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Kathleen Edwards: Voyageur

Kathleen Edwards released her fourth album Voyageur (co-produced with Justin Vernon) over a year ago but I only recently discovered it.

All the songs on Voyageur are really great, solid songs. It’s not often that I come across an entire album (from an artist I’ve never heard of before) that is surprisingly strong from start to finish. Listen to a couple tracks below:

“Chameleon Comedian”:

“Sidecar”:

Live/acoustic:

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Yellow Bird Project

Yellow Bird Project is an organization that partners with indie rock musicians to create and sell t-shirts to benefit an array of charities, each chosen by the musicians.

In addition to the original t-shirt designs, Yellow Bird Project has two books out — the Indie Rock Poster Book and the Indie Rock Coloring Book.

Bands involved in the project include:

Andrew Bird, Au Revoir Simone, Beach House, Bon Iver, Devendra Banhart, Laura Veirs, Metric, Ra Ra Riot, Rilo Kiley, Stars, Tegan and Sara, and Whispertown 2000.

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How To Discover New Music (Part 3)

Part 1 of “How to Discover New Music” (read it here) was about music podcasts.

Part 2 (here) was about attending concerts.

Part 3 is about interviews and playlists.

Read, listen to (audio), or watch (video) interviews with artists you like, especially interviews that focus on having artists make playlists of music that they like.

Example #1: I discovered the song “Saturday” by Rachael Cantu and “5 Years Time” by Noah and the Whale by listening to Ben Lee’s podcasts and reading a playlist he made.

Example #2: Holly Miranda tweeted a link to “It’s Okay” by Land of Talk. A playlist by Lizzie Powell of Land of Talk featured the song “Re: Stacks” by Bon Iver and “One Man” by Eulogies:

Example #3: An interview with Brian Wilson and Zooey Deschanel led me to discover “This Will Be Our Year” by The Zombies.

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