11.11.08 - San Francisco, Hemlock Tavern
11.12.08 - Santa Cruz - Crepe Place
11.13.08 - Santa Barbara - Biko Co-op Garage
11.14.08 - Los Angeles - Relax Bar
11.15.08 - Los Angeles - Little Joy
11.16.08 - Long Beach - Prospector

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Matt Pryor is Headlining!

Friday, August 29, 2008

Last week's show was such a treat. Matt Pryor and Chris Conley played a show together. Months ago, me and BBQ got word of the two touring together and from then on we were determined to go. BBQ is crazy about the Get Up Kids(R.I.P.) and I love Saves the Day. It was like seeing The Get Up Kids and Saves the Day play acoustic sets, but BETTER! Matt just released a new album titled, Confidence Man, which you can check out here. It's his first solo album. Very folk. I like folk. It's not like the Get Up Kids, or the New Amsterdams. It's just Matt. He played his new stuff, his old stuff, and his very old stuff. Chris played too. It was awesome. The two of them could have just played guitar and everyone would just sing their words back to them. There are a few more dates left for the tour so check out Matt! Support!

Aug 29 - Atlanta, GA @ Vinyl
Aug 30 - Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern
Aug 31 - Norfolk, VA @ The Boot

Sep 2 - Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
Sep 3 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero Balcony
Sep 4 - Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony**
Sep 5 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom**
Sep 6 - Allston, MA @ Harpers Ferry
Sep 9 - Toronto, ON @ Mod Club
Sep 10 - Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
Sep 11 - Detroit, MI @ Shelter
Sep 12 - Chicago, IL @ Schubas
Sep 13 - Chicago, IL @ Schubas

Oldies but goodies...
The Get Up Kids - I'll Catch You
The New Amsterdams - Worse for the Wear
The New Amsterdams - Asleep at the Wheel

Saves the Day - Sell My Old Clothes, I'm Off to Heaven
Saves the Day - Hold

Kevin Devine will be joining Mr. Pryor on the last leg of the tour.
This is what he sounds like...
Just Stay

Listen to enjoy.

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Josh Radin's Sohphmore Release Simple Times!

Howdy friends, it's been a while hasn't it? I've been enjoying the greater outdoors of Manhattan but I'm finally back with lots of new music for you! For starters we bring you LA's Josh Radin whose simple honesty about his life and approach towards his music shine through his relentless song writing. This guy's songs from his debut We Were Here has been all over TV for the past couple years on shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Studio 60, American Idol etc. His sophomore album
Simple Times will be rolling out at the end of September. Check out this nice love song off the new album and pre-order here.

I'd Rather Be With You


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The Avett Brothers' Second Gleam!

Monday, July 21, 2008

We didn't really discover the Avett Brothers until recently and it's not a moment too soon. Tomorrow the brothers from North Carolina will be releasing their beautiful 6 song follow-up to The Gleam and Emotionalism. The Second Gleam EP contains more of their subtle acoustic singer-songwriter delivery with very real themes on life. Apropos, I love the stand-up bass. Check out the single from The Second Gleam EP below! It's a really warm love filled song about family and growing up. I love it! They're also touring so check the dates!

Murder In The City

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Hope Is On Her Way!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Last time we had the pleasure of watching a performance from Hope was at the Talent One Media Film Festival and days before that at the Hotel Cafe with our friend Brendan James! Hope has a beautiful attention grabbing voice, and it's even better live. She also has several tracks with very minimal instrument useage; just her voice. She's got some really acoustic emotionally love tracks. Hope is a singer-songwriter from right here in Los Angeles and she's got her self-titled debut Hope out for a couple years now so be anticipating for a new album! Check out these tracks, purchase here, and be checkin' back to her myspace for that new release.

The Rain Don't Last
Who Am I To Say


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Big Phony from Coast to Coast!!

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Recently we've had the pleasure of checkin' out a performance from singer-songwriter Robert Choy aka Big Phony. I'd say his stage presence was rather. At first he gave off this really funny feeling of depression and emo-ness, yes I said funny. It was sad and hopeful, but soon as a song would begin he justified it all with pure skillful guitar talent. Not to mention great story telling in his songwriting. Big Phony has an all around great acoustic sound with that little tiche of folk that often reminds me of one of our favorites, The New Amsterdams, during Matt Pryor's prime. Robert travels to and fro NY and LA which means if you're at either, you can catch a show! BP's got two albums out: Straight to Boot Leg and Smoking Kills. Get those here. We've got some tracks we picked below!

