Here AN editor Laura B. Whitmore sits down with New York City-based songwriter, Emilyn Brodsky. A ukulele player who writes “simple songs about complicated feelings,” Brodsky’s latest LP, Emilyn Brodsky Eats Her Feelings, is out now. Below she describes the meaning behind the album, its recording process, her experience of performing on HBO’s Girls and much more.
Lily Maase recently dropped by the Acoustic Nation studio to help us brush up on our picking and strumming skills. And of course, we couldn’t let the Brooklyn-based guitarist leave without performing a song of her own. Below, Maase plays us her original tune, “Reduction Sketch.”
Lucky us! Indie folk songstress Lucette has done the honor of recording a sweet acoustic version of her song “Bobby Reid” just for us. The song seems somehow familiar from the get go, an old-style lament sung with a sweet sadness.
Here’s a bouncy, get-your-butt-outta-of-bed testimonial to the power of optimism. The song is from Aussie-based Darren Hanlon's upcoming release Where Did You Come From?, due out March 24 on Yep Roc Records. With a fun beat, subtle, driving music and some Aussie-tinged vocals, “When You Go” is a fun listen and a super cool video!
Here’s a sweet song with an arpeggiated finger-picked accompaniment. It’s “Still Here” from Pete RG. Full, resonant vocals delivery a dreamy landscape of straightforward heartfelt sentiment. The band version of the song originally appears on his new release, Lightning Strikes, which came out February 10.
In this week’s episode of Sunday Strum, I demonstrate an example using eighth note triplets. This is a basic way of practicing them, but if you are more comfortable with the rhythm, feel free to switch it up and apply triplets any way you like. The eighth note triplet rhythm translates to three eighth notes in the space of two eighth notes.
Here’s a great track and video from South Africa’s Jeremy Loops. It’s “Sinner” from his upcoming album Trading Change, due out January 1, 2015. It’s a sad song of loss with a hopeful ending (I won’t spoil it for you).
We’ve teamed up with Venice Beach, CA-based songwriter Joe Con to premiere his track “Said and Done.” Centered around Con’s laid-back, poetic croon, the track manages to seamlessly blend folk, pop and hip hop. While hooky and melodic, the track has a dreamy, lullaby-like quality that seeps in more with each listen. "This song was written in Burlington, Vermont the fall before I moved to LA,” says Con.
Check out this candid jam featuring Tommy Emmanuel and Igor Presnyakov performing “Hit the Road Jack.” The video was posted just a week ago on Presnyakov’s YouTube channel. Emmanuel and Presnyakov come from two separate schools stylistically, but it’s great fun to watch the pair trade licks back and forth. Presnyakov leans on the classical side of things, but his playing blends perfectly against Emmanuel’s picking chops.
Today we’re excited to premiere The Jason Spooner Band’s video for “Fireflies.” If you’re having a hard time letting go of summer, then this video’s for you. The “Fireflies” video is built on a creative idea that allowed fans to be included in the video-making process. Fans were encouraged to visit www.fireflies2014.com, download “Fireflies” for free, and upload a summery photo or video that would be considered for inclusion in the song’s official video.
Even if one were to limit himself to an examination of pop songwriting over the last 40 years, a true instructional “guide” would take up many volumes, as it would involve a serious study of musical theory. Our aim here is to prove a sampling of common chord progressions that you can use with your own songs, and to examine some of the things a guitarist can do to add a little zip to his or her songs.
Atlanta-based hard rock quintet Manchester Orchestra is thrilled to announce the release of HOPE, a startling re-imagination of COPE, their most recent album, issued earlier this year. HOPE is available digitally everywhere beginning today, September 16, 2014 via Loma Vista Recordings. In addition, HOPE will be released on CD and vinyl on November 18th, 2014.
The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus (Lennon Bus), the premier, non-profit 501(c)(3) mobile Pro-Audio, Video and Broadcast studio providing hands-on experiences for students of all ages since 1998, comes to New York City for stops at public schools in each of the five boroughs culminating on Lennon’s birthday, October 9. The legendary songwriter, poet, artist and activist would have been 74.