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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: 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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Rock Chick of the Day: Linda Ronstadt – Walkin’ Down the Line (Playboy After Dark)

Posted by falconi5 on May 13, 2016

lindar5Stand down all you Midnight Special and Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert groupies, and you hipsters that think Austin City Limits is the best weekly rock music program ever, you are close, but no cigar. With all due props to Jools Holland, the best pound for pound music show is Playboy After Dark, with a close runner up award going to The Old Grey Whistle Test.  Any show that is hosted by Hugh Hefner has got to be cool.

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Friday Funday Playlist 1: Boogie Motel

Posted by falconi5 on March 25, 2016

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Starting today, and hopefully every Friday, we will feature a Friday Funday Playlist. There may be a theme associated with the playlist from time to time, depending on how the spirit moves, but for the most part we will be free balling. However the spirit moves, we will throw up a playlist that seems to be ear worthy for the space and time.

The premier Friday Funlist is Boogie Motel. Leading off with the title track “Boogie Motel,” a mid-era Foghat tune that is 7:20 of pure party boogie, sleaze rock at it’s finest, followed up with “Barefootin,” yes Brownsville station recorded at least one other song other than “Smokin in the Boys Room,” and the Southside Johnny anthem “Looking for a Good Time,” provides a 1-2-3 punch of uniquely American Rock and Roll.

You can’t spell Boogie without having J. Geils and Magic Dick in the mix, and “Struttin’ With My Baby” is a triple word score. And did someone say Flamin’ Groovies? Enough said. And “Don’t Lie to Me,” from the more than stellar Shake Some Action album is a next level effort from perhaps the most underrated band this side of The Kinks.

The playlist goes old school with “Gimme Some,” new school with “Down This Road” from our new favorite band Dr. Boogie, and mixes in some Delbert, Rockpile, and Bonnie Raitt for good measure.

So, pour yourself a scotch and coke, sit back, and enjoy

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Live Video of the Day: Brian Wilson (Feat. Nate Ruess) – Saturday Night

Posted by falconi5 on January 6, 2016

brianWith Nate Ruess from the Pop group Fun. doing most of the heavy vocal lifting, this absolute gem from last years Pier Pressure is elevated to an absolute gem of a song. Brian along with his stellar backing band are in finest form as well. This should have been song of the year in 2015.

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Video of the Day: Foxy Shazam – I Like It

Posted by falconi5 on January 1, 2016

foxyshazIt’s Glam Friday in The Falcon’s Nest.

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Best Albums of 2015: Creem Circus – Rock and/or Roll

Posted by falconi5 on December 13, 2015

Creem Circus – Rock/or Roll (Rating 4 out of 5)

creemcircusWhen a group bills themselves as your favorite bands favorite band, and their self-proclaimed mantra is “we play hard, glitter, tandem lead, platform powered Rock and Roll with a lot of boogie down soul,” and to add to all of that you name yourselves after two iconic 70’s Glam/Rock and Roll magazines, Creem and Circus, you better have the musical chops to back it up. And these guys have them, in spades.

If you don’t like taking a ride on the Glam and Glitter David Bowie meets Slade and The Bay City Rollers train you might as well skip this stop. Just checking out some of the song titles and you know there is some high voltage fun in store for your ears.  “Rock and Roll Decree,” “Rock and Roll Band,” “Riff Mountain,” and “Rock and/or Roll” are all lathered in Coolness.

The opener “Rock and Roll Decree” is Sweet meets Kiss, only better, “Turn Me Out” has a scent of Billy Squire, and Teenage Rules carries a bit of early Kinks, but is Bay City Rollers to its core. “Rock and Roll Band (revisited)” owes a lot to it’s similarly named cousin, carries the same riff in places, but sonically sounds more like the bastard child of Thin Lizzy and T Rex.

It makes sense that the guitar work is stellar here with Chris DiPinto of the Philadelphia based DiPinto Electric Guitars and Basses, and Jim Cara who also makes bass guitars for Gene Simmons leading the twin axe attack. The title track “Rock and/or Roll” is to much Kiss for those non members, and “Riff Mountain” is just that, a large dose of stellar riff-alicious Rock and Roll.

With Creem Circus coming from the same city as Low Cut Connie, The City of Brotherly Love seems to be a hot-bed for bands that are  mining the past and digging up nuggets of pure fun.

 

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The 50 Best Albums of 2015

Posted by falconi5 on December 6, 2015

bestalbums2015 was a most excellent year for music.  The Waterboys with a comeback of sorts, released an excellent record. Chris Stapleton ventured out from behind the quill taking a break from crafting New Country classics to deliver his own semi-classic, and the singer songwriters were tunefully represented by Tobias Jesso, Ryley Walker, and Gretchen Peters.

Hair raising Rock and Roll had a vintage year with the Biters, Von Hertzen Brothers, and The Libertines all delivering fine sets of Classic Rock inspired mayhem.  The old guard dusted off the rust with Paul Weller delivering a fine set of tunes, Graham Parker, who is incapable of putting out a bad record doing it again, and even Rod Stewart didn’t even disappoint with a nice selection of listenable tunes. Boz Scaggs also joined the fray this year.

