Hanging Out In Dedicated to Dedications’ Strange Neighborhood

This track brings a sweet and original sounding female vocal to the front with a gorgeous arrangement of strings, piano and drums. It’s emo at its happiest! Sad and dark, yet intense and engaging with a glimmering light that shines throughout. I love it.

Dedicated To Dedications
“Strange Neighborhood” (download mp3)
from “Emo Diaries – Chapter Twelve – I Love You But In The End I Will Destroy You”
“Strange Neighborhood” (play)
(Deep Elm)
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Carly Comando’s ever so cuddly “Bear”

Carly Comando – “Bear” mp3

Nice to know that people don’t need computers to make music. And in these days of hyper-processed and tweaked out digital sounds, it’s easy to forget the majesty of a grand piano under the hands of an accomplished player. In that spirit, here’s a recording by dear Carly Comando. I posted her lovely “Cordelias Lullaby” a while ago, and today’s offering is another solo piano flight, simply entitled “Bear.” It’s warm. It’s fuzzy. It’s so appropriate for a Sunday. Enjoy with a Mimosa or a nice hot cuppa tea.

Carly Comando
“Bear” (mp3)
from “One Take”
(Deep Elm)
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The Lions Rampant get what they need

The Lions Rampant – “70-30” mp3

Lions. Rampant lions. Lions Rampant. Rampaging rock and roll big cats? But yes. A certain garage rock ethic seems to persist in pure form regardless of what music evolves around and from it. That’s because people like it. They like to hear it and they like to play it and leap around and go nuts to it. It’s like the Art Brut song – “My little brother just discovered Rock & Roll” – there will always be another generation of little brothers whose fertile minds and hearts are all at once reconfigured by three chords banged out by four guys in a garage with sweat coming off the amps. As their record cover says, The Lions Rampant Play Rock N Roll. From the deeply fascinating Deep Elm label, I am proud to present these ravenous felines.

The Lions Rampant
“70-30” (mp3)
from “Play Rock N Roll”
(Deep Elm)

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500 Miles To Memphis pours Sunshine In A Shot Glass

500 Miles To Memphis – “Sunshine In A Shot Glass” mp3

I want sunshine in a shot glass. Who wouldn’t, really? Instant liquid photosynthesis and a natural tan? I’m for it. Today’s pick is a country-fried, slide  git-tar on fire lament that could only ever have been made in middle America. Fans of Cracker, Old 97s, Drive By Truckers, Social Distortion and even Soul Asylum will drink down 500 Miles To Memphis hungrily without any concern for the consequences. Morning? What morning? Nihilistic, self flagellating country doom rock at its very best.

500 Miles To Memphis
“Sunshine In a Shot Glass” (mp3)
from “Sunshine In A Shot Glass”
(Deep Elm)

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