Archive for the ‘singer/songwriter’ Category

Here is a fascinating video from indie singer/songwriter, Josh Garrels of Portland, OR. The video is for the lead track, “White Owl” from his recently released album, Love & War & the Sea in Between. The album is available as a free download at NoiseTrade. The animation was created by Daniel and Arien Armstrong.

Josh Garrels is a Chrisian musician but not in the obvious sense of the word. His songwriting is pensive, engaging and full of hope. His earthy sound is in the same vein as Damien Rice (minus the cursing) and Ben Harper.

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In conjunction with this music blog, today I started the Our Shadows Will Remain Internet radio station. The station will feature songs that have resonated with me recently. In addition, future programming on the station will feature interviews from performers such as Josh Ritter, an unsigned show and a local WV music show with concert listings. Any interested in bands and musicians can submit material for consideration by contacting me via nicedreaminc@yahoo.com.

One of the bands I am currently featuring on the OSWR Internet radio station is What Made Milwaukee Famous from Austin, TX. The band will be touring the west coast later this month and the east coast in March in support of their upcoming new album, What Doesn’t Kill Us on Barsuk Records. The album is due out March 4, 2008. Louis XIV will be performing with WMMF during their east coast run.

I was first introduced by What Made Milwaukee Famous via an episode of Austin City Limits two years ago. Suprisingly, they headlined the episode and Franz Ferdinand opened for them. And even more surprisingly, they blew Franz Ferdinand away. Granted, it was a “home game” for WMMF, but their energetic set propelled their set forward. Their set included “idecide” and “Hellodrama” from their album, Trying to Never Catch Up.

One of the most blogged about songs this year is “Resistance St.” from What Doesn’t Kill Us. The song is a thoughtful rocker minus some of the keyboard timbre of “idecide.” If the rest of their new album is of the same quality as “Resistance St.,” it will be well worth picking up.

MP3: WHAT MADE MILWAUKEE FAMOUS — “Resistance St.”MP3: WHAT MADE MILWAUKEE FAMOUS — “idecide”