FT5: Classic Country Albums

0717top5coverFor today’s Top 5, I figured it was about time I give our readers a little Country Music 101. For starters, not an album on this list was recorded after 1975 and I’m not putting in more than one album per artist. I acknowledge that country music isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but I’m writing this to potentially open a few eyes (and ears) towards a genre that not everyone quite understands or appreciates. So pop open that bottle of Jack and allow me to educate you on what country music is really all about.

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First Single From Monsters Of Folk

monstersoffolkJust saw over on the Pitchfork that the huge Monsters of Folk collaboration now has a release date and a first single.  If you weren’t already aware, the star studded project involves M. Ward, Jim James from My Morning Jacket, Conor Oberst from Bright Eyes, and producer Mike Mogis.  The band plans to release their self-titled debut September 15th via Shangri-La Records.  For now, here’s the first material from the project “Say Please”.  Dig.

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Download: Monsters of Folk – Say Please [MP3]

New Tunes from The Crayon Fields

thecrayonfields01 The Crayon Fields have been one of my favorite bands for the last several years; they blend jangly South Pacific pop with pure melody.  Since they have a new album coming out this September, we’ve got a new song from the band to offer to you this Friday.  It shows signs of great things to come in the very near future. 


Download: The Crayon Fields – All the Pleasures of the World [MP3]

From The Closet: Polaris

polarispopPolaris was a one-off project of Mark Mulcahy and two other members of his New-Haven based band Miracle Legion. Going with the moniker “Polaris” because one band member of Miracle Legion wasn’t available, the Connecticut boys were the house band for the kick-ass (and shamefully short-lived) Nickelodeon TV show The Adventures of Pete & Pete in the early 90’s. Polaris performed the memorable theme song “Hey Sandy” as well as being featured in various episodes throughout the show. Unfortunately for us the project’s output was limited to one lonely LP,  the appropriately titled Music From The Adventures of Pete & Pete. Today, I bring you my favorite tune from the album, “Waiting For October.”


Black And White Years @ Stubbs (7/18)

bwhiteyrsThe Black and White Years have slowly started to make a name for themselves as one of the biggest draws in our town.  Chances to see them in smaller venues in Austin may be hard to come by soon so head to the indoor stage at Stubbs Saturday night for a set by the rock n roll outfit.  We’re more excited for the show because our good friends Whitman will be providing the opening support for the evening and start around 10pm.  Tickets can be had now for $8 or $10 at the door.  Here’s that catchy single by B&WY, “Power to Change”.

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Download: The Black and White Years – Power to Change [MP3]

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