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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Nothing To It” by The New Basement Tapes

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Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes, is a new collaborative album project from Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops), Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Marcus Mumford (Mumford & Sons) and producer T Bone Burnett. The album, which will be released on November 11th, celebrates the discovery of never before heard handwritten Bob Dylan lyrics from his 1967 “Basement Tapes” writing and recording period. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Saturday Song” by Hiss Golden Messenger

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This week’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week is “Saturday Song” by singer-songwriter Hiss Golden Messenger, a folk and country flavored band fronted by M.C. Taylor. His forthcoming album, Lateness of Dancers, is being released on September 9th (Merge Records). The album is HGM’s fifth release, takes its name from a story by acclaimed Southern author Eudora Welty. Joining Taylor on the album are It Megafaun’s Phil and Brad Cook, Alexandra Sauser-Monnig of Mountain Man, guitarist William Tyler (The Lambchop, Silver Jews), and longtime member Scott Hirsch. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Rise Up Singing” by Trigger Hippy

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This week’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week is “Rise Up Singing,” by Trigger Hippy. The band features Joan Osborne, Jackie Greene, Tom Bukovac, Nick Govrik, and Black Crowes drummer Steve Gorman. They’ve previously released an EP, however on September 30th they are releasing their self-titled debut album. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Let Me Down Easy” by Paolo Nutini

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Scottish singer/songwriter Paolo Nutini is releasing his new album, Caustic Love, on September 16th. The album is steeped in the soulful vibes and the classic sounds of Stax/Volt records, and is a reinvention of Nutini from singer-songwriter to soul crooner. It’s been five years in the making, and the reviews of the album (already released in the UK), have been nothing but sensational.

Using the original version of the song by Bettye LaVette as a starting point, the Scottish singer grabs hold of the song with all he’s got, owning the song with a soulful, heartfelt vocal delivery.

WXPN Welcomes Nutini to the Trocadero on September 20th. More info about the show and tickets here.

Watch the video for “Let Me Down Easy” recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London, below.

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Golden State” by John Murry

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Oakland based singer-songwriter John Murry has released a new EP, Califorlornia, the followup to his 2013 acclaimed The Graceless Age, an album Mojo magazine called “a Southern gothic Americana symphony that twists beautiful, maudlin melodies around the dramatically brutal story of Murry’s personal fall.”

Murry explained the song’s origin to American Songwriter:

“Golden State began when Chuck Prophet threw some ridiculous art-punk 7″ on the turntable. Why he thought I’d want to hear it, I have no clue … The song was damn awful! But the idea we stole from it? Well, maybe it wasn’t … An Eastern vocal melody painted over a very Western rock and roll song structure … I thought, “What could be more California than this?!?” So we played with that sonic idea until we’d made up our own “Paint It Black” in reverse. We took lyrics I had already written down in one of my disorganized notebooks. It was another obnoxiously sunny California afternoon. Like a letter from prison put to music, Golden State represents the absurd and angry world I see around me here every single day. In my golden home. In Oakland, Califorlornia.”

Below, download “Golden State.” You can listen/purchase the full EP (with bonus tracks) here

Support for My Morning Download, from Flying Fish Brewing Company
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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Habit” by Ought

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Montreal indie rockers Ought is one of those bands that recalls the older sounds of punk & post punk groups like Television, Gang of Four and early Talking Heads, yet sounds fresh and inspired. Lead singer and guitarist Tim Beeler has an instantly lovable, endearing vocal style, similar to the manner that Stephen Malkmus of Pavement or Jonathan Richman sings. There’s bewilderment and a child like endearment in his voice, as it takes unexpected twists and turns through jangly, angular guitar playing and inspired songwriting.

“Habit” is one of many excellent songs on the band’s debut album, More Than Any OtherDay on the Montreal indie label Constellation Records. It starts out like a slow stroll that builds into a raging, cathartic release of emotion.

Ought play Boot & Saddle on Wednesday, July 9th. Go here for tickets and more information. Below, download “Habit.”

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Lekka Freakout” by Beaty Heart

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The South London trio Beaty Heart play quirky, irreverent, percussive, catchy, and sometimes complicated indie rock. They’re a little bit Animal Collective, a little bit Vampire Weekend, a little bit Beach Boys, and their psychedelic, percussive pop sounds are skillfully showcased on their recently released Mixed Blessings.

Below, listen to “Lekka Freakout” and more of Beaty Heart’s album Mixed Blessings here. The band were also featured as one of David Dye’s World Cafe: Next artists. Download the podcast below.