Currently Listening To: Mo Kenney

Currently Listening To: Mo Kenney

facebook Currently Listening To: Mo Kenneytwitter Currently Listening To: Mo Kenneypinterest Currently Listening To: Mo Kenneytumblr Currently Listening To: Mo Kenneygoogle Currently Listening To: Mo Kenneyemail Currently Listening To: Mo Kenneystumbleupon Currently Listening To: Mo Kenney

I’ve always loved this song.

Here’s “Telephones” by Maritime songwriter Mo Kenney, from the upcoming sophomore album “In My Dreams”, out September 30 through Pheromone/New Scotland Records.  The song is originally a song from east coast band Mardeen, a band I work with in pitching songs to tv/film, and a song which I always thought would one day end up in a cell phone commerical.  Maybe this version will, we’ll see.

Like Kenney’s self-titled 2012 debut, this upcoming album was made in close collaboration with Joel Plaskett, who produced “In My Dreams”, in addition to performing on it and co-writing some of the songs.  This time around, the pair mixed things up by adding more classic rock influences to Kenney’s folksy singer-songwriter material.  Kenney said in a statement, “It is definitely bigger sonically. I see it as different lyrically too. I am quite private and I used to be a little cryptic to protect myself, but I have been writing more honestly lately. This record is definitely honest.”

Listen to The Juan MacLean’s Disco Epic, “A Simple Design”

Listen to The Juan MacLean’s Disco Epic, “A Simple Design”

facebook Listen to The Juan MacLeans Disco Epic, A Simple Designtwitter Listen to The Juan MacLeans Disco Epic, A Simple Designpinterest Listen to The Juan MacLeans Disco Epic, A Simple Designtumblr Listen to The Juan MacLeans Disco Epic, A Simple Designgoogle Listen to The Juan MacLeans Disco Epic, A Simple Designemail Listen to The Juan MacLeans Disco Epic, A Simple Designstumbleupon Listen to The Juan MacLeans Disco Epic, A Simple Design

From the opening seconds, there’s no hiding it – The Juan MacLean are on a mission to make you dance. This has been the project’s M.O. for over a decade now, but “A Simple Design” exudes a confidence not yet seen by both John MacLean and Nancy Whang.

This new assurance is found in the track’s contrasts: Whang’s deeper tones are rich when bouncing off the ping of the analog synth. It contains much of the repetition we’ve come to know from them, but when it spends such a great deal of time exploring so much tonal depth, the seven minutes and change seem much too short.

Come get lost in the odyssey.  “A Simple Design” will be on the band’s upcoming album, “In A Dream”, out September 16 on DFA.

Streets Of Laredo Back With “Volume I & II”

Streets Of Laredo Back With “Volume I & II”

facebook Streets Of Laredo Back With Volume I & IItwitter Streets Of Laredo Back With Volume I & IIpinterest Streets Of Laredo Back With Volume I & IItumblr Streets Of Laredo Back With Volume I & IIgoogle Streets Of Laredo Back With Volume I & IIemail Streets Of Laredo Back With Volume I & IIstumbleupon Streets Of Laredo Back With Volume I & II

Brooklyn-based, New Zealanders’ Streets of Laredo have announced their first full-length album, Volume I & II on Dine Alone Records, out October 7th.  Promising to be your fall soundtrack, the ten songs are inspired by their old life in NZ and their new life in NYC , and features “sing-a-long collision of jangling harmonies, stomping percussion, horns and guitars”.   The band recorded the bones of ‘Volume I & II’ on a trip back to NZ,  in an old converted Auckland theatre where, courtesy of friendships and favors, they locked down that distinctive Streets of Laredo sound.

Take a listen to their debut track “Slow Train”.

Check out the album trailer for Volume I & II.

Stuck On Strand Of Oaks

Stuck On Strand Of Oaks

facebook Stuck On Strand Of Oakstwitter Stuck On Strand Of Oakspinterest Stuck On Strand Of Oakstumblr Stuck On Strand Of Oaksgoogle Stuck On Strand Of Oaksemail Stuck On Strand Of Oaksstumbleupon Stuck On Strand Of Oaks

I’m still so totally hooked on Strand Of Oaks right now.  Co-contributor Lior tipped me to this artist months ago and I’ve been listening to the album Heal non-stop.

Strand Of Oaks is the recording identity of Timothy Showalter, a Philadelphia-based singer-songwriter who has released his fourth record, Heal, via Dead Oceans.  Showalter wrote 30 songs in three weeks after returning home from a long time on the road.  While his previous records were more skeletal, raw examples of folk-rooted Americana with occasional rock and electronic currents, Heal‘s focuses on a new beginning—a full-tilt sound that draws on Showalter’s love of ’70s, ’80s and ’90s rock and pop, with the singer playing the intense valedictory confessor.  Choosing to have alt-rock icon John Congleton mix the record, Showalter added synth expert / studio engineer extraordinaire Ben Vehorn and drummer Steve Clements to his studio recordings.

If you’re going to start with a song, try out what I think is the best song on the record.  “Shut In” is a raw depiction of several difficult years, broken relationships, and debilitating addictions, sung with pure emotion and honesty.  And an awesome guitar solo.  Showalter performed the song recently on Late Night with Seth Meyers.

Also, take a listen to the song “JM”, a tribute to Jason Molina and a song that really reminds of me of classic Neil Young and Crazy Horse.