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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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Fly Moon Royalty: Fly Moon Royalty

It seems that these days I am the Seattle music correspondent for TWJ, but it’s so hard to pass up on all this new music, just like Fly Moon Royalty. Think about a little Lauryn Hill, mix it with some electronic production from Four Tet, and out comes self- proclaimed electrosoul. The group consists of Adraboo and MC/producer/DJ Action Jackson. They also have a ton of free downloads on their bandcamp.

Higher – Fly Moon Royalty by ActionJ

Lemonade – Fly Moon Royalty by ActionJ

In the Woods – Fly Moon Royalty by ActionJ

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-Glenn

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The Best Songs Of 2011 (So Far): Glenn’s List

 The first half of 2011 has been a solid start to the year. If the rest of the year can keep up with the first half we will be in good shape. We saw some big releases, but there was also plenty else to keep me busy listening. A highlight has been getting to know the Seattle music scene, as you can tell from a good 5 songs from my top 15 from the area (and the picture of Gasworks Park). The Blue Scholars made it on twice because of their amazing live performance and a great new album. They aren’t really in a tight order. Hope that you enjoy!

15. The Antlers – Parentheses 

14. Tennis – Marathon

13. Balto – The Railyard

12. Thao & Mirah – Little Cups

11. Port St. Willow – Stay Even

10. Raphael Saadiq – Stone Rollin’

9. Blue Scholars – Marion Sunshine

8. My Morning Jacket – Holdin On To Black Metal

7. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues

6. Made In Heights – Skylark Interabang?!

5. Lemolo – Whale Song

4. Bon Iver – Holocene

3. Hezekiah Jones – Borrowed Heart

2. The Cave Singers – Swim Club

1. Blue Scholars – Cinemetropolis

Glenn

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Booker T. Jones: “Representing Memphis”

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Booker T. Jones is the secret artist behind much of the last 40 years of great music.  He’s composed, written, contributed and performed with some of the biggest names in any Hall of Fame.  His instrument of choice is the electric organ; the Hammond B-3, a kind of church service that struts and wears sunglasses.  But he’s been stretching out on his own for a while now.  His new solo album is entitled The Road From Memphis, a verbal cue that his new Los Angeles home is becoming permanent, but the spirit of his home lives with him.  The album features some big names making vocal contributions, including Sharon Jones, Lou Reed, Yim Yames of My Morning Jacket and Matt Berninger of The National.  With The Roots providing instrumental clout throughout.  It was even produced by Questlove and Rob Schnapf (Beck, Elliot Smith).  There’s one track on the album that sums up the spirit of the whole.  “Representing Memphis” lays a night scene down, providing the perfect soundtrack for an easy drive through your old digs, to refresh all your old claims on the days that came before.  It features the magnanimous Sharon Jones, and the less expected Matt Berninger.  I’d like to think there was some powerful sexual chemistry between the two in the booth.  Those’d be some fine sangin’ babies.  Anyway, enjoy the song, and one other (Lauryn Hill’s “Everything is Everything”)  from Booker’s new record.
Booker T. Jones – Representing Memphis (feat. Matt Berninger and Sharon Jones) by antirecords

Booker T. Jones – Everything Is Everything by antirecords

post-2-0-82109700-1304154968 (The Road From Memphis is available now from Anti Records)

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-Matt

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