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SONG: Johnny Flynn

“Time Unremembered”

Tonight at 9PM I’ll feature Johnny Flynn’s latest album, Country Mile, for mvyradio’s Album of the Week. I really enjoy Flynn’s sound a lot and there are plenty of killer songs on this album, including the final track…such a beautiful way to end it:

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COVER: Sarah Jarosz

“Simple Twist of Fate” [Bob Dylan]

Wow. Just wow. This cover gives me goosebumps before she even starts singing. Sarah Jarosz is a very young phenom in the bluegrass world. At age 18 she released her debut album and was nominated for a Grammy award. This year she released her third album, Build Me Up From Bones, as she graduated from the New England Conservatory of music in Boston. At 22 years old, with her flawless voice and mastery of multiple instruments, I think it’s an understatement to say her career looks promising!

Build Me Up From Bones is where you’ll find this incredibly beautiful Bob Dylan cover and tonight you can hear the album from start to finish on mvyradio’s Album Of the Week (9PM).


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SONG: Laura Marling

“Breathe”

Tonight on mvyradio, I’ll feature Laura Marling’s album Once I Was An Eagle in its entirety. I have to say, I’ve not heard such a beautiful album in a very very long time. Sitting and listening to this record while reading the lyrics, I went through so many emotions and came close to tears many times. It’s an incredibly powerful piece of art, and I hope you can join me to listen at 9PM – mvyradio.com

We are beyond excited to welcome Laura Marling to the Vineyard for a Friends Of mvyradio benefit performance – Sunday, September 1st at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center. Get your tickets here – FriendsOfmvyradio.org

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ALBUM: Jesse Dee

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On My Mind/In My Heart

Tonight I’ll feature this new album from Boston-based soul singer Jesse Dee as our Album Of The Week on mvyradio. You can “tune in” at 9PM to hear the album from start to finish! After years of touring and recording independently, Jesse has signed onto Alligator Records for this release and I’m excited about this new partnership! Alligator Records works with country, blues and soul artists that we love at mvyradio and Jesse Dee fits right in.

The simplest way I can sum up this album is by saying it’s filled with HORNS and HOOKS. And if you’re not familiar with Jesse Dee’s voice, it’s one of the most powerful and soulful voices you’ve likely heard in a while. Jesse’s songwriting is filled with hopeful and encouraging lyrics. This is a soul album that lifts the spirits and makes you smile. I think the title track of the album really conveys that:

Jesse Dee
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SONG: Dala

“Lennon and McCartney”

These two girls never cease to amaze me with the amount of sweetness that’s infused in everything they do. Their latest album Best Day has a lot of beautiful slower tunes on it, but this cute upbeat number is my favorite track:

Dala
Listen to Best Day tonight at 9PM on mvyradio’s Album of the Week!

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LYRICS: Chris Smither

“Hundred Dollar Valentine”

This is the title track of Chris Smither’s latest album and it’s probably one of the most well-written songs I’ve heard this year. From start to finish, every phrase seems so perfect to me. I’ve got to include the entire song:

“Tell me why, the moment you’re gone
I can’t see anymore,
That sun is risin’ but it just don’t shine,
Ain’t no light through my door.
I flip my switches but I don’t turn on,
There ain’t a flicker baby, I got no juice today,
I had a lighter in my carry-on,
But the airline took it away.

You know it ain’t just my sight that you stole,
My heart’s been missin’ a beat,
My wheels are spinnin’ but they just don’t roll,
I’m standin’ dead on my feet.
I can’t go out, I can’t stay home,
I’m cryin’ showers, my mind’s a hurricane,
I called a taxi ’bout an hour ago,
But I think he got lost in the rain.

No mail today, my phone never rings,
Nothin’ works when you’re gone,
My mind is hummin’ but my heart don’t sing,
Baby can’t you please come home.
I got time on my hands I got you on my mind,
I got a heart that’s beatin’ like a hundred-dollar valentine,
I know you told me you’d be home by four,
But I just can’t take it no more.
I know you told me you’d be home by four,
But I just can’t take it no more.”

Listen tonight at 9PM to hear the entire new Chris Smither album – the Album of the Week on mvyradio.com!

Chris Smither

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SONG: Gotye

“I Feel Better”

Sure, people will call Gotye a one hit wonder, but is seems to me he’s actually a hardworking, experimental pop musician who happened to have a smash hit. His (3rd) album, Making Mirrors shows an incredible amount of range and it’s Gotye himself (Wouter (Wally) De Backer is his given name) crafting these tunes and producing them. I’m sure you’ve heard “Somebody That I Used To Know”…well compare it to this tune below that’s off the same album. If it intrigues you. listen to more from Making Mirrors tonight at 9PM on mvyradio.

