Thursday, February 26, 2009

Thursday Top 3: "Grower" Bands

      I am a big believer in "growers," those bands that take more than one listen to truly appreciate.  To call a band a 'grower' is not a negative thing. Instead it simply means that the first impression of a band may not be the most accurate one.  
     It is like that person who, at first, you don't like.  You think they are weird. You don't get their sense of humor or their pop culture references. You keep hanging out with them, however, because you see a little bit of good in their character.  Maybe they have good taste in beer or an interesting fashion sense.  Then something strange happens.  After a few hanging-out sessions, you start to laugh at their jokes. You start to recognize their references and even add on a few of your owns.   Suddenly they are your new B.F.F.F. 
     By the same token, growers are bands that at the first listen do not soothe the sense, but with a few more spins make perfect sense...

1. The Hold Steady
     To me, The Hold Steady is the ultimate example of a grower band. The first time I listened this Minneapolis band, I was not a fan. I could not get past Craig Finn's voice or how he sing-talks. The guitars were too loud and raw. I did not get why everyone loved this band so much.  
But now, I get it.  The beauty of The Hold Steady can really be found in their lyrics.  The songs are simply stories about friends, bar nights, parties, adventures and bar nights.  The stories told in "Party Pit," "Massive Nights" and "Chillout Tent" are more of a shared-history than a rock song.  It is to the extent that their friends seem familiar - like your friends. Not all of THS's songs are loud.  The quieter and more vulnerable ballads, like "Citrus" and "Lord, I'm Discouraged," are prime examples of the ever reaching talent that this band possesses.  It only takes a few tries to recognize it.       
How Resurrection Really Feels (from "Separation Sunday") mp3
Citrus (from "Boys and Girls in America") mp3

2. Pavement
     For some reason, I always ignored Pavement as one of those bands on my "very influential yet not my taste" list. I had heard a few songs in the past but it never stuck.  Then, while creating this list, I decided to give them another try (at the suggestion of Kevin, from the-Audiobahn).  As I downloaded "Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain" and "Slanted and Enchanted," I did not know what to expect. I had listened to a lot of Stephen Malkmus solo stuff in the past and liked it but was not thrilled by his voice or off-kilter lyrics.  But what the hell.  Second time is the charm, right?  
     After only a few listens of each of those pivotal Pavement albums, I immediately found myself bobbing my head along with the 90s sensibilities of many of their songs, like "Cut Your Hair" and "Filmore Jive" (from "Crooked Rain").  Many of the songs on "Slanted and Enchanted" are reminiscent of Weezer's "Pinkerton."
     So my advice if you have disregarded Pavement in the past: give it another chance. This is a prime example of when a really influential band is actually good and not just incredibly overrated. 
Gold Soundz (from "Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain") mp3
Zurich is Stained (from "Slanted and Enchanted") mp3

3. Bon Iver
     I love mountainy musicians, like Fleet Foxes and Ray LaMontagne. I usually develop an admiration instantly because, I think, part of me wishes I lived surrounded by sky-lines made of mountains instead of those made of sky scrapers. The instant love I expected to have with Bon Iver did not happen at first sound.  It was something about the raw nature of his voice that made me wonder, "Could anyone's voice actually sound like that naturally?"  I liked the guitars though so I kept listening to "For Emma, Forever Ago."  After 12+ listens, I grasped the true talent of Justin Vernon.  His voice is definitely an acquired taste. But I believe his unique voice and gorgeous lyrics have secured him a place in the Mount Rushmore of mountainy musicians (if there was one). 
For Emma (from "For Emma, Forever Ago") mp3
Blood Bank (from "Blood Bank EP") mp3

Honorable Mentions:  Neko Case, Martin Sexton, Regina Spektor, Vampire Weekend

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Eureka! Passion Pit

So what if Passion Pit is also the name of an old hardcore porno? The actual story behind the birth of this band is surprisingly… endearing. Michael Angelakos was a student at Emerson College who wanted to surprise his girlfriend with something nice for Valentines Day. Being that he was a day or two late, he ended up going all out and giving her an EP, now entitled Chunk of Change. I’ve gotta say, it makes those chocolates I received seem kind of bland, and by bland, I mean really thoughtful. Thanks!

