I’ll admit it, I am not a huge fan of country music. I do however, love TEXAS country. It’s completely different and I thank you guys for supplying me with great examples of what country music can be. But this post isn’t to tell you how great you are. You’ve got ears. You know you’re awesome – so let’s get down to business. I am tired of sitting on Youtube all day just so I can listen to “It Ain’t the Fallin’.” It’s getting ridiculous. Now that my plea to Boots Factor worked out for music lovers, I am shifting my focus to you. I don’t care who records it, you both have great versions and I’m just here to give the people what they want. Think of me as the facilitator here. Why don’t you both race to see who can record it first? Why don’t we let Mike and the boys tackle a full band version and let Ryan dominate an acoustic version of it? This song is so great that I assume you are both fighting to the death to record this. I envision a Texas showdown, with tumbleweeds and tobacco juice and broken beer bottles and rabbit punches – but guys, it doesn’t have to be this way. Shake hands, go to the studio and get the people a proper recording of this little gem.
For those of you haven’t heard this song yet here’s Eli Young Band’s version (Mike also does an unreal acoustic version)
” and I’m a little bit lost without you and I’m a bloody big mess inside”
The London based trio, Scouting for Girls fell into my iPod in the summer of 2007 while I was on a ten day trip to jolly old England. I came back with a slew of new music ( Ben’s Brother, The Sonic Hearts, Jamie Scott & the Town) but Scouting for Girls was far and away the most listened to. Their self titled debut was the catchiest thing I’d ever heard. Full of cheesy lyrics and saccharine fueled choruses, SfG makes songs for the teeny-bopper in us all. Music snobs should steer clear on this one, but if you’d like to listen to some songs that are catchy as hell, download some SfG stuff. The new album “Everybody Wants to be on TV” just released in the US and though not as stellar as the first album, it’s got some solid songs namely the single “This Ain’t a Love Song” and “Little Miss Naughty.” Here’s a track from the debut called “Heartbeat” along with the single from the new release. So here you go, Scouting for Girls, in case you haven’t heard.
“You’re gone, your memory never left. I can feel that kiss upon my forehead.”
Ernie has grown on me over the years, and I can now say that I am fan. He writes accessible songs. By that I mean, they are simple, but heartfelt. You get the idea that if you sat long enough, you could write exactly what Ernie’s singing. That’s not at all a slight to his songwriting, it’s actually the opposite. Ernie writes the way people actually feel – which isn’t as easy as it seems. Ernie’s bluesy style is showcased in his live shows and if you’ve never seen him, you are missing out. He also released a fantastic live album last year and it can be found on emusic. If you aren’t an emusic member, leave your email address in the comments box and I will send you an invite. You’ll get 50 free songs. I can’t pimp emusic enough, you can always find tons of good stuff. I digress. The 4U EP has a great song “Gone” that I’d never heard from Ernie before, but it’s an instant favorite and although I’ve had this EP for about 36 hours now, I’ve listened to “Gone” about 15 times. Here’s a sample, but click above for the Amazon link to Ernie’s free EP.
I finally saw Mumford and Sons live on Friday night. I’ll admit, if it weren’t for the douchiest crowd ever it would have been a top ten show. Sound wise though, these guys killed it. Everything it was cracked up to be. I didn’t get a single video thanks to Paul Bunyan and Andre the Giant in front of me, but there were some gems taken. I wish I had even half this line of sight, but 7 rows back wasn’t close enough. Here’s an unreleased track called “Whispers in the Dark.”
And here’s another called “The Cave.” The crowd was awesome during this song, screaming along feverishly. I cut out the first 90 seconds as it’s just Marcus Mumford pointing out to the crowd that they were exceptionally rude during the opening band’s set. “The Cave” is on Sigh No More.
And, in non-Mumford related news, two of my friends have now thanked me for forcing them to see Golden Days, a brilliant documentary following Alex Dezen and The Damnwells and their trials and tribulations during the recording of one of my favorite albums, Air Stereo. It’s an absolutely fabulous movie, even if you aren’t into the band (yet). You can find it on Netflix , so no excuse not to add it to your queue. I feel like all of my friends should see this film, so here’s the trailer.
Dear Boots – Your upcoming album ‘Part or Execution’ is my most anticipated album of the year so far. That actually says quite a lot, because another of my favorite bands is releasing an album on the same day. So Boots, I’ve been thinking – since you have not yet released a track listing, why [...]
Yes, it takes me some time to digest all of the music I bought in the previous year, and honestly by the end of the year, I will have stumbled on some other great albums released in 2009 that no doubt would have gotten strong consideration for this list. This was the best year EVER [...]
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