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Catching Up

Alright. It’s time for me to play a little bit of catch-up with you guys. As I’ve been rather busy lately pushing my band’s album and preparing for our show at FreeTulsa Music Festival next weekend, I’ve neglected to post consistently. For that I apologize.

Now that that’s settled, go ahead and take some time to listen to the forthcoming album Mines by the longstanding Portland-based group Menomena via NPR’s Exclusive First Listen. You can do that here. The album’s due June 27.

Next, Department of Eagles released their anthology of previously unreleased tracks on an album appropriately titled Archive 2003-2006 yesterday. I recommend you take time to listen to that as well. For a sample, watch a homemade video for their single “While We’re Young” via The Connection over on the right side of this page.

The Love Language released their deliciously 60’s sunshiney pop-tinged album Libraries last week. It’s very good. Listen to the full album here.

Finally, as I mentioned earlier, my band People,People has been very busy lately. One of the many endeavours in which we’re currently involved is the making our first music video for our single “Five Year Drought.” Excitingly enough, you can watch a teaser promo for the video, also via The Connection over on the right side of this page.

Enjoy! Thanks for understanding! I love all of you!

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Preview: Blitzen Trapper

You can hear Destroyer of the Void, the latest album from the Northwestern beard-rockers Blitzen Trapper now until its official June 8 release (Thanks NPR).

This one sounds like it jumped straight out of the ’70s rock era into your ears. At points it may be hard to follow due to the structural jumps in each track, but personally, I’m very on board.

Check it out here.

As Soothing As You Can Get: Horse Feathers

The Portland-based folk group Horse Feathers released Thistled Spring today, and it might be the most relaxing album from 2010 I’ve heard so far.

Singer Justin Ringle’s voice can only be described as angelic, and his sense of melody is astounding: weaving throughout the subtle textures created by banjo, cello, violin, acoustic guitar and minimalist percussion, one can only be left in a state of serenity after listening to this record.

At points I was even reminded of a much less depressing, much more rootsy Damien Rice.

You can listen to the album via The Connection over on the right. Otherwise you’ll need to head to the Myspace.

How much do you love this?

Exclusive First Listen Explosion!

As many of you know, NPR’s website contains a feature that previews albums for up to a week before their official release. It seems like the platform’s becoming more popular to artists, as this week there are several albums made ready for your streaming pleasure.

Sigur Ros frontman Jonsi‘s first solo album, Go is streamable here. Be warned: this is no Sigur Ros album. It sounds way too positive, energetic and hopeful to fit the band’s typical album mold.

Old style swingin’ funkers Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings are previewing their forthcoming album I Learned the Hard Way right here. Get ready for horn-accompanied soul ballads.

Dr. Dog‘s new album- Shame, Shame is also streaming here. Plenty of hooks are woven throughout the group’s deep understanding of psychadelic 60’s pop.

To really mix things up, you can check out David Byrne & Fatboy Slim‘s collaboration, Here Lies Love, right here. Both artists’ influences are easily discernable on the two albums, creating nothing short of an interesting 70’s disco/pop amalgamation. The album’s back-story is about Philippine First Lady Imelda Marcos’s rise to eminence, using 20 different female guest vocalists (Annie Clark, Sharon Jones, Shara Worden, Tori Amos, Cyndi Lauper, to name a few) to help tell the tale.

And finally, you can stream the folksy debut album from Black Prairie, Feast of the Hunter’s Moon, right here. The Portland-based group was started by two members of the Decemberists, Chris Funk and Nate Query. The group’s debut sounds like old-time music most likely heard at a barn or campfire.

With plenty of genres from which to choose, this should be an interesting, if not dynamic, Tuesday for everyone.

Enjoy! And as always, leave a comment with your opinions on the albums.

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