April 10, 2011

seven swans reimagined

Seven Swans Reimagined is a whole album of excellent Sufjan covers from indie artists including Joshua James, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, and a band called Unwed Sailor that I once saw in Nashville (and bought their tshirt for an unwed sailor I know, as marketing). All profits benefit breast cancer research, also a worthy cause we can support. Go check it out and donate $10 for some beautiful tunes. That doleful cello is so rich on Joshua’s version:

[thanks Jodie!]

September 15, 2009

Til the good lord comes, and we all walk free


My friend sent this song out to a few of us music pals, saying that he heard tones of Paul Simon all over these vocals — and of course I am a complete and thorough sucker for any of these soul-churning, boot-stomping, country gospel church overtones.

Joshua James is bred in Nebraska and currently inhabiting the rugged Utah landscape, developing solidly as an artist through a handful of albums and EPs over the last few years. This is the first sample I’ve heard from the forthcoming Build Me This, out 9/22 through Intelligent Noise.

After the stressful day I had today, and the unrelenting rain that ushers in that undoubtable mercury-drop of autumn, this song makes me feel a rush of heat and a stirring of the soul.

Coal War – Joshua James

Stomp. Clap. Stomp. Clap.

Extensive fall tour dates listed here; some with Cory Chisel.
(Denver date is Sept 21st at the Walnut Room)

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"I love the relationship that anyone has with music: because there's something in us that is beyond the reach of words, something that eludes and defies our best attempts to spit it out. It's the best part of us, probably, the richest and strangest part..."
—Nick Hornby, Songbook
"Music has always been a matter of energy to me, a question of Fuel. Sentimental people call it Inspiration, but what they really mean is Fuel."
—Hunter S. Thompson

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