After adding four more members to the mix, namely, Ian Hultquist, Ayad Al Adhamy, Jeff Apruzzese and Nate Donmoyer, the group was all the rage at the CMJ festival last October. Some of the tracks are a bit lacking. “Better Things” is hardly impressive but catchy dance tracks like, “I’ve Got Your Number” saves the day with some always infectious synthetic hand clapping and Angelakos’ lilting falsetto.

"Sleepyhead" is by far the standout track in my opinion. Backed by a strong beat, this song practically explodes with Alvin and the Chipmunk-esque vocal loops and shimmering synthtasticness. I just made up two words to describe it. That’s how crazy it is. The song was immediately a blog hit. We didn’t report on it in the midst of its success because we didn’t have a blog back then. Sorry about that. Consider this a belated Valentines Day present?

*Bonus points to them for touring with Ra Ra Riot!

Sleepyhead mp3
I've Got Your Number mp3

For more information check out Passion Pit's myspace page.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Wheel of Fortune, A Case of the Sniffles, and The Top 10 Movie Soundtracks for a Sick Day

Ever since Bob Barker left The Price is Right, it hasn't been the same. I'm just not able to get that same home-from-school-sick rush I used to get. So having been sick for the past week, in lieu of one high, I traded in for another- an endless marathon of old movies ranging everything from cheesy 80's romance to classic patriarchal Disney films. Nothing clears up a cough like cartoon plates and napkins singing "Be Our Guest!" So to pay tribute to my week long self-imposed exile, I've compiled my list of the Top 10 Best Movie Soundtracks (ever? or possibly within the last 50 years). There may be a lot of oversight in this list, but the incensed reader can either attribute that to my slow recovery or the obvious fact that subjectivity is in the eye of the beholder.

Let me just finally preface this with what I believe makes a good soundtrack. A worthy film score must capture some feeling encapsulated by the film, some intangible theme that is emanated but not given overt voice. A soundtrack can bring you back to a film long after it has ended; to help you relive that experience through the music. Furthermore, a truly great soundtrack will go even further, to not only capture the mood of the film, but of the times themselves. And lastly, there just need to be some kick ass tunes.

10. Juno- Honest to blog, the soundtrack for this cute flick about teen pregnancy is itself seriously pregnant . . . with some awesome tunes. Featuring songs by The Velvet Underground, The Kinks, and cute musical shorts by former Moldy Peaches member, Kimya Dawson.

9. I Am Sam Soundtrack -Sean Penn may not have won an Academy Award for his portrayal of a mentally retarded man fighting for custody of his daughter, but there is no question that this soundtrack is pure gold. A compilation of 17 Beatles covers by well respected artists of today, such as Ben Folds, Nick Cave, Rufus Wainwright, and Eddie Vedder.

8. Singles -Cameron Crowe's film about love in the 90's not only paid tribute to the Seattle dating scene, but to the grunge sound coming out of there as well. The soundtrack has all the greats with Alice in Chains, Soundgarden and Pearl Jam, or should I say Citizen Dick. Eddie and the boys are not only on the soundtrack but stand-in for Matt Dillon's band in the film.

7. Once: The Motion Picture - The acoustic rock songs by duo Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova are the heart and soul of this movie and won them a very deserved Academy Award.

6. Velvet Goldmine - This post-modern glam rock pic, based roughly on 70's glam gods David Bowie, Lou Reed, Brian Ferry and Brian Eno will have you reaching for the eyeliner and pair of platform space boots.

5. The Graduate - Ku Ku Kachoo Mrs. Robinson! This classic soundtrack with pivotal songs by Simon and Garfunkel leaves you wanting for anything but the sound of silence.

4. The Big Chill - Produced by Motown Records, the soundtrack features some of the best of 60's do-wop and soul. From Smokey Robinson's soft sounds to Rudy Clark's Good Lovin', its sure to have you twisting and shouting in your seat.

3. Garden State - The perfect songs to accompany a film about post-college apathy. Zach Braff, the film's star and director, picks soothing acoustic tunes that will be played in college dorm rooms for years to come.

2. A Hard Day's Night- The Beatles first film was a precursor to the modern music video, and features the Fab Four getting up to crazy hjinks with a terrific soundtrack to match, from the famous title track "Hard Day's Night" to "If I Fell," possibly their most beautiful song ever, and one of my personal favorites.

