Bora York‘s debut album Dreaming Free is chock full of dreamy, eerie, lush sounds. The nice thing about the album is that its 11 songs manage to sound cohesive yet simultaneously unique and standalone.
Listen to my favorite track “Ghost Lights” below, and then give a listen to the entire album over at BandCamp.
“Ghost Lights” –
How do you discover new music? From listening to Pandora, reading music blogs, catching the opening acts of concerts, getting recommendations from friends, to using Shazam, the world abounds with avenues to find music you love.
3 of the more unusual ways I’ve discovered some of my favorite tunes:
“Daniel Bloom” by Hope ForAGoldenSummer: This band is from Athens, Georgia and I saw a write-up of their latest CD in an obscure local Georgia magazine. The album artwork caught my eye so I googled the band and found this track:
“All Boy Band” by Park Ave: This band, consisting of a very young Conor Oberst and members of Tilly & The Wall and The Faint, existed briefly in the late 90s. I already liked Conor Oberst and Tilly & The Wall, so I was surprised when I came across Park Ave. on YouTube:
“Wait Another Day” by Uh Huh Her: I was reading online about Phantom Planet’s switch from a 5 piece to a 4 piece band. Departed member Jacques Brautbar eventually went on to play guitar on tour as a hired hand with the band Uh Huh Her, which is how I found this:
What about your favorite songs — how did you discover them?
Simian Ghost (a band from Sweden) with their new single “A Million Shining Colours” –
Alvvays is a new band from Toronto.
“Adult Diversion” is jangly, upbeat, dreamy pop–
Photo by Marica Honychurch
Joseph King (former frontman of the bands Deadbeat Darling and Canvas) shares an inside look at the inspiration for his new single, “Don’t Be So Alarmist,” and b-side, “Wake Up Woman.”
King’s debut solo EP, called Wanderlusting (RockArmy Records) doesn’t come out until February 2014, but here’s a first listen + inside look:
“Don’t Be So Alarmist”
“I wrote this song while i was living in Austin last Spring playing a residency. I feel like it’s the tune that set the tone and direction for the album lyrically and sound-wise. I have a (beautiful) female friend who lives a few blocks from me here in Brooklyn…This song is my humble advice to her…”
“Wake Up Woman”
“I was madly in love with a woman throughout the entirety of last year. She was surrounded by people who were very against us being together, and concocted story after story about me to try to end us, many of which had influence over her. This tune is a little nod towards that experience…”
Thanks for sharing Joseph! New Yorkers, you can catch Joseph King at Mercury Lounge on December 11th.
Hi Ho Silver Oh‘s cover of “Time To Move On” is 1,000 times better than the original Tom Petty version.
And it features Leslie Stevens on vocals.
Listen for yourself:
“Ice On The Windowsill” (a mostly instrumental track) by Teen Daze:
“Keep The Car Running” by Arcade Fire: