Thursday, April 30, 2015

Listen to the ballsy blues scorcher 'Dime Store Lover' by Cheryl Lescom & The Tucson Choir Boys Upcoming Album 1953

Cheryl Lescom & The Tucson Choir Boys set release date June 17th for new album 1953 on Busted Flat Records

Listen to the ballsy blues scorcher Dime Store Lover

Pre-Order the album 1953

Todd Grebe & Cold Country shine on NEW Album Citizen

Johnny Horton's Gone to Alaska is one of my favorite songs, and was used in one of Duke's most entertaining movies, but Alaska is not where I'd first look for classic country music, but from the last frontier Todd Grebe & Cold Country bring us a throwback to the stylings of traditional Country music, built on a foundation of bluegrass reminiscent of the great Bill Monroe. With a mix of humourous songs along with heartbreak and loss, this is the kind of music for sawdust dance floor sashaying, boot slapping, and beer drinking.
In these declining days of Country music, it is so refreshing to hear real country music in my ears. If the legends are watching from above they're well pleased, Todd Grebe & the talented musicians that comprise Cold Country are the real deal and Citizen should be an album everyone's talking about.
Recorded at The Butcher Shoppe studio in Nashville with Grammy-award winning recording engineer David Ferguson, famous for his work with Johnny Cash, maybe we can hope we've crossed the rubicon and Country music moves toward this direction and Todd Grebe & Cold Country will be our North star.


Track List: 
01 Criminal Style
02 Box Of Wine
03 Luckiest Man Here On Earth
04 More Than A Love Song
05 Citizen
06 Brown Hair
07 Ain't That Fine
08 Living A Lie
09 Nothing Left To Lose
10 Let's Make Love For Christmas
11 Here's Wishing To You
12 You'll Never Find Me

Todd Grebe & Cold Country are based out of the wilds of Alaska, where for years they ruled the bluegrass scene in this state. Todd’s wife and musical partner, Angela Oudean, was a key member of famed Alaska bluegrass band Bearfoot for years (Todd joined Bearfoot as well), and though it may be a surprise to some that the music they make now is hard-driving, electrified honky-tonk at its core, the truth is that there’s a strong current that unites bluegrass and country. As a songwriter, Grebe crafts songs that stick with you, and though his clever wordplay as a songwriter is a key element, it’s the rough sheen to his voice that makes this music so country and so beautiful. Grebe’s got a voice tinged with the dust of the American West and the grit of Southern living, the kind of voice that first made country music great.

After a sucessful kickstarter campaign, Todd Grebe & Cold Country rolled into The Butcher Shoppe studio in Nashville to work with Grammy-award winning recording engineer David Ferguson, famous for his work with Johnny Cash, and dove deep into a more electrified country sound. Cold Country alum Nate May traded in his mandolin for a telecaster, and Larry Atamanuik (Alison Krauss) jumped on the drums. Bassist Mike Bub (Del McCoury, Ashley Monroe) came on to co-produce the album and play bass, and special guests were invited, like pedal steel wizard Steve Hinson (George Jones), renowned Nashville session pianist Jimmy Wallace, and guitarist Megan McCormick (Jenny Lewis). Todd and Angela led the parade, trading off harmonies on the songs, and bringing Angela’s hard-driving fiddle to the fore.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Nola's soulful jazz fivesome The Fake Carls release first single 'Wandering Jenny'

Nola's soulful jazz fivesome The Fake Carls release first single 'Wandering Jenny' from upcoming album "In Carl We Trust." they will release it, single by single, all throughout this spring and summer.
Members: Carl Allen - musical inspiration Julie Wischan - lead vocals Steve Panacek - lead guitar James Gillum - trumpet Caleb Gallops - bass Sean Lemkey - Drums/Percussion

Listen to the gorgeously smooth horn laced Wandering Jenny

Rocky Mountain Bluegrass Trout Steak Revival NEW Album Brighter Every Day

"It’s not hard to see how integral the Rocky Mountain communal tradition is to the listening experience of Brighter Every Day. Grown out of fertile ground, Trout Steak Revival represents a sense of community that has become as unshakeable as the mountains themselves. In Colorado, the air is just a little thinner and colder, making Trout Steak Revival’s unique brand of bluegrass take on an exciting and pioneering timbre that is poised to keep listeners breathless for years to come."

