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Sounding Out The January Thaw

The January Thaw is kicking off and, as in previous years, my musical wants turn to a more Spring feel – full of Celtic, folk, and bluegrass flavors with tinges and moments of classic rock and reggae-fused rock.

It’s a very powerful thing for me, emotionally, when the air warms to break the ice and melt the snow. The air is fresh and crisp but the thawing organic material puts the scent of life into the air, carried by a beautiful moisture. It is invigorating. The chorus of snow and ice melting off rooftops is a cacophony that soundtracked many memorable moments in my youth.

This weekend will bounce around temperatures in the 40s and 50s Fahrenheit, so my car will be blaring these warm, friendly tunes out the window.

The Driftless

The lovely lady at the mando is a dear old friend and the tunes this little troupe jam out are like lying in a small meadow blanketed in a life-giving breeze. Their first EP is a free download, so get yourself some old timey goodness. [getcha good tunes]


Anyone familiar with the modern wave of Celtic-inspired music is familiar with Dervish. They’re the top of the crop and their cover of Bob Dylan’s Boots of Spanish Leather is my favorite version of the song.

Chelsea Wolfe

This thaw and winter are getting a lot of heavy play on Chelsea Wolfe’s new acoustic collection Unknown Rooms. To try and describe it would never do it justice. Instead, simply enjoy the music.

and, of course, a little Sublime

What are you listening to in this period?

The Driftless EP

   The Driftless are three beautiful ladies in California making some of the most wonderful bluegrass-colored folk I’ve heard in some time. Together, Megan Saunders (mandolin, banjo, vocals), Blair McLaughlin (guitar, violin, vocals), and Nicole Campbell (violin, guitar, vocals) weave melodies that evoke a soft breeze in a field on a warm summer’s day (and a visit to the pub that very same night). Now, The Driftless have released their first self titled ep and my ears couldn’t be happier.

Running time: 15m11s

1. Lowdown
2. Watercolor Rain
3. Salt And Sweet
4. Capay

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Best of 2011: Music

   I usually tend to make predictions for the next year in technology when December rolls around. However, this year I will simply list the best of the year we are closing. To kick it off, the best music released in 2011!


Wideawake, Peter Corpse

   Just a quick bit, here… Peter Corpse’s 2010 demo (produced by me and being released under NightWave Media) is up for streaming on MySpace. Downloads will be coming soon.

hosted by NightWave Media

  1. Immortality (Pearl Jam cover)
  2. Tilt
  3. XIII (Danzig cover, inspired by Johnny Cash’s interpretation)
  4. One Last Scream
  5. Old School Necrophiliac
  6. Wideawake