Thursday, April 27, 2017

The Mavericks - Damned (If You Do)

The Mavericks are one of my favorite old timey sounding bands around today, bringing in music from all kinds of genres, but especially the Cuban rhythms of their native Miami. They are unabashedly fans of the jumping jive sound and they can really get you moving. Their song What You Do To Me from 2015’s Mono was one of my favorite singles from that year.

They have a new album out called Brand New Day and it is even better than Mono. While Easy as it Seems is a typical Cuban rhythm toe tapper, I am really in love with the slower, more sensuous burner Damned (If You Do). Check it out.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Lydia Ainsworth - Wicked Game


This is, so far, my "Cover Of The Year". From Lydia Ainsworth's March 2017 release Darling of the Afterglow, here she is covering Chris Isaak's Wicked Game. Here it is slowed way down and made even more creepy. The rest of the album is pretty solid too.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Friday Flashback - Flash and the Pan

One of the my favorite bands in late 70s and early 80s was the Australian duo known as Flash And The Pan. They had a unique sound and probably can be one of the early originators of my love for all things Australian, which culminated in a 3 week vacation Down Under. That’s me on the edge of a cliff in King’s Canyon (you may recognize it from the movie The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert :

Anyway, their eponymous debut album from 1978 contained 3 gems.
Down Among The Dead Men

Hey St. Peter

And my favorite, Walking In The Rain

Monday, April 17, 2017

Goldfrapp - Systemagic

I have really been enjoying Goldfrapp’s seventh full length release, Silver Eye. It starts of with a bang with Anymore, but I think the highlight for me is the energetic Systemagic. Other standouts include Tigerman and Everything Is Never Enough. I have loved Alison Goldfrapp’s grooves ever since stumbling across this live performance on television and being mesmerized by a number of the songs from her Supernature album, especially Fly Me Away:

And here’s Systemagic :

Friday, April 14, 2017

Flashback Friday - 80s New Wave earworms

Got to thinking about some of my favorite 80s New Wave earworms and figured I throw some out there for you. Reply if you got more ideas!

Human League - Don't You Want Me

One of the best videos of the 80s, really:



The Vapors - Turning Japanese


The Motels - Suddenly Last Summer

Dead or Alive - Spin Me Right Round

Flock Of Seagulls - I Ran

Men Without Hats - Safety Dance

Soft Cell - Tainted Love
Actually prefer the reallllly long dance club version, but I won't inflict that one on you...

Missing Persons - Destination Unknown

Berlin - The Metro

Til Tuesday - Voices Carry

Thompson Twins - Hold Me Now

Modern English - I'll Melt With You

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Porcelain Raft - Big Sur

Not generally a huge Porcelain Raft fan but I love the etherealness of this song from their (or rather his - this is mostly Los Angeles-based, Italian-born bedroom pop auteur Mauro Remiddi) February 2017 release Microclimate. This song, Big Sur, has just enough punch to make it interesting, with the soft tenor of Remiddi’s voice carrying it to new heights not found (for me) on the rest of the album.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The Bats - Antlers


The Bats. Their bassist Robert Scott brought together 4 other friends and they have been rocking together ever since. Their newest release, The Deep Set propels itself forward with a typical beat, keeping it entertaining, bass-y and jangly. Really liking it, not surprisingly!
Here’s Antlers :