The Preacher’s Sons; when the sun don’t shine

The last thing one wants to hear in the summertime is slow and moody music that is reserved for winter months, right? Right. Alas, I really do not care, as it still rains sometimes in the summer. Also, I can not NOT share these songs with you guys. With that being said, we bring you….

The Preachers Son’s are two brothers ( how adorable is this?) who have been hard at work trying to put out a record and make a name for themselves. Right now, you can download “Looks Like A Sampler” over at their bandcamp, which is 3 “sample” songs to hold us over before their full-length drops. The two boys have done a good job, in just ten minutes and three songs, of keeping me hooked and anticipating hearing more of their polished tunes. Their debut (full length) album Looks Like a Flood, Feels Like a Drought (clever name, right?) has been recorded with the help of their fans and should be released for us any day now!

This is one of those albums I grabbed because I thought the album art looked interesting. It turned out that these guys are right up our alley (we are freaking addicted to hidden gems, if you havent noticed) which rarely happens when you download things because of something like album art or a band name (we all do it, right?)

I don’t know what to do with the things I know
and I can’t tell if it’d gonna rain heaven or hell

This simple yet brilliantly honest lyric above reminds me of when I was a little girl and I would ask my parents questions like “what time is it” and even something unanswerable. Either way, I would often get “I don’t know” in response because they didn’t have an answer for me. I remember the feeling of shock that I got from this because I thought that my parents would just know everything. With age, I have realized that we don’t have all the answers because the course our life takes, even when planned, is unpredictable (and that is why we listen to music, right!?!). I thought this lyric really captured that feeling of instability for me.

Sold? Head over to our new favourite boys’ bandcamp and download Posion Oak, Wadering, and Wormfood (catch the lyric that could have been written by Jesse Lacey…) for FREE FREE FREE FREE FREE!!

Their Myspace
Their Website
Their Bandcamp

Your lazy friends in the grass,
WATS

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Radiohead; Look out world, we’ve got a new album coming

The art is to not give in, to carry on, persevere. You just have to keep going. The great thing about Nigel is; he raises the bar. He drives you hard. You think you’ve done the take, you think you’ve done your overdub, you think it’s in there and then he says: ‘Maybe one more time’. He gets the best performances out of you. He’s amazing. Cause he also drives himself really hard as well. The quality of the stuff that he does is really high. So, it’s good to be driven hard. (Guitarist Ed O’Brien on producer Nigel Godrich )

Radiohead is just wrapping up their latest album and it should released before the end of 2010. Read an interview here, O’brien souds really excited about to whole process of their new album.

He says that it might be “the best record [they’ve] ever made”. But seriously, what could possibly beat the perfect beauty of In Rainbows? We’re waiting to find out!

Also, this means TOUR DATES . I have been waiting to check Radiohead off my list.. and this should be one golden check mark.

Source
Radiohead’s Myspace
Radiohead’s Webside

WATS and a Summer abroad;

So, for the next couple of weeks, we will be bringing you music from two different continents, opposite sides of the world, etc., literally. I just wanted to say that it has been an awesome blogging for all of you out there who take the time to read and especially comment and a lot of fun making playlists for those of you out there awesome enough to give our mixes a few spins.

But most of all, it has been a complete honor and privilege to be blogging with the best little Sheep that I know. Seriously. 😥

We’ve come a long, long way…

and if i made a fool, if i made a fool, if i made a fool
on the road, there’s always this
and if i’m sewn into submission,
i can still come home to this

and with a face like a dad and a laughable stand,
you can sleep on the plane or review what you said,
when you’re drunk and the kids leave impossible tasks
you think over and over, “hey, i’m finally dead.”

oh, if the trip and the plan come apart in your hand,
you look contorted on yourself, you ridiculous prop.
you’ll forget what you meant when you read what you said,
and you always knew you were tired, but then,
where are your friends tonight?

Stay tuned for some European death metal – more awesome music is always on the horizon over here, haven’t you figured that out yet? Phew, thought so.

Ci vediamo presto. Viva la WATS!

Zanne e lana per sempre,
Il lupo e La pecora

Still Light; The Brightest Hidden Gem

Sometimes when life is hectic, it asks for you to just let it be until the melting point has been reached. There’s nothing you can do to soothe these times, except to just rough it out. As life has been like this for me lately, it is possibly the reason why I haven’t listened to Lything by Still Light in a while. Well, with the changing of the season and the end of school, life has calmed down and I went back to this humble little record which has been patiently waiting for me to devour it and really listen to it. I found that the album sounds exactly what I would imagine Still Light to sound like if light could make music: floating and moving in its invisible form. The melodies whisper calm and gentle sounds that enter your ears with such grace that you can’t do anything but freeze and listen. So, stop what you’re doing, scroll down, and listen to the music provided for you below!

Still Light, a modest band who do not even have photos of themselves on their myspace, really do save the best for last with Tenebre, the wonderful 7 minute closing track of Lything. Almost the whole album (with the exception of Footprints in the Garden and Hour of the Wolf) is kindled by a soft male-female vocal harmony. The two voices, instead of fighting against each other to create two contrasting feelings for the listener, work together to unify each song, and also, the album as a whole.

We’ve called Still Light “The Brightest Hidden Gem”, challenging you to figure out what is so geniune and sincere about their music. For me, it is so perfect in its own composition that it is not malleable to the listeners’ conditions to be simply background music. Instead, you must commit yourself and let the music take you for an incredibly dreamy ride – the you won’t want to wake up from. Lucky for us, CD’s are re-playable and we can go back to this dream-like state whenever we see fit. A gem is something that is so perfect in its nature that there’s no need or room for change. A gem also does not need to be on the main stage (no wordplay intended…) to remain to beautiful. Beauty this rare needs to be handled patiently, gently and warm heartedly – needless to say, don’t pick up Lything if you are looking for meaningless sounds that were composed with no creativity and serenity. Not that it needs to be taken so seriously, but it just needs to be appreciated for what it is, because, well, some music is just like that. Music for music’s sake, ladies and gentlemen:

Tenebre

Now we’ve torn apart the ocean’s blue,
Long lost track of time, through and through,
Cold nights left to kill.

Feel the fall close the door, on days to come,
Nauseous words beg for more of what love’s become,
Familiar earth’s glow recedes to our loss that’s grown,
Ageless birth, crumbling seed of my own.

It follows slow, lock the door through hours to come,
Ragged teeth clench for more of what love’s become,
Sea of green drowning wounds in a helpless sigh,
A trace of me staring scars in the eye.

Through the Grain (Get through the first 30 seconds, there’s a drastic change)

Your warm soft eyes feel how I fade in the light,
Is the bitter spring only a mark of what remains?

The firm bright lines blurred after all of this time,
Is it my weathered bearing that pours through the grain?

Spread all out thoughts to places we knew,
And left behind shallow regrets,
Voice wearing thin, lips colored blue,
A beggar’s plea, the years to forgive.

Still Light’s Myspace
Still Light’s Blog

Justin Vernon Contributes to John Prine Tribute Album

Justin Vernon’s band may be on hiatus, but he has been keeping busy! Aside from doing backing vocals for The National’s High Violet, he has evidently been doing a handful of covers. (Check out Bon Iver’s Peter Gabriel here).

Justin Vernon has more recently contributed to a John Prine tribute album. Vernon and several other fabulous acts (who WATS happens to a d o r e), have taken some John Prine songs and recreated them to however they see/hear/feel fit. Oh cover songs, what a great concept. We love cover songs!

The album comes out June 22, 2010 and you can preorder it here!

