Archive for April, 2012

Gary Clark Jr. – Bright Lights

Gary Clark Jr. is an American guitarist based in Austin, Texas.  Acclaimed as the savior of the blues.  His live performances, as well as his recordings, blend rock, soul and blues, infusing fluid guitar with a guttural howl and a falsetto trill that mix together…I stole that from Wikipedia…I could not say it any better.  The song recently became more popular as it was played during the NFL draft, which is appropriate for our song of the week called Bright Lights.

Thanks to Mike for sending in this song and artist.

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The Gourds – Gin and Juice

Levon Helm, singer and drummer for the Band, died on April 19th in New York of throat cancer. He was 71. The Band was accredited with putting the Americana sound back into rock and roll but all the members of the band were Canadian except Levon…it must have been his voice.  This week’s band has a sound similar to that of the Band.  On this cut The Gourds remake a song by Snoop Dogg’s Gin and Juice, other than the words there is not much that is the same.  Enjoy The Gourds version of Gin and Juice as the song of the week.

Listen to Levon sing one of The Bands best songs “The Weight” along with help from some friends.

The Head and the Heart –Down in the Valley

This week’s pick again comes again from my friend Ted.  It is a timely pick this week as this weekend marked the end of my daughter Sami’s minor hockey career…we won silver at provincials (I was one of the assistant coaches).  The reason this song is fitting is, as I watched the video, the travel, the rehearsals, the shows, the in between moments reminded me of our hockey season.  There is a line in the song that says “we do it over and over and over again” which we did and would do again.  GO ICE BOLTZ GO!

The Head and The Heart is an indie folk-pop band from Seattle, Washington. Formed in the summer of 2009 by Josiah Johnson (vocals, guitar, percussion) and Jonathan Russell (vocals, guitar, percussion), the band also includes Charity Rose Thielen (violin, vocals), Chris Zasche (bass), Kenny Hensley (piano), and Tyler Williams (drums).  The re-mastered self titled album “The Head and the Heart” was released April 16, 2011 and included this week’s pick “Down in the Valley”

I need more of you to send me the songs that you have heard and love…not just Ted, Mitch and Max.  Sorry for being late…busy weekend.

Alabama Shakes – Hold On

This week’s pick comes to us from Ted who is an active member of and a good friend.  Alabama Shakes is an American rock band formed in Athens, Alabama in 2009. The group consists of lead singer Brittany Howard, guitarist Heath Fogg, bassist Zac Cockrell, and drummer Steve Johnson.  Alabama Shakes released the four-song EP Alabama Shakes in September 2011, which gained widespread media attention.  The band’s first full length album, “Boys & Girls”, will be released on April 10, 2012.  In one of the comments I was reading on youtube it said if Janis Joplin and Otis Redding had a baby it would be Brittany Howard – she has a great voice and it sounds great in the song of the week – Hold On.

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Plants and Animals – The End of That

Plants and Animals are a Canadian indie-rock band from Montreal, two of the band members are originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia.  Their first full-length album, Parc Avenue, was shortlisted for the 2008 Polaris Music Prize and was nominated for a 2009 Juno Award for Alternative Album of the Year; the band were also nominated for New Group of the Year.  They release a great song from their first album called Bye Bye Bye.  They recently released a new album called The End of That in February of this year and the song of the week is off this album, it is also call The End of That.

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