On Virgin of the Birds’ Winter Seeds

…the reined-in performances and simplicity of the songs training the focus on an uncommon grasp of adroit, heartfelt songcraft that sets Rooney on track to follow the likes of Bill Callahan and David Berman into the pantheon of awkward, visionary American outsiders. Essential. – Herald Scotland

Rooney has a facility with language that would give Lou Reed or Bill Callaghan a run for their money although he sounds like neither. The songs are evocative but playfully evasive, earnest and literate without being prissy or phony. An understated gem of a record. – Whisperin’ & Hollerin’

Jon Rooney who is VofB has the knack of writing tunes that bring to mind, the Mountain Goats, Felt, Neutral Milk Hotel, Lou Barlow and Pedro the Lion and yet he manages to sound not unique but distinctive. This record is in the spirit of indie-rock, in the tradition of independence and inquisition. …There’s a touch of Flying Nun about these songs, The Clean, The Verlaines, The Bats all excel at fusing simple melodies with complex execution, running melodic counterpoints to the lead lines. It is particularly evident on ‘They Wake’ which opens with an irresistible riff on the lead; echoed by piano and rhythm guitar, the instruments fall in and out of synchronisation, while later the piano throws out discordant notes as the guitars become more insistent. It slows, the piano dispensing globules of melody as the guitars slow to a crawl. Marvelous stuff from beginning to end. – americanaUK

Like Pioneers – Oh, Magic vinyl now available

Chicago’s own Like Pioneers have a tremendous new album called Oh, Magic. Check out the soundcloud and order the vinyl (yes as in record) right HERE.

Download “National Monuments” from the Lovely Sparrows’ Tall Cedars of Lebanon

Tall Cedars of Lebanon

The Lovely Sparrows’ Tall Cedars of Lebanon will be released to iTunes, Amazon, eMusic and other digital outlets on November 8, 2011.

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