February 2012

Bloomington

Indianapolis. I live in Murfreesboro, TN, home to the wonderful and eclectic Middle Tennessee State University and about forty minutes south of Nashville. Here in Murfreesboro, most people have a great taste in music and a general sense of disdain for our mother, “Music City” to the North. Don’t get me wrong, there’s a ton of absolutely wonderful music coming out of Nashville, but it’s all sort of out of touch of the scene here in Murfreesboro. Most people in Nashville don’t get what’s going on down here. I suspect and very curiously wonder if a similar situation exists between Indianapolis and Bloomington, home of The University of Indiana.

Laura K. Balke

There is a video on Laura K. Balke’s Facebook page of her playing one acoustic song in an apparently DIY space with one other musician on percussion. This is absolutely beautiful music, and I am totally blown away. This is good enough to fill enormous spaces, and I was surprised to see the number of Facebook “likes” she has. Laura K. Balke is on her third album, and it’s totally wonderful. You need to hear this. Get her to come to your town. She should be more popular than so many things.

Giraffes Eating Lions - 'DNR'

Some people are really good at naming things. For example, this is a song off an EP called Holding Hands/Shaking Babies by a band named Giraffes Eating Lions. Enough said? And if you like the sound of grunge guitars being twisted into uncomfortable snarls, you'll dig on this track.

Fever Blanket

Medium-Fi

Medium-fi. That’s the best tag I’ve ever seen on Bandcamp. I knew I was going to write about this band before I head a single note just because of that tag. The other tags are pop and surf. There’s definitely some surf elements in there, and with riffs this catchy, it’d be hard to argue against the pop tag.