Featured Album Fridays

Featured Album Fridays / Our Book And The Authors – Our Book And The Authors (2009)

This week on Featured Album Fridays, I’m showcasing a great band from Montreal, Our Book And The Authors, and their self-titled album – Our Book And The Authors.

Our Book And The Authors - Our Book And The Authors

Here is the description of the band from their Last.FM:

Our Book And The Authors is the project of lead singer, songwriter and keyboardist Gabriel D’Amour and programmer Jean-Christian Arod. Other members (live members) include Marc-André Petelle & Julien Simard. They have been compared to other pop acts such as Spoon, Devotchka, The Beatles, The Postal Service, Beirut among others. Their first full length album, a self-titled one, was officially released on May 13th 2009.

Having been compared to some of my favourite bands, I immediately knew this was going to be an awesome album – and I was right! The stream is below, enjoy!

Featured Album Fridays / Other Lives – Other Lives (2009)

This week on Featured Album Fridays, I’m showcasing a fantastic indie album that was a great listen, the 2009 self-titled album from Other Lives – Other Lives.

Other Lives - Other Lives

Here is the description of Other Lives from their Last.FM:

Kunek was a genre smoothie. Toss some indie, folk, post-rock, and ambient in a blender and set to awesome. In August 2008, Kunek announced via their Myspace that Kunek will live on only through their fantastic but lone album, Flight of the Flynns. 5 members of Kunek have transferred to a new band under the Other Lives moniker. The debut Other Lives album is finished as of August 2008, produced by Joey Waronker (Beck, REM) and will be released via TBD records (Radiohead, Underworld). The 5 members of Other Lives/Kunek are as follows:

Colby Owens Drums
Josh Onstott: Bass, Organ
Jonathan Mooney: Keyboards (Acoustic Guitar),
Jenny Hsu: Cello,
Jesse Tabish: Lead Vocals (Piano, Guitar)

As per usual, the stream is below, hope you really enjoy this album because I sure did! Enjoy.

Featured Album Fridays / Great Bloomers – Speak Of Trouble (2009)

Today for Featured Album Fridays, I am showcasing a great Canadian band by the name of Great Bloomers, and their debut album – Speak Of Trouble.

Great Bloomers - Speak Of Trouble

Here is the description of Great Bloomers from MapleMusic:

Great Bloomers was formed when childhood pals Lowell Sostomi and Nate Hindle moved to Toronto and met Andrew Kekewich. The trio quickly formed a strong friendship based upon similar record collections— all three valued essential works from The Band, Fleetwood Mac, and Springsteen. The addition of bassist Ty Rowles, brought funk influences like Sly and the Family Stone—raising the energy level and reinventing the budding band. Within a couple of months, they had found their final member in drummer/pianist Shawn Dell, a classically trained pianist with a strong jazz background. The addition of a funk-influenced bassist and a jazz-influenced drummer added an entirely new dimension to the band — pulling from genres that most emphasize the importance of strong rhythm sections. In this they find the perfect backdrop for Lowell Sostomi’s arresting vocals, which alternate between an earnest twangy howl and a velvety low-range with the consistency of chocolate. Add to that Beach Boy-precise harmonies and the effect is almost unbearably good. Together, the 5 young bucks took to the stage with the natural poise, confidence and ease of seasoned veterans, despite the significant lack of years under their belts.

Support the Canadian bands, check out the album’s stream below, enjoy!

Featured Album Fridays / Brothers Martin – Brothers Martin (2009)

This week, I wanted to take a departure from my usual mellow music, because it felt like there should be a change. With that, I present the self titled album from Brothers Martin – Brothers Martin.

Brothers Martin - Brothers Martin

Here is the description of Brothers Martin from their Last.FM (It’s real short and sweet):

The Brothers Martin is a collaboration between brothers Jason Martin of Starflyer 59 and Ronnie Martin of Joy Electric.

It’s a great sounding synth-rock indie album, definitely give it a listen. The stream is below!

Featured Album Fridays / Modern Skirts – All Of Us In Our Night (2009)

This week on Featured Album Fridays, I am showcasing the 2009 album of Modern Skirts – All of Us in Our Night:

Modern Skirts - All Of Us In Our Night

Here is the description of the band from their Last.FM:

Modern Skirts is an alternative pop band based in Athens, GA. The band consists of four members: Jay Gulley (guitar and vocals), JoJo Glidewell (guitar, piano, and vocals), Phillip Brantley (bass, guitar, and vocals) and John Swint (drums).

Short and sweet, haha. Hope you enjoy, the stream is below!

Featured Album Fridays / Great Northern – Remind Me Where The Light Is (2009)

This week I am showcasing the 2009 album of Great Northern – Remind Me Where The Light Is.

Great Northern - Remind Me Where The Light Is

The album has a great poppy feeling to it, and fits perfectly on this wonderful Friday! Here is the description of Great Northern from their Last.FM:

“It’s like being intimate with total strangers.” That is how Rachel Stolte of Great Northern describes the feeling of performing live and creating a connecting with her audience. The sentiment could be duly applied to the band’s latest release, Remind Me Where the Light Is, on which Stolte and co-writer Solon Bixler pour so much of themselves into their highly personal lyrics and wistful melodies.

