Sound Snack: Baard Kolstad

I don’t usually care about drummers but this kid is incredible. It helps that I have a soft spot for street musicians.


Sound Snack: Michael Kiwanuka

I discovered Michael Kiwanuka while reading Nylon Guys over the weekend. Even before I got to the part about him signing with a label co-founded by Ben Lovett (of Mumford & Sons) and spending the fall supporting Adele on her European Tour, I was intrigued by his “old soul vibe” so I looked him up on YouTube. I immediately fell in love with “Home Again” and it’s been on repeat all weekend.

Home again
Home again
One day I know
I’ll feel home again
Home again
Home again
One day I know
I’ll feel strong again

Sound Snack: Gregory Paul

Gregory Paul is an excellent banjo-player I saw busking last month at the first Starbucks near Seattle’s Pike Place Market. He’s got some albums on Bandcamp and I highly recommend them to anyone who likes old-timey stuff.

Sound Snack: Alphabet Backwards

I came across Alphabet Backwards on BritScene last night and “Taller” hooked me. The lyrics sound like they come from the mouth of child trying to grow up too fast. Set to the such a cheery melody, I find lines like “if I was taller/just a little bit taller” endearingly bittersweet.

Sound Snack: Charlene Soraia

So there’s this new Twinings commercial that features a cover of The Calling‘s “Wherever You Will Go.” I’m just going to come out and say that I kind of hate that song. But as I was watching the commercial for the first time, I’m really digging it, not recognizing it. And then I realize what it is and I can’t believe how beautiful and nuanced it is. There are actually several songs that I prefer covers of to their original counterparts, but I think it’s pretty cool that a reinterpretation can cut through my prejudice against a song and show me that it’s actually a good song.

Anyway, the artist covering it is British singer Charlene Soraia and I can’t wait to check out more of her work. Her full-length debut Moonchild will be out (I’m assuming only in the UK) in early November.