Deer Tick, et al – Special Deals @ Amazon

Posted by Payton | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 06-08-2010

The boys from Deer Tick drop their 3rd full-length album today, June 8th. You can pick it up digitally at Amazon for only $3.99 – TODAY ONLY. Here’s a track that caught my attention the first listen through:

Deer Tick - Piece by Piece and Frame by Frame

buy The Black Dirt Sessions: [Amazon mp3 $3.99][Vinyl][CD]

Remember, Amazon has monthly mp3 deals that just might blow your mind:

June's $5 Albums:
Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova - Once Soundtrack
Eddie Vedder - Into The Wild Soundtrack
Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
Spoon - Girls Can Tell
Blitzen Trapper - Furr
Bob Dylan - Together Through Life
Devendra Banhart - Nino Rojo
see all 100 here...


June's $6.99 Albums:
Arcade Fire - Funeral
Monsters of Folk - Monsters of Folk
The Avett Brothers - The Second Gleam
Sea Wolf - White Water, White Bloom
Stoney LaRue - The Red Dirt Album
Joe Pug - Nation of Heat
see all $6.99 albums here...


June's $7.99 Albums:
The Black Keys - Brothers
John Prine - In Person & On Stage
The Hold Steady - Heaven Is Whenever
Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
She & Him - Volume One
Josh Ritter - So Runs The World Away
The Jayhawks - The Bunkhouse Album
The Black Keys - Attack & Release
Band of Horses - Everything All The Time
Band of Horses - Cease To Begin
Patty Griffin - Downtown Church
Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
see all $7.99 albums here...

Samantha Crain Ready to Release Sophomore Album

Posted by Payton | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 06-04-2010

Samantha Crain and her Midnight Shivers are set to release their 2nd full-length album in just four short days. From the songs I’ve heard from You (Understood), Samantha seems to be continuing on a path to folk stardom. Her undoubtedly unique voice is further aided by friendly melodies and an ever-improving backing band. You (Understood) is easily the most polished sound to come from the Oklahoma youngster yet, and already leaves me wanting more. Get a track below and then check out another in the video.

You (Understood) -- Ramseur Records, 6.8.2010
1. Lions
2. Blueprints
3. Equinox
4. We Are the Same
5. Religious Wind
6. Holdin' That Wheel
7. Up On The Table
8. Sante Fe
9. Wichitalright
10. Two-Sidedness
11. Toothpicks


Your options are: Digital Download – $7.99, CD + Digital – $9.99
You can also pick up Samantha’s entire catalog in Digital format for only $19.99

My Name Is Payton, And I’m Addicted To Rock Band

Posted by Payton | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 04-07-2010

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I know, as a non-mainstream music blogger (are there mainstream music bloggers, anyway?) that’s something I probably shouldn’t admit. But I just don’t care. The game is ridiculously fun.

As someone who never learned much real guitar and fancied himself a sort of music snob, I was reluctant to get into the game. I always thought it would be ridiculous to have a generation full of kids who were experts at Rock Band when they could have put the time and effort into learning how to play actual guitars/drums. But thanks to an irresistible sale last Christmas, I gave in and started rocking – and I haven’t looked back. From the moment I began my psuedo-rock star career though, I noticed a severe lack of good music in the game. Every time I heard a great, rockin’ song from my library, I immediately thought how great it would be to play on Rock Band. I was officially addicted.

If you can look past the pages of Foo Fighters and god-awful death-metal, the game does have it’s fair share of good music. I can get by with decent 70’s rock mixed in with some Weezer, Beck, and other various ‘popular’ artists that are digestible.  With the ability to download additional songs from the Rock Band Music Store, your choices grow and, in some cases, fall more toward the indie side of things. Both smash singles from Phoenix’s Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix are available, you can pick up a couple Raconteurs tracks, and of course Oasis is always a good pick. There are even a few tracks that I never knew before picking up that majestic plastic stratocaster:

Panic At The Disco - Nine In The Afternoon
Norman Greenbaum - Spirit In The Sky


The cascading flow of colored buttons has even reaffirmed my love for some mainstream rock from over a decade ago. Although Weezer’s ‘Say It Ain’t So’ isn’t part of Rock Band 2, I’ve played it on my Rock Band iPhone app as well as on a Wii Rock Band song pack. The killer guitar solo on the back end of the track makes it one of the best songs to live out your rock star fantasies. Naturally, I had and adored a copy of (What’s The Story) Morning Glory back in the day and couldn’t get enough of ‘Wonderwall’ and ‘Champagne Supernova’. But Rock Band has helped to reveal the forgotten greatness of ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’.

Weezer - Say It Ain't So
Oasis - Don't Look Back In Anger

And let’s not forget about that twisted corner of the rock world known as punk. These tunes tend to be higher on the difficulty scale, with more intricate drumming and faster guitar parts. Too bad the catalog in this genre is quite limited.

Social Distortion - I Was Wrong
The Replacements - Alex Chilton (RIP, sir)


Late last year, the people behind Rock Band released the Beatles Version of the game (complete with John, Paul, and George’s replica guitars). Just last month, news landed that a Jimi Hendrix edition of the game was nearing completion. But the most exciting news will likely revolutionize the game. With the recent advent of the Rock Band Network (currently only available to XBox users), the game’s song catalog will likely grow exponentially in the next few months. Now, bands have the ability to create and submit their music for sale in the Rock Band Store. This could possibly become the next powerful medium for new bands to get their music out to the people.

"she said it’s all gonna end, and it might as well be my fault"

Posted by Payton | Posted in Uncategorized, one liner | Posted on 11-23-2009

Matchbox 20 – 3 AM
buy Yourself Or Someone Like You (1996)

It never gets old… especially hanging out with the people you went through 1996 with.

Prisencolinensinainciusol… Oll Raight!!

Posted by Payton | Posted in Uncategorized, videos | Posted on 11-02-2009

This may just be the strangest music ever posted on this site, but damn if doesn’t groove!

Adriano Celentano – Prisencolinensinainciusol

If you wondering what it is you’re hearing, you’re not alone. It’s gibberish. Gibberish posing as English, set to a funky 70’s disco beat. Adriano Celentano is an Italian entertainment renaissance man who wrote the tune in 1972 as a bit of commentary on the lack of communication in the world. Prisencolinensinainciusol is said to mean Universal Love.

I found the video and although I had no clue what I was watching… I couldn’t stop watching. It’s dangerously infectious with an old-school, Dylan-esque vibe that pulls from just about every genre of music. If you check out some of the comments on the various versions posted on YouTube, you’ll see that a lot of folks felt the same. The song is also said to be one of the earliest precursors of rap music. Just more proof of the overwhelming power of music to transcend all language and culture barriers.

New Digs, Vol. 25: JET….

Posted by Payton | Posted in Uncategorized, new digs | Posted on 10-26-2009

Esquire magazine named Kate Beckinsale the Sexiest Woman Alive, and I can’t argue with that. But don’t worry, we’re still here for the music. The magazine filmed a photoshoot with Ms. Beckinsale and put some music to it. Some good music.

JET – Goodbye Hollywood
from Shaka Rock (2009)

I looked up the band and learned that this wasn’t the first time their music has been used in conjunction with moving pictures to grab your attention. JET’s song ‘Are You Gonna Be My Girl’ from their 2003 debut album has been blasted all over TV, most notably in one of Apple’s first dancing silhouette ads. Get Born was a huge success for the Australian rock band, selling 3.5 million copies thanks to their lead single, ‘Cold Hard Bitch,’ which reached #1 on Billboard’s Modern Rock chart.

While those songs are good, the way in which I heard them (radio) stalled my interest, and I figured them to be your usual one (or two) hit wonder sure to be embraced by MTV. But I recently picked up their 2009 disc, Shaka Rock, and was pleasantly surprised. So I went out and found Get Born. These guys are not the one-trick mainstream act you expect them to be. Sure, they shine when they rock with energy on par with The Kooks, but JET is equally impressive when they lay off the guitars and symbols a bit and throttle down to a mid-tempo song.

JET – Look What You’ve Done
JET – Radio Song
from Get Born (2003)

The two blockbuster songs from JET’s debut may still be their marquee songs, but this year’s release is tells us so much more about the band. The songs on Shaka Rock have more substance – and let’s face it… what Apple ad song has really meant something? They are chosen for their ability to immediately wedge themselves in your frontal lobe and stay there. These new songs, however, have a stronger lyrical focus and, in doing so, the band has expanded their sound.

