Liam O’Brien

Apparently, I only use exclamation points when speaking of vinyl projects (see Eric & Magill).  As such is a noble as all fuck cause, I’m okay with it.  Apparently, I STILL love Jacob Wright and Liam O’Brien, with just a singular jam from the former to back up that love.

Since late last year, jams by both of these men have been in heavy rotation here in the Folk Hive house.  Mix discs gifted to friends and family alike typically contain music from both and on a long car ride, both will undoubtedly be heard over the speakers at some point.  If I had put out a list of the best songs of 2010, both of the following jams would have certainly made that distinguished list.

Jacob and Liam, friends and musical counterparts, have launched their Kickstarter campaign to put out a 7″ that will “soothe your soul” and I strongly urge any and all who can and are willing to donate to the cause.  Drop them a couple bucks.  Contribute to art and the music community.  DON’T BE A SQUARE.

Jacob Wright :: Could It Be [STREAM]


Liam O’Brien :: Pyrite [STREAM]


FUND the Kickstarter Campaign.  Be cool.

6am Repeat is a recurring feature here at Folk Hive in which we stream the latest track that plays incessantly in the earbuds when we awake at that hour and imbibe massive amounts of coffee and cigarettes in preparation for the advancing day.

Liam O’Brien’s Faithless comes on recommendation from Mr. Jacob Wright (why do I keep calling this dude Mr.?!) and frankly, after spending the week memorizing every banjo strum and lyric of his, I take his word for it when he says something’s worth my time.  You should too.

I spent the last eve, braving hail the size of miniature stars, lightning uncharacteristic of November, and FUCKING TORNADOES MOTHER NATURE WTF?!, listening to Faithless and it kept me calm, cool, and enthralled.  Whistling, ships, beautiful simple background voices, mandolin, viola.  And there goes my heart, sailing off on the seas with Liam’s voice…

To say that I’m excited for the (hopefully) forthcoming 7″ split from O’Brien and Wright is an understatement.  In all honesty, this release is pretty fucking fantastic — it feel homey enough that it’s possible it was recorded in your own living room and yet, there’s quite a bit there to ruminate on.

In short, keep your eye on these men.  Keep it on them close…


Liam O’Brien :: Pyrite [MP3]

BUY/LISTEN to Faithless