“All my friends have clipped their wings, high school sweethearts shacking up. They keep the zip code where their folks live. ” - First
At 22 years old, Boston-based Seth Glier writes and sounds like an old soul. It’s immediately obvious that Glier writes songs that no person this age should be capable of and he reminds me of a young Ellis Paul, both in voice and writing style. If you have never listened to Ellis Paul, just know that that’s one of the highest compliments I can give. Glier is an accomplished musician in folk circles having played the main stages of the Falcon Ridge Folk and Kerrville Folk Festivals. Glier’s most recent release, The Next Right Thing is absolutely gorgeous – the sort of CD you can spend hours with on repeat. The opener and title track is nothing less than perfect and my only qualm is that it comes in under 2 minutes. Basically, I wanted this 42 minute release to be as long as possible, because I couldn’t get enough. “Book of Matches” is a perfectly written tune about a rash of arson cases in Northampton, MA and Glier’s storytelling shines here. I could gush about each song on the CD, but you need to do less reading and more hearing.
“The wind changed the first day that you came through, cut the corn washed it clean.” And If My Heart Should Somehow Stop
James Vincent McMorrow needs to be on your radar. NOW. You’re going to hear a lot from this guy this year, and I don’t say that lightly. He’s already been featured on Parenthood and if I had to guess I’d say you’ll be hearing him a lot more on your favorite TV shows. His debut CD, Early in the Morning, hits shelves January 25th and it’s a must-buy. The opener, “If I Had A Boat,” starts with a killer five-part harmony and JVM’s voice just continues to build throughout. A lot of artists don’t understand the importance of a strong opener on your debut album, JVM gets it. The vocals are unique, and the style falls into the Ray Lamontagne, Bon Iver category. Early in the Morning ends the same way it begins, with a perfect harmony that sounds as if it echoes out from the Irish countryside. I’ve been spinning this CD for a little over a week now and I don’t see an end in sight.
“There’s nothing we haven’t burned but still this fire makes no light, and no heat.” – Werewolves
Dear Alex Dezen,
Keep kicking ass. That’s about the only thing I can say. I’m sitting in my office, trying to lock down a top 25 for 2010, and all I can do is listen to “Werewolves.” I’t's not that uncommon for me to spend a day with Air Stereo and I’ve never gone more than a week without spinning One Last Century but this new album has me so excited I can’t sit still. I pledged immediately and can’t wait to see my name in the album credits. Hell, I might ask for donations so I can afford to have you guys record one of my songs – not that I write songs, but you get it. Anyway, I will keep this one short and sweet. Thanks for providing the great majority of my life’s soundtrack.
*If you haven’t yet pledged, you’re missing out. There are some killer tracks available only to pledgers. Also, if you want to give Alex and the guys your email, you can get a copy of “She Goes Around” for free.
“If you don’t love music, almost next to family, if you don’t love it enough to want it regardless of what it does to you, don’t get into it." - Dave Brubeck
"Information is not knowledge. Knowledge is not wisdom. Wisdom is not truth. Truth is not beauty. Beauty is not love. Love is not music. Music is the best." -Frank Zappa
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