Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Ozomatli - Eres

Nearly done with my Google Play Music AllMusic.com Editors’ Choice May 2017 playlist and I’ve enjoyed a bunch of song. This one, Eres by the LA sextet Ozomatli, really makes a hot afternoon dance. The whole album marries Mexican tunes with Jamaican rhythms and seems like it will be the perfect summer sound track.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Flashback Friday: Nick Lowe - Labour Of Lust

One of my favorite albums of all time is Nick Lowe’s 1979 masterpiece, Labour Of Lust. Every song is a touch of indie pop magic. And I used to play this for my daughters incessantly, as he writes hooks that can entertain any age. I’ll bet I can play any of these songs and my girls would be able to sing along.
We used to play Cracking Up when my youngest used to do the same:

And I just adore the quick rhythm of Switchboard Susan:

And, of course, the fantastic album opener, the New Wave classic Cruel To Be Kind:

Interestingly enough, Nick’s backing band these days (he does “slower” stuff now), Los Straitjackets, has just released an album of Nick Lowe cover instrumentals called What’s So Funny About Peace, Love and Los Straightjackets?, with a languid yet powerful version of Cruel To Be Kind:

Monday, June 5, 2017

Wire - Forever & a Day


Wire is a seminal British band who just released an album celebrating their 40th year making music together - incredible! And it is actually a long lived band that I have followed for quite a while. I really enjoyed their 2015 release Wire and their 2016 release Nocturnal Koreans. My favorite cut from that album was the soft, brooding, and mysterious Forward Position:

The 2017 release is called Silver / Lead and is equally brooding and mysterious, albeit with a slightly more upbeat tone. My favorite cuts are Diamond In Cups and Forever & a Day:






Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Angelus - The Other Side Of The Mountain


The Angelus is a Texas-based trio that shows up with a pretty impressive and dark sweeping epic of a release with There Will Be No Peace. Dark, brooding and intense, yet rhythmic and intricate. They tie together a set of songs that arc across a dark sky, filled with a pounding drum beat and colored by the lonesome cry of vocalist Emil Rapstine. Each song carefully segues in to the next, completing the cycle.
Here’s a song of reaching the bottom and seeing…. something…
The Other Side Of The Mountain :

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Gregg Allman - Floating Bridge


Well, there have been far too many R.I.P. postings these days, haven’t there? This time, it is Gregg Allman, one of the driving creative forces behind the Allman Brothers Band. They certainly had more than their own share of misfortune, heartache and tragedy, incredibly well documented in After The Crash. I have always been a fan of his, but especially when he really got down and dirty blues. His 2011 release, Low Country Blues, was one of my favorites from that year and the lead single, Floating Bridge, is an amazingly heart felt and bluesy song that I still can’t get enough of!
Gregg Allman - Floating Bridge (Savannah Rehearsal Sessions) from Rounder Records on Vimeo.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Flashback Friday - The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Today, a spectacular new collection was released - a special Anniversary edition celebrating 50 years of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. You can get it in various flavors, but they all have specially remastered versions of the album and they can include outtakes, practices, rehearsals and the like, showing the creative process of these Fab Four geniuses. I know what I'm asking for Father's Day!

Here's the trailer (there's trailers for everything these days!) for the release:


And here's a couple "Takes" from it:





Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Sera Cahoone - Always Turn Around


Lovely guitar and a lovely voice make for a lovely track. This is Sera Cahoone, formerly of Band Of Horses, who just came out with her third solo album, a slower more introspective sound now that she has moved off of Sub Pop Records. Each song on this album, From Where I Started, is a deep, introspective look at life. She has surrounded herself with some solid musicians and really digs down into her folk roots.
This is Always Turn Around:

As a bonus track, I really find the even slower, deeper and perhaps sadder song Not Like I even more haunting: