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Band Episode: The Submarines

The Window Seat :: The Submarines from The Window Seat on Vimeo.

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Dance Card: Ben L’Oncle Soul “Seven Nation Army” (White Stripes Cover)

Ben l’Oncle Soul is a French soul singer. That’s right: French. Soul. Singer. Hello!!! (Insert swoons from the ladies around the world here.) If you like retro soul and funk with a modern feel, check out his debut record! Every song is a gem, and sometimes the record will play on repeat 5 times before I decide to switch to something else. The record is only available as an import cd right now (super $$$), but you can listen to the album and his first EP on Spotify.

Ben L’Oncle Soul (real name Benjamin Duterde) got his start singing in the Fitiavana Gospel Choir, his work with the Gospel choir led him to a solo recording deal with the French division of Motown Records. He released the Soul Wash EP in 2009 and then 6 months later he made his full-length debut with the the self titled Ben l’Oncle Soul. His first single off the debut record is a cover of the White Stripes classic, Seven Nation Army.

Who do I speak to about putting together a tour with Jamie Lidell and Ben L’Oncle Soul? That would be a dream come true, right?

For more info go to: Myspace.com/oncleben

And thanks to my friend Wendy, for introducing me to his music. She’s the coolest girl in school, and is a genius when it comes to music.

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Band Episode: Danielle Ate The Sandwich

The Window Seat :: Danielle Ate the Sandwich from The Window Seat on Vimeo.

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Standby: Charles Bradley

Best part of the Charles Bradley concert….after his final song he walks offstage and into the crowd and begins to hug audience members. The audience hugs lasted for a good 20 minutes, I kid you not. If you get a chance to see Charles and the Menahan Street Band, go!

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Standby: Summer Camp

Summer Camp is made up of Jeremy Warmsley and Elizabeth Sankey. They started making music together in October of 2009 just to fill the time. Thank goodness these 2 ridiculously cool people were both bored at the same time AND loved the same music and movies from the 80′s. Their EP, Young, was one of my favorites last year, and I can’t wait for their new album Welcome to Condale to drop in the states. Oh and please notice that I wrote the word “drop” instead of “released” because I am so down with the terminology of the biz…wait, what?

According to the band, Welcome to Condale is “Our love letter to the days of being a teenager, when everything is so Important, and you’re transformed irrevocably by a miserable relationship with a spotty youth called Darren who works at Pizza Hut. We believe that you never really escape that time, for better or for worse. It’s the things you fall in love with then that will stay with you forever. Well, except Darren. Hopefully.” How do you not love these guys?!!

Learn more about Summer Camp HERE and watch their new video HERE.

Oh and check out our friends at NEXT BIG SOUND, to keep track of the most popular bands/artists across the internet. They know whats cool before anyone else does!

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Standby: Rosie and Me

It’s only a matter of time before all of these perfectly sweet little ditties from Rosie and Me are featured on TV shows like One Tree Gossip Girl Hill and Dawson’s Vampire Creek Diaries. For me, their music is a perfect soundtrack to the falling leaves and subtle chill in the air this morning. Like it or not, summer is over and the fall has arrived. Time to start planning your fall mixtapes and more importantly your Halloween costumes! What are you going to dress up as this year??

PS: Download Rosie and Me’s debut EP for free HERE. Also check out more tunes from them on Soundcloud HERE.

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