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Louden Swain

Louden Swain live in Los Angeles, feature a bona fide celebrity, and recorded their debut album in the Hollywood Hills, but they're not a Hollywood glamour band or everyday television star vanity project. It's true that they took their name from a movie (the 1980s teen flick Visionquest), and their lead singer Rob Benedict is also an actor who plays the recurring role of Richard on TV's Felicity. But Louden Swain see themselves as regular guys from the Midwest who write songs about heartbreak, self-doubt, the folly of vanity, and the frictions within families. And they strongly embody the D.I.Y. ethic of alternative rock. Louden Swain started in the late '90s at Chicago's Northwestern University, where the three students came together over a few beers and soon found themselves playing together as a band. They were David Wendell (guitar), Borja (bass), and singer/guitarist Rob Benedict. The threesome worked on cover tunes and also tried jamming on acoustic instruments. Eventually they moved to Los Angeles where they met up with Stephen Norton (another native of Illinois), who became their drummer. According to Wendell, he and Norton "bonded over Midwestern heavy metal music," but the songs the band soon began to write fell more into a pop/rock vein, influenced by all their favorites -- from the Clash and the Replacements to Weezer, the Foo Fighters, and even the Beatles. The band also took inspiration from such D.I.Y. artists as Ani DiFranco when it came to making an album. While searching for a major label that would accept them, they started their own label, 3 Car Wreckords. In February 2001, they released their album Able-Legged Heroes, which within the next few months would receive attention through MP3 and a network of loyal friends who spread the word. The bandmembers kept their day jobs -- Borja as an environmental engineer, Norton with a job in the music business, Benedict with his acting, and Wendell as an independent filmmaker whose film Smut featured (of course) an appearance and songs by Louden Swain. Their sophomore effort Overachiever arrived in 2003 with their third album Suit and Tie following in 2006. Their 2009 release A Brand New Hurt introduced the song "Medicated," which thanks to its kazoo solo, became a fan favorite and staple of their live set. The raw effort Eskimo was recorded and pressed within two months, hitting the shelves in early 2012. ~ Lynne Bronstein
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Track List: Eskimo

1. Like The Heart Goes

2. Eskimo

3. Carpool Lane

4. CA Nation

5. Cigarette

6. Mamma's Jam

7. Worlds Collide

8. She Waits

9. January

10. Gamma Ray

11. Be Me

12. Wave

14. Past Perfect

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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this u will have a terrible day tomorrow. Post this on five other songs. Type 1 f6 and the love of your life's name will pop up in big letters on the screen.
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I am seriously not kidding!
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I know Rob Benedict's friend's relative.
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(last comment I swear!) I just got Renegade by Styx and Carry On My Wayward Son on this station!!!!! ! ! ! Not a coincidence! ! ! !
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I love how everyone here came from Supernatural . I want to see them make a unique cover of Carry on My Wayward Son and use that for finales instead of the original.
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I don't think it's a coincidence that Kansas is listed in similar artists..... .
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She Waits is one of my favorite, especially since the actual story behind it is about Rob's mother.
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amanda.evans
It GREATLY upsets me that Billy Moran is not mentioned in the short biography. He is such a guitar God and a major contributor o n to their sound.
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destroyed.ag a i n . a n d . a g a i n
I just started listening to this band, and it's not bad, but I REALLY really love supernatural
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Rob I love ur music so very much I'm a fan of ur work as an actor and a musician
I am fan of supernatural
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Love these guys! Pandora needs to add more of their music! Love Eskimo but I'd love to hear some of their other songs on here.
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These guys are pretty awesome! Love the tone and style.
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amber.a.hart l
Rob Benedict, I love your voice.
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Chuck from Supernatural :)
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Great band! In the Beatles' tradition.
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genna.sulliv a n
Okay but Pandora needs to get more of Louden Swain because this is seriously the best band on the planet.
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Wow. Love this so much. (:

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