Keith Urban - Defying Gravity

[Review] Keith Urban: Defying Gravity


Keith UrbanKeith Urban: Defying Gravity

Keith Urban has not always been on my “Dig-It” list. When I first encountered Urban, the only thing that impressed me was his custom Fender Telecaster. That lovely sunburst guitar made me pull out my own Tele (not a Custom, unfortunately)… I slung it over my shoulders and didn’t pretend I was Urban… I pretended I was Fred Thrombosylus. You don’t know who Fred is? Neither do I. The man doesn’t exist. That’s just how much I didn’t dig on Urban.

It wasn’t until his amazing 2004 release, Be Here, that I started to take notice of his work. That album was (and still is) a great listen from start to finish, and I still spin it every now and then when I’m in the mood for an album that I don’t have to monitor for skippable songs.

Urban released his fifth studio album, Defying Gravity, at the end of March. The first single, “Sweet Thing,” became Urban’s tenth number one hit on the Country charts. He doesn’t appear to be playing the Telecaster anymore (I believe that’s a Gibson Melody Maker he’s got on the album cover), but he’s still on the same path of clean, wholesome, smooth country rock-pop.

And maybe that’s the problem I have with this record.

Defying GravityDefying Gravity is far from a bad album, but it never seems to go anywhere. It may be true that “Sweet Thing” has made a nice stand in the charts, but it’s not a great song by any means when compared to his past output. I think that’s what I’m realizing when I listen to this new album… every song is just about the same in quality, tempo, dynamics… well, pretty much the whole feel is just about the same through and through. I actually thought his last record, Love, Pain and the Whole Crazy Thing was a good album. I still play it quite often… the song writing was a bit daring in that Urban edged a bit more towards rock… but with Defying Gravity, he seems to have taken a step back. Sadly enough, there isn’t even a point on highlighting certain songs because, although there are no horrible songs, there aren’t any standout or stellar tracks, either. The only exception (for me) is perhaps “If Ever I Could Love,” but it’s still another mid to up-tempo song that deals with love… just like most all the other songs on the album.

The melodies are nice, but nothing really grabbed me. The lyrics did nothing of the sort, either. I don’t think this is because I’m getting burned out on Urban… I think he’s a great talent and a huge asset to the country music genre… this album just didn’t feel like it had a vision. There are times when it sounds current, then at times it reaches back to the 80’s. Check out the solo in “If Ever I Could Love.” Those guitars sound miiiiighty familiar… almost (dare I say) Air Supply-ish.

The album sold over 171,000 copies during it’s first week of release. The current single, “Kiss A Girl,” was released just last month and is undoubtedly climbing the charts as I type this.

I don’t hate this album, but I also don’t love it. Like I said before, I think Urban‘s a phenomenal talent, and I always look forward to his releases… Defying Gravity just didn’t elevate me to another plain. Too much of the same thing can get old really fast.

★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: If Ever I Could Love

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The Most Twitterific Music Tweets EVER (for right now)


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Twittering has become an interesting daily experience for me. The more I check in there, the more I find that there are so many great people, great sites, and great networks available for people to connect with each other. There are times when I find it a bit overwhelming, and at times I find it a mess, but for the most part its simplicity is its strength.

When I first came across Twitter, I thought it was just the same as Facebook’s “wall” section… until I realized that it IS the same. That’s the secret to invention these days… take a small part of another idea and make it big.

Anyhow, people are constantly posting some fascinating links on Twitter… links that I can’t help but peek and and think to myself, “Say, that’s a fascinating link!” I “retweet” it and hope that others have the same reaction.

So, this week, rather than simply post links and news that I’ve come across myself as I surf the web, I thought it’d be fun to post links that others have directed me to on Twitter.