1. William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet - Baz Luhrmann's modern re-imagining of Shakespeare's classic love story was updated with a 90's soundtrack featuring artists like Radiohead, Everclear, and one hit wonder The Cardigans ("Lovefool"). It'll have you shouting up at balcony windows, "Wherefore is this soundtrack so freakin' good?!"

Those Albums that Didn't Make The Cut:

Dazed and Confused- Various Artists
About A Boy- Badly Drawn Boy
The Who's Tommy- The Who

And For Your Consideration:

ALL soundtracks for movies written/directed by:
Wes Anderson, Quinton Tarintino, AND Cameron Crowe

Eureka! Human Highway

Nick Thorburn and Jim Guthrie have teamed up again, this time bringing us the gentle and dreamy creation known as Human Highway. The two are well accustomed to working together, seeing as Guthrie was formerly a guitarist in Thorburn’s band, Islands.

The album, Moody Motorcycle, is a direct result of one week spent on Guthrie’s couch in his Toronto home and it has a sleepy, lullaby-like quality to match. Comprised of folksy low-key melodies, and channeling a little Simon & Garfunkel here and some Everly Brothers there, these songs make for perfect beach music, preferably when the sun is beginning to set and the crowd has left.

Throughout the album, Thorburn and Guthrie’s voices weave in and out of thick blanketing harmonies. The title track has a darker sound to it but retains a hopeful quality with lyrics, “Remain in the lane I travel in/ I won't spin out of control again/ The city shrinks, carefully shedding skin”.

“My Beach” came to be at the Hotel Congress in Tucson, Arizona, when the two were touring with Islands and began to play in front of a recorder. The result is a song of peaceful and endless dedication. Anxious to please, they sing, " I built you a castle/ But the tide took it away/ And now you think I'm an asshole/ So I try to make it okay."

The album finishes off with a less urgent cover of Billy Taylor’s, “Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free,” and appropriately so. It ties up all the loose ends of the album with the simple desire to “say all the things I should say” and signs off with the optimistic sound of birds chirping and a motorcycle driving off into the distance.

  • Moody Motorcycle mp3
  • Pretty Hair mp3
For more information check out Human Highway's myspace page.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Eureka! Johnny Flynn and the Sussex Wit

I love Noah and the Whale as much as the next music-fan, but the truth is that every time cannot be the appropriate time to listen to a band soaked in ukulele, guitars, and sunshine. That is where Johnny Flynn and the Sussex Wit come in. Also from the UK, the Sussex Wit are a band with a similar sound as Noah and the Whale but are much less sugar-coated. Sussex Wit has those analogous standout vocals, the story-telling-through-song formula, and the folk guitars that Noah and the Whale love so much. Instead of ukulele, though, Sussex Wit uses the banjo and the violin to create their signature sound.

Many of the songs on "A Larum," the Sussex Wit's 2008 album, has a tempo close to that of Noah and the Whale's "Peaceful, The Way Lay Me Down." The opening track of "A Larum," called "A Box," is an excellent set-up for the rest of this 14-song delight. Violins chime in right off the bat. The chorus is incredibly catchy and paints the picture of someone who has nothing but is content with everything.

Many of the Sussex Wit's song are semi off-kilter. This is where personality is able to shine through. "Leftovers" is a fast tempo song that seems to be about dumpster diving. "Wayne Rooney" seems like an ode to the English soccer star but has nothing to do with the sport (according to the Wit's Lost Highway profile page). "Tickle Me Pink" is a catchy song made up of rhymes and a solid sing-along hook: "Pray for the people inside your head/ for they won't be there when you're dead."

Other songs are more straight forward, like "Hong Kong Cemetery." It starts off with some brass instrument (either a trumpet or a trombone - I can't exactly tell) and goes slowly into a description of just what one would expect: a Hong Kong Cemetery. Throughout the song, Flynn boasts "I'm alright" over and over again as if he is convincing himself that he is soundly dealing with the passing of a loved one (his grandfather) and the place where he was buried.

Front-man Johnny Flynn's background in Shakespeare, acting and poetry fuses into the sound of the band. It is intelligent yet quirky. It is intricate yet accessible. "A Larum" is a strong set of songs laced with typical UK-charm that is characteristic to so many bands hailing from that region of the world. Johnny Flynn and the Sussex Wit is a true find and hopefully they will make it across the pond sometime soon.

