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    • Watch: Skepta Takes Alexandra Palace December 3, 2016
      The crowd is off the scale...Skepta played Alexandra Palace last night (December 2nd) and made history in the process. 10,000 fans descended on the historic North London venue, capping a monumental year for the grime don. ‘Konnichiwa’ went Top Ten, scooped a Mercury, and sparked an international success story that propelled grime to new commercial heights. S […]
    • Next Wave #709: Tayla December 2, 2016
      In Association With Cheap Monday...All summer long this one track kept rattling around the Clash office, a recurring soundtrack to gigs, festivals, raves, and parties. With winter drawing in, it’s still here – but then, Tayla is built to last. A piece of supreme R&B with a heavy UK slant, ‘Call Me Danger’ is about “going out, having your look on point, f […]
    • Clash DJ Mix - Kimyan Law December 2, 2016
      Deep, heady electronic music that explores future rhythms...Kimyan Law's fascinating new album 'Zawadi' is an exploration of rhythm. A trained drummer, the producer incorporates elements of pan-African culture (the title itself is Swahili) while surging ahead with a intensely single-minded passion. An exile from his homeland during the Congole […]
    • Belle Roscoe's 'Paris II' Is Wonderfully Heartfelt December 2, 2016
      Dedicated to those lost in the Bataclan attack...Belle Roscoe is a project that began in Australia and finished up in London. A brother and sister duo, Matt and Julia Gurry make music that is emotive, and frequently autobiographical yet always melodic. Set to play Paris on December 7th, the pair are pleased to unveil new track 'Paris II' - a wonder […]
    • Premiere: CRT CLSSX - 'Everything' (Alizzz Remix) December 2, 2016
      New pathways in bass culture...Producer Jamie Rodigan and songwriter Aaron Horn struck up a relationship some time back, swapping ideas and crafting new tunes. Working as CRT CLSSX, the pair have been fusing new avenues in bass culture with some sparkling, absorbing songwriting. They explain: "The project came about through a shared love for dancehall a […]
    • This Is The Way, Step Inside: Danny Brown December 2, 2016
      Getting personal with rap's creative extrovert...When Danny Brown welcomes us into the suite he’s inhabiting at London’s Ace Hotel, he’s in high spirits. He cracks a wide grin, showing off the new grill that conceals his signature chipped front teeth, and offers up a drink from the mini-bar. Save for a few choice feature verses, it’s been three years si […]
    • Premiere: St. Francis Hotel - 'You'd Gotta Be Alive' December 2, 2016
      Irish duo continue their climb...St. Francis Hotel is the work of two people, two musicians who sought an escape from the Irish recession by moving to London. Burrowing into the capital's music scene, they began exploring other ways of writing songs, imbuing their stark pop hymnals with rare grace. Debut cut 'Mondello' was a striking introduct […]
    • fabric Announces Re-Opening Plans December 2, 2016
      Full weekend schedule announced...fabric has announced full plans for its re-opening weekend. The club recently confirmed plans to re-open, following a successful appeal against the withdrawal of its license. Set to re-open on January 6th, fabric will host a Friends & Family weekend that gets right to the core of the club's ethos. A bass-heavy Frida […]
    • Premiere: TCTS - 'Icy Feet' December 2, 2016
      A truly infectious return...Manchester born TCTS has this impish sense of humour, this irascible energy to his music. Tipped by Annie Mac, Pete Tong and Huw Stephens, the producer's contagious electronics seeming to be rapidly spreading. New cut 'Icy Feet' is out now, and it could well be his breakout moment. Crisp and furiously enriching, it […]
    • Premiere: Haula ft. VRS.US - 'Good To You' December 2, 2016
      A haunting piece of future-soul...Haula was born in Uganda, but has become a citizen of the world, someone at ease in many cities, many places. This flexibility is something that comes through in her music. Future soul with real depth, Haula is able to draw on diverse influences to fuel her creative ambitions. New cut 'Good To You' features VRS.US […]
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    • BLACK STAR RIDERS RELEASE TRAILERS FOR THIRD ALBUM, “HEAVY FIRE” December 3, 2016