Straight to Bootleg Vol. 1
I Love Lucy
Words That Define

Smoking Kills
Everything, Always

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FatCat's Neweset: Silje Nes

Thursday, May 15, 2008

I think singer-songwriter Silje Nes is a perfect fit for Brighton's FatCat Records. She's recently released her full length debut, Ames Room, and the digital only EP Yellow, with songs she recorded in her own home between 2004-07. Her sound is nothing short of eclectic pieces with very subtle vocals and instruments including various percussions, cellos, a glock and melodica. It's very easy to listen to with melodies comparable to some of my favorite Japanese solo works. The multi-instrumentalist is currently on a short tour including the Kongsberg Jazzfestival. We got two songs, one off of each release!

Ames Room
Bright Night Morning
Yellow EP


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Straight Outta PA, It's Peasant!

Friday, April 11, 2008

Doylestown, PA's Damien DeRose has recently released On The Ground, his sophomore effort and I'm diggin' his track called Wind. The lyrics are interesting..."I am speakin' for the wind, blowin' on my door, it's sayin words I know, but in a different order..." This sorta folky, drifter jam, reminds of a scene from my short lived train hopping days; open track, middle of no where, with an amazing view. I also agree with Matt Tyson when he said it's perfect for the next Wed Anderson film. Damien also goes by Peasant and I think with his very light hearted vocals and simple pop acoustic sound, he's got a great thing going. Check these tracks out this weekend!

Missing All You Are
The Wind

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Happy Friday! We've Got Hands Full Of Ink!

Thursday, December 06, 2007

I've had this album sittin', but finally got around to it, glad I did. Belgians Ben and Chris are the acoustic folk act The Tellers. Okay they aren't completely acoustic but they got that sound going. This is some great indie pop full of pianos, harmonicas and tambourines! The Tellers have released their debut full length album, Hands Full Of Ink, off of 62tv Records. 16 tracks of sing-a-long goodness. These youths have only been around for a few short years but their underdog story has helped them land tons of great shows and more to come. You can agree there are some great Bob Dylan-esque story telling roadtrip songs. Check out these tracks then go pick up their album.

Prince Charly
More on their myspace. Have a Great Weekend wherever you are!

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TGIF! Let The Birds Out Of Your Chest

Friday, September 07, 2007

It's ultra quiet here in the studio, definitely Friday.  It's also freezing in here! You know when you go to a movie theater during the afternoon, you come out and it's super bright outside?  I sorta get that feeling when I'm in my cold office and then I step outside afterwork and it's nice and warm.  Know what I mean? But anyways I'm excited for the weekend!

Before you guys head out, I recently discovered the beautiful acoustic sounds of Band in Box.  Swedish native, Siri af Burén, is behind the ukelele, clarinets, pianos, flutes and violins you'll hear throughout these extremely soothing layed back songs.  Her debut album will be released sometime next year off of Stereo Test Kit Records and will contain more of this lightly distorted multi-instrumental, lapsed harmony vocals, and this element of slow/quiet that forces me to think about my life as a music video going on a long trip somewhere.  Hear for yourself!  

Let Your Birds Out
Elevator Theme
Leave Smears 
Lost & Foundland

P.S. Please comment and say Hi!, and let us know where you are from!!
Have a great weekend!

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Whimsical is a good word!

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

It sounds completely dumb, but I stumbled upon one of the songs off of "The End of History" because of it's name.  Hey I'm just being honest, sometimes people will click things that sound good.  Irish born Fionn Regan (pro. Fin Ray-gen) reminds me of a Nick Drake-ish, but lighter and sometimes faster.  Brittle double tracked harmonies comebines with subtle and sometimes folky acoustics,  and song writing with fragile influences of late novelists, really makes the whimsical-ness.  It's a good word to sum it up!  Do you ever listen to music and think about where in your life it would fit best?  I would say me driving on a roadtrip while everyone else in the car is sleeping, or my back patio with tea and a good read.  Know what I mean?  Check some of his songs out below and if anyone caught the show last night at the awesome Hotel Cafe, hit us up and tell us how he was! 
Put A Penny In The Slot
Getting Better (Beatles Cover)

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