More Happy Mondays with The Innocence Mission

This track makes me smile. I just love the sounds of everything in it, and the arrangement is amazing. I’m a sucker for a smooth female voice drenched in reverb, and of course I love The Happy Mondays.

The Innocence Mission
“The Happy Mondays” (download mp3)
from “my room in the trees”
(Badman Recording Co)
“The Happy Mondays” (play)

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Matt Nathanson traces the “Curve of the Earth”

What’s not to love? Here’s an acoustic recording of Matt Nathanson’s “Curve of the Earth.” Total singer-songwriter girl boy heartrending stuff.

Matt Nathanson
“Curve Of The Earth” (download mp3)
from “At The Point”
“Curve of the Earth” (play)

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Say Hello to Jonah Matranga’s Goodbye Song

Here’s a sweet little ditty from singer-songwriter Jonah Matranga outta Brookline, MA. A kind and thoughtful farewell song, from a refreshingly un-cynical artist. His website is as disarmingly honest as his music.

Jonah Matranga
“So Long” (download mp3)
from “And”
(Limekiln Records)
“So Long” (play)

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Tyde’s magnificent “Chairdance”

Tyde – “Chairdance” mp3

Starting innocently enough with some deceptively simple funky acoustic guitar strums, this track quickly grows into a virtuoso explosion of instrumental Celtic folk fusion. UK’s Tyde are three young players at the top of their game – on guitar, fiddle, and accordion – rocking together and exuding joy at every twist and turn. Hmm, did I say Celtic? This ambitious piece also recalls elements of Klezmer, and even a hint of Flamenco, not to mention every British Isles folk dance you can spill a Guinness too. This, my dears, is what they used to call “making music” back when music was played by actual people! Don’t get me started =) This is the real.

“Chairdance” (mp3)
from “Tyde”
(Mrs Casey Records)
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Andrew Tosh and Kymani Marley sing Peter Tosh’s “Lessons In My Life”

Andrew Tosh – “Lessons In My Life (feat. Kymani Marley)” mp3

Andrew Tosh sounds a lot like his father, the gr8 Peter Tosh, and Kymani Marley sounds a lot like Tosh Senior’s fellow Wailer, the gr8 Bob Marley. Here we find Tosh the younger singing one of his dad’s wonderful tunes on a tribute album, joined by Marley the younger, a simple acoustic guitar strum, and a classic Jamaican style vocal chorus. Typical of Peter Tosh’s songs, “Lessons In My Life” is thoughtful, direct, and uniquely defiant. Some fine inspirational musical testimony that has only gained relevance a generation down. Enjoy.

Andrew Tosh
“Lessons In My Life (feat. Kymani Marley)” (download mp3)
from “Legacy – An Acoustic Tribute To Peter Tosh”
(Box 10 Entertainment Group, Inc.)
Lessons In My Life (feat. Kymani Marley) (play)

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