My music rut has been broken!

I am more than willing to admit that I can easily get into a music rut. I have the tendency to listen to a song or album over and over and over again if I really like it. I am pretty sure I spent years of my youth with American Pie on repeat….except the repeat technology wasn’t so good then. It took much more effort to rewind the tape at the end of the song. I even got fancy and recorded multiple tracks on a tape, so I could listen 2-3 times before having to rewind. Ah, kids these days don’t know what they are missing (and just to clarify….I was not even born when the song first came out…it was just a gem I discovered one summer in grade school).

At least my music neurosis nearly always revolve around good music (I am proud to say I was never into the New Kids On The Block!). Well, for the past few months not only have there been just a small handful of bands that have come out of my speakers (minus my morning dedication to WFPK), but I have been spoiled by those same bands because I have had the pleasure of seeing them live…some of them more than once and some more even more than twice!! I’m talking to you Walk The Moon, Ha Ha Tonka, The Features, Langhorne Slim, Ben Sollee, and The Head And The Heart!! In fact, this blog has been quiet because I can feel you all rolling your eyes when I bring up any of the aforementioned bands….I know I have made it known how much I love them.

And some pretty amazing things have happened with those bands since the beginning of the year – Walk The Moon has just exploded, especially with the ‘young people’…makes me still feel young. haha Langehorne Slim launched a PledgeMusic crowd-sourcing campaign that was fully funded within days and he just released a new album that has broken the Billboard top 200!

But let’s move to the fun amazing things that are connected to me. 😀 In January, I started working with Ben Sollee as his social media and Team Sollee coordinator. It has been a fabulous ride that allows me to use my brain for something other than mommy stuff!! I actually get to use my good ole’ Bellarmine University Communications degree for something other than trying to interpret baby babble. Woohoo! Plus, it gives me a chance to help an independent musician whom I fully support and respect. Then Ha Ha Tonka was playing at Uncle Slaytons around my birthday (I had gotten to know them when I interviewed them), so my hubby helped organize a group of friends to come to the show and to my shock and dismay, Ha Ha Tonka called me up on stage, mentioned the blog and lead everyone in singing happy birthday to me. These guys are great and always so kind and friendly whenever I see them (I promise I am not a groupie, but I have seen them 3 times in 5 months and even went 8 hours away to see them….don’t worry, it coincided with an already planned trip!!). Lastly, The Head And The Heart. I started following them very early in their career…just as they were self-releasing their album (before they got picked up by subpop). And I still have trouble believing how all of the pieces just magically fell into place and it is hard to write about them because it just really doesn’t seem real. All I know is that I was able to have dinner with the band before their Louisville show at Headliners, gave Charity a ride to the show from dinner and shared bourbon on the tour bus with Josiah after the show. An entertaining twitter convo was also thrown in there. All of the above groups are just so real and genuine. I am afraid the bar has been set pretty high for any and all future groups that I fall in love with!!

So, you can see why I was pretty content with my musical rut (and see how I am totally trying to justify my craziness!!). Except, I was starting to feel like a fraud for not posting about the newest and greatest music out there! And something new just jumped out at me. The Lumineers. I had heard of them and even heard some of their stuff on WFPK, but for whatever reason I hadn’t paid that much attention to them. Until I was watching tv with my 6 year old daughter and a commercial came on and she said “i know that song”. It was familiar to me, too, but I had to shazam it. And what do you know, it was Ho Hey by The Lumineers. I checked them out on spotify and immediately order their cd. And now, because of my neurosis that we have already established, my kids and I know just about all the words to the whole cd. We’ve had it for 3 days. I love them, I love them, I love them. My only problem is that they aren’t scheduled to come to town. I guess that gives me some time to figure out how I can make friends with them, too. Enjoy this earworm….

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Just a few days left to enter…..

Don’t miss the opportunity to throw your name in the hat for (2) free tickets to see The Head And The Heart play at Headliners in Louisville on March 6, 2012!!! The name will be revealed on Jan.1, 2012 (happy new year!!). Just go to the Last Bit Of Sanity facebook page, like it, and then post that you want to win the tickets to THATH (please specify which show, because I also have Langhorne Slim tickets to giveaway!!).  That’s all you have to do!! Easy-peasy. And in case you are on the fence about going to the show, here is a little something fun to tempt you! 😉

2 for 1 Kopecky Christmas special today!!

Remember when I was raving about the Kopecky Family Band when they opened for Walk The Moon in Louisville?  Well, I am not the only one to notice how awesome they are!!  Paste Magazine named them as one of the Top 20 New Acts of 2011 & one of their Top 25 Live Acts of 2011!!  And the Kopecky Family Band is helping me out with the Christmas songs today!! They are offering not just one, but two free Christmas song downloads!   The download also includes a new recording of “Angels We Have Heard” and last year’s release of “Our Remedy”.  Get the downloads at the Kopecky Family Band site.  Here is the video for “Our Remedy”:

Also, don’t forget to enter for a chance to win tickets to Langhorne Slim and/or The Head And The Heart.  (click links for contest details!)

WIN The Head And The Heart Tickets!

