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The “Best Song Ever” About Los Angeles From Dawes
The “Best Song Ever” About Los Angeles From Dawes
Tracklist
Gary Clark Jr. - Don’t Owe You A Thang - (12/10/11)
Dawes - Some People - (3/22/13)
Ian Hunter - All The Way To Memphis - (6/22/07)
Tori Amos - Silent All These Years - (8/15/09)
Nickel Creek - Destination - (5/2/14)
Spoon - Do You - (9/1/14)
Phoenix - Long Distance Call - (8/4/06)
Ryan Adams - Let It Ride - (6/15/07)
Steve Earle - Jerusalem - (10/12/07)
Sharon Van Etten - Serpents - (2/10/12)
Michael Kiwanuka - I’m Getting Ready - (6/15/12)
Ray Lamontagne - Trouble - (8/20/10)
Kurt Vile & The Violators - He’s Alright - (2/18/11)
Parquet Courts - Black & White - (11/17/14)
Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit - Super 8 - (8/9/13)
Dr. Dog - Shadow People - (4/9/10)
Dawes is a four piece American Folk-Rock band that emerged from the original band Simon Dawes after the departure of their lead singer and song writer.

Dawes began as another musical group was ending.

The Best World Cafe Performances From 2013
We sifted through all 188 bands and individual artists that joined us to perform on the World Cafe in 2013 and we have settled on the very best for these two hours. It wasn’t easy.
I get to sit opposite singers or in the midst of the bands (I’m usually next to the drummer) every day as we talk about the music. It’s only later as we listen to the playback that I get to hear how extraordinary the songs we capture really are. Nobody phones it in. Even if they have driven all night from Boston they bring it for The World Cafe and ultimately you.
LA’s Dawes Come Down From Laurel Canyon On New Album

May 20, 2013 - Taylor Goldsmith, the songwriter for the Los Angeles based band Dawes, writes heartfelt first-person songs somewhat in the style of his So Cal Laurel Canyon predecessors like Jackson Browne. In an exhaustive interview today with the Cafe’s Michaela Majoun he tells about the inspiration on many of the new songs on Stories Don't End.
August 23, 2013 - This week on Conversations from the World Cafe, Dawes talk about their latest album Stories Don’t End. The LA based group has become known for a sound that harkens back to Laurel Canyon in the 70s, but with Stories Don’t End singer Taylor Goldsmith had hoped fans would hear a wider field of influences.
May 15, 2013 - Dawes talk about their new album Stories Don’t End. The LA based group has become known for a sound that harkens back to Laurel Canyon in the 70s, but with Stories Don’t End singer Taylor Goldsmith had hoped fans would hear a wider field of influences. He and his brother, Dawes drummer Griffin Goldsmith, discuss that with the Cafe’s Michaela Majoun, as well as look back on the success of their last disc Nothing is Wrong and their turning point tour with Mumford & Sons. And Milk Carton Kids. The duo of Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan gave away their first albums for free, but with their new one The Ash & Clay, they have signed to ANTI-Records and tried the more traditional approach. They talk about the reasons behind both decisions, and why their partnership can be compared to a marriage.
LA’s Dawes Come Down From Laurel Canyon On New Album

May 20, 2013 - Taylor Goldsmith, the songwriter for the Los Angeles based band Dawes, writes heartfelt first-person songs somewhat in the style of his So Cal Laurel Canyon predecessors like Jackson Browne. In an exhaustive interview today with the Cafe’s Michaela Majoun he tells about the inspiration on many of the new songs on Stories Don't End.
A festival veteran and April 2010’s Artist To Watch, Dawes will be captivating audiences at XPoNential once again with driving beats and lively presence. Their new release, Stories Don’t End is another collection of excellent songs featuring the storytelling and songwriting work of lead singer Taylor Goldsmith.
In making their third album, Stories Don't End, Dawes explored new found independence, new partnerships, and a change in scenery. Despite all those variables the results are very true to what we’ve come to love about this band. Dawes rekindled the spirit of the 1970s Laurel Canyon scene on their first two albums. And while we reconnected to a sound that may have felt familiar, we really fell for a band that was creating a personality all its own. On Stories Don't End, they harness that personality and truly reflect what we’ve seen blossoming over the last four years.

The debut album North Hills, released September 29, 2009, from the local LA quartet and XPN Artist To Watch, Dawes (featuring members of the old Record Collection Simon Dawes) fringes with a blend of classic 70's folk-rock and contemporary embellishments.

When we first met the band Dawes early in 2010 it was almost like being reintroduced to an old friend. Their classic folk-rock sensibilities and contemporary storytelling made for a comfortable, inspiring discovery. North Hills, the title of their debut was a deliberate nod to their Laurel Canyon home and their sound indicative of the neighborhoods musical landscape, both past and present. Nothing Is Wrong, the band’s sophomore album, further embraces their geographic roots and reminds us how easy it is to get wrapped up their lush harmonies and wistful stories.

The debut album North Hills, released September 29, 2009, from the local LA quartet and XPN Artist To Watch, Dawes (featuring members of the old Record Collection Simon Dawes) fringes with a blend of classic 70's folk-rock and contemporary embellishments.

Tracklist

1. Diego Garcia “You Were Never There”
2. Beirut “Santa Fe”
3. Foster The People “Helena Beat”
4. The Civil Wars “Poison & Wine”
5. Jessica Lea Mayfield “Our Hearts Are Wrong”
6. Ryan Adams “Ashes & Fire”
7. Bell X1 “Velcro”

The debut album North Hills from the local LA quartet Dawes (featuring members of the old Record Collection Simon Dawes) fringes with a blend of classic 70's folk-rock and contemporary embellishments. Ultimately this clever mixture evokes a sense of nostalgia and refreshing anticipation all at the same time.

Tracklist

Blitzen Trapper - "Black River Killer"
Neko Case - "People Gotta Lotta Nerve"
Death Cab for Cutie - "Little Bribes"
Dawes - "When My Time Comes"
Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears - "I'm Broke"
Mayer Hawthorne - "Just Ain't Gonna Work Out"
Moby - "Pale Horses"