Iron & Wine Download Code Giveaway!!

Posted by Payton | Posted in contest, free music | Posted on 03-18-2010

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Time for a change of pace here. Been working too much recently… wishing I was a few miles down the road in ATX for SXSW. I seriously think it’s tearing at my soul. But, alas, I will be there in less than 24 hours.

To get some new content up here for you guys, I decided to offer another vinyl download code giveaway. We change gears for this one, bringing you Iron & Wine’s mellow Sea & The Rhythm EP from 2003. Sam Beam was one of the first ‘indie’ artists I got into and remains my go-to musician for lazy, sunny days.  When Sam released his collection of B-sides and rarities, Around The Well, sometime last year, I went on a bit of an Iron & Wine vinyl shopping spree. So stay tuned here for more I&W download code giveaways in the future.

Just click below or on the album cover above, enter your email address, and that’s it. I’ll pick a random winner next week at this time.

Click here to enter the contest

New Digs………

Posted by Payton | Posted in Uncategorized, new digs | Posted on 04-26-2009

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I know, remember these? The feature that was supposed to be a weekly update on music new to my inbox has been shelved for quite some time now. Through much of the winter, I simply wasn’t finding anything new – at least nothing post-worthy. But now, I have way too many new jams to choose from – so lets get right to it.

Slaid Cleaves – Beautiful Thing

Slaid’s first set of original material in 5 years was quite the anticipated release for me. Don’t expect Slaid to surprise you with anything new or groundbreaking, but the troubadour proves he’s still the foremost American Folksinger with 2009’s Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away.

buy Everything You Love…

Samantha Crain & The Midnight Shivers – The Dam Song

Just as I suspected, Sam Crain’s first full-length album is nothing short of amazing. If you’ve heard the band’s HearYa Live Session, many of the songs here won’t be brand-new to you, but they sound even better with proper studio treatment. The handful of brand new songs are even more inspiring. BUY THIS ONE!

buy Songs In The Night

Steve Earle – To Live Is To Fly

Mr. Earle’s tribute to lifelong friend and mentor Townes Van Zandt is set for release in May. A few tracks have been previewed here and there, and it sounds like Steve will bring a new vibe to the songwriting legend’s work, while still staying true to his legacy.

Check out the 4-song EP (iTunes) and stay tuned to for a forthcoming pre-order.

Iron & Wine – Peace Beneath The City (acoustic version)

Sam Beam has been generous enough to offer up a FREE DOWNLOAD of 8 acoustic versions of tunes from 2007’s The Shepherd’s Dog. Think old-school, mellow I&W treatment to his new, fuller sound. The songster will also soon release Around The Well – a 3LP collection of rarities and never-before-released tracks.

Check his dot com for more info and the full download.

Frightened Rabbit – Last Tango In Brooklyn

Scottish folk-rock outfit Frightened Rabbit was a late, yet still warranted addition to my Best of 2008 Album list. The band has recently contributed a tune for Lifted Brow’s latest compilation album. It echoes the softer side of the band’s material. Good stuff.

Frightened Rabbit MySpace/Website
Buy The Lifted Brow IV

Sam Quinn & Japan Ten – Hello

I posted a video of this recording back here. I can’t stop watching/listening, so I ripped the audio for you fine folks. The sound quality is as good as a proper recording.

Sam Quinn & Japan Ten MySpace

Jill Andrews – Rehearsal

The other half of The Everybodyfields has been at work on new material as well. On her site, she’s giving away the first taste of said work. The recording is a little rough, but her vocals help to put some shine on it.

Jill Andrews MySpace/Website

Ryan Adams – Like A Fool (Superchunk Cover)

While waiting to see just how long Ryan’s sabbatical will last, I came across a link to a Merge Records compilation disc featuring non-Merge artists covering Merge’s greatest. The album helped in celebrating the label’s 20th birthday. I bet you can guess just how excited I was to see ‘ol Ryan on the set. The tune sounds like a polished Pinkheart song. Others taking part include: The Shins, Bright Eyes, Okkervil River, and The Mountain Goats.

buy SCORE! 20 years of Merge Records

Also, my wandering mouse has recently run across leaks for the new albums from both Dylan and Son Volt. Don’t worry, I’m gonna be a good music fan and purchase both of the quite impressive discs upon their release. Sorry, for fear of my life and this blog’s, I’m not gonna offer up any tracks from them just yet.

Playlist Pulse: Pianoforte….

Posted by Payton | Posted in Uncategorized, playlist pulse | Posted on 10-18-2008

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1. Iron & Wine – The Devil Never Sleeps
buy The Shepherd’s Dog (2007)
2. Whiskeytown – Mirror, Mirror
buy Pneumonia (2001)
3. The Felice Brothers – Love Me Tenderly
buy The Felice Brothers (2008)
4. The Raconteurs – You Don’t Understand Me
buy Consolers of the Lonely (2008)
5. The Rolling Stones – Let’s Spend The Night Together
buy Between The Buttons (1967)

Playlist Pulse: Slowies…..

Posted by Payton | Posted in Uncategorized, playlist pulse | Posted on 07-17-2008

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Haven’t done one of these in a while. i’ve been pretty short on time this week, so no in-depth posts requiring a lot of thought are in the works. That’s why i started this Playlist Pulse thing anyway – to get some songs out to the people in a simple way.