[from @depechemode] Fans get to remix the new single, Peace! (link)

[from @allsongs] Is Wilco the best band in America? after seeing Ashes of American Flags, I’m sure of it. watch a clip and decide (link)

[from @addictedtovinyl] Site News: Welcoming my buddy Kevin and @lifeliberty (Mel) to the ATV team. (link)

[from @DodgeMOKB] New on MOKB (My Old Kentucky Blog): Austin City Limits Festival 2009 Lineup Announced (link)

[from @calvinharris] Passion Pit remix – The Reeling (watch ), (download [persona sauna])

[from @popdose] Watch Tavis Smiley’s complete interview with Prince at @pbs (link)

[from @mfrian] On the Road Mix No. 8 (link)

[from @addictedtovinyl] Post #500 – Wouldn’t you love to make a mix CD and send it to me? (link)

[from @talkmusic] Exclusive full album first listen of Conor Oberst & the Mystic Valley Band @ NPR (link)

[from @largeheartedboy] Try It Before You Buy It – April 28th Music Releases (link)

[from @PasteMagazine] Album Stream: Listen to Bob Dylan’s Together Through Life (link)

[from @blogness] SPRINGSTEEN UPDATE Springsteen ‘Stump the Band’ suggestions! (link)

[from @Pitchfork] One Week Only: Leonard Cohen: Live in London. 26 songs (now with tracklist) and all the classics (link)

[from @popdose] Indie faves the Yeah Yeah Yeahs have a new album called “It’s Blitz.” Taylor Long has the Popdose review (link)

[from @current_music] More good indie music news: Vinyl’s making a comeback, industry pessimism be damned. (link)

[from @cdbaby] Who would have thought? Best Buy carving out more floor space for vinyl (link)

So, there you go… The Most Twitterific Music Tweets EVER (for right now). If you’re on Twitter, you can follow us (@thefrontloader) by clicking below.

Here’s a quick mix of music inspired by a few of the above tweets. Dig it.

Your Dig-It Downloads:

Download: Enjoy the Silence (Mr Vega Remix) by Depeche Mode
Download: Wilco (The Song) by Wilco (live on the Colbert Report)
Download: Black (Unplugged) by Pearl Jam
Download: Does This Mean You’re Moving On by The Airborne Toxic Event
Download: Ghost Under Rocks (Passion Pit Mix) Ra Ra Riot
Download: We Are The People (Golden Filter Remix)) by Empire of the Sun
Download: Skeletons (Acoustic) by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Download: Ol Skool Company by Prince (live on Jay Leno)

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New Music from John Vanderslice, Great Northern, Netherfriends, A Lull


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John Vanderslice

We’ve talked about John Vanderslice a few times already this month, first with the release of his first single, “Fetal Horses” and then with a great bootleg from Bloomington, IN. Well, Vanderslice is now offering a second standout song, “Too Much Time” from his upcoming release, Romanian Names, for free download.

Romanian Names will be out via Dead Oeans on May 19th. If you plan on picking up the album, you may want to consider pre-ordering it, as all pre-orders come with a digital download of the full album that can be listened to immediately. Cool. Not only that, but the first 100 pre-orders will each receive a limited-edition, letterpressed wallet that has a small snippet of analog tape that contains unused music from Vanderslice’s master recording of Romanian Names. VERY cool.

Vanderslice will be touring non-stop this summer. Check out his May dates below, and for a full tour schedule, stop by his official site.

Tour Dates:

May 17 2009 Merced, CA – The Partisan w/ The Morning Benders
May 19 2009 San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw Shop
May 21 2009 Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios w/ Mimicking Birds
May 22 2009 Seattle, WA – Easy Street
May 24 2009 Quincy, WAS – Sasquatch Music Festival
May 27 2009 Provo, UT – Velour w/ The Morning Benders
May 28 2009 Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court w/ The Morning Benders
May 29 2009 Denver, CO – Hi Dive w/ The Morning Benders
May 30 2009 Omaha, NE – Slowdown Jr.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: Too Much Time

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Great Northern

Great Northern‘s sophomore album, Remind Me Where the Light Is, was just released yesterday, and we’ve got a great track, “Houses”, from the album for you to check out below in the Dig-It section. GN’s member Rachel Stolte describes “Houses” as a song about walking through life and choosing to see the truth no matter how painful, rather than staying in the same place or hiding from it.

Of the album, Stolte and bandmate/co-writer Solon Bixler say, “We took a lot more risks by entering uncomfortable territory that wasn’t touched on the last record. We dug deeper into the unpleasant, which helped us to find the beauty.”

Their debut album, Trading Twilight for Daylight, was released in 2007 to much critical praise, making Top 10 appearances in several magazines and on radio. NME gave it a “Must Download Now” rating, and iTunes dubbed the band “the next big thing.” It’ll be interesting to see if this new album carries the same amount of buzz. So far, so good, it seems.

Great Northern will be hitting the road in May, playing a plethora of shows in support of the album. Check out the dates below, and for more info, music, videos, and news from the band, check out their MySpace page.

Tour Dates:

May 1 2009 – Bell House in Brooklyn, New York
May 2 2009 – Valentines in Albany, New York
May 4 2009 – Bowery Ballroom in New York, New York
May 5 2009 – Johnny Brenda’s in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
May 7 2009 – Black Cat in Washington, Washington DC
May 8 2009 – Diesel in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
May 9 2009 – Grog Shop in Cleveland, Ohio
May 10 2009 – Skully’s in Columbus, Ohio
May 11 2009 – Magic Stick in Detroit, Michigan
May 13 2009 – Lakeshore Theatre in Chicago, Illinois
May 14 2009 – Mojo’s in Columbia, Missouri
May 16 2009 – Hailey’s in Denton, Texas
May 17 2009 – Warehouse in Houston, Texas
May 18 2009 – Parish in Austin, Texas
May 21 2009 – Rhythm Room in Phoenix, Arizona
May 22 2009 – Casbah in San Diego, California
May 23 2009 – Echoplex in Los Angeles, California
May 24 2009 – Independent in San Francisco, California
May 26 2009 – Douglas Fir Lounge in Portland, Oregon
May 27 2009 – Crocodile Cafe in Seattle, Washington

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: Houses

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Netherfriends

Emerging from the rooftops of Chicago in 2007, Netherfriends is a three-piece psychedelic pop band featuring Shawn Rosenblatt (vocals, guitar, piano), Paul Newmann (drums), and Justin Fernado (guitar, bass, synth, and glockenspiel and vocals). I must admit I don’t know a lot about these guys, but after checking out their latest track, “Nunya (Beeswax)” from their upcoming Calling You Out EP (July on Emergency Umbrella), I thought it was pretty stinkin’ cool… cool enough to do some more listening on their MySpace page. Great sound.

Anyway, Netherfriends will be heading out on the road to play a few Midwest dates, and as I mentioned above, their new EP, Calling You Out, will be out in July.

Check out the dates below, and grab “Nunya (Beeswax)”, in the Dig-It section. I’ve also included a pretty cool video of the band performing the song live. For more info, stop by their MySpace page.

Tour Dates:

May 2 2009 – Rock Island, IL Huckleberry’s Pizza Parlor
May 14 2009 – Chicago, IL Reggies Rock Club
May 21 2009 – Milwaukee, WI Linnemans
May 22 2009 – Minneapolis, MN 7th St. Entry
May 23 2009 – Iowa City, IA Public Space One
May 25 2009 – Lawrence, KS 8th Street Taproom

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: Nunya (Beeswax)

[Netherfriends on MySpace]

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A Lull

Chicago based band A Lull consists of Nigel Dennis, Mike Brown and Todd Millerhas, all three who are formerly of Chicago based bands The Evaluation, The Skies We Built, and Ateriavia. They’ve recently signed to Lujo Records and in anticipation of the May 19th release of their Ice Cream Bones EP, they have made the single, “Skinny Fingers” off the EP available for free download.

Grab the download below in the Dig-It section, and check out the VERY cool video for the song below, which was created using stop motion methods. I’m really digging what I hear from these guys and look forward to this release. To hear more tracks from the Ice Cream Bones EP, stop by the band’s MySpace page.

Tour Dates:

May 1 2009 – County Line Apple Orchard w/ Urbanites in Hobart, Indiana
May 8 2009 – The Bottom Lounge w/ Old Fake in Chicago, Illinois
May 9 2009 – Amp Lounge in Chicago, Illinois
May 31 2009 – Do-Division Street Fest w/ Handsome Furs (FREE) in Chicago, Illinois
Jun 7 2009 – Schubas w/ Telekinesis in Chicago, Illinois
Jun 8 2009 – The Record Bar in Kansas City, Missouri
Jun 25 2009 – The Frequency in Madison, Wisconsin

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: Skinny Fingers

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The Black Crowes: Fake Concert Bootleg

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I enjoyed making the “Fake Concert Bootleg” so much for Bruce Springsteen the other week that I decided to do the same for The Black Crowes.

