Free Download of the Week: “Carousels,” The Well Reds

Two years ago I watched The Well Reds on stage at Rock By the Sea and got stupid giddy when they played a new song called “Carousels.”  I instantly felt it and knew it was going to be a favorite of mine, and have been bugging them for a recorded version it ever since.  Today, I am over the moon to FINALLY have a copy of the song.  How, you ask?  Well, because IT’S AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD RIGHT NOW ON NOISETRADE (along with their first single, “BPM,” released back in January, and a couple of tracks from their first EP, Violet).  For free!  I tell ya people, go snap this one up right now….

With a church-inspired keyboard opening and massive soaring vocals, “Carousels” really showcases what is to come from The Well Reds. Front man Jeremy Ezell rocks the singing, but songwriting credit goes to drummer Torin Degnats, says Ezell. The lyrics delve into what happens when the craziness of everyday life spins us to the point where we lose focus on what’s important.  I’m anxiously awaiting an official release date for their new album, Volume, due out sometime this spring.  The fan-funded album has been in the works for the last year and “Carousels” is a big indication that we are all in for a treat.

In addition to the free download, these talented Atlanta gents have also put out a video for this spin-inducing song… It’s dramatic, but the point rings through loud and clear. Perhaps we should all take heed of the message to open our ears, and take time to connect with each other… “We’d be fine if we’d all slow down.”


The Well Reds will be in Charlotte on May 16th, playing at The Evening Muse with King Super and the Excellents.  See this talented band in a small venue before it is too late!  Snag tickets here for $8…a complete steal. See ya there!

More The Well Reds:  Web | Facebook | Twitter | Free Download of “Carousels” on Noisetrade | The Violet EP on iTunes and Amazon

Christopher Jak … Free Music, Take 2!

He may run, but he can't hide...Jak is back!

If you’ve never heard me talk about Christopher Jak…well, either you’re a new reader or I don’t like you very much.  In my top five artists OF ALL TIME, Jak is simply one of the best songwriters out there.  Period. The man is just brilliant.

In fact, he wrote my favorite line of any song, ever.  You can find it in his song “Something” … “All I want in life is just a color picture of beauty in a golden frame of mind…” It’s so wonderful.  And his writing is FULL of stuff JUST like this.  He calls some of what he writes “Sad Bastard” music….I call it genius.

These days, he spends more time producing that he does writing and putting out his own music, but occasionally, he surprises me with an e-mail letting me know he’s up to something.  This week, I got a note advising me that he’d put one of the EPs he released last year, The Folk EP, up for free download over at NoiseTrade.  If you don’t have it yet, I highly advise picking it up.

Let me give you some reasons WHY you should be listening to this little 5-song gem.  A) This is what the EP opens with…I swear to God, this is how the man writes…it’s unreal…. “I’m the human wrecking ball and you’re the love grenade, we leave a trail behind us like a suicide parade…”  B) Cover of Neil Young’s “Birds” that will leave you breathless…. C) Acoustic version of Jak’s own song “Begin to Cry” (which is probably his biggest sleeper hit)… D) This line in “Down Below”: “I was a man on fire asking you to dance, but having been burned before, you’re not chances on me…”

Seriously, what are you waiting for?

And…for you fans…rumor is that Jak has booked some studio time.  Perhaps we’ll see new music from CJ in 2012?  A girl can dream….

If you’re a new fan, pick up other Jak music here:  The Leadfoot Lover EP | The New Nostalgia | Applause of the Rain | (And here’s one that not many people know about) Christmas Wouldn’t Be the Same Without You (Breaking My Heart) – with The Heyday

New Free Music from Christopher Jak

If I must repeat again how much I adore Christopher Jak’s music, I totally will.

Jak is in my Top 5 artists of all time…and has written my favorite line, in any song, ever. He is an incredible, intuitive writer, and has a voice that will melt your heart like it’s made of butter. Seriously, LOVE THIS MAN’S MUSIC.

That’s why you should all go download The Folk EP, his latest release, FOR FREE. Go. Right now. It won’t be free forever and you really need to start listening to it immediately.

Christopher Jak - The Folk EP
(I mean, seriously, you have to love an artist with a sense of humor…who tags their own music “sad bastard music”? … hilarious!)

Then, once you’ve fallen in love with him, go buy all his other music…start with The Leadfoot Lover EP, which came out last fall, then get the stunning masterpiece that is The New Nostalgia (the song “Something” is probably my all time favorite song – because it’s so honest and bold and smart), and then the brilliant Applause of the Rain.

Christopher Jak’s music will make your life better. I promise.

(Stay tuned for the “After 7 years of being a fan, Krissie finally meets Jak and sees him live” post that will follow next month….I’m sure there will be video!)