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The Head and The Heart Daily – Nov. 30, 2011

by Daniel on November 30, 2011

The Head and The Heart daily news/headlines roundup for November 30 2011.

The Head and the Heart iTunes Session – One Thirty BPM (Album/Session Review)

The 50 Best Songs of 2011 – Paste Magazine
The Head and The Heart managed to make in on to another top 50 of 2011 list. This time its Paste Magazine’s 50 Best Songs of 2011, with “Down In The Valley” coming in at number 25

The Head & the Heart’s New 8-Song iTunes Session Featuring Two New Songs Released Today! – InnocentWords.com

THE HEAD AND THE HEART / ITUNES SESSION – SP992 – SubPop.com
Sub Pop’s post on the iTunes release.

Analyzing two new songs by Seattle’s The Head and the Heart – SeattleTimes.com
Short review on the two new releases on The Head and The Heart’s iTunes sessions release, “When I Fall Asleep” and “Ever Since”

Grammys: The Band Perry, Bon Iver and other best new artist nods – L.A. Times Music Blog
The Head and The Heart mentioned in: Who was Missed? (for a Grammy nomination)

The Head and The Heart vuelven a fluir en las transiciones con ‘When I Fall Asleep’ – Binaural.es
Used google translate on this one to find out that unfortunately the iTunes session is not yet available in Europe, but they do love The Head and The Heart.

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Big Day for The Head and The Heart, Nov 29, 2011

by Daniel on November 29, 2011

The Head and The Heart Itunes session was released today to rave reviews, but that was not the only reason they made headlines today:

The 50 Best Albums of 2011 – Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine released their top 50 albums today, and became the first big publication to do so. The Head and The Heart ranked number 33 on the list, not too shabby. This is not the first top album list they have made, as they were also ranked #9 in Rough Trades Top 100 albums of the year list.

The Head and the Heart releases 2 new tunes – The Seattle Times

First Spin: Hear the Head and the Heart’s ‘When I Fall Asleep’ – Spin.com (Spin Magazine)
Spin.com featured the song “When I fall Asleep” off the new iTunes release, head over and take a listen, its free!

GILLIAN WELCH / DAVID WAX MUSEUM / THE HEAD & THE HEART – Ninebullets.net (Album Review)
Capping off the day with another positive album review!

For those still on the fence regarding the Itunes release take a listen to the previews of the songs below, or check out our quick review for a short song by song overview of the release.

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It’s finally here! After about a week of distracting/self medicating myself with turkey, ice cream, and football, The Head and The Heart Itunes session has been released. I took a quick listen to the full thing and made a few notes along the way.

Lost in My Mind – New drum pattern that kicks in about one minute and five seconds in to the song. Really a great groove that gets your body moving and then one minute later reverts back to the foot stomping drumming on the original version. I love the way this small change adds a world of depth to the song.

When I Fall Asleep (Known as New Jam, or Sally) – I have been a huge fan of this song for a while now, and I am glad to see it included in this release. To me this song has always seemed like their most versatile song. It’s not fast, or slow, it just is what it is, and it makes you want to sing along.

Coeur d’Alene – Interesting to hear this song without being preceded by it’s frequent partner Cats and Dogs, yet surprisingly it didn’t feel out of place at all.

Rivers and Roads – Great stuff, glad you can hear Charity really belt it out with authority.

Cats and Dogs – This version is just a lot of fun. Honestly I don’t want to spoil it by writing anything about it. Listen to it. Now.

Ghosts – Just a solid overall recording, and a good listen.

Down in The Valley – Always have loved this song. Always will. Does not disappoint.

Ever Since (Known to fans as Chasing a ghost) – Whenever I hear this song, I picture a camp fire, a bearded man, and a romantic moment.
If I could sing like Jon, and play the guitar, I would build a fire, grow a beard, and just let it all happen. Really sweet song musically, with lyrics to match.

How the band has time to make it into an Itunes studio and record a release like this is beyond me, but then again everything they have done this year in terms of touring, and promos etc. has made them seem almost superhuman. Personally I feel that The Head and The Heart Itunes session is really a solid representation of what these guys and girl have to offer, and I would highly recommend it to fans, and non-fans alike.

I’m having a Lavar Burton inspired moment:

“But you don’t have to take my word for it” – Check it out for yourself, and enjoy!

iTunes Session – The Head and the Heart

iTunes Session - The Head and the Heart

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