Guitarist extraordinaire Keb Mo has made a bit of a shift in his career of late, taking up residence in Nashville and becoming celebrated on the Americana circuit. It’s truly a good home for him and offers up a wealth of new musical possibilities to the Compton born musician, steeped in the traditions of the Delta Blues. His recent performance at the Americana Music Festival brought the house down and was a breath of fresh air, breathing some blues grooves into the Americana mix. What Mo is up to at the moment is putting out a brand new Christmas record as a digital EP. We Call It Christmas is available now on iTunes and we’re pleased to present the online premiere of the title tune “We Call It Christmas” today to get you in the early holiday spirit.
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Remember that Spike Jonze-helmed video for Wax’s California with the guy on fire? It’s like that, but with zombies. And the music’s as slow as the pan too. And prettier.
With a new album dropping in November, Minneapolis rap stalwarts Doomtree have unleashed the single “The Grand Experiment”. This first taste of the upcoming long player No Kings follows relatively hot on the heels of the group’s Wugazi release and sets the tone for what will surely be an autumn filled with Doomtree activity. All of it is a celebration of sorts of the group’s first decade as a collective.
If the message behind the new release is a bit confusing-a call for both rebellion and respect(?) while “[obeying] no kings” and “seeking no thrones”, then at the very least the music is straightforward and filled with standard Doomtree touches. Other titles from No Kings include “Punch-Out”, “Little Mercy”, and what may or may not be an ode to the fashion industry, “Bolt Cutter”.
Best of all, this was all meant to be played loud.
If you were a fan of The Fling’s LP When the Madhouses Appear from earlier this year, then you’ll be excited to know that there is yet another release upcoming, complimented by a rather extensive US tour. What I’ve Seen will be released November 1, and their tour started October 18 in California. The rest of the year will be spent on the road in promotion of their new disc, so keep an eye out. Dates below the jump.
Attention connoisseurs of hip kids’ music: Elizabeth Mitchell of Ida fame has released a new song for free downloading called “Rollin’ Baby”. All you have to do is fork over your e-mail address and it’s yours. It’s actually written by her sister-in-law Anna Padgett, aka The Good Ms. Padgett.
According to Mitchell’s website, her follow up to Sunny Day is “coming soon”.