Everybody Works has been released with an overwhelmingly positive reception. "The Bus Song" is, in my opinion, the song that best represents the lovely album as a whole.Read More
NPR Music released the first of five Sylvan Esso studio session videos today, and I'm very excited.Read More
By March 1st I will have one project completed and two others in motion. I'm going to outline what these are here as a way to hold myself accountable.Read More
NPR Music recently released their Austin 100 playlist consisting of 100 songs by 100 different artists performing at SXSW this year. The playlist has introduced me to many new artists over the past few years, some of whom I've become a huge fan of.
Several artists of this year's playlist have stood out to me, but so far, Possessed by Paul James has caught my ear the most. "Hurricane" is exactly what its title promises: a whirlwind of sound, emotion and raw talent. Enjoy.
Rob Cantor is most well-known for his song, "Shia LaBeouf," in which you are led through a mysterious and deadly night in the woods with "actual cannibal, Shia LaBeouf." The song itself is hilarious and bizarre, but Rob one-upped himself when he created a live stage performance version featuring multiple choruses, dancers and an entire orchestra. The song was reimagined as a theatric experience, and the end result was Internet gold.
But we all know about that.
I want to feature a different, slightly less silly Rob Cantor song with another incredible music video. "All I Need Is You" is hauntingly pretty. It gives me chills nearly every time I listen to it and the insanely creative music video only adds to the thrill. Enjoy!
Courtney Barnett may have been snubbed at the Grammys this year, but she got to perform on Colbert last night and that's a win in my book. To sweeten the deal, she played my favorite song of her recent album! Enjoy!
In honor of Ben Folds finally doing an NPR Tiny Desk concert, my song of the day is "Emaline." It's my favorite song of all time. Enjoy.
Alabama Shakes need to continue winning all the Grammys. Here's the incredible track that won Best Rock Song, deservedly.
Felt like I should recommend one more song for anyone who isn't quite feeling the love day vibe. Lianne La Havas' album, Blood, was actually nominated for a Grammy this year, which was a bit unexpected, but totally warranted. This album is goooood. She's an incredible songwriter, guitarist and singer and everyone should know about her, or at the very least, this awesome track off the album about the overused motifs of romance and how we just don't need them to express affection.
She's gonna be big, people.
Showing a little love for a late-night performance that stuck with me for several years. Lissie just released a new album featuring a couple really good tracks, and I recommend you check out "Don't You Give Up On Me," but "Shameless" was the song that caught my attention back when Back To Forever was released in 2013, and it's the Lissie song I think the public should start out with.
James Blake is the best kind of risk taker. He doesn't shy away from big sounds or intense dynamic shifts. Combining this daring production style with a beautiful, soulful voice and R&B influenced melodies, Blake dazzles and haunts listeners. His last album, Overgrown, was clearly influenced by romance, but the new track, "Modern Soul," shows implications of a darker side of Blake. I'm excited to hear the rest of the album and very willing to give him a hug if he needs it.
Starting to realize that "song-a-day" might actually mean, "song-every-day-Jacob-remembers-to-write-a-blog" but that's okay. The point is to share awesome music, and in this case, one of the best music videos I've ever seen. Enjoy some tasty Tame Impala.
Some songs hit you the moment you hear them and then continue to effect you for a long time afterwards. This is one of those songs that also happened to be given an incredible music video. Rhye has some of the sexiest music I've ever heard and I anxiously await a second album.
Something something sports.
The NyQuil selections, part 3. Technically, I can feel most of my face. Just not that part where all the gross stuff is leaking out.
Also, Walk Off The Earth > The Weeknd.
For some reason, it was 60-degrees and sunny today. Concerning granted that we're in the middle of winter, but alas, hard to say no to a beautiful day. Enjoy a song by Doves.
Sylvan Esso's eponymous debut album blew me away. I had never heard electronica music, dance club music even, with such an intelligent, folky songwriting approach. Amelia Meath is one of the best performers I have had the pleasure of seeing live and Nick Sanborn is one hell of a producer. Like with any album, I find myself returning most often to certain tracks. In Sylvan Esso's case, those tracks are "Dreamy Bruises" and "Could I Be." The latter is the song I'd like to share with you.
And we're back! Been very busy working on my first few projects for The Burr (TheBurr.Com, check it out, yo). This Vampire Weekend song's been popping in and out of my head for the past few days. Contra has been a favorite album of mine for many years and this track (and its music video) have always been standouts.
I saw Lake Street Dive open for Amos Lee in Brooklyn two summers ago and fell in love with Rachael Price's voice and the musical chemistry of the band. The lead single for their upcoming album, Side Pony, is bound to lift this little retro-pop band to new heights. Also, it doesn't hurt that they performed on The late Show last night.
This one is kind-of cheating but NPR Music posted a new Tiny Desk Concert today featuring rock band, Wolf Alice. I was first introduced to Wolf Alice at Firefly Music Festival this past summer. It was their first American festival performance and they blew the nonexistent roof of the place. It was super interesting to listen to a stripped-down set of such a noisy band. Ellie's voice especially lends itself beautifully to quieter sessions.