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Monthly Archives: September 2011

Adele just released the music video to her song “Someone Like You” off of her second album 21.  It’s a simple black and white video, nothing too fancy going on, but it creates the perfect gloomy atmosphere for this song.  Check it out.

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Looks like Real Estate are back to making more jangly pysch-rock again on their new record Days, set for release on Domino Records on October 18th.  The first single, “Green Aisles” was released a few days ago and I just can’t stop listening.  Rarely does a song meld lyrics and music so well.  The layers of hazy guitar seem to emphasize the drunken trek through that foggy night with only a quiet steady drumbeat to keep the singer from collapsing on his quest to find his love.  And the soothing vocals seem to assure the listener that the trip is worthwhile and that, as the seasons change from summer to winter, everything will still be alright.  Maybe I’m getting a little too excited about this song or maybe I just feel a strong connection to the lyrics due to my age, but I think it’s more than that.  Either way, I cannot wait for the album to come out and, until then, you can find me blasting “Green Aisles” from my speakers, just letting the sound wash over me.

-M. Kauf

Real Estate – Green Aisles:

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L.Jones recently showed me this eclectic song by an equally curious band/belief system/business named YACHT (Young Americans Challenging High Technology). I can’t really say I know what this means, but you can find out for yourself at their website. But I do know that I’ve been digging this funky track and reading on how “YACHT is and always will be what YACHT is when YACHT is standing before you.” Psychic City is off the groups 2009 album See Mysterious Lights, enjoy.

Psychic City – YACHT

I just found out that R.E.M. has decided to break up.  After 30 years of making some amazing music, it’s over.  I was a sad a shocked to hear this, but I think these guys will still go on to do some great things (and hopefully a few reunion tours down the road) and they leave behind an amazing legacy.  This one’s for you guys.


Here’s another great track for the fall.  “Troubled” by the group Cowboy and Indian is a mellow folk song filled with haunting harmonies and blues tendencies and the closest thing you’re gonna get to an uplifting blues-folk song.  The melding of electric guitar and acoustic fingerpicking is seamless and the harmonica almost reminds me of an early Bob Dylan lick.  I couldn’t find out too much about this band other than the fact that they played at Austin City Limits this year.  Enjoy and check out more songs on their website.

-M. Kauf

Cowboy and Indian – Troubled Tracks


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There’s a chill in the air, and while it’s not quite fall, my music tastes are already shifting towards the folkier ballads that I always seem to enjoy around the crisp air and the changing leaves.  “Why You Been Gone So Long” the Roadside Graves cover of the Mickey Newbury song from Aquarium Drunkard’s Lagniappe Sessions fits right into this category.  Follow this link for a listen and get ready for autumn.  Also, check out their latest album We Can Take Care of Ourselves.

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Well no one told me about her the way she lied
Well no one told me about her how many people cried
But it’s too late to say you’re sorry
How would I know why should I care
Please don’t bother tryin’ to find her
She’s not there

“She’s Not There,” the debut single by The Zombies that launched them to stardom, is an undoubtedly smooth 1960’s hit that I just can’t stop playing. It pretty much speaks for itself, so I’ll keep it brief.

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