Whether you’re one of those people who has to have the radio on at work, an audiophile who lives life with a constant soundtrack running through their head or just a casual listener, amidst the sea of MySpace and Facebook bands it can be incredibly difficult to keep up with new bands – nevermind rediscover worthy listens from years past. Thinking about how we learn about music new and old, we at The Sound realized that there’s nothing quite as helpful or interesting as a personal recommendation. So each Monday we’ll be posting a different playlist from one of our journalists as a suggestion – a “hey, check this out!” to our readers. Along with each playlist we’ll also provide you a little more information about one of the artists featured, because everyone loves a backstory.
This week’s SoundTracks was brought to you by The Sound’s Sarah Miller. Enjoy!
Artist Spotlight: Joshua Radin
A native of Shaker Heights, Ohio and alum of Chicago’s Northwestern University, Joshua Radin is a shining example of how it pays to have friends in high places. After teaching himself how to write and play music, his good friend and college roommate actor Zach Braff liked his song so much that he lobbied for them to play on his show Scrubs. Since then, Radin’s music has featured prominently on Scrubs as well as Bones, Grey’s Anatomy, House and many other shows. His whispery voice and mellow acoustic folk rock songs call to mind older acts like James Taylor, Cat Stevens and Paul Simon and duets with Imogen Heap, Ingrid Michaelson and Schuyler Fisk keeps his music fresh and new. After performing his song “Today” on The Ellen Degeneres Show, Ellen asked him to play “Today” as the first dance song at her 2008 wedding despite countless offers from such high profile acts as Beyonce and Justin Timberlake. Radin has three studio albums to date, the most recent, The Rock and the Tide, was released this October and features many songs that Radin tested out at live shows over the past year.