Trout Steak Revival’s five members – Steve Foltz (mandolin & guitar), Casey Houlihan (standup bass), Will Koster (dobro & guitar), Travis McNamara (banjo), and Bevin Foley (fiddle) – each contribute vocals and songwriting in their post-modern approach to American roots music. Their collaborative songwriting process operates more like a collective than a traditional band, with one member bringing an idea while the others flesh out the arrangement with personal touches of instrumentation and harmony. Where it’s easy to use the cold technical language of “tightness” to refer to the arrangements, a better descriptor here might be “close-knit.” Trout Steak Revival’s concise yet multi-layered arrangements are derived from their years of experience playing with and nurturing each other creatively. Like the many bends in the Colorado River, each of the instruments diverge and run their own course, but always end up curving back around to the same destination.


Track List:
1. Union Pacific
2. Get a Fire Going
3. Oklahoma
4. Brighter Every Day
5. Ours for the Taking
6. Wind on the Mountain
7. Days of Gray
8. Sierra Nevada
9. Pie
10. Go On
11. Colorado River

Available Now on iTunes, Spotify,

"Most of the members of Trout Steak Revival originate from the Midwest, having moved west to settle in Colorado. Many of the songs on Brighter Every Day center on storytelling and the varying places and experiences they’ve each come from, echoing a tension between rootedness and wanderlust. The album opens with a petition to the Union Pacific railroad, reflecting on having seen everything from the “Mojave Desert” to “San Francisco Bay,” pining for home and pleading: “Won’t you take me down your track, let your whistle blow, and bring me back.” “Ours For The Taking” was originally written by Houlihan for his fiancé while “Wind On The Mountain” is about getting caught in a snowstorm during a backpacking trip. The title track, written by McNamara on piano for the wedding of two friends, was later brought to the band and arranged for a five-piece. While the piano is retained here, Trout Steak Revival turns what might have been a meditative processional into a full-fledged celebratory dance. Finally, the album closes with “Colorado River,” a gorgeously raucous ode to their Rocky Mountain home – “I’m swimming’ in my sleep, in the Colorado River deep.”

Q&A with Killwave + EXCLUSIVE Download -Spiral- from NEW album Death by Distortion

Members: George - vocals Jim - guitar Erik - bass Bran - drums

The Bowie influence is unmistakeable, but underlining Killwave's new album Death By Distortion are the balls of Patti Smith and the snarl of Sid Vicious. 
"I march to the beat of my own drum, I march to the beat of my own drum, get out of my way I don't give a fuck."
These are anthems for the oppressed, disaffected and those with the boot of the man on their neck, which these days encompasses most of us. I had a chat with Jim from the band, below the song.

Killwave's sophomore release, Death By Distortion will be released on 5 May
EXCLUSIVE! 'Spiral' from Death By Distortion available for free download

The first single 'Shake' off the new Killwave album is available for download free!
Just go to here and enter your email address.
Listen to the fist rasing anthem, March (lyrics referenced above)
I had a chat with Jim from the band, henceforth refered to as Jim.
Name of the band and how’d you came up with it? 
Jim: brainstorming cool band names and came up with a good one.
Who’s in the band?
Jim: George is the singer, I play guitar/synths and does the production, Erik plays bass and Bran plays drums.
Where do you live and what’s great about it? 
Jim: Chicago is great because we can afford to have a decent quality of life and still be able to make music.
Tell us about your latest release?
Jim: Death by Distortion is our 2nd full length record, and the first as a four-piece. We all wrote the record together, except for Shake which was written after the 1st album.
How did this project/release come about?  
Jim: We started practicing as a four piece and these songs came out of us.
What's one thing about you/band that very few people know?  
Jim: We like all types of music
When did you start making music? 
Jim: Killwave started in late 2009, as a four-piece we started in late 2012.
Who are some that have/had an influence on you? 
Jim: We are all big fans of Peter Murphy
What are some of the challenges, obstacles you've dealt with? 
Jim: Getting attention in Chicago, so many other great bands.
What was the first record you bought? 
Jim: Kraftwerk Autobahn
What was the last record you bought? 
Jim: The Walker Brothers Nite Flights
If you could record with any one artist who would it be and why? 
Jim: David Bowie, he seems fun.
Who are you listening to lately? 
Jim: Silverbullit
Vinyl, CD or digital? 
Jim: Cassette.
What films have had a lasting impact on you? 
Jim: Clifford
Donuts or cupcakes? 
Jim: both
Whiskey or Beer? 
Jim: sure
Favorite road food? 
Jim: Portillo's
What's next on the horizon? 
Jim: we will probably start writing some new music or doing some covers. any suggestions?

Buy the album for five dolla from bandcamp

First Look> NEW Video Cut a Hole from New Jersey Alt Rockers, New Politicians

New Politicians started in late 2012 with Gian Cortese on guitar, keyboards and vocals and his brother Renal Anthony on vocals and guitar. The band, now a four-piece with Erik Watson on drums and Winston Mitlo on bass, are based in Centerville, New Jersey.

Off the new album Remission watch the bluesy dark and eerie Cut a Hole filmed in one of those locations you can only find in Weird NJ

November 2013 saw the band releasing their self-produced, sophomore EP entitled Drag a City. This four track release, available to stream & download on their BandCamp webpage, earned the band critical acclaim and an army of fans.  Their highly anticipated new album 'Remission' released on April 21st.

Remission is an atmospheric and moody album, with a rich sound of cinematic saturation the music drenches you like a sudden downpour on a hot day.
As the band name indicates, lyrical and topically, New Politicians are refreshingly timely and relevant.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Fur Shades Debut Single Shadow Made Of Sun

I was introduced to the statuesque Argentinian über vixen powerhouse, and self described Psycho Banshee, Florencia through dp of the Dead Exs, she had recently contributed a song to the Beyond Beyond is Beyond/Bang Bang Boogaloo Psych Compilation as The Zabalas and participated in the amazing The Bowery Bangs Perform The Stones "Some Girls" LIVE show at Riff NYC.
Soon after Flor was heading on an extensive tour of Europe as a brother-sister two piece The Zabalas. While there paths crossed with Golden Animals whom I first I saw at The Dead Exs Resurrection release party at The Bowery Electric. Golden Animals was touring in support of a new desert psych album 'Hear Eye Go' and soon Flor joined them on their 2014 tour. A collaboration began which is now the side-project Fur Shades with Tommy Eisner (GA)- Vocals, Guitar & Percussion -Florencia Zaballa - Vocals, Organ & Bass and Ben Hinn - Drums.

Listen to just released surf twanged, lynchian desert rock first single Shadow Made of Sun.

Monday, April 27, 2015

The Payroll Union - Paris of America Pre-Order LISTEN first single The Mission Field

Members: Pete David, Ben Fuller, Paul Heath, Tom Baxendale

For those of us blown away by one of the best Americana bands to come along, The Payroll Union, since the 2012 debut EP Your Obedient Servant and the 2013 full-length The Mule & The Elephant we've been watching and waiting in anxious anticipation for the next album, As part of the project Faith & Fear in Philadelphia how the past can be explored through music, film and art, and two years in the making, the album is now finalized as Paris of America,
With an obsession for American history, the UK Americana band teamed up with The University of Sheffield to chronicle with music religion and violence in antebellum Philadelphia and the adjacent districts of Kensington and Southwark a series of riots that took place between May 6 and 8 and July 6 and 7, 1844,
The Philadelphia Nativist Riots (also known as the Philadelphia Prayer Riots, the Bible Riots and the Native American Riots)  The riots were a result of rising anti-Catholic sentiment at the growing population of Irish Catholic immigrants.

Their outsider take on American history provides a unique perspective on the American experiment and uses the rich melting pot of American music to tell the tale. If you're a history buff, as I am, follow along with the continuing project.

Since its inception with the arrival of the Puritans, America was seen by English Calvinists and Evangelists as a massive mission field ripe for harvest and conversion.

Listen to the dark, gothic single The Mission Field

Watch The Mission Field Video
Pre-Order Paris of America Release date 6/29/15

Andrew Heath from the Department of History and Pete David, musician and lead singer for Sheffield band The Payroll Union discuss their collaborative project which will culminate in an album of songs based on historical research into 19th century Philadelphia.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Feel Bad For You April 2015 Mixtape - Commercial Success?

April's Feel Bad For You mix had a theme, Songs Used in Commercials. Our Culinary of Curating, Rockstar Aimz went into full production mode this month and included the videos of the commercials. There's a wide variety of submissions, ranging from 1949-2007, and all over the place in genre. Dig in and relive those moments that may have had you, sctracting your head, why oh why, or pouting about sell-outs. As always got two cents? Drunkin' ramblings share them in the comments
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1. “Send me on My Way”
Rusted Root
When I Woke (1994)
Submitted By: Rockstar_Aimz
Comments: This song is the inspiration for this theme. When I first heard in in 1994 I thought it was the Talking Heads. Now I hear it every damn day on Enterprise car rental ads. I wonder if it’s gotten more air time from Enterprise than it ever did from radio play back in the 90s.
2. “Everybody’s Happy Nowadays”
Singles Going Steady (1979)
Submitted By: @annieTUFF
Comments: As soon as I got the theme for a song in a commercial I had an idea about what I was going to choose. So I decided to send in my pick right away vs. over-thinking it and freezing up on my pick (choosing just one song a month is HARD!). Also, when is a Buzzcocks song on a mixtape a bad thing?
Edit: Nothing says the Buzzcocks like the AARP (2007 video)!
3. “You Spin Me Right Round (Like A Record)”
Dead or Alive
Youthquake (1985)
Submitted By: @tincanman2010
Comments: Catchy, if dated. But who saw the 1985 video and thought, “Gosh I wish I knew where to find a family fun park”? Butlins 2010 advert pushed the nostalgia button with parents…who also remembered androgynous lead singer Pete Burns’s cross-dressing solo career. Course it was all an act, and by 2010 Pete was a Dad. No idea if Butlins paid in park passes.
Edit: For those of us who don’t know, Butlins is a “is a chain of large holiday camps in the United Kingdom.” Yes, I had to google it. :P
4. “Pink Moon”
Nick Drake
Fruit Tree (1986)
Submitted By: @BoogieStudio22
Comments: This Nick Drake song is the first that came to mind when Amy mentioned the theme. The only time a commercial turned me on to an artist.
Edit: Totally agree with Boogie Studio on this one. I saw the commercial in 1999 and I had to know who the artist was. Correct me if I am wrong, but didn’t this commercial basically give a second life to Nick Drake’s music? Unlike most of these submissions, the ad is actually very good.
5. “Enjoy Yourself (It’s Later Than You Think)”
Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians
Decca Records Single (1949)
Submitted By: @philnorman
Comments: Nothing immediately came to mind for the theme, so I cheated and googled a list of songs used in commercials. I heard this one recently on a big-band era broadcast and smiled, so it jumped out at me to include. Apparently it was in a Mercedes commercial during the 2000 Olympics. I thought about using the Todd Snider cover, but I like the original…
Edit: The only video I could find was a ska version, but I think it’s the right one. Todd Snider didn’t write this song? Huh.
6. “Theme from Harry’s Game”
Magical Ring (1983)
Submitted by: April
Comments: When the subject of songs used in commercials comes up, this is always the song I think of first. Hearing this song in some car commercial in the ’90s was the first time I remember stopping and thinking, “I need to know what that song is,” during a commercial. It must have been a strange boost for Clannad – the Irish group that spawned Enya and her ubiquitous “Orinoco Flow” – who had written the song back in the ’80s for a television mini-series set during The Troubles in Northern Ireland. I’m betting the commercial sold more copies of Clannad albums than it did of whatever vehicle it had been advertising (it’s telling that I can’t recall what vehicle it was).
Edit: Googled and found it was in a Volkswagen commercial in 1992 to coincide with the movie Patriot Games, where Jack Ryan kicks some IRA ass and Sean Bean’s character dies. Man, Volkswagen is ahead of the curve on advertising music! Couldn’t find the video though.
7. “The Snake”
Al Wilson
Searching for the Dolphins (1968) and too many compilations to mention including, The Best Northern Soul All-Nighter (2012), Paul Weller’s Vinyl Classics Vol.2 (2001) and the recent Move on Up – the Best of Northern Soul (2015)
Comments: Great theme deserves the greatest Northern Soul track ever and one of my all-time favourite songs – get dancing.
The good – when an Ad revives a great tune (my pick this month).
The bad – when a great track is butchered to fit the Ad narrative.
The ugly – when the great track is paired to a crap product (back to my pick this month).
And for fun
Edit: Banned in the USA! Dammit. Bastards. “This video contains content from SME, who has blocked it in your country on copyright grounds.”
8. “I’ve Been Everywhere”
Hayes Carll
Bootleg from Cheatham Street Warehouse, November 30, 2006
Submitted By: toomuchcountry
Comments: Choice Hotels took liberties with Johnny Cash’s “I’ve Been Everywhere” as part of an ad campaign. Hayes Carll also put a spin on the timeless song. Big difference is I’m always inclined to listen to more Hayes, but rarely moved to stay at a Comfort Inn.
9. “Another Girl, Another Planet” (used in an ad for Vodaphone in 2006)
The Only Ones
The Only Ones (1978)
Submitted By: hoosier buddy
Comments: Peter Perrett, lead guitarist for The Only Ones, wrote this refreshing pop song. Lyrics include “I always flirt with death – I could kill, but I don’t care about it- I can face your threats – Stand up tall and scream and shout about it — I think I’m on another world with you, I’m on another planet with you.” So not a terribly serious song, but it takes the emotional impact of young love pretty seriously. Must have had some impact on Paul Westerberg, which leads us to this ‘Mats cover version…
10. “Another Girl, Another Planet”
The Replacements
Shit, Shower & Shave (1989 bootleg)
Submitted By: hoosier buddy
Comments: Killer live version recorded in Bristol, Connecticut, on 31 August, 1989. Until this month, this was the only version I’d ever heard. The ‘Mats bring rock credibility to this song, along with a dose of intense insanity that makes the lyrics more real and heartfelt. And I love the way Westerberg pegs on “Planet” at the end.
11. “Ooh La La”
Ooh La La (1973)
Submitted By: @Popa2unes
Comments: Mitsubishi used this in commercials for their 2001 Galant. When this album came out in ’73 I wore it out, constantly playing it, and it’s still one of my favorite albums and this is one of my favorite songs… It was Ronnie Wood, not Rod Stewart or Ronnie Lane, who sang the lead vocal for this song. Lane and Stewart were at odds at the time. Stewart did not think the song was up to his standards although both he and Lane recorded lead vocals for it. Their producer suggested Wood give it a try, and that’s the version that was used for the album, which was Faces last studio album. Lane left the group after Ooh La La was released and The Faces disbanded after their 1974 tour. This song was used in the final scene of the 1998 movie Rushmore. It was also used in the opening scene of the 2004 movie Without a Paddle.
12. “White Room”
Wheels of Fire (1968)
Submitted By: @Popa2unes
Comments: In 2000, Apple Computer used this in commercials for their white iMacs which is strange as it’s about depression and hopelessness, but the setting is an empty apartment, I guess with your iMac. As a wee lad I had this 45 in my treasured collection the B side was “Those Were the Days.” It is now in the possession of one of my boys. It was released as a single after Cream had broken up.
13. “Bohemian Like You”
The Dandy Warhols
Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia (2000)
Submitted By: Blabber’n’Smoke
Comments: Used in a 2001 Vodafone commercial and chosen purely because that fact is plastered all over the cover via a sticker.
Edit: This is the only video where you have to watch a commercial to see a commercial. Thanks Vodafone! I seem to remember from the documentary Dig! that this commercial made The Dandy Warhols super popular in the UK.
14. “Grounds for Divorce”
The Seldom Seen Kid (2008)
Submitted By: @magearwig
Comments: Elbow’s crowning achievement, both song and album. And that guitar riff!
Edit: (Per Wikipedia) “Grounds for Divorce” was also featured in the 8th episode for the 5th season, and promos for the 6th season of the American TV-show House MD.
15. “A Chicken with It’s Head Cut Off”
Magnetic Fields
69 Love Songs (1999)
Submitted By: @scratchedsoul
Comments: I vaguely remember this and had my aging-brain’s thoughts confirmed by the lovely internet which is clearly never wrong. I’m not sure why JC Penney’s would go this way for an ad campaign, but that’s probably why I’m not in advertising. I’m guessing the executive who OKed this is not in advertising either. Incredibly catchy song (as most Magnetic Fields songs are), just not one to inspire shopping.
Edit: It’s a 2013 “Back to School” video, but I can’t find it.
16. “Underwear”
Magnetic Fields
69 Love Songs (1999)
Submitted By: @scratchedsoul
Comments: While looking to confirm my thoughts that the other Magnetic Fields song was indeed in a commercial, I also stumbled upon learning that this song was used for a 2009 Puma campaign. Why a footwear company would choose a song called “Underwear” to sell shoes is beyond me.
Edit: Found this one! And it’s another video where you have to watch a commercial to see a commercial. Thanks PUMA!
17. “Dueling Banjos”
Eric Weissberg and Steve Mandell
Dueling Banjos: From The Original Soundtrack Deliverance (1972)
Submitted By: Gorrck
Comments: Saw this used in a Kentucky Fried Panda Express commercial for PORK RIBS. WTF?
18. “Gigantic”
Surfer Rosa (1988)
Submitted By: @magearwig
Comments: 26 years after its release and less than a year after Kim Deal left the band, the Pixies’ “Gigantic” was co-opted by Apple to promote the iPhone 5S, thus verifying the sentiment that the band’s 2004 return was all about the money.
19. “Love Sick”
Bob Dylan
Time Out of Mind (1997)
Submitted By: Rockstar_Aimz
Comments: Remember our collective “What the fuck?” when Bob Dylan started shilling for Victoria’s Secret in 2004? It’s not like he needs the money. Maybe he was trying to introduce his music to a younger audience? Whatever. Bob works in mysterious ways.
20. “The Thanks I Get”
A bonus internet download to purchasers of Sky Blue Sky (2007) and also on the box setAlpha Mike Foxtrot: Rare Tracks 1994-2014 (2014)
Submitted By: Rockstar_Aimz
Comments: Wilco licensed half of Sky Blue Sky for advertising by Volkswagen. At the time I was somewhat offended that Wilco sold out (and equally offended that Sky Blue Sky sucked), but, unlike the Dylan and Buzzcocks fiascoes above, I can actually see Jeff Tweedy driving a Volkswagen.
Bonus! I thought of this one after I uploaded the mix and didn’t feel like re-uploading it.
The Beatles
The Beatles: 1967-1970 (1973)
Submitted By: Rockstar_Aimz
Comments: The hard rock version was released as the B-side of the “Hey Jude,” as opposed to the slower and experimental versions (“Revolution 1″ and “9”) on the white album. See below for the download. From Wikipedia:
In 1987, “Revolution” became the first Beatles recording to be licensed for use in a television commercial. Nike paid $500,000 for the right to use the song for one year, split between recording owner Capitol-EMI and song publisher ATV Music Publishing (owned by Michael Jackson). Commercials using the song started airing in March 1987.
The three surviving Beatles, through their record company Apple, filed a lawsuit in July 1987 objecting to Nike’s use of the song. The suit was aimed at Nike, its advertising agency Wieden+Kennedy, and Capitol-EMI Records. Capitol-EMI said the lawsuit was groundless because they had licensed the use of “Revolution” with the “active support and encouragement of Yoko Ono Lennon, a shareholder and director of Apple.” Ono had expressed approval when the commercial was released, saying the commercial “is making John’s music accessible to a new generation.”
The “Revolution” lawsuit and others involving the Beatles and EMI were settled out of court in November 1989, with the terms kept secret. The financial website included the Nike “Revolution” advertisement campaign in its list of the 100 key business events of the 20th century, as it helped “commodify dissent.”
Commodify dissent indeed. Thanks Yoko! Interesting write-up by the ad agency on theVimeo page.

