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Odessa: Hummed Low
A few deep breaths are recommended before sinking into Odessa's quiet song "Hummed Low." Through a bare yet polished arrangement, LA-based classical violinist-turned-singer-songwriter (who toured as a back-up violinist for bands like Edward Sharpe...
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Common feat. Mary J Blige: Come Close Our #TBT this week, taking us back to 2002, is "Come Close," Common's gentle serenade for true love featuring R&B queen Mary J. Blige. Both artists—along with No Doubt, Usher, Fall Out Boy, and even a couple...
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Lilith Ai: Hang Tough
The lo-fi soul of Lilith Ai's latest track "Hang Tough" is more than a sum of its parts. A resonating power in her voice carries lyrics of warped depth, all nestled atop the strumming of her guitar. And yet, from the nuances of an electronic-influenced...
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Henry Wolfe: Encino
Three years have brought out a weathered yet spirited side of Henry Wolfe. While the musician's debut LP Linda Vista (2011) was straightforward, almost too gentle even, with its conventional instrumentation and approach, the two original songs on...
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Elliott Smith: Waltz #2 (XO) 10 years ago this past week, the world lost Elliott Smith: Songwriter, musician and vocalist whose masterful catalogue of brooding alternative folk inspired legions of fans and acts that followed. A centerpiece to his...
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John Talabot: Without You (reduced mix version)
After the success of 2012's critically acclaimed ƒIN, Spanish electronic musician John Talabot is beginning to release material from his upcoming 11 November release DJ Kicks. His first single from the anticipated record, "Without You" (reduced mix...
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Elliott Smith: Waltz #2 (XO)
10 years ago this past week, the world lost Elliott Smith: Songwriter, musician and vocalist whose masterful catalogue of brooding alternative folk inspired legions of fans and acts that followed. A centerpiece to his emotional potency, "Waltz #2...
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Cut Copy: Free Your Mind
The Australian masterminds of indietronica Cut Copy are following up their 2011 hit Zonoscope with Free Your Mind, out 5 November—and they were kind enough to make the entire album streamable a week before its release. The 14-track effort was recorded...
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Beach Fossils: Generational Synthetic
Brooklyn's own Beach Fossils are keeping the lo-fi spirit alive with their latest release: A video for their February hit "Generational Synthetic." The final product is downright reminiscent of a Beach Fossils concert experience. The classic atmospheric...
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Ace of Base: Living in Danger
Sweden's musical output to the world is a colored one, from the bleak and dark to the boisterously Eurovision-victorious and cheesy. This week's #PrivateJam comes from Selectism and HighSnobiety's Jeff Carvalho, who looks to the land of the midnight...
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Deedee Cheriel: Episodes in the Abundant Oasis
by Mya Stark Gods, monsters or something more enigmatically human, the animal-headed figures of artist Deedee Cheriel are set to grace LA’s Merry Karnowsky Gallery this weekend. In the new show, called "Episodes in the Abundant Oasis," Cheriel’s...
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The Builder and New Jerusalem
An emerging filmmaker from Richmond, Virginia, Rick Alverson's slowburning film style feeds off lingering frames, pregnant pauses and subtle interactions between its characters. His debut feature "The Builder" (due for release by indie label Jagjaguwar...
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And All the Tigers
Consisting of Harris Shper (on vox and guitar), Christine Hale (vox and keys), Al Mal (bass) and Farid Rener (drums), The Hoof & the Heel make unforgettably beautiful music that fits easily on dreamy summer playlists. Based out of Montreal, the quartet...
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Polite Sleeper: Lake Effect
The first proper full-length from Brooklyn's Polite Sleeper, Lake Effect serves up nine songs straddling the hazy line between folk and indie rock. At turns somber and frenetic, singer/guitarist Jason Orlovich's earnest vocal timber and everyday...
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Cool Hunting's Fall 2009 Playlist
As summer hanging makes way for classes and meetings, the changing season calls for a soundtrack of syncopated digital beats and rock 'n' roll jams for setting a productive mood. Of course, fall wouldn't be fall without shedding a small...
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Timber Timbre
Toronto-based Timber Timbre's third self-titled studio release keeps a soft and moody vibe with eight simply structured songs that seem meant for listening to in the dark. Taylor Kirk, the man behind the project, has a singing voice thatâ...
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All My Pretty Ones: Tone Poems
Two years since releasing the Handsbreath EP, the Bay Area folk group All My Pretty Ones return with their debut full-length, Tone Poems. A mix of brand new and previously recorded tracks, the record transcends the somewhat limiting "folk"...
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Brett Dennen
We asked Oakdale, California singer-songwriter Brett Dennen, who has one of the finest voices in contemporary pop-folk, about the humor which swirls amidst the brutal honesty of his lyrics, and whether he was generally a positive person by nature...
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All My Pretty Ones
All My Pretty Ones are a six-member group from the San Francisco Bay Area. Led by songwriter Derek Schmidt, the band plays richly-orchestrated, folk-influenced music. Songs rely heavily on acoustic guitar and piano, with occasional flourishes from...
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William Fitzsimmons
His name echoes those of colonels and soldiers who fought in the American civil war. But far from that, William Fitzsimmons is actually an obscure songwriter from Jackson, Illinois, building a fan base through Myspace and, would you believe it, the...
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Holiday Playlist 2007
Le Loup: The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations Millennium General Assembly A weird mixture of banjos, percussion and computer sounds Le Loup creates an experimental sound that's still fun listening. Based on Sam Simkoff's original...
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The Silver Seas: High Society
They're called The Silver Seas and they used to go by the name The Bees, though not the U.K. version of the band. Confused? Don't be. The Silver Seas have released what will probably end up being on my top five album list for 2007. The album...
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The Finches Giveaway
Embodying the perfect marriage of subtle skill and charming sincerity, The Finches thankfully deliver on the promise of their 6-song debut EP, maintaining that release's spare instrumentation and generally subdued tone on their latest, titled...
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Michael Talbott and the Wolfkings
San Francisco-based Michael Talbott and the Wolfkings's exceptional debut, "Freeze-Die-Come To Life," adeptly moves from pastoral melodies and harmonies to more intricate chamber-style orchestrations—all in the course...
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Hobart Smith: In Sacred Trust
On this album of never-before-released work, mountain music virtuoso Hobart Smith, plays banjo, fiddle, guitar, and piano as well as singing, clog-dancing and reminiscing. All of the songs were taped shortly before Smith died in 1965 and they take...
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