I'm not sure why Pete Yorn decided to name his new music project after a European cave dwelling aquatic salamander, but if he stops by to play us some songs in Studio M, we'll have to ask him.
The Olms is a collaboration between Pete Yorn and L.A. musician J.D. King, two guys who definitely have an old-school approach to recording. That means real instruments, real singing, recorded onto real tape...not a computer. And when they started recording, they really had no expectations, so the true inspiration shows through.
The Olms' self-titled album comes out June 4th.
If you sign up for their newsletter, you can get a FREE DOWNLOAD of their song "Wanna Feel It."
Have you heard the song "Rumble and Sway" yet on Triple M?
The singer sounds like a raspy blues dude who's definitely been around the block a few times....but surprisingly, Jamie N. Commons is only 23 years old!
He was born in England, but spent many of his formative years in Chicago, where he grew up listening to the blues. His first concert was an Allman Brothers Band show, where he says he smelled something funny in the air and a guy next to them kept hooting.
Eventually he moved back to England, went to music school, and then started making a name for himself. In March of this year, he released the EP "Rumble and Sway" in the United States.
If you go to Jamie's website and sign up for his email list, you can get a free download of the song "The Preacher."
Artist: Alchemilla Hail From: Boston Song: 'The Wheel' Album: Diamonds From The Penny Arcade Sounds Like: Hole, Pearl Jam
In Their Words: "Alchemilla had been trying to write a ballad for a little while but it wasn't happening. There was some turmoil happening in some of our lives and I tried to channel that into a song about a disintegrating relationship. I wanted to incorporate ideas of betrayal and and chaos into the lyrics, and used the car ride as a metaphor for feeling helpless, and sort of giving in to that chaos. I don't know if it's a ballad but it's one of my favorites that we've written." -- Singer Kat Burke
Katie Powderly’s music permeates the boundaries of genre, inhabiting a space somewhere between alt-country and folk, and is both vintage and current, nostalgic and prophetic. Respectful of tradition while remaining relevant, Powderly presents a promising musical hybrid in her painstakingly hand-hewn tunes. According to Adam Hajnos at Flying Rooster, "It’s folk noir with a kind of David Lynch-y dreaminess, as though Powderly is struggling to stave off a sort of encroaching darkness … But fear not-[she] is not a downer. Far from it. It just demonstrates her ability to acknowledge her demons, and maybe even dance with them a little, before casting them off into the night as she makes her first tentative steps toward dawn."
The Woodrow Wilsons has music that radiates positive feeling of warmth and empathy. They all play a wide range of instruments including cigar box guitar that the vocalist built himself, and also glockenspiel, horns and a singing saw.
The Size of My Fist is taken from the second album Devil Jonah that was released on February 17, 2012.
England's Frank Turner used to be in a band called the Millions, and according to legend, his first band was called Badgerdorito. Now here in Wisconsin we love Badgers, and Doritos are pretty awesome, but we think he might be taken a bit more seriously by using his given name.
Turner's just-released album is called "Tape Deck Heart," and you can get a free download of one of his songs, "Four Simple Words," by signing up for his email list. Click here to get the song.
If you like what you hear, you can see him live and in person in Madison. He's playing the Majestic Theatre on August 6th.
The passing of Leonard Nimoy at the age of 83 makes me feel like I've lost a member of my extended family.
Growing up with three brothers, two older and one younger, it would have been impossible to not be over-exposed to Nimoy's Spock and the...
Who else still misses George?
George Harrison was born on today's date in 1943, and was only 58 when he died in 2001. I was interviewed by Channel 3 after he died, and I said it was truly sad for me, because I grew up with the Beatles and...
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Sorry about that.
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There was not a lot of love today for the song "Cherish" by Kool & The Gang. It was a huge hit for the band in 1985--getting all the way up to #2 on the pop charts.
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Copuntry singer-songwriter Donna Fargo had two big crossover pop hits. One was "The Happiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A., and the other was the one we featured from the World's Worst iPod. "Funny Face" made it to number 5 on the pop...
The Grammys always have their share of awkward moments and unusual pairings. But this one from the early 1970s is so awkward, it's amazing.
It's obvious John can't really believe he's being forced to read such cheesy...