I guess these fake bootlegs are a sort of a “mix tape” for live bootlegs. There’s no science to this… I just look through my live material and pick some of the songs that I would love to hear if I saw the band live. Fortunately for me, I’ve seen the Crowes live quite a few times, and have had the luck to hear most all of the songs I’ve wanted to hear done live. They always put on a great show, and I sincerely hope they continue to tour for decades.

The majority of these performances are taken from their Fillmore concerts in 2005… therefore, Mr. Marc Ford is present on most of the recordings. The sound quality is excellent, but the mix varies. I had to start with “Gone” off of Amorica, simply because it’s got one of the gr-r-r-o-o-o-o-viest grooves that ever grooved. There’s also the nice 12-minute jam of “Ballad of Urgency” that I’m sure you’ll dig, going straight into “Wiser Time.”

The highlight of this fake bootleg, though, has to be the cover of The Beatles“Get Back.” The Crowes have always been fantastic at covering material, and this one absolutely delivers. I really wish I could find more recordings of this version… take a listen to it and be prepared to mo-o-o-o-o-ve.

And of course, I have to end the she-bang with “My Morning Song,” perhaps the greatest set closer ever. The dynamics of this song never cease to floor me, especially during the middle jam part. This 17-minute rendition KILLS and builds to such an orgasmic level that you need to make sure you have tissues nearby while listening.

At the end of “My Morning Song,” Chris Robinson says that they have to “take a quick break to set up some other gear.” This is actually “Crowes-speak” for “We have to catch a flight to Upland, CA. to play a show in Swap’s backyard.” Yes, they’re sitting right next to me now, all ready to rock and roll in MY backyard. Say hello, fellas…

“Hello.”

Yes, that was Rich Robinson! Pretty hip.

Your Dig-It Downloads:

Download: Gone
Download: Go Faster
Download: Paint an 8
Download: Ballad in Urgency
Download: Wiser Time
Download: Get Back —> Thank You
Download: Miracle To Me
Download: She Talks to Angels
Download: Soul Singing
Download: My Morning Song

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New Gossip Single: “Heavy Cross”


Punk rockers Gossip have released a new single, “Heavy Cross” from their upcoming album, Music For Men. If you’re not familiar with Gossip, the band formed about 8 years ago and consists of members Beth Ditto (Vocals), Brace Paine (guitar & bass), and Hannah Blilie (Drums).

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Having formed in Olympia, Washington in 2000, Gossip now calls Portland, Oregon home. Music For Men will be the fourth full length studio release from the band, and the second with drummer Hanna Blilie. Former Gossip drummer, Kathy Mendonca, left the band in 2003, two months after the band released their first live album, Undead in NYC. In their bio the band describes themselves as feminists, artists, disc jockeys and writers. They go on to say that they have collectively spent 80% of their lives in airplanes, that they love flowers, and that they believe firmly in raw power.

I wonder if they also like moonlit walks on the beach…

Gossip will be touring Europe in May and July but assured fans in a recent blog post that they plan to have a full US tour later this year. Music For Men, which will be released June 22nd via Kill Rock Stars/Columbia, was produced by multi Grammy Award winner Rick Rubin and recorded at the historic Shangri La Studios in Malibu. Check out the single, “Heavy Cross” below.. totally dig the pseudo-disco beat. Ditto’s vocals surely demonstrate this raw power they like so much… For more info and music from the band, swing by their MySpace page.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: Heavy Cross

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New Passion Pit Video & Single


If you feel like we’ve been talking about Boston band Passion Pit a lot lately, well, you’re right, we have. There has been so much buzz surrounding this band and their upcoming release, Manners… between new singles dropping left and right, the album coming out in just under a month, and now a new video for their first single, “The Reeling”, Passion Pit is doing all the right things to get their music heard… as it should be. So far I’m really digging what I hear and am definitely looking forward to hearing the rest of the album.

So, today we bring you a new single from the band titled “Moth’s Wings” as well as the new music video for the first single, “The Reeling”.

