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    • On this Day September 19, 2005
      Research published by Guinness World Records showed that Status Quo have had more hit singles than any other band in UK chart history. The band had scored 61 chart successes, dating from Pictures of Matchstick Men in 1968 to You'll Come Around in 2004.
    • On this Day September 19, 1973
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    • On this Day September 19, 1960
      Former chicken plucker Chubby Checker went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'The Twist'. It made No.14 in the UK in 1962, version with The Fat Boys made No.2 in the UK in 1988.
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    • Morrissey Shares New Song “Spent the Day in Bed,” Confirms Album Details
      Morrissey is releasing a new album, Low in High School, on November 17 via BMG and his own new label, Etienne. Now he has shared the album's first single, "Spent the Day in Bed." 
    • Strange Peace
      Like II, the third entry from METZ makes no compromises. The Canadian hardcore trio have an uncanny knack for capturing lightning in a bottle. Their sound lays the ferocity and unrelenting power of their live shows onto tape. To sacrifice that for more expansive, appeasing sounds would be to give up what makes METZ, METZ.
    • The Big Sick
      Who’d have thought comas and the prospect of being cast out of your family forever could be so funny, or so romantic? 
    • Fool’s Paradise
      After two albums, Cold Specks, the stage name used by Canadian singer/songwriter Ladan Hussein, still felt like a talent in search of a sound. Fool's Paradise doesn't do much to alter this situation, but it does allow Hussein to showcase the reason her embryonic style remains worth sticking with.
    • Sigur Rós Announce Initial Holiday Festival Lineup: Jarvis Cocker, Kevin Shields, and More
      Iceland's Sigur Rós previously announced Norður og Niður, a new festival at Reykjavik's Harpa venue from December 27 - 31. The band will perform four shows in Harpa's main hall, Eldborg (which has a capacity of only 1,500 per show), on December 27, 28, 29, and 30. 
    • Watch Madeline Kenney Get Splattered with Green Screen Paint in the “Always” Video
      Madeline Kenney released her debut album, Night Night at the First Landing, at the beginning of the month via Company. Previously "Rita" was one of our Songs of the Week, and we also shared another song from the album, "Big One" (which was also one of our Songs of the Week).
    • Wolf Alice Share New Album Opener “Heavenward”
      Britain's Wolf Alice are releasing their sophomore album, Visions of a Life, on September 29 via Dirty Hit/RCA. Now they have shared the album's opening cut, "Heavenward." Listen below followed by the band's upcoming tour dates.
    • Tegan and Sara Share CHVRCHES’ Cover of “Call It Off” from “The Con X: Covers” Album
      Tegan and Sara previously announced that they are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their album The Con with a tour and The Con X: Covers, an album due out October 20 (via Warner Bros) in which other artists cover each song on The Con, with all net proceeds going to the Tegan and Sara Foundation, which works in support of LGBTQ girls and women. 
    • Goon: Last of the Enforcers
      Goon: Last of the Enforcers attempts to recapture the magic, trying to show more is more, and less is more, while proving neither is more in this instance.
    • Elbow and John Grant Team Up for the “Kindling (Fickle Flame)” Video
      Elbow released a new album (their seventh), Little Fictions, back in February via Concord. A couple of weeks ago the band shared a new version of Little Fictions' closing track "Kindling." Renamed "Kindling (Fickle Flame)," this version is redone as a duet with John Grant. Now a video for the new version has been shared.
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    • No, The North Doesn't Just Listen To Landfill Indie September 19, 2017
