So I was listening to the excellent new Bowerbirds album and my stream on conscience lead me to think of their fellow Raleigh Americanaists, The Avett Brothers. I knew the bros have been working on a new album with "The” Rick Rubin for the past year but we had to yet to hear a peep from it. So I check out their website and sure enough, as of today, their first single is out and free! "I and Love and You" is a steady growing piano driven ballad that will be not only a perfect introduction to the new album but also to the band it's self, as along with their major label release will come a major amount of new fans. Come the due date of 9/29, it seems to be all but a certainty that this will be the Year Of the Avett. These guys are too talented, too earnest, and just too good to stay under the radar. I and love and you might be three of the hardest words to say but July, August and September are going to be three of the longest months to wait for this album. Download: "I and Love and You"
Oh yeah and the Bowerbirds album is really great too. Listen to Northern Lights: "Northern Lights
Have you been wondering who those little kids singing on the Passion Pit album are? Well wonder no longer. It's the (internet) famous kids choir ps22 Check out the cute behind the scenes video of the making of "Little Secret" and a bonus one of them doing "Don't Stop Believening".
Little kids singing "Don't Stop Believin" > Every Drunk Guy singing "Don't Stop Believin" at a Kareoke bar.
Here's a couple videos of a bunch of people coming together and playing a song. The first one has unknown musicians from around the world. The second video is a bunch of very well known musicians sharing a stage.
While the Vampire Weekend boys are hard at work on their sophomore effert, their producer/keyboardest is getting some on the side. Rostam Batmanglij along with fellow prep pop peer Ra Ra Riot lead Wes Miles have a little super duo together and are getting it on in a big way. Discovery, named after the influential Daft Punk album (I made that up) have no plans for an official LP as of yet, but here's hopin. Check out the snthy results: