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    • Listen: M83 - “Do It, Try It (The Blaze Remix)”
      M83 (aka Anthony Gonzalez and collaborators) released their new album, Junk, last month via Mute. Now they have shared a remix of single "Do It, Try It" by the French duo The Blaze. You can listen below. The remix is included on the "Do It, Try It" digital single out June 10 via Mute (the tracklist is below). Also below are the band' […]
    • Dinosaur Jr. Announce New Album and Tour, Share Announcement Video Starring Henry Rollins
      Dinosaur Jr. have announced a new album, Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not, and a bunch of tour dates. The latest from J Mascis and band is due out August 5 via Jagjaguwar. Below is a funny little album announcement video featuring Henry Rollins in a room full of records (likely his personal record collection). 
    • Day of the Dead
      How to pay tribute to the group with perhaps the most obsessive, meticulous, and passionate fans in music history? Not to mention a group with a ludicrously expansive discography: Grateful Dead recorded 22 studio albums between 1967 and 1990, and put out more than 140 in total.
    • Cass McCombs Announces New Album and Tour, Shares “Opposite House” (Feat. Angel Olsen)
      Cass McCombs has announced a new album, Mangy Love, and shared its first single, "Opposite House," which features Angel Olsen. Mangy Love is due out August 26 via ANTI-. Rob Schnapf and Dan Horne produced the album. McCombs has also announced some tour dates. 
    • Maggie’s Plan
      On paper, Maggie’s Plan reads like indie dramedy filmmaking 101.
    • Listen: Speedy Ortiz - “Emma O”
      Speedy Ortiz are releasing a new four song EP, Foiled Again, on June 3 via Carpark. It's the cleverly titled follow-up EP to Speedy Ortiz's latest album, Foil Deer, which came out last year on Carpark. Previously the band had shared Foiled Again tracks "Death Note" and"Puffer feat. Lizzo (Lazerbeak Remix)." 
    • Watch: Cate Le Bon - “Love Is Not Love” Video
      Welsh singer/songwriter/guitarist Cate Le Bon released her new album, Crab Day, on Drag City last month. Now Le Bon has shared a video for "Love Is Not Love." Phil Collins (no, not that Phil Collins) directed the clip, which features Le Bon and some dancers in a church. Watch it below.
    • Good Luck and Do Your Best
      "Good luck and do your best!"—the parting wishes of a Hiroshima taxi driver to producer Gold Panda (aka Derwin Schlecker) on a recent trip to Japan. Little did that driver know that his simple politeness would be the catalyst for a new album for the English electronic artist. The title was the genesis of the record, with what followed becoming Gold […]
    • Wild Beasts Announce New Album, Share Video for “Get a Bang”
      Wild Beasts have announced a new album, Boy King, and shared a video for its first single, "Get a Bang." Boy King is due out August 5 via Domino. Olivier Groulx directed the "Get a Bang" video, which was shot in Belgrade. 
    • Watch Car Seat Headrest Cover Radiohead’s “Paranoid Android” and Sufjan Stevens’ “Impossible Soul”
      Car Seat Headrest (aka Will Toledo and band), just released their new album, Teens of Denial, on Matador. At last night's show in Philadelphia the band covered two songs, Radiohead classic "Paranoid Android" (from 1997's OK Computer) and Sufjan Stevens' "Impossible Soul" (from 2010's The Age of Adz).
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    • Premiere: Ruth B Pays London A Visit May 24, 2016
      And the city falls hopelessly in love with her...There's a time and a place for everything, or so they say. Ruth B's time is right now, and here place is London. The 20 year old Canadian-born artist is enjoying an incredible 2016, with her debut cut 'Lost Boy' becoming an astonishing viral success. Wonderfully fragile soul, her music seem […]
    • Live Report: The Great Escape 2016 May 24, 2016
      A wry take on this year's epic new music showcase...Typical. You hotfoot it to a venue in perfectly good time for a band’s last few songs only for a guy outside to all-too-chirpily inform you that it’s the wrong place entirely, so off you wander in a bewildered daze until someone else insists that it was the right venue all along, ferchrissakes, so you […]
    • Otho AW16 May 24, 2016
      Peep the latest look book from the London label. If the press notes that arrived in our inbox late last week are to be believed, self-sufficiency and durability are the key markers of Otho’s AW16 collection. Founded by Valerie Hui in 2014 – for which, as she explained to Clash last year (here), primary inspiration comes from past and present youth cultures – […]
    • Live Report: Clash Hits The Great Escape 2016 May 24, 2016
      All the action from our stage...It's an odd feeling to host your own stage. Months of debating the line up, weeks of planning, days of worrying whether or not we've booked enough tickets. And then here we are at The Great Escape – the sun is shining, the doors are swinging open, and fans are piling through the entrance into the Arch. Connie Constan […]
    • Premiere: No Joy - A Thorn In Garlands Side' May 24, 2016
      Tune in now...No Joy are, essentially a noise pop group – but then, if you think about it, 'noise' and 'pop' are two entirely unquantifiable concepts. The Montreal band are continuing to evade definition, hooking up with Top Shelf Records in order to release some new material. Upcoming EP 'Drool Sucker' is the result. At times f […]
    • Wild Beasts Are Back May 24, 2016
      New album 'Boy King' due on August 5th...Wild Beasts are set to release new album 'Boy King' on August 5th. The album is the band's first since 2014's 'Present Tense', and seemingly finds the group entering strange new climes. As Hayden Thorpe explains: "After five records there had to be an element of 'what […]
    • Paul McCartney's Mastertapes Is Riveting May 24, 2016
      The full interview is online now...Paul McCartney has taken part in Radio 4's interview series Mastertapes. The legendary songwriter popped past the BBC's Maida Vale's studios on May 11th, joined by an extremely small audience. Lucky competition winners were able to watch Paul McCartney wax lyrical, joined by the likes of Paul Weller, Noel Gal […]
    • Corbu Go On A Journey 'Through Emptiness' May 24, 2016
      The duo's new track is a sumptuous piece of noise...New York duo Corbu seem to exist in some dream-like state, teetering on the bridge between the waking world and unconsciousness. Thoughts, memories drift past, luminescent glimpses of colour that seem to linger long after the music has passed. Corbu will release their debut album 'Crayon Soul […]
    • Track Of The Day 24/5 - Fiona Brice May 24, 2016
      'Dallas' (Digital 21 + Stefan Olsdal Remix)Fiona Brice is a hidden talent – but then, that's how she likes it. A composer and arranger, she has worked with everyone from John Grant to Jarvis Cocker, and performed onstage with the likes of Jay Z, Kanye West, and Gorillaz. Now, though, she's ready to step into the limelight. New album […]
    • Premiere: The King's Parade - 'Gathering The Pieces Of A Broken Heart' May 24, 2016
      Rising London newcomers with a taste of the blues...London quartet The King's Parade have more than a taste of the blues about them. Forming while performing together on a cruise liner, the band's seaward adventures have gradually evolved into something much more serious. New single 'Gathering The Pieces Of A Broken Heart' is out shortly, […]
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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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Video of the Day: Matthew E. White – Vision

Posted by falconi5 on August 16, 2015

matthewwhiteTruth be told, it is a bit difficult to categorize the sound of Matthew E. White and his latest record, Fresh Blood. So we won’t, let’s just listen. It is pretty much a perfect Sunday Morning with this song “Vision” leading the way.

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Live Video of the Day: Walker Lukens – Every Night (Live on KUTX)

Posted by falconi5 on August 14, 2014

walker3There’s a bad moon rising and his name is Walker Lukens.  Here he is live with The Side Arms.

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