Neighborhood Jams: Copeland

You know those days when you wake up and the sense of autumn is rising just as that early sun is? So you put on your fluffy socks, sip on a warm holiday-themed coffee, and walk outside to feel the crisp morning air* – all of these early morning activities are perfectly matched with this week’s Neighborhood Jam band.

Copeland was formed in 2001 in Lakeland, Florida.  The band currently consists of Aaron Marsh, Bryan Lawrenson, and Stephen Laurenson.  If you had to label their music it would be a combination of Death Cab for Cutie and Young the Giant. Copeland’s songs are slow and powerful accompanied with beautiful string melodies and easygoing guitar riffs. My personal favorite song is I Can Make You Feel Young Again from their latest album Ixora Twin.  I love the solo bass in the beginning, and Marsh’s vocals are deep and soothing.  I also really enjoy the music video that is post below.  The visuals are beautiful from the early morning sunrise, to the underwater scenes with the mermaid. Yes, the mermaid – but trust me, it’s not corny. It actually leaves you with a combination of feelings at the end.

Copeland was recently in San Diego on Wednesday, November 16th, and they played a show at the Irenic with special guest Rae Cassidy for an intimate show with a nearly sold out crowd.  The tour is called “Now | Then” and it is in celebration of playing music for over 13 years. In order to celebrate properly they invited a live string section to join their performance of their songs to the fullest potential.  The band also celebrated by playing songs from all of their albums ranging from their first album Beneath Medicine Tree (2003), to my personal favorite album Eat, Sleep, Repeat (2006), to their latest album from last year Ixora Twin.  This tour is one for the long-time fans, and Copeland is absolutely killin’ it right now.  Fans love hearing singles from all of their favorite albums.

Be sure to give them a listen and definitely check out the music video above.  And give them a like on their Facebook page so you can stay in the know with their current tour.

 

*Yes, I know we live in San Diego, and there is a new heatwave every week. Instead of socks we wear flip flops; instead of hot coffee it’s always iced.  But let’s pretend it’s actually the middle of November and the leaves are changing colors.

 

 

 

Hank Green is Going on Tour

YouTubers get excited. Hank Green, one half of the Vlogbrothers, co-creator of VidCon and one of the driving sources behind some of YouTube’s most popular channels and web series such as Crash Course, Sci Show and the Lizzie Bennet Diaries, is doing a music tour next month. The last stop of the tour is San Diego.

Hank will not only be performing, but acting as MC for the night. His band Hank Green and the Perfect Strangers won’t be alone on the tour. He will be joined by fellow YouTube favorites Driftless Pony Club, Rob ScallonAndrew Huang and wizard rock band Harry and the Potters.

Hank’s music may be lesser known than some of his other endeavors, but it was his music that first skyrocketed him and his brother into a whole new level of internet fame back in 2007. Before the intense popularity the other half of the Vlogbrothers, John Green, earned by his best selling books and their successive film adaptions, the brothers found modest popularity on You Tube as they vlogged back and forth in a year long experiment of textless communication.

During the project Hank released an original song entitled Accio Deathly Hallows. He serenaded YouTube with his excitement for the soon to be released final Harry Potter book. The video made YouTube’s front page and now nine years later, VidstatsX reports that the Vlogbrothers’ videos have upwards of 605 million views. The fast talking vlogger has become a rock star of the nerd world.

Hank’s entrepreneurial spirit led him to co-found DFTBA Records, a music label that supports him and his fellow You Tube artists’ music.

Hank has continued to release original music on You Tube and in 2008 his first studio album, So Jokes, debuted. He formed the band Hank Green and the Perfect Strangers and released an album entitled Incongruent with them in 2014.

Their songs cover a wide variety of topics such as Harry Potter, loving science, video games and the weirdness of the universe. Hank may not be musical perfection, but he’s a talented and clever artist whose infinite nerdiness has sparked a generation of loyal fans.

The San Diego show kicks off at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 26 at the Irenic. Tickets are $20. Come nerd out.

Click here to buy tickets.

Click here to buy Incongruent.

Click here to check out all Hank’s YouTube projects.

Neighborhood Jams: Finch

Happy December, readers! It is now officially the holiday season so gather around the decorated fireplace, grab a cup of marshmallows (with just a splash of cocoa), and let’s talk about this week’s neighborhood jam band that is Finch! Now Finch has a lot of projects in the making right now, and it’s pretty exciting to see what’s in store for the next couple of months. But they just released an album that was a complete surprise to fans.

Finch is originally from Temecula, California, not too far from San Diego State University. The members of the band are Nate Barcalow, Randy Strohmeyer, Alex Linares, Daniel Wonacott and Alex Pappas, and together they are releasing a new, but old, album. This post-hardcore band did a surprise release of their album Steel, Wood And Whiskey, an 11-song album featuring acoustic versions of songs from throughout their career. It’s almost like a best of album because you will be able to hear some Finch classics like What It Is To Burn, Letters To You, Fireflies, and my personal favorite, Without You Here. The album just came out, and you can listen to it here for free. The album is a pay-what-you-want digital download. I highly recommend donating a couple of bucks so you can truly appreciate these acoustic tunes.

Now I mentioned that they were cooking up a couple of surprises. Along with the release of Steel, Wood, And Whiskey the band will go on a five-stop promotional tour where they will play both acoustic and a full electric set. Souvenirs and Casey Bolles will join the guys for all five shows – which are actually just around the corner! They are performing at:

Dec 10 – Los Angeles at The Troubadour
Dec 11 – San Diego at The Irenic (Buy tickets here!)
Dec 12 – Bakersfield at B-Ryders
Dec 13 – Las Vegas at Backstage Bar
Dec 14 – Phoenix at The Crescent Ballroom
I am particularly interested in this new album because they are bringing back their classics but in a totally new revamped way. I love acoustic versions of songs, and Finch has got it down. I can only imagine that December 11th’s show here is going to be filled with anticipation as the band plays acoustically, and the audience waits for lead singer Barcalow to start belting out those lyrics. After this mini tour the band will then enter the studio this winter to begin recording their 4th full-length album that will be released in 2016. I can’t wait to hear some brand new tunes – maybe they’ll give us an early holiday gift and play a new song or two at their show. I can only wish!
Photo Credit: Finch