  • The Box mp3
  • Hong Kong Cemetery mp3
  • Wayne Rooney (Black Cab Session) mp3

For more information check out the band's official website or myspace page.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Top 5: Music Icons That We Love/Hate

1. Sting
Moms love Sting. If I could poll all the mothers of the world, I would prove it. My own mom loves Sting. She loves him so much that she spent $26 to purchase his book, “Broken Music”. I decided to borrow it, because I like Sting (although I’m not a Mom). I like his music (The Police and his solo stuff), I like his style (Sting loves yoga, chess, and is a vegetarian), and so far, I like his book too. Allie, on the other hand, has no love for Sting. Shocked as I was, it got me thinking of our personal agendas with music icons. Allie, for instance, thinks Sting is creepy. Part of it is probably the whole tantric sex thing. Personally, I don’t mind Sting's affinity for tantric sex. Neither do most Moms. They think Sting is hot.

2. Bono
Most dads love Bono, although arguably not as much as moms love Sting. This is mostly because they think he looks cool with his perpetual sunglasses and he still rocks out even though he’s almost 50. They secretly want to be him. I hope I don’t get crucified here, but I don’t really like Bono. I think those sunglasses make him seem arrogant (Yes, you too, Kanye), even if he says it’s because his eyes are very sensitive to light. I’m sorry, but I’m not buying it. Although Bono is well known for his humanitarian work, it doesn’t come without controversy. His 2006 Vertigo Tour proved to be the second-most profitable tour of all time, grossing $389 million in ticket receipts alone. He promoted his ONE campaign, but according to Billboard, the revenue went to companies in Ireland with the intention of minimizing taxes. Questionable. Focus on the music.

3. Bob Dylan
Although Laurie has probably killed most of these heretics already, there are still some people out there who don’t fully appreciate Bob Dylan. Some accept that his songs are sheer brilliance, but do not believe that his voice lives up to them. Others put certain songs on such a pedestal that other creations of his could never live up to them and most of them shouldn’t. On top of this, he has aggravated countless interviewers and has had more split personalities than Sally Fields in “Sybil”. In a sense, Robert Zimmerman has deceived us all. Details! I still think he’s a musical genius.

4. Lou Reed
Much of the same can be said about Lou Reed, a principal member of one of the most influential bands of his time, The Velvet Underground. I love Lou Reed more than most. My dad even told him this when he met him at a concert, but I will try to keep an open mind. Lou is mean. You will know this is you’ve read any interview he’s ever done. I blame it on all the drugs. He also doesn’t have the most beautiful and melodious of voices. Okay, it’s downright gritty, but it matches the tonality of the music. You can’t have pretty harmonies when your subject matter is heroin. You just can’t.

5. Oasis
They claim to be bigger than the Beatles, and in terms of sales, they actually are, ever since “Morning Glory” beat out “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”. Yet, we also must take their shenanigans into account. Drug abuse and constant fighting in the public eye? Guilty as charged. The dueling Gallagher brothers are both amusing and annoying. The question is, which are they more of?

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

New Bands: From Discovery to the Facebook Page

“Favorite Music” lists appear everywhere. They are found on facebook pages and blogspot profiles. They are created with friends in every day conversations and alone, while procrastinating the work-day. There is one thing I have learned recently. If you seek out new music on a regular basis like I do, your favorite music lists becomes dynamic and forever changing. If I edited my FB page every time I found a new band, “Allie added (so and so) to her favorite music” would appear on the news feed every day. So instead I have developed some criteria for adding a new band to favorite music list. And it goes something like this…

I must listen to more than one album by the band.
  • For example, I recently downloaded The Rosebuds “Like Life.” I listened to it several times and enjoyed it thoroughly each time. However, enjoying this one album would not give it a place in my “Favorite Music.” Instead, a second step had to be taken. I swiftly downloaded every other Rosebuds’ album I could find. This included everything from 2003’s “The Rosebuds’ Make Out” to 2007’s “Night of the Fluries” and everything in between.

I must have the ability to list or cite favorite songs by the artist.
  • Although there are exceptions, this song should not be “the single.” In the case of The Rosebuds, I would say that I like the song “Nice Fox” but my favorite song on the album is “In the Backyard.” Also, I love “Back to Boston” from “Make Out.” They have a lot of good songs.