On their sophomore album, Bixler and Stolte are not afraid to delve into darkness. Taking that risk helped them find beauty in sadness, the uplifting elements in the devastating. “We took a lot more risks by entering uncomfortable territory that wasn’t touched on the last record,” Bixler says. “We dug deeper into the unpleasant, which helped us to find the beauty.”

Experiencing the negative to find the positive is something Bixler and Stolte are familiar with. “Both of us had been heading in unfulfilling directions creatively,” Bixler says of their situations prior to coming together. “When we started Great Northern, we finally felt like we were starting something that truly expressed what was in our hearts and minds.”

The stream is below, enjoy!

Featured Album Fridays / Maria Taylor – Lady Luck (2009)

This week on Featured Album Fridays, I’m showcasing Maria Taylor’s 2009 album – LadyLuck.

Maria Taylor - Lady Luck

Here is Maria Taylor’s description on her Last.FM:

Before you listen to her new album, Maria Taylor suggests you prepare yourself. Listen to it, she says “in a dark room, with a candle or two with headphones, maybe in the bath, but definitely horizontal.”

Though much of the deliciously diverse “LadyLuck” is inspired by the end of a relationship, it’s not dripping with sadness and grief, nor is it in-your-face empowering. Rather, Taylor strikes a stunning balance between melancholy (aching strings, hushed vocals) and uplifting (rolling rhythms, shimmering keys), highlighted by sharp lyrics that draw optimism out of sadness. This is not a woman down on her luck.

Great, relaxing album. Check it out, the stream is below. Enjoy!

Featured Album Fridays / Loney, Dear – Dear John (2009)

This is a day late, but I’m posting it regardless! This week on Featured Album Fridays, I’m showcasing the 2009 album of Loney, Dear – Dear John.

Loney, Dear - Dear John

Here is the description of Loney, Dear from his Last.FM:

Multi-instrumentalist and home-recording phenom Emil Svanängen lives in Sweden and he makes records and plays shows under the somewhat inscrutable name of Loney, Dear. In either his tiny Stockholm studio apartment or the basement of his parents’ house, and with a dedication bordering upon manic, Emil discreetly builds Loney, dear songs using a modest home studio set-up. In this way he has recorded and then released himself on CD-R four albums in the last two or three years. He has managed to sell several thousand of these, pretty much on his own.

The music of Loney, dear has been aptly described as, “soulful indie folk with a powerful mini orchestra.” Layer upon layer, adding instrumentation and vocals, these songs seem to bloom like time-lapse photography, depicting glimpsed scenes of modern disaffection and timeless yearning. When performing live, Loney, dear becomes the band Emil conjures alone in his home studio, and mutates into a full, five-member band complete with guitar, sax, drums, organ and clarinet, shouts and claps. Loney, Noir is the most recently recorded Loney, dear album. It is at once effervescent and resigned, exhilarating and melancholy, joyous and confessional.

Have a listen, as usual, the stream is below! Enjoy.

Featured Album Fridays / Au Revoir Simone – Still Night, Still Light

This week on Featured Album Fridays, I’m showcasing Au Revoir Simone’s 2009 album – Still Night, Still Light.

Au Revoir Simone - Still Night, Still Light

Here is the description of the band, from their Last.FM:

Au Revoir Simone is an indie pop band from Brooklyn, New York that formed in late 2003. The group consists of Erika Forster (vocals/keyboard), Annie Hart (vocals/keyboard), and Heather D’Angelo (vocals/drum machine/keyboard).

Forster and Hart became friends while traveling by train from Vermont to New York. The band name comes from a minor character in Tim Burton’s Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure.

A mini-album ‘Verses of Comfort, Assurance, and Salvation’ was followed in early 2007 by ‘The Bird of Music’, on the Moshi Moshi label.

As usual, the stream is below. Enjoy!

Featured Album Fridays / John Vanderslice – Romanian Names (2009)

This week on Featured Album Friday, I’m showcasing John Vanderslice’s 2009 album – Romanian Names.

John Vanderslice - Romanian Names

A description of John Vanderslice can be found from his Last.FM:

John Vanderslice (born May 22, 1967 in Gainesville, Florida) is an American musician, formerly of MK Ultra but now performing with his own band.

After mk Ultra broke up in 1999, Vanderslice wasted little time building a solo reputation. In 2000, he gained national media attention over his single Bill Gates Must Die after concocting an elaborate hoax in which Microsoft supposedly threatened legal action over supposed trademark violations (the disc had a similar etching to a Windows installation disc).

Subsequent albums, Time Travel is Lonely, Life and Death of an American Fourtracker, Cellar Door, Pixel Revolt and Emerald City have gained critical acclaim for their melodic quality and sophisticated narrative lyrical content. Vanderslice has spent much of the last few years on tour across North America, Europe, and Japan.

Vanderslice also founded a recording studio in 1997 called Tiny Telephone. Located in the Mission District of San Francisco, Tiny Telephone has carved out a niche as the last all-analog recording studio in the Bay Area, and has a policy of setting recording rates under market prices. Bands who have used Vanderslice’s studio include Beulah, Death Cab for Cutie, Okkervil River and Spoon.

Vanderslice is a proponent of using analog instruments and recording equipment to produce a richer, more raw sound which he has sometimes called “dirty hi-fi”. He has collaborated closely with Scott Solter in the production of his recent albums, with Pixel Revolt being notably shaped by Solter.

Hope you guys enjoy his album, as usual, the stream is below.