New Album from Deer Tick

Posted by Payton | Posted in album release | Posted on 02-27-2010

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Partisan Records has released news that Deer Tick has a new album ready for launch in June. The Black Dirt Sessions will be the band’s third full-length release – following 2009’s Born On Flag Day and an EP released late last year. On this record, Ian O’Neil replaces lead guitarist Andrew Tobiassen. Ian is know from Deer Tick’s recent live shows as the guy that looks like Bob Dylan.

As I hypothesized long ago, 2009 saw Deer Tick blow up in the national spotlight, gaining a rabid fan base – one which even contains NBC’s Brian Williams. Their furious tour schedule, coupled with an intensely  intriguing live show has helped to bolster this notoriety. Adding prolific output to the band’s resume is the next best way to grab and keep those fans. Reportedly, the new album has the sound of a band finding their stride and a frontman in John McCauley coming into his own as a true songwriter. Can’t wait.

The Black Dirt Sessions (June 8th, 2010):
1. Choir of Angels
2. Twenty Miles
3. Goodbye, Dear Friend
4. Piece By Piece, Frame By Frame
5. Sad Sun
6. Mange
7. When She Comes Home
8. Hand In My Hand
9. I Will Not Be Myself
10. Blood Moon
11. Christ Jesus

pre-order available April 27th.

To curb your appetite until some tracks become available, here’s a sweet little Demo Version of a tune off Deer Tick’s debut album:

Deer Tick - Art Isn't Real (City of Sin) [Demo Version]

Aww Shit… Look Who Got A Website!

Posted by Payton | Posted in Site News | Posted on 02-26-2010

Welcome to the New & Improved This Mornin’ I Am Born Again!

Ok, I know I’ve had the domain for a while now, but it’s official now.

Ryan Adams - DotComMuthaFucka

I have finally made the switch from Blogger to Wordpress, and as you can already see, the site looks better. Wordpress allows for much more design freedom. I’m still tweaking things here and there – especially links to other posts here on the site – so expect to see some changes in the coming days as I get used to the new platform. Another advantage is the ability to have multiple pages. In addition to the regular blog page (or home), I can add additional info on static pages. So far, I’ve simply made Archives and About pages, but be on the lookout for some new stuff in the future.

Another underlying motive for the move is the way Blogger, a Google company, deals with copyright issues. If the RIAA, or anyone for that matter, has a problem with the content posted on a blog, they tend to ignore the ubiquitous disclaimer and send a formal notice to the hosting company. Blogger, to save themselves any legal trouble, immediately deletes the infringing post, never notifying the blog author. Thus the author never knows which file actually caused the trouble in the first place.

Recently a handful of quite successful music blogs were inexplicably removed altogether by Blogger for claims of copyright infringement and violating Blogger’s Terms of Service. Years of work gone in an instant. Most of the deleted blogs even had express written consent from artists/labels to post their songs, but alas, The Man didn’t care. I don’t have the energy to get into how bass-ackwards the idea behind a failing industry going after the last lifeline they have is, so you can read more about what they’re calling “MusicBlogocide 2010″ here and here.

Things are safer here, where I supply my own hosting. But it comes with a cost – $5/month to be exact – and that’s hoping I estimated correctly on my space and bandwidth requirements. That, on top of my monthly song-hosting costs with, have driven the cost of running this place up to a noticeable level. So…

Do a good deed today and help your friendly music blogger.

Your generosity will not go unrewarded.

For nostalgia’s sake, the old site can still be viewed at

Reader Poll: I Need Some Inspiration

Posted by Payton | Posted in Site News, poll | Posted on 02-23-2010

Let’s be honest. Lately, I’ve updated the look of this blog more often than the content. My post frequency has dropped recently due to a number of reasons. We won’t get into why. Instead, let’s get into how we go about fixing this.

Originally, I had the intention of posting multiple times every week. I learned quickly that that was a tough task. For one, my posts ending up being more thorough than I initially intended, which is okay with me. So, for a more structured posting process, I started a few ‘Feature Posts’ – recurring topics that songs could easily fit into to keep a sense of familiarity with the content here. Some of these were meant to be weekly updates – New Digs for one – and that may have gone smoothly for a little while. Some have shown up here and there and some have disappeared completely. So, I need your help. I wanna know what the readers want. Take some time to look back over some of these feature posts and find those that interest you most.

