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James Vincent McMorrow is Dublin’s answer to Bon Iver. His debut album, Early In The Morning, was released in March of 2010 in Ireland and landed at #1 in iTunes in that country proving that Ireland has better taste in music than the United States.

Early In The Morning was just released this week in the states via Vagrant Records (The Hold Stead, Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, J. Roddy Walston and The Business). I’m just digging in, but I’d best describe his sound as a cross between Bon Iver (vocals and slow tempo tracks), Megafaun (sparse banjo plucking), and Mumford and Sons (upbeat tracks with commercial appeal).  Early In The Morning mostly consists of folk-inspired music featuring acoustic guitar, banjo, organ, and James’ signature falsetto vocals.

James Vincent McMorrow will garner his fair share of buzz in 2011. And deservedly so. Although it’s early, I predict this album will show up on many best of 2011 lists.

James Vincent McMorrow – If I Had A Boat

Video: James Vincent McMorrow – This Old Dark Machine

James Vincent McMorrow – Follow You Down To The Red Oak Tree

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I first caught J. Roddy Walston & The Business last year, standing in a parking lot on my last day at SxSW. It was 30 degrees in Austin that day, made colder by the Lonestar tallboy in my hand. I only mention the tallboy because it was the last thing I needed on the last day of SxSW. For some reason though, J. Roddy inspired me.

I think you’ll understand when you listen to their music. A co-worker of mine was riding in my car and Roddy was piped through the Toyota factory speakers. It was 11:30 am and he said, “Damn, this music makes me want to find a hole in the wall bar and get drunk. Who is this?” Hell, even their cover art shows someone passed out, fully clothed (thankfully) on top of the bed in very uncomfortable position.

In our review of their selt-titled album from last year, Woody described their sound as “Jerry Lee Lewis fronting a glam-rock band.” It’s a fair description of the sound, but they are unpretentious and carry a Baltimore blue collar attitude that strips them of any glam. They offer up big guitar solos, bang away on the keys, howl in unison, and flat out rock.

Enjoy the session and prepare to get down and dirty. If they stop in your town and you miss them, shame on you. Shame on you.

J. Roddy Walston & The Business Band Intro

Exclusive: J. Roddy Walston & The Business – Don’t Break The Needle (Videos: YouTube | Vimeo)

Exclusive: J. Roddy Walston & The Business – Uh Oh Rock & Roll

Exclusive: J. Roddy Walston & The Business – I Don’t Wanna Hear It (Videos: YouTube | Vimeo)

Exclusive: J. Roddy Walston & The Business – Don’t Get Old

Download the J. Roddy Walston & The Business Live Session as a zip file.

Video: J. Roddy Walston & The Business – I Don’t Wanna Hear It

Video: J. Roddy Walston & The Business – Don’t Break The Needle

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Unfortunately this session was not with us, but this iTunes Session is a phenomenal companion to Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros’ 2009 release, Up From Below. The album includes a new song called “Fire and Water” which you can stream below. Here’s also a free download for “Janglin,” the same song you’ve been hearing in that Ford Fiesta commercial.

Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros – Janglin’ (iTunes Session)

You can buy the entire session on iTunes for $5.99 and Up From Below is also available for $7.99.

Stream their new song “Fire and Water”:
Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros – Fire & Water (iTunes Session) by VagrantRecords

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros , iTunes Session Track Listing:

1. Up From Below
2. Janglin’
3. 40 Day Dream
4. Fire & Water
5. Brother
6. Desert Song

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