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I have been meaning to write about Casey Shea ever since I was introduced to his music while away in Europe. He is a very friendly chap that continues to kick my ass at Words with Friends and he is also a great songwriter. He brings a flair for old-time songwriting while, seemingly, exorcising the ghost of George Harrison. I have been really enjoying his album Love is Here to Stay and it is high on my list for a recommended listen.

However, I am writing about Casey today because of a recent cover he did. Florida by Modest Mouse has always been a staple mix-tape track for me and I was thrilled when Casey put his take of the song up on the Family Records blog. I have been listening to his version incessantly and felt it was absolutely necessary to share it with you here.

Have a listen:

Florida – Casey Shea


There are some things I will never understand. I don’t concern myself with most of my misunderstandings as they are all quite trivial. For example, why women go through so much toilet paper or why “thaw” and “de-thaw” mean the same thing. I personally would never use “de-thaw” in a sentence, but still!

I digress, I also really don’t understand why more bands are not taking full advantage of the genius that is bandcamp. The thought of charging what you want for your music or giving it away for free is empowering and, for people like me, it has become a wonderful resource/companion for finding new music. And, it just looks so damn slick!

Take Greenland is Melting for example. Yet another band that I would never have heard of if I was not introduced through bandcamp. The album Our Hearts are Gold, Our Grass is Blue is fantastic and available for free if you choose not to give the band any money. Come on, give ’em a few bucks, trust me they are worth it!

There is something about acoustic instrumentation and bluegrass/punk sound that is just fascinating to me. I bet you it would be a lot of fun to play live as well. The songs are so complete. They cover all grounds and pinpointing genre is near impossible which is always a sign of a great band. I hear hints of Modest Mouse in there but that’s easily understood as I have been listening to Iron Horse’s brilliant bluegrass take on M.M. a lot lately. All this being said, this is another album that you absolutely have to check out and, again, why not… it’s free (sort of).

The songs that really stand out to me are: From City to Town, Wayfaring Stranger (great cover choice gents), and No More Sorry Songs. Honestly, every song on the album is great and I wish I could have found Greenland is Melting a lot earlier.

Get Our Hearts are Gold, Our Grass is Blue here.

Greenland is Melting – From City to Town
Greenland is Melting – The Kitchen Song

photo credit – Nicole Kibert!