      And the South enjoys its fair share of appalling music...When the winner of this year’s Hyundai Mercury Prize was announced there was little surprise that it came from London. After all, the metropolis dominated the shortlist, with South London in particular asserting a kind of creative stranglehold on the final countdown. But, as Clash commented at the time […]
    • Listen: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - 'Little Thing Gone Wild' September 19, 2017
      Check it out now...Gone Wild San Francisco rockers Black Rebel Motorcycle Club return with new song ‘Little Thing Gone Wild’ – tune in now. The song is the first output from their new record ‘Wrong Creatures’ due out in January 2018. First, however, the band embark on an extensive UK tour next month. ‘Little Thing Gone Wild’ is the classic cacophony of gnarl […]
    • Premiere: Sweaty Palms - 'Queer Fatwa' September 19, 2017
      Dark post-punk from Glasgow...Sweaty Palms hail from Glasgow, a city with a seedy underbelly. The band seem to take this barely restrained aggression and channel it in their music, a dank, black-clad vision of post-punk bedlam. Antecedants could include everyone from The Fall to 80s Matchbox B-Line Disaster, a sound that is both violent and hilarious. Debut […]
    • Superfood - Bambino September 19, 2017
      A strutting dollop of funky indie-pop indulgence...Losing a band member has historically sparked chaos for many a well-seasoned band. Like Blur without Graham Coxon or the Red Hot Chili Peppers in the years after John Frusciante departed, their respective band’s output noticeably dipped and missed that vital spark that gave the bands their core identity. Thr […]
    • Jordan Rakei - Wallflower September 19, 2017
      A confident artistic expression from a talent in bloom...New Zealand’s Jordan Rakei has enjoyed a rapid ascension into the spotlight since he first moved to London in 2015. Having released debut EP ‘Franklin’s Room’ in 2013 from the confines of his Brisbane bedroom studio, he began to garner an influential following. Moving to the UK to widen his creative ho […]
    • A Rhythmic Rebellion: Clash Meets THEY. September 19, 2017
      "We don’t chase trends, because we want longevity..."An alternative to artists who follow the industry blueprint, churning out the “same old shit” on a conveyor belt, the ethos of THEY. (producer Dante Jones and vocalist Drew Love) is underscored by an unruly ambition to never sate but always challenge the status quo. “We don’t chase trends, becaus […]
    • Listen: Phobophobes - 'Where Is My Owner' September 19, 2017
      Recorded somewhere beneath the Brixton Windmill...New music is oozing out of South London on a daily basis. A collective of menacing, dirty, demented rock 'n' roll groups are hauling themselves forwards, with the likes of Goat Girl, SHAME, and HMLTD all finding wider recognition. Phobophobes could be next. New single 'Where Is My Owner' s […]
    • Alvvays Announce New UK Tour Dates September 19, 2017
      Canadian band to return in February 2018...Alvvays have announced a string of huge UK shows for February 2018. The band's new album 'Antisocialites' is out now, and it seems to be bowling over everyone who has heard it. Not that singer Molly Rankin is concerned by all the praise - speaking to Clash recently she commented: “I haven't read […]
    • Track Of The Day 19/9 - Gel Set September 19, 2017
      'Don't You Miss Me?'There's a world of difference between Los Angeles and Chicago. Two very different cities with very different atmospheres, multi-media artist Laura Callier found it extremely difficult to move from one to the other. Re-locating to Los Angeles, she found the fragmented structure of the city, it's long, spread out ge […]
    • Great Escape's First Fifty Returns September 19, 2017
      New music extravaganza hits East London...The Great Escape's First Fifty event is set to return to East London this November. Launched last year, it's a timely recap on breaking music, bringing together different genres, different artists, and different continents. Running across November 21st - 23rd, First Fifty will utilise five sought after venu […]
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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.

