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I’ve found that the deeper you get into the music scene, the more talented people you’re able to discover. It’s like they’re hiding from me…

Anyway, this summer I got to hang out with some amazing musicians, and in doing so both met and heard about a lot of other really amazing musicians… It was a good time.

This one guy I found out about, however, you’ve probably heard of. In fact, I really hope you’ve heard of him, otherwise, well, you must be out of it.

He’s on the radio quite a bit, and his popularity is really booming over here in the U.S. I hear he’s going on tour with Taylor Swift… I won’t say how I feel about that, but anyway…

Who am I talking about? Oh, come on…

Ed Sheeran

I’ll admit straight away that the biggest reason I have for posting this today is so I can put this music video up. I’ve listened to it/watched probably 40 times in the past two days. Have you ever had a song that you liked so much that you couldn’t bear to listen to any other song that wasn’t it? Yeah.

This song I liked so much when I first heard it, I went and bought it from itunes. I know. That shit cost me $1.29 – Not .99 like every other song. Who does Ed think he is?!

Maybe I’ll get drunk again. With his cat. I mean, really. Just great music, people.

Ed Sheeran in the wild

 

Happy Monday!

Get some of Ed’s (over-priced! just kidding.) music here.

Are you on Twitter? Of course you are! So’s Ed.

Can I call you Ed?

 

Another monday has found it’s way into our lives. Fear not – I’ve got some good music for you!

What is good music? Have you heard the junk they play on the radio these days? Aren’t there any talented musicians around?!

Of course! But they can be hard to find…

Wait! What about all that music that was made not-so-recently? As in, in the past? What happened to that music? People liked music way back then, right? Where did it go? There’s got to be tons of good music, just waiting for us (modern music archeologists, if you will) to dig it back up out of the dust!

I’ve found the first musician for you. (You’re welcome!) I was watching Martin Scorsese’s No Direction Home (watch it on Hulu! Fo’ Free!) when who should appear on the screen but

John Jacob Niles

What?! What a voice! (I’m a falsetto lover) I didn’t even know this guy existed! How many more fantastic artists have we forgotten? Let’s dig ’em up! (Not literally.)

Here’s another, if you’re into high-pitched male voices.

Yeeesss, please!

This stuff is from the 1930s. Can you believe it? People made music back then! Yes, shocking, I know.

Here’s a tip to remember: When the music on the radio is really bad, remember that there is tons of good music floating around waiting to be discovered! You may be surprised by what you find. I sure am! Ok, now, off to listen to more of Mr. Niles!

(Also, can we talk about how cool a name he had? John Jacob Niles, everybody!)

Add some J.J.N. to your ipod! No more crappy radio music for you!

Go ‘Way From My Radio.