The Falcon's Nest

Video of the Day: The Painted Redstarts

Posted by falconi5 on July 24, 2014

redstatrtAustin based The Painted Redstarts may have a couple of famous fathers looking over their shoulders, Marlon Sexton is the son of Charlie Sexton, and Harries Graham is the son of Jon Dee Graham, but this band is seriously good on their own merit.  Still in their teens, the sound is mature with a distinct old-school retro psychedelic vibe.  Very cool indeed.  The video is literally minutes old, and pays tribute to the MTV 120 Minutes back in the day.

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Live Video of the Day: Justin Townes Earle – White Gardenias

Posted by falconi5 on July 24, 2014

jteJustin Townes Earl will release his much anticipated new album on September 9th.  In the meantime, here is the first single released from Single Mothers.  The song “White Gardenias” is dedicated to the late jazz singer Billie Holiday

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Rock Chick of the Day: Brody Dalle – Don’t Mess With Me

Posted by falconi5 on July 24, 2014

brodyIf you like your Rock Chicks with a bit of an edge, you will love Brody Dalle, Mrs. Josh Homme if you’re scoring at home.  Formerly of The Distillers as well as Spinnerette, Dalle is out on her own with an edgy Alt-Punk feel that will shake your bones on her first solo album, Diploid Love.

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Video of the Day: Rey Pila – Alexander

Posted by falconi5 on July 24, 2014

reypilaHailing from Mexico City, singing in English, Rey Pila brings to mind The Thompson Twins if they were fronted by Lou Reed.  Currently based out of New York, this will be group to keep your ears out for.

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Rock Chick of the Day: Paloma Faith – 30 Minute Love Affair

Posted by falconi5 on July 24, 2014

palomaA bit on the retro side, with an electronic side that brings to mind The Eurythmics, Paloma Faith has just released A Perfect Contradiction, a 60′s style Amy Winehouse worthy effort.

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Live Video of the Day: Sturgill Simpson – Life of Sin (Live on David Letterman)

Posted by falconi5 on July 23, 2014

sturgillThis definitely puts Sturgill Simpson Simpson on my bucket list of bands I have to see live.  His latest album is a must hear.

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Rock Chick of the Day: Jen Olive – Death of Me

Posted by falconi5 on July 22, 2014

jenolivePersonally endorsed by Andy Partridge of XTC, and that’s good enough for me.

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Best Albums of 2014: Richard Thompson – Acoustic Classics

Posted by falconi5 on July 22, 2014

richardFor those that have never been exposed to Richard Thompson, have not had the sublime pleasure of enjoying a whiskey fueled evening listening to the stone cold classic Shootout the Lights, and somehow missed the recent vintage Buddy Miller produced Electric, his latest, Acoustic Classics will be a perfect primer and a gate way drug into a rabbit hole of wonderment courtesy of one of the best living guitar players and songwriters ever.

With simply an unamplified guitar and his voice, Thompson takes you on a way-back journey through most of his important works all the way back to I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight, the album that really put him on the musical map in 1974. In a real Sophie’s sort of dilemma, it is hard to decide as to where the true genius of Richard Thompson actually lies, but here, presented in the rawest of forms, the listener can hear the virtuoso guitar work alongside the poignant and observant lyrics against the background of the pure and honest vocals, and can decide for themselves. I vote for it all.

For current fans, most of the standards stay close to the original arrangements with “Wall of Death” taking on a new and much more powerful life of its own losing a bit of the folk veneer present in the original, while “Walking on a Wire” pales only slightly in comparison to the original lacking the intense vocal turn from then wife, Linda Thompson.

There are several somewhat lesser known gems to savor here as well including “From Galway to Graceland,” and the upbeat “Valerie.”   If this is your first Richard Thompson rodeo, you will enjoy this record with gusto, and scramble post-haste to explore the back catalog. If you’re a Thompson veteran, just sit back with a glass of Jameson and enjoy.  It doesn’t get any better than this.

 

 

 

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Live Video of the Day: Buckingham/Nicks – Never Going Back Again

Posted by falconi5 on July 21, 2014

buckingamQuite possibly the best version you will ever hear of this song.

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Video of the Day: Eric Clapton – The Breeze

Posted by falconi5 on July 21, 2014

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From the upcoming Eric Clapton and Friends tribute album to their musical muse J.J. Cale. The album is sure to be a stunner with Tom Petty, John Mayer, Mark Knopfler, and Derek Trucks all on board.

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