Friday, May 11, 2012

Laura Veirs - "July Flame" video

Summer will be upon us in another month, so I thought I'd share this lovely song by Laura Veirs. "July Flame" comes off her 2010 album of the same name; it started as a competition between Veirs and a friend when they were intrigued by "July flame" peaches at a farmer's market. And the video features fireworks in the shape of peaches! But the name takes on a second meaning, for a secret summer love:

July flame, ashes of a secret heart
Falling in my lemonade
Unslakable thirsting in the backyard

Laura Veirs resides in Portland, Oregon, where she crafts folksy indie pop, and she is playing shows this week in Seattle, Washington and Portland, Oregon.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Jukebox the Ghost - "Somebody," "Oh Emily" [free MP3]

Jukebox the Ghost just released "Somebody" and "Oh Emily," the first two songs in Safe Travels, their album coming out in June.

They've crafted great songs like "Good Day" and "Schizophrenia," and if these tracks are any indication, their third album won't disappoint.

"Somebody" is a polished, fun indie-pop song with a great beat and instrumentation. Just listen to that piano, or the vocals on the chorus...

"Oh Emily" is an unusually bright take on a relationship's end, with a catchy chorus; the percussion and layering is great.

You can stream both songs off their website:, which includes their tour dates, or buy "Somebody" from iTunes. "Oh Emily" is a free download if you enter your e-mail on the site.