Tuesday Tunes: Thursday Edition. Passenger

This music couldn’t wait until next Tuesday. Its soft tunes and strumming strings captivate you as you get lost within. The music ranges from slow moving to upbeat, bringing in a whole slew of other listeners. Hope to captivate a few more by the end of this blog. Hope you enjoy.

The seeds of Passenger were sown when Michael Rosenberg bumped in to BAFTA-award-winning film and TV soundtrack composer Andrew Phillips at a Free Burma event in London, featuring the likes of Faithless, Travis and Horace Andy. Rosenberg had blagged a one-song solo slot and Phillips was performing with the band Slovo. They met backstage and discovered that they both lived in Brighton.

“Wicked Man’s Rest”

Mike and Andrew formed Passenger in May 2003, roughly a year after they first met. They first had to come up with a name. It took almost two years for the band, by now a quintet, to settle with the name Passenger. “I think it fits my observational style of writing … it’s the idea that you’re in the passenger seat of a moving vehicle and sort of watching the world go by and witnessing things of people’s lives and it’s about beingdisengaged, an observer, slightly outside of a situation.”

“The Last Unicorn”

Passenger spent 2006 releasing two low-key singles—”Stray Dog” and “Philadelphia”—and constantly touring the UK with lots of busking and street gigs. The songs that form their first album Wicked Man’s Rest were written over a period of two and a half years. A singer-songwriter reared on Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Van Morrison, Rosenberg had intended to make a traditional, stripped-down album based on strong melodies and his modern-day fables. Inspired by the unusual cast of characters he had come up with, Phillips gave the songs a cinematic setting, adding shimmering beats, bleeps, strings and sound effects.

“Walk in the Rain”

Passenger and ie:music released the album Wicked Man’s Rest in 2007 with the backing of investment company Ingenious Media as one of the first non-heritage artists to release under this new model. Three singles were released from the album, including “Walk You Home” (“Night Vision Binoculars” in the US), “Table for One” and “Do What You Like”.

“Night Vision Binoculars/Walk You Home”

By the completion of Wicked Man’s Rest, Passenger took to the road in earnest, performing shows with Kate Nash, Scouting for Girls, Seth Lakeman and The Hold Steady. The album was released in the USA, UK and Australia, allowing them to tour across all 3 continents through 2007 and 2008.

“Let Her Go” acoustic

In 2009, the wind changed and Mike decided to change direction, creating a whole new landscape for Passenger, formerly a five-piece band, Passenger has now pared back to the absolute basics, stripping down the music to a bare minimum. He created and self produced the intensely personal, soulful and close record “Wide Eyes Blind Love’ and was brought to the public as it was created, on the road and with support of ie:music self released the second album in May 2009.

In February of 2012 he, Mike/Passenger, released another album titled All the Little Lights. The song above, “Let Her Go” comes from that album. To preview the rest of it, find it on itunes at: http://itunes.apple.com/au/album/all-the-little-lights/id490717938

To check out more on Passenger, visit the site: http://passengermusic.com/



Fun is based in New York City, New York and was formed by Nate Ruess, formerly of The Format. After the 2008 breakup of The Format, Ruess  formed Fun with Andrew Dost of Anathallo and Jack Antonoff of Steel Train.


Fun is best known for their hit single “We Are Young” featuring Janelle Monáe, which reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and Digital Songs charts.

We Are Young”

However, this is not their first single, or album for that matter. Fun. released their first album back in 2009,  Aim and Ignite. This album came quickly after the band had assembled earlier that year.

Off of Aim and Ignite, “All They Pretty Girls”

Aim and Ignite was released August 25, 2009. Aim and Ignite was released to positive reviews. AbsolutePunk.net’s Drew Beringer praised the album, calling it “what a pop album should sound like” and “the most essential pop album of 2009”. Allmusic called the album “progressive, but in the best possible way” and admired Ruess’s lyrics for “investigating the larger truths of life…with a witty approach that keeps the songs bubbling merrily along on a positive note”…and the positive reviews just kept coming..

“Light A Roman Candle With Me”

Some Nights is the second studio album from American indie pop band Fun. It was released on February 21, 2012 through Fueled by Ramen. It was recorded in 2011 and produced by Jeff Bhasker. After signing to a new label, the band began to work on Some Nights for over nine months throughout 2011. Fun. was influenced by Kanye West and hip-hop throughout the recording process, and West’s co-producer Bhasker brought a new element to the trio’s sound, creating a mix of indie pop, theatric rock, and hip-hop. According to Ruess, the title was inspired by the inconsistencies in one’s personality from night to night.

