Today's Quick Mention: I'm pretty much a highlights-only fan of
tennis, but watching Andy Roddick and Roger Federer battle it out at
Wimbledon yesterday was great fun. Makes me think I need to at least
check out the Grand Slams.
It seems as if everyone owns a label these days, so unless an effort carries
a name that's been around for awhile I don't really take much notice of
where an artist may currently be calling home. With that being said,
there are a few "little" operations that I do regularly follow, and one in
particular is Abandoned Love Records (Lovely Sparrows, Nire), who just
released a new EP from Virgin Of The Birds titled
It's free and very good, so get it. Enjoy.
Of The Birds - Every Rival:
ALR's owner, Jon Rooney is also the main brain behind Virgin
Of The Birds, so it isn't much of a surprise that his
approach to things is a light mix of the warm sounding,
quirky lyric-filled folk acts that he has worked with over
the years. Personally, I think it makes for a very
refined and accessible listen, but I also get a zillion
emails a day from people trying too hard to be
singer/songwriters, so perhaps I'm just happy to have
finally run across a gem from the genre.
The Lovely Sparrows - Year Of The Dog (Official Video)
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