One we missed: ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’ by She & Him

Quick Note: How to Help Emerging Artists

Artists will need record labels to get their albums on the shelves in stores.

1. Record stores ought to listen to bands they know are getting buzz locally. They ought to allow promising acts to sell their albums in their stores without charging huge fees nearly 40 or 50% of the record. The idea is to build trust in the industry and to become a tastemaker as well as a sales outlet.

2. Record labels should come up with a real and effective way to block illegal downloads. Certain options are being entertained and our colleague Matt Pruitt has an excellent one–you might ask him.
**Eliminating such a threat would allow labels to take more chances on “non-club” sounds and music.**

3. Local radio stations can be useful in helping push the hype–especially on their locals only shows. Press, of course, is very useful.

4. More all age or no alcohol, no tobacco venues should open up–these can provide a safer and more enjoyable environment for the dissemination of music. Younger fans are impressed by music too and can provide long term listening. More importantly, alcohol or tobacco riddled environments frequently produce poorer quality entertainment, production, and music. They also produce stupider lyrics and song meanings.

‘The River’ by Imagine Dragons

An excellent and enjoyable new song from a band we are very hopeful about.

Having won the “Best Local Indie Band 2010” vote in the Las Vegas Weekly, the LOCAL 107.9FM “Most Requested Band 2010” rank, and headlined the Vegas Music Summit 2010 Imagine Dragons have created a buzz worthy of the city that never sleeps. Shows have included SXSW 2010, Hard Rock’s The Joint w/Interpol, Caesar’s Palace’s Garden of the Gods w/JET and Crash Kings, and 13th Annual “Bite of Las Vegas” food and music festival (filled in for Train in front of 25,000 people). They have also sold out venues in LA like The Viper Room and The Roxy. Despite when things get hot’n’cold in Vegas its good to remember that better music than Katy Perry exists and here it is…critics hail them as the evolution of indie rock and roll. They are one of if not our favorite live groups.

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Purchase Imagine Dragons music on iTunes here.

‘Full Steam’ by David Gray feat. Annie Lennox

Track from Draw the Line (2009)

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David Gray Live (KCRW)

David Gray
With tracks off of old and new albums intermixed in two sets he performs with his band live and answers questions on his songwriting process.

He also mentions a new tour tentatively titled the “Lost and Found” Tour approaching.

Setlists included:
Thin Blue Flame
You Can Almost See The Sea
Draw The Line

‘Joy To The World’ performed by David Archuleta and Mormon Tabernacle Choir

‘Come Back Song’ by Darius Rucker (Capitol Recs)

‘It’s Time’ by Imagine Dragons

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‘Getting Ready for Christmas Day’ by Paul Simon

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Getting Ready for Christmas Day
American preacher J.M. Gates is sampled in the song.
This is Simon’s new single from his new album So Beautiful Of So What coming out in April 2011. A FREE Download is available via Simon’s website.

‘Last Christmas’ covered by Erlend Oye (Kings of Convenience)

*Thanks to Annie Reynolds’ and her wise music knowledge for this one.