Genres continued to blend with Country, Rock, and Americana all coming together courtesy of Sons of Bill, Whitey Morgan, and Blackberry Smoke. Throw all of this in a blender along with Leon Bridges, the best Soul singer to come along in a very long time, along with the return of Sleater-Kinney and a visit from The Pope himself and your ears should definitely be buying you a round for treating them very well this year.

01.  Chris Stapleton – Traveller

This one goes down as smooth as a glass of Tennessee whiskey. A veteran songwriter steps out from behind the quill to create one for the ages.

02.  Dawes – All Your Favorite Bands

Take a trip through Laurel Canyon courtesy of what should be one of your favorite bands.

03.  Blitzen Trapper – All Across This Land

A finely tuned set of Rock meets Country bliss. Key track “Rock and Roll (was made for you.”

04. Leon Bridges – Coming Home

The heir apparent to Sam Cooke, “Smooth Sailing” is one of the songs of the year.

05.  Fool’s Gold – Flying Lessons

Soul, Funk, Pop, and a lot of fun is the order of the day on this infectious every songs a winner release.

06.  The London Souls – Here Come the Girls

This one will take you back to the streets of London circa 1968. New age retro music of the finest order. Big Star, Raspberries, and The Beatles are all obvious influences.

07.  Sons of Bill – Love and Logic

The entire record is good, however “Lost in the Cosmos (Song for Chris Bell)” is worth the price of admission alone.

08.  Biters – Electric Blood

Hands (and ears) down, the Rock album of the year.

09.  Gretchen Peters – Blackbirds

Another Nashville songwriter steps up behind the microphone with stellar results.

10. Ryley Walker – Primrose Green

Shades of Donovon and 60’s Brit-Folk. Listen to this one once all the way through then give it a secondary listen for the guitar playing.  It is exquisite.

11. The Deslondes – The Deslondes

Americana collides with old school country.  There is even a touch of The Texas Tornado’s here from a branch of the Hurray for the Riff Raff New Orleans based family tree.

12.  The Waterboys – Modern Blues

The boys are back and better than ever. Sometimes less is more, and here we have a tidy nine songs worth of powerful Irish Rock.

13. The Orange Humble Band – Depressing Beauty

A startlingly good record that floats somewhere between present day Americana and 70’s Cosmic Cowboy deliciousness.

14.  Houndmouth – Little Neon Limelight

A lot to like here with this Americana with a dusting of Roots Rock number.

15.  Josh Ritter – Sermon on the Rocks

Josh Ritter channels his inner Rock gospel on what might be his best record to date.

16.  Danielle Nicole – Wolf Den

Bonnie Raitt by way of Grace Potter. This one sets the groove and lays it down.

17.  Heartless Bastards – Restless Ones

Rock, Americana, and more than a little dose of Fleetwood Mac Americana Rock Chick noir.

18. Nigel Hall – Ladies and Gentlemen..Nigel Hall

Who is Nigel Hall? Introduce yourself to this soulster.  You will be glad you did.

19.  Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit

aggressively cool Aussie Rock.  This one has put Courtney Barnett on the map.

20.  The Peterson Brothers – The Peterson Brothers

The next big thing in the Gary Glark Jr. Blues Rock mold.

21.  The Statesboro Revue – Jukehouse Revival

This one takes you back to early Poco and Loggins and Messina.  Good Cosmic Cowboy stuff.

22.  Low Cut Connie – Hi Honey

This piano based party stomper is pure Rock and Roll adrenaline fun. Listen to this one and you will have the most fun you could possibly have with your clothes on.

23.  Lucero – All a Man Should Do

Another band that is incapable of putting out a bad record.  “Went Looking for Warren Zevon’s Los Angeles” is the drop the microphone winner for song title of the year.

24.  Sufjan Stevens – Carry and Lowell

This record is beautifully tender. Tough subject matter dealing with the death of a loved one, presented her with poignant dignity.

25.  Dale Watson – Call Me Insane

A true Texas treasure. “Jonesin’ for Jones,”  “Everybody’s Somebody in Lukenbach Texas,” “Heaven’s Gonna Have a Honky Tonk.”  Need we say more?

26.  J.D. McPherson – Let the Good Times Roll

Creedence, Buddy Holly, and pure fun are the order of the day.

27.  Jason Isbell – Something More than Free

A more than satisfying follow-up to last years classic.

28.  Peace – Happy People

A good time, psychedelic tinged good feeling record.

29.  Kurt Vile – b’lieve I’m Going Down

“Pretty Pimpin” has song of the year possibilities while the rest of the songs come pretty close in their own right.

30.  Vintage Trouble – 1 Hopeful Road

Probably the Blues Rock record of the year, along with a whole lot of Soul.

31.  Paul Heaton – Wisdom, Laughter, and Lines

If you are not aware of the partnership between Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abott and their work with The Beautiful South, this is a fantastic way to make their eloquent acquaintance.