JET – Seventeen
from Shaka Rock (2009)

New Lyle Lovett on the Cheap…

Posted by Payton | Posted in Uncategorized, album release | Posted on 10-19-2009

Go pick up Lyle’s new album, Natural Forces, at Amazon today only for $3.99.

Here’s on of my favorite tunes of his:
Lyle Lovett – Step Inside This House
buy Step Inside This House (1998)

Mixtape IV: Rainsongs

Posted by Payton | Posted in Uncategorized, mixtape | Posted on 09-23-2009

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I’ve been spending my working days a little farther west this summer. The drought conditions and record number of 100° days really took a toll on South Central Texas. But in the past week, the skies have finally let loose.

It’s funny how things work. With all the recent rain, I’d begun compiling a list of ‘rain’ songs and had a slight case of déjà vu. I checked my archives and remembered that I put together a similar small mix near this time last year as a much-needed rain came my way. The systems bringing in the moisture this time are likewise ushering in what feels to be fall, and it’s got me excited. A friend told me the other day: I don’t know if I have a favorite season, I just like when it changes. I like that.

This year’s mix steals a bit from last year’s, but is much bigger and leans on the optimistic leg. And like all my mixtapes, careful attention is payed to song order and album flow, and it will fit perfectly on a CD. One of my previous mixtapes was comprised of ’storm’ songs, which are somewhat different, so I’ve stayed away from the ones I used there. This tape features two brand new songs from Ryan Adams – one from each of his recently released digital singles. The lead track from Sea Wolf is one of my favorites. Following the raindrop intro is a well-written story of love’s beginnings on a rainy fall night. You’ll find a good mix of and classic tunes, a Dylan cover, and some stuff from down here in Texas. The mix closes out with everyone’s favorite High Fidelity soundtrack tune – a movie that fittingly centers around the idea of the mixtape – and one of Patty Griffin’s most powerful songs – but really… does she have any that aren’t?

It seems much of the country is currently experiencing heavy rains, so I hope this mix finds you well and fits your mood.

Side A:
1. Leaves in the River – Sea Wolf
2. Raincoat Song – The Decemberists
3. Rain in LaFayette – Pat Green
4. I Wish It Would Rain – Wreckless Eric
5. Rain – The Beatles
6. Save It For A Rainy Day – The Jayhawks
7. The Beatles & The Thunder – Max Stalling
8. What Color Is Rain – Ryan Adams
9. Buckets of Rain – Neko Case
10. Rainy Day Blues – Willie Nelson

Side B:
1. I Wish It Would Rain – The Temptations
2. Train Under Water – Bright Eyes
3. She Don’t Mind The Rain – The Rosewood Thieves
4. Walk Between The Raindrops – James McMurtry
5. Go Ahead and Rain – Ryan Adams
6. I Love The Rain The Most – Joe Purdy
7. Over The Rain – The Great Divide
8. Hill Country Rain – Jerry Jeff Walker
9. Dry The Rain – The Beta Band
10. Rain – Patty Griffin

Download Rainsongs (zip)

Check out more Mixtapes at
Mixtape I: Surviving Ike
Mixtape II: NYC MIX
Mixtape II: American Mix

All mixtape zips are re-upped for a few days.

"I wanna jump right in and see what that big ocean’s got…"

Posted by Payton | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 09-04-2009

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Check out this new track from The Swell Season, aka Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova.

The Swell Season – Low Rising

This tune comes from their sophomore effort Strict Joy, out October 27. It’s just as impassioned as anything from their debut or the Once Soundtrack. It was made available thanks to No word on any more films from the duo, though.

Glen and Marketa, who look as though they’re still in love, recently did a Tiny Desk Concert. They seemed very happy to be there, performing a couple extra songs for the folks at NPR.

Here’s my favorite one from their debut:

The Medders’ Debut….

Posted by Payton | Posted in Uncategorized, album release | Posted on 09-03-2009

Cheyenne, Carson, and Will Medders, along with Joshua Stauter come together to form The Medders. Their self-released, self-titled debut album dropped Tuesday.
Here’s the single:

The Medders – Gunslinger

Buy The Medders straight from the band.

But here’s a little hint: Go look for the album on a certain online music source I’ve mentioned (and linked to) here before and you may just find it available for less than $2 – but only if you move fast. Mine’s in the process of downloading now. I’ll let you know what I think once I’ve soaked it up…