Monday, September 12, 2011

Introducing: New Music Monday

My absolute favorite thing that I have been able to explore lately is new music (and by new, I don’t necessarily mean new new, but rather new for me). Mainly because I have a slight addiction to music…if I could I would probably go through life with my headphones permanently over my ears (although my people-phobia may have a little something to do with that too), but also because in this technology-crazed age, there are endless amounts of music available at your fingertips…for free!

Before the FBI comes knocking on my door, let me clarify and say that I am not talking about illegal downloading. With resources like YouTube, Bandcamp, SoundCloud, Pandora, Pitchfork, and even (I kind of hate to say it, but its true) MySpace, songs can easily be streamed right to your computer or phone for the lovely price of $0.00. You will find a lot of songs and music that you will never hear on the radio, or have yet to make it to iTunes. And if you are lucky, and know where to look, you can (legally) download a lot of great music for free.

But, I digress. Like I said, I have discovered, and re-discovered, some great songs, covers, and artists lately so I would like to share some of my finds in this space every Monday. Each week, I’ll feature one or two (or three, or…ten) songs, albums, bands, artists, etc. that I have probably had on repeat over the past week, and hopefully I will get some new suggestions in return too.

So, here is the very first New Music Monday. Ready, set, go!

Sometimes (album) – City and Colour


I have had City and Colour’s 2005 debut album, Sometimes (stream entire album at link), playing on repeat for the past few weeks now. No matter how hard I try, I can’t get the songs out of my head…and I’m kind of okay with that to be honest. All of City and Colour’s albums and songs are wonderful, and will stick with you, but it is this particularly haunting album that I just can’t get enough of.

Here are a few of my favorites, but the entire album deserves at least one listen.

Amy Kuney

I’m not quite sure how she does it, but Amy Kuney’s voice manages to go from high and clear on one note, to deep and rich on the next. I have yet to hear a song of hers that I don’t love, whether it is one she wrote herself, or one of the many covers she posts on YouTube. In fact, it was her cover of The Blower’s Daughter that got her a spot on Damien Rice’s tour after he heard the cover of his song.

Also, check out her website to listen to some of her original songs and to get a free download of the acoustic version of her song Gasoline Rainbows.

Sidney Bechet

 I’ve had a slight obsession with Sidney Bechet lately. No explanation necessary.

Side Note: All of these artists make spectacular listening for a crisp Fall day in my opinion.

What have you been listening to all week? I would love to know!

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