Lee Fields and the Expressions, “I’ve Always Been a Faithful Man”. Just incendiary.
You know, there are few debut LPs that I’m more excited about SoKo’s forthcoming album, out later this year. In anticipation, I was listening to some tunes online tonight when I came back to the old faithful, “I’ll Kill Her”. It’s one of my favourite songs… well, ever.
It’s 5 years old now. But I never knew about this fan video. And holy heck, it just makes the whole experience something more. Anyway, posting for no other reason than it’s a cool tune, and a cool video that I never knew about. Screw breaking news, this is what I love about music blogging.
A totally different take on the song, it’s no less beautiful. This is the first time I’ve heard Laura Jansen, but man… I could listen to that voice all day. And Cary Brothers stuns, as always.
You know one of the really cool things about the internet? You can start out reading an article about Grant Morrison, and then click a link from there to one of the author’s other blogs, and then from there click on a comment left on a blog post, and then from there end up at a Wikipedia article, and then from there click on a link to the BBC, and from there find out about a new artist.
No? Guess that just happens to me then.
Anyway, such was the circuitous route that led me to Benjamin Francis Leftwich, and this beautiful video, “Box of Stones”. Although I hadn’t heard of the guy before, it turns out that he dropped his debut LP earlier this month, and has already picked up quite the following.
Ben’s debut album, “Last Smoke before the Snowstorm” is available at a few places online… check out the list here.
I am totally crushing on this tune right now.
Love Love Love is the first single off Avalanche City’s ‘Our New Life Above The Ground’, which was released in April of this year, but which I am only getting into now.
You know, it really is crazy to think that it’s already been two years since I originally tipped Ben Howard on this blog as one to watch, and I’m still eagerly awaiting the drop of his debut LP (due out in just a few months).
In the meantime, while we wait, here are a few videos that Ben’s recently released. First off, here’s a video of Ben performing his tune, “London” on a houseboat cruising the river Thames. Just because, y’know, we can…
And secondly, the brand new (well, released last month) video for Ben’s song “Wolves”, which two years ago I called “sheer perfection”.
So… yeah, I know there’s a lot of Bon Iver posts floating around here lately, but what do you expect? The album’s officially dropped now (even though you could stream it two weeks ago if you’d been paying attention) and the promo circuit is well and truly heating up.
But hell… as long as the performances are as killer as this, I’ll keep posting the damn things.
Above, watch Bon Iver perform “Holocene” (one of the album’s standout tracks) alongside saxophonist Colin Stetson and friends. Sheer awesomeness.
Ok, so here’s the thing: audiafauna haven’t even got around to releasing their debut LP yet. So this may be considered to be somewhat premature… but after spinning the below track, “Roots” a few times, I’m fairly confident in predicting that the radio stations will just eat this tune up. It’s pure radio fodder.
And I don’t mean that in a bad way either. It’s just a ridiculously accessible, incredibly catchy tune. Watch the video below, and download the track for free over at their bandcamp.