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Video of the Day: Walker Lukens: Don’t Wanna Be Lonely (Don’t Wanna Leave You Alone)

Posted by falconi5 on September 16, 2017

LCD Soundsystem meets Harry Nilsson on this groovy single from the upcoming sophomore release from Walker Lukens, Tell it to the Judge.  

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Cover Song of the Day: The Wayerboys- Like a Rolling Stone

Posted by falconi5 on August 21, 2017

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Video of the Day: The Milk Carton Kids – Snake Eyes

Posted by falconi5 on August 21, 2017

A great young “newish” band. The Milk Carton Kids fall somewhere between The Everly Brothers and Simon and Garfunkel.

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Video of the Day: King Leg – Great Outdoors

Posted by falconi5 on July 26, 2017

King Leg shares a bit of DNA with Dwight Yoakam, in fact he opened for him for a few select dates on his recent tour, but if one boot is in Country, the other is in Rock and Roll.  With a voice that sounds like a not quite fully formed Roy Orbison, his debut record, Meet King Leg, should put this kid on the map.

 

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Video of the Day: Will Stratton – Manzanita

Posted by falconi5 on July 8, 2017

If you are a fan of Andrew Combs or Kevin Morby, and if you’re not you should be, you wil LOVE Will Stratton. His new record Rosewood Almanac is a supple, laid back listen perfect for a lazy Sunday Morning.

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Top 10 of the Day: Top 10 U.S. R&B Singles July, 1963

Posted by falconi5 on July 8, 2017

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1.  Easier Said Than Done – The Essex

2.  Hello Stranger – Barbara Lewis

3.  Surf City – Jan & Dean

4.  Pride and Joy – Marvin Gaye

5. Just One Look – Doris Troy

6.  Fingertips (Part 2) – Little Stevie Wonder

7.  So Much In Love – The Tymes

8. Not Me – The Orlons

9. One Fine Day – The Chiffons

10.  No One – Ray Charles

 

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Video of the Day: Whitehorse – Nighthawks

Posted by falconi5 on July 8, 2017

whithorseWhitehorse is Canadian married couple Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland. Sort of a reverse White Stripes, Doucet plays mostly drums, the band has just released an excellent new record, Panther in the Dollhouse. Their E.P. The Northern Soul Vol. 1 is also a must hear with exotic covers of “My Babe,” and “Wang Dang Doodle.”

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The 50 Top Albums of 2017 (So Far)

Posted by falconi5 on July 2, 2017

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Half way through 2017 there have already been a whole lot of great records released, and even more great ones on the way. Willie Nelson is definitely still alive and well with God’s Problem Child, Jason Isbell still can do no musical wrong as he brilliantly displays on The Nashville Sound, and Rodney Crowell is as good as ever with his laid back cool album, Close Ties. Whether you prefer to call it Outlaw Country, Roots Rock, or Americana, good music is alive and well.

For those that like a bit more Rock in their Roll, there is plenty to like as well.  The Biters deliver Glam T-Rex style glam, Jim Jones and the Righteous Mind power through with their blend of fuzz guitar and harder while vintage Rockers Mr. Dynamite serve it up Classic Rock Style.

And, let’s not forget about some of the new talent.  Colter Wall makes Waylon and Willie grin from ear to Outlaw Country ear with his debut album, John Moreland keeps it real on  his sophomore effort, Big Bad Luv, and Hunter and the Bear on Paper Heart will have you conjuring up The White Stripes and the Black Keys.

In other words, strap yourselves in, the roller coaster ride is just beginning.

  1. Dan Auerbach – Waiting on a Song
  2. Andrew Combs – Canyons of My Mind
  3. Jason Isbell  and the 400 Unit – The Nashville Sound
  4. Bash & Pop – Anything Could Happen
  5. Nikki Lane – Highway Queen
  6. Biters – The Future Ain’t What it Used to Be
  7. Coco Hames – Coco Hames
  8. BNQT – Vol. 1
  9. Benjamin Booker – Witness
  10. Colin Hay – Fierce Mercy
  11. Colter Wall – Colter Wall
  12. Hurray for the Riff Raff – The Navigator
  13. Goldray – Rising
  14. Band of Heathens – Duende
  15. Rodney Crowell – Close Ties
  16. BJ Wilbanks – BJ Wilbanks
  17. Low Cut Connie – Dirty Pictures (part 1)
  18. Paul Weller – A Kind of Revolution
  19. Sam Outlaw – Tenderheart
  20. Seafoam Green – Topanga Mansion
  21. St. Paul and the Broken Bones – Sea of Noise
  22. The Weeks – Easy
  23. BMX Bandits – BMX Bandits Forever
  24. Chuck Prophet – Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins
  25. Phoenix – Ti Amo
  26. Spoon – Hot Thoughts
  27. Robyn Hitchcock – Robyn Hitchcock
  28. Garland Jeffreys – 14 Steps to Harlem
  29. Skyway Man – Mighty Eye
  30. The Picturebooks – Home is a Heartache
  31. Starlight Campbell Band – Blueberry Pie
  32. GospelbeacH – Another Summer of Love
  33. Matthew Sweet – Tomorrow Forever
  34. Los Colognes – The Wave
  35. Curse of Lono – Severed
  36. North Mississippi Allstars – Prayer for Peace
  37. Kevin Morby – City Music
  38. The Charlatans – Different Days
  39. Steelism – ism
  40. The Deslondes – Hurry Home
  41. Steve Earle – So You Wanna Be an Outloaw
  42. Ron Sexsmith – The Last Rider
  43. Daniel Romano – Modern Pressure
  44. Fleet Foxes – Crack-Up
  45. Pokey Lafarge – Manic Reveltions
  46. Justin Townes Earle – Kids in the Street
  47. Saint Motel – saintmotelvision
  48. John Moreland – Big Bad Luv
  49. Angaleena Presley – Wrangled
  50. Craig Brown Band – The Lucky Ones Forget

