Monthly Archives: October 2012

Music My Nephews Recommend

So, I am fortunate enough to have nephews with good taste in music.

In the past month, three nephews have recommended three different bands.

First up, my nephew Matt recommended Lord Huron’s Time to Run.

Then another, David, pointed me in the direction of Apex Manor‘s song, Under the Gun.

Finally, my nephew Luke recommended Josh Fix‘s This Town Is Making Me Angry.

And amazingly enough, all three songs are great listens. I am one lucky uncle.

Meklit Hadero & Quinn DeVeaux – This Must Be the Place

Here is an interesting cover of the Talking Heads’ classic, This Must Be the Place, by Meklit Hadero & Quinn DeVeaux.

This is just one of the tunes that the duo cover in their new album, Meklit & Quinn, which was released in late September.

Here’s a tracklist of all the songs (many of them cover versions) on the album:

Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels) – Arcade Fire
Sent By You – Meklit and Quinn
This Must Be The Place – Talking Heads
Electric Feel – MGMT
Satellite Of Love – Lou Reed
Elegie – Patti Smith
I Was Made To Love Her – Stevie Wonder
Slow – Meklit Hadero
Look At What The Light Did Now – Kyle Field
Saving Up – Quinn DeVeaux
Music Arcade – Neil Young
Bring It On Home To Me – Sam Cooke

My thanks to Porto Fino Records for making me aware of the video (and album).

When “Idiots” Try to Steal

You have to love how the victims of the crime characterize the accused thieves as “idiots”–as covered in this KTRK-TV (Houston, Texas) news piece. Did I mention they caught the alleged crooks–or at the very least these folks had their stolen stuff. And offered to reimburse them for damaged property. Clearly the whole story has not been revealed, unsure if it ever will be.

Comedy gold occurs around the 1:50 mark.

Kara McGraw on The Hound & The Hare

Kara McGraw: The Hound & The Hare

Singer/songwriter Kara McGraw just released an album, Hound and Hare, that was 10 years in the making. The album, which was released on September 25, is aiming to support 13 charities over 13 weeks. Each week, a new charity will be supported. Yesterday week 2 of the charity support started–and this week the charity that is benefiting is Heifer International. To see McGraw’s entire charitable donation plan, be sure to visit here. My thanks to McGraw for discussing the album (which can be bought in its entirety for $10 here)

Tim O’Shea: When did you realize you wanted to do an album that “takes inspiration from vinyl, including an A and B side“?

Kara McGraw: The songs on this album were composed over the span of ten years. Needless to say, I was staring into a large pool of music when planning the album lineup, and I was divided as to how to proceed. On the one hand, I feel a deep connection to my more intimate, first-person songs. They turn inward to explore and express vulnerability, and in so doing, they offer comfort and healing. On the other hand, I was also ready to dive into a new, more adventurous musical sphere, one that gave me the opportunity to reflect on external affairs and society as a whole. This latter style of music aligns with a different state of mind, one that is more confident, analytical, and outward-focused.

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