Matthew Perryman Jones’ Kickstarter-supported album, Land of the Living, was written shortly after the death of his father. Perryman Jones has credited inspiration from sources as varied and impressive as Rumi and Vincent Van Gogh. You can watch the video for the track “O Theo” from the album below. His song “Save You” was one of the more memorable songs featured on One Tree Hill during its nine year run. You can hear it towards the end of this Mountain Stage stream and also watch the video below.
Forget The Storm is singer-songwriter (and actor) Tyler Hilton’s third studio album and his first independent release on his own label, Hooptie Tune Records. Tyler himself said of the album, “The songs and sounds of Forget The Storm came together as a reaction to the major label system and the heartbreak it kept putting me through.” That heartbreak came after five years of working on another album (The Storms We Share) for major label Warner Bros. only for the songs to gather dust. Tyler left the label when it became obvious the album would never see the light of day and started on a fresh batch of songs, the title Forget The Storm the only reference to the album that never was.
Tyler’s appearances on the final season of One Tree Hill successfully drew my attention to his new album, Forget The Storm. Unfortunately, Chris Keller’s (Tyler’s OTH alter ego) heartfelt acoustic performance of “Prince of Nothing Charming” and rowdy bluesy rock rendition of “Loaded Gun” led to disappointment when I first heard the more polished pop versions on the album.
Once those overblown expectations faded, though, I was able to enjoy and appreciate the album for what it is. It’s a very catchy pop album with a few pretty ballads and a couple of strong rock tracks.
Tyler is best known for laidback, singer-songwriter ballads and this album has it’s share of those, but the best tracks are those in which he fully embraces blues and rock – such as “Loaded Gun” and “Ain’t No Fooling Me.”
There’s a dusky warmth to Tyler’s voice and melodies that occasionally hint at early Ryan Adams, but the slick production pushes most of Forget The Storm into the pop genre. It’ll be a good summer road trip album.
If you watched last night’s episode of One Tree Hill, you may have wondered who played the female street musician that Hayley (Bethany Joy Galeotti) encountered by the riverfront. She was none other than Grace Potter of Grace Potter & The Nocturnals. In addition to dueting on “I Want Something That I Want” with Bethany Joy, the show featured an acoustic version of Grace’s own song “Ah Mary” from her recent release This Is Somewhere. Both songs are available as The One Tree Hill Sessions – mp3 downloads on Amazon.
Quarterlife debuted on NBC last night, though its regular time slot will be Sundays at 9 pm EST. The series is from the creators of My So-Called Life and initially appeared online as short webisodes.
I had low expectations for Quarterlife, and was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it. It’s not nearly as good as My So-Called Life or Friday Night Lights (which is apparently being shopped around to other networks), but then nothing else is. The moral struggles in the pilot (particularly the magazine article plot) were a little cheesy in execution, and the show felt disjointed from the splicing together of the short webisodes to make an hour tv drama. But something about it – probably the 20something video blogging protagonist – gradually drew me in and by the end I was hooked. Dylan is no Angela Chase, but she does have a similar awkward charm. I could say the same for the show.
Since the barrage of Kate Voegele on One Tree Hill requests continue, I’ll let you know that the song she sang in the library at the end of this week’s episode was “Wish You Were Here” from her debut album Don’t Look Away (buy it here). Just when I thought I was out, OTH pulled me back in with the Dan-centric preview for next week. If they bring him back for good, I’ll have to keep watching. Sigh.
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