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SONG: Andrew Bird

“Desperation Breeds”

The new Andrew Bird album has 14 amazing tracks and I’ve been trying to give each one my full attention. Track #1 really starts things off strong and sets a tone for the rest. If you like this, listen to Break It Yourself in its entirety when I play it tonight at 9PM on mvyradio’s Album Of the Week!

 

 

Andrew Bird

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Album Of The Week

Ingrid Michaelson – Human Again

At the very start of  Human Again I’m  struck by urgent sounding strings and piano…but before even a full minute into the song, a dance-like drumbeat joins in to make a sound that I’m not totally familiar with. Track two follows suit with guitar and drum tracks creating epic beats that echo. At this point I’m taking off my headphones and listening through the speakers because I’m not used to this. Am I hearing it right?

Ingrid Michaelson was right when she said fans of her cute voice and stripped down ukelele sound could be disappointed with this album. It’s big. It’s layered. A lot of it’s clearly computer generated. I can’t say that particular sound is my favorite, but I’m excited for the evolution.

Track 4, “I’m Through” [*below] seems to be the first song to really grab me. It’s mostly piano and vocals…and that’s when I start to think maybe I’m actually one of those disappointed fans who misses stripped-down Ingrid.

“Black and Blue” has a playful beat and gets me more intrigued for the second half of the album. Right away, “Ribbons” is a bit different than the rest, but maybe the most pop sounding so far. Then I’m pulled in by “How We Love” because of its sparseness [*listen below]. Ingrid’s beautiful lyrics soar over repetitive guitar plucking and not much else:

“We hate the rain when it fills up our shoes
but how we love when it washes our cars
we love to love when it fills up the room
but when it leaves oh we’re cursing the stars”

But then it’s back to poppy beats and repeating, call and response vocals on “Palm Of You Hand” – probably the one track I’ll be sure to skip over on my next listen. I’ve grown fond of track 10, the single “Ghost”…I think she really comes off as honest and open on this particular song [*great live version below].

Track 12, “Keep Warm”,  surprises me by joining the lush, produced sound with a simpler sounding melody…I feel like this middle of the road approach is incredibly successful and this might be my favorite track on the album [*check out the tune below]. “End Of World” (fittingly) ends the album but unfortunately this is another track I’d probably not revisit…I don’t care for the harsh, high pitched vocals.

All in all this album seems to be sort of a mixed back sonically. I’ll have to listen more, but initially, the less produced tracks are more appealing to me. But I do always appreciate an artist taking chances and experimenting…pushing themselves and their music to different places…out of the comfort zone. That’s when the magic can really happen.

“I’m Through”

“How We Love”

“Ghost” [live]

“Keep Warm”

Tune in to hear this album in its entirety,
TONIGHT at 9pm
at mvyradio.com

Ingrid Michaelson

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Album Of The Week

Dawes – Nothing Is Wrong

The music from this four piece out of LA has an amazing way of sounding like something you’ve heard before, but somehow with a newness about it. Their tunes have been called “authentically vintage” and I really think that description is right on.

Right away the lyrics are noticeably simple but brilliant. Singer/songwriter Taylor Goldsmith has clearly been inspired by Neil Young, Crosby Stills & Nash, and Jackson Browne (who sings background vocals on one track).

The single, “Time Spent In Los Angeles”, opens the album and is fittingly catchy and almost sweet sounding [*video below]. Track #2, “If I Wanted Someone”, has a bit of a Tom Petty vibe to me. “My Way Home” slows things down a bit and then heats up with some amazing guitarwork and belting vocals towards the end – a perfect segue into “Coming Back To A Man”, which is upbeat and drum-driven with a touch of harmonica.

Track #5 is “So Well”, to me one of the more sad songs on the album…and in the words we hear how the album gets its name… “And she does it so well, I was still falling in love when she said farewell, for long enough to finally tell, that nothing is wrong

We’re picked right back up with a really fun tune – “How Far We’ve Come” – one of my favorites on the album. Then comes “Fire Away”, which starts slow for me, but by the end I’m blown away by the gorgeous vocal harmonies (including Jackson Browne), and again, some seriously great guitar [*listen below, to the end!]. More sadness and heartache with the light, airy “Moon In The Water”, and the brooding “Million Dollar Bill”.

We get a much needed pick me up with track #10 – “The Way You Laugh” – which has a melody that makes you move and even some ooohs thrown in. Finally, “A Little Bit Of Everything” starts up…and it doesn’t take long to realize it’s an astonishing piece of writing. I think it’s the perfect way to end the album…leaving you thinking about life and love and connectedness. [*live version below]

“Time Spent In Los Angeles”

“Fire Away”

“A Little Bit Of Everything” [LIVE]

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