Posted by falconi5 on September 10, 2016
This 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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Posted by falconi5 on August 31, 2016
Night 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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Posted by falconi5 on August 30, 2016
The 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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Posted by falconi5 on August 28, 2016
Dreamers – 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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Posted by falconi5 on August 21, 2016
Soul 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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Posted by falconi5 on August 21, 2016
Bright 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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Posted by falconi5 on August 13, 2016
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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Posted by falconi5 on July 28, 2016
Charlie Faye and the Fayettes – Charlie Faye and the Fayettes (Rating 3.5 out of 5)
There 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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Posted by falconi5 on July 27, 2016
Caveman – Otero War (Rating 3.5 out of 5)
To 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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