      Following the recent announcement of their third studio album, Heavy Fire, Black Star Riders have released a two video trailers in which Damon Johnson, Ricky Warwick and Scott Gorham discuss the band developing their own sound beyond the Thin Lizzy legacy. Heavy Fire is set for release via Nuclear Blast Entertainment on February 3rd, 2017.... Read more
    • REX BROWN ON TRUNKNATION TODAY, DALLAS, HOUSTON, HAGAR, BONHAM December 2, 2016
      Wrapping up another great week of TrunkNation on SiriusXM 106 Volume today with Pantera bassist Rex Brown in the studio. Look forward to catching up with him. Listen live today 2-4P ET or catch the replay tonight 9-11P ET. We will also work in plenty of your calls and as usual cover all the rock... Read more
    • DEF LEPPARD RELEASE VIDEO FOR “WE BELONG” December 2, 2016
      Def Leppard have released a video for the song, We Belong, which will be included as a bonus feature on the band’s upcoming concert film And There Will Be A Next Time-Live From Detroit. Watch the clip below. To read more about this release and to view a track listing, as well a pre-ordering information,... Read more
    • SINGER PHIL LEWIS LEAVES L.A. GUNS December 2, 2016
      Singer Phil Lewis has posted the following message on L.A. Guns’ Facebook page: “Dear friends and fans. With a heavy heart I have to inform you that as of Jan 1, 2017 I will no longer be a member of this line up. I feel I have gone as far as I can in this... Read more
    • KISS GUITARIST ACE FREHLEY ON THE POSSIBILITY OF A KISS REUNION, “I’M NOT RULING IT OUT” December 2, 2016
      Original KISS guitarist, Ace Frehley, was a recent guest on Eddie’s Sirius/XM show, Trunk Nation. Highlights from the interview appear below via Blabbermouth.net. Discussing how his relationship with his former KISS bandmates was exaggerated by the press, for the worse: “The press colors the fact that we don’t get along, in reality we do. You... Read more […]
    • BON JOVI ANNOUNCE ADDITIONAL “THIS HOUSE IS NOT FOR SALE” NORTH AMERICAN DATES, INCLUDING TWO SHOWS AT NYC’S MADISON SQUARE GARDEN December 1, 2016
      Bon Jovi, who recently announced their This House Is Not For Sale 2017 tour itinerary, have announced some additional tour dates, including two dates in New York. View the updated schedule below. Tickets for the new dates, go on sale December 10th at 10 a.m. local time. Backstage with JBJ fan club ticket presales, including... Read more
    • M3 ROCK FESTIVAL 2017 LINE UP ANNOUNCED, SCHEDULED FOR APRIL AND HOSTED BY EDDIE TRUNK December 1, 2016
      M3 Rock Festival, the definitive, can’t-miss annual gathering of heavy metal bands and those that love them, will turn back clock to the 1980s once more at Columbia, Maryland’s Merriweather Post Pavilion on Friday, April 28th and Saturday, April 29th. For the first time ever, M3 will expand to a third day to host the... Read more
    • GUITARIST DJ ASHBA ON WHY HE LEFT GUNS N’ ROSES, “I NEEDED TO GET BACK TO MY ROOTS” December 1, 2016
      Former Guns N’ Roses, and SIXX:AM guitarist, DJ Ashba, was a guest on Eddie’s December 1st broadcast of his Sirius/XM show, Trunk Nation. Ashba discussed the reasons why he decided to leave GN’R, highlights from the interview appear below via Blabbermouth.net. On why he departed from Guns N’ Roses: “Well, there [were] multiple reasons [why... Read more […]
    • 11/30: ACE FREHLEY, DJ ASHBA, JAMES MICHAEL ON TRUNK NATION, HAGAR/BONHAM PODCAST November 30, 2016
      Just wrapped up a great Trunk Nation today with guests DJ Ashba and James Michael of Sixx AM in studio, and a live call with Ace Frehley. Ace discussed the rumored Kiss reunion and we talked Creatures/Elder stuff and more. Got into some fun stuff with James and DJ as well. Do not miss this... Read more
    • JOE SATRIANI ANNOUNCES JOE SATRIANI’S G4 EXPERIENCE 2017, “SURFING WITH THE ALIEN” 30TH ANNIVERSARY November 30, 2016
      Joe Satriani reveals the details for Joe Satriani’s G4 Experience: Surfing with the Alien 30th Anniversary July 24th-28th at Asilomar Center in Carmel, CA. Packages are available at the camp’s official site starting today. For its fourth installment, the G4 Experience enjoys a game-changing and historic first. The camp will celebrate the writing, recording, […]
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Video of the Day: Coldplay/Viola Beach – Boys That Sing

