Monday, September 25, 2017

Goldfinger - Don't Let Me Go

After nearly 10 years, punk rockers Goldfinger are back with a new release called *The Knife*. These days, the only remaining original is John Feldman, but he really carries off the entire album with aplomb. Lots of different styles here, from a straight out rocker like Am I Deaf, a speed rocker like the opener A Million Miles, all the way to my favorites, several reggae tinged songs, the highlight of which is Don’t Let Me Go :

Friday, September 8, 2017

Katie Herzig - Strangers

A favorite artist from way back, Katie Herzig has a new album coming out in early 2018 called Moment of Bliss and has released the first single from it called Strangers. In many ways, it is a typical Herzig song, with her voice and lyrics giving it a combination of hope and melancholy, optimism and discontent, happiness and realism. I can’t wait to hear more.
Here’s Strangers:

As an added bonus, here is my favorite Herzig song, Wish You Well from her 2008 album, Apple Tree:

Monday, August 28, 2017

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - My Only

Brooklyn shoegaze group The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart have an album coming out next month and have released a few singles in advance. This one, My Only, I really enjoy - nice wall of sound guitars (very shoegazy :) and lovely harmonies. Can’t wait to hear some more from the upcoming The Echo Of Pleasure album.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Carl Craig - Sandstorm (Versus Version)

Carl Craig is an electronica wizard that has been putting out sounds for a long long time (debut album came  out in 1992!). His 2017 release, Versus, is pretty great. I guess him and bunch of other musicians (like a pianist and a French orchestra!) put on this fantastically well received live show and, rather than just create a live recording, they went into the studio and refined the sound for almost 10 years before releasing this. And it is well worth it. My electronica album of the year so far. This is the song Sandstorms which you can immediately tell features the orchestra, with some intense horns and some great synthesizer mixed in.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The Dollyrots - I Do

Well, looks like Courtneys II could have some competition for album of the year. The Dollyrots, a duo out of LA, has a power pop/punk sound that just demands playing on repeat. On their fifth album, Whiplash Splash, this duo of singer/guitarist Kelly Ogden and bassist/sometimes drummer Luis Cabezas pounds out a great sound, keeping the pedal to the metal and not letting up for the entire album. Just love it.
I Do is the album opener and will give you a great idea of their sound:

And the ending song is my cover of the year this far. What a smashing job they do with Walking On Sunshine:

Friday, August 4, 2017

Anathema - Ghosts

I finally got my Google Music playlist finished for the June(!) 2017 AllMusic Editors' Choices. It is over 13 hours of music, with nearly 200 songs from the Alt, Rock, Pop, Country, Folk, Blues and Electronic genres. Well worth a listen!
One of my favorite tunes so far (done listening to about half the songs so far) is the song Ghost by the veteran Liverpool rockers Anathema. I guess they have changed their sound quite a bit over the past 30(!) years, from death/doom metal to the current introspective prog rock. And it is right up my alley. I immediately listened to the entire album, The Optimist and I think it will end up on my Top 10 album list. I guess it tells the tale of the unnamed protagonist from their 2001 release, A Fine Day To Exit, but each of the songs is a whole story unto itself. Ghost has Lee Douglas’ vocals hovering over a sad beat and dark piano, singing of, I think, a glimpse of the character:
Take after light
Start from the night
Tired and confused
Saw you. Saw you
Give it a listen:

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

LP - Lost On You

LP (born as Laura Pergolizzi) is a “genderfluid” singer / songwriter out of LA who prefers to be known as “they”. The title track from their fourth album is a real winner, combining heartbreak and beats, with a little ukulele over everything. I liked all three songs from my AllMusic May playlist and can’t wait to a listen to the whole album.