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Song Of The Week | Dec 05, 2016

My Jerusalem – No One Gonna Give You Love

My-JerusalemNear the icy waters and snow-covered shores of Brighton Beach in Brooklyn, New York, Jeff Klein locked himself in a rental house and did nothing but write for a month. A few blocks away, in the Midwood area, sits the home in which his mother grew up. A prolonged illness had claimed her life a few years earlier.
“That was me coming to terms with the whole situation,” the My Jerusalem frontman explains of his attempt to embed himself within his family history after many years of being on the road, touring. “I kept walking by this house my grandparents used to live in on Avenue H. I’ve never been very connected to family. I’ve romanticized the idea of family, but I think I was just trying to connect with something.”
Klein, who normally resides in Austin, felt an immediate inspiration there and was prolific during these winter weeks near his mother’s childhood neighborhood, producing 14 songs, 12 of which would come to be the band’s forthcoming album, A Little Death.

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Song Of The Week | Nov 28, 2016

Doyle Bramhall II – Mama Can’t Help You

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Doyle Bramhall II is one of the most distinctive vocalists, guitarists, composers and producers in contemporary music. Indeed, none other than Eric Clapton, with whom Bramhall has worked for more than a decade, lauds him as one of the most gifted guitarists he has ever encountered. As the son of the late Texas music legend Doyle Bramhall, he was raised in a home filled with the blues and rock ’n’ roll styles indigenous to Texas. The elder Bramhall played drums and was also an accomplished songwriter and vocalist, not to mention a lifelong collaborator with childhood friends Stevie Ray and Jimmie Vaughan, who composed such SRV signature tunes as “Change It” and “Life by the Drop.”

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Song Of The Week | Nov 21, 2016

Alejandro Escovedo – Heartbeat Smile

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Alejandro Escovedo is the definition of a songwriter’s songwriter. While his own career has been a modest success, the biggest names in music adore the guy’s work. Bruce Springsteen calls him up at his own shows, and has appeared on Escovedo’s recordings. Ryan Adams and Whiskeytown featured him as a vocalist on several songs during the band’s active years. REM lead guitarist Peter Buck is a frequent tour-mate—and he’s also the co-writer and co-producer of Escovedo’s new album, Burn Something Beautiful, which came out October 28.

Escovedo and Buck were joined on the writing front by indie rock hero Scott McCaughey, and the three had a deep collaborative process when writing songs on the album. “It would usually start with an idea one of us had, and then by going back and forth together, we’d work on the melodies, verses, and choruses in a wide-open way, until we all felt the song was the best it could be,” Escovedo says. “On some songs one person would contribute a majority, and then with the others’ input, it was like a total melding of the minds all at once. I’ve never been involved in anything like it.” ~Texas Monthly

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Song Of The Week | Nov 14, 2016

Letters to Cleo – Can’t Say

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Letters To Cleo emerged from the Boston college rock scene in the early 1990s, releasing two independent recordings, the Sister EP in 1991 and Aurora Gory Alice in 1993. The band re-released Aurora Gory Alice in 1994 as the band enjoyed their first Billboard Hot 100 hit “Here & Now.” Sophomore album Wholesale Meats and Fish was released in 1995, featuring another hit single, “Awake.” The band’s third and final LP was Go, released in 1997.
Back in February they announced that they were reuniting and teased some new music. “It’s a blast,” says guitarist Greg McKenna of the reunion. “I mean, we spent our formative years learning how to do this stuff together. When it was done, we went out and lived our lives and now everyone’s bringing their experiences back to this at a new level of musicianship, but writing with these guys still feels effortless.”

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Song Of The Week | Nov 07, 2016

Young In The City – Wayhome

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Young In The City was born from an old band and an empty summer. While in still in high school, members Keelan O’Hara, Michael Porter, and Noah Gundersen had formed Beneath Oceans in their hometowns of Centralia and Chehalis, Washington. After a year of local shows and a recorded but unreleased EP, the band went their separate ways. Fast forward to 2015. During a lull in Noah’s own touring schedule, a reunion was planned, with little expectation other than a chance to play music with old friends. While it was quickly discovered that the original Beneath Oceans material was unplayable, a writing chemistry was still there. The beginnings of new songs were penned in that first practice and the band began writing new material over the summer. Bassist Jeremy Buller was enlisted just days before the recording of the band’s self titled debut EP.
Inspired by elements of Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, The Strokes, and Huey Lewis and The News, Young In The City’s priority is to follow their intuition of musical fun, without pretense. The lyrics are full of images of youthful abandon and excess, sexuality and recklessness. It is a celebration of youth, for any age.

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