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Houston Davis Jones

It's exciting to be able to get fully behind a debut album, in this case Houston Davis Jones' Songs for Existence. The must have a soft spot for his guitar, to make it sound so sweet. Sometimes he tries to do old-school slow, swinging song, and it's not quite what he excells at...but he makes up for any imperfections with perfect moment after perfect moment, "Variations on an Interlude" for example. "Different Hair, Different Shoes" is a good-natured song about change, and one of my favorites on the album. Jones describes his interest in "return song to it's beautiful origins as an offshoot of classical composition," which he succeeds beautifully in during "Waltz for December."

As for sound-a-likes, I'm pretty sure he'd fit in equally in a playlist of Gerald Garcia and Jack Johnson at his sweetest. Sometimes he channels Elliot Smith at least dour, Simon and Garfunkel in Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme, a bit too much of Jens Lekman, or just enough of Sea Wolf.

Houston Davis Jones - Different Hair, Different Shoes (highly rec'd)
Houston Davis Jones - Variations on an Interlude (download or die!)
Buy Songs for Existence on iTunes
Houston Davis Jones' website/myspace

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Daniel Martin Moore

It's been a hectic week so far, and it doesn't help that I've been hanging upside-down, held only by a thread. Daniel Martin Moore's been making my week just a wee bit better, knowing his only plan is "we'll hold on best we can" and he still manages to sound so sweet. He hails from Kentucky, and sounds a little like Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, which is a high compliment coming from me.

Daniel Martin Moore - That'll Be The Plan (highly rec'd!)
Buy Stray Age from
Daniel Martin Moore @ myspace and Sub Pop

Another song I've been loving this week:
Bruce Springsteen - The Wrestler

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A sampler from "Dark Was the Night"

How can you not be excited about the February 16th release? Pre-order Dark Was The Night here.

The National - Secret Meeting

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Moments in Sesame Street History

Cookie Monster and Ernie sing about breakfast...

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