From Some Nights, “Carry On” live from iHeartRadio

To find out more about Fun check out their website: http://www.ournameisfun.com/.

To see their energetic live shows make sure to check the tour dates. They are playing in Iowa City on April 9th!


In the art world people always argue about who did what first, who stole what from whom, and the issue of originality comes into play. Art is made by influences, wether people admit it or not, their influenced by everything and everyone. So today, on Tuesday Tunes we’ve decided to go with the same style as last week and rather than bog you down with info upon info, we’re just going to post some covers that we enjoy. Influences start somewhere, even if it means playing a pre-played tune. Enjoy.


Karmin covers “Look at Me Now” by Chris Brown ft. Busta Rhymes, and Lil Wayne


Boyce Avenue and Kina Grannis cover “Fast Car” by Tracy Chapman


Andrew Garcia covering “Forever” by Chris Brown


Tanner Patrick covers “Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster the People


Make Sure to check out more of their musical talents all over YouTube. And keep a look out for their uprising, as people seem to be breaking out of youtube and on to stages world wide. Enjoy and Happy Tuesday. -Osky



TUESDAY TUNES: Modern Day Love Songs

Happy Valentines Day to all (with or without a loved one). On Valentines day people are usually overfilled with love which means overpriced flowers, to many chocolates, and sappy love songs that play softly over candle lit dinners. Well here at the OSKY headquarters, rather than listening to that sappy stuff, we play a mixture of more modern love tunes. We figured on this Tuesday Tunes (which is long overdue, apologies to any of our avid followers, it wont happen again) we would give you a Modern Love song edition. Rather than bog you down with bios and discographies, were just going to simply post the songs for your mere enjoyment. So grab a loved one, or a cat, a dog, or maybe a drink and enjoy.


Clem Snide “Bread”


Angus and Julia Stone “Love Will Take You”


The Weepies “Gotta Have You”


The Boxer Rebellion “If You Run”


Death Cab For Cutie “I Will Follow You Into the Dark”


Again, Happy Valentines Day to all. -OSKY Team


His soft melodies move and motivate the soul. His acoustic strums and sweetened lyrics come together for a musical treat. Music talents came easy and early for Tyrone. As early as 2nd grade Tyrone was tuning into music stations to sooth the soul. Coming from a musical background; mom on the piano, dad on the accordion, and sisters in a singing group, you could say it was in his blood. By the time high school was coming to an end Tyrone decided to drop the working act and pick up music full time.

In 2000 Wells launched his solo career, playing acoustic shows in California. In 2006 Wells signed a recording contract with Universal Records. They re-released his independent album Hold On on the internet in 2006, and released it in stores later in 2007. Wells released another solo album Remain in 2009. The first single from Remain, “More,” reached #13 on the Triple A radio charts. The second single “Sink or Swim” was used in promos for the season 6 premiere of Grey’s Anatomy.

In 2010 Wells’s EP Metal and Wood was released to the public. Along with touring, Wells participated in a benefit concert in Santa Barbara, California for Haiti survivors. In September 2010, Wells’s song “Time Of Our Lives” was used in the series finale promo for American daytime soap opera, As the World Turns, as well as The Vampire Diaries episode, Memory Lane.

On October 16, 2010, Wells was the featured musician at his alma mater, Hope International University’s, Spirit of Hope Celebrity Concert & Awards Gala in the Grand Ballroom at the Disneyland Hotel. Wells is a regular performer in San Marcos High School (Santa Barbara, California)’s benefit event for Unity Shoppe of Santa Barbara, Kids Helping Kids. He was the featured performer in the 2008 Kids Helping Kids event and opened for Mat Kearney in the 2011 Kids Helping Kids event. Both events took place in the Granada Theater in Santa Barbara, California.

Tyrone’s career hasn’t quite hit the mainstream yet, but to be honest, I’m a fan of that. It makes it an even more special treat for those of us to hear him and get to share him with others. To check out more on Tyrone Wells visit his site: http://tyronewells.com/home/ or follow him on twitter: @tyronewells. Also, keep an eye out for his new album, Where We Meet, which hits the charts March 6th.


Following Saturday’s victory over in-state rival Drake, the UNI Panther’s men’s basketball team can officially crown themselves champions of the corn-filled state that we call Iowa. It is clearly evident that our Panthers are eating more corn than their in-state opponents.

