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New Music Preview: Michael Kiwanuka | y/y | Snowmine | Justin Robinson & The Mary Annettes

Here is some more awesome new music…

Michael Kiwanuka has two EPs out in 2011, and has been compared to Marvin Gaye, Bill Withers and Otis Redding

I’m Getting Ready by MichaelKiwanuka

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The Brooklyn based y/y reminds me of Fourtet mixed with Animal Collective.

PlayPlay by yyband

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Check out Snowmine on Shaking Through with free mp3 download.

Snowmine – Curfews by wvmusic

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The Carolina Chocolate Drops’ founder, Justin Robinson is starting a new project called Justin Robinson & The Mary Annettes.

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-Glenn

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New Music Preview: The Lowbred Watts | Hiatus & Shura | James Hersey | Jesse Payne | Fairlamb

This is a new batch of music that I have been meaning to post about, but haven’t been able to. All of these artists are deserve their own posts, but it’s just not gonna happen. So use this as a preview to go check out more of their music!

The Lowbred Watts – Download entire album for free here

The Lowbred Watts – 05 Move On by ryanstapler

FREE DOWNLOAD: Hiatus and Shura – First by Hiatus

It Aint Over (Live) – James Hersey by James Hersey

Jesse Payne – Website, Free mp3 below

Jesse Payne – Take Me by The Wounded Jukebox

Fairlamb – Bandcamp

The Way It Goes by Fairlamb

-Glenn

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Video: The Staves – “Mexico”

Crank up the resolution if your rig allows it, because as simple as the video is, it’s best served with the clarity directors Benji Davies and Jim Field of Frater intended.  The Staves have a matching style of elegance and simplicity to their music, pairing harmonies with one or two guitars.  Those harmonies however, are thrice layered and perfect; imagine if three Laura Marlings harmonized (pleasant sighhhhhhh).  And those guitars are deceptively hidden and expertly restrained.  Together, the trio of English sisters make music that is peaceful, beautiful and addicting.  On the new video for EP lead “Mexico”, the guys at Frater measured and sketched the lines of a room to within an inch of their lives, until they had the dimensions just so.  The result is a dance of light and shape that lets a bit of magic live in real time around the performing siblings.  Simple, but elegant.  And wonderful.

The new Mexico EP also features two unreleased songs; “Icarus” and “I Try”.  The former builds and twirls.  The latter prophesizes and imparts.  Listen to all three tracks of the short player below.
Mexico by The Staves

Icarus by The Staves

I Try by The Staves

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-Matt

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Jackson Browne: “Here”

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It’s probably not the hippest thing to do: featuring a Jackson Browne tune that’s a little over two years old, but a great song is a great song, and even we bloggers can’t float in the dramatically popular all the time.  I’ll keep it simple to save from embarrassing myself, Jackson Browne is ridiculously talented and quite good at growing beards.  And anyone who can write songs that touch hearts after 45 years of performing and writing and recording, is worthy of your attention.  “Here” was the credit roll song of a movie I watched recently.  Give it a shot, and if you like it, dig into his Solo Acoustic, Volume 1, it’s a necessary record for decent human beings.

Jackson Browne – Here by knusto

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-Matt

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Moment of Verse: Michael Kiwanuka – “I’m Getting Ready”

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I’m Getting Ready by MichaelKiwanuka

Oh my, I didn’t know what it means to believe
Oh my, I didn’t know what it means to believe

But if I hold on tight, is it true?
Would You take care of all that I do?
Oh Lord, I’m getting ready to believe.

Oh my, I didn’t know how hard it would be
Oh my, I didn’t know how hard it would be

But if I hold on tight, is it true?
Would You take care of all that I do?
Oh Lord, I’m getting ready to believe.

Then we’ll be waving hands singing freely
Singing standing tall it’s now coming easy
Oh no more looking down honey
Can’t you see?
Oh Lord, I’m getting ready to believe

Then we’ll be waving hands singing freely
Singing standing tall it’s now coming easy
Oh no more looking down honey
Can’t you see me?

Oh Lord, I’m getting ready
Oh Lord, I’m getting ready
Oh Lord, I’m getting ready to believe

-Michael Kiwanuka

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The Staves: “Gone Tomorrow” | “Silver Dagger” (Live)

5725645058_f7af7485db You should give away your email address like a fourth daughter, for the two live tracks The Staves are offering fans currently.  I have a strong desire to use “darlings” as much as possible, but I’ll refrain long enough to tell you that both covers: “Gone Tomorrow” and “Silver Dagger” are rich in harmonies and concert quality.  The pair were recorded at the Cecil Sharp House back in November of 2010 as part of the Folk Uprising showcase, but the songs are as ageless as great music comes.

Support the sisters by telling them a bit about yourself, over at their new website, and get the mp3s for free.  They’re definitely worth it.

Fer yer trubbles, here’s a preview of both songs from past shows:

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-Matt

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Video: Sarah Jaffe – “The Way Sound Leaves A Room” | “All That Time”

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Off a brand new EP entitled The Way Sound Leaves A Room, Sarah Jaffe gives us a song of the same name that might go down as a favorite for the year.  “The Way Sound Leaves A Room” is gorgeous.  But even more so is the cinematography done by Chris Phelps on the accompanying concert DVD for the EP.  Sparse and natural, and mellowed in sunsets, the videos below are a treat for the eye.

We highly encourage you to grab Jaffe’s new EP The Way Sound Leaves A Room.  It includes covers of Drake’s “Shut It Down”, Cold War Kids’ “Louder Than Ever”, and a piano laced reworking of the fabulous “Clementine”. Gain some evidence below.

Sarah Jaffe – Clementine by Kirtland Records

Sarah Jaffe. A Sucker For Your Marketing / Vulnerable by Erika Weeks

SarahJaffeSoundCover  (The Way Sound Leaves A Room is available now from Kirtland Records)

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