Posted by falconi5 on September 10, 2016

violaThis year the U.K. Band Viola Beach released their debut self-titled album, a smart intoxicating blend of British Pop Rock that falls somewhere between Oasis and Teenage Fanclub.  Released on their label, the record featuring the singles “Swings and Waterslides” and “Boys that Sing,” was set to be a next level album that vault the boys from Warrington into the big time.

Unfortunately, and tragically, all of the band members along with their manager were killed when the car they were all riding in crashed into a canal as they were on their way to an opening spot for The Blossoms after having played Sweden’s  Where’s the Music? festival, their first gig outside of the U.K.. Their album, released 4 months after the accident, reached number one on the British charts.

In the middle of their recent Glastonbury set instead of playing their usual cover of David Bowie’s “Hero’s” Coldplay paid tribute to Viola Beach showing videos of the band in the background while they played “Boys that Sing.”

 

 

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Video of the Day: Karl Blau – That’s How I Got to Memphis

Posted by falconi5 on August 31, 2016

karlNight quite this years Chris Stapleton, but still pretty darn good. Karl Blau is one of those new school meets old school artists that is carrying Country Music to the next level. Introducing Karl Blau, his latest, includes the single “That’s How I Got to Memphis” along with two really fine covers, “Woman (Sensuous Woman),” and the Townes Van Zandt song “If I Needed You.”

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Rock Chick of the Day: Courtney Marie Andrews – Not the End

Posted by falconi5 on August 30, 2016

courtneymarieThe first thing that grabs your ears is the voice. Floating somewhere between Linda, Joni, and Laurel Canyon it is pure late 60’s Laurel Canyon.  Once you get past the honey dripped singing voice, the pure talent of the music and the songwriting will catch your attention. Two spins in, her new album Honest Life is a stone cold winner and rising fast.

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Five Cool Ones: Five New(ish) Bands We are Grooving To

Posted by falconi5 on August 28, 2016

 

5Dreamers – Drugs

Dreamers is a Los Angeles based three-piece band that weaves solid festival-ready hooks with sharp lyrics with an infectious energy that never overwhelms and rarely lets up. Their debut long player This Album Does Not Exist, while somewhat poorly named, is terrific. Key stand out tracks are “Drugs” a song that addresses a different type of drug with the addiction to technology, and “Wolves (You Got Me)” covers another type of addiction.  To the opposite sex. This band should be on your ones to watch list.

 

 

Mother Feather – Mirror

First there was Rock, then there was Pop, now there is Pop Rock. And N.Y. Based Mother Feather do it in style. If you are not careful you will dismiss this dual frontwoman band led by Ann Courtney and Elizabeth Carena a shock rock, all hat no cattle glam rock outfit that pays more attention to the Kiss style make up and the outfits than they do their music.  But you would be wrong.  Very wrong.

Their music is self-described as Pop Cock Rock with a touch of female empowerment along with nuances of Lady Gaga, Karen O, Kiss, and Beth Ditto. Must hear songs from their new self-titled album are “Mirror,” “Trampoline” and “Mother Feather,”  just to name a few shiny apples from a bushel of excellent tunes.

Lisa Hannigan – Fall

It’s always good to discover, or re-discover in this case, a musician that has been around for a spell and has a bit of a back catalog to enjoy along with their current case.  Such is the case with Irish singer, songwriter, musician, Lisa Hannigan who is best known for her collaboration with Damian Rice.  Having just released At Swim Hannigan also has two beautifully atmospheric records under her belt with Sea Sew released in 2008, and Passenger in 2011.

L.A. Salami – The City Nowadays

You can find the roots of 70’s singer songwriter troubadour all over Dancing With Bad Grammar, the debut album from L.A. Salime, the stage name that U.K. based Lookman Adekunte Salami goes by.  There is a lot of Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Elliott Smith, and Rodriguez in the spirit of this one with Salami turning the mundane into magic with his dense lyrics and everyday life storytelling.

Larkin Poe – Trouble in Mind

This is another one of those been around for a minute, but are new to us bands. Atlanta-based sisters Rebecca and Megan Lovell deliver a more than solid of gritty Garage Blues with “Trouble in Mind” with the shout out to Freddie King as sparkling a song as you will hear all year,

 

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Rock Chick of the Day: Kandace Springs – Everything Your Heart Desires (feat. Daryl Hall)

Posted by falconi5 on August 21, 2016

kandacedarylSoul Eyes, the new album from Kandace Springs is destined to be a top 10 caliber record at the end of the year.  In the meantime, she took time to pay a visit to Daryl’s house.

