Wednesday, March 28, 2018

In This Moment - Black Wedding


Wow, I can’t believe I haven’t posted a song from one of my albums of 2017! I’m not really much of a head banger, but every year there are one or two pretty hard core metal albums that get to me. Last year, it was definitely New York rockers In This Moment’s Ritual. It starts off with some intense big drums, chanting and gonging bells on Salvation, seques into one of the finest rockers from all of year with Oh Lord, then into a weird homage to Billy Idol’s White Wedding called, not surprisingly, Black Wedding. Then we get the dark and brooding cover of Phil Collins’ In The Air Tonight. Wow - what a run!
Here’s a fantastic version of Black Wedding. To show you how little I know of the heavy metal scene, the song title says “(feat. Rob Halford)” and I didn’t even know that he is the lead singer of Judas Priest! But he shows up in this live video for Loudwire Music Awards. But be sure to check out the rest of the album. It’s fantastic! Wish I could see them in concert but I think my head banging concert days are over (if, in fact, I ever had them!).

Monday, March 26, 2018

Elizabeth and the Catapult - Underwater

 Backbeat Seattle

Keepsake by Elizabeth and the Catapult
Elizabeth and the Catapult focus on the songwriting skills of frontwoman Brooklynite Elizabeth Ziman. Her indie folk/pop style really sounds great, especially when she is bopping along at a good tempo. I am enjoying her 2017 release, Keepsake, where she puts her classical piano training and film scoring techniques to effective use. I really love the infectious Underwater:

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Thievery Corporation - Voyage Libre

Here is a great new tune from Thievery Corporation’s upcoming release Treasures from the Temple. Their 2008 release Radio Retaliation is one of my all time favorite albums and I always love to hear new songs from them. This song is called Voyage Libre and I dare you to keep your toes from tapping:
And here's a couple of my favorite songs from Radio Retaliation
Hare Krsna:
And my mostest favorite, Sweet Tides:

Monday, March 19, 2018

Pale Waves - Heavenly

Pale Waves, a Manchester UK quartet, is gaining quite a following for a band without even a proper release. Their Feb 2018 EP All the Things I Never Said got some ears perked and they have recently come out with a new video for their song Heavenly. I love their dreamy indie pop sound, heavy on the guitars and beat.
Here’s the official video for the song:

but to be honest, I prefer the less frenetic live video from this years SXSW (bucket list!):