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.
September 3, 2010
May 20, 2010
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.
April 28, 2010
Joe Pug is, in short, a lyrical powerhouse. Messenger is his latest album, and is a definite contender for best folk album of the year. It has a twangier feel than his previous works, but I think that adds a certain country-ish charm to the music. It should also be noted that Joe has a very distinct voice that some might find distracting. I personally think it adds to the music, but everyone might not feel the same way I do. And he seems like a really nice guy (he’s giving away sampler cds for free on his website) so if he ever comes to your town, GO SEE HIM. His live shows seem amazing.
April 26, 2010
So in the past month I’ve fallen in love with Little Wings. The “band” consists of artist/nomad/surfer Kyle Field. Field has contributed with such bands as The Microphones and at one point in his life he was in a band with M. Ward. His songs consist of rich melodies with surfer vibes. His lyrics are amazing too. These are two albums, the first being my favorite studio release (that I’ve heard) and the second is a B-sides and Rarites. Get it for, if nothing else, the song “Thousand Oaks”. But really, get both and kick back and relax to the genius that is Little Wings.
Light Green Leaves
March 7, 2010
From Last.fm, “Fung Wah Bus took its name from a transportation system devised to make it easier for business owners to take money from the vulnerable elderly population. It is widely believed that the name was copied for the sake of irony.
Fung Wah Bus is generally placed under the genre of “folk.” However, they also identify as “Folk-punk,” “Indie,” and many other categories of the like. The group began as a project between William Pratt, (primary songwriter, vocals, guitar, banjo, ukelele, harmonica.) Kevin O’Donnell, (guitar, vocals, ukelele, harmonica, banjo, bass. ) and Connor Griffin (vocals, guitar, banjo, ukulele, harmonica.). It then grew to include Shannon Pajer, (accordian, piano, melodica, vocals, tambourine, glockenspiel, special attention on long lonesome nights) and later took Jason Rule as their percussionist. Scott Bevins, trumpet player extraordinaire, makes them sound good. Also at live shows there is the aid of Aftyn Jane on the jug, Andy Dawson with the washboard and Mike Hein playing his gun.
Fung Wah Bus is known for playing impromptu shows at unexpected locations, for less than five people. However, they have been known to occasionally frequent such venues as The Webster Underground in Hartford CT.
After recording several EP’s and making them publicly available on the internet, Fung Wah Bus has at last recorded their long-awaited full length album, Thicker Than Fiddlers In Hell. It was created over the course of several months at an infamous location known as “The Stew-dio.”
This is a beautifully crafted folk album. Expect this band to blow up, maybe when all of the members are, you know, out of high school.
January 25, 2010
January 8, 2010
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This album is really growing on me. Imagine the gravelly voice of Tom Waits mixed with the story-telling of Johnny Cash. What you should be imagining is William Elliott Whitmore. Animals in the Dark is his latest album, and it’s really really good. So try it out. And if you like it, try his other stuff. I guarantee you won’t be disappoint.