Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness - Brooklyn You're Killing Me

Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness is, in fact, just Andrew McMahon. He’s been around for awhile, first with Something Corporate and then doing some solo projects, like Jack’s Mannequin. His newest release is Zombies On Broadway under the moniker Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness, the second release under this name. It is music I generally shy away from, the “melodic pop” kind of sound, but this song has a nice extra “high grade dance pop” feel to it, as the AMG review says.
Here’s Brooklyn You’re Killing Me :

And how about a bonus Andrew McMahon song, this time with the ever lovely Lindsey Stirling? This is Something Wild from the movie Pete's Dragon:

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Acceptance - Colliding By Design

 Acceptance home page

It may be pretty straight forward indie rock, but sometimes that’s all you need. Seattle quartet Acceptance has probably set some kind of record with 10 years gone since their debut Phantoms and this, their sophomore effort Colliding By Design but I sure like what I have been hearing so far. A good beat, some solid guitar work, and soaring harmonies make for some great summertime sounds, if summer (or even just spring) would ever show up here in the US Northeast! I can see myself cruising a winding 2 lane road in the mountains, windows down, sunroof open and these songs cranked.
Here’s the title song:

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Flashback Friday : Jeff Beck

Yeah, I know it isn’t Friday but I didn’t get to do one last Friday and I saw a post from Jeff Beck’s Facebook page that Jeff Beck’s only Top 10 album was released in March of 1975, so I had to toss this one in while I remembered. That would be the rock/jazz fusion of Blow By Blow and it is one of the few disks I have on SACD (yup, they even still make those - Meat Loaf’s Bat Out Of Hell recently came out in that incredibly high fidelity version). And, to be honest, it’s really just for one song - the absolutely amazing cover of Stevie Wonder's Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers. I could sit and listen to this classic jam for hours on replay.

Monday, March 20, 2017

2016 Favorite Albums: Congrats by Holy Fuck

One of my favorite albums of 2010 was Toronto-based electro-rock band Holy Fuck’s Latin. Its driving, hard charging electronica really perked things up and I was glad to see they didn’t lose a step with 2016’s Congrats. I really love the intensity of all the songs and you can’t go wrong with any of them.
They play an excellent selection of tunes from Congrats on their KEXP appearance. A particular favorite is the second song, Tom Tom but they are all great. Here’s the playlist:
  • Chimes Broken
  • Tom Tom
  • Neon Dad
  • Xed Eyes
  • Caught Up

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Sacred Paws - Nothing

I’ve always been a fan of pop African-sounding polyrhythms, going all the way back to Juluka (you’ll probably being hearing more from them in a flashback Friday soon). Sacred Paws, a Glasgow/London duo, nails it with the song Nothing from their January 2017 release Strike A Match :

Monday, March 13, 2017

2016 Favorite Albums: Opus by Eric Prydz

I am a pretty big electronica fan, although much of it can sound awfully same-y sometimes. So I really appreciate an artist that can put on an album of electronica that really shows a wide variety of sounds without getting too repetitive. And Eric Prydz, a Swedish DJ who had released a lot of singles under various other names, hit a home run with his debut double CD Opus. The 19 tracks show an astonishing range of music, from pulsing, lo-fi to some really nearly disco-ish songs with infectious lyrics. I love nearly every track on this, so much so I even bough the CD ( gasp ).
The opener, Liam, gives a hint of what’s to come - a slow burn leading up to an beat that’s hard to forget:

One of my favorite songs from 2016 was Moody Mondays, with vocals from The Cut:

And then there is the epic title track, which he revealed to the world in 2015. It starts off quiet and then fairly explodes with energy and drive:

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Delbert Mclinton - Don't Do It

One of my favorite genres of music beside alternative / indie rock is the blues. Sometimes it can be derivative I guess, but man a good blues beat just gets me right here. And Delbert Mclinton has been doing it for nearly his entire 76 years and he is still going strong. The opener for Prick Of The Litter is typical yet powerful. Don’t Do It tells the story of leaving, with hints of darkness. Crank this one!