OK, the dolls are a little creepy, but these guys have a really good sound going here.

Romantica – The National Side from Ryan Newman on Vimeo.

Cool Jobs: Local Rock Star from 651media on Vimeo.

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Choppin’ Wood

How did I not know about this until now?

Who knew? from mikedidonato on Vimeo.

This is Mike Didonato by the way who, aside from being an exceptional wood splitter, is also a mechanical engineer, accomplished rock climber, roller-derby fanatic, Kung Fu black belt and all-round nice guy. He keeps a pretty neat website to document his achievements and tickle your funny bone too.

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Spoon Video

OK, so this is the second Spoon video I’ve posted in a month. Why, you ask? Because a) these guys are underrated and really, really awesome and b) this particular video is, unfortunately, a very accurate depiction of what a recording session can devolve into when a band shows up with an entourage.

The Underdog from Spoon on Vimeo.

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Serious Sam Barrett

This guy’s from Yorkshire. Like, England!

Serious Sam Barrett – Lay A White Rose from James Rhodes on Vimeo.

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The Morning Benders

I was really taken with this video; real people, in a real room, singing and playing together in real time! This kind of production is becoming rarer by the day and there are some good reasons for this. The additional prep-time it takes to teach a multitude of people when to start and stop is pretty obvious, but it is also exceptionally difficult to edit this type of session because of the bleed from various sources into mics designated for a different source. For example, if the snare drum is off on the drum track, you can move it, but then you’ll still be able to hear the error on the vocal track and the corrected hit on the drum track; this sounds bad.

So, you’re basically left with whatever is captured on one take. This can be a nerve-racking experience, but it can also lead to pretty amazing moments being captured that would otherwise be “fixed” in a modern, non-linear editing process.

This video seems to support the now-novel idea of capturing a real moment in time as apposed to using the recording process as a method for achieving an ideal that only exists on Steely Dan records. It is a very unique piece of music, and that, in and of itself, is a rarity these days.

Yours Truly Presents: The Morning Benders “Excuses” from Yours Truly on Vimeo.

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Zachary Lucky

Aside from having one of the best ready-made musician names I’ve ever heard, Lucky has some serious chops both as a songwriter and as a player. He has a very easy-flowing sound, fairly dripping with Canadian understatement and existing in a world forever cabin-bound amid the towering landscape of Saskatchewan.

He sounds a little like a Saskatchewanian (sp?) version of Jose Gonzales; voice faint, a little squeeky and whispering as though these song were never meant to leave the fire side. I really like what this fella’s up to and I hope he can make it to the States to play soon.

Here are some samples:

<a href="">Coming back home by Zachary Lucky</a>

<a href="">Our new home by Zachary Lucky</a>

<a href="">Broken Trees by Zachary Lucky</a>

Shot at the Dark – Zachary Lucky from Shot at The Dark on Vimeo.

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Mobjack Video, In the Dark

In the Dark from Mobjack on Vimeo.

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