Sunday, July 18, 2010

British Bluegrass??

So there's this great new band out there. I found them on Dave FM, and got hooked listening to the one song they played. So of course I did what any new fan would do: I got the album and set up a new Pandora station.

According to Wikipedia, Mumford and Sons began playing together back in 2007 and released their first album, Sigh No More, last year. It crossed the pond this year and has frolicked (do the English frolick?) its way up the charts and into our radios. The single I fell in love with, Little Lion Man, has a catchy chorus that isn't inane (coughkatyperrycough)  like so much new music out there. Also, who is rocking a banjo nowadays? Not enough artists, that's for sure.

M&S are listed as Indie Rock or Folk Rock, but the combination of instruments is begging me to call it Bluegrass Rock. But they're more than just the instruments. The lyrics and harmonies are darker and more serious than you'll find over the traditional airwaves. Broken hearts, revenge, regret and the state of your soul are all themes in their music. And yet there's something hopeful in the songs as well: "Lead me to the truth and I will follow you with my whole life."

All in all, this is a great new sound, and I recommend that if you're sick of the same 20 songs on the radio, which all sound the same anyway, to give these guys a listen.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Site issues

We're going through some site-code updates/housecleaning at the moment. All will return to normal shortly.

I hope. 

UPDATE: Everything's working the way I want, other than the massive space in the first post on the page. I have no idea why it's like that, but I'm working on it. 

Monday, July 12, 2010

New Blood

Just to prove that this little blog o' mine is still ticking, I decided to make a post. Genie Junkie and I have neglected Garm Howling for quite awhile, but hopefully that will change in the future. Recently I thought about this minuscule corner of cyberspace and wondered if I should create some new content. Fortuitously, my fiancée Kat mentioned that she'd like to start her own blog. I pounced on the opportunity and (short story, long) now she's going to cross-post here and at her own place: A Little Bit of This, A Little Bit of That.

So we have some new blood and soon, Cthulhu-willing, some new content as well.