Emulating the heart of the Midwest, Americana darlings the Giving Tree Band combine pastoral, old-time indie-folk with heartfelt narrative lyrics. The band takes their rustic sound to heart with a complete eco-friendly approach to recording, touring and performing music. Their last two albums were recorded via renewable energy at the band’s home studio, and packaged with 100 % recycled materials. Adding to their green efforts, many of the band’s instruments were hand crafted from reclaimed wood and naturally fallen trees. The acoustic octet released their third studio album The Joke, The Threat & The Obvious 21 September, 2010 on Crooked Creek Records, which debuted at number 40 on the Americana Airplay Charts. Check out the Giving Tree Band’s original song and video for “Circles” for a taste of their sweet folksy roots blend.
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Turns out for all the vocal distortion and twisted beats, James Blake has quite a voice on him. This one’s mostly piano-led, with some ambient asides, and a drum beat that oddly enough does not show up until the last 30 seconds. An oddball combination for a new single, but one that may prove too affective to resist.
This prismatic video of beautifully digitally animated abstract happenings is a teaser for the 2011 Bible Eyes album by Egyptrixx, which is being released on the pivotal new Night Slugs label (which released essential releases by the likes of Lil Silva, Mosca, Kingdom, and Girl Unit in 2010). 2011 looks to be a like a big year for moody music.
Canada’s Japandroids recently released the third entry in their 7” series, titled “Heavenward Grand Prix”. The song was recorded during the same sessions that produced their full-length debut, Post-Nothing, and features a cover of PJ Harvey’s “Shame” as the b-side.
The single will be pressed on clear vinyl and limited to 2000 copies, so get it while you can (the first two entries in the series sold out very quickly).
Free Energy released their first episode of Free Energy Power Hour, a show the band developed for Free Energy TV Internet, last month. Now fans better get prepared for more adventure, disaster and heartbreak as episode two has just been released. Episode two comes fresh on the heels of Free Energy’s continued national tour with Foxy Shazam, titled the “Foxy and Free Tour”, and newly announced gigs opening for Weezer. The dates for these will be released soon, so stay tuned, until then check out episode two.