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I like new(ish) music…mountain music edition

rsz_mountain-musicThis weekend I’m back in South Carolina, and although I’m still a good ways away from anything that could be called a mountain, being back here makes me want to listen to some good old down south mountain music. So today I’ve picked out two bands that I think all of you should listen to so you can go ahead and be prepared for what the radios will be playing exclusively after the inevitable rise of the South.

First off, here’s a great band called Carolina Chocolate Drops. They’re out of North Carolina and they’re the only all black old time band I’ve ever seen.

Carolina Chocolate Drops – (if you know the name of this song, post it in the comments)

Carolina Chocolate Drops – Hit Em Up Style (not exactly mountain music, but it’s fun to listen to)

Next up is a more well-known band, Old Crow Medicine Show. They’ve got a more full sound than the Chocolate Drops, and I love the harmonica. The second song I’ve got of theirs, Wagon Wheel, is their most popular and is one of my favorite songs of all time.

Old Crow Medicine Show – Down Home Girl

Old Crow Medicine Show – Wagon Wheel

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I like new(ish) music…mashup edition

graphicmedia5I love dancing. As long as it’s a dark room and I’ve had a couple of drinks, that is. But if those two criteria are met, there’s not too much that can keep me from dancing my tiny little buns off. And there’s so much good music out there to dance to that you really can’t give the excuse that there’s just no songs that you like. In fact, there’s so much music out there to dance to that if you were to lay it all end to end, it would circle the earth 87 times before coming to an end in a small town in southern Scotland. So what are we to do with the glut of dance songs?

Enter the mashup. The concept is easy enough to understand: a DJ or producer takes two or more songs and puts them together in either a one-to-one correlation or by mixing and matching different parts of each song together. The results are sometimes horrible, but, as the software used for making these mashups gets easier to use and artists start to release more and more instrumental and vocal tracks for their songs, the mashups just keep getting better and better.

Here are some of my favorites. You can download a lot of these for free online. I’ll put a link beside the song if that’s the case. *Warning: Most of these have potty mouth*

Girl Talk – In Step…If you listen to one artist that I post today, listen to this guy. He samples 20 songs in this track alone. Download his newest CD here for pay-what-you-want.

E-603 – Fighting the Love…He’s Girl Talk lite. Download his CD here for free.

DJ Earworm – Funky Goes to Hollywood…A more traditional mashup. Download the CD that this song is on here for free.

Christian Bale takes David to the dentist…This has nothing to do with mashup music, I just thought it was hilarious. This is a video mashup of Christan Bale’s on-set meltdown earlier this week with the insanely popular David after the dentist video that I posted a week ago. Definitely lots of cussing in this so if that’s not your thing, stay away.

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I like new(ish) music…folk edition

songwriterWelcome, friends, to the very first installation of New(ish) Music Fridays. Before we go any further, I should let you all know that I completely ripped this idea off from Brent Thomas, who used to do a New Music Friday on his old blog. I’m not sure if he’s doing it anymore.

In any event, New(ish) Music Fridays is just my attempt at introducing you, my faithful readers, to some of my favorite music. I’m going to try to keep it on the new(ish) side, but I may sometimes fall back into some oldies if I feel like it’s something that most of y’all won’t have heard yet. So, every Friday check back here for two or three new artists to listen to over the weekend.

This week, I’d like to introduce you to two folksy guys who I’ve been playing the h-e-double hockey sticks out of for the last few months. The first is Joe Pug, an almost-graduate of the esteemed University of North Carolina who now lives and works as a carpenter in Chicago. Here’s what 3hive had to say about him:

…Pug is a populist at heart, a singer who can’t help but talk about all of us when he sings about himself and can’t help but sing about himself when he’s talking about all of us. I’m a sucker for a good line and this one from “Hymn #101” is one of my favorites right now: “I’ve come to meet the sheriff and his posse/ to offer him the broad side of my jaw/ I’ve come here to get broke/ and maybe bum a smoke/ we’ll go drinkin’ two towns over after all.” It could just be a comic-tragic put-on and you probably have to feel some turmoil yourself to truly appreciate it, but “Hymn #101” is full of lines that will fill you with both heartbreak and euphoria. It’s good to be reminded that that’s why we listen to music in the first place.

Here are two of his songs. Go here to get his album, Nation of Heat EP.

Joe Pug – Hymn #101

Joe Pug – Nation of Heat

The next guy I’ve got for you today is Kristian Matsson from Sweden and who goes by the stage name The Tallest Man on Earth. Here’s what Pitchfork says about him:

Over the last half-century, the tag “Dylanesque” has been slapped on so many mediocre folksingers clutching battered Moleskines that it’s become a meaningless joke, a critical hiccup, a silly, lazy way of invoking an age-old raspy voice/acoustic guitar combo…Still: It’s exceptionally hard to talk about Scandinavian folksinger the Tallest Man on Earth (also known as Kristian Matsson) without mentioning Bob Dylan’s early years, mostly because Matsson manages to embody Dylan’s effortlessness so well (Dylan was trying really, really hard, sure– but he sang like he didn’t give a shit), infusing his songs with a detachment that, miraculously, is neither cold nor alienating. Like Dylan, Matsson is so natural a songwriter that these tracks feel predetermined, tumbling out of his mouth with an ease and grace that’s increasingly uncommon.

Here are two songs by The Tallest Man on Earth. Go here to get his latest album, Shallow Graves.

The Tallest Man on Earth – It Will Follow the Rain

The Tallest Man on Earth – The Gardener

Hope you enjoy the music. Check back this weekend for some more random stuff from the interwebs.

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