Tag Archives: Richard Swift

Band of the Day (11.11.11) Gardens & Villa

11 Nov

Gardens & Villa open your eyes your about to break!

BOD 11.11.11 Gardens & Villa

It’s been awhile and I apologize. Today we’ve found a band that may just be the Hummingbird winner of 2011. Can’t believe these guys have flown under the radar for this long. I’m assuming they will pop up on some irrelevant TV show soon, but in the meantime steal their fame and be the first to follow.

Gardens & Villa are a combination of GOOD Vampire Weekend a splash of MGMT and a great reason to pull out The Shins ancient relics and give them a spin. The boys hail from our favorite turkey time villa of Santa Barbara, CA. Their synth pop indie rock is right in line with the shiat today. This band won’t be under the radar, they’ll be in every commercial right around February. The band formed in 2008, joined Secretly Canadian and befriended our good friend Richard Swift. He influenced this self-titled beauty and you really really really need to get yourself a copy. Buy it on vinyl here

Santa f’n Barbara, CA….the album was recorded in Oregon
Members: Chris Lynch, keyboardist Adam Rasmussen, bassist Shane McKillop, and drummer Levi Hayden
Sonic Soulmates™: The Shins, MGMT, Vampire Weekend (the good not lame version), The Police, Richard Swift
“Black Hills”


HEAR IT: (7.6.10) THE MYNABIRDS – “Let the Record Go”

6 Jul


If Carole King was part of the Indie scene, floating around Echo Park, visiting Beck for a Record Club evening, this is what she would sound like. Add a little Emily Haines sprinkled with Swift’s piano, drum arrangement and you have a beautiful track.

Band of the Day: (7.6.10) THE MYNABIRDS – Former Georgie James singer and Richard Swift bring great music

6 Jul BOD: 7.5.10

BOD: (7.6.10) THE MYNABIRDS – Blending the angelic voice of Laura Burhenn with Richard Swift’s characteristic 50’s pop sound, THE MYNABIRDS brings us this summers favorite new/old sound. Swift classically blends Tin Pan Alley age, Lee Perry and Jeff Buckley heart and soul with Laura’s vocal prowess. It’s a beautiful approach and it works…well.