Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Martha: Heart is Healing (Track of the Week)

Jangly guitar pop has never been better with the band Martha. Hailing from the tiny village of Pity Me in County Durham, England, Martha's third full length, Love Keeps Kicking, is an 11 track romp that is tons o' fun.

Here is the opening track, my pick to get this holiday week jump started right!

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Naked Eyes: Promises, Promises (Throwback Thursday)

Bath, England's own Naked Eyes scored big in the 80's with two hits. The first, "Always Something There To Remind Me," was a fun pop song. The second was bloody out of this world amazing and that's my Throwback Thursday selection this week.

"Promises Promises" was from their first full length called Burning Bridges and, oddly, it's the last track on the album. I remember the record coming out on my 16th birthday and this track was an essential part of my soundtrack for that summer. Here is the video which saw heavy rotation on MTV.

Memories of early crushes and hopes of something more....

Monday, May 20, 2019

Operators: Days (Track of the Week)

Dan Boeckner is a British Columbia treasure. His many different adventures have been a shining light in the music scene for the last two decades. His latest project, Operators, brings us back to those glorious days of 80's synth. Radiant Dawn is the second full length from this groups. Here is the opening track...

Sunday, May 19, 2019

The National: I Am Easy To Find (Album of the Week)

Well, I guess I have to like The National now. Their latest full length is downright amazing. I have to admit that I tried fairly hard to ignore this Cincinnati band. They've always seemed like they are intruding on UK dream pop, shoegaze territory and trying too hard to be all the great bands that I love from the Holy Land. But they've finally done it with I Am Easy To Find. What a stunner!

Here is one of many great tracks from the record.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Free: All Right Now

As the summer approaches, I begin to get a hankering for classic, 1970's rock. The London based quartet, Free, released a song at the very start of that magical decade called "All Right Now." It was a massive foreshadowing of the amazing music that was to come over the next 10 years. Of course, the band's leader, Paul Rodgers, went on to rock icon status with Bad Company and The Firm. But it was the band Free where it all started.

Here is your Throwback Thursday track!

Monday, May 13, 2019

Big Thief: Contact (Track of the Week)

Brooklyn's own Big Thief are a nice breath of fresh air in this spring season. Their third full length, U.F.O.F., just dropped and it's thoroughly wonderful. It's an easy going record and an early contender for regular rotation on summer playlists.

Here's the first track, my pick for track of the week.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Soak: Grim Town (Album of the Week)

Bridie Monds-Watson is a young lass from Derry, Northern Ireland who makes some mighty fine indie folk dream pop music. Her stage name is SOAK and she has just released her second full length called Grim Town. I liken it to an adventure exploring modern relationships and how they work in the 21st century. I hear a lot of Portishead in her music and yet it's still her own, unique voice.

Here's my favorite track...

Monday, May 6, 2019

Fat White Family: Feet (Track of the Week)

South London's Fat White Family are on odd little outfit but I like them quite a bit. Their third full length, Serf's Up, just dropped and it is mighty fine in terms of indie pop bliss. The opening track is my pick for track of the week.


Sunday, May 5, 2019

Lizzo: Cuz I Love You (Album of the Week)

Holy crap is Lizzo out of this world amazing! Her third full length, Cuz I Love You, just dropped and I can't stop playing it. I might be a tad biased being that she is from my hometown of Minneapolis but anyone who is even remotely into rap music will love this record. She completely destroyed Coachella a couple of weeks ago and is well on her way to superstar status.

Here's my favorite track from the record...

Go buy it NOW!!

Thursday, May 2, 2019

The Call: Walls Came Down (Throwback Thursday)

Last week's throwback put me in an 80's mood so we're going to continue that trend this week. Santa Cruz's own The Call put out some great music in the 80's and their second LP, Modern Romans, had this staple of MTV.