Signs of Life with Paste Magazine Archive

May Relases

Original Air Date: 05-11-2011

May is a good month for new music releases. So good, in fact, that it should probably be renamed “Paste Month.” In celebration of May’s new sounds and in anticipation of the tours that will surely ensue, Josh, Nick, and Kevin play tunes from new albums by Fleet Foxes, Gruff Rhys, Okkervil River, the Elected, David Bazan, and My Morning Jacket, and that’s just a taste of the great new music out this month. If this episode of Signs of Life has you hankering for more music discoveries, head over to to see more of what the Paste guys have to offer

Episode 74 – Hangout Music Fest

Original Air Date: 04-25-2011

The Paste guys get into chill mode as the Hang Out Music Festival in Gulf Shores, AL quickly approaches. The Hang Out Fest takes place the weekend of May 20-22, and boasts a stellar lineup of musicians — not to mention a warm, beachy paradise for a venue.This episode of Signs of Life features artists that will be performing live on the beach at the Hang Out Festival, including Brandi Carlile, My Morning Jacket, Paul Simon, Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights, and Old Crow Medicine Show. Envision yourself kicking back on the beach during this hour of programming, and mark your calendar for the Hang Out Fest May 20-22 to rock out with your friends from Paste while working on that tan.

Episode 73 – Spring Driving Music

Original Air Date: 04-15-2011

Love this windows down, music up weather as much as the Paste guys? Well, crank up the volume and let the sunshine (and pollen) in, because this episode of Signs of Life explores tunes made for drivin’ around with the windows down. Nick and Kevin share picks from their pretty-day-windows-down playlists, including songs from The Infamous Stringdusters, Counting Crows, Guster, The Avett Brothers, Over the Rhine, Freelance Whales, and Matthew Sweet.

Episode 72 – Bands That Should Be Famous

Original Air Date: 04-8-2011

“Criminally underrated” may be a phrase that gets thrown around too often by music critics, but accurately describes a lot of great musicians who, for whatever reason, haven’t made it big. In this episode of Signs of Life, Nick and Kevin share some of their favorite under-the-radar-but-should-be-famous acts, including Bishop Allen, Frightened Rabbit, Elizabeth and the Catapult, Chuck Cannon, and Lissie. Check out for more music finds, both familiar and little-known.

Episode 71 – Opening Day

Original Air Date: 04-1-2011

Nick, Josh, and Max the Intern play homage to America’s pastime in celebration of MLB’s opening day. Like the Paste guys, (and you and I,) real-deal musicians are diehard baseball fans, too. This episode of Signs of Life draws from Max’s list of musician fans of each of the 30 MLB teams, and while not every team will fit into this hour-long broadcast, listen for tunes by fans of franchises from the Twins to our very own Braves. Songs by Mariners fans Death Cab for Cutie, Twins fans The Hold Steady, Mets fans Yo La Tengo, Braves fans Ponderosa, and Diamondbacks fan Roger Clyne are some of the tunes featured in this episode. Check out for the full baseball playlist, and enjoy the start of baseball season!

Episode 70 – Max The Super Intern

Original Air Date: 03-25-2011

Nick and Kevin are joined by “super intern” Max for a recap of Paste’s awesome trip to the SXSW festival. Max had an especially crazy SXSW experience, as he saw, live reviewed via Twitter, and photographed 100 bands from Tuesday through Saturday of SXSW week. This episode is a tribute to Max’s great intern work, as the Paste guys feature tracks by a few of the 100 bands Max captured at the fest. Hacienda, Wanda Jackson, Charles Bradley (a 60-something who just released his first album and won Max the Intern’s vote for best performance,) Turf War, Little Tybee, and Seryn are just a taste of what Max experienced last week at SXSW. To check out Max’s full SXSW project head over to