I had a psuedo-request for this great band.. so I thought I'd post on them.

Fronted by the amazing Rocky Votolato, this folk/rock band is easily one of the most emotional and driving bands I've ever heard. Rocky's tradmark raspy voice gives these guys so much power. Lyrically, the songs don't vary much from the folky storytelling of Votolato's solo work, but that's definitely not a negative. Songs like "One for the Ride" are incredibly emotional and soaring, kind of like a wonderful mix of Rocky Votolato's solo work with a harder, more grating U2. This is a wonderful, wonderful band.

MP3 Deadly Wisdom (from For Madmen Only)
MP3 All My Prophets (from One for the Ride)
MP3 One for the Ride (from One for the Ride)
MP3 Colour (from Nobody Can Take What Everybody Owns)
MP3 Laboratory (from Intervention: Collection + Remix)
MP3 The Gift of Light (Live) (from KEXP Performance)

It seems like their website is down, but they have a nice page over at Better Propaganda.


KEXP Mixtacular!!

I've been on a binge... making playlist after playlist for my iPod. Now that classes have started and I've been walking everywhere, I always have my trusty 'Pod with me. So the other day I got to thinkin' about a cool mix I could make.

And here's my idea:

I've ripped tons of stuff from the streams over at the wonderful KEXP. So why not take the best of it and make it a mix?

Well, that's what I've done.

I'm gonna go ahead and post these all to suck up the last few bits of my bandwidth fo the month of August... and you all are the beneficiaries.


On to the list:

MP3 The Decemberists - "The Engine Driver"
MP3 The Fire Theft - "Heaven"
MP3 Rocky Votolato - "Don't Walk Out On Me"
MP3 Death Cab for Cutie - "Blacking Out The Friction"
MP3 Maximo Park - "Grafitti"
MP3 Sufjan Stevens - "The Predatory Wasp of the Palisades is Out To Get Us"
MP3 The National - "All the Wine"
MP3 Matt Pond PA - "Last Song"

So what do you guys think? Any comments? Requests? Glad to see me posting again?

I've also been thinking about some things to spice this place up... so I'm gonna start taking requests/suggestions/tip offs. So if you guys know of a band you'd think I'd like or you want to see something posted, drop me an email.


Quick Update...

Sorry for the absense. School has started which has resulted in me being extremely busy with all kinds of stuff. So until I have time to do a real post (which will hopefully be quite soon), here's a brief blurb on stuff I've been diggin' lately:

Half-Handed Cloud As labelmates of Sufjan Stevens and Castanets, this one man band often gets overlooked. Well, he shouldn't. Combining eclectic musical seizures with strange, often funny lyrics, Half-Handed Cloud is definitely one of the most unique and interesting artists I've ever heard. I picked up Learning About You Scale when I was in Boston recently and it's gotten quite a bit of playtime on my iPod. You should definitely check him out if you're into the great stuff AK has to offer, or if you're a fan of The Danielson Famile or Castanets.

MP3 Animals are Cut in Two (from Thy Is a Word & Feet Need Lamps)

Also, I'd recommend everyone check out Matt Pond PA, Final Fantasy, and Page France.

I have a really cool post planned for sometime this week... so make sure you check back for that.