Start your year off right by winning 2 tickets to see The Head And The Heart play at Headliners Music Hall in Louisville, KY on March 6, 2012! The contests ends on Jan.1, 2012…and it is so easy to enter! All you need to do is go to the Last Bit Of Sanity facebook page, like it, and post that you want to win the tickets. How easy is that?! Make sure you say which tickets you want to win, because I have a couple of giveaways going on! And just in case you are on the edge of going or not, I found this video that should make your decision easy!! It was filmed in a stairwell after a pool party at the Calgary Folk Music Fest.  Seriously, if these guys can sound this amazing in the stairwell, just imagine how great they will sound at Headliners.  Unfortunately, I think they might have more clothes on at Headliners. 😉

And if you want to see what else I have said about THATH, check here:

https://lastbitofsanity.com/2011/12/12/hot-off-the-presses-do-not-miss-this/

https://lastbitofsanity.com/2011/09/22/ear-candy/

https://lastbitofsanity.com/2011/09/18/the-head-and-the-heart/

hot off the presses…do not miss this!!!

If you like the sounds and energy of Mumford & Sons and The Avett Brothers, then you do NOT want to miss one of the best new bands of this year when they are in town this spring. It has just been announced that The Head And The Heart will be playing at Headliners on March 6th. The Head And The Heart has been on my radar for a while and I fell in love the very first time I heard them on a youtube video. This is the band that I made my hubby travel down to Nashville to see when they OPENED for someone else last year! They are that good!!!

I am not the only one who thinks so, even though I knew about them before they were even signed to a major label! A lot of people are noticing. Dave Matthews noticed and had them open for him in Washington. My Morning Jacket noticed and had THATH open for them on their European leg of the tour as well as sing with them on a couple songs for their 2011 Christmas album! They are also on numerous ‘best of 2011’ lists…. #5 in Paste Magazine’s Best of 2011, The Best Music of 2011 in The Huffington Post, #21 in The Best Albums of 2011 on Amazon.com and #1 on Kentuckyseven.se’s list of the best (they are Swedish music bloggers, who happen to love Kentucky…how awesome is that?!).

Their performances are so powerful that they bring me to tears….even when it is just on TV!! The energy and enthusiasm that they bring to the stage is unparalleled. I could go on and on, but watch this and decide for yourself. I promise it will be a night you won’t forget. Don’t miss the opportunity to see one of the hottest upcoming bands in a small venue! Warning: You WILL see me singing and dancing my ass off, so prepare yourself!!

ear candy!

I was so excited to see that the Austin City Limits Festival posted the video of The Head And The Heart‘s Rivers and Roads, performed last weekend in Texas.  This is the song I was telling you about that brought me to tears when Charity Rose starts singing her “rivers and roads” part.  I think I might need an intervention, because I have already watched this video about 20 times today.  I just can’t stop myself…I get the chills every time.  Don’t miss out on something spectacular…listen to it now!!!

The Head And The Heart

There have been a few live shows that have brought me to tears.  The first time I saw The Avett Brothers live without a doubt brought me to tears, which wasn’t surprising.  The surprise emo show was when minutes ago, I was watching The Head And The Heart perform live from the 2011 Austin City Limits fest (God bless the internet and live streaming video and of course, a hubby who hooks it all up to the TV!!!!). There entire act was amazing and I would expect nothing less from this supremely talented group of folks. But, on their last song of the set, Rivers and Roads, tears appeared when Miss Charity Rose was belting out her part.  The band just puts so much of themselves into this song and the emotionalism of it really comes through.

THAHT isn’t a new group to me…I found out about them when they were just started out.  Last summer, they released their debut self-titled album around the same time I was glued to their youtube videos.  Even through the grainy, unsteady-at-times videos, their energy and cohesion was obvious.  In fact,  I was watching a video of them playing a house show when the idea of asking Ben Sollee to play at my house popped into my head!  I was having trouble getting my hands on the self-released cd, so I put ear X-tacy on the task and they didn’t disappoint!!  I cannot tell you how many times I played those songs when I first got it.  It was like a drug…I couldn’t get enough, I was hooked and I might have sold my children if someone told me I had to choose (well, my kids on a bad day…not when they were singing and dancing in the kitchen with me while THATH was turned up all the way!!).  It is still on heavy rotation.  I was dying to see them live and got lucky when they opened for Dr.Dog in Nashville last year.  Wow, wow, wow…..I knew they would be good, but not that good.  And I totally didn’t expect them to win over the crowd as fast as they did.  I think everyone walked in that night anxious for Dr. Dog and left ecstatic for THATH!!

THAT is moving up and now headliner their own tour.  Unfortunately, Louisville wasn’t on their Fall line up.  I tweeted the group and begged them to come and I am optimistic that we will get them in the Spring.  I think my begging along with promises of bourbon by Kyle Meredith, of 91.9 WFPK,  might just win them over. 😉 In the meantime, you can get a glimpse of their brilliance on these videos and if your timing is right, pull up the Austin City Limits site and watch a replay of their earlier performance.  It will be on the Austin City Limits site at 6:30pm Louisville time TONIGHT!

And the song that brought tears to my eyes….

And one more because they are just soooo good!!!