New Music Discovery | Cold War Kids

I wish my memory worked better than it does. In other words, I’m really forgetful. If I don’t write things down – they go away forever. That includes the names of awesome new bands. My sister introduced me to the Cold War Kids years ago. I fell in love with one of their songs, but then they dropped off my radar. Luckily, I they became a blip again when I heard their new single ‘Miracle Mile’ on the radio.

I was driving home from work a couple nights ago, and I was stuck listening to the same songs they normally play. I parked my car, texted a friend and was just about to shut off my ride, when all of a sudden I heard a new song. It didn’t take long for me to be sucked in. I quickly whipped out my cell phone and Shazam’d the jam. The result — ‘Miracle Mile’ by the Cold War Kids. Take a listen!

Like I mentioned before, my sister introduced me to the Cold War Kids a few years ago. I didn’t do my due diligence when she told me about them back then though. I bought their song ‘Hang Me Out To Dry‘ and listened to it over and over again, but I didn’t really dig into them. After a while I found other new tunes, and the Cold War Kids mixed in with all the other jams I have on iTunes.

Cold War Kids | Miracle Mile

Cold War Kids

That’s not going to happen this time around. I’ve already put some serious time into the Cold War Kids. On top of ‘Miracle Mile‘, I also like ’Lost That Easy‘ and ‘Bottled Affection‘ on their recently released Dear Miss Lonelyhearts album. I’m a big fan of their older stuff, too. I’ve downloaded ‘Audience‘ (my favorite Cold War Kids song so far) from their Behave Yourself EP, and their entire Mine Is Yours album (with my favorite tracks being: ’Mine Is Yours‘, ‘Louder Than Ever‘, and ‘Skip The Charades‘).

The band clearly took a different approach (some call it the “evolution” of the group) on their Dear Miss Lonelyhearts album, and according to several reviews I’ve read, many of their loyal fans aren’t happy about it. They liked the Cold War Kids just fine before, so they’re not pouncing on the new tunes. I guess that’s where I’m at an advantage. Since I didn’t really listen to the Cold War Kids before, I didn’t fall in love with one sound or the other. Instead, I like everything they’ve put together.

I feel like I’m just scratching the surface with the Cold War Kids. ‘Miracle Mile’ is just the start for me. I’m honestly thinking about dropping $50 on iTunes to snatch up everything the Cold War Kids have released over the years (their first release was in 2005). I really can’t wait to dig into them more. I have a feeling I won’t be disappointed.

Have you ever listened to the Cold War Kids? What do you think of ‘Miracle Mile’? How about the new album as a whole? I’d love to hear from you! Please leave a comment below or connect with me on Twitter, Facebook and Google+. Don’t forget to also check out more of my new music discoveries right now on http://allaroundtim.com!

Cold War Kids | Miracle Mile

Cold War Kids lead singer Nathan Willett

New Music Discovery | Charles Bradley

Charles Bradley has one of the most unusual stories you’ll find in the world of music. The guy hitchhiked across the country, worked odd jobs and played small shows for more than 20 years before he finally caught his break. Oddly, Bradley was discovered by his record label while performing as a James Brown impersonator named “Black Velvet.” Bradley, who is 64-years-old, now performs under his real name, and he just released a new album called Victim of Love.

Bradley is referred to as ”The Screaming Eagle of Soul.” Take one listen to his music and you’ll see exactly where the nickname comes from. Bradley’s incredible pipes quickly take you back to the heyday of 1960s soul music. He turned out several singles starting in 2002, but Charles Bradley didn’t release his debut album (entitled No Time For Dreaming) until 2011 (when he was 62). This is Bradley’s song ‘The World (Is Going Up In Flames)’:

Now, Charles Bradley is revealing his new material on Victim of Love. His song ‘Hurricane’ is currently the Single of the Week on iTunes (download it here). Bradley’s second studio album (recorded with the Menahan Street Band) is already receiving rave reviews. The Boston Globe calls Victim of Love “powerful,” while Billboard says the album is ”intense.” ’Strictly Reserved For You’, ‘Victim of Love’ and ‘Dusty Blue’ are sure to be the most popular jams on Bradley’s new release.

