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
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.
01 Criminal Style
02 Box Of Wine
03 Luckiest Man Here On Earth
04 More Than A Love Song
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' 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
"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.
1. Union Pacific
2. Get a Fire Going
4. Brighter Every Day
5. Ours for the Taking
6. Wind on the Mountain
7. Days of Gray
8. Sierra Nevada
10. Go On
11. Colorado River
Available Now on iTunes, Spotify, Cdbaby.com
"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.”
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
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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?
Vinyl, CD or digital?
What films have had a lasting impact on you?
Donuts or cupcakes?
Whiskey or Beer?
Favorite road food?
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
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
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
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
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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Fronted by husband & wife Keri & Devin Latimer, Leaf 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
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 Stars, Leaf Rapids shows a far-ranging vision of country & western music that stretches from Manitoba to Memphis.
Thursday, April 23, 2015
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
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
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
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.