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Double Take Vibes Jan. 7, 2014

We’ve all done it. Plug the headphones in.

We decide to roll the dice.

We press “shuffle”. And somewhere during our listening experience, we have to stop and rewind. We go back and think to ourselves, “Wait a second. What the fuck was that!” At times, this phrase could certainly carry a negative connotation. However, we have those rare and beautiful moments of musical clarity. And it is in those moments that life is definitely good.

The following songs were a part of such a moment:

“Don’t Take Us For Fools”

Graveyard

Graveyard (2007)

Sweden.  If you’re a fan of The Dirty Glove, you are a fan of Sweden.  Lidstrom was from Sweden.  And Nik Lidstrom was the god damn Man.  Graveyard is also some Sweden and coincidentally awesome, like Lidstrom.

To label this song as a political song is to not do it justice.  This is an anti-establishment song.  It is a song of resounding freedom.  And that freedom lies in the “fuck you!” belted out on guitar.  And that is something everyone can relate to on some level.  Independent thinkers break limits.  We push boundaries.  But we listen.  We observe.  We try to comprehend.  Blind-leading-blind society is not one of sustainability.

We love this song because it bodies all that we support.  It embodies the desire to create a more independent and universal Glove.

“Go Down Low”

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

Original Soul (2004)

Vermont rocks.  Let’s be clear.  Grace Potter and the Nocturnals are from Vermont.  They rock.  Diverse, enough pop to stay in business, but definitely soulful.  And downright dirty.  “Go Down Low” is a beautifully crafted gem from their 2004 debut album, Original Soul.  It captures the band at its early stages, raw and pure.  Similar in a way to how early Black Keys material was rooted in soul and blues, this album lays the groundwork for their successful and integrity-maintaining transition into more mainstream labels and audiences

“Gasoline”

Trampled by Turtles

Palomino (2010)

The boys from Duluth do music right.  Lake Superior Bluegrass at its best.  Palomino, their fifth studio album, was produced off of their own independent label, Banjodad Records.  It has it’s highs and lows, masterfully drifting between fast and love-laced hollers to slowed down and gritty blues.  An independent masterpiece from a Great Lakes band.

And a few more from the shuffle:

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