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Video of the Day: Vaudeville Etiquette – Oh

Posted by falconi5 on October 27, 2014

vaudevilleVaudeville Etiquette is our new favorite band.  With a vibe that floats somewhere between Hurray for the Riff Raff, Mumford and sons, and Fleetwood Mac, there is a lot to like here. The new album Debutantes and Dealers won’t be on too many end of year best of lists (except ours) simply because no one has heard of these guys.  Until now that is.

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Video of the Day: The Head and the Heart – Let’s Be Still

Posted by falconi5 on October 27, 2014

headandheartOne of the great Indie Folk harmony bands in the business. “Let’s Be Still” is from their latest release.

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Video of the Day: Billy Idol – Can’t Break Me Down

Posted by falconi5 on October 26, 2014

billyBilly Idol is at his sneering,snarling best with the release of his new album Kings & Queens of the Underground.

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Video of the Day: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Kelly

Posted by falconi5 on October 26, 2014

painsBrooklyn based now recording in London, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart are pure pop pleasure.

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Video of the Day: Ryan Adams – Stay with Me

Posted by falconi5 on October 26, 2014

ryanadamsIt is really good to have Ryan Adams back.  Here he is performing “Stay with Me” from his latest album.

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Best Albums of 2014: Mike Oldfield – Man on the Rocks

Posted by falconi5 on October 26, 2014

Mike Oldfield – Man on the Rocks (Rating 3.5 out of 5)

mikeoIf your only exposure to Mike Oldfield is through Tubular Bells, the iconic soundtrack to the The Exorcist, you probably are missing out. Over the years he has released many records of note including Tubular Bells II, The Orchestral Tubular Bells, Tubular Bells III, The Millennium Bell, and Tubular Bells 2003. You get the picture.  This Tubular Bells thing was a pretty big deal.

And now, in 2014 Oldfield is using his immense musical powers for good instead of Progressive Rock, avant-garde classical evil with Man on the Rocks, a rock record that delivers a serious nod to the Pop bands of the 70’s and 80’s including Toto, Queen, and Steve Miller with a bit of a Pink Floyd vibe thrown in for good measure.

With vocal assistance from Luke Spiller of the Struts, the band is more than top-notch and includes Leland Sklar on bass, and Mike Rollings on keyboards with Oldfield himself playing most of the guitar parts. But make no mistake, this is no thrown together project.  Every tune is thoughtfully written and impeccably produced with a Pop sheen that is loud and proud. “Moonshine” directly snatches the opening licks from the Edge and U2, and is one of the best Irish immigration anthems you will hear this side of The Waterboys with a vocal turn that is very Freddie Mercury-esque, where on “Chariots” the synths are turned up almost Rock opera style creating a sound that would be killer in concert if the band chooses to tour in the near future.

The Queen influences creep in on the opening track “Sailing” and on the beautiful title cut that features The Struts front man out front and center showing that given the classic rock feel of his band The Struts he is a hand in glove perfect fit for the sound that Mike Oldfield was looking for with this project. After enjoying this record, you might want to resist going back into the deeper albums of which there have been dozens, you probably will be disappointed. Man on the Rocks is clearly a one-off labor of love project, bot none the less it is one to be savored and enjoyed.

 

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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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