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    • Fazerdaze Wanders Times Square in the “Bedroom Talks” Video (Plus New U.S. Tour Dates Announced)
      Fazerdaze is the promising new bedroom recording project of New Zealand's Amelia Murray. She released her debut album, Morningside, on the venerable Kiwi label Flying Nun back in May. We previously posted the videos for "Lucky Girl" and "Take It Slow." Now she has shared a video for "Bedroom Talks" in which she wanders Time […]
    • Moses Sumney Shares “Lonely World” Video, Plus Stream His Debut Album
      Moses Sumney released his debut full-length album, Aromanticism, today via Jagjaguwar. He has now shared a video for "Lonely World." Allie Avital directed the black & white clip, which features Sumney on an alien world where he is seduced by a strange creature. 
    • Album of the Week: The Horrors
      The Horrors released their fifth album, the fittingly titled V, today via Wolftone/Caroline. Usually for our Album of the Week posts we have an especially written detailed write up of why the album is the week's best, but these week various factors prevented us from pulling that off.
    • The Verve - 11 Previously Unreleased “Urban Hymns” Era Tracks Have Surfaced Online
      The Verve recently put out a deluxe 20th anniversary reissue of the British band's classic 1997 album Urban Hymns (the one with "Bittersweet Symphony," "The Drugs Don't Work," and "Lucky Man" on it). It includes various unreleased tracks and demos, but now, as Stereogum reports, even more unreleased tracks not included […]
    • Soundtracking the Resistance - Gracie and Rachel on Music Industry Misogyny and Mansplaining
      The backgrounds that form the soaring orchestral pop echoing out on Gracie Coates and Rachel Ruggles' self-titled debut as Gracie and Rachel can be reduced to a west coast/east coast duality. Hailing from California, and now based in New York, there's the majestic lightness of the golden state, and the urban isolation of NYC.
    • Soundtracking the Resistance - Gracie and Rachel on Music Industry Misogyny and Mansplaining
      The backgrounds that form the soaring orchestral pop echoing out on Gracie Coates and Rachel Ruggles' self-titled debut as Gracie and Rachel can be reduced to a west coast/east coast duality. Hailing from California, and now based in New York, there's the majestic lightness of the golden state, and the urban isolation of NYC.
    • Iron & Wine on “Beast Epic”
      Job satisfaction is never a concern for Sam Beam. The simplistic joy of musical expression he experienced recording as Iron & Wine for the first time is still the dominant feeling in the studio 15 years later. Perhaps it's no surprise, then, that the vulnerability that marked those first few records is still front and center on his latest album, Bea […]
    • POND Shares “Colder Than Ice” Video Featuring Kirin J Callinan, Announce U.S. Tour Dates
      Australian psych-rockers POND released a new album, The Weather, back in May via Marathon Artists. The album was produced by Tame Impala frontman Kevin Parker. Now they have shared a video for "Colder Than Ice."
    • Depeche Mode Share Cover of David Bowie’s “Heroes” in Honor of Song’s 40th Anniversary
      Depeche Mode released a new album, Spirit, earlier this year via Columbia. Now they have shared a cover of the David Bowie classic "Heroes," in honor of the song's 40th anniversary. Tim Saccenti directed the video of the band performing the song in the studio. 
    • Cults Share New Song “Right Words”
      Cults (the duo of Madeline Follin and Brian Oblivion) are releasing a new album, Offering, on October 6 via Sinderlyn. Previously they shared its title track (also its opening track), which was one of our Songs of the Week, the album's second single, "I Took Your Picture" (which was also one of our Songs of the Week), and a combined video for […]
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    • JMZ Merges Japanese Pop And Late Nights In Flatbush On 'Church Ave' September 22, 2017
      Tune in now...Armed with a MacBook and hours racked up on YouTube tutorials, 25-year-old Birmingham based JMZ set out on a mission to channel the inspiration he took from Sango, Kaytranada and Just Blaze and come up with his own blend of instrumental hip-hop. With his debut mixtape ‘Let Me Be Great’ set to drop soon via London label Province, the rising beat […]
    • Clash DJ Mix - Mark Fanciulli September 22, 2017
      A special Social Festival flavoured set...Techno weekender The Social is set to toast its fifth year in barnstorming fashion this month. Returning at the tail end of September, the diverse and eclectic line up zooms from Jackmaster to Carl Cox, Nina Kraviz, Guy Gerber, Black Coffee, and more. Running between September 29th - 30th, the event will feature a se […]
    • Barns Courtney Shares New Cut 'Champion' September 22, 2017
      His debut album is due in days...Barns Courtney has shared his new stomper 'Champion' ahead of his incoming debut album. The songwriter has been on our radar for some time, a confident, extrovert performer who has worked hard to earn the acclaim coming his way. With a debut album set to drop next Friday (September 29th), the time is right for Barns […]
    • Listen: The Ninth Wave - 'Liars' September 22, 2017
      Glasgow group unleash debut EP 'Reformation'...Glasgow's The Ninth Wave have placed seismic new cut 'Liars' online. The band's outrageous live show have sparked huge word of mouth hype, with a recent packed out London show underpinning their enormous potential. New EP 'Reformation' is out now, a kind of gothic no-wave […]