01. Justin Vernon: “Bruised Orange (Chain of Sorrow)”
02. Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band: “Wedding Day in Funeralville”
03. My Morning Jacket: “All the Best”
04. Josh Ritter: “Mexican Home”
05. Lambchop: “Six O’Clock News”
06. Justin Townes Earle: “Far From Me”
07. The Avett Brothers: “Spanish Pipedream”
08. Old Crow Medicine Show: “Angel From Montgomery”
09. Sara Watkins: “The Late John Garfield Blues”
10. Drive-By Truckers: “Daddy’s Little Pumpkin”
11. Deer Tick: “Unwed Fathers” [ft. Liz Isenberg]
12. Those Darlins “Let’s Talk Dirty in Hawaiian”

https://dl-web.dropbox.com/get/Public/01%20-%20Bruised%20Orange%20%28Chain%20Of%20Sorrow%29.mp3?w=e5134ab2

Again, Preorder the tribute album here!
download Bruised Orange (Chain of Sorrow) here!
download Bruised Orange (Chain of Sorrow) here!
download Bruised Orange (Chain of Sorrow) here!

– wolves among the sheep

Goma – Still I Wake Up In The Morning Thinking Of You;

Goma.

Have you heard of Goma? Same here. However, you should take this opportunity to hear Goma, now that it has been presented to you. Still I Wake Up In The Morning Thinking Of You is a beautiful, heartfelt, piano ballad with a title that explains it all. The straightforward lyrics are accompanied by a melody which (call me crazy) could either be mistaken for melancholy or, if the mood is right – almost kind of light hearted. Either way, this is a song which should be heard and this is a platform where we try to help do just that – so, if you’re reading this be sure to give it a listen and maybe even a spot on your iPod.

I have lost everything completely
Still, I wake up in the morning thinking of you

Download Still I Wake Up In The Morning Thinking Of You here.

As far as Goma – the man or maybe even the band – is concerned, that is all still a mystery to me. But you don’t really need to understand the artist to be touched by a song, now do you? It’s actually kind of nice to know nothing about where the music came from, for a change. There is something kind of refreshing about it.

Goma’s Myspace

WATS Presents: Lit Up With Proof (The sexiest mix you’ll ever listen to!)

If you haven’t already heard (listen up!) we are wholeheartedly fond of selectively choosing songs for our joint-effort mixes.

After tireless months (slight exaggeration, oops) of contemplating what the next topic for a WATS mix should be, the Sheepish One (inspired by one of the tunes on this very collection of songs, actually) suggested a ‘sexy theme’ mix. I, for one, was immediately appalled and disgusted thought that this was a great idea! Scurrying away, into the depths of our Itunes, in search of the perfect blend of songs to create what unintentionally turned out to be a pretty serene, soft and sensual group of songs, that we are very proud of.

As you could imagine, the criteria for the selection of each song was incredibly tedious. Okay, maybe it wasn’t that tedious but there were times where we found ourselves actually engaging in these types of conversations:

Sheep: I don’t know if Tautou is sexy enough to stay on this playlist
Wolf: I think the sexiest part of Tautou is that you can basically hear JTL’s tongue sticking to the top of his mouth and coming down again.

And so, Tautou stayed and we continued to gather and dispose until we ended up with 13 songs that fit just right. Only the best for you guys.

WATS Presents: Lit Up With Proof (The Sexy Mix of 2010)
WATS Presents: Lit Up With Proof (The Sexy Mix of 2010)
WATS Presents: Lit Up With Proof (The Sexy Mix of 2010)
WATS Presents: Lit Up With Proof (The Sexy Mix of 2010)
WATS Presents: Lit Up With Proof (The Sexy Mix of 2010)

So, as Mother Nature has already provided the sounds of the heat that the Summer brings (the wind, the rain, the chirping, the chatter) it is with great pleasure that we present you with a compilation of sounds to accompany that other kind of heat (crossing lines jumping right over the lines, at this point).

Enjoy!

Oh, and just incase you missed it:
WATS Presents: Lit Up With Proof (The Sexy Mix of 2010)

😉

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