Song of the Day

Song of the Day: Rachel Yamagata – Even If I Don’t

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American singer-songwriter Rachel Yamagata has lent her soulful smoky voice to artists such as Ray Lamontagne, Ryan Adams and Jason Mraz but on October 11th, she will be releasing her new album Chesapeake off her own label. It’s her first album in three years, something I can appreciate since I can’t stand it when a band releases an album every year. Where’s the quality control?

Anyways, “Even If I Don’t” is one of the tracks off that album and it features a soaring piano score that is anchored by Yamagata’s bluesy voice. It’s kinda like Regina Spektor meets Cat Power, to give a lazy “let’s take two other American female singer songwriters and merge them” kind of comparison. The track is good, check it out.

Here are some tour dates that conveniently ignores Toronto because you know, places like Ithaca and Spokane are concert hot spots.

24th Portland, ME Port City Music Hall
25th Burlington, VT Higher Ground Lodge
27th Ithaca, NY Deliah’s
28th Northampton, MA Iron Horse
30th Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall
31st Philadelphia, PA World Café Live

1st Washington, DC Birchmere
2nd Baltimore, MD Sound Stage
4th Brooklyn, NY Knitting Factory
5th Pittsburgh, PA Club Café
7th Detroit, MI St Andrews Hall
8th Chicago, IL Logan Square
10th Milwaukee, WI Turner Ballroom
11th Minneapolis, MN Fine Line
12th Davenport, IA Redstone Room
14th Kansas City, KS Record Bar
16th Denver, CO Larimer Lounge
18th Salt Lake City, UT State Room
20th Spokane, WA A Club
21st Vancouver, BC Media Club
22nd Seattle, WA Crocodile
23rd Portland, OR Doug Fir
25th San Francisco, CA Slim’s
26th Santa Barbara, CA Soho Restaurant & Music Club
28th San Diego, CA Casbah
29th Los Angeles, CA Troubadour
30th Tuscon, AZ Crescent Ballroom

2nd Austin, TX Parish
3rd Houston, TX Fitzgerald’s Upstairs
4th Dallas, TX The Loft
5th Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom – 2nd Stage
7th St. Louis, MO Blueberry Hill
8th Nashville, TN 12th and Porter
9th Birmingham, AL Work Play
10th Atlanta, GA Vinyl
12th Knoxville, TN Relix Theatre
13th Charlotte, NC Visulite Theatre
15th Chapel Hill, NC Local 506
16th Charlottesville, VA The Southern
17th Louisville, KY Headliners
18th Columbus, OH The Basement
20th Hoboken, NJ Maxwell’s
21st New York, NY City Winery
22nd New York, NY City Winery

Song of the Day: Fruit Bats – You’re Too Weird

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Toronto – Chicago band Fruit Bats is one of those bands that I’ve always heard of, but never really actually listened to. Well, their fifth album Tripper was released off Sub Pop a few weeks ago so it was only natural we would finally give them a go around.

“You’re Too Weird” is a track off that album and it’s got a great ’70s alt-country folk kind of vibe to it. Eric Johnson’s vocal delivery in this song sounds like Barry Gibb on Vicodin, resulting in a lovely, relaxing track that brings me back to my days at wood paneled cottages. Possibly a great track for those just about to leave their summer homes who want to reflect on the sunshine that was just the summer. Check it out.

Fantastic Song of the Day: Prince Edward Island- You Look like I Need A Drink

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Toronto – Despite what you might think, the band Prince Edward Island is not a Canadian folk act that dresses in flannel and plays the banjo. They are instead a melancholy indie pop act from England that will be releasing their debut album called This Day is a Good Enough Day on August 29th off Crocfingers label. This song is just fantastic, even if shamelessly borrows from 90s era New Order. The guitar solo at the end, the pulsating life behind each drum beat and the “I’ve been there before” way that the lead singer delivers the vocals, it all reminds me of britpop and that’s a great thing. Do yourself a favor and check them out.

Prince Edward Island- You look like I need a drink by Soundandvisionpr

Retro Hip Hop Song of the Day: Biz Markie – Just a Friend

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Toronto – One of those songs you hear often, but not too often, I was reminded how good this track was after watching Jimmy Fallon/Justin Timberlake’s history of rap part 2. Featuring a sample of Freddie Scott’s “You Got What I Need,” this track by Biz Markie highlights all the great things about hip hop around the late ’80s and early ’90s – great narratives, innovative samples and a dedication to flow. Rarely did these rappers write songs about how rich they are or how many cars they had. A memorable track with a memorable story, it’s odd that this was Biz Markie’s only major hit song. Check it out.