    • Good Trip, Bad Trip: Kim Churchill September 22, 2017
      The self-styled "young Australian busker" reveals his touring tales...For a self-styled "young Australian busker" Kim Churchill has certainly come a long way. After all, most Australian buskers don't enjoy vastly successful releases, international tours, and huge crowds. Gaining broader and broader appreciation, new album 'Weigh […]
    • Premiere: Georgie Keller - 'BUZZ' September 22, 2017
      A rising pop prospect...London's Georgie Keller is blessed with a distinctive pop voice. The way he approaches each track, the way he executes each project makes him stand out from the pack, a real individual with an unforced nature. New single 'BUZZ' is aptly named, as it will no doubt serve to heighten the blistering hype around his music. R […]
    • Eleanor's 'Under My Skin' Is A Real Pop Statement September 22, 2017
      Manchester artist turns solo with real confidence...Eleanor may well be familiar to you. Earning acclaim as one half of Manchester synth pop duo Girl Friend, she recently decided to focus on some solo recordings. Excelling in their simplicity and addictive in their melodic nature, Eleanor's material has quickly grabbed attention. A real statement of pop […]
    • Foo Fighters - Concrete And Gold September 22, 2017
      A mixed and somewhat unsatisfying return...It may seem overly simplistic, but it is possible to split most of the Foo Fighters' songs into two distinct categories; The heartfelt, emotive songwriting of ‘My Hero’, ‘Best Of You’ and ‘These Days’ and the OTT, frantic quasi-metal of ‘All My Life’, ‘The Pretender’ and ‘White Limo’. Interestingly, recent sing […]
    • Premiere: Common Body - 'Luck Of The Draw' (Man Duo Remix) September 22, 2017
      A superb, exploratory take on synth pop...Common Body is the latest mission from Cherish Kaya and Georgia Lee, two London-based musicians whose ventures always make for fascinating, perplexing listening. The duo are currently fixated on the more artful end of synth pop, with new single 'Luck Of The Draw' recalling everyone from Hot Chip to Pet Shop […]
    • Listen: Benin City - 'Take Me There' September 22, 2017
      New album due next year...Benin City are back on active operations - new single 'Take Me There' is out now. The London trio fuse cutting edge club tropes with spoken word, producing some startling results in the process. Back once more, Benin City plan to release a new album through Moshi Moshi next year, and a small hint is already online. 'T […]
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    • Sawdust City Music Festival July 27, 2017
      The inaugural Sawdust City Music Festival takes over Gravenhurst, Ontario this August long weekend. Running from August 4th – 6th the festival features performances from a plethora of talented artists from the area and all over Canada. Whether you want to check out the Muskoka music scene or experience the Jim Cuddy Family Band perform [...] Sawdust City Mus […]
    • Interview: Danko Jones July 21, 2017
      We sat down with John Calabrese, bassist of Danko Jones to talk about the band's impressive 20+ year career, most memorable moments and their newest album Wild Cat.  Interview: Danko Jones by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • Interview: Kid Koala July 20, 2017
      Kid Koala chats with us about his chaotic party show Vinyl Vaudeville, his new album Music To Draw To: Satellite and working on . Interview: Kid Koala by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • The Lemon Bucket Orkestra July 19, 2017
      A Toronto music staple Lemon Bucket Orkestra had humble origins as buskers in Kensington Market, the band’s ringleader Mark Marczyk spoke to the Chart Attack team about the evolution of LBO and their drive to keep performing live for (and with) their ever-growing audiences. The Lemon Bucket Orkestra by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • Interview: Mix Master Mike July 17, 2017
      Mix Master Mike put on an epic show in Quebec City on Friday and again in Toronto last night. We chatted with him about his tour with Metallica and his new Virtual Reality work. Interview: Mix Master Mike by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • Interview: The Dirty Nil July 14, 2017
      The Dirty Nil played one of their biggest shows in Canada yesterday. We caught up with the band just before the show to talk about opening for The Who, touring and Minimum R&B. Interview: The Dirty Nil by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • Interview: A Tribe Called Red July 13, 2017
      A Tribe Called Red played their biggest show in Quebec yesterday at Festival d'été de Québec. We caught up with Bear Witness just prior to the festival to talk about We are the Halluci Nation. Interview: A Tribe Called Red by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • FEQ in 2 Days! July 4, 2017
      Celebrating their 50th year this summer,  Festival d'été de Québec is throwing an epic bash from July 6th to July 16th. FEQ in 2 Days! by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • Album Review: Prairie Cat’s Is Cary Pratt June 30, 2017
      The unconventional songwriter has been making waves with the release of his fourth album. Album Review: Prairie Cat’s Is Cary Pratt by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • REVIEW: !!! (ChkChkChk) June 17, 2017
      Wednesday, June 14th at the Horseshoe Tavern: dance-punk at its finest REVIEW: !!! (ChkChkChk) by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.

