Julia Nunes: Settle Down

Guest Post By: Brendan

Julia Nunes’ voice is soulful, her instrumentation infectious, and her Kickstarter-funded album, Settle Down, is captivating from start to finish. I found her music while searching for ukulele cover songs, many of which are not very good. Which is why Julia Nunes was such a refreshing surprise. Sample her Youtube Covers on Amazon. At the time of writing, Settle Down is available as a $5 download at Amazon.

I especially love “Stay Awake,” wherein “pixelated screens light up the night“, and a startlingly beautiful 57-second a Capella track, “I Wasn’t Worried.”

“Stay Awake” and “Lookout For Yourself” were featured in this World Cafe podcast, and Julia was also the subject of this All Things Considered interview.

Buy @ Amazon

Julia Nunes Official Site

Mp3 Menagerie: Julia Nunes, Mona Sterling, Paper The Operator

Julia Nunes – I Think You Know (mp3) *

Mellow and peppy at the same time. Multi-instrumentalist Julia Nunes toured with Ben Folds and counts Molly Ringwald among her fans. Her new EP I Think You Know will be released on February 2, 2010.

Pre-order @ Amazon (not yet available)


Mona Sterling – Something Sweet (mp3 removed) *

The email I received from Seattle rock singer Mona Sterling was pretty much the perfect PR email – short and direct with her genre (rock, female singers, break up anthems), album title (Lay Down Your Weapons), release date (December 17th), and a link to the above mp3 with permission to post it clearly stated. As you can hear in this song, she has a strong voice.

Buy @ Amazon

*mp3 provided by & posted w/ permission of artist


Paper The Operator – The Pendulum (mp3) *

Bass-heavy track from rock band Paper The Operator’s upcoming album to be released on January 1, 2010.

Pre-order @ Amazon (not yet available)

Paper The Operator MySpace

*mp3 hosted by & posted w/ permission of label