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B3SCI on Virgin Mobile Live (feat. Small Black)

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Josh from Small Black calls in this week to talk about the band’s new Moon Killer mixtape being released on 11.11.11, the issues related with sounding like, #occupywallstreet and more. Catch new B3SCI Radio on Virgin Mobile Live, Fridays and Saturdays every week 12pm pac/ 3pm east.

Click for b3sci radio archives and be sure to check out fam Virgin Mobile Live and Abbey Braden!

TRACK LIST:

A$AP Rocky – Out of This World
Coldplay – Princess of China (Feat. Rihanna)
mic up: Birdy – Shelter (Essays Tearful Remix) (Edit)
Dirty Beaches – Lone Runner
The Owsley Brothers – Burden On Your Eyes
mic up: Massive Attack – Paradise Circus (Burial Remix)(edit)
Benjamin Francis Leftwich – Won’t Back Down (Tom Petty)
mic up: Rave’s Fave
Justice – Parade
Lana Del Rey – Video Games (Joy Orbison Remix) (edit)
Small Black – Weird Machines
Interview part 1: Josh from Small Black call’s in
Small Black – Two Rivers (Feat. Heems)
Interview part 2: Josh from Small Black call’s in
Small Black – Moon Killer

reviewed by
10-22-11

Pinebocks – Flee / My Unfunny Valentine

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According to his bandcamp page, Pinebocks is the still nascent project of Cory Clifford, “an indie pop obsessed 21 year old idiot living in Texas.” His first release, Flee / My Unfunny Valentine, is quite simplistic but is held together by strong songwriting. There’s no trying to razzle dazzle with gimmickry and layers of synths, just a man with words, a guitar and some feelings to share. “Flee” is very Magnetic Fields with a pinch of Van Dyke Parks. “My Unfunny Valentine” has a traditional, almost Leadbelly bent. These songs are unfinished, but they don’t need a band propping them up. They have enough panache on their own. Peep this and propose a toast to all the precocious youths writing songs throughout the Heartland. Contributed by Chris Gedos

Pinebocks – Flee

Pinebocks – My Unfunny Valentine

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Rating 7.95

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reviewed by
10-22-11

David’s Lyre – Hidden Ground (Piano Version)

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The UK’s David’s Lyre is dropping “Hidden Ground” as a single October 24th and to mark that release are giving away this BEAUTIFUL acoustic piano version of the song away for FREE. Cop that (beautiful) free shit below.

David’s Lyre – Hidden Ground (Piano Version)

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Rating 8.3

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reviewed by
10-18-11

Charlene Soraia – Lightyears

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South London songwriter Charlene Soraia is the current owner of the #7 place on the UK singles chart. Her piano-driven cover of The Calling’s “Wherever You Will Go” (remember that shit?) which debuted in Tea commercial has shot the 23 year old into the spotlight. “Lightyears”, a Soraia-penned track, is a pensive, neatly-voiced shuffle that while maybe not a Top 10 UK hit is still a really solid track that demands your listening attention. Listen.

Charlene Soraia – Lightyears

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Rating 8.3

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reviewed by
10-17-11

B3SCI on Virgin Mobile Live

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The week’s mix includes subtle tributes to John Lennon’s recent 71st birthday. Be sure to catch new B3SCI Radio on Virgin Mobile Live, Fridays and Saturdays @ 3pm eastern here. Tracklist is after the jump.

Click for link b3sci radio archives and be sure to check out fam Virgin Mobile Live and Abbey Braden!

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10-15-11

First Aid Kit – The Lion’s Roar

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The Swedish sisters Soderberg return with “Lion’s Roar”, excerpted here from the duo’s upcoming LP of the same name. FAK’s beautiful “Ghost Town” was one of our favorite tracks of 2010 and “Lion’s Roar” is right there in terms of quality. The tune is folky but also references dusty country western balladry, (Think Townes Van Zandt). The Lion’s Roar is due digitally November 8th.

First Aid Kit – The Lion’s Roar

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Rating 8.3

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10-11-11

Benjamin Francis Leftwich – Won’t Back Down (Tom Petty Cover)

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Ben just sent along this excellent 5 song covers EP. The free EP includes renditions of songs by Arcade Fire, The Boss, and our pick by World Coolest Walking Corpse, Tom Petty. It’s “Won’t Back Down”.

Benjamin Francis Leftwich – Won’t Back Down (Tom Petty Cover)

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Rating: 8.1

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10-10-11

B3SCInterview: Washington

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We recently had a chance to catch up with Australian songstress Washington amid her US tour with OMD. We chatted about her forthcoming Insomnia LP, Bosendorfers, British weather and more! Also peep “Holy Moses” previewed from her Insomnia LP below.

