Free MP3 Download From My Morning Jacket’s Carl Broemel

Carl Broemel

Enjoy this whimsical treasure from My Morning Jacket guitarist Carl Broemel’s upcoming solo album, All Birds Say.  Just try to keep from whistling along.

DOWNLOAD:  Carl Broemel – “Heaven Knows”

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JBM Featured On Daytrotter

JBM (a.k.a. Jesse Marchant) recently recorded a haunting live session (creating sounds evocative of My Morning Jacket) for Daytrotter.  Check it out here.  If you like what you hear, you’ll be pleased to know that you can soon see him live in Madison!  He’ll be opening for Sondre Lerche at The Frequency on February 20th.  Tickets go on sale this Saturday, December 5th.  Please see our Music Calendar for details.

Music News Recap: Meeting of the Minds

What’s been going on in the world of music lately? Read on to get the scoop on your favorite artists, and start some discussion about current music-related events!

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The folks at Rolling Stone got the ball rolling for this holiday weekend with a mini 4th of July playlist, with readers contributing their own additions.  Tell us what you’d add to the list.

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This Weeks Shows & Downloads

We’ve got lots of videos, interviews, and songs you can watch or download for your very own.

Enjoy!

Friday June 27

ROSE POLENZANI

Genre: Indie/Folk/Americana

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MEG HUTCHINSON

Genre: Folk/Acoustic/Pop

The Boston Globe describes her sound as “elegant and free-floating melodies that feel both modern and rooted.

Song for Jeffrey Lucey- Meg Hutchinson

with special guest ROSE COUSINS

Friday, June 27, 6:30 pm early start time High Noon Saloon 608.268.1122 $10 – 18+

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Sunday June 29

PETE FRANCIS (of Dispatch)

Genre: Rock/Folk Rock/Jam Band

In his songs a poetic tension exists between textured imagery and pure improvised rock and roll. The record expresses Francis’ soulful rock, folk and blues influences with layered instrumentation of B-3 organ, lap-steel guitar, mandolin, and a driving rhythm section.

Similar to: Slightly Stoopid, John Butler Trio, Matt Nathanson, & Matt Costa

Shooting Star and the Ambulance- Pete Francis

Pete Francis Interview

with COLOURMUSIC

Genre: Pop/Rock/Experimental

messily refined indie rock..and innovative, yet catchy, melodies that work their way into your head without you even knowing it..wildly inventive shows, and it’s while performing that the band’s vivid personalities come through.

Similar to: The Flaming Lips, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, & Kings of Leon

Circles- Colourmusic

Free Downloads:

Colourmusic- Yes Yes Yes

Colourmusic- Circles

Colourmusic- Calling Your Name

Sunday, June 29, 8pm High Noon Saloon 608.268.1122 $10 –

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Thursday July 3

DEAD CONFEDERATE

Genre: Rock/Psychedelic

Though the band is pinned as producing the same kind of indie rock aesthetic à la My Morning Jacket and Band of Horses, Dead Confederate dabbles in darker shades than their compared predecessors..Dead Confederate echo the Drive-By Truckers’ bittersweet southern rock angst with the smoke-heavy swagger of the Black Angels.

The Rat- Dead confederate

Dead Confederate Interview

Free Download:

Dead Confederate

with special guests ROCK PLAZA CENTRAL

Genre: Folk/Americana

After a pair of glowing reviews from the influential music website Pitchfork they have recently come to prominence as a major indie rock band.

..evocative lyrics and powerful instrumentation..an outstanding fusion of alt-country earnestness and indie rock absurdity. Without any trace of flaunt or deliberateness, this homespun epic proves as casual in tone as it is ambitious in scope… sure to have tears welling and fists aloft in raucous salute.”- Josh Berquist, PopMatters, April 2007

Similar to: Okkervil River, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, M. Ward, The Avett Brothers, & My Morning Jacket

My Children, Be Joyful- Rock Plaza Central

Rock Plaza Central Interview 2007

Free Downloads:

Rock Plaza Central- My Children, Be Joyful, 2006 Are We Not Horses

Rock Plaza Central- We’ve Got a Lot to be Glad For, 2006 Are We Not Horses

Thursday July 3, 9pm High Noon Saloon 608.268-1122 $8 adv $8 dos

18+

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Friday July 4

WORT-FM welcomes

STARS AND STRIPES EXTRAVAGANZA featuring ROBBIE FULKS AND FRIENDS

Genre: Country/Indie/Bluegrass

While most current country music is calculated to form an inoffensive backdrop to the suburban shopping experience, Robbie Fulks writes songs that make you think and feel and quite often laugh out loud.