I must say… that’s gotta be one of the coolest videos I’ve seen in a long time.

Manners is set to be released on May 19th via Frenchkiss. The band is gearing up for a lengthy tour across the US, with the first date being at the Sasquatch! Festival on May 23rd. To see if the band is coming to a venue near you, stop by their MySpace page. To learn more about the band, check out our other posts on them here.

Your Dig-It Downloads:

Download: Moth’s Wings

Download: The Reeling

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THE GREATEST REMIXES EVER (for now)


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The other day I came across a couple new remixes that piqued my interest… a remix of “Magificent” off U2’s new No Line on the Horizon album, and a remix of “Let Love Rule (2009)” off Lenny Kravitz’ breakthrough album Let Love Rule, which has a 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition coming out on May 19th. You can learn all the details about that release here.

Anyway, I’ve included those two remixes as well as an interesting selection of some other songs that have gotten the remix treatment for you today in the Dig-It section below. As I’m getting more and more into the whole remix thang, I’m starting to recognize the names and styles of some of those doing the remixing… and I must say that there are some pretty talented folks out there. In some cases they can enhance a song to the point where I almost like it better than the original, and in other cases they can change up the song completely, so much so that the original song is almost unrecognizable.

Take a listen below, and you’ll see what I mean. There are remixes from Johnny Cash to Eminem… Kate Bush to Depeche Mode… yes, there’s a little something for everyone. Now all someone needs to do is remix “Jessie’s Girl” and the world will be a safer place.

Your Dig-It Downloads:

Download: Magnificent by U2 (Fred Falke Remix)

Download: Let Love Rule by Lenny Kravitz (2009 Justice Remix)

Download: Something to Do by Depeche Mode (Blackstrobe Remix)

Download: Port of Lonely Hearts by Johnny Cash (Midnight Juggernauts Remix)

Download: Heads Will Roll by Yeah Yeah Yeahs (Legobeat Dark Cuts Remix)

Download: Sleepyhead by Passion Pit (Wallpaper. Dio Remix)

Download: The Fear by Lily Allen (Duke Dumont Remix)

Download: Boom Boom Pow by Black Eyed Peas (Benjamin Daly Remix)

Download: Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles (Streetlab Remix)

Download: Running Up that Hill by Kate Bush (Datassette Remix)

Download: We Made You by Eminem (Doctor Rosen Rosen Remix)

Download: Sabotage by The Beastie Boys (Streetlab Remix)

Download: Nothing to Worry About by Peter Bjorn and John (Van Hammer Remix)

Download: You Give Love a Bad Name by Bon Jovi (Sickboy Remix)

Download: Cheap & Cheerful by The Kills (SebastiAn Remix)

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Featured Artist: Abbott Hayes

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If you recall a couple weeks ago, I couldn’t stop listening to or talking about the song “Earth Gently Rolls” from Abbott Hayes’ Giving Myself Away album. From the minute I heard the very first notes of the song I was hooked and had it on repeat… for days – I believe the last count was over 150 plays in that one week. Such a great song. If you missed my post about it, you can check it out here and see just why I couldn’t stop listening.

Well, after a song hits you like THAT, it would only make sense to learn more about where it came from…. and whaddyaknow, I did just that.

Named after the “head zombie” in the zombie flick Children of the Living Dead, this week’s Featured Artist, Abbott Hayes, started playing music together back in 2001 while still in high school. Mainly playing covers of songs from bands they liked at the time, it wasn’t until 2002-2003 that they began writing their own music.

There’s a lot to say about a band that maintains pretty much the same line-up over the years, and Abbott Hayes has done just that. Sure, they’ve had their changes – all bands do – but when I caught up with the band last week to talk a bit about the new album, vocalist/guitarist Drew explained that after playing together for so many years, he feels like they’re really getting in tune with one another… that everyone is on the same page. He went on to say, “It hasn’t always been that way so looking back at the progress is something really satisfying for me. Everyone has their own little section of sound to take care of, and they know exactly where to be and when to be there.”

