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A Lion Named Roar

“…Petals on a wet black bough.”
A Lion Named Roar A Lion Named Roar is one of the last new artists that we discovered in 2012 and they kick off their eclectic EP titled Foreign Land with the song that appears to be about something or someone beautiful that seemed to burn out bright. “This Won’t Last for Long” will grab you and hold you just to make sure you’re listening, because Foreign Land is an EP that is sure to be the leading candidate for “talks the least, but says the most”.  Lasting just over 25 minutes, A Lion Named Roar fires on all cylinders from the from the epic opener, through Desert Wind, all the way to the dreamy acoustic closer, “Ghost In New York City”. The brightest spot for me is the bridge on the track “Remember Me” with the lyrics “Oh baby can it really be love when I’ve been pretending to be what you want?” Foreign Land really strikes the right chord painting a perfect imagery of those heart-wrenching, yet, beautiful moments in life that we’ve all experienced. These songs are apparitions reminding us of the all too familiar faces in the crowd …“Are you going to make your name before the credits roll?”

“This Won’t Last For Long”
[audio http://k007.kiwi6.com/hotlink/fv5tevf4l1/a_lion_named_roar_-_this_won_t_last_for_long.mp3] If you like them, you can check them out on iTunes or Spotify.


“January Snap & the April Winter Thaw, Rough & Tumble Summers Underneath the Midnight Sun.”

  Rural Alberta Advantageraa                                   

“In the Summertime” [audio http://k007.kiwi6.com/hotlink/15czutmmw5/13_in_the_summertime.mp3]

“The Ballad of the RAA” [audio http://k007.kiwi6.com/hotlink/82hb0s3f50/01_the_ballad_of_the_raa.mp3]

When I first heard The Rural Alberta Advantage back in 2008, my only criticism was that their songs were not long enough because they left me wanting so much more. They have an eclectic sound that has the ability to take you back to those defining moments in life where you constantly traveled back and forth between insecure and infinite. Their two releases “Hometowns” and “Departing” compliment one another by being completely opposite. “Hometowns” is that epic summer when you found love in life. It was when you met the people who made you feel completely at home. This is that feeling you have spent trying to duplicate each summer as you grow older but for some reason nothing ever seems to compare. “Departing” is when life got a little serious and maybe you felt a little pain for the first time. It’s that car ride in attempt to empty your mind and ease your soul. It’s a beautiful winter day full of hope and all you can do is think to yourself…oh my God do you remember when? Personally, I favor “Departing” because it is well-thought out, gorgeous music and the album flows from the Neutral Milk Hotel-esque “Two Lovers” all the way to one of the most beautiful nostalgic “those were the golden days” songs ever written called “Goodnight”. “Departing” is also one of those perfect post-holiday depressing January records. It sure does feel good to slow down.
Be sure to check out Rural Alberta Advantage on Spotify.

[audio http://k007.kiwi6.com/hotlink/mi7f9uro05/10_good_night.mp3]

goodnight, goodnight
goodnight, goodnight
goodnight, goodnight
goodnight, to the northern winters (goodnight)
and the heartless sinners (goodnight)
I haven’t seen you now for a while (goodnight)
going to miss you more with time (goodnight)

goodnight to the workers on compress (goodnight)
and the equally depressed (goodnight)
I haven’t seen you now for awhile (goodnight)
you have burned yourself in my mind (goodnight)

plug the radiator in the car
so i can see the words you’re screaming in the frost
rushing to the woods where we first felt god
red quilled to our veins from the moment when we touched

the cities love is cold and the cities love is harsh
locked into our veins from the first September’s frost
and someday if you get back together in your heart
maybe when can back back together

but goodnight to the Alberta advantage (goodnight)
I’m leaving just like we planned it (goodnight)
and you can still escape with your life (goodnight)
so I’ve just escaped with my life (goodnight)

goodnight, to the five, twos, and sixers
please look after my sister
let her know that I’ve missed her tonight
and I miss her more with time

the cities love is cold and the cities love is harsh
locks into our veins from the first September’s frost
January snap and the April winter thaw
rough and tumble summers underneath the midnight sun

rushing to the woods where we first felt God
locked into our veins from the moment when we touched
and someday if you get back together in your heart
maybe we might get back together

but goodnight and goodnight
goodnight, goodnight
goodnight, goodnight

Winter Mix 2012

Well it may be a day later than we said, but it’s certainly not a dollar short. Kevin and I got together and made this mix from both of our favorite songs this winter. Although not every song is from 2012, I think this is the perfect mix to listen to while you’re stuck inside trying to stay warm. My personal favorites are Field Report and Phillip Phillips. You can download the playlist here or stream the songs with Spotify here. Otherwise, you can stream the songs below.  So put on this mix, kick your feet up, and let the music take you somewhere else.

Alberta Cross – I Believe in Everything

Ben Howard – Old Pine

Ben Howard – Empty Corridors

Bootstraps – Guiltfree

Field Report – I Am Not Waiting Anymore

Freelance Whales – Generator ^ First Floor

Glen Hansard – Bird of Sorrow

Great Lake Swimmers – Your Rocky Spine

Morning Parade – Blue Winter

Passenger – Let Her Go

Phillip Phillips – Home

Phillip Phillips – Gone, Gone, Gone

Sea Wolf – Old Friend

State Radio – Adelaide

Stateless – Bloodstream

Taking Back Sunday – Call Me in the Morning

The Walkmen – Heaven

Ben Gibbard – Bigger Than Love

Andy Davis – Hush Money

College & Electric Youth – A Real Hero

This Makes it Official

Well, this is where it all begins. Kevin and I will be posting on a pretty regular basis, and we hope to add some good stuff real soon. Be on the lookout for our Winter 2012 Mix tape within a week. There are a lot of good known and semi-unknown artists on there that I’m sure you’ll enjoy.  I hope everyone is having a happy holiday season so far. S2WE7TJ82UGJ