"I am indistinguishable from my memories, inseparable from this place I've always lived. Songs made of rhymes and these rhymes like maps to the bizarre hinterlands of what we know and love. This is Blitzen Trapper's seventh record for the books, another bizarre string of tales and touchstones, more beats and banjos by far than anything to date, since, well we figured a straight line between two points is preferable. At this point the road is home and home is home, which is to say there is no home left for me because at a certain point you can never go home as the old adage seems to more than imply." - From Blitzen Trapper Facebook
Artist: Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros Song: "Life Is Hard" Album: Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros is the third album from Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. It was released on July 23, 2013. Frontman Alex Ebert stated that "These songs mean everything to me - It's the rawest, most liberated, most rambunctious stuff we've done." - From Wikipedia
Artist: The Royal Concept Song: "Radio" Album: Royal EP
"'Radio' is a song that we wrote with our childhood hero Jan Kask," The Royal Concept's guitarist Filip Bekic tells Rolling Stone. "It's the first song we ever wrote that's based on an acoustic guitar riff. It's about losing an amazing girl that you love, and blaming it on the radio."
Artist: The Royal Oui Song: "Actual Size" Album:Forecast EP
"'Actual Size' started out as a moody little acoustic number but it quickly took on a life of its own," Adrienne Pierce tells Rolling Stone. "The beats are actually created by banging on the guitar, and the asymmetrical rhythm makes us feel like we are in a game of double dutch."
Artist: Black Hearted Brother Song: "This Is How It Feels" Album:Stars Are Our Home
"'This is How It Feels' was one of the first tracks we worked on together," Black Hearted Brother's Neil tells Rolling Stone. "Nick and I originally started working round a keyboard riff that came from somewhere else an old tune or demo, not sure, but it fitted with a bass line Nick had been playing around with. The chorus was the first part that came together and as with all the tracks on the record it evolved into it's present form over quite a period of time."
"'Georgia Purchase Agreement' describes what it means to pull up your foundation and begin again somewhere new," Georgia Purchase Agreement's Tracy Wilson tells Rolling Stone. "Rather than curse the change that comes with moving, this song celebrates the opportunity to build new memories and shed the past."
Artist: Donovan Woods Song: "Hard To Be A Good Man" Album:Don't Get Too Grand
"This little song was cut off my record 'Don't Get Too Grand' in the very late going. I always liked it's blustery, filled-with-mistakes feeling and I still do," Donovan Woods tells Rolling Stone. "Listening to it makes me want to barf mostly, and I didn't want to barf every time I heard my record, so it didn't make the cut."
Artist: Yarn Song: "The Truth of My Sweet Anna Lee" Album:Shine the Light On
"This was my first ever Nashville co-writing session and it was with John Oates, it was surreal to say the least," Yarn's Blake Christiana tells Rolling Stone. "We come from completely different places as writers, which made the session super inspiring, he was taking the ideas I had, in directions I never would have thought of. The two Yarn and Oates songs we put on the new record are a true collaboration, equal parts Yarn and equal parts Oates."
Artist: GoNorthToGoSouth Song: "Turn It Up" Album:Lost&Found
"I think one unspoken rule of our collaboration is to 'just go with it,'" GoNorthToGoSouth's busbee tells Rolling Stone. "Some days a heavier song about perseverance bubbles to the surface, other days it's something more along the lines of going for a joy ride on a spaceship. 'Turn It Up' must have been one of those days."
Artist: Field Study Song: "Lost and Found" Album:Feverland
"I wrote 'Lost and Found' about a 26 hour train ride across China," Field Study's Caleb Stull tells Rolling Stone. "I found myself with a seat ticket while many locals had a cheaper ticket and stood. Some slept standing up. That experience changed my sense of place in the world. 'Lost and Found' is about that moment while traveling when our concept of self, and our distinct identity, is eroded and lost. We realize that, regardless of who we are or where we come from, we all want very similar things for ourselves and our families. And, once we realize that, a new sense of self is found."
Artist: Stereophonics Song: "Indian Summer" Album:Graffiti on the Train
"'Indian Summer' was a track I found on an old garage band session, it was the verse melody," Stereophonics' guitarist and singer Kelly Jones tells Rolling Stone. "I never use garage band it was a single take showing my girlfriend what it was. I listened to it again four years later and liked it, I wrote the lyric and the chorus came as I was walking through the door of the studio. So, on one hand it was a very fast song to write – it just took me four years!"
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