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Best Albums of 2014: Judith Owen – Ebb and Flow

Posted by falconi5 on October 24, 2014

Judith Owen – Ebb and Flow (Rating 4 out of 5)

judithWith a voice that floats alternately between Joni Mitchell and Judee Sill, Judith Owen, the wife of Harry Shearer, Mrs. Derek Smalls with Ebb and Flow has produced a throwback 70’s singer songwriter record that is so good you will think you have entered into some sort of ladies of the canyon time warp.

With troubadour cronies Russ Kunkel (drums), Leland Sklar (bass), and Waddy Wachtel (guitar), the primary forces behind the Carole King vibe back in the day setting the tone, every song could have been playing on any random turntable in Laurel Canyon in 1973, or performed in any living room by the likes of Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, JD Souther or Jackson Browne.

The opener “Train out of Hollywood” sets the mellow tone, and is a song that would have fit hand-in-glove on any of the early 70’s Joni Mitchell albums, and the cover of the Mungo Jerry tune “In the Summertime” is close to being a better than the original performance. Another highlight is James Taylor’s “Hey Mister, That’s Me Up on the Jukebox” that might be pound for pound the best song on the record, and displays the tremendous vocal range of the classically trained singer.

There is not much vibe straying here, some jazz roots do show through here and there especially on “Some Arrows Go in Deep”, but overall there is an ear approved nostalgic freshness to the proceedings that will have a calming effect on you.  This is soul soothing music that will appeal to the oldsters and the hipsters alike.

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Video of the Day: Mark Lanegan Band – Sad Lover

Posted by falconi5 on October 22, 2014

mark laneganEverything that the prolific Mark Lanegan puts out is worth your ear time, and this one from his latest Pantom Radio is certainly no exception.

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Video of the Day: Horse Feathers – Violently Wild

Posted by falconi5 on October 22, 2014

horsefeathersIf you like your Indie Rock a little on the Crosby Stills and Nash side, Horse Feathers is the band for you. The new album, So it is With Us is out now, and is superb.

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Rock Chick(s) of the Day: The Whiskey Sisters – All I Can Do

Posted by falconi5 on October 22, 2014

whiskeysistersThe Whiskey Sisters are one of the great Austin Bands.  This one is from their debut album.

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Rock Chick of the Day: Better Heroes – City Lights

Posted by falconi5 on October 21, 2014

betterMore of a band than a Rock Chick, Hunter Allen fronts Better Heroes, a cool Indie Rock band with a distinct 80’s vibe.

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Five Cool Ones – Five Nominees for Best New Band (Classic Rock Magazine)

Posted by falconi5 on October 20, 2014

5If you ever had any doubt that Rock was not dead, this years nominees for Best New Band according to Classic Rock magazine will make you a true believer. Previous bands in the category include Blackberry Smoke, Scorpion Child, and Rival Sons.

Blues Pills

With a back of the barroom voice that is a cross between Janis Joplin and Pat Benatar, lead singer Elin Larsson fronts a band that combines Led Zeppelin with Black Sabbath with a healthy dose of Blue Cheer.

The Strypes

The White Stripes on steroids, these guys take you back to the future with hard riffing old school Blues Rock, 60’s style.

Golden Grass

60’s style Psychedelic Rock.  Thin Iron Butterfly light.  Good stuff!

Blackwolf

A scorching Rock and Roll band that will remind you of Rival Sons, and that is never a bad thing.

The Cadillac Three

Good old Southern Rock and Roll is back and better than ever.

 

 

 

 

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Video of the Day: The Staves – Blood I Bled

Posted by falconi5 on October 19, 2014

stavesFrom their upcoming E.P.

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Video of the Day: Yesterday’s Wine – Jamey Johnson & Geroge Jones w/Blackberry Smoke

Posted by falconi5 on October 17, 2014

jameyA classic song, and a dynamite collaboration featuring the best of the new and the old.  When George Jones sings “You give the appearance of one widely traveled, lord I bet you’ve seen things in your time,” you are pretty sure he is talking about himself.

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Video of the Day: Foxygen – How Can You Really

Posted by falconi5 on October 16, 2014

foxygenSometimes disheveled, sometimes brilliant, mostly psychedelic, …..And Starpower, the latest from Foxygen is a pretty daring work.

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Rock Chick of the Day: Sallie Ford – Coulda Been

Posted by falconi5 on October 14, 2014

sallieHaving shed her band The Sound Outside, Sallie Ford has put together a new all girl band for her latest release, Slap Back, and in the process has created a fun, garage sound that rattles the bones with her volatile sound.

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