Music Monday: Sóley

exposing unsigned or lesser known bands to the masses…or to the three people that actually read this. today’s artist:

sóley

local band to: hafnarfjörður iceland

riyl: seabear, amiina, kira kira

etc: i am coocoo for the band seabear, and sóley is a gorgeous offspring of the icelandic band.

sóley from iceland is a member of the indie-collective seabear. she also studied composition and is a passionate piano player and singer. in 2010 she released her solo-debut theater island – a pop record, that sounds like a dream: sweet and weird at the same time.

*photo & blurb courtesy of the morr music. listen and buy her beautiful music here.*

funny little frog

aahhhhh! belle & sebastian has a new album coming out on october 12th and they are touring! see you at benaroya hall!

sufjan stevens also has a new album releasing the same day. it is called the age of adz (pronounced ‘odds’). i will see him as well at the paramount. october is shaping up to be an amazing month for live shows!

Music Monday: The Gentleman Losers

exposing unsigned or lesser known bands to the masses…or to the three people that actually read this. today’s band:

the gentleman losers

local band to: helsinki finland

riyl: pan american, alias & ehren, low

the gentleman losers’ music has been called post-rock, alt-country, folktronica and ambient americana. it’s been described as mesmerizing, cinematic, soothing, and ominous. there’s been comparison to vincent gallo, boards of canada, stars of the lid and angelo badalamenti, as well as neil young’s dead man soundtrack and ry cooder’s paris, texas. it has been called music from a land inhabited by kerouac’s characters.

it’s a land of long forgotten crooners on crackly old 78s. tapes with no name, found in a basement. a telefunken mixer from the 1950s. midnight recording sessions in a haunted house. the distant din of the city. the silence of the woods. freight trains in the horizon. abandoned towns on the edge of the desert. fading photographs of lives past. dead butterflies fluttering in the setting sun. a darkness approaching. an archipelago of insomnia. memories of things to come.

*photo & blurb courtesy of the gentleman losers website. listen to their music.*

Music Monday: Ortolan

exposing unsigned or lesser known bands to the masses…or to the three people that actually read this. today’s band:

ortolan

local band to: riverside new jersey

riyl: eisley, au revoir simone


a hot minivan barreling down the highway, filled to the brim with siblings, sleeping bags, and travel checkers sets—this is the setting for a decades-old american tradition upheld by millions: arguing over the radio dial until consensus is happily found at that hallowed institution, the oldies station. thus begins the story of ortolan, four young women from southern new jersey with music-loving, art-teacher parents, devoted to each other in laughter, bickering, love, and play. sisters stephanie (17), brianna (19), lara (21), and sister-in-law jill (24) also happen to create music that is singularly winsome, disarming, and sincere, possessing the same kind of universal appeal of 1950s and ’60s rock and roll, with its earnest abandon and joy in simple and uncluttered gestures. ortolan’s sound is at once familiar and new, a sort of musical déjà vu—where listeners remember that which they are hearing for the first time.

*photo & blurb courtesy of ortolan. listen to their lovely music here.*

skyline drive

i tend to go crazy driving the same roads to get to work and back everyday. here is one of them. one more month of looking at these monotonous roads. i’m ready for new roads and for working remotely. yay!

Music Monday: Doug Burr

exposing unsigned or lesser known bands to the masses…or to the three people that actually read this. today’s band:

doug burr

local band to: denton texas

riyl: vic chesnutt, bon iver, ray lamontagne

burr resides in the beautiful city of denton, tx, and is by no means a stranger to making music. o ye devastator is his 3rd release with us, which is the proper follow-up to 2007’s much adored, on promenade. between these 2 records burr recorded a project called the shawl, which was a shimmering and heavy laden vision of the psalms. doug has been building a steady fan base through each show, his songs appearing in tv shows, and an ever increasing amount of press. opening for st vincent, yann tiersen, richard buckner, and great lake swimmers has helped as well. he began polishing most of these songs last year while on tour with son volt. doug has explained the theme of the album to be american roots music rendered as sweeping scenes and story lines, antique, revelatory, and futuristic in scope.

*photo & blurb courtesy of spune. listen to his music here.*

boozy figgy pop

if you received (and actually read) the daily candy email last week, then you probably saw some delicious picnic recipes by this lady. i was immediately smitten over mom’s cucumber salad and the boozy figs and peaches caught my eye since the fig tree has been going nuts this last week with figs galore. i am really weirded out when people refer to food as sexy (she says is at least four times), but to each their own. if you do not want to watch the video, just toss the ingredients below in a bowl and let sit for at least 30 minutes (serves 4). pour over ice cream for that extra yum. you can thank me later!

8-10 figs (quartered)

4 peaches (cut to preferred size)

honey drizzled (local is best, no clover)

rum drizzled (dark is best)