During Connect at Bernheim this weekend, we asked for nature-inspired song suggestions so we could put together a playlist. We received so many great submissions from both large and small artists alike, so here it is (with as many songs that were available online as possible). Listen in the park, listen in the woods, or just listen at home while you relax and pretend like you’re surrounded by flora and fauna.
Ernest Greene is back with another Washed Out record. The lushy, dreamy Paracosm is out now, and here is a taste of it called Don’t Give Up.
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Laura Veirs has assembled an all-star cast for Warp & Weft, both in terms of guest appearances and her backing band, with Jim James, Neko Case, KD Lang, Carl Broemel, Tucker Martine and Karl Blau all contributing to one degree or another. But the real stars here are the songs Veirs has written for her ninth album, which is out tomorrow.
You’ve no doubt heard the lead single, Sun Song, on our airwaves over the last few weeks. And now you have a chance to download it fore the next week and listen at your leisure.
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Photo courtesy of Chloe Aftel.
I Hate Music is a pretty strange title for an album that’s full of, you know, music. But it’s Superchunk we’re talking about here, so it kind of makes sense. The record is out next week, but you can stream the entire thing right now thanks to NPR Music.
The third Obits LP, titled Beds & Bugs, hits streets Sept. 10. As such, Rick Froberg and the gang have given us a brand new single for download called Spun Out. Here’s a little background on the song from guitarist Sohrab Habibion (via Brooklyn Vegan):
This tune was originally called “Black Ice” until we realized that there is an exceptionally mediocre AC/DC song and album from 2008 with the same name. So, instead of changing the name to a great Acca Dacca number like “She’s Got Balls,” we decided to go with “Spun Out.” When I first wrote the intro guitar part that ends up sort of doubling the opening bass line, I was thinking of trying something like what Stuart Moxham does on Young Marble Giants’ “Choco Loni,” but then Rick came up with those buttery Duane Eddy chords, which gave it nice twist. And for music nerds, there’s an interesting change in the outro, where Greg holds his bass loop from the chorus while Rick transitions from a picking guitar part to more of a rave-up and I add some rhythmic guitar stabs. We wanted to gradually increase the tension before the song finally falls apart. Also I really like Rick’s lyrics on this one, which are as heartbreaking as a classic country song. It’s easy to imagine one of the great Chuck’s (Charlie Rich, Charley Pride, Charlie Daniels) singing “Want a change in lighting. Want a change for life. Each link on a bad road broken. Want a change for life.”
The Avett Brothers have a new album called Magpie and the Dandelion, and it hits shelves Oct. 15. WFPK has partnered up with NPR Music to premiere the first track from it, Another Is Waiting.
The latest album from California native Alela Diane, About Farewell, has been getting a lot of press. Written on the heels of a major breakup (with her former guitarist Tom Bevitori), the album sees Diane pare her sound down in a style reminiscent of her older output. About Farewell is out this week, and in honor of the release we have the lead cut for you, The Way We Fall.
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When J. Roddy Walston & the Business come back to Louisville to headline September’s Waterfront Wednesday, they’ll have a brand new album called Essential Tremors in tow. Here’s the first song from the record, Heavy Bells, which is out Sept. 10.