Here’s an outline with links those older posts:

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Crazy MP3 Deals…

Posted by Payton | Posted in links and news | Posted on 02-23-2010

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Johnny’s sixth installment of the American Recordings catalog was released today – his 78th birthday. You can download it through Amazon, today only, for $3.99, and I strongly suggest you do.
Johnny Cash – Ain’t No Grave

If you download songs from the iTunes store, stop. Really. All songs are now $1.29 and are DRM – making it very difficult to do what you want with music you rightfully paid for. There are plenty of other places on the internet to pick up DRM-free music for much cheaper.

The Amazon music store is just as big as iTunes catalog, and their 10 million mp3s still go for only $.99. In addition to their daily $3.99 deal, each month, Amazon also makes 100 mp3 albums available for only $5. Here are some notable ones:
Johnny Cash – Love
Crazy Heart Soundtrack
Dawes – North Hills
– highly recommended
Blackroc – Blackroc
– The Black Keys-produced Hip-Hop album
Vampire Weekend – Contra
Dawn Landes – Sweetheart Rodeo
Andrew Bird – Mysterious Production of Eggs
The Soft Pack – The Muslims
see all 100 albums

And in Amazon’s $7.99 bracket:

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Fleet Foxes Download Code Giveaway!!

Posted by Payton | Posted in contest, free music | Posted on 02-15-2010

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Been quiet around here lately. Sorry for the lack of posts.

But to get things going again, how about another giveaway?? This time, I’ve got a download code for one of my favorite 2007 albums – hell one of my favorite albums EVER: Fleet Foxes‘ self-titled debut is an elegant masterpiece like nothing before or since. Robin Pecknold and crew created a unique sound that is at once classical and contemporary. The debut will no doubt be hard to follow, but rumor has it the band’s sophomore effort will be coming this year.

Click here to enter the Fleet Foxes Contest
Contest Complete

New Album Details from Josh Ritter (+ MP3)

Posted by Payton | Posted in album release, videos | Posted on 02-08-2010

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Woke up this Monday morning to some exciting news in my inbox. Josh Ritter’s much anticipated follow-up to 2007’s Historical Conquests now has a title, release date, and a promo track. So Runs The World Away will be available in the states on May 4th (April 23rd in Ireland).

A note from Josh on the album:

“So Runs the World Away” took me over a year to make. I’m proud of the fact that I’ve never recorded a song for a record that I didn’t believe in absolutely and that didn’t feel, in its writing, recording, and performance, like a moment of real inspiration. I love the songs on this record so much, and my thanks go to my incredible and talented band, my family, and my family of listeners wherever they may be in this fast-spinning world. All my very best, and see you soon!

As much as Josh is loved throughout the blogosphere, I’m sure this will be posted everywhere, but I’d like to be the first to bring it to you. Josh wants you to join his mailing list to get this track, so do that too below.

Josh Ritter – Change of Time

Conor Oberst – Outer South – Download Code Giveaway!!

Posted by Payton | Posted in contest, free music | Posted on 02-03-2010

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Another week, another winner, another contest. Congratulations to Tim for winning the Justin Townes Earle contest from last Wednesday.

This week, I bring you another top 10 album from my listConor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band – Outer South. The album placed #5 and also marked the 3rd year in a row that Conor Oberst (in some form) has created a Top 5 album – according to me, of course. Outer South shows The Mystic Valley Band taking a step towards the front of the stage – writing and taking lead vocals on a number of tracks. These songs really contribute to the album as a whole and actually played a big part in my high placing of it. Of course, Conor’s songs are impressive. Three of them made it to my Top 50 Songs List.

Once again, simply click below (or on the album cover above), enter your email, and that’s it. I’ll randomly pick a winner this time next week.

Click here to enter the Conor Oberst Contest
Contest Complete – Congrats Brad!