Another Friday is upon us, the last week has flown by and it’s getting very cold, what happened to Autumn? At least I’ve got the logs chopped and in for winter. Nothing nicer than sitting in front of a nice fire. I’m sat here next to it writing this feeling mightly pleased with this weeks selection. I’ve managed to include some well and not so well known artists including an EP from a great band I’ve recently started playing on the station called Long Voyage. Other artists include Lissie, Sufjan Stevens, Damien Jurado, Woods, Diamond Rings and Forest City Lovers. Enjoy them and have a great weekend, keep warm!
A well known artist to most listeners I’d guess…but for those who are new to him: Sufjan Stevens (pronounced “SOOF-yahn”; born July 1, 1975) is an American musician, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist from Petoskey, Michigan. He is known for his lyrically focused and instrumentally rich songs that often relate to faith and family. He has enjoyed wide critical success in the United States. He is considered part of the folk revival through indie pop, but his influences are very broad, including experimental electronic music, the jazz of Vince Guaraldi, and the academic minimalism of Steve Reich and Philip Glass. This is my favourite track: [audio:http://www.toolshed-media.com/ts/sufjan-stevens-casimir-pulaski-day.mp3|titles=Casimir Pulaski Day|artists=Sufjan Stevens] MP3: Casimir Pulaski Day
Lissie Maurus (born 1982), known by her stage name Lissie, is an American folk rock artist. She released her debut EP, “Why You Runnin’”, in November 2009. Her debut album, Catching a Tiger, was released in June 2010. Lissie is from along the banks of the Mississippi, Rock Island, Illinois.
Why You Runnin’ – the Fat Possum released & Bill Reynolds (Band Of Horses) produced – EP released in the US late last year, earned the young singer high praise, with coverage in Bust, Filter, Marie Claire, Nylon, and Under The Radar to name but a few.[audio:http://aolradio.podcast.aol.com/aolmusic/mp3s/LissIe_Everywhere_I_Go_128.mp3|titles=Everywhere I Go|artists=Lissie] MP3: Everywhere I Go
Damien Jurado is a singer-songwriter in the indie-rock tradition of Seattle, Washington. His music is regarded as being heavily influenced by folk music. Over the years he has released albums on many labels; today his primary label is Secretly Canadian. He was once in the band, Coolidge, with Seattle’s David Bazan.
He often makes use of found sound and field recording techniques, and has experimented with different forms of tape recordings. In 2000 he released Postcards and Audio Letters, a collection of found audio letters and fragments that he had found from sources such as thrift store tape players and answering machines.[audio:http://www.scjag.com/mp3/sc/cloudyshoes.mp3|titles=Cloudy Shoes|artists=Damien Jurado] MP3: Cloudy Shoes
[audio:http://www.scjag.com/mp3/sc/arkansas.mp3|titles=Arkansas|artists=Damien Jurado] MP3: Arkansas
Woods is a psych folk rock band based out of Brooklyn, New York which formed in 2005. Members include Jeremy Earl, Jarvis Taveniere, Kevin Morby, and G. Lucas Crane. The band is known for strange and upbeat folk rock songs with occasional elements of vocal harmony and noise. [audio:http://www.forcefieldpr.com/woodsiwasgone.mp3|titles=I Was Gone|artists=Woods] Mp3: I Was Gone
Diamond Rings is an emotional outlet for Toronto based artist and musician John O. His lyrically evocative pop songs are composed with a stolen MIDI keyboard, borrowed laptop, and second hand guitar.
Until now, Diamond Rings has released a split with PS I Love You, a single Wait & See / On Fire and a 12” Show Me Your Stuff. His debut album ‘Special Affections’ will be released on October 26. [audio:http://audio.sxsw.com/2010/mp3/Diamond_Rings-All_Yr_Songs.mp3|titles=All Yr Songs|artists=Diamond Rings]
MP3: All Yr Songs
Forest City Lovers
Forest City Lovers are nature-loving urban dwellers spinning lingering, lyrical melodies across the landscape of Canadian folk-pop.
Born a fledgling pseudo-solo project of young songwriter Kat Burns, Forest City Lovers took flight in 2006 with the independent release The Sun and the Wind. The band grew up into a fully-realized collaborative outfit and in 2008 launched their critically acclaimed sophmore album Haunting Moon Sinking (Out of This Spark), a collection that bolsters FCL’s signature tunefulness with talented musicianship, strong guitar lines, and swelling string arrangements.[audio:http://www.outofthisspark.com/forestcitylovers_carriage_LightYouUp.mp3|titles=Light You Up|artists=Forest City Lovers]
MP3: Light You Up
and finally, this incredible EP from Long Voyage.