Even if you don’t dig his music, I encourage you to read about Bradley’s past (click here to check out the bio on his website). His story is so incredible that it’s been turned into a documentary called Charles Bradley: Soul of America. The film debuted at SXSW last year. Luckily, someone took notice of Charles Bradley when they did — otherwise he would have wallowed away in a small club impersonating someone else. We would have never heard his voice. ”The Screaming Eagle of Soul” arrived on the scene late in life, but as they say, it’s better late than never.

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New Music Discovery | Spoon

I’ve loved music my entire life. I remember playing air drums to ‘Born in the USA’ on a road trip with my family when I was a little kid, jamming out to Sublime in high school and college with my friends, and now perusing the radio or iTunes for new jams these days. Over all that time, I never heard Spoon. They’ve been making music since 1993 (nearly 20 years of my life), and I’m just now listening to them for the first time.

I’ve always listened to music, but I really started digging into it over the last few years. That means I occasionally come across a band that I’ve missed along the way. I found the Pixies a couple of months ago (no, I’m not joking), and now Spoon is one of my new favorites. I guess it’s strange to call them “new,” but technically Spoon is new to me (even though they’ve been jamming for decades).

I was introduced to Spoon by a local radio station. I was driving home from work the other night and heard a jam that caught my attention. Luckily, I was just pulling into my garage, so I whipped out Shazam to find out what it was. The answer: ‘You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb’ by Spoon. I immediately fell in love with it. Take a listen!

‘You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb’ is one of the best songs on Spoon’s Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga album. There’s a good chance I’m telling you something you already know, because the album was released in 2007. After I heard ‘You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb’ on the radio, I instantly bought the album and I haven’t stopped listening to it since. ‘Don’t Make Me a Target‘, ‘The Underdog‘ (which I’m pretty sure I heard in the past, but didn’t know it was Spoon) and ‘Black Like Me‘ are my other favorites.

I’m just now getting into Spoon, so there are years of tunes to catch up on. I’ve listened to a few jams on their Transference album (released in 2010), but I haven’t looked into much of their older stuff yet. It could honestly take me an entire week (or longer) to listen to everything Spoon has put out, because they’ve released seven albums since 1996 (who is this jerk calling them a New Music Discovery???). No matter how long it takes to backtrack — I’m sure it will be time well spent. From what I’ve heard so far, Spoon is totally worth it.

I’m not even going to ask if you’ve ever listened to Spoon, because chances are you have. Instead, I’ll just ask you what your favorite Spoon song is. Maybe you can help me pinpoint where to start in my search for other killer tunes. Please leave a comment below or connect with me on Twitter, Facebook and Google+. Don’t forget to also check out http://allaroundtim.com for more on the world of music, sports and travel.

New Music Discovery | Spoon

Spoon

New Music Discovery | Thao & The Get Down Stay Down

I’ve always wondered how bands come up with their names. The Beatles, Aerosmith, Pearl Jam, Modest Mouse — the list goes on and on. I’m sure you’ve heard these groups a thousand times, but their names are really strange when you stop and think about it for a second (give it a try!). New bands keep coming up with new, interesting names. Here’s another one you can add to the list: Thao & The Get Down Stay Down.

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down

The Thao part of Thao & The Get Down Stay Down is easy to understand. It’s the name of lead singer Thao Nguyen. The Get Down Stay Down part is little harder to grasp. Apparently Nguyen originally suggested “Thao & The Get Down” (which I personally think would be better), but it was later expanded to Thao & The Get Down Stay Down. When my sister suggested this group to me, I thought she was recommending two different bands. But in reality, she was suggesting one band with a long name.

It’s a unique name and it’s very fitting for a band that makes unique music. Thao & The Get Down Stay Down is San Francisco-based alternative folk rock group, and they just released a new album called We The Common in February. The most popular song on the album is the title track ‘We The Common (For Valerie Bolden)’. Take a listen!

NPR Music calls Thao Nguyen “one of the most commanding and distinctive young singers around.” They describe her as “quirky but cutting, playful but forceful, controlled but ragged.” I’ve seen a few different people actually lean toward the “quirky” description when talking about Thao & The Get Down Stay Down. It’s definitely a different sound, but one that I appreciate.