I must learn where the band is from and a few fun facts.
  • This of course means doing some research. I spend some time on their website and click around their wikipedia page. For example, from looking at their wikipedia page I learned that The Rosebuds are a band from North Carolina who have been around since 2001.

I must read one or more reviews, interviews or profiles about the band.
  • This is how you learn the more intimate details about the band. These details can easily be inserted if a conversation about said band happens to arise. Also, it is important to take note of band photos so I can have a visual while I am listening to the band’s tunes.

Lastly, I must edit the existing list of favorite musical artists to make room for the new band.
  • There is nothing more annoying than someone who lists 465465784 bands on their “favorite music.” There is no way that they can like all of those bands equally. So before I add the new band (ie. The Rosebuds), I delete some of the bands I have ignored recently (ie. Fleet Foxes).

BONUS: Some Rosebuds mp3s to enjoy...
Back to Boston, From "Make Out"
Warm Where You Lay, From "Bird Make Good Neighbors"
In the Backyard, From "Like Life"

Friday, February 13, 2009

Friday Top 5: Sneaker Songs To Step To

Just a few days ago, I was listening to Matt and Kim’s new album, Grand. The Brooklyn duo’s tunes have the ability to make you feel like you’ve ingested too much fun dip and it’s inevitable that you will tap your feet in time to the music. As soon as “Daylight,” began to play, I turned to Allie and said, “This song really makes me wanna dance… but with sneakers on." Allie promptly agreed with me on this notion. Certain bands just call for a dance party in sneakers. And don’t try to wear some other kind of footwear because it simply won’t do.

Matt and Kim, Daylight mp3

Another song that this applies to is MGMT’s “Kids”. Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden formed the band previously known as The Management while they were both students at Wesleyan in a somewhat accidental manner. What started out as a joke soon became success. “Kids (Afterschool Dance Megamix)” climbed the charts at a rapid rate and music lovers everywhere grabbed their sneakers and danced to its synthy beat.

MGMT, Kids mp3

The Ting Tings are responsible for the next electro-pop goodie, “That’s Not My Name”. It doesn’t seem possible to listen to this song without moving although I’d triple dog dare you to try. Jules De Martino and Katie White of Manchester make up the group and topped the UK charts with this delightful song. You may keep the same dance moves, but in this case, substitute the word “trainers” for “sneakers”.

The Ting Tings, That's Not My Name mp3

Black Kids first single, “I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance with You” is another song that practically begs for sneakers. Perhaps it’s the count off (One! Two! Three! Four!), or the amusing lyrics (He's got two left feet and he bites my moves) that calls to our youth and makes it so appealing. Or maybe it’s just a catchy song…

Black Kids I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance with You mp3

Lastly, almost all Electronica music beckons for you to grab your sneakers and dance. Metallic Chuck Taylors are your best bet, but any color or brand will do. If you need a starting point, kick it off with some Daft Punk. Just thinking about Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter in their robot suits should be enough to get you going. Dance off!

Daft Punk, Harder, Better, Faster Stronger (in light of the Grammys) mp3

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Thursday Top 5: Booze-Filled Tunes for V-Day

So, with Valentines' Day coming up this weekend, I wanted to do a list of songs related to this day that, I believe, was created by greeting card and florist companies to make loads and loads (and loads) of money on one day. But instead, I decided to do a list of songs, in no particular order, that are drenched in booze, feelings and all that good stuff. Enjoy!

1. The Good Life, I Am Island mp3

“Because the night’s tragic rambling/ is the next day’s apology. / So if you can just sit tight until the sun hits the blinds / we can settle everything.”

No one knows how to describe the sullen mood of boozing quite like Tim Kasher and The Good Life. His howling voice accurately conveys the feeling associated with those booze-fueled evenings that end with regret of what was said. The drunkard in this song is unsure of everything. He hopes to soothe the uncertainty with a drink or two but finds it just makes things worse. In just under 2 minutes and thirty seconds, the mood goes from trying to work things out to realizing that he is just a “selfish” and a “dysfunctional fuck up” who quits, baby.