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The Best Albums of 2017 (So Far)

Posted by falconi5 on June 5, 2017

BestAlbums-633x356Unbelievably so, the year is almost half over and there is no time like the present to lay out the best records we have listened to so far.  The best according to the Falcon’s Nest staff that is.

The year is already a scorcher on the new album front with old reliable Americana Bands like The Old ’97s and Band of Heathens releasing more than solid efforts, Stellar Folk Rock stars in the making Brent Cobb and John Moreland showing real sustainability with their efforts this year, and even old school crows Blondie and Procol Harum showed up to make a guest appearance appearing in the new release rodeo.

In short, it has been a very good half-year, and the best is probably to come.  Here are ten records we have chosen as the best so far.  More to follow.

1.)  The Weeks – Easy

From the same hotbed that brought you the Drive by Truckers, this one floats around  between the Truckers, The Replacements, and The Bodeans.  Fine company indeed.

2.)  Justin Townes Earle – Kids in the Street

Justin Townes Earle, son of Steve, is back with the third installment of his Single Mothers/Absent Father/Kids in the Street trilogy.

3.) John Moreland – Big Bad Luv

This really quick follow-up to High on Tulsa Heat was a welcome surprise. His voice will remind you of Bruce, but his songrwriting stands on its own.

4.) Bash & Pop – Anything Could Happen

If The Replacements and The Old 97’s had a baby, it would be named Bash & Pop.  Ex Replacement Tommy Stinson keeps the Power Pop fires burning.

5.) Nikki Lane – Highway Queen

Not a real surprise here since hers last record All or Nothin’ was a stellar release, what is cool is that this one is even better.  Highway Queen and Jackpot will probably battle it out for Roots Rock song of the year.

6.)  BNQT – Vol. 1

This Indie Supergroup features members of Band of Horses, Franz Ferdinand, and Grandaddy. If you like these bands, you will like this record that has touches of E.L.O., Poco, and CSN along with a dusting of Todd Rundgren.  We do, and we do.

7.) Goldray – Rising

If the back of the barroom pipes of Leah Rasmussen don’t grab you, the late 60’s Psychedelic vibe will. Enhance your listening with a stimulant of your choice.

8.)  White Reaper – The Worlds Best American Band

Truth in advertising, the jury is still out.  But if you like your Rock a little on the Roll side, this one might be for you. The title track is great, and “Judy French” is infectious as hell.

9.) Coco Hames – Coco Hames

If Dusty Springfield fronted an Alt-Country band that was produced by Phil Spector, it probably would sound a lot like Coco Hames debut record.  Vibes of Jenny Lewis and Belinda Carlisle are thrown in for good measure.

10.  Sheer Mag – Compilation

A compilation of their first three E.P.s Sheer Mag channels all of your favorite 70’s bands including T Rex, Thin Lizzy, and the New York Dolls all on the shoulders of Rock Chick Tina Halliday.

11.  Spoon – Hot Thoughts

A seductive, free flowing set that stands among the best of their career.

12.  Biters – The Future Ain’t What it Used to Be

Bringing back the Glam to Rock and Roll. A Touch of T-Rex here, The Sweet there, and a lot of cool fun along the way.  Gypsy Rose might be the “Rock and Roll” song of the year.

 

13.  Colter Wall – Colter Wall

A throwback to the glory days of Outlaw Country, his debut record is as good as it gets. Colter Wall is the new Sturgill Simpson.

 

 

 

 

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Video of the Day: Elton John – Tiny Dancer

Posted by falconi5 on May 29, 2017

Last week, Elton John released brand new music videos for three of his classic song. Professionally crafted, these mini movies are Cinematic marvels. Each one is a short story. The video for Tiny Dancer is a Southern California slice of L.A. noir.

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