I can’t say I’m a fan of every track on We The Common, and I honestly have to be in the right mood to listen it. I’ve turned on Thao & The Get Down Stay Down a few times and loved them, but other times I get ten seconds into a song and shut them off. Some of the band’s other popular tracks (according to iTunes) are ‘The Feeling Kind‘, ‘Holy Roller‘ and ‘Kindness Be Conceived‘ (which is one of my personal favorites, because of the bluegrass feel).

I think you’re either a fan of Thao & The Get Down Stay Down or you’re not. I don’t see much of a middle ground, but I could be wrong (it’s happened several times before). I’m really interested to hear what you think of them. Please share your opinion in the comment section below or connect with me on Facebook, Twitter and Google+. You can also check out more from the world of music right now on http://allaroundtim.com. I can’t wait to hear from you!

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down

Thao Nguyen

Jeremy Loops | Mission To The Sun ‘Howling’

This might sound strange, but I think listening to the radio is like watching a drama on television. You never know what’s waiting around the corner. When you’re expecting to hear one thing; something new jumps out and surprises you. Sometimes the surprise sucks and it’s not worth listening to, but other times it piques your interest. That’s exactly what happened when I heard Jeremy Loops Mission to the Sun ‘Howling’ for the first time.

Jeremy Loops | Mission to the Sun 'Howling'

Jeremy Loops

If you’re looking for a happy song — this is it! Jeremy Loops Mission to the Sun ‘Howling’ has a strange name, but it’s a fun-loving mix of sound, instruments and lyrics. It wasn’t until I did some research that I learned Jeremy Loops is from South Africa. He’s a ”modern day one man folk band” and he usually puts on a show all by himself (he has help from saxophonist Jamie Faull on Mission to the Sun ‘Howling’). Since I wouldn’t do Jeremy Loops any justice, this is how his Facebook page describes his music:

“Jeremy has embraced technology in all its illustrious forms and creates his finely woven tapestry of sounds using his guitar, ukulele, harmonica and beatbox skills. He runs this all through a gamut of loop pedals, echo and distortion units and through the speakers to leave a crowd quite literally awe-struck, standing there going…’where is this all coming from?’”

The video for Jeremy Loops Mission to the Sun ‘Howling’ will help you understand it all. I think it’s amazing to watch Jeremy Loops in action. He’s like a conductor and an entire orchestra all rolled into one. The guy starts Mission to the Sun ‘Howling’ by looping noises from a kids toy (you can hear the noises throughout the entire jam), and then incorporates his guitar, harmonica and beatbox too. You have to check this out!

It’s impressive to watch Jeremy Loops in action, but I also think Mission to the Sun ‘Howling’ is a good tune. It’s one of a few creative songs on the Jeremy Loops EP he released in October of 2011. I was trying to find more jams by Jeremy Loops and it sounds like his debut album comes out soon. I don’t know how soon though — it’s only described as “upcoming.” You can find one of his new songs called Down South right now on YouTube. The video for Down South actually gives you a much better view of Jeremy Loops as a one man band (even more so than the video for Mission to the Sun ‘Howling’).

A lot of people think the radio is a boring way to listen to music (thanks to iPods, etc.), but I’m on the opposite side of the argument. That’s because I can drive around in my car in Seattle and hear tunes from a one man band who makes music halfway around the planet in South Africa. I could have scoured iTunes or the internet for hours and never would have crossed Jeremy Loops Mission to the Sun ‘Howling’. Thanks to the radio I found his jam and I’m really glad I did. I’ll be looking for more from Jeremy Loops in the future.

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Jeremy Loops | Mission to the Sun 'Howling'

Jeremy Loops singing Mission to the Sun ‘Howling’

Typhoon | Common Sentiments | White Lighter

I’m not sure why the Typhoon is named Typhoon, but I’m sure it’s because they bring a typhoon of sound every time they perform. The Portland-based band typically performs with 10 to 14 people on stage. From drums to violins to guitars to trumpets to keyboards – Typhoon has it all. I latched on the group a year or so ago, but there’s a new Typhoon jam that I just caught wind of. It’s called ‘Common Sentiments’. Take a listen!

There’s clearly a deeper meaning to ‘Common Sentiments’ (with lyrics like “Some white ghost from my past comes to split me wide open” and asking over and over “When am I going to feel better?”), but I don’t know what it is (and I don’t really care). For now, I just really like the sound of the song.

