Brendan’s 2013 Top Songs List

By: Brendan

Brendan’s Top 15 Free Downloads of 2013:

Dr. Dog – These Days


Vienna Teng – The Hymn of Acxiom


Brandi Carlile – Hard Way Home


Dying Machines – It Has Been


Bing Satellites – Awakening


Alabama Shakes – I Found You


Chloe Howl – Rumour (Yacht Remix)


Charles Hammell – Hear My Voice


Charlotte Church – Glitterbombed


Brandi Carlile & Emmylou Harris – Take Me Home, Country Roads


TG Lurgan – Liom Fhéin (Gaelic cover of The Black Keys’ “Lonely Boy”)


The So So Glos – Everything Revival (mp3 download page)


Katie Herzig – Nothing! Shhhhhhhhhhhh


Soak – Sea Creatures (Ryan Vail/Unknown Remix)


Caitlin Rose – No More Lonely

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Noisetrade Indie & Alt-Country Roundup

By: Brendan

Anti’s Winter EP includes the legendary Bettye LaVette, Petra Haden’s great version of the Psycho theme, and a Shane McGowan/Johnny Depp sea shanty, of course!

Ato Records Spring Sampler includes several Muruch favorites: Old Crowe Medicine Show! Alabama Shakes! Brandi Carlile & Emmylou Harris singing “Take Me Home, Country Roads”!

Ben Sollee, Ron Sexsmith, Damien Jurado and Harper Simon are among the artists featured on this American Songwriter Sessions Sampler. I hadn’t heard of Harper Simon – his “Berkeley Girl” is a gorgeous song from another time.

The Voice: Sarah Simmons Covers Brandi Carlile

We in the Muruch household were very excited to hear Sarah Simmon cover Brandi Carlile‘s “The Story” on NBC’s The Voice last night. It’s our favorite Brandi Carlile song and really should be the next “Hallelujah” cool song everyone loves to cover (hear that, Allison Crowe?!). Sarah didn’t quite capture the chill-producing emotion of Carlile’s extraordinary original, but it’s a formidable song for any singer to tackle.

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Brandi Carlile: Free Live at Bear Creek EP Download

To celebrate the release of her new album, Bear Creek (click title for our review), Brandi Carlile is giving away a free, legal download of her Live at Bear Creek companion EP. You can access the mp3s by entering your email address into the NoiseTrade widget below.

Muruch Album Review

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Brandi Carlile Official Site