Five Cool Ones – Five Albums That Will be in the Running for Album of the Year

Posted by falconi5 on July 4, 2014



We are not calling our shot just yet, but there has been a heck of a lot of good music released already in 2014, and the year is only half over. The Wilko Johnson/Roger Daltry collabo is a winner, Lydia Loveless released Somewhere Else, and Falcon’s Nest Favorite Jon Langford jumped in with yet another great album Here Be Monsters. These amazing records as well as others are ear worming their way into our heads, all vying for the coveted prize of Falcon’s Nest album of the year. Here are five solid candidates that just might make their way to the top.


The Delines – Colfax

The Delines are an Americana Super Group of sorts featuring lead singer Amy Boone and Willy Vlautin, the driving force behind Richmond Fontaine. The record is loosely based on Denver’s Colfax Avenue, a street that runs from The Great Plains to the beginning of  The Rocky Mountains. Neal Cassidy travelled the road, and Jack Kerouac wrote about it in On the Road. Boone, as a singer evokes Patsy Cline as well as Lucinda Williams at her most vulnerable.

The stories that are told here are sometimes disturbing, always provocative, and the title track has a definite Gram Parsons and Emmylou vibe, and “The Oil Rigs at Night” is classic Willy Vlautin, storytelling at it’s finest from one of the great under the radar storytellers and novelists.  The only downside to this project is that it might be a one-off, and that would be a crying shame.

Jamestown Revival – Utah

Another strong debut album that will be in the running for record of the year. Jamestown Revival is Jonathan Clay and Zack Chance, childhood friends that dispatched themselves to a log cabin in the Wasatch Mountains to record Utah, an 11 song tour-de-force that will bring to mind The Lumineers, Band of Horses, and Dawes of present day vintage, and Loggins and Messina of yesteryear.

There is a definite 70’s Cosmic Cowboy dusting all over this record, and that is a very good thing. “Home” is a great closer that turns up the Rock in Country Rock a bit, and “California (Cast Iron Soul)” is as good as it gets.

Ray LaMontagne – Supernova

Any record that is inspired by 70’s Country rock and 60’s Psychedelic Pop gets our immediate attention, and this Dan Auerbach produced gem does just that.  A little bit of a change of direction from prior Roots Rock efforts, this one is a wall to wall winner.  The title track is pure psych bliss, and “Drive-In Movies” could have been on a Donovan Sunshine Superman record.

Sturgill Simpson – Metamodern Sounds in Country Music

If you slept on last years High Top Mountain and have not heard that excellent album by Sturgill Simpson fear not, he is back and better that ever in 2014.  Digging way deep into the 70’s Country songbook new millennium style, this son of  Waylon Jennings sounding singer will curl your toes with his unabashed love of Outlaw Country, and old school vibe.  There is not a bad Honky Tonk song on this set, and despite the absence of a steel guitar on this record, this might set Country music back 35 years, which come to think of it would be a very good thing.

Rival Sons – Great Western Valkyrie

I will stand on Led Zeppelin’s coffee table (if it has not already been thrown out of a hotel window) and proclaim that Great Western Valkyrie is the best real Rock album since Appetite for Destruction.  This record has everything. A dynamic lead singer that swaggers from Robert Plant wailing, to Stephen Tyler bombastic screeching, down to Jim Morrison meditative moaning at the drop of a microphone. The guitar riffs are fresh and all over the place cool, and the drumming is frantic and controlled where it needs to be.

If you like Black Sabbath, Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, Cream, and all that is sacred and holy in Rock & Roll, you will LOVE this album.


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