Is there a particular inspiration that you attribute to the exploration of jazz early in your career?
I grew up being fascinated by old Hollywood musicals. Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Ann Miller, Ruby Keeler, Gene Kelly, Cyd Charisse, Leslie Caron; I suppose you could say they were my idols. When I got a little older, I think I was naturally drawn toward old jazz standards because they were already familiar, they were the songs from all those old films. Irving Berlin and Cole Porter and Lerner and Loewe basically educated me in everything until I discovered rock and roll at about 20 years old. After that my tastes certainly expanded, but the core of my understanding of music is definitely rooted in show tunes and all that’s razzly and dazzly.

Reflecting back, is there anything that you take away from earlier experiences as a keyboardist and back-up vocalist for artists like Ben Lee that’s prepared you for the spotlight as Washington?
I learned a lot in those years playing in other people’s bands. I learned how to tour, (which is a skill you don’t realise you need until you need it), I learned how to structure set lists according to the venue size and crowd size, I learned how to rearrange the recorded songs for a live band… I learned a lot. I wish I’d learned to play guitar better but I’m still working on that. It also afforded me the opportunity to travel the world and play at lots of festivals and see a lot of music that I wouldn’t have otherwise been able to see.

Can you compare being a singer/songwiter in Australia to that of the United States, UK or elsewhere? Is there anything particular about the culture or landscape from your point of view?
I don’t know whether I can really answer that question faithfully… I think that the experience of being a songwriter is different every day, with every song, and every city. Certainly Australian crowds are generally a little more boisterous compared to, say, a typical German audience, where I guess culturally there’s a little more of a ‘recital’ spirit to the show, but that’s an awfully strong generalisation and I can think of plenty of instances where that hasn’t been the case. Touring in America is very similar to touring in Australia; the drives between shows are long because the countries are so vast. My thoughts about the UK are simply that it’s always FREEZING because I’ve only ever been there mid-winter. So now I know how to drag my keyboard through snow!

When is your favorite time to write? Is there something that inspires you… favorite instrument of any sort?
I really can’t go past a Steinway grand piano. I also love Bosendorfers but they’re terribly hard to come across. I generally write quite late at night, usually around midnight, although there’s also this strange thing that happens when I’m running late to leave the house I have this odd compulsion to sit down and write for 10 minutes or so and make myself even later. I don’t know what kind of psychological connotations that has. I’m usually inspired by relationships, stories. Tales of woe. Edgar Allen Poe. Bukowski. Heartbroken maidens wrecked on the shores of romance.

Is there anything that the world should expect from ‘Insomnia’?
It’s a funny record, Insomnia. It’s very different to ‘Liar’, in that it’s quite dark with a lot more space than anything that came before it. Obviously it was written in the dark, so it makes sense that it’d be dark, right? Also Cello. The world can expect Cello!

What makes a song timeless in your opinion?
Truth and restraint.

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[VAULT] Washington – Welcome Stranger

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10-05-11

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Alone on the Rope

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NG’s songwriting clinic continues on “Alone on the Rope”. If Noel were a new artist every bloggerdude out there would be falling over themselves to content farm this shit. Perception is the game. Noel is old and Oasis aren’t cool. We love you Noel.

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Alone on the Rope

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Rating 8.4

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10-03-11

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – I’d Pick You Every Time

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“I’d Pick You Every Time”, the b-side to NG’s “If I Had a Gun” single, continues Noel’s record with great b-sides that stretches back to the earliest days of Oasis. It’s often that Noel saves these more folkier divergences for the b-side. And the half-time, almost countrified (is that a banjo, Noel?) “I’d Pick You Every Time” is very much in that “Folky” Noel lane. Spin it below.

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – I’d Pick You Every Time

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Rating 8.2

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reviewed by
09-30-11

Benjamin Francis Leftwich – Shine

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b3sci fav Benjamin Francis Leftwich returns with one of his catchiest tracks to date, new single “Shine”. The track serves as further example of Leftwich ‘s excellent sense of construction and restraint in melody, rhythm, and arrangement. Great tune.

Benjamin Francis Leftwich – Shine

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Rating: 8.1

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09-29-11

Jodie Marie – On The Road (Summer Camp Remix)

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The awesome Summer Camp turned an already great song, UK songstress Jodie Marie’s “On the Road”, into an absolute must listen. Jodie’s voice is incredible, little hints of trip hop and a classic country twang give it a depth and broadness that is really arresting. The melody reminds of something taken from mid 90’s alt rock radio, like one of those big anthemic “Black Hole Sun” sort of songs. Amazing.

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Rating 8.3

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09-29-11