unknown chill songs

Captain Beefheart – My Head is my only House unless it Rains

Captain Beefheart passed away a few days ago. Since then I haven’t been able to stop listening to “My Head is my only House unless it Rains”. It’s the weirdest love song I have ever heard, but it catches me.

To quote Bob Lefsetz in a letter he sent to his followers about Captain Beefheart’s death:
“I read the news today, oh boy. And I was emotionally affected and needed to reach out to you. They’re rewriting rock and roll history and getting it all wrong. They want you to think that Patti Smith was more important than Alice Cooper, that Top Forty radio ruled in the late sixties and early seventies, that everybody was always in it for the money. But that’s wrong. We know the truth. It’s incumbent upon us to keep the flame alive. Beefheart was part of the firmament. He may not have been dead center, but he had a place. And we took notice. And his death leaves an emptiness. There’s a hole in the sky tonight, a black one, where Don Van Vliet used to live and create.”

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Posted in Underplayed Music, Unknown Songs on December 20th, 2010 by Tony Amoyal –

Mark Kelly – Oh My God

Check out this unknown singer/songwriter from Europe. Mark Kelly has a unique sound and has something going on that would definitely go over well in the USA. What do you think?
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Posted in Unknown Songs on August 2nd, 2010 by Tony Amoyal –

Spirit Family Reunion- Cold, So Cold

Resembling characters from a Tom Sawyer book, Brooklyn-based Spirit Family Reunion has created a West Virginian-emo-esque folk song.  “Cold, so Cold” sounds like it’s from back-country middle America, but the band is from Brooklyn, so they’ve hit the image and sound spot-on.  This song could easily find it’s way onto the soundtrack of a rough-around-the-edges horror film.

Spirit Family Reunion – Cold, So Cold – SXSW 2010 from DUKE STREET on Vimeo.

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Posted in Underplayed Music, Unknown Songs on April 29th, 2010 by wax –

Mumford & Sons – The Cave

Mumford and Sons live performance image
Mumford & Sons are an English folk rock band from London. Their debut album, Sigh No More, was released on October 5th, 2009. In 2010 they released “The Cave” which hit 70 on the

UK singles charts and 33 on the Australian music sales charts.
The band has a really nice indie folk sound without disregard for pop elements. While I would consider their music chill and melodic, there are times when it sounds very full and powerful. Thanks to Emmanuel for the song recommendation. Enjoy!

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Posted in Underplayed Music, Unknown Songs on February 18th, 2010 by Tony Amoyal –

Lee Fields – Honey Dove

Sorry Daily Song Fix has been missing in action this week. I develop websites, blogs, and web applications for a living and these past couple weeks have been really busy. Taylor, a Daily Song Fix reader, sent me a great suggestion – Honey Dove by Lee Fields. I had not heard of Lee Fields before Taylor mentioned him but according to Taylor, “Honey Dove” is a “great soulful song by the classic funk artist Lee Fields. Currently performing with The Expressions on the Truth and Soul label and putting out solid funk and soul!” I definitely agree that this is some solid funk and soul. I will be paying more attention to Lee Fields in the future. Thanks Taylor!

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Posted in Underplayed Music, Unknown Songs on December 18th, 2009 by Tony Amoyal –

Soulive (feat. Dave Matthews) – Joyful Girl

Soulive is a really funky upbeat band and I will be posting lots of their music on this blog. This song is a bit soft and jazzy but very tasteful. Soulive teams up with Dave Matthews to cover the Ani Difranco song “Joyful Girl.” Eric Krasno takes a really awesome solo midway through the song to show some of that Soulive instrumental virtuosity. Enjoy!

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Posted in Underplayed Music, Unknown Songs on December 9th, 2009 by Tony Amoyal –

Caetano Veloso – Sozinho

Caetano Veloso is a composer, singer, guitarist, writer, and political activist. He is sometimes considered to be the Bob Dylan of Brazil.

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Posted in Forgotten Music, Underplayed Music, Unknown Songs on November 5th, 2009 by Tony Amoyal –

Joao Gilberto / Stan Getz – Pra Machucar Meu Coração

If I haven’t said it already, I’ll say it now – Getz/Gilberto is one of my favorite albums of all time and I will probably post every song on the album at some point. “Pra Machucar Meu Coração” is my favorite song on the album but I am a little biased because I translated it and learned it on guitar a couple years ago before I traveled to Brazil. Let me know what you think!

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Posted in Forgotten Music, Underplayed Music, Unknown Songs on November 5th, 2009 by Tony Amoyal –