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Jam of the Day | The Lumineers – Ho Hey

I don’t know where I belong I don’t know where I went wrong But I can write a song Since we’re in March Madness mode, and a #16 seed has never beaten a #1 seed in the history of the NCAA tournament, I present to you a band from Denver, The Lumineers, who could just … Read more

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Pajammy Jam of the Day | Forest Fire – Mtns are Mtns

Continuing to blur the line that historically separated “indie rock” from music your dad used to spin at night when he drank, NYC-based Forest Fire are hitting our asses hard with classic hooks and melodies that hipsters and hippies alike can get down to in unison. And looking back, 2011 has been an interesting year … Read more

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Jam of the Day | Boy & Bear – Rabbit Song

Of all the bands that played SXSW earlier this month, Boy & Bear have been voted most likely to succeed by more than a few in attendance. They seem completely poised to pop, with comparisons to everyone from Fleet Foxes, to Midlake, to those oh-so popular Mumford boys. Their catchiest song to date, “Rabbit Song,” is … Read more

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The Apache Relay (The Interview)

All Photos by Ashley Babb “Those guys are in this for the right reasons,” said some guy standing next to me. Sometimes it’s the simple statements that can help wrap up an experience in a nice bow. The guy was right. The Apache Relay really is in it for the right reasons, assuming of course … Read more

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Jam of the Day | The Lighthouse and the Whaler – Windows

You’ve heard that song “Cleveland Rocks,” right? You know, the Midwestern anthem that boasts the city’s ability to “live in sin with a safety pin?” Whatever that means? Well, after spending the weekend with my new indie crushes, The Lighthouse and the Whaler, a fivesome out of the aforementioned Ohioan city, I want to write … Read more

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Jam of the Day | Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues

Way back in 2008, Fleet Foxes sneaked into our lives, unexpectedly dropping the list-topping, self-titled debut LP on all of our asses and shaking up the indie music world in the process. No one realized the band’s level of crossover potential until it was upon us, and looking from these 2011 eyes, it could be … Read more

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The Best 20 Covers of 2010

So, we’ve gone through all of our favorite original songs of 2010 already. Now, it’s time to pay attention to the non-originals: the covers we enjoyed most this year. Dagnabbit, cover songs are squirrely; they are very hard to do well. Even we four at Speakers in Code know that, and all we can do is … Read more

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The Best Albums of 2010 | Part Two

Artwork credit: Alyssa Shapkoff Today, we continue on with paragraphical odes to our favorite albums of 2010. To see the entire list so far, go here! Best Coast | Crazy For You (Mexican Summer) [buy] Surf. Garage. Indie. Motown. ’50s pop. Grunge. Lo-fi. Fuzz. Doo-wop. Roll up all of these genres together in equal portions, … Read more

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Jam of the Day | Cadillac Sky – Hangman

A Speakers in Code Proclamation: We, the united bloggers of Speakers in Code, henceforth declare this tenth year of the 21st century, the official year of the percussive-stringed instrument known as the banjo. It’s an unlikely instrument, in a landscape of electronic bleeps and bloops, auto-tune, and mashups, but the banjo has stirred up underground … Read more

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Contest | Win Mt. Desolation’s Debut LP on Vinyl!

Indie supergroup Mt. Desolation, which features members of Keane, Mumford & Sons, The Killers, and Noah and the Whale, is pretty darn stoked, as we are, to announce the release of their eponymous debut album on October 19th. So stoked, in fact, they want you to have a copy of the glorious vinyl LP for … Read more

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Jam of the Day | Stornoway – Zorbing

As the latest graduates of  the British indie-folk boys school, Oxford four-piece Stornoway draw positive parallels with the likes of Bombay Bicycle Club and current SIC faves Mumford & Sons.  I’m pretty sure no one could argue that’s an extremely positive thing given the way both bands have blown the beep up over the past year. … Read more

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Mt. Desolation Offers Up Free Download

The side project for members of Mumford and Sons, Noah and the Whale, The Killers, and Keane, aka Mt. Desolation, are offering up a free download of “State of Our Affairs” for the simple exchange of your e-mail address. The song will show up on the band’s debut album of country songs and will be … Read more