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The guys were in and out of the studio for over a year recording their latest album, Giving Myself Away, and while they enjoyed taking it slow and getting everything “just right”, they don’t plan to do things the same way next time. “I find that you keep going back, replaying certain parts over and over. It’s almost like you lose sight of the overall project when you do it that way,” Drew explains. ”Although I had a blast recording this record, I vow to never do it in that manner again.” The band went into the recording process with 13 songs, and the end result is an album of 10 songs that stretch across the rock and roll spectrum with flavors of rock, pop, folk, and country. The band describes the album as “Frankenstein… a collision of genres that can only be described as a visionary monster.”

Drew is the sole lyricist for the band and always has been, but as far as the rest of the music, each member is responsible for their own parts. ”I feel like we are very easy going and open in terms of musical suggestions,” he says. ”We never argue over songwriting. I find that it’s very detrimental to the song and the sound when band mates dispute over parts. You have to just let it flow and go with your gut.” They’ve experimented with different ways of writing over the years but feel that developing lyrics or a melody first and using that as a base, and then building the music and rhythms around it is what works best for them.

This system apparently works. The standout highlight for me is (as you can probably guess) the song, ”Earth Gently Rolls.” This carpe diem-themed song has lifted my spirits a number of times already, and I couldn’t resist asking its origins. Drew was kind enough to explain, “’Earth Gently Rolls’ was actually one of the last songs written and recorded on the album. We really wanted a song on the record with a solid groove and I’d like to think that we achieved that goal with this one.” I inquired about the fantastic drum track, as it definitely plays a huge part in not on the feel of the song, but the propulsion of the lyric. ”As for the drumming,” Drew tells us, ”Ryan (drummer) is very passionate about music and playing. It’s fun for me to watch him while we perform because he starts out light and reserved on his kit. By the end of the show, you can literally see the excitement in him as he smashes the crap out of each drum. And when I say, ‘Smash,’ I mean he breaks more snare heads and has been through more cymbals than any drummer I’ve seen.”

That makes for a pretty good time, if you ask me.

Another track on the album that jumped out at me is “Resting Place”. This song is a duet with singer Leanna Pace. Drew’s intent when writing the song was to have it feel as if two people were communicating through song. Each verse is a call-and-answer to each participant… some wonderful exchanges take place here.

Some choice lyrics:

If you want me then fight for me baby
Don’t let it come apart at the seams
And though we lie in different beds, in different places
In our minds we were dreaming the same dreams

Beautifully put. Check it out in the Dig-It section below.

When asked about the overall message of the band, I was told, “We hope to come across as a very humble band. We work very hard to produce honest music and though it’s not always the most complex stuff, we really hope it strikes a chord with people. Music that listeners can relate to.”

I think they’ve achieved their goal with this latest album. It’s a great record.

Abbott Hayes plans to spend the remainder of 2009 pushing Giving Myself Away while writing new material in the mean time. They’re playing shows (see some of their dates below) and would like to record a new album this fall. As Drew says, “Nothing is set in stone as of yet. We’re just enjoying ourselves and taking this day by day. We really just wanna do this for a living. Whatever road takes us there and keeps us honest along the way is the one we’re looking for.”

**** Special thanks to the band for taking the time to answer my questions! ****

Upcoming Show Dates:

Apr 25 2009 Hurley’s in Potsdam, NY, New York
May 1 2009 – SUNY Canton in Canton, New York
May 8 2009 – Church in Saranac Lake, New York
May 15 2009 – All Asia in Cambridge, Massachusetts
May 16 2009 – Arlene’s Grocery in New York City, New York

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Your Dig-It Downloads:

Download: Earth Gently Rolls
Download: Resting Place

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Gavin DeGraw Live at SNHU Fieldhouse (Manchester, NH) 4/19/09


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Gavin DeGraw has had quite the career since his breakthrough song “I Don’t Want to Be” was featured as the theme song of the hit show One Tree Hill. His music has received radio play across the US, he’s appeared on every day time and late night TV show under the sun, has toured all over the world, and has released three albums, with the most recent, Free, being released just last month.

I came across this bootleg from last week the other day and thought it was a nice mixture of music, with seven of the nine songs off the new album making an appearance in the set.

I haven’t picked up his Free album yet but will hopefully get a chance to do so soon. I don’t know about you, but quite often I enjoy the live versions of songs more than the studio versions, so I’ll be interested to see if that’s the case with this one as well.

