Sunday, April 11, 2021

Skegss: Rehearsal

I've always loved garage bands. So loud. That's why Byron Bay, New South Wales natives Skegss have been in heavy rotation at my house these last few weeks. Their sophomore effort is called Rehearsal and it sounds nothing like one. 

Here is one of my favorite tracks.

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Ben Howard: Collections From The Whiteout

Bantham, Devon native Ben Howard is back with yet another treasure of an album. Collections From The Whiteout is his fourth record and continues his explorations of the small but amazing stories of the tucked-away places of the world. He also engages in some fairly serious introspection. 

Here is one of my favorite tracks...

Monday, April 5, 2021

Lana Del Rey: Chemtrails Over The Country Club (Album of the Week)

Lana Del Rey continues to dazzle the world with her brilliance. The NYC native's latest offering, Chemtrails Over The Country Club, is a journey into a David Lynch-like world of warped nostalgia and Americana. Each track peels back a layer of heartache. 

She's a genius, folks! 

Friday, April 2, 2021

Genesis Owusu: Smiling With No Teeth

Canberra, Australia's own Genesis Owusu has dropped his first full length and it is a giant breath of fresh air. Smiling With No Teeth is bloody mags with its driving beats, marvelous stories, and penetrating lyrics. It's just so cool I can hardly stand it!

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Lake Street Dive: Obviously

The soft soul of the '80s and '90s seems relegated to a deeply buried Satellite radio station or, worse, the piped-in music in a department store or elevator. I'm sure most people think the style of music that is so eloquently showcased in the theme song from the 80's TV show Moonlighting by Al Jarreau is dated and should be pronounced dead. 

But I don't. I love it. It gives me that nostalgia that I crave every day. 

That's why I'm happy to see Boston's Lake Street Dive carrying their torch of this genre and doing it with aplomb. Their latest offering is Obviously and it's old school perfect!

Monday, March 29, 2021

Kings of Leon: When You See Yourself (Album of the Week)

Kings of Leon are back with another fantastic record. When You See Yourself is bright, upbeat, and darn near perfect for the start of spring. I continue to be impressed by the growth of this Nashville outfit with their soul-carving tracks of power and wonder. 

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Sg Lewis: Times

Reading's own Sg Lewis has a vibe that I am really digging right now. His debut album, Times, just dropped and I find myself yearning for the days of late-night dancing in the main room at First Avenue. It's a tight, yet ultra exploratory nine-song set that gets those hips revolving!