In our never-ending quest to dig up great bands whose tickets cost less than a corned beef sandwich at your local
deli, we bring you our latest round of Blips here on JamBase. The idea behind Blips is to form a lasting relationship with
acts we believe to have bright futures and stick with them as they develop and grow. We view Blips as a progression that
begins with a mention in a Blips segment, then leads to a Blips Update, and ultimately culminates in a feature length
interview. In this edition, we have some really cool new music, so take a sec, poke around the bands’s various websites
and see what you think of these two under-the-radar acts....
Check out songs from this edition of Blips and previous featured acts through
these handy RDIO and Spotify
playlists as part
of the new JamBase channels for each.
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When you’re faced with a winter that had us all become familiar with something called the “Polar Vortex” it’s nice to take
comfort in something that can make you feel warm and cozy. For me, time and time again that was North
Americana - the sophomore album from Leif Vollebekk. The Montreal-based singer-songwriter has crafted one
of my go-to records of the year, with its inviting and enveloping story songs. Vollebekk has a knack for penning
confessional songs, whose lyrics paint vivid pictures of everyday people, places and situations from long subway rides
to obsessively listening to records and romantic encounters.
Recorded at studios in New York City, Montreal and France, Vollebekk has crafted an album that has this warm organic
feel which is anchored by his honey-smoked vocals and the matter-of-fact way he delivers them. The ten-track
effort leans heavily on acoustic coffeehouse folk, but is highlighted by a handful of impassioned “rockers” that tip their
caps heavily to Jeff Buckley and Ryan Adams’s early solo efforts. Lief Vollebekk is currently on-tour with likeminded
folkie William Fitzsimmons, and will make his debut at the Newport Folk Festival this summer.
R.I.Y.L.: Ryan Adams
, Jeff Buckley
, Doug Paisley
Ages and Ages
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Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein have done a fantastic job satirizing Portland on their must-watch sketch-comedy
show Portlandia. The show will have you believing that everyone who inhabits the Rose City takes themselves just a little
too seriously about everything from community issues to the origins of their farm-to-table meal. Tim Perry formed the
band Ages and Ages as a direct reaction to something similar that he was seeing in the city’s music scene - a
general sense of apathy – and decided to make music that would be uplifting and world view changing.
The septet, who released their sophomore album Divisionary via Partisan Records last week, play an instantly likable
brand of acoustic-based psychedelic-pop. The eleven-track record, while routed in some personal hard times for some
of the band members, has an exuberant care-free bounce to it full of hand-claps, choral harmonies and earworm sing-
alongs. Taking its cues from both Fleetwood Mac and The Mamas & The Papas and dare I say musical theater (it’s hard
not to think of the musical Hair when listening to them), Ages and Ages are currently playing some of the best “feel
good” music going right now.
R.I.Y.L.: Blind Pilot
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes
Written By: Jeffrey Greenblatt