Bipolar Sunshine: Blossom Mp3

“Blossom” is a trippy, electro-pop song by Manchester Bipolar Sunshine (a.k.a Kid British’s former frontman, Adio Marchant) from his new Aesthetics EP. You can stream the song below and download the free, legal mp3 by signing up for Bipolar Sunshine’s mailing list at his official site

Nell Robinson & Jim Nunally: House & Garden

Nell Robinson & Jim Nunally’s new album, House & Garden has such a cheesy cover photo, I almost didn’t bother listening to it. I thought for sure I’d hate it. Boy was I wrong! It’s a simple, heartfelt album inspired by the memory of Nunally’s father, which is kept alive in the garden he planted. The album appropriately includes a card of wildflower seeds.

It was one of those when everything had gone wrong and I was in a terribly bad mood when I hit the play button. But the end of the third track, “The Gardener,” I felt calm and peaceful.

The album includes covers of George Jones’ “Old Old House” and Dolly Parton’s “My Blue Tears,” but it’s beautiful original ballads like “Pen in Hand” and “House” that I like the most.

It’s not for everyone, but if you like old-fashioned folk music (of the Emmylou Harris, Irene DeMent variety), you just may love this.

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Nell Robinson & Jim Nunally Official Site

Feed Readers

As I posted in March, Google Reader will be shutting down on July 1st. So if you have been using Google Reader to keep up with Muruch, you will need to add Muruch’s RSS Feed to the rss reader or app of your choice.

Like most working Americans, I am stuck using free, web-based readers on IE of which there aren’t many any more and certainly not many that are reliable. I’ve tried them all – Bloglines, BlogLovin’, Feedshow, Newsgator, Pulse, The Old Reader…I could go on and on. None of them catches posts as well or as frequently as Google Reader did.

Digg is supposed to be working on a Google Reader replacement, but they haven’t released it yet. So if anyone has any free, web-based, IE-compatible feed reader recommendations, please comment!

I loved the Feedly app when I tried it on my Android phone, so I would highly recommend using it if you have more flexibility. It not only comes as an app for Android, Apple and Windows devices, but there is also a Feedly Firefox extension. What I like about Feedly is it seems to reliably grab all my feeds and keep them in my sorted folders, but there’s also a neat option to randomize them and mix them in with other stories and some other discover type features I haven’t had the time to explore yet. Oh and it has the option to import your Google Reader subscriptions, so you don’t have the hassle of adding individual feeds.

Thanks to the commenter who informed me that Feedly now has a web-based, IE-compatible reader! It even has a simplified, title-only view option that’s closer to the Google Reader view (the app has a more modern magazine look). Feedly is now by far the best feed reader that I’ve found for any browser on any device. If you create an account before July 1st, you still have time to import your Google Reader subscriptions. Go now go! And please follow Muruch there if you do:

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Also, Muruch readers on Twitter can follow: @muruchblog

And at least for now, Muruch readers on Facebook can receive notifications by following: Though due to Facebook’s continuing privacy “glitches,” I make no guarantee that I will stay there.

Note: it’s “muruchblog” as the user name muruch was taken on both sites.

In all cases, you will still need to visit the actual Muruch website to read full reviews and comment. And you might want to bookmark us since external sites are obviously so unreliable.

Devotchka: Free Mp3s

By: Brendan

Perhaps best known for their work with Mychael Danna on the Little Miss Sunshine soundtrack, Devotchka recently released a live album recorded with the Colorado Symphony. The live album includes my favorite of their songs, “How it Ends” (adapted into “The Winner Is” for the aforementioned soundtrack). The song can be downloaded for free at KEXP.

As a bonus, this five-year-old, 95-minute NPR Concert recording is one I return to repeatedly.

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Devotchka Official Site