74: The Hipster Music Digest, episode 10, featuring The Civil Wars

In honor of the recent excitement, we bring up what has been one of our most highly anticipated new artists, The Civil Wars.

There was more than a bit of a scare the past summer, as the duo cancelled a fair amount of tour dates due to “tensions within the band”. All devotees feared tremendously for the future of the young group who have to date released only one full-length studio album (2011’s “Barton Hollow”). Both artists have previous careers, and will no doubt continue to create music long after the Civil Wars have terminated. But we can rest easy, as they announced, (officially on May 1st) that they will be releasing a their second full-length album at an undisclosed date in 2013. “Patience is a virtue!” They told us, and thanked us for waiting. We will hardly know what to do with ourselves, BUT UNTIL THEN, we must sate our musical appetites with the following:

Barton Hollow

Falling

Pressing Flowers

To whom it may concern

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74: The Hipster Music Digest, episode 7, featuring a collaboration on “The Water”

You may have previously come upon the knowledge that the London-based folksters Johnny Flynn, Laura Marling, Noah and the Whale, and Mumford & Sons are all very well acquainted. (it should be noted, that curiously enough, they collectively abhor being called the founding fathers of a new-born folk “scene”. Hipsters.) But back on topic.

As with most well acquainted music enthusiasts, collaborations abound.

Thus, we thought it fit to get your opinion on a much debated issue: A few years hence, Johnny Flynn released a song called “The Water” on his album, ‘Been Listening’.

The song features the ghostly beauty of Laura Marling’s harmonies, setting the song off quite well. MadaLin prefers the Marling-Flynn collab. (She says the mixed vocals are the ticket.)

But wait! A collaboration was done by Mumford and Sons’ frontman Marcus Mumford that I (Nicole) find to be ever-so-slightly superior.  (Perhaps due to Mr. Mumford’s mandolin abilities?)

So what do you think, dear reader?

Additionally:

We give you a truce- Here Laura Marling collaborates with Mumford & Sons to bring you a totally boss cover of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene”. I personally think that Winston OWNS the steel guitar with the best of them:

And last but not least, may I present to you what may possibly be the most awesome thing ever to be captured on film: