The Essential Advent Calendar: December 18

The Essential Advent Calendar: December 18 – SPiN Take A New Look At Christmas Classics With ‘Carol Of The Merry Gentlemen (What Child?)’

SPiN are behind door number 18 with their modern take on some classic Christmas songs. Check out ‘Carol of the Merry Gentlemen (What Child?)’, their mash up of ‘Carol Of The Bells’, ‘What Child Is This?’, ‘Ring Christmas Bells’, and ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’.

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SPiN Contemplate The ‘Price Of Love’ With 80s Tinged Single

We’re a bit late to the table with this one – SPiN released ‘Price Of Love’ at the end of July – but hopefully we can shine a bit more light on it.

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Heron – ‘Splashdown’

On first listening to ‘Splashdown’ by Heron, I’m reminded of Joe Satriani’s track, ‘Always With Me, Always With You’, from his breakthrough 1987 album, ‘Surfing With The Alien’. There’s also elements that suggest Mark Knopfler’s ‘Going Home’, from the film ‘Local Hero’. There’s maybe even a hint of Tommy Emmanuel there. None of this is to suggest Heron’s piece is derivative, but rather, it’s an indication of the incredible quality of the track.

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Hip Hop Artist Montaz Releases Single ‘Fuck Ya’ll’

Montaz, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, released his latest track, ‘Fuck Y’all’ on June 8 this year.

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ash.ØK – ‘Holding Sand’

We’ve covered releases by Pennsylvanian producer ash.ØK in the past, and we love the sound he gives to his productions, no matter with whom he’s collaborated.

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Matt Tarka – ‘Vision Hazy’

Based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, folk-rock artist Matt Tarka writes songs which are honest and authentic. His new single, ‘Vision Hazy’ sees him share the story of the loss of a close friend, and the pain that came with it.

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Punchline – ‘Friend From The Future’

Punchine, from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, are one of the most musically inventive pop-punk bands in America, and over their twenty year history they’ve kept their fans on their toes with their high energy and attitude, as well as accomplished songwriters. Their new song, ‘Friend From The Future’, comes their latest album ‘Lion’.

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Jada Lee – ‘Star67’

Philadelphia PA indie singer songwriter Jada Lee is shaking things up with her new single, ‘Star67’. The pop song is embued with a whole lot of soul, thanks to the 22 year old Jada’s sassy vocals and the lo-fi production.

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The Hills and the Rivers – ‘The Fool’

Blood runs thicker than water in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania collective, The Hills And The Rivers.

Comprising four members of the Hill family, as well as four contributors to the 4th River Music Collective, The Hills And The Rivers have blended together roots, folk, and indie sounds with the common thread of keeping all the instrumentals organic and acoustic. Their latest single, ‘The Fool’, brings them to the world, alongside their authentically branded music video.

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Shane Palko – ‘Sunrise In Bangkok’

Shane Palko is not your average singer songwriter. The Pennsylvania native has taken a musical journey which has seen him perform in over 25 countries and counting, including China, Vietnam, Russia, and South Africa. His latest single takes us to Thailand, with ‘Sunrise In Bangkok’.

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Nick Lamb – ‘Getting High Off You’

Singer songwriter Nick Lamb, from Riverside, California, writes music from the heart. His latest single, ‘Getting High Off You’, expresses the deep joy his wife brought to his life at a time when all he could think about was partying.

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ash.ØK – ‘The Unraveled’

Pennsylvanian producer Ashok Kailath, recording as ash.ØK, leaves his stamp on everything he touches. His debut album, ‘The Unraveled’, is album of mixed styles and moods, with ash.ØK incorporating elements from dance, world music, prog rock, modern pop, and experimental sounds out of left field.

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Frank Shiner – ‘Rainy Night In Georgia’

Frank Shiner’s style is described as “Blue-Eyed Soul” and it’s an epithet which fits him to a tee in his new album, ‘Lonely Town, Lonely Street’. His latest track, a take on the classic ‘Rainy Night In Georgia’, is a laid back and mellow bluesy number, sung with passion and style.

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Ricky Lee “Looking For America”

The self-directed video for ‘Looking For America’ is Ricky Lee’s celebration of all things past and present that he loves so dearly about the land of the free and the home of the brave.

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James Brant’s Album is ‘Strange By Design’ and We Like That

With his first solo album, ‘Strange By Design’, folk/rock singer songwriter James Brant lets us have a little look inside his life.

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