Today, i’m pulling from my Slowies playlist. It’s simply a collection of soothing, slow-paced songs that i often use to fall asleep to. That’s not to say that the songs are uninteresting, just very calming. In fact, i often end up staying awake thoroughly examining the words – as simple, quiet instrumentation paves the way for lyrically driven songs.

  1. Iron & Wine – The Sea & The Rhythm
    buy The Sea & The Rhythm [EP]
    Sam Beam comprises about 20 percent of this playlist. His fluid vocals could calm a cat in a swimming pool. This song wouldn’t be near as magnificent if it weren’t for the shockingly simple banjo solos.
  2. The Wood Brothers – That’s What Angels Can Do
    buy Ways Not To Lose
    The Wood Brothers momentarily drop their heavy groove and show us a beautiful song in which Oliver decides that the only explanation for his love’s power of him is that she must be an angel. Listen close and you’ll hear trickling water in the background….
  3. Band of Horses – Part One
    buy Everything All The Same
  4. Okkervil River – Savannah Smiles
    buy The Stage Names
    The xylophone is a perfect touch for a song about your little girl.
  5. Todd Snider – All My Life
    buy Happy To Be Here
    Simply beautiful.

check out more playlist pulse….

Playlist Pulse………

Posted by Payton | Posted in Uncategorized, playlist pulse | Posted on 04-23-2008

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Today’s Pulse comes from my playlist entitled: hipster-indie-folk

Ok, so as you’ll see, i’m great at coming up with playlist names – they’re usually pretty broad descriptions of the type of music that resides in them. But each playlist has a special purpose – if i like a song, i’ll find a playlist that fits it. Hipster-Indie-Folk is home to this new batch of music i’ve gotten into since finding the music blog world. Some folky, some indie-rockish, all good.

  1. mp3: Okkervil River – Westfall
    buy Don’t Fall In Love With Everyone You See (2002)
    A powerful song that gradually builds intensity throughout. F
    rom Okkervil’s 2nd full length album.
  2. mp3: The Avett Brothers – Colorshow
    buy Four Theives Gone (2006)
    From the Avett’s 2006 effort that shows more of their slightly screamo style. Wild.
  3. mp3: Iron & Wine – Pagan Angel and a Borrowed Car
    buy The Shepherd’s Dog (2007)
    Sam Beam has that airy voice that, when coupled with a repetitive little acoustic riff, can be very calming. I used a lot of the songs on his previous albums to fall asleep to. With The Shepherd’s Dog, however, he beefed up his sound with some extra instruments and bigger grooves. This won’t put me to sleep.
  4. mp3: Mark Ronson – Most Likely You Go Your Way (I’ll Go Mine)
    buy Mark Ronson’s Dylan Remix (2007)

    British Producer and remix-master, Mark Ronson, finally got Bob Dylan to agree to let him rework a Dylan tune. Putting the hipster in this playlist is this groovy,-horn splattered tune.
  5. mp3: The Kooks – All That She Wants
    buy Radio 1 – Established 1967 (2007)
    This compliation disc features some top artists from the UK doing interesting covers (check out Amy Winehouse’s Cupid). Here we have The Kooks covering Ace of Base – and admit-it-or-not, you ALL know this song.

Sunshine Blues….

Posted by Payton | Posted in Uncategorized, blues | Posted on 02-02-2008

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Ever realized that sometimes the blues can make you feel, well….. not blue? There’s some kinda uplifiting quality that comes through when you hear a loud, vibrant guitar set to a a groovy melody – and maybe a harp thrown in, too. Sure, there are plenty of bluesy songs that are down right heartwrenching, but if the artists set out to write a blues tune cuz they’re feeling down, then it just seems natural that a hopeful song might emerge. So on this cool, sunny day, i’m in the mood for some groovy blues……

Old School Blues:
mp3: Bob Dylan – Meet Me In The Morning ~ from Blood On The Tracks (1975)
mp3: Nick Drake – Black Mountain Blues ~ from Family Tree (2007)
mp3: Townes Van Zandt – Black Widow Blues ~ from In The Beginning (1966)
mp3: Bob Dylan – Standin’ On The Highway ~ bootleg from WBAI Radio Interview, NYC (1962)

Bluegrassy Blues:
mp3: Chris Thile – If The Sea Was Whiskey ~ from How To Grow A Woman From The Ground (2006)
mp3: Otis Taylor – Shakie’s Gone ~ from Truth Is Not Fiction (2003)
mp3: Old Crow Medicine Show – Can’t Get Right Blues ~ from OCMS LIVE (2003)

Folky Blues:
mp3: The Avett Brothers – Backwards With Time ~ from The Gleam [EP] (2006)
mp3: Iron & Wine – The Devil Never Sleeps ~ from The Shepherd’s Dog (2007)
*by the way, i definately missed the ball by not including
this album in my Best of 2007 post*
mp3: Patty Griffin – Stay On The Ride ~ from Children Running Through (2007)
mp3: Steve Earle – Tennessee Blues ~ from Washington Square Serenade (2007)

Rockin’ Blues:
mp3: The Black Keys – Just a Little Heat ~ from Magic Potion (2006)
mp3: The Black Keys – Hold Me In Your Arms ~ from Thickfreakness (2003)
mp3: Cross Canadian Ragweed – Suicide Blues ~ from Purple (2002)
mp3: Ryan Adams – Tina Toledo’s Street Walkin’ Blues ~ from Gold (2001)