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    • Teens of Denial
      Will Toledo, the young creator of Car Seat Headrest, used to prefer anonymity, releasing 11 self-recorded albums on Bandcamp without pretense or assignation of image. His identification with slacker youth trying to find something meaningful to grab onto has gradually made him one of their emissaries. 
    • Rio, I Love You
      The idea and the effort remain admirable, but the steady decline in the films’ quality since Paris makes one wonder how much Cities truly is an effort of love.
    • James Blake Is Releasing a New Album Tonight, Shares Three Songs Including Bon Iver Collaboration
      James Blake appeared on Annie Mac's BBC Radio 1 show tonight to announce that his new album, his third, will be called The Colour In Anything (previously it was to be titled Radio Silence) and will be released digitally tonight at around midnight U.K. time or 7 PM EST.
    • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2: Collector’s Edition
      Although it’s found an adoring cult audience in the thirty years since its release, you can’t really fault any moviegoers who demanded their money back after seeing The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 in its original theatrical run.
    • Listen: Yuck - “Bled White” (Elliott Smith Cover)
      American Laundromat Records are releasing Say Yes! A Tribute to Elliott Smith on October 15. The Elliott Smith tribute album will feature newly recorded covers of Smith's songs by Amanda Palmer, Jesu/Sun Kil Moon, Waxahatchee, Lou Barlow, J Mascis, Adam Franklin of Swervedriver, Tanya Donelly, and others. 
    • Red Hot Chili Peppers Announce New Danger Mouse-Produced Album, Share “Dark Necessities”
      Red Hot Chili Peppers have announced a new album and shared its first single. The Getaway is due out June 17 via Warner Bros. Below is the first single, "Dark Necessities," which is available digitally now. The album was produced by Danger Mouse and mixed by Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich.
    • Watch Live Footage of Jenny Lewis’ New Band Nice as Fuck
      Jenny Lewis recently announced Nice as Fuck, a new side band with Au Revoir Simone's Erika Forster and The Like's Tennessee Thomas. They made their live debut at a Bernie Sanders benefit and have been out on tour the last week opening for M. Ward. 
    • Watch Paul McCartney Cover Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy” in Minneapolis Last Night
      Prince passed away at his home on April 21 and the Prince tributes and covers have been fittingly constant ever since. Last night at his show in Prince's hometown Minneapolis, Paul McCartney and his band launched into a brief but spirited cover of "Let's Go Crazy," from 1984's Purple Rain.
    • Austin City Limits Lineup: Radiohead, M83, HAIM, LCD Soundsystem, Foals, and More
      Austin City Limits have announced the lineup of their 2016 festival, in which they will celebrate their 15th anniversary. Highlights include Radiohead, M83, HAIM, LCD Soundsystem, Foals, Kendrick Lamar, Mumford and Sons, Andrew Bird, Local Natives, Conor Oberst, Chairlift, Flying Lotus, Caveman, Marlon Williams, Willie Nelson, Band of Horses, Major Lazer, Fr […]
    • Watch Grimes Perform “Flesh Without Blood” on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”
      Grimes (aka Claire Boucher) released her new album, Art Angels, last fall via 4AD. Last night she stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to perform Art Angels track "Flesh Without Blood." 
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    • Greatest Hits: A Skepta Primer May 6, 2016
      'Konnichiwa' to the newcomers...So: it's finally here. 'Konnichiwa', we mean. Skepta has trailed his new studio album for three years now, an expanse of time that has seen the rapper lead grime's rejuvenated American charge. Tracks such as 'Shutdown' have become unmistakeable youth anthems, attracting an audience far b […]
    • Danny L Harle Teams Up With Chairlift's Caroline Polachek May 6, 2016
      Check out 'Ashes Of Love'...Danny L Harle has paired up with Chairlift vocalist Caroline Polachek for a new track. 'Ashes Of Love' is online now, and follows a Radio 1 playlist spot for Harle's re-tooled version of 'Broken Flowers'. This plays out as you might expect - luminous synths, chirruping beats, and Caroline Polache […]
    • Ghost In The Machine: The Range Interviewed May 6, 2016
      New York producer delivers on his 'Potential'...There are countless definitions for grime, but it is – in essence – a lonely music, one born of alienation, of being shunted away from the centre, towards the outskirts. This can result in rage, and in anger, it can result in melancholy, and in depression – but the common theme is alienation. There […]
    • The Coathangers - Nosebleed Weekend May 6, 2016
      Magnificent, spiky, scrappy, and fun...Though it comes across with all the energy and urgency of a debut record, stick with it and 'Nosebleed Weekend' gently reveals the ten-year career which has preceded it. Formed as a four-piece in Atlanta in 2006, The Coathangers' ambitions went little further than having fun with friends, something which […]
    • Premiere: Eddie Prové - 'Love For A Day' May 6, 2016
      From new EP 'Silent Love'...Sometimes all it takes is one song. When Eddie Prové placed his debut track online he was left stunned by the results: festivals, agents, and labels came calling, while BBC Introducing began investigating his work. Electronic beats matched to a real sense of soul, there's a little of Sam Smith in his open, ambitious […]
    • POP Montreal Tour Draws Close May 6, 2016
      Wake Island, L.A. Foster to headline...UK fans are set to get a taste of POP Montreal later this month as part of a special tour. The Canadian festival was founded as a showcase for cutting edge arts, and has grown into one of North America's most vibrant showcase events. If the seven hour flight is a little daunting, then don't worry - POP Montrea […]
    • Premiere: Paddox - 'Past Life' May 6, 2016
      Oxford newcomers tease upcoming EP...Paddox are part of Oxford's intensely fertile creative scene, with their members drawing on multiple disciplines. The trio's debut album 'Aphrodisiaque' emerged last year, a bewildering display that swung between genres in a freewheeling fashion. New EP 'Optimistic Visions Of The Future' repr […]
    • Listen: Tor Miller Shares 'Baby Blue' May 6, 2016
      Beautifully etched songwriting...Tor Miller has shared his beautiful new track 'Baby Blue'. The New York based talent impressed with last year's 'Headlights' EP, displaying a real sense of ambition on his songwriting. A born storyteller, Tor Miller's new track 'Baby Blue' is a beautifully etched tale of a young girl go […]
    • Drake's 'Views' Has Sold A Lot Of Copies May 6, 2016
      1.2 million, to be precise...Drake has posted some imposing first week figures for new album 'Views'. At the album launch party the Toronto rapper claimed he would sell 600,000 copies in one day - well, that wasn't just talk. According to Drake's label 'Views' has sold some 1.2 million copies (including equivalent streams) acros […]
    • Justin Timberlake Just Saved The Weekend May 6, 2016
      Check out new cut 'Can't Stop the Feeling'Justin Timberlake has dropped new track 'Can't Stop the Feeling'. The singer teased potential material on Instagram earlier this week, with 'Can't Stop the Feeling' emerging in full a few moments ago. The song is taken from the soundtrack of Trolls, a new film based on the […]
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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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Live Video of the Day: The Struts – Could Have Been Me (Live at the Isle of Wight 2014)

Posted by falconi5 on August 11, 2014

thestrutsLooking and like just about every Ramone there is, and sounding more like Freddie Mercury than Adam Lambert on this fiery performance from The Isle of Wight, Luke Spiller and the Struts are ready to make your Rock and Roll hit list.

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