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We’re calling it a Sound Sunday!

This edition focuses on country and folk music, which automatically incorporates alternative, indie, acoustic, guitar, pop, and rock. This is truly a sound edition, with a lot of quiet and melancholic music, heavy on guitars and lyrics.

Apart from the music, what do you think of the new Sound Sunday logo? Please post your feedback in the comments or email me [tina at makeuseof dot com] with album suggestions.

The Dirty Urchins – Just In Time EP

Genre: acoustic, blues, rock, country, folk

From their Facebook Biography: “The Dirty Urchins were conceived one cold night in February 2009, as Freddie Stevenson and David Luther discussed their grim economic futures over a seemingly endless supply of Guinness. Instead of mopping the floor in a Lower East Side restaurant, or getting coffee for some CEO’s secretary, they decided to do exactly what it is they do best: play music. Thus, the Urchins were born shortly thereafter as one of the hottest busking bands to grace the streets, parks, and subways of New York City. When Bennett Miller joined David and Freddie to play on the Union Square L-train platform, though, the three knew that what they had stumbled upon was far more than just a busking band: nay, what they had discovered was nothing less than the key to world domination. Upon emerging from the bowels of the subway that first time, steeped in a piquant marinade of subway grime, Freddie remarked in his usual Scottish eloquence, “My god, we’re like a bunch of dirty urchins!” The name stuck.


The Just In Time EP is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

The Natives – My Song Is Gonna Set Me Free

Genre: americana, folk, country

My Song Is Gonna Set Me Free is the debut album of Bloomington, Indiana based band The Natives. The five guys just want to be known for writing great music. And the album indeed is a high quality recording with some truly beautiful songs.

My Song Is Gonna Set Me Free is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

The Gentleman Caller – Where I End

Genre: acoustic, folk

Where I End is a raw acoustic album. The use of nothing but vocals and guitar emphasize its melancholy. The music was composed and recorded by Will Fargason, who also appears to be a member of the alternative rock band The Dead Ends.

Where I End is a free download from Bandcamp.

The Sabre Rattlers – Twixt Me And The Peaceful Rest

Genre: americana, country, folk, gospel, christian

From their Biography: “The Sabre Rattlers is the current project of guitarist Mark Abernathy and features a rotating cast of contributing musicians and friends, including Bukka Allen (the Bodeans), Kim Deschamps (Cowboy Junkies), Glenn Fukunaga (Dixie Chicks, Bob Dylan), Warren Hood (the Waybacks), Teal Collins from the Mothertruckers and Grammy Award-winning producer Lloyd Maines playing dobro. The lush instrumentation you hear on these songs is the work of Abernathy and his hugely talented cast; utilizing the accordion, Hammond B3, Harmonium, pedal steel, fiddle and more.‘Twixt Me and the Peaceful Rest is a collection of favorite hymns; performed with a widely-cast net of influences and personal experiences.

Twixt Me And The Peaceful Rest is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

Jeremy Lee Given – Old Flames

Genre: experimental, indie, folk, pop, country

Jeremy Lee Given from Knoxville, Tennessee, currently living in Boston, Massachusetts, co-produced Old Flames with Will Lakritz. He pleads his fans to contact him if they wish to use his music, share it, or release it in any way. Please treat music fairly.

Old Flames is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

Matthew Solberg – selftitled

Genre:acoustic, folk

free album download From his MySpace Bio: “Matthew Solberg is a singer/songwriter and guitarist. Solberg first started to play the guitar when he was about 14 years old and living in St. Louis, Missouri, where he was raised; however, he quickly gave up on the guitar after only a few lessons. (…) At the age of 17 and heavily into classic rock, Solberg felt inspired to dig out his dad’s guitar after listening to “Working Man” by Rush one day. He soon became obsessed with the guitar and used the Internet to teach himself how to play. [Today] he uses a fingerstyle method of guitar-playing in many of his songs. “

Matthew Solberg‘s selftitled album is a free download from his Homepage.

Luke Brawner – Flannelgraph Sessions Sampler

Genre: folk rock

From his NoiseTrade album intro: “After 10 years of fronting TX-based folk-rock band, Poor Rich Folk (, I spent most of 2010 & ’11 writing & recording my first solo project, entitled Flannelgraph Sessions. Flannelgraph Sessions is a series of 12 songs inspired & influenced by the idea that the Bible can only really be understood when studied in the context of real space & time. I’m convinced that we can’t begin to understand the things Jesus did & said without first understanding the world & culture in which He did & said them. His religious background, His geography, His lineage…these things all matter. The goal of this project is to stir your interest in the Old Testament, in Judaism (& Christianity as a part thereof), the land & culture of the Bible, etc. Thanks for giving this sampler a listen. Pre-order the full length album on 180-gram vinyl or as a digital download now! Releasing July 12th, 2011.

The Flannelgraph Sessions Sampler is a free download from NoiseTrade.

The Civil Wars – Live At Eddie’s Attic

Genre: alternative, folk

From their Biography: “In some ways, music doesn’t get much more modest or minimalist than it is in the hands of The Civil Wars, a duo comprised of California-to-Nashville transplant Joy Williams and her Alabaman partner, John Paul White. They travel without a backup band, and on their first full-length album, Barton Hollow, the bare-bones live arrangements that fans hear on the road are fleshed out with just the barest of acoustic accoutrements. Each song is an intimate conversation, and no third wheels or dinner-party chatter are going to interrupt that gorgeous, haunting hush.

Live At Eddie’s Attic is a free download from NoiseTrade.

Cary Brothers – NoiseTrade Sampler

Genre: alternative, indie, folk, rock

From his Facebook Biography: “Cary Brothers is an indie rock singer-songwriter from Los Angeles best known for his song “Blue Eyes” from the Grammy-winning “Garden State” Soundtrack. Brothers recently released his second album “Under Control,” which premiered at #1 on the iTunes Singer-Songwriter Chart. He has had over 60 songs featured in TV shows like “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Bones,” and the recent hit teen film “Easy A” in addition to appearances on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and “The Late Late Show.”

The NoiseTrade Sampler is a free download from NoiseTrade.

Graham Colton – Twenty Something EP

Genre: acoustic, folk rock

From the intro to his album Pacific Coast Eyes on Facebook: “Art really does reflect life. The songs are always more than just melodies. It’s the music that brings emotional meaning to the lyrics, and sheds some light on the story behind the artist and their intentions. With these lyrics, we see Colton at a crossroads. An all-too familiar scene with an honest sentiment that most all of us can relate to in some way or another. It’s a poignant observation by an artist who both literally and figuratively inserts himself directly into the middle of the song. It’s a depiction of one of those life- affirming moments.

The Twenty Something EP is a free download from NoiseTrade.

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  1. guest
    July 25, 2011 at 12:59 am

  2. Catbitt
    June 15, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    I would suggest you check out Pinball Locomotive.  They have a FB page.

    • Tina
      June 16, 2011 at 7:30 pm

      Thanks for the suggestion, Catbitt!