2. The Hold Steady, You Gotta Dance (With Who You Came To the Dance With) (live) mp3

“I was out of my head so it was out of my hands/ White wine and some tall boy cans./ They powered up and they proceeded to jam man.”

The Hold Steady have so many songs about drinking. But this is by far my favorite one. To me, it is almost educational. Let me explain that: In the Live at the Fingerprints 2006 performance, Craig Finn bantered about how this song title isn’t about dancing, per-say. It is a simply piece of advice that you have to stick to one type of alcohol per night otherwise you will regret it in the morning. Everyone has made that mistake and, without fail, has woken up with a nasty headache, stomachache, and sometimes, heartache. Listen to The Hold Steady on this one; they know what they are talking (singing) about.

3. Bright Eyes, Well Whiskey mp3

“Now I let my troubles solve themselves./ I used to get involved, but I’m just no help./ But tonight let’s pretend that we’re just like we were./ Let me stay until the morning, I will sleep on the floor.”

Omaha, Nebraska-native Bright Eyes has a history of writing great songs about alcohol (“Hit the Switch,” “Lua,” etc). This one has a special charm to it. Whiskey is a drink associated with, often, the most unattended of folks. The smell that flows from the glass can be alienating at best. And the taste is as overwhelming as the odor.

The whole song is basically a testimonial to what happens when whiskey is the drink choice. Whether it be from the every-day well or the special occasion “top shelf,” the mood is one where postulating about the past and future is the norm. Control is exalted to the glass and nostalgia takes over. Whatever the outcome of the night is, a swift washing of clothing will be performed in order to get the stink of the night off the rags. Whiskey never fails to leave a stench on all it touches.

4. Deer Tick, Art isn’t Real (City of Sin) mp3

“I am just going through the motions./ I need an old fashioned potion./ There has gotta be some old recipe / ‘cuz I gotta get drunk/ I gotta forget about some things.”

Hailing from Providence, Rhode Island, this band released their first studio album “War Elephant” in 2007. Their folksy sound is paired with the raspy voice of lead-singer John McCauley. In this song, which is the second song on the album, he describes an obsession with thinking. He is hopeful for things to get better, but for the time being, he feels that they might not. He is regretful for wasteful actions. He dwells on bad memories. He wants to go back the simpler times but cannot. It is a familiar feeling that, to be sure, has been experienced by most 20-somethings trying to find their place in the world after four years of blissful college life.

5. Regina Spektor, Bartender mp3

“I’ve been too candid./ Now I’m barely standing./ Just call me a taxi and prepare for landing.”

Now it should be stated that the extent to which I like female vocalists is pretty limited at best. But I love Regina Spektor. There is something so raw about her persona that I feel the emotional severity in each note she sings. And with this song, I can relate to every single word she utters as she slams on the piano. Even the smallest details of this song, like the way she repeats ‘bartender’ over and over again emphasizing each syllable, is a perfect portray of the way one feels after clasping to the bar stool all night. Things get fuzzy after a point and last call is coming. It's time to put down the glass and get on home. Things will never feel quite the same until next time of course.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Eureka! Blind Pilot

It was a melancholy day in the office. I was bored as usual which means I was probably spamming people on Myspace. The gloomy darkened sky outside matched my ashen heart and a singular tear may or may not have slid down my face and landed on my fancy high tech Wacom mouse pad. All of a sudden, the clouds parted and the sunlight dried my tear as something wonderful began to play from the office iDock. Upon further investigation, I found out that the glorious sound was actually a band called Blind Pilot.

What started out as a two-person project founded by Portland, Oregon natives, Ryan Dobrowski and Israel Nebeker, has now become a nine-piece group. Despite the amount of band members, the music is surprisingly low-fi and peaceful. My personal favorites from their album 3 Rounds and a Sound, are “Oviedo” and “One Red Thread,” but Starbucks seemed to enjoy “The Story I Heard,” and put it on a compilation CD to prove it! Blind Pilot is about as soothing to the ear as Cherry Pepto Bismol is for a stomachache. Trust me.

Blind Pilot- One Red Thread

Blind Pilot's Myspace

Welcome one and all.

Hello Fans,

Welcome to the Euphonie, a music blog created by three lovely ladies with a total admiration of all things indie rock 'n roll. The sky is the proverbial limit. This blog might just include something that will tickle your fancy in a harmonic way, of course. Like...
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