 

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Video of the Day: Bright Light Bright Light – All in the Name

Posted by falconi5 on August 21, 2016

brightlightBright Light Bright Light, the nomme de plume of Elton John’s favorite Pop Star Rod Thomas, delivers a perfect set of 80’s perfection with his new record Choreography. With shades of New Order and The Pet Shop Boys, this one sparkles with plenty of contributions from Sir Elton himself.

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Video of the Day: Quaker City Night Hawks -Mockingbird

Posted by falconi5 on August 13, 2016

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Starting with the name, there is nothing that is not cool about The Quaker City Night Hawks. With an energy that would rival The Cadillac Three, and musical chops that float somewhere between The Allman Brothers and The Black Crowes, this might be your new summertime Rock and Roll Band.  The new record, El Astonauta, is top 10 worthy.

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Five Cool Ones: Five Cool “Covers” Albums

Posted by falconi5 on August 7, 2016

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Albums consisting entirely of songs made famous by someone else can be decidedly hit or miss affairs. When an actor like William Shatner gives birth to a record of space related songs on the horribly named Seeking Major Tom record, a platter that is an assault to the ears and absolutely tortures stone-cold classics like “Space Cowboy”, “Rocket Man” and “Walking on the Moon” and Pat Boone is given valuable studio time to cut 12 “Metal” tunes on In a Metal Mood: No More Mister Nice Guy covering  “Metalclassics “Smoke on the Water” and “Love Hurts” along with an absolutely horrid version of “Holy Diver” that warrants Ronnie James Dio coming back from the dead to kick Pat Boone’s ass, a legitimite case can be made to ban the genre altogether.

And then there are the good ones.  And there a lot of them. The Walkmen took their fandom to the next level with their nuanced recreation of Harry Nilsson’s Pussy Cat’s that was itself essentially a covers record, and the Flaming Lips recently came out with a somewhat bizaar guest driven track by track rendition of Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band which is strangely cool, and is probably considered epic to a Flaming Lips fan, but hardcore Beatle fans would probably be better served checking out Cheap Trick’s Sgt. Pepper Live.

Willie Nelson has released a lot of really good covers albums, the best of which is probably Willie Sings Kristofferson, and even the iconic Bob Dylan has joined Rod Stewart with songs performed from the great American songbook.

Here are five top-notch artist covers albums very much worthy of some of your ear time.

Metallica – Garage Inc.

Very much a genre specific selection here, this one tend to veer slightly more to the rock side vs. the heavy metal bombastic playing we are used to from Metallica.  Scoring high marks for the song selection here with Seger’s “Turn the Page,” the Thin Lizzy anthem “Whisky in the Jar,” and Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Tuesday’s Gone,” this one is a mighty fine road trip record and on that will definitely scratch that hard rock itch.

 

Bryan Ferry – Dylanesque

When the first line of the song hits you between the ears “When you’re  lost in the rain in Juarez and it’s Easter time too” the line from “Just like Tom Thumb’s Blues,” this time delivered by Roxy Music front man Bryan Ferry, you immediately know that this version rides the same side of the track as the original, and that this song, or any other Bob Dylan song for that matter, is in the capable hands of a master. A master paying tribute to a master.  Highlights are “Knocking on Heaven’s Door” and the somewhat over looked classic “Make You Feel My Love.”  The version of “Knocking on Heaven’s Door” might be the second best cover of the song just behind the almost death bed performance of the song delivered by Warren Zevon on The Wind.

 

k.d. Lang – Hymns of the 49th Parallel

This unique take on the covers genre, covering songs by Canadian artists, works well mostly due to the fact that two of the most brilliant songwriters ever just happen to be from north of the border in Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, and Joni Mitchell.  All of the arrangements here are short, sweet and too the point with k.d.’s voice on brilliant display front and center. “After the Gold Rush” and “Helpless” the two Neil Young songs presented here are first rate, and “The Day I Walk,” a song written by the criminally ignored (except by the critics) Bruce Cockburn is a pleasant surprise. The real stunner here, of course, is Lang’s version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”. in a Beatles vs. Stones sort of debate the jury is still out among many as to which version is better. This one, or the Jeff Buckley version. While the studio version presented here is certainly terrific, seek out a live version.  It will change your life.

 

Dexys – Let the Record Show: Dexys Do Irish and Country Soul

Dexys, the later day version of Dexys Midnight Runners of “Come On Eileen” fame may not be that well known on certain sides of the pond, and lead singer Kevin Rowland certainly could shop in any mall in America without fear of recognition, but all of that being said, Let the Record Show: Dexys Do Irish and Country Soul is on fine record, forget covers record.