Typhoon honestly reminds me of the groups of people (some call them “hippies”) you randomly see jamming out at the city park. Instead of meeting at the local park, Typhoon just brings their instruments into the studio or on stage and they start to whale away. Unlike the folks in the park, Typhoon keeps everyone together to make an incredible sound.

Typhoon Common Sentiments

Typhoon
Courtesy: last.fm

NOTE: Yes, I realize that was one of my more random music observations.

‘Common Sentiments’ was released in August on a two-track vinyl called Common Sentiments 7″, but Typhoon has much bigger plans for the song. According to their website, ‘Common Sentiments’ is “the triumphant first single from Typhoon’s forthcoming full length, White Lighter (coming in 2013).” The band released a teaser video for White Lighter, but it’s still unclear when the exact release date is. I honestly can’t wait to hear more.

Like I mentioned, I started listening to Typhoon around a year and a half ago (if not longer). I’ve never bought one of their albums (they have an EP called A New Kind of House and a full-length album called Hunger and Thirst), but there are a couple of Typhoon songs I really like. ‘CPR/Claws, Pt. 2‘ is the jam that originally turned me onto them, and then I got hooked on ‘Summer Home‘ after that. Other than those two songs, ‘Common Sentiments’ and ‘Green‘ (the B-side track on the Common Sentiments 7″), I haven’t listened to Typhoon much. I plan on digging into them more now, especially when White Lighter comes out. I’ll be sure to report back with the latest!

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Typhoon Common Sentiments

Typhoon performing ‘Common Sentiments’

 

New Music Discovery | The Mowgli’s

I was listening to the radio the other day and I felt like I was hearing the same songs over and over again. It made me wonder why I hadn’t heard anything new and exciting lately. Oddly, the very next song that came on reached up and grabbed my attention. I had never heard it before, so I whipped out my cell phone and Shazam’d the jam. The result — The Mowgli’s San Francisco.

The Mowglis | San Francisco

The Mowgli’s

I don’t know about you, but I’d never heard of The Mowgli’s before. I’ve done some research on them since my introduction a few days ago. The Mowgli’s are an eight-piece band from the San Fernando Valley. They definitely look and sound like a group from southern California. The info section of The Mowgli’s website says “their harmonies carry a message of universal love and togetherness.” They released a fun-filled, five-song EP titled Love’s Not Dead at the end of October.

The EP is highlighted by The Mowgli’s San Francisco. It’s a catchy tune that you can sing along to. I’m not sure how to describe the band’s sound. It seems like a mix of pop, punk, folk and rock. I know that’s a terrible description, but that’s the best I can offer you. All I really know is that it’s hard not to smile when you listen to San Francisco (especially when you watch the music video — it’s like a glorified Coke commercial). Take a look and a listen!

The Mowgli’s San Francisco is the best jam on the EP, but there are a couple other interesting songs. Time is an acoustic solo by the band’s lead singer (I have no idea what his name is). The song touches on a dislike for work and hoping to win the lottery “so I can tell B of A (Bank of America) to kiss my a**,” and it also encourages listeners to not care what other people think and “just be who you want to be.” The song definitely isn’t for everyone, but that clearly doesn’t bother The Mowgli’s. In fact, that just might be the point.

The Mowglis | San Francisco

The Mowgli’s

Carry Your Will honestly sounds like a song you’d hear in church. The lyrics include ”Lord have mercy on me,” and the song refers to a “house built on sand” like The Bible verse Matthew 7:26. The Mowgli’s constantly repeat “Let your faith guide your faith” and “If you carry your will, I will carry my will.” I’m definitely not deep enough to understand this one, but believe it or not, it has a decent sound (again, not knowing what in the world — or out of this world – The Mowgli’s are singing about).

The Mowgli’s Love’s Not Dead EP also features The Great Divide and Slowly, Slowly. I’ve listened to each of them a few times, but I haven’t put as much effort into those tunes as San Francisco, Time and Carry Your Will. The Great Divide seems like a pretty catchy tune, too. I’ll report back after I’ve given it a few more listens.