Similar to: Steve Earle, Neko Case, & Lyle Lovett

Cigarette State- Robbie Fullks

plus ROMANTICA

Genre: Americana/Folk/Pop

With an album on Paste Magazine’s Top 100 of 2007 and comparisons popping up all over the place between singer/songwriter Ben Kyle and both Jeff Tweedy and Ryan Adams, it probably won’t be too long before you’ll no longer be able to catch these guys in such a cozy venue.

Drink the Night Away- Romantica

Free Downloads:

Romantica- The Dark (with Ryan Adams)

9:30 pm High Noon Saloon 608.268.1122 $15 adv and dos . 21+

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The changing face of hipster heaven

Austin, Texas, recently played host to SXSW (South by Southwest Conferences and Festivals) Music Festival, the annual hipster extravaganza drawing in tastemakers and trendsetters to see the tastiest and trendiest of the music world.

If you really needed the above description, though, clearly SXSW is not for you. You are not a hipster. Head straight to un-hip jail, do not pass go and do not collect $200. Since its inception twenty-one years ago, SXSW has continued to grow into its current monstrous size, drawing more than 2,000 bands to Austin; the mid-sized, blue diamond in the rough of oh-so-red Texas; in both officially-sanctioned and unofficial, spin-off showcases in front of over 12,000 attendees. In addition to the fans, the attendees include many booking agents, managers and venue owners, allowing smaller bands to gain much needed exposure in the industry of reduced record sales and increased opportunities for music piracy via file-sharing networks.

As the festival has grown, however, it has become increasingly more difficult to grab the attention of the above powers-that-be. Each year, SXSW attracts many acts that already have a name for themselves and had a great deal of commercial success — such as 2008 performers Talib Kweli, Moby and My Morning Jacket — in addition to many more recent blog sensations on the tip of every hipster’s tongue, such as Vampire Weekend, MGMT and Jens Lekman. Even if these acts help draw in music fans that in turn check out a number of other shows, there is only so much that any given human being (even extra special, extra hip ones) can take in over the course of five days and the bigger acts are sure to outdraw smaller, up-and-coming acts. That is, of course, unless they have the stamp of approval from their “indie” music blogger of choice, who contributes to society by breaking through the clutter and aiding less musically-inclined listeners in identifying the artists and tunes worth listening to without the influence of society’s “haves.”

Blog-approved Vampire Weekend, coming to town on April 4.

As any given music blogger gains notoriety, however, one has to wonder just how “indie” they truly can be classified as. Record labels, in particular, have begun to pay closer attention to the blogosphere, pulling in bloggers with a trusting base of readers to help find promising talent in exchange for helping to tout some of theirs. According to a recent Associated Press article, gossip blogger Perez Hilton is being snapped up by Warners Bros. Records as an executive, and was given control over the talent for a showcase at this year’s SXSW.

In response to criticism over the potential blending of the corporate and the independent, Hilton stated, “I only post things on there that I really enjoy and love and support — there’s no payola Perez … [T]here’s an authenticity there and they really respond to that.”

Bloggers being pulled under the wing of record labels is just one example of corporate influence increasingly playing a role in the defining of what’s worthy of an 8. or 9.something on Pitchfork and what isn’t. Companies outside of the realm of music — such as Urban Outfitters — have also adapted the culture of blog-approved goodness with their selections of in-store music playlists, aiding to profits that head in iffy directions: UO Owner Richard Hayne has reportedly donated thousands of dollars to rabidly anti-gay and anti-abortion politician Rick Santorum. One has to wonder how long it will be before the hipster-blogger-tastemaker role is further commodified and whether it will begin to impact the music itself. Only time will tell.

— Joe Erbentraut, True Endeavors Communications and Public Relations Intern