One of my all-time favorite bands just released a new live album called “Live with the Redacted Symphony” that they are giving away for free on NoiseTrade . The album includes 7 classic Guster songs and 3 song from their most recent album, all performed live with a symphony orchestra. It’s pretty good stuff and it has me itchin’ to see these guys live again. I read recently that they have a new album in the works. I never really got into 2010’s Easy Wonderful, but they are one of those bands that has earned my loyalty and I will give a listen to anything they release.
Live with the Redacted Symphony Tracklist
- What You Call Love
- Two Points for Honesty
- Fa Fa
- This Is How It Feels to Have a Broken Heart
- Lightning Rod
- On the Ocean
- Come Downstairs and Say Hello
I have been a fan of the site Daytrotter for several years now. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Daytrotter, it is a music site that has a little studio they call The Horseshack in downtown Rock Island, IL. They invite bands to stop by in between shows while they are on tour to record a short little session, which is then put up on the site for free download along with a cartoon drawing of the artist and a short essay on the band and their music. Often the sessions are nothing more than spontaneous re-workings of songs on their previous records. But every once and a while an artist will use this opportunity to unveil an unreleased song they’ve been working on or to give us a cover of somebody else’s tune. Either way, they are a fun way to get introduced to a new band or to gain some fresh and unique songs from an old favorite to add to your collection. Over the years they have become pretty popular and are now pumping out several sessions a week. So I decide to take the time to share with you some of my favorite sessions of the year (so far). You can listen to one song from each session that I chose to give you the feel for the artist, and if you like it, I encourage you to head over to Daytrotter so you can listen to and download the full session.
11. Junip – Without You (removed 7/21/12)
If you don’t recognize the name Junip, you may be more familiar with their frontman, Jose Gonzalez, as I have mentioned him on here in the past. This is a great session with two songs off of last year’s Fields and one from the Rope and Summit EP.
Listen: Junip’s Daytrotter Session
10. Pete Yorn – Stronger Than (removed 7/21/12)
Surprisingly this is Yorn’s first Daytrotter session and it is a great one, with four songs off of last year’s Pete Yorn. He is starting to reach veteran status in the music world, and his songs are really showing it. I really like the maturity in his sound and songwriting. It is showcased reallly well in this session.
Listen: Pete Yorn’s Daytrotter Session
On sale for $5.99: Pete Yorn
9. The Belle Brigade – Sweet Louise (removed 7/21/12)
I am falling more and more in love with this group the more I listen to them. I shared with you last week their excellent single, “Losers.” There is a great stripped down version of that song in this session. These guys remind me of Simon and Garfunkel in the best of ways. The whole session is four songs from their self-titled debut.
Purchase: The Belle Brigade
8. Hurricane Bells – The Cold Has Killed Us (removed 7/21/12)
These guys came in and played a monster of a session with 8 songs from several different records. This is a great introduction these southern rockers if you are unfamiliar with their catalog.
Purchase: Tonight Is The Ghost (Deluxe Edition)
7. Guster – That’s No Way To Get To Heaven (removed 7/21/12)
Here’s another indie mainstay that is just now getting around to recording their first session and it’s a great one with 5 songs from 3 different albums. My three favorites all coming from last year’s Easy Wonderful.
Listen: Guster’s Daytrotter Session
Purchase: Easy Wonderful
6. Frontier Ruckus – The Upper Room (removed 7/21/12)
These guys were actually back this year for their second Daytrotter session and I really wish I had taken the time to listen to them last year. I just recently found these guys via one of the last Paste Music Sampler CD’s. His voice is a little off-putting at first, but I have actually grown to love it and now find it very endearing.
On sale for $5.99: Deadmalls And Nightfalls
5. Rosi Golan – Come Around (removed 7/21/12)
I wouldn’t know this girl from Eve if it weren’t for my lovely wife putting her on continuous rotation in our house. I would’ve written her off as just another throwaway female pop singer, but that would’ve been a mistake. This girl can really sing and this session shows off how great she is live. I can’t wait to hear the follow up to her 2008 debut, The Drifter and the Gypsy.
Listen: Rosi Golan’s Daytrotter Session
Purchase: The Drifter and the Gypsy
4. The Low Anthem – Dreams Can Chase You Down (removed 7/21/12)
If you haven’t gotten the chance to hear their new album, Smart Flesh, this is a great introduction to it. They play several songs from it, including the excellent “Dreams Can Chase You Down” which until now could only be heard on the deluxe edition of the album.
Purchase: Smart Flesh [+Digital Booklet]
3. Rooney – Holdin’ On (removed 7/21/12)
I bought these California rockers’ debut album about 8 years ago now based solely on the cover. Boy was that a great decision. Well fortunately for you, you don’t have to buy their new one based on the cover, you can just listen to their recent Daytrotter session and decide with your ears rather than your eyes.
Listen: Rooney’s Daytrotter Session
2. Best Coast – In My Room (removed 7/21/12)
These surf rockers actually recorded this session about a year and a half ago, before their debut album, Crazy For You, was even released. And for one reason or another it is just now being released for our listening pleasure. It is another large collection of songs, none of which ended up on Crazy For You, which makes this session even more fun.
Listen: Best Coast’s Daytrotter Session
On sale for $3.99: Crazy For You
1. Sarah Jaffe – Clementine (removed 7/21/12)
I have already posted one song from this session as my second favorite song of the year (so far) and I’m wondering if I sold it short. I can’t say enough about how much I love this girl. The control she has over her voice is absolutely incredible. Her live show was completely enthralling. I can’t stop listening to Suburban Nature and am dying for her to give us something new. This session has definitely helped tide me over til that day.
Listen: Sarah Jaffe’s Daytrotter Session
Purchase: Suburban Nature
Who is this Cody fella and why is he writing on here? I know! It’s been that long! I’ve been busy administrating the site and even exploring some new projects for IHYEB, but I’ve also kept my ear close to the ground. During one of my routine visits to the administration panel of the site I noticed that traffic to one of our posts had skyrocketed! I was taken aback, what had Nathan written this time. But it wasn’t Nathan at all! It was something I wrote six months ago!
So I’ve returned for the first remix of the week in SIX MONTHS! It’s also kind of an excuse to talk about Guster, one of my favorite bands. The remix I’ve brought with me today is the Astronaut’s remix of Ganging Up On the Sun classic “Satellite”. I can vividly remember the first time I heard the original version of this song, and it kind of gives me chills just picturing it. Why the chills? It was a moment when I realized that what just happened to me is a permanent and life altering change.
Is this remix going to change your life? NO. It most certainly will not. But, if you’re willing to stick yourself out there a bit and be vulnerable, Ryan Miller and his sweet sweet voice will pick you up and give you a giant musical hug. Brian will play you the softest hand drum solos, Adam will write you a beautiful lullaby, and maybe, just maybe, Joe will let you crash on his couch.
Guster is love! Maybe I’m getting carried away. Just maybe. But I can’t contain my excitement! The group has finished the recording process of their album coming out this september, and this quickly spells another word.
T – O – U – R
My favorite live show I’ve ever been to was Guster! I’ll be attending the Conan O’Brien live show this saturday, but he can eat his irish heart out. Nathan and I both attended that show in all it’s ping-pong ball throwing glory, and I’d do it over and over again if I could.
I’m getting off point.
Well, this new album will be the newest thing since the Satellite EP which included this remix. This is also the last song from that EP if you don’t count two live cover songs of The Beatles and Bonnie Tyler.
What I’m trying to say is, if there were a “Previously on Guster…”, this is it.