Tuesday, December 2, 2008
From the BOTG Mailbox: Matt Kanelos + Peasant
One of the really cool side benefits of writing a music blog is that all these up-and-coming artists (and, let's be honest, some that aren't going much of anywhere), send us songs. They send us links to their MySpace pages, or to their YouTube videos. Best of all, sometimes they send us their actual music. And they beg us to post it and brag about it.
We've chewed on how to properly handle this for a while, and here's what we're doing.
If we like stuff, we'll probably get around to using it. If we get enough of a taste of an artist and are intrigued, we'll probably even add some extra commentary. If we don't particularly like it, or if it's beyond unlikeable and into the "not good for anyone's ears" category, then we're not gonna post it. We're not gonna poop on people who were hoping we'd do them a solid.
When You Walk It Makes No Sound - Matt Kanelos (mp3)
That's meant to be a compliment, by the way.
The Wind - Peasant (mp3)
Peasant reminds me a little of Band of Horses, another band I'm only just discovering. Maybe these guys are a little bit simpler, but there's something alluring about that high-pitched tendrill voice. None of the four songs of theirs I've discovered go longer than about 3 1/2 minutes. They like to float on a cool acoustic pop breeze, one that dies down before it gets too cold.
BONUS CHRISTMAS SONG! (Because Bob said so)
Make It Home - Juliana Hatfield (mp3)
Sure, it's kind of a downer (which, incidentally, never hurt the Greatest Depressing Holiday Song Ever, Joni Mitchell's "River"), but it's about remembering that just having a home is a blessing in and of itself. Besides, it was used in My So-Called Life, which automatically requires me to love it.