mutual-benefitYou guys should go to the EARL on Monday, February 3rd because Jordan Lee AKA Mutual Benefit is going to be there singing is gorgeous music. Suno Deko is also going to be there and so is Tantrum. Seriously, do not miss this. Just don’t.

Listen to a couple of tunes from Love’s Crushing Diamond below. It was one of my favorites of 2013. It’s an amazingly beautiful album. And I’ll see you at the show!

Get your tickets online via Ticket Alternative. Doors are at 8:30 pm and it’s $8. Also, here’s a Facebook event link if you’re in to that:

FAVORITES OF 2011 :: EPs/Singles

FAVORITES OF 2011 :: EPs/Singles

So, here’s the second installment of my FAVORITES of 2011. These favorites come in the form of EPs, singles, 7″ and split 12″ releases of the vinyl and digital variety.

This list originally included Guards’ Resolution of One 7″ (released in the US in 2010, but in the UK in 2011. IT COUNTS!), but after hearing the single Pitchfork posted today, I decided to post the new one instead. Y’all know I love them. The new single is out now on White Iris.

These are in no particular order.

Hundred Visions – Last Cab From Tunis

Toy Camera – Blissful Youth

TV Girl – Benny & The Jetts

Keep Shelly in Athens – Our Own Dreams

Gracie – For Summer

Alabama Shakes – Alabama Shakes

Conveyor – Sun Ray

Mutual Benefit/Holy Spirits – Mutual Spirits

Eternal Summers – Prisoner

Black Books – An Introduction To…

Guards – Do It Again

Listen :: Mutual Spirits

Listen :: Mutual Spirits

Two of my favorites, Mutual Benefit (Boston, MA/Columbus, OH) and Holy Spirits (New York, NY) have teamed up to release Mutual Spirits 12″ split on Father/Daugher Records.

Mutual Spirits is a limited edition pressing, there’s only 250! They are pressed on gold and clear vinyl. The album art was designed by the talented Nathaniel Whitcomb of Think or Smile. Each purchase comes with a digital download card and a handmade 1″ button set.

Check out these deliciously sweet tracks.
mp3 :: Mutual Benefit – No Names
mp3 ::  Holy Spirits – To The Shore

Both bands are playing a record release show with Lands and Peoples and Moon at Glasslands in Brooklyn, NY. If you can get there, do it. Get your tickets here!

Pre-order Mutual Spirits HERE.
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BEST OF SXSW :: Mutual Benefit

BEST OF SXSW :: Mutual Benefit

FINALLY! I got to see one of my favorites live and it couldn’t have been in a more perfect setting, Hot Mama’s Coffee Shop.
Mutual Benefit serenaded the crowd with their beautiful tunes at the Head Underwater//Kassette Klub Showcase. Even J. Mascis stopped in for a minute (think he dug it).

The most recent Mutual Benefit release is available now on bandcamp!

Listen :: Mutual Benefit – I Saw The Sea

Listen :: Mutual Benefit – I Saw The Sea

I Saw The Sea is the latest EP from lovely crooner Mutual Benefit aka Jordan Lee. If I could use one word to describe this EP I would use the word peaceful. Have you ever been in the middle of woods, just walking around or sitting on a tree stump? Did you stop and listen to the noises happening around you? Well, this is what I Saw The Sea sounds like, nature.

Lee mixes gorgeous harmonies with unique drumming and electronics to create a truly original sound. And it features Katie Pierce on violin and Andrew Morehart. This EP goes well with a rainy, spring day. It’s relaxing and easy to listen to. I Saw The Sea is beautiful.

Check out my favorite track :: Stargazer – Mutual Benefit

You can get I Saw The Sea on Mutual Benefit‘s bandcamp.

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The final installment of my Favorites of 2010 contains all of the favorite music I found via the internet, more specifically on blogs. The world wide web is a beautiful place, especially with these guys and gals hanging around. All of the releases from these people definitely fit into the other categories, but I felt like making a special post just for them. And a special thanks goes out to blogs like Unholy Rhythms, Get Off The Coast, Yvynyl, Head Underwater, Gorilla vs. Bear and many more for introducing me and everyone else to lovely music from lovely people.

I found these bands/artists strictly on the internet and I think they represent some of the greatest people making music. They might have a physical cassette, album, CD or EP floating around out there, but for the most part their music can only be found online. I urge you to click the link and find out all you can about these amazing people.

Kiss Kiss Fantastic :: Antisocial Butterflies

Mutual Benefit :: Stargazer


GOBBLE GOBBLE :: Seizure the Metronome

Teen Daze :: Everywhere

Teenage Reverb :: Double Exposure

Ghost Animal :: Change Your Mind

Purling Hiss :: Almost Washed My Hair

Blackbird Blackbird :: Heartbeat

Weed :: Shift

Foxes in Fiction :: Coffee Cups That Won’t Break Down

Mickey Mickey Rourke :: Voiceless and Floating

Solar Bears :: Inner Sunshine

Dent May :: Eastover Wives

Keep Shelly In Athens :: Cremona Memories

Waskerley Way :: Return of the Space Cat

Holy Spirits :: White Walls

Coma Cinema :: Gentlewoman

Gauntlet Hair :: I Was Thinking…

This is just the short list. Seriously. There are so many bands/artists out there that are creating amazing music. I urge you to visit the blogs I have linked on the side bar of Wholly Roller. They are finding good stuff that you should definitely be paying attention to.

Here’s to a happy, creative 2011.

And now a list of my favorite songs. I could seriously have about 100 songs on this list, but that might be a bit too much. This is a list of 20 songs that I instantly hit repeat when I heard them the first time. These are songs that got in my head and just wouldn’t leave.

1. Weed/Foxes in Fiction – Teenage Dream (Katy Perry)

2. Sprawl II: Mountains Beyond Mountains – Arcade Fire

3. Hope Child – Free Energy

4. Heart To Tell – The Love Language

5. All Yr Songs – Diamond Rings

6. Carolina – Girls

7. Infinity Guitars – Sleigh Bells

8. Mason Jar – Morning Benders

9. It Gets Your Body Moving – Suckers

10. Who Knows Who Cares – Local Natives

11. Waterfall – The Fresh and The Onlys

12. Anchorage – Surfer Blood

13. Down By The Water – The Drums

14. Meet the Frownies – Twin Sister

15. Waiting on You – Sun Airway

16. Marathon – Tennis

17. Castles in the Snow – Twin Shadow

18. Moonville Tunnel – Mutual Benefit

19. To Old Friends and New – Titus Andronicus

20. It’s Not Meant to Be – Tame Impala

Up next, Internet Famous. You’ll have to stay tuned to see what that’s all about.