Garth

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Happy Garth Brooks day, Atlanta! Fingers crossed that he wears a shirt like this tonight.

Music Monday | Breen

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When a description of an artist is Sounds Like: Prince, The Weeknd, Frank OceanI’m sold.

That’s how Indie Shuffle sold me on British newcomer Breen (Matt Lamb). That white guy R&B flow with a sexy falsetto – you know I love it so. He’s got that downtempo, electric, laid back soul vibe that makes me melt a little bit. Okay, a lot.

Really looking forward to an album from this guy. For now, here’s his second single…

Stream: “Make Sense”

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Music Monday | Elijah Blake

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Elijah Blake is most famous for writing Usher’s No.1 hit “Climax,” as well as tracks for Rihanna, Keyshia Cole and Rick Ross. Just to name a few…

With hit song writing talent and ridiculous voice, this kid is about to shine on his own. His song “Give Me U” (Soundcloud) is what led me to his page via Pigeons and Planes (one of my favorite music blogs). I got swept away in it and then heard his cover of Lifehouse’s “Everything” and pretty much lost my mind.

That. Freakin’. Falsetto.

 

Music Monday | Matt Corby

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My buddy Ryan Lee told me about Matt Corby about a year ago. I remember it was August, because when I heard the song I’m sharing below, it resonated so deeply in my soul that it hurt…

I know that for most people, Labor Day marks the beginning of Fall, but I don’t buy it. I think everyone posting their first #PSL of the year are insane, and I will soak up every last ounce of warm weather that God gifts the South with this year.

So back to the song. Pretty much my anthem again this time of year, as it was last year….
It’s the exit track on his Made of Stone EP (2012), but I just love it.

Oh winter is coming way too soon
Oh summer, we party…

Stream: “Winter”

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Listen to more Matt Corby below. I recommend starting with his Live on the Resolution Tour.
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P.S. The first day of Autumn is September 23.
P.P.S. Summer Forever.

 

 

Music Monday | Goodnight, Texas

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It’s pretty obvious why I gave this band a listen. Texas forever, yano?

Goodnight, Texas. Not just an amazing band name, but also an unincorporated town (population at last count – 28). But not just any town. It’s the exact midpoint between San Francisco and Chapel Hill – the homes of songwriters Avi Vinocur and Patrick Dyer Wolf. In 2012, the duo added a rhythm section (Alex Nash and Scott G. Padden), and the band released their debut LP, A Long Life of Living. 

For now, though, I want to fast forward to their recent release – Uncle John Farquhar (named for Wolf’s great-great-great grandfather). It’s honest and it’s gritty and it’s full of stories that leave you wanting more. Below is my favorite track, which Avi posted about on Facebook a few days ago:

“I think this is about not doing anything crazy or ambitious until someone else takes the lead. Call it an anthem for the chronically non-trailblazing… I’ve been dreaming of moving to the South for years. I wrote this in Patrick’s living room in Chapel Hill on guitar and kick drum, after seeing a life-changing Shovels and Rope show at Snug Harbor in Charlotte the night before. Patrick added some lyrics and a killer mandolin part. We finished it together in California and debuted it in Milwaukee. We quickly realized it would be a mainstay in our set list.” 

Stream: “Button Your Collar”

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Take me South
For cryin’ out loud
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Music Monday | Go ’80s

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I have been jamming ’80s music so much lately. Not sure what inspired it, but I’m wanting it all and I’m wanting it loud. Billy Ocean! Phil Collins! MJ! The Clash! Wham!

In light of this, I’ve been updating my ’80s playlist and figured y’all should get in on that glorious action (or should I say, Heavenly Action…*)

*That was an Erasure reference. Really hoping at least one of you got it.

So here’s my playlist – still a work in progress.
It’s got your ’80s cravings covered from Boy George to Bruce Springsteen.

Music Monday | Dead Times

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More white guys slayin’ R&B jams? That’s right. You know what else is slayin’ it? Those pants!

Today, Dead Times – from Tempe, AZ – are Calvin Markus & Travis Bunn. In the words of Mostly Junk Food, these guys have swooped in “on a rush of rubbed down vocals and slinky R&B notes of romantic grandeur like a driving nightcall that would make Ryan Gosling swoon.” Can’t beat that description so why try?

Head over to Soundcloud to download this track for free. And it’s also on Spotify.