Friday, April 24, 2015

Free Music Friday, Arbor Day Edition - 'Cabin In The Woods' by The Be Good Tanyas

In honor of Arbor Day, today's Free Music Friday pick is a delightful track from The Be Good Tanyas featuring Jolie Holland. "Cabin in the Woods" is quintessential BGT, with lilting vocals fluttering over the folky rhythm and earthy harmonies of the band. It's perhaps the standout track on Hi and Ho, We Plant Trees, a compilation released in 2008 by Peppermill Records.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Plug In with the Indigo Girls - 'Happy In The Sorrow Key'

Long known for their stripped down folk songs that served as a counterpoint to their rich vocal harmonies, the Indigo Girls go electric on their new single 'Happy In The Sorrow Key'. Written by Amy Ray in the wake of her father's unexpected death in 2013, the song balances lyrics about the impermanence of life with a supercharged guitar riff reminiscent of Hole's Eric Erlandson. 'Happy In The Sorrow Key' is the lead single off the Indigo Girls' forthcoming One Lost Day, the band's 14th studio album. One Lost Day will be released on June 2 on Vanguard Records.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Tubesday - 'Black Moss' by Johanna Warren

Johanna Warren is an indie singer-songwriter based in Portland, Oregon. Her voice has an otherworldly quality, and her music is serene yet utterly engaging. "Black Moss" is the opening track from her sophomore solo album, nūmūn, due next month from Team Love records. Although this entry wasn't the winner in NPR's Tiny Desk Concert contest, I've no doubt we'll be seeing her playing at Bob and Robin's desk in the near future.

Johanna Warren on MetroMusicScene
Photo by Beth Behler

Monday, April 13, 2015

New Music Monday - 'Awake' by John Aulabaugh

Today's pick for #NewMusicMonday is Awake, a slow-burning rocker from local-ish singer-songwriter John Aulabaugh. This song is equal parts Tom Petty and 311, a dash of high lonesome with a dollop of a reggae beat underpinning it. Awake is the most recent single from John's solo debut, "Of Sins Present and Past". The album is one piece of a larger meta-media project that will include a companion book and concert tour. The project will benefit Transitions, a Cincinnati-area substance abuse treatment facility.

"Of Sins Present and Past" was produced by Rami Jaffee, the keyboardist for The Wallflowers and a member of the Foo Figers' touring band. Other contributors to the album include multi-instrumentalist Jessy Greene, who was a member of The Jayhawks who has also toured with the Foos, and original Pearl Jam drummer Dave Krusen. Each song tells a story about an individual from John's life who's struggled with drug or alcohol addiction.

John Aulabaugh on MetroMusicScene
Image courtesy of the artist

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Tubesday on MMS - 'Wherever Is Your Heart' by Brandi Carlile

To say I'm enamored of this song is to understate my ardor for it. Brandi Carlile's new album, "The Firewatcher's Daughter", might be her finest work in an outstanding career that began when she was eight. Wherever Is Your Heart channels the unrestrained energy of a young Bruce Springsteen, and it immediately starts my blood a-pumpin' when I hear it. I hope you enjoy it as much I do.