Leaf Rapids debut album Lucky Stars

Fronted by husband & wife Keri & Devin LatimerLeaf Rapids came out of their popular indie folk band, Nathan. Keri and Devin’s outstanding talents grabbed the attention of industry heavy weights, including Canadian roots music producer Steve Dawson. Dawson, a prodigious multi-instrumentalist, was eager to work with Keri and Devin on their new project Leaf Rapids via his renowned record label Black Hen Music. As a five-time Juno award-winning producer, Dawson brought his powerful talents on a wide variety of instruments, from pedal steel to electric guitar, crafting a full band sound for this rootsy duo that borders on indie roots. 
Named for a small Manitoba town, Leaf Rapids is primarily a reflection of landscape – miles and miles of grass or snow in any direction, and the northern lights dancing above. Their sound resembles the Canadian grasslands, as beautiful as they are harsh, taking notes from Canada’s soft tones and tough seasons. 

1 Virtual Machine
2 April
3 Everything In Between
4 Don't Be Scared
5 Lucky Stars
6 Healing Feeling
7 Welcome Stranger
8 Vulture Lullaby
9 Gravity and a Ladder of Gold
10 Galaxie 500 
11 Agent of the Night                                                         
12 The Man Who Sold the World

purchase Lucky Stars via Black Hen Records or Amazon

On Lucky StarsLeaf Rapids shows a far-ranging vision of country & western music that stretches from Manitoba to Memphis. 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Strange Majik's "Lights On" Record Release Party Tues April 28

In what may be a coincidence or a conspiracy of epic proportions, Tuesday night Strange Majik was playing his weekly gig at Belle Reve when Kim and Kanye joined by Karlie Kloss made an unexpected appearance, a flurry of social media activity soon followed including Instagram, twitter and facebook posts by our hero in this story David Pattillo aka Strange Majik. Much to his surprise dp found himself with a deleted Facebook page and a wiped Facebook Musician page. Hopefully this will be rectified in the very near future, in the meanwhile though he has his record release show for 'Lights On' coming up Tuesday April 28th and limited ways to promote it. While this blog may not make much of a dent in the larger scheme of things, I feel it necessary to help get the word out for an artist I have much respect for and has become a valued friend. If there is anything you think you can do to help spread the word about the show it would be much appreciated especially in you're in the NYC area.
The Deets below

Bang Bang Boogaloo presents The Strange Majik Family Jam featuring PhaseoneEli BlackLaToya KennedyFiona Silver, and Valerie Broussard celebrating the LP release of Strange Majik’s “Lights On.”
Special guests: Carleigh JadeKiah Victoria, and The Montauk Project.
Tickets $8 ADV/$10 Door

Small club!! Get tickets now before it sells out!
7pm: The Montauk Project

8pm: Carleigh Jade

9pm: The Strange Majik Family Jam

10pm: Kiah Victoria

Drinks and Dinner follow with after party late night jam at
Belle Reve – 305 Church in Tribeca
Hats, hair and heels encouraged
Grab the 10 song digital album right now on iTunes, Bandcamp, or stream it on Spotify.

VINYL is available now from PLANE GROOVY UK: You can order the album now and they will include the digital. Request UK shipping and they will save you some $$!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Debut EP from New York City Renaissance Man, Ryan Link - Reverberations

Reverberations, is the debut EP from New York City renaissance man Ryan Link. Doing a stint in a cover band jamming on the blues, classic rock, and reggae, Reverberations adds a big robust rock n roll flavor to Alt-Country music, straddling that sweet spot between the genres.

Following his West Coast upbringing, a brief stint as a Berklee music student gave way to some local recognition as a power-pop frontman in Boston, where he released one album with Miss Fortune and an EP with Now Is Now. Around this time, Link was bit by the acting bug.

An “indefinite hiatus” led him on a sharp thespian detour into New York City theater. Less than two years after moving to the big city, Link made a Broadway debut in 2003 as rocker Roger in Jonathan Larson's Rent. He further made his mark on Broadway and across the country with the 2009 revival of Hair, the iconic American tribal love-rock musical.

Now with the release of Reverberations, Link is preparing to establish himself as a permanent fixture on the alt-country music scene.

Under The Rug
Not Going Anywhere

Reverberations, now available on iTunes
For more information on Ryan Link, visit his social media: OFFICIAL SITE | FACEBOOK  | CD BABY  | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM

Brooklyn's Blues Meister Yazan's NEW EP - Howlin'

Photo by James Sprang

Need a hefty dose of raunchy, muddy blues? Of course you do, it's the blood that pumps our hearts and feeds our emotions. Brooklyn's blues meister Yazan's third release, Howlin’ spreads his blues notes like thick chunky peanut butter on toast that sticks to the roof of your mouth. Aptly titled it evokes gut level primal needs.

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