Music from My Mailbox

I’m getting this post out early this morning then heading out the door for my last week of work before a week of vacation. Well, more like time off, really – not like I’m taking a real vacation; I will unfortunately be staying in and around town.

This go-round with the mailbox yielded up a couple of artists I’ve written about before: Sir Salvatore and Leerone have both previously graced these pages and both have new music out that you should be aware of.

I’ve also gotten a handful of country contributions lately. That kind of strikes me as odd, because I really don’t post much in the way of that type of music. My taste in country, as documented here, runs to the old-school and hardcore, Hank III variety. In keeping true to my tastes, I’ll only ask you to listen to a country song if it’s something I would listen to myself. “The Prettiest Girl in Walmart” is just such a song. It’s not hardcore twang, but there’s a certain white trash charm to it that I liked.

Something I almost passed on was Steven Mark’s take on Supertramp’s “Logical Song.” But I wasn’t sure and the more I listened, the more I liked it. He’s more or less stripped down the original, which makes it even more of a cry for recognition in a world of facelessness: “Please tell me who I am.”

As always, follow the links for more information.

Pop Punk / Alternative / Rock
From: London and Southeast UK
Band MySpace
Happy Returns.mp3

Indie / Folk Rock / Experimental
From: Los Angeles, Calif.
Band MySpace
Here on Earth: The Opening.mp3

Roy Jay
Rock / Americana / Folk Rock
Los Angeles, Calif.
Band MySpace
Prettiest Girl in Walmart.mp3

Sir Salvatore
Experimental / Indie / Rock
San Francisco, Calif.
Band MySpace
Fireflies, Reading Books.mp3

Bad Veins
Cincinnati, Ohio
Band MySpace
Gold and Warm.mp3

The Divorcees
Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada
Band MySpace
Mining Man.mp3

JJ Soul Band
Jazz / Blues / Fusion
Oxford; Akureyri and Reykjavik, Iceland
Band MySpace
That Kinda Man.mp3

Amanda Blank
New Wave / Electronic
Philly, Penn.
Band MySpace
Make It Take It.mp3

Steven Mark

Indie / Alternative
New York, NY
Band MySpace
The Logical Song (Supertramp cover).mp3

One last note: I appreciate and love the artists and their reps that send me music, but if it’s something you want me to share with my readers, please send it in MP3 format. I've gotten a couple of things in WMA format, and while I enjoyed the songs, I’m not able to easily pass them along. Thanks!

(Pictures, top-to-bottom: Leerone, Bad Veins, Amanda Blank)

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