Posts tagged "acoustic"

New Music Monday: The Lone Bellow's crazy story and debut

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There’s not a lot of info out there yet on these guys — their webpage is mind-bendingly simple — but it’s hard to believe that lead jammer Zach Williams couldn’t play the guitar and sing until a friend told him to, considering he’s so good at it now. Back up… Williams’ wife was left nearly paralyzed... Read more »

Howlin Rain's The Russian Wilds and other thoughts from the critic

Howlin Rain's The Russian Wilds and other thoughts from the critic
We’ve been jamming here in The Jam Room for a few months now and I’m starting to get a few emails. It’s easy to get a little self-impressed when somebody contacts you for help. And most artists definitely need help (in more ways than we can provide). While reviewing music for The Bradley (University) Scout... Read more »

Karma Police - Gianni and Sarah (Radiohead Loop Cover)

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Here is another brand of tunes to come rocking out of the YouTube, “free” music era on the up-swing: loop artists. You may have seen all five members of the band Walk off the Earth playing “Somebody I Used to Know” on one guitar like everybody else did last week ( http://youtu.be/d9NF2edxy-M ). Here’s a couple... Read more »
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Lykke Li - I'm Good I'm Gone (Live)

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We caught this adorable Swede performing on Conan sometime last year ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOGJ1pXK-eE ). There is something infectious here and, to me, it’s obviously the percussive nature of the music (in other performances it’s actually drums). Her best songs strike me as not Lykke Li and whoever playing whatever behind her, but as a JAM. Girl... Read more »

Garfunkel and Oates, "Worst Song Medley"

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We caught Last House on the Left tonight (whoa) and saw a familiar face in it (besides the mom from Parenthood). Riki Lindholme (on the right and in the movie) and Kate Micucci (Scrubs… Now you remember) are also known as Garfunkel and Oates, hilarious spoof band. Which begs the question: have these two gals figured it out? Isn’t... Read more »

Winter is a good time to learn new campfire songs

This installment seems ill-timed, but (there’s a BUT!) now’s the time to start planning your campfire songs if you want to be competent by July. (Assuming that this time period is really when our Earth experiences “winter.” I’m starting to wonder how long into baseball season we’ll be snowed-in. Anyway. Onward… ) Our Annual Jam... Read more »
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Portugal. The Man - 'People Say': Nokia N8 Summer Sessions

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L. and I both love Portugal. The Man right now. This would also make an excellent campfire song (nice. Gotta do a post about those later), so I’m trying to cover this track right now. Love the use of a conga in the vid. The chords are C/G/Dm/Am/Dm/Am/Dm/Am for the quick verses and Am/E/F/C/Dm/G/C for... Read more »

Eels - Everything's Gonna Be Cool This Christmas

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This is my favorite song of the 2011 holiday season. I don’t know where it sprung from, but Eels have been known to come up with a pretty cool tune every now and then (I would also direct you towards super-catchy hits “Novocain For the Soul” + “Hey Man (Now You’re Really Livin)”). As I... Read more »

Grouplove - "Naked Kids" (Live at WFUV/The Alternate Side)

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Check out one of Grouplove’s best songs stripped-down. (You know the songwriting is good when they hold up like this.) This is a pretty solid example of their music: lots of story, good harmonies and a groovy, mellow rhythm. I could listen to this over and over (and have).
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