Right after the great news concerning the new Handsome Family compilation, I’m proud to announce to you the new Chatham County Line album which goes by the name Wildwood. I have the feeling that Chatham County Line is a much underappreciated band and I hope their new release will give them some more attention (btw it’s their fifth full length, check out the others too, they are great!). You can pre-order Wildwoodright here and every pre-order gets an exclusive MP3 track extra + if you are one of the first fifty buyers, you get a special keychain modeled after the microphone stand the band regularly uses. So, if you’re curious what this microphone stand looks like or if you’re perhaps interested in the music, yeah…, you really should check out this nice video of the song Crop Comes In. For me it’s just perfect.
I think this should’ve made you wanting to hear the rest of the album. And if this is true, you have one complete week to stream the whole thing to decide if, better: when, you want to buy your personal copy. So, don’t wait and get this album stream on: GET IT ON!
Today’s post contains much music for your listening pleasure. In the first place I thought, I write some short posts about all this stuff I stumbled upon today, but I think it is better do one big post that got it all.
Grant Peeples – My People Come From The Dirt (from Openings)
Erin K Hill – Long Sleep (from Openings)
Ewan McLennan – As I Roved Out (from Openings)
Let’s start with a great free sampler featuring mostly acoustic music. The good people from Fatea Showcase Sessions provided it and the whole thing (called Openings) will be downloadable for three months from now on. This sampler is a great possibilitie to find some new bands which are not widely known yet or even still unsigned. Most of the songs are really good, ranging from an a cappella track over folk pop to americana, even though two or three of them are really not my taste. Make sure you don’t miss those 80 minutes and head directly to the download page or click here for instant download.
Sun Hotel – Team Spirit EP
free EP (download) self-released 2010
[tags: indie rock, folk?, EP, 2010]
Honey (from Team Spirit EP)
Speaking of free stuff, I found a mail in my inbox today concerning Sun Hotel’s new and free Team Spirit EP. They play indie rock so to say, with slighty folk influences. I don’t know if I like this music or not. But you can certainly feel the fun they had recording it for it is powerful and honest. Deceide for yourself and download the EP for free from Sun Hotel’sbandcamp page.
Something I Wanna Know About You (from Airplanes Can’t)
What’s next…I think I will tell you, that you should take your chance to download Saharan Gazelle Boy’s album Airplanes Can’t for just two dollars from The Record Machine…remember?…the good guys who gave away The Parade Shedule’s fantastic folk album for two dollars few weeks ago. But be warned, it’s no folk what Saharan Gazelle Boy plays, it’s bedroom pop with some dream pop flavor to it…sometimes calm, sometimes the opposite. In the end a really nice album one should own – at least for this killer price. ONLY $2, AHHHHH!BUY IT HERE!
And last thing for today: I found a band I never heard of before and because they are so amazing, I must mention them here. The band is called Chatham County Line and for me they are the better Mumford & Sons (and I really like Mumford & Sons). Country and bluegrass sound at its best combined with great folk attitude, that’s what I call their last album IV from 2008. In comparison to Mumford & Sons these guys know, where the break is and they are willing to hit it sometimes – this makes an really good album from start to finish. If you like the music, you can be happy from now on, because the band will release a new record at the end of spring. You will read about here. Until then, check out there other albums and buy them from here.
You know that I love Greenland Is Melting’s music and that I wrote about them every time I heard something new. And today I saw a new video and I thought I would share it with you. Also, in case you don’t get enough of their music, I added some older vids too.
We worte about Greenland is Meltingbefore and if you read the blog on a regular basis I’m sure you know them already. I just received an e-mail with the new cover artwork for the upcoming vinyl version for their debut record via Paper + Plastick Records – and it looks just great! The LP is due early 2010, so watch out! And remember that you can download the entire album for free by clicking here.
Our good friends from Greenland Is Melting just joined Paper + Plastick Records and the label is going to release a LP version of their debut Our Hearts Are Gold, Our Grass Is Blue in early 2010. Until then you can download the entire album right here for free. It’s great to see a good band getting the well deserved attention for their hard work. I wish you all the best, guys! This is life, this is life, this is life…
Greenland Is Melting – Our Hearts Are Gold, Our Grass Is Blue free album (download) self-released 2009
Listen while reading:
From City To Town (from Our Hearts Are Gold, Our Grass Is Blue)
Already Gone (from Our Hearts Are Gold, Our Grass Is Blue)
Hailing from Gainesville/Florida there is a band named Greenland Is Melting consisting of Karl Seltzer, Will Dueease and Shaun Pereira. As I got their e-mail they said they were a bluegrass/folk/punk combo – and I was more than skeptic because I really don’t enjoy listening to punk music I have to admit. But the question here is what punk means in this context. If punk means a specific (often politically motivated) genre in music I would have been out at this point, but if you rather think of “punk” as having fun and playing music just the way you want together with your friends this is the right way to think of it (and I don’t speak of detestably fun punk here!)
I tried but I really don’t see what else could be punk in the music these three fine men are playing. Bluegrass and folk elements dominate the record – the banjo and guitar play is really nice and procures a often happy often aroused feeling. There are thoughtful moments as well e.g. when they cover Wayfaring Stranger (remembering me a lot of the great Ballads And Mental Breakdowns by Uncle Sinner). But in the long run the cheerful mood dominates the whole album and makes it a record you can easily sing along to (even together with your friends I think…if you are sort of squiffy or so).
The musical landscape of melting Greenland got lots of different instruments such as the above mentioned banjo, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, pedal steel, harmonica, trumpet, bass drum and fiddle. Together with the powerful and sometimes shoutet vocals the sound really catches your feet and you automatically start seesawing them over and over. And because of the fact that there is often more than just one member singing at a time the the tracks get diversified and catchy.
So if you are looking for an out-and-out bluegrass/folk record give Our Hearts Are Gold, Our Grass Is Blue a shot. I listened to it the whole day and it’s not getting boring at all. It even gets better if you memorized the lyrics and the melodies and the folksy atmosphere won you over. For more information visit Greenland Is Melting’s MySpace site and download the whole album at their band homepage. You can choose to download for free or to donate some money – and I would highly appreciate it if you’d give some bucks to the guys.