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Leann Grimes – Safe Truth

By Will Oliver, January 15th 2013

Leann Grimes

Leann Grimes made his mark with me as a talented indie-focused mash-up artist. There’s more to Shane Conerty, the man behind Leann Grimes, than just that. He possesses his own musical talent, that he displays honestly on “Safe Truth”, a brand new song from him. It showcases a mix of electronic sounds blended well with a folky approach. His knack for blending genres doesn’t go unnoticed.

“Safe Truth” is off of his upcoming release Leann Grimes: Sings. Stream it below, and pick up a free download here.

Leann Grimes has his first show in Brooklyn on January 23 at Goodbye Blue Monday at 11 p.m. Stop by and check out the show if your in town.

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Leann Grimes – I’m Not Too Skinny

By Will Oliver, July 10th 2012

Last year Leann Grimes released a great mixtape/album that was an ode to the great new music he discovered on music blogs. He takes the songs and creates his own songs out of them.

Asheville, North Carolina native Shane Conerty is the man behind Leann Grimes. He’s back with a new release titled I’m Not Too Skinny and it’s another release filled with interesting versions of some great songs.

Here’s how Leann Grimes describes his album:

This album is a continuation of gratitude for music bloggers. Each track on this mixtape is a remix of an indie band’s song that I’ve discovered on various music blogs across the internet in the past year or so. It is my hope that people that are unfamiliar with the band’s I’ve sampled will seek out and support these artists as much as I do.

The album is streaming at bandcamp now. It will be available to download on Friday. Find the album stream below, along with a list of the songs he used.
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Introducing: Leann Grimes

By Will Oliver, April 24th 2011 — with 1 comment

Not many sample/remix albums catch my attention. Sure it’s cool to see how artists are blended together to create something new, but often it leaves me wanting a lot more. I’ve started to give up on the whole remix idea, but Leann Grimes has me rethinking things.

Leann Grimes is 24 year old Shane Conerty from Asheville, North Carolina. After spending a cold winter in the Appalachian Mountains, he became inspired to show his appreciate for his musical discoveries on music blogs through music. He creates his own new music by putting his own signature touch on some of his favorite indie jams that he discovered on blogs. He says that “Leann Grimes is a record for anyone who checks music blogs religiously, waiting for albums to leak, and stays up till 4am scouring the internet for new bands, hoping to hear that ‘new’ sound.”

I’ve taken a real liking to the album because Shane takes a real honest approach for it. You can really tell he has an appreciation for the music. He doesn’t alter them too much, but he does enough where he gives it a new identity, while also claiming it his own. You’ll find him altering songs from The Morning Benders, The Strokes, Deerhunter, Yellow Ostrich, Local Natives and more.

I’ve been getting a little bored with music lately, looking for something to kick me in the ass. This album is a highly refreshing look at what I love about music rolled up into a wonderful music ball. I needed this. If you’re with some open minded people, throw this album at your next party/drinking session. This album showcases an enthusiastic tone that’s hard to argue with.

You can download the album for free right here. I’ve posted a few of my favorite cuts below, along with the tracklisting, so you can see what bands he samples.

[mp3]: Leann Grimes – Cats & Dogs in Idaho
[mp3]: Leann Grimes – Under Cover Of Dirt and Grime
[mp3]: Leann Grimes -Old Bodies Slip When They Make Love
[mp3]: Leann Grimes – Local Asheville News

1. “Cats & Dogs”
and “Coeur D’alene” by The Head and the Heart
2. “Egyptain Robe” by Miniature Tigers
3. “Memory Boy” by Deerhunter
4. “Got To Move” by CAKE
5. “Under Cover Of Darkness” by The Strokes
6. “Shadow People” by Dr. Dog
7. “Mrs. Cold” by Kings of Convenience
8. “Excuses” by The Morning Benders
9. “One Last” by Avi Buffalo
10. “Mary” by Yellow Ostrich
11. “World News” by Local Natives
12. “Keep Me In Mind” by Little Joy
13. “Summersong” by The Decemberists
14. “The Wild Hunt” by The Tallest Man On Earth

Color Collage – 2048

By Will Oliver, March 4th 2015

Color Collage

You may remember an artist by the name of Lean Grimes who we posted around here a couple of years ago. The project was initially based on sampling mp3’s of brand new indie music that Conerty found on blogs and making his own unique remixes through them. Well the project is now known as Color Collage and has shifted gears into something much more.

He’s released a new single called “2048” that has garned titled such as “electronic doo wop.” It features a beachy old-school sound, blended tightly with electronic elements that create a wonderful new world. It instantly works its magic on you, sounding embedded in the past, but also focused on the future. It will be included on Shane’s debut album as Color Collage Pieced Together which will be released via Paper Garden Records.

He’s released a video for “2048” which has plenty to say about the effects of technology on our society, including at shows. Find that posted below along with the regular stream.

“2048” Music Video:

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