Posts in VIBES
VIBES: The Small Faces

Formed in East London circa '65, The Small Faces were a seminal English mod-rock band that created pioneering sounds for four short but explosive years. For their very first and extremely raucous 1965 single 'Whatchya Gonna Do About It,' band members Steve Marriot, Ronnie Lane, Kenny Jones, and Jim Winston borrowed heavily from seminal American soul and R&B artists like Otis Redding and Bobby Bland. The group's unique blend of soul-based guitar riffs coupled with call-and-response choruses garnered them immediate attention within the London mod-rock scene.

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VIBES: Hugh Holland and the Seventies SoCal Skate Scene

“The style was incredible,” says Holland. “That’s what brought me to it in the first place. I always say it’s like a ballet on concrete. I came into it being totally fascinated with capturing the point where the action reaches its peak.”He also caught the in-between times, the static of those suburban days, “boys standing around not doing anything, just waiting”.

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VIBES: A Playlist For Your Drives

There's something about birthdays. Another marker of a year's plodding progress. And there's something about every birthday that makes me miss my dad. Can he see that Henry has a beard? Would he like it?  Can he see that Katie has a shaved head? Was he watching while Mom painted the bedroom and the hallway? Would he like the person I am becoming?  Can he see my brother and sister and I -- navigating as we can around early adulthood, sometimes fumbling, sometimes succeeding? I hope he can. I think he can. And the ways I commune with my Dad are in quiet moments like this -- in my truck, driving home, listening to Emmylou and the CD's I've made for myself that remind me of him.

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VIBES: Remsy Music

"With a Johnny Cash guitar-strum shuffle and breathy vocals that sound as though they could have been sung through a tunnel, Remsy's first single 'Lucky Two' is nothing if not entirely promising. Her dreamy, throwback melody gets some moody texture from exemplary sound mixing, accomplished here by Grammy-award winning sound engineer Jeff Lipton.  There's the contemporary lyricism of love lost yet not forgotten. A lively, bright guitar riff at the bridge. And finally a staccato sort of hand clap or gun shot that punctuates throughout, like the slash of a cracked whip or a winding lasso as it cuts through the sky."

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VIBES: Robert Ellis

We here at Western Daughter -- and by we of course I am referring to only myself -- are big fans of sir Robert Ellis

This may have happened when we heard his first record back in 2011, or perhaps the flames of fiery fandom were vigorously fanned earlier this year, when we saw him decidedly trump everyone at El Cosmico in a rousing game of Stump.  Or maybe it was upon finding this rad assemblage of deep cuts hand-picked by the Texas-born, Tennessee-livin' troubadour himself. Either way, Ellis' 'Baby's All Right Brunch' is an ever-updated playlist of curated tracks, hand-picked by one heartbreakin' hombre of the modern-day honky-tonk and it is always very, very good. Vibe on.     

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VIBES: Leon Bridges

What first got me tunin' in to Texas heartthrob Leon Bridges and his swoon-worthy ballads wasn't from hearing a catchy song carried along on the wind, and it wasn't from stumbling upon a soundcloud or spotify profile, and it certainly wasn't after seeing Leon live; as he has yet to play to a Minneapolis stage. Rather, my fandom began after finding his instagram. I promptly got a sore thumb from liking nearly every photo shared by this Sam Cook-worshippin', Louisiana-tourin', pleat-front-trouser-wearin' sun-of-a-gun.

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VIBES: Lubbock, Texas and Buddy Holly

"If Buddy Holly were Lubbock's sole contribution to American music, he might be considered an inexplicable anomaly, but generations of West Texas mavericks have followed his lead, making Lubbock the least likely of music meccas, a garden of creativity within a literal desert. From Buddy's sidekick Waylon Jennings, and from Roy Orbison, a West Texas neighbor from Wink, though visual artist/songwriter/provocateur Terry Allen, through the legendary Flatlanders trio of Joe Ely, Butch Hancock, and Jimmie Dale Gilmore, through the Dixie Chicks' homegrown, outspoken Natalie Maines -- a Lubbock gal if there ever was one -- there's a streak of artistic rebellion that is as strong as the region's conservative orthodoxy." 

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VIBES: The Dezurik Sisters; MN Farm Girls Turned Opry Stars

In music as in design there is always a trend — either towards something or away from something. And these trends usually relate to the collective yearnings of the time. In the thirties and forties, country music was still very much tied to an agrarian way of life, not the mealy and over-processed cannon of backroads, girls, and tailgates that it is now. Perhaps this trend towards yodeling — seen in the vocal stylings of country music acts of the thirties such as Patsy Montana, the Dezuriks, and Roy Acuff — was really more of a sense of nostalgia, for farm families and a way of life in which any and all members of a family knew to play an instrument, a la Merle Haggard’s ballad of a big, poor, southern family, Daddy Frank (The Guitar Man)

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VIBES: Jane Birkin

They met on the set of Slogan. He was 40, she was 22. They wed shortly after their fledgling romance began and for twelve years the unlikely union between lecherous yet lovable pop icon Serge Gainsbourg and well-bred English rose Jane Birkin enthralled a nation.

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VIBES: Tammy Wynette

Born Virginia Wynette Pugh in Mississippi, Wynette was a young mother with a knock-out dish-washin' voice and a penchant for hair-dressin'. Facing consistent discouragement from pursuing her musical ambitions during her first marriage, Wynette up and left one day, driving from Birmingham to Nashville with three daughters, a cosmetology license, and a dream of getting signed in tow.

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VIBES: Sure to Be a Real Humdinger

My friend Frankie Lee and his good pal Tara Fox are headed to LA. Along the way they'll be making stops in Tulsa, Austin, and Marfa before slamming into California on New Year's Eve for a  show with the Allah-Lah's at the Ace Hotel. It's sure to be a real humdinger folks. If you're able and willing -- go see them play, then buy their split 7" EP.

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