Where'd All the Living Go
Here is some nice Canadian folk pop for your weekend. Imaginary Cities is the duo of Rusty Matyas and Marti Sarbit. “Where’d All the Living Go” is from their first album Temporary Resident. To me, a large portion of their songs are a little over produced (especially on Fall of Romance), but more stripped-down gems like this one and “Ride This Out” really grab me. I get the impression that I would love seeing just the two of them perform together live over anything recorded. To each their own I guess, but man is this song fantastic.
Pass the Peas
Remember to follow James Brown’s instructions and pass those peas.
SONOIO is Italian musician Alessandro Cortini, who has ties to some prominent electro/industrial rock bands like Nine Inch Nails and Ladytron and is a founding member of Modwheelmood.
"Enough" is off his second album Red.
Hammer of the North
Because I had trouble picking just one, here is “Hammer of the North”.
Here is some Swedish metal for your weekend from Grand Magus.
This song is “Kingslayer” off the album Wolf’s Return. I’m not sure it gets any more awesome…
"Houdini Crush" by Buke & Gase
This song is a little more accessible and probably a better starting point. It is off their new album General Dome.
NPR Music Live: Buke & Gase
This video is a little long long, but worth it. Especially if you want to see two talented people doing like 6 things at once. Buke & Gase are the duo of Arone Dyer and Aron Sanchez. Their sound is similar to Tune-Yards except maybe a little less experimental.
Roller Derby Queen
What do I even need to say here? It’s fucking Jim Croce. If you don’t know his name you’ve probably heard “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown” or “You Don’t Mess Around with Jim” or “Time In A Bottle” or like 10 other awesome songs that pop up on the classics station or in a bar with a good music selection.
Here is “Roller Derby Queen” from Life and Times
AM & Shawn Lee
Let’s see…”electronic pop funk” maybe? Funky electro pop? Good enough. I like when multi-instrumental, genre-bending, singer/songwriter/composers get together because interesting things happen. “Two Times” is from AM & Shawn Lee’s second album La Musique Numerique.
In the Valley Below
In the Valley Below is an indie band from Los Angeles consisting of Angela Gail and Jeffrey Jacob. Their Facebook page describes their sound as “indie dusk”. I like that. Pop but also kind of dark.
They don’t have much of a catalog at this point, but I like everything on Peaches EP. They are certainly a band I will be following.