All in all, I think The Mowgli’s EP is a bit up and down, but there’s one really good song – San Francisco. For that, I don’t regret paying $4 for the EP on iTunes. The Mowgli’s appear to have a committed following, and they’re kicking off a cross-country tour this spring, which includes stops in Seattle, New York, Boston, Milwaukee and several other cities. I’m really interested to see what the future holds for The Mowgli’s. We’ll find out soon enough.

What did you think of The Mowgli’s San Francisco? Had you ever heard the song before now? I’d love to hear from you! Please leave a comment below or connect with me on Facebook, Twitter and Google+. Don’t forget to also check out more from the world of music right now on http://allaroundtim.com.

 

New Music Discovery | Grouplove

I honestly didn’t know much about the band Grouplove until about a week ago. That’s when I bought tickets to Deck The Hall Ball in Seattle which features The Killers, The Lumineers, Passion Pit, Grouplove and five other bands. I obviously wanted to get a feel for everyone I’m going to see at KeyArena in December, so I did some research into Grouplove (which is also often written as GROUPLOVE).

I was familiar with two of their songs, but had no idea it was Grouplove that sang them. Their most popular song ‘Tongue Tied‘ was featured on an iPod Touch commercial. It’s a good jam, but I actually like ‘Itchin’ On A Photograph‘ better. They recently started playing it on the radio around here, and I even Shazam’d it a couple of weeks ago because I liked it so much – again not realizing it was Grouplove at the time.

If you’re not familiar with Grouplove — this song might sound familiar to you:

Grouplove | Never Trust a Happy SongAside from ‘Tongue Tied’ (which reached No. 1 on the Billboard alternative chart) and ‘Itchin’ on a Photograph’ (watch the official video), Grouplove is new to me. I literally just bought their debut album Never Trust A Happy Song (and I’m listening to it right now), so you’re getting my first reaction to all of their songs. The album name is actually pretty misleading (which was probably the point) because most of Grouplove’s songs sound like happy songs. I really like ‘Colours‘, ‘Lovely Cup‘, the catchy ‘Chloe‘ and the slowed down ‘Cruel And Beautiful World‘. At the same time, Never Trust a Happy Song seems to lull through ‘Slow‘ and ‘Naked Kids‘ (it’s either a terrible pop song or they’re making fun on pop songs — I can’t tell — and that’s not a good thing), before picking up steam with ‘Spun‘ and then finishing pretty strong from there.

There’s no voice coach in the world who would praise lead singer/songwriter Christian Zucconi, but I think he’s what makes Grouplove what they are. The iTunes review of Never Trust a Happy Song says “Zucconi has a wonderful quality in his voice, part unleashed puppy and part unhinged young artist.” When Grouplove strays from Zucconi in the lead role, that’s when the album loses it’s luster. When he’s in charge — it’s hard to find a more unique sound.

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New Music Discovery | Lucas Field

What happened to Low vs Diamond? That’s the question I asked myself this morning. So, being the music nerd that I am, I jumped online to find the answer. It turns out the group disbanded in 2010, and all of the members have shot off in different directions. Former Low vs Diamond frontman Lucas Field has actually started his own solo act, and he’s already released his debut LP.

Lucas Field Low vs Diamond Frontman

Low vs Diamond performing in Seattle

Before I dig too deep – I want to share a little background about Low vs Diamond: My sister introduced me to the band a few years ago after she saw them perform in Canada. Since we have a very similar taste in music, she knew I would like them — and I did. I listened to their album over and over again, especially when I was at the gym. I guarantee ‘Don’t Forget Sister‘ is one of the most played songs on my old iPod. ‘Heart Attack‘ and ‘Cinema Tonight‘ weren’t very far behind. I liked Low vs Diamond so much, I even saw them perform live in Seattle (probably not long before they broke up). My sister and I were both convinced these guys were destined for stardom. They even received rave reviews from Rolling Stone, performed on the Late Show With David Letterman and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and then Low vs Diamond went silent.

Fast forward to 2012…

Lucas Field Singer Songwriter

LucasField.com

Low vs Diamond lead singer Lucas Field now lives on a houseboat in Seattle with his basset hound Andre. At least that’s what his Twitter account says. Field released his debut LP called Conquest of Happiness in November of 2011. It’s a much, much different sound than I was expecting. I thought there would be some glimmer of Low vs Diamond in there, but it’s not even close. Field’s voice is familiar, but that’s about it. The album actually has an R&B/soul feel to it, and his website describes the LP as “old school lounge.”

