Sunday Ramblings & Considerations: 05.22.11

In this edition:

The Twilight Sad goes acoustic, meet The Bears of Blue River, Considerations for the Week, and Videos!

The Twilight Sad Offer Free EP

For the price of an e-mail, The Twilight Sad offer an EP with acoustic versions of tracks from Forget the Night Ahead (2009). These eight tracks equal their electric counterparts, and vocalist James Graham is in prime form.   The band has also posted several videos from the sessions (see below). These recordings are a great pick up; it’s hard to believe you can get them free.

Watch: The Neighbors Can’t Breathe

Watch: That Birthday Present

Watch: I Became A Prostitute

On the Radar : The Bears of the Blue River

Based in Chicago, The Bears of the Blue River refer to their music as “bop folk.”  Whatever the label, it is definitely a hybrid of forms that features elements of bluegrass, western swing, 70’s pop music, American folk revival, and old rock and roll. Their music would definitely appeal to fans of the Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes.

The Bears of the Blue River started quite simply. These friends started getting together after work to play folk diddies in what they describe as “a dilapidated apartment with wooden floors.” It has snowballed since then. In 2010, they released The Killer Bee Scare EP. Over the last year, the Bears recorded a very good Daytrotter Session, opened for several well known indie acts (e.g., Avi Buffalo, Blitzen Trapper, Dan Johnston, Josiah Wolf), and played SXSW, CMJ, and the Foburg and Starry Nights Festivals. This summer promises something bigger as they are set to release their debut LP, Dames.

The band encourages fans to spread the word and “Share the Bear.” You can stream all five tracks from The Killer Bee Scare, the demo O’ Mama, and the first single from Dames, Boy Toy, at their SoundCloud page. For now, why don’t you…

Check out: Boy Toy [mp3] from Dames

Check out:  Cry Baby [mp3] from Daytrotter Session

Consider These

Captain’s Dead has Townes Van Zandt Live at the Whole Coffee House (November 1973). TVZ fans, this is a very good recording for your collection!
Check out: For The Sake Of The Song [mp3]

Brooklyn Vegan posts this year’s Austin City Limits Line-up. Stevie Wonder, Arcade Fire, My Morning Jacket are among the highlight acts. SXSW is cool, but ACL is a perfect way to end the summer.

–As Nasty He Wants To Be? Luther “Luke” Campbell  is serious about running for Mayor of Miami.

Videos, videos, videos…

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