Monday, April 26, 2021

Cheap Trick: In Another World (Album of the Week)

Rockford, Illinois's own Cheap Trick are back with a record guaranteed to fling you to the 1970s and fill you with nostalgia. In Another World had me grinning from ear to ear on the first listen with each successive play resulting in an out and out love for the album. It's so nice that people are still making music like this.

Here is the opening track.

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Pixey: Free To Live In Colour

Liverpool's own Pixey must think it's the year 1965. Her music sounds like it could have easily come out that year. The Yardbirds? The Stones? Brill Building chique? All present on her fantastic EP, Free To Live in Colour. 

Here is the opening track...

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Glasvegas: Godspeed

Glasgow's own Glasvegas are back with their own unique form of Brit Rock (a heavy dash of under the boardwalk lover's angst crooning). Godspeed is a fine record that even has 80's synth-pop influences. I feel like it's going to be a good summer listen, maybe during a walk around the lake!

Monday, April 19, 2021

Daniel Lanois: Heavy Sun (Album of the Week)

The musical world is a much better place with Daniel Lanois in it. He is well known for his producer work but I've always been more partial to his own music. His first album, Acadie, is easily in the Top 500 albums of all time. 

His latest offering is Heavy Sun which features a wide variety of musical styles, collaborators, and explorations. Here is one of my favorite tracks.

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Tune-Yards: Sketchy

The glory and power that is Tune-Yards are back with a new record. Sketchy. has all the requisite avant-garde tracks as well as some quite interesting pop tracks. I've always enjoyed this group's ability to fiercely explore new horizons. 

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Major Murphy: Access

Straight-up rock fans will rejoice at the latest offering from Bloomington, Indiana's Major Murphy. There are elements of dream pop and 90's indie present but mostly it just kicks ass. I'm looking forward to watching this band blossom and write their fire in the sky. 

Monday, April 12, 2021

The Fratellis: Half Drunk Under A Full Moon (Album of the Week)

If Glasgow's Fratellis went back in time to 1959 and found an "Enchantment Under The Sea" dance to play, it would sound like their latest album, Half Drunk Under A Full Moon. The lads have showcased this sound a few times on their previous album with a track here or there but this is an album made entirely of a sound over a half century old. 

It is marvelous...

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!