32.  The Vaccines – English Graffiti

A slightly fuzzed out 80’s tinged Rock and Roll triumph.

33.  Wolf Alice – My Love is Cool

Atmospheric and cool, this one is not for the tame of ears.

34. Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard – Django and Jimmy

Willie does much of the heavy lifting on this one, but these two Icons are worth their worth in Country gold. Their version of “Swinging Doors” here throws the clock back 50 years. “Missing Ol’ Johnny Cash is a history lesson in a song.

35.  Whitey Morgan – Sonic Ranch

One of the best Country Rock Honky Tonk bands in the business. “Goin’ Down Rockin” is stellar as is “Still Drunk, Still Crazy, Still blue” is most excellent, how could it not be with a song title like that, but the game changer here is their cover of the Townes Van Zandt tune, “Waitin Round to Die.”

36.  Tobias Jesso – Goon

More than a few singer songwriter influenced make their way into this piano based sublimely excellent record including Harry Nilsson early Paul Simon, and Randy Newman.

37. Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin – Lost Time

The Blasters pretty much paved the way for the No Depression Roots Rock movement, so it is all the more exciting to have the Alvin brothers back in the fold for a lot more fun on a Saturday Night.

38.  Natalie Prass – Natalie Prass

Written some time ago but just released this year this one sounds a bit like Carole King with a touch of Diana Ross. The string arrangements here make this a next level, must listen.

39.  Sleater-Kinney – No Cities to Love

A fabulous comeback record after a 7 year hiatus, No Cities to Love is a Post Punk girl power marvel.

40.  Anderson East – Delilah

Blue-eyed soul with a lot of punch. Keep your ears on this guy, he is poised for greatness.

41.  Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers – Loved Wild Lost

This record comes across like an early Linda Ronstadt album with a touch of Sheryl Crow. Some Country a good dose of rock, with a bit of an underlying smoldering energy that holds the day.

42.  Gloria Volt – Recharged

This one is the driving record of the year. Sunset Strip vintage Rock and Roll with a melodic bent. If Gun’s and Roses went straight they might sound like these guys. “Flyin’ and Rollin'” is the best Rock and Roll song of the year.

43. The Night Flight Orchestra – Skyline Whispers

If a super group were to be put together that combined elements of Styx, Grand Funk Railroad, and The Electric Light Orchestra this is what they would sound like. If you like 70’s and early 80’s over the top Rock and Roll your spaceship has just come in.

44.  Fraser A. Gorman – Slow Gum

There is a lot of Ryan Adams in this exciting new  Aussie singer songwriter that hangs with Courtney Barnett.

45. Reverend and the Makers – Mirrors

When the musical references are Paul Weller Syd, Barrett Pink Floyd,and Dexy’s Midnight Runners there is not a lot not to kike, this one is old and new at the same time.  Listen to is with the proper head phones.

46.  Boz Scaggs – A Fool to Care

Boz get’s bluesy again on this more than solid effort. The title song is vintage Scaggs.

47.  Widespread Panic – Street Dogs

Not just your Aunts favorite jam band, this one would have made the list even if “Honky Red” wasn’t such a kick-ass song. Extra props for the cowbell on “Steven’s Cat.”

48.  The Lone Bellow – Then Came the Morning

Coming from the same Americana on steroids noir of Dawes, the Lone Bellow deliver another finely crafted set of songs.

49.  Delta Deep – Delta Deep

Def Leppard wing man Phil Collen and his side project Delta Deep provide some deep delta blues courtesy of Debbie Blackwell-Cook and the rest of the band. Guest vocal turns from Joe Elliot and David Coverdale serve as bonuses on an already impressive set.

50.  James McMurtry – Complicated Game

The master of the 3:00 story song delivers another stellar set of man on the street noir.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Video of the Day: Michael Monroe – Stained Glass Heart

Posted by falconi5 on October 11, 2015

It’s Rock and Roll Sunday

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Now Playing in the Falcon’s Nest: The Neville Brothers – Yellow Moon

Posted by falconi5 on September 7, 2015

The Neville Brothers – Yellow Moon

yellowmoonIf you have some of your friends over and one is a funk lover, another is a blues hound, a third member of your posse likes good old gospel, and the rest of the group likes their music with a bit of a pop sheen, The Neville Brothers Yellow Moon is just the ticket. An appetizer that will cleanse the most discerning of palates.

Released in 1989 and produced by Daniel Lanois with Brian Eno on keyboards, this one goes from the supreme to the sublime at the blink of an ear.  The swampy groove of the title track, the all New Orleans down and dirty “Voodoo,” and the Link Wray classic “Fire and Brimstone” that features the Dirty Dozen Brass Band on horns, are highlights, but don’t stop there.

“The Ballad of Hollis Brown” goes low and slow, and you won’t have to go to church on Sunday after listening to “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” and “With God On Our Side,” a song that that floats into angelic territory courtesy of the beatific vocals of Aaron Neville.  “A Change is Gonna Come” is the best version you will ever hear this side of Sam Cooke, and the funky as all get out “Wild Injuns” will have you running, not walking to New Orleans.

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