2014 has started as a swift kick in the pants…but that is no excuse to share amazing music with the world (or just @begt).
I was looking for a video of one of my current favorite songs (see below) and I stumbled on to a pretty amazing site/youtube channel that seems to focus on singer/songwriters and folk-ish style music. The site is Mahogany and is based in the UK. Most of the artists and acts that are featured are from the UK, but not exclusively.
The artist that lead me to the Mahogany Sessions on YouTube is Luke Sital-Singh. You may remember him from a previous post.
Here is “How to Lose Your Life” by Sital-Singh:
He is quickly becoming my go-to singer/songwriter. His lyrics hit my mood, and his voice is reminiscent of Neil Young.
Another band featured on Mahogany, is Frightened Rabbit. This Glasgow based folk band first showed up on my radar when I started listening to another UK folk artist, Frank Turner. Here is “The Woodpile”:
The acts featured by Mahogany are not just indie acts, one of my favorites (have you had enough of them already?), Travis, has also had their time on Mahogany. Here is “Where you Stand” from their latest release.
And finally, just for @begt
Gary Clark Jr with “Nextdoor Neighbor Blues”
Jack Johnson “I Got You”
I got my new Jack Johnson album From Here To Now To You last night, and this morning I forgot it at home… thank goodness for Amazon Cloud Player, Google Play, and all similar goodness of the Interwebs. I am jammin! This album is so happy and Jack Johnson-y that I can’t help but love it. The first single “I Got You” didn’t do much for me, but the rest of the album is great. I’m loving “Washing Dishes” and “Shot Reverse Shot” and “Tape Deck” and… well, you get the idea.
The making of “Radiate”
The other release I’m excited about is GROUPLOVE‘s Spreading Rumours. GROUPLOVE’s second album is just as awesome as their first one, very much Summer sounds, as if I didn’t miss Summer much already. The L.A. band’s new album was available for first listen through NPR (I think this is one of the requirements for a hipster band according to @DocMurda).
GROUPLOVE’s “Ways To Go”
With these two and the ton of new music I got from LouFest, I think I’m good for another week.
Jack Johnson is one of my long-time favorite musicians. I discovered his music when Sleep Through The Static came out, and fell in love. I’ve gone great distances to see him play live and I’ve defended him many times when people hate on his mellow. I got super excited when I heard the news of his new album set to release this year. And when I read that he played at Bonnaroo, it was the first time in my life that I wished I had been sizzling in Tennessee, just so I could be at that show. And as soon as the link to the first single from the album, which will be called From Here To Now To You, came up on my twitter feed, I clicked it.
This first single, “I Got You,” is very much why Johnson is so loved and so criticized by many. It’s a mellow love song. Which is what you can say about so much of his music. Do I like it? Yes. Will I buy the album? Yes. Will I try to catch him on his tour? Yes. Do I hope that the rest of the album offers something new? Heck yes. And I hope for different sounds, because while I enjoy this song and I can appreciate it, it’s also forgettable. Unless he were singing it to me, in which case I would probably faint.
I’m still excited about the new album and wish it were being released a lot sooner than September. It’s been too long since the last one. Three years is too long, man! Anyway, here’s the lyric video. But you can catch the music video here.