Indie-Folk


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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.

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I’m going to a lot of shows in March! Specifically: They Might Be Giants/Jonathan Coulton @ Workplay on March 4th, Madeline @ the Fire House on March 5th, Man or Astro-Man? @ the Bottletree on March 6th, Math the Band @ the Fire House on March 13th, and hopefully Spoon/Deerhunter @ Workplay Soundstage on March 19. All in Birmingham. If you see me say hi; we’ll go get dinner at the Golden Temple or my friend’s awesome Indian restaurant across from the Mellow Mushroom. Note to those in Birmingham: find this place and try it; it’s directly across the street from the Mellow Mushroom, and it’s soooo good. The name escapes me right now, it’s in Five Points though. Okay, I’m rambling…

With all of that said, I wanted to post an album by all of the bands I’m seeing next month. I’ve already posted They Might Be Giants (not Coulton though, I’ll get on it), so onto Madeline! Madeline I believe started as an acoustic singer-songwriter and has now evolved into an indie-folk project based from Athens, GA. This album features a full band with a nice mix of southern charm, Elephant Six influence, and a folk-y style. No element overtakes another part which leads to gorgeous songs. The songs are low-key and relaxing, and this sort of instrumentation works well with Madeline’s unique voice. I highly recommend this album, and I can’t wait to see her.

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Welcome to a new year and decade! I speak for everyone here when I say that this year will probably be full of more music memories than ever before. Whether it be new albums, bands, or shows it’s bound to be a good time to remember. Let’s start the new year with a great album. Weird Weather is a Canadian folk band that should be popular, in fact when I found them I was entirely surprised to see that they didn’t have thousands of fans. Take all of your Pitchfork acoustic bearded-faced acoustic acts such as Bon Iver then make them a thousand times better and you have Weird Weather. They are also perfect for winter weather. Imagine you went out with a friend you haven’t hung out with in awhile. It’s freezing outside and you both need a good spot to stop and talk. You go to a coffee house and get hot chocolate then sit and re-connect. Then you get a warm feeling inside your stomach. I get that warm feeling when I listen to Weird Weather, especially when the beautiful harmonies and tones of the variety of instruments kick in. It’s a good feeling in my gut and I hope you get that feeling too.

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If you like the music of Bright Eyes or you are just a fan of Christmas music, you will love this hauntingly beautiful album. Conor Oberst’s shaking voice brings new life to classics. Highly recommended.

EDIT: I used a different link than my own to save time. However, these tracks are not tagged correctly. There should be no “(Bright Eyes)” in the album name, and there are no track numbers. I will fix these mistakes and upload the correct version. When this edit is gone the correct version will have been uploaded.

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If you’ve ever listened to high energy 8-bit electronic one-man-band-with-two-people-in-it Math the Band, you know that off-key vocals as well as too many beats per minute are common, which is why this album is so far-out from normal, but in a good way. Blending the synth-pop techniques that makes Math the Band so great, Kevin Steinhauser, band leader, created this indie-pop/folk masterpiece. Spanning 26 songs, each starting with a letter of the alphabet following the order, the album delivers in pure beauty. Also utilizing acoustic guitars, banjos, baritone ukuleles, horns, random percussion, synths, and many other instruments, Steinhauser truly is a one-man band that is capable of blowing minds.  I guarantee there is at least one song in here that you will enjoy. In all honesty, if you are going to download one album from this blog make it this one. I can only continue to recommend this to fans of music in general.

P.S. I don’t feel like my write-up does this album justice. Curse my inability to describe music well! Take a listen to the preview to get a true feel.

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It’s fun when Waffles.fm has a freeleech cause you can find small indie gems like this.

“Folky slacker pop with cute woo-woo harmonies. Effortlessly breezy and instantly lovable, they will reaffirm your hope for the future of humanity!” – from last.fm This is a happy pop EP that utilizes folk instrumentation! Give it a shot if you like Los Campesinos! or anything that is indie-pop/borderline twee.

P.S. I’m sorry I’ve posted so much Indie-Rock/Pop lately. I’ve been consuming it these last few months, and it’s eating me up in a good way.