Ranks of the Unemployed

I just added a new mix to 8tracks, and awesome site where you can just tell it a number of songs to play in whatever order you choose, and then people listen to the mix. They can rate it, send feedback, or whatever else.

I think the term “mixologist” used to just be for bartenders. Now, of course, we believe differently.

There are a few other mixes of mine that you can access through my profile on the site, if you so choose. This newest one I made to accompany job hunting and the tedious task of filling out applications. I’ve been doing a lot of that lately, and some good music really helps.

Enjoy.

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Ranks of the Unemployed

New Discovery

“It Hurts Me Too” by folk artist Karen Dalton.

No one seems to be sure whether she influenced Bob Dylan, or if it’s the other way around.

I can’t get over her voice. It’s so old-time jazzy (think Billie Holiday), but works perfectly with her guitar style. So… jury’s still out on this one, but I’ll get back to you.

And this one. Alright, I’ll admit I like this one mostly for the French sous-titres. Subtitles. :)

New Discovery

Are You Onboard?

I just discovered a great new artist, Eric Bibb. His style is a right-on mix of folk, blues, and gospel, without being boring, too roots-y, or too preachy. I came across his website by way of StumbleUpon, which is another newfound joy that may just deserve its own post later. So the first song I heard, which came up instantly on the website, was “New Beale Street Blues.” It was such a great introduction. It reminded me a little of New Orleans (even though it’s about Memphis).

Besides having a great style, his songs and the album I downloaded (and frankly, the only one I have listened to) are very smooth. Not in a lame “smooth jazz” kind of way, but in a way that flows extremely well. He has a beautiful voice and his guitar work compliments it perfectly.

iTunes categorizes Bibb as Blues, which I would say is correct. I was a little worried that he would be pegged as gospel or Christian, and I don’t think his style exemplifies that slant all the time. Even if this isn’t the sort of thing you’d normally check out, I would look him up on eMusic or just at his website.

I have downloaded “Get Onboard” and “Natural Light,” along with only 9 tracks of “A Ship Called Love,” because I ran out of credits at eMusic (and already bought a booster pack today for the first album. sigh), and I highly recommend all of them so far. I will say that “A Ship Called Love” seems to have a little weird drumwork… a sort of monotonous, Stevie-Wonder-esque new age-y-ness. But other than that, I am very much enjoying it all. Plus, all the song titles are great, and in my book that goes a long way.

Are You Onboard?