“Love” by Dr. Dog
Dr. Dog has always been a personal favorite of mine. Here’s a quick little interview we did with the guys about their latest album “B-Room”:http://hype-mag.com/2013/09/04/dr-dog-talks-new-album-b-room-dropping-october-1st/
“Mountain Annie” by Fruition
Ah Fruition, what a great name for a band of such talented and unique people. I recently got a chance to sit-down with these guys and do a little interview with them, which will be up later this week. Without a doubt, their songs on their sophomore release “Just One Of Them Nights”, shows a maturity and raw talent akin to bands like The Avett Brothers and Blitzen Trapper, as well as an extremely personal unveilings of their lives. “Mountain Annie” is the single of their latest release but I guarantee that every song on “Just One Of Them Nights” will quickly become a classic’s in any americana folk music lover’s library.
“Cannon In The Heavens” by Lotus ft. Lyrics Born
Lotus is widely known in the electronic, dance and jam scene but now these masters of their craft are teaming up with some of the best in underground hip-hop, for free! Thats right folks here a link: lotusvibes.bandcamp.com
“Midnight On The Run” by BoomBox
In some ways BoomBox is a lot like Lotus but in other ways they are not. After catching these guys tear up the late night set at The Allman Brother’s Wanee festival, I have become transfixed on the music they’re making.
“Summertime” by The Head and The Heart
The Head and The Heart are one of those bands that is able to capture so much of their live energy and put into an excellent studio album. The group’s recent release “Let’s Be Still” still keeps to true to their roots but shows a more mature road-tested route with their songs, “Summetime” is a prime example of this.
“Trapeze” by Break Science and CX
Adam Deitch and Borahm Lee, aka Break Science, recently dropped their first full length, “Seven Bridges”, for free! The guys dropped a bunch of these songs on the crowd at AURA in Live Oak, FL and road-tested them even harder up until the albums release. The album is packed with excellent and bangers, the guys show is also a not-to-miss. Here is a link to download the album: breaksciencemusic.com/releases/seven-bridges/
“Lettsanity” by Lettuce
Lettuce has been raging super hard this past year in support of their sophomore release “FLY”. While the album is excellent the songs really come to life when seen and heard live, especially since you never really know who will show up to play with these insanely busy, hard working men of the music world. I mean that literally because these guys seriously have their hands in every part of the music world from Lady Gaga to Lil Wayne, these guys work with them all. So basically, if you aren’t familiar with these modern funk legends, its time for yall to get acquainted.
“Old Barns” by Greensky Bluegrass
I’ll be honest, I’m not really one for over-produced albums, so when I first heard Greensky Bluegrass’s music I was totally turned off. But then, I saw them and something just clicked. They’re seriously 1000X better live than any recording they’ve ever done. The crowd is always wild at their shows and the guys are always down for a good time. This song particularly is one of my favorites and a favorite of many of Greensky’s fans.
“Press Pause” by Pretty Lights
Pretty Lights is officially my favorite DJ. If you haven’t seen the mini-doc on the making of his latest release “A Color Map Of The Sun” (ALso available for free download) here it is: If you looked really closely, you’ll notice that the majority of the musicians Derek working with on this album, were from that amazing supergroup Lettuce. The only other DJ’s I could even compare to Pretty Lights now would be Daft Punk.
Here is a link to download the album: prettylightsmusic.com/therecordlabel
“Open Ended Life” by The Avett Brothers
The Avett Brothers just continously amaze me with the quality of their music. While most would agree that their previous album “The Carpenter” was pretty much a total fail, we can all agree that their latest album “Magpie and The Dandelions” is a return to The Avett Brothers we all love. While this album is also entirely reminiscent of “I And Love And You”, it does have a bit of a “Four Thieves Gone” thing going for it that hardcore AB fans will love.
“Who Knows Who” by Orgone
Recently my buddy turned me onto the brilliant work of Orgone. All of a sudden everyone I knew as well was listenign to this genius group of musicians. The groups classic soul funk sound is mixed with a modern flair that makes their music hard to resist.
“Beezlebub” by Beats Antique ft. Les Claypool
So what happens when you put a gypsy dubstep group with Les Claypool? This awesome tune. Which funnily enough almost sounds like something out of a Rob Zombie horror film, but then again a great memorable tune like this could be a what the horror film industry needs. Either way, this song is definitely creepy but also a bit quirky like Beetlejuice.
“Head On” by Man Man
Last but not least is my favorite song on this little playlist. I actually got this Man Man song from a free music sampler of Noisetrade.com, which always has some awesome free downloads. “Head ON” is a brutally really image of the demons we must call our past. I feel that almost anyone can listen to this song and relate to what this is all about me.
Here’s a link to watch the all the songs as a single playlist: