Incan Abraham - Ancient Vacation [FREE DOWNLOAD]

I can't tell you much about Los Angeles-based Incan Abraham, except that I hadn't heard of them until catching their set at the Noise Pop Happy Hour last Thursday. I was totally impressed by their live sound and since downloading their 5-song EP Ancient Vacation have been equally impressed with how they sound on record.

Apparently Incan Abraham made a good impression at SXSW last year ("Ten Acts That Rocked South by Southwest").

By their own account, Incan Abraham considers themselves to be alternative, ambient, pop, psychedelic, and shoegaze. After first listen, a few bands come to mind... Local Natives (another Los Angeles band) and The Verve. Those associations probably say more about my taste than their music.

Check 'em out for yourself.

Wilco: NPR Tiny Desk Concert

If you love good music, especially performed by real live bands, you'll love NPR's Tiny Desk Concert series.

You can subscribe to the Tiny Desk Concerts Podcast via iTunes, stream the shows via the NPR Music iPad app (just launched today!) or on the NPR Tiny Desk Concerts website.

If you have a Roku, like me, you can also stream the concerts via the Roku iTunes Podcasts private channel (Channel Code: ITPC). You'll find instructions on adding Roku private channels here.

Here's a recent Tiny Desk Concert by one of my favorite bands, arguably the best live touring band in the country right now, Wilco:

R.I.P. Don Cornelius | S.O.S. Band - "Take Your Time"

The New York Times ("Don Cornelius, ‘Soul Train’ Creator, Is Dead at 75") reports:
Don Cornelius, the smooth-voiced television host who brought black music and culture into America’s living rooms when he created the dance show “Soul Train,” was found dead at his home in Los Angeles early Wednesday in what appeared to be a suicide, the authorities said. He was 75.

“Soul Train,” one of the longest-running syndicated shows in television history, played a critical role in spreading the music of black America to the world, offering wide exposure to musicians like James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye and Michael Jackson in the 1970s and ’80s.

In its heyday, it was a formative experience every Saturday morning for young people of all backgrounds and afforded some of the most important soul and R&B acts their first national television exposure. It was also a platform for white rock musicians like Elton John and David Bowie to reach black audiences.
Thanks, Don, for turning me on to so much good music as a kid, music like this...
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