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This is a split I did under the name We Can Have Fun with my friend Kevin from Fung Wah Bus?. My side is reminiscent of They Might Be Giants and the Moldy Peaches. Kevin’s side reminds me a lot Bright Eyes and Elliott Smith. We both recorded these songs in our bedroom. I hope you enjoy it.

One of the better folk albums to come out so far this year, “This Ending Promise” is one of the albums from the same guy who brought you “The Loneliest Cowgirls”, “Henry Bemis is a Superhero”, and “Screaming and Dreaming”.  The lyrics are sincere, the music is catchy, and the singer is likable.  Definitely worth a try if you’re into folk.

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Maritime is one of my personal favorite bands.  It pains me how overlooked they seem to be.  From the acoustic ballads of Glass Floor to the bass-driven rock songs of their latest album “Heresy and the Hotel Choir”, they remain consistent in the overall high quality of their music.  Glass Floor is their first album, and uses mostly acoustic guitar in comparison to the deeper electric guitar sound they use on their later albums.

Since the band has a rich history, I figured I’d share some with you, just as a little “The More You Know”:  The lead singer/guitar player of Maritime is also the singer/guitar player for the famous and influential emo band “caP’n Jazz”.  The drummer, Dan Didier, is from another one of Davey’s bands, “The Dismemberment Plan”, and the bassist, Eric Axelson, is from the Post-Punk/Math Rock band “The Dismemberment Plan” who’s album “!” I posted awhile back.  I recently read that the members of Maritime announced in April that they are changing labels, and they’re expected to debut on their new label with a new album this fall.  Here’s hoping that they do, and that it’s just as enjoyable as their past 3 albums.

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One of my absolute favorite bands ever. Started by 16 now 22 year old Kevin Steinhauser. These are some old albums now currently not available for download anywhere and all out of print. Chances are these will never see the light of the day for the rest of time (I don’t think Kevin likes them too much). These albums range from electronic pop-punk to acoustic indie-pop/folk; I’ll mark whichever genre it is, albums will be in band pictures, and some of these might be in MP4. Otherwise, enjoy.

The Lost Levels

Instrumental, Electronic, 8-bit-ish

Math the Band and the Secret of Mystery Island

Electronic, Indie-Pop (includes both electronic and acoustic work) (MP4)

Greatest Hits

Electronic (MP4, no tags, sorry)

Tour De Friends EP

Electronic, Synth-Punk

Love,

Teddy

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I think at this point in my life twee-pop is my favorite genre. I love everything about it, and I try to listen to a lot of it. So when Jacob Borshard stuck out from the rest of the bunch I knew I found a special artist. Borshard plays the ukulele with literally perfect pop melodies and hooks. I’m not kidding, the man makes the transition from C major to C minor sound so good. The songs are a blend of up-beat, happy tunes with heartfelt lyrics about love. It’s never goofy or anything like that, just super sweet. This album is also home-recorded, yet it sounds much better than most studio work. So for the love of your ears, download this.

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This three-piece band is based in Gaineville, and they make acoustic folk punk music. The difference between this and what most people think of when they hear folk punk (AJJ, Ghost Mice, Defiance, Ohio and the like) is that these guys take a much more bluegrassy approach, and it ends up sounding more, for lack of a better word, authentic. This album sounds like some good ol’ boys sitting around with their ramshackle instruments, and, well, that’s what it is! Drummers need not apply to this band; acoustic guitar strumming and banjo picking abound! The next time you’re on a roadtrip, at a bonfire, or having a hoe-down, you will be prepared with an appropriate soundtrack. Get into it!

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This album is like being in a French Cafe on poetry night.  It’s weird, but ultimately satisfying.  Most of the lyrics are in French, so if you’re big on lyrics (and don’t speak French), you probably won’t want to download it.  But this is a pretty good album from an upcoming French artist, so give it a download and if you like it, tell your friends.

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