It’s easy to hear that Lucas Field is a talented singer-songwriter, but his album definitely doesn’t blow me away. There’s just not a ton of variety, so a lot of the songs sound the same. I feel like I’m hearing to the same track over and over again, but I’m really not. With that said, there are a few jams I like. My favorite song on the album is ’Start From Scratch‘ and I also dig ‘Givin It All Ya Got‘.

I don’t know what’s ahead for Lucas Field, because there are no future tour dates listed on his website. Aside from a couple shows in California, it looks like Field pretty much just plays in Seattle (which is OK with me since I live in the Emerald City).

If you didn’t know Low vs Diamond, you might love Lucas Field as a solo act (and I hope you do). But for a guy who really liked Low vs Diamond, I find Lucas Field’s album disappointing. That’s not his fault; it’s mine. I went into this hoping to hear a new version of Low vs Diamond – instead I found “old school lounge.” I set my expectations way too high and they fell plenty short. It’s still honestly a little hard to swallow.

What do you think of Lucas Field as a solo act? Were you a fan of Low vs Diamond? I would love to hear from you. Simply leave a message below or connect with me on Twitter, Facebook and Google+. Don’t forget to also check out more of my music reviews right now on http://allaroundtim.com.

New Music Discovery | Heartless Bastards

I thought my Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers post was really random, but then I started to realize that random is what makes music really fun. There’s always someone/something new to find, and how you find them is usually — again — random (or at least that’s how it works for me). So, with that long-winded explanation in the books, the way I found the Heartless Bastards really shouldn’t sound all that strange.

I work in a television station right across the street from the Space Needle, which is located in an area called Seattle Center. There are always events happening at Seattle Center, including this weekend — it’s Bumbershoot. For those of you who don’t know, Bumbershoot is a huge, annual music and arts festival in the Emerald City. The best part about being so close is that I can hear some of the acts performing from my office (it’s a little echoey, but you can still get a good feel for the tunes).

Heartless Bastard Band Music

Heartless Bastards

I was pounding away on my shows last night when one of the bands peaked my interest. I immediately jumped on the Bumbershoot website to find out who was on stage. The answer — the Heartless Bastards. I’d never heard them before, but their name alone made them worth researching. I wanted to jump all over it, but I was working hard, so my research had to wait until this morning. Here’s what I found:

The Heartless Bastards are a “garage band” that formed back in 2003 in Cincinnati. They’ve since moved, so they’re now based in Austin, Texas. There are four people who make up the Heartless Bastards, but the centerpiece is singer/guitarist/songwriter Erika Wennerstrom. The iTunes review for the band’s latest album Arrow describes Wennerstrom as a “rock n’ roll goddess”:

“Wennerstrom is a versatile guitarist who has the rock bite of Chrissie Hynde, the wounded blues howl of singers like Cat Power and P.J. Harvey, and the classic rock soul of the women of Heart — all in one combustible package,” the review reads.

I haven’t had a ton of time to listen to their old stuff, but I like what I hear so far from Arrow (released on Valentine’s Day). ‘Parted Ways‘ and ‘Only For You‘ peaked my interest the most on the album. Heartless Bastards gets high scores for variety (often described as multi-dimensional). They slam songs like ‘Got To Have Rock And Roll‘, bring some country twang to ‘Low Low Low‘ and flashback to the Woodstock-esque ‘Down In The Canyon‘.

Here’s a sample of what the Heartless Bastards bring to the table (this is ‘Only For You’):

NOTE: You can actually get a free download of ‘Only for You’ by signing up for the Heartless Bastards mailing list on their website.

The Heartless Bastards’ Wikipedia page says the group is often compared to The Black Keys (also from Ohio), but I can’t say I hear a ton of resemblance (let’s be honest — The Black Keys are better). The Heartless Bastards have their own unique sound, and I think that’s what drew me to them from the beginning. This was a random find, but one I’m pretty happy with so far.

I’ll keep my ears peeled for another surprise from Bumbershoot today…

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