I usually eat a can of corn for breakfast every morning,” claimed UNI guard Marc Sonnen. “I believe that corn makes me quicker off the dribble and also increases my ball handling abilities. Before I came to Cedar Falls for college I had no idea how much corn could help develop my game, but it’s pretty obvious that if you wanna ball for the Panthers you better get your daily corn.”

Not only are these “ballers” eating more corn, they are also bathing in it.Most athletes believe it’s to their advantage to take ice baths after a hard workout to help your muscles recover. We Panthers got ourselves a little secret- corn baths. Following a tough practice or game we’ll all get together as a team and sit in a tub filled with corn,” explained Anthony James. “I find it really soothing. The only bad thing is sometimes kernels will get in places that their not supposed to go.” Whoa, whoa, whoa, too much information King James…

Nevertheless, these corn loving Panthers are the state champions of Iowa. After starting out with a hard-fought victory against the Cyclones in Ames, the Panthers came back to the McLeod and put a whooping on the Hawkeyes. UNI defeated the Hawks by 20 points, their largest victory over the black and gold in a long period of time. It’s quite obvious that those Hawkeyes aren’t eating enough corn in Iowa City. Following their win over Drake on Saturday in Des Moines, our Panthers can let the smack talk begin.

I think it’s great that we were able to get the sweep against our in-state opponents this season, especially since it’s my senior year,” stated Johnny Moran. “But you know what isn’t great- when the Rialto doesn’t serve any corn for lunch. That really grinds my gears. I walked in there on Tuesday for lunch and couldn’t find one bowl of corn in that whole damn place! How am I supposed to go shoot lights-out at Creighton if I don’t get my daily corn?!? SMH.”

Be sure to come support your Panthers at all their remaining home games as they get into the thick of their schedule. They need your help to come out and pack the McLeod as they make another push towards a Missouri Valley Conference championship and a hopeful birth in the NCAA Tournament. We still have plenty of #PANTHERSWAG shirts in stock to help with your game day apparel! Be sure to visit our online store by following http://www.oskybrand.com/ Good luck to the Panthers the rest of the season! Eat that corn! Hail Our Corn-Loving Panthers!

TUESDAY TUNES: Never Shout Never!

Formed in Joplin, Missouri, Never Shout Never is an indie pop/acoustic band. Currently comprised of members: Christofer Drew, Taylor Macfee, Hayden Kaiser, and Caleb Denison, thats not how it all began.  Christofer Drew began making music as NeverShoutNever in September 2005. His first exposure came through the internet, where he achieved success on MySpace. Chrisopher than released The Yippee EP on July 29, 2008. On July 30, 2008 he hit the mainstream as he performed on the then popular show, Total Request Live (TRL) on MTV. After that he really took to the stage as he began tour with Hellogoodbye and Ace Enders in the fall of 2008.

After touring with them, Never Shout Never continued touring with bands such as The Scene Aesthetic, The Honorary Title, and The Bigger Lights in late February 2009 and then toured with bands such as Forever the Sickest Kids, The Cab, We the Kings,and Mercy Mercedes, among others in spring 2009 as part of The Bamboozle Roadshow.

Never Shout Never released the single titled Happy, on iTunes on March 3, 2009. The Summer EP released shortly after that on June 23, 2009. Within the time of releasing that album it was announced on that Ingle had signed to Warner Bros. Records, ending a major-label bidding war. As part of the deal, Ingle will run and make releases on his own imprint label, Loveway Records.

Never Shout Never’s debut album, What Is Love?, was produced by Butch Walker and released in January 2010. Never Shout Never’s second full length album, Harmony, was released in August of the same year. In November 2010, Never Shout Never co-headlined the Harmony Tour, where they had fans gather can foods to help those in need. As a gift to the fans, Never Shout Never and The Maine released a live split EP. As of December 21, 2010, the split EP is available for free download on Never Shout Never’s website.

The band’s hometown, Joplin, Missouri, was destroyed by a tornado on May 22, 2011. Following the destruction, Christofer began a relief fund with United Way to raise $1 million for his hometown. To raise awareness about the devastation of Joplin, Christofer took video footage of the destruction and posted it on YouTube on June 1, 2011. The video, which features the song “Time Travel”, encouraged viewers to donate to the relief of the town via his United Way fund.

Never Shout Never’s third full-length album, Time Travel was released on September 20, 2011. Never Shout Never is now on the Time Travel tour with the bands A Rocket to the Moon, Plain White T’s,Carter Hulsey and Fake Problems. To check out more on the band visit their site: http://www.nevershoutnever.com/frontpage or follow them on twitter @NSNOfficial.

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