DeGraw is currently touring in support of the album, with shows in the US through the end of May, a short trip to Europe, and then more US shows in July and August. Check out his MySpace page for a complete list of dates.

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Your Dig-It Downloads:

DOWNLOAD: ZIP FILE OF COMPLETE SHOW

Individual Files:

Download: Dancing Shoes
Glass
Download: Indian Summer
Free
Download: Cheated On Me
Follow Through
Download: Next To Me
Meaning
Mountains To Move
Lover Be Strong
Download: I’m Easy > Cupid > Chariot
Chemical Party > If You Want Me To Stay > Chemical Party
Download: I’ve Got A Woman > In Love With A Girl
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Download: Stay
Download: I Have You To Thank
Download: I Don’t Want To Be

Download New Music from Passion Pit, The Sounds, Wolfmother


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Passion Pit

After rumors of a possible delay, Passion Pit‘s new album, Manners, is set to be released on its original May 19th release date. Whew!

Not too long ago we featured the first track from the album, “The Reeling” as a free download on the site. This track got a huge response from both fans and critics alike all around the blogosphere, and now the band has offered up another treat from the album – a second track titled “Little Secrets” for free download. Grab it below in the Dig-It section.

The band will be touring the US in May and June and then will head over to London July 1st. For a full list of stops, check out their MySpace page. For all you mixers out there, the band has a new remix contest going on. They’ve provided snippets of the song for people to use in creating their remixes, and once they receive the entries, everyone will get to vote on them. The band will pick their five personal favorites out of the top ten, and those five will be released on a special edition vinyl, while the five runner ups will receive a prize pack. For more info on the contest, to download the snippets, or to upload your very own remix of the song, click here.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: Little Secrets

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The Sounds

Swedish band The Sounds have a lot going on these days. They hit the road with Fall Out Boy for three weeks of shows in March, are currently headlining over thirty dates in major cities worldwide, and will soon be heading back out on the road for a three month tour with No Doubt. Along with touring, they will also be releasing their new album, Crossing The Rubicon, via Original Signal Recordings on June 2nd.

The new album follows up their highly successful Dying to Say This to You album, which was released in 2006. According to the press release on the new album, Crossing The Rubicon “continues to deliver gripping hook-filled songs full of the punch and swagger that helped bring the band from Helsingborg to the world.”

Their first single from the album, “No One Sleeps When I’m Awake”, debuted in February on the Last Call with Carson Daly and is available now on iTunes. They’ve just released another track, “Dorchester Hotel”, for free download as well, and we have that for you below in the Dig-It section. For more info, music and tour dates, check out The Sounds on MySpace.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: Dorchester Hotel

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Wolfmother

To give fans a taste of what’s to come on their forthcoming album, Australian rock band Wolfmother has just made a new track from the album available for free download. Click here to visit the band’s official site, where you can enter your email address to receive a free download of the song “Back Round”.

A little history on the song… “Back Round” was written in September 2007 when the future of the band was uncertain. Singer Andrew Stockdale demoed the song in a studio apartment under his house, with the kitchen being the mixing room and bedroom the live room. He then recorded the song again in August 2008, but according to Stockdale, there was a Lo-Fi spirit to the song that he thought was missing. So, at the end of 2008, after knocking out an apartment under his home and turning it into a studio, he re-recorded this song, along with 12 others.

The new Wolfmother line-up includes Andrew (Lead Guitar/Vocals), Aidan Nemeth (Rhythm Guitar), Ian Peres (Bass/Keyboard/Backing Vocals), and Dave Atkins (Drums). Check out this video of the band performing the song live at the 2009 MTV Australia Awards. We’ve included the audio from this video below in the Dig-It section.

Stockdale describes the song and the journey to its release as follows, “what you’re hearing is a mash of 2 years of recording in different places, trashy drums and redone Hi-Fi drums. Somehow it’s all mutated into a riffology wilder-beast. So the short story is, I started a band, sold a few records, met my heroes, went out around the world, came home, recorded a song under my house, and gave it away!”

Make sure to stop by their site to pick up the download and to stay updated on all the goings on of the band.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: Back Round (live @ 2009 MTV Australia Awards)
Download: Back Round (Album cut) – external link

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