The album is 1/2 vinatge traditional Irish standards and 1/2 carefully curated from an eclectic palate of artist including Joni Mitchell, LeAnn Rimes, and The Brothers Gibb, with a couple of tasty nuggets from the great American songbook thrown in for good measure. “You Wear it Well” sounds perfect with the Dexy-fied arrangement and Rowlands exquisitely deep voice, and the Johnny Cash deep track 40 Shades of Green sounds like it could have been a traditional Irish ballad, Country style.

The opener “Women of Ireland” is a beautiful instrumental and a perfect mood setter to carry you on a sea voyage to the Emerald Isle. “To Love Somebody” is brilliant, and “I’ll Take You Home Again, Kathleen” is stunning.

This record released in 2016 is a good one.  Better than good actually.

 

David Bowie – Pin Ups

This album, released between Alladin Sane and Diamond Dogs represented sort of the last hurrah for Ziggy Stardust, and Bowie was in fine peak form. Choosing a set of songs that were his personal favorites some of these songs were bona-fide hits of the day including The Easybeats “Friday on My Mind” and The Yardbirds “Shapes of Things” while others more are obscure deeper tracks by major acts like “See Emily Play” the Pink Floyd Song and the Who’s “Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere.”  “I Can’t Explain” in the slowed down version presented here is distinctly different that the original, and “Here Comes the Night” is a scorcher.

Pin Ups was the swan song for Mick Ronson and the Spiders from Mars. What a way to go out.

 

Honorable Mention

Steve Earle – Towns

Jesse Malin – On Your Sleeve

Joseph Arthur – Lou

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Kicking Against the Pricks

Elvis Costello – Almost Blue

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Best Albums of 2016: Charlie Faye and the Fayettes – Charlie Faye and the Fayettes

Posted by falconi5 on July 28, 2016

Charlie Faye and the Fayettes – Charlie Faye and the Fayettes (Rating 3.5 out of 5)

charliefayeThere is not a lot of thinking you need to do to enjoy this retro to the extreme, girl group fun fest, do the watusi self-titled album from Charlie Faye and the Fayettes. From the beginning strains of “Green Light” you are taken back to a simpler time when music was made for the pure joy of moving your feet and swaying to the beat.

Most of the girl groups are represented here with the trio of Charlie Faye, Betty Soo, and Akina Adderly pulling off a groove that comes across more cool than campy, and more channeling than copying. At one moment Supremes are dancing on top of your speakers, and the next your are listening to The Ronettes complete with a mini wall of sound courtesy of “Coming Round the Bend.”

For more current comparisons, you can hear more than of a whiff of the Go Go’s on songs like “Delayed Reaction”, but for the most these boots are made for walkin’ with the sixties female singers and girl groups lining up to be played on Austin Powers’ jukebox. Dionne Warwick, Dusty Springfield, and Leslie Gore all seem to bunny hop across your speakers, and it is all groovy.

Your IQ won’t go up by listening to this record that times in at a bit over 30 minutes, but you just might have a little fun.  And at the end of the day isn’t that just what music is all about.

 

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Best Albums of 2016: Caveman – Otero War

Posted by falconi5 on July 27, 2016

Caveman – Otero War (Rating  3.5 out of 5)

cavemanTo properly expose yourself to Otero War, the latest, and in the opinion of many, the greatest effort from Brooklyn based Synth/Psych/Indie band Caveman, go directly to song number 3 on the record and give “On My Own” a Listen. With a more distinct Southern California Laurel Canyon vibe, the song immediately establishes itself as a departure from the more gloomy atmospheric efforts of the bands prior efforts.

The whole thing has a Dawes meets Best Coast with a touch of LCD Soundsystem to it.  With each song carrying a DNA all its own, songs like “80 West” would have fit quite nicely on Dawe’s recent All Your Favorite Bands record, “Lean on Me” carries a whiff of U2 at their most sincere, and Life or “Just Living” is a radio friendly hit with some ELO worthy production value. Radio friendly  if they actually played great songs like this on the radio that is.

The vocals are great courtesy of main man and lead songwriter Matt Iwanusa, and the songwriting is spot on and melds with a glossy synchronicity courtesy of the refined production values. Close your eyes, put the headphones on, and give a careful listen to “Over the Hills”.  It is a great song with layered Beach Boy worthy harmonies.

If there is one criticism to be doled out it is the fuzzed out, Crazy Horse at their most rebellious, last track “I Need You in My Life”. No we don’t really need this song in our lives, so feel free to stop at song number 11. The rest of the record is pure class.

 

 

 

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