Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Kool And The Gang: Perfect Union

The pride of New Jersey, Kool and The Gang, have released their first new record in fourteen years. Perfect Union is, well, a perfect Kool and the Gang record with all the usual hooks and crazy danceability. I'm not ashamed to admit that I have been shaking it all over my living room to this album. 

Here is a taste...

Monday, September 27, 2021

Manic Street Preachers: The Ultra Vivid Lament (Album of the Week)

The Manics are back with a wonderful new record called The Ultra Vivid Lament. A return to form for certain, it's been sending me on a massive nostalgia wave for the last couple of weeks, remembering those classic records from the '90s. Most bands just don't make albums like this anymore. 

Thank god Blackwood's favorite sons do!

Sunday, September 26, 2021

Saint Etienne: I've Been Trying To Tell You

Love is pleading. Sometimes it just is that way. Saint Etienne knows this quite well and so they made an entire record devoted to this fact. The London band's latest, I've Been Trying To Tell You, brings me back to those pleading days when love was so much more complicated. 

And yet easy...


Friday, September 24, 2021

Lorde: Solar Power

Auckland goddess Lorde's latest record is completely amazing. Solar Power, her third offering, features a wide range of pop stylings, complete with her signature vocal mixes that are beyond gorgeous. 

Here is the title track...

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Jade Bird: Different Kinds of Light

Hexham, Northumberland phenom Jade Bird has just released her sophomore effort and I am really digging it of late. Different Kinds of Light is a classic jangly guitar pop oriented album rooted in Brit Rock goodness. She is showing some amazing growth as an artist. Check it out!!

Monday, September 20, 2021

The Killers: Pressure Machine (Album of the Week)

Las Vegas's own The Killers have released a very interesting new record that deeply channels their inner Bruce Springsteen. They've taken departures from their signature sound before but this is crazy different yet in a good way. I found myself deeply fascinated by the stories they were telling on every single track. 

Americana, dark version. Wow.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Deafheaven: Infinite Granite

The pure pop sounds of Deafheaven have been in constant rotation in my house for the past couple weeks. Their latest record, Infinite Granite, is shoegaze dreamy at its finest. Every track is cloud, blue sky gold. 

Dream pop fans will love this one! 

Monday, September 13, 2021

Villagers: Fever Dreams (Album of the Week)

Dublin's own Villagers are back with a fantastic new record called Fever Dreams. The quiet, introspective style they are known for is present along with some lo-fi vibes which are quite refreshing.

I've always admired how this band uses echo in their songs. It seems a basic sort of effect but the way these guys do it adds in beaucoup nostalgia. 

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Wily Mason: Already Dead

NYC's Wily Mason is back with his fifth long-player and his upbeat pessimism is thanfkully still strong. Already Dead has some great high-energy tempos with themes that are quite dark. Love this combo!

Here is the opening track...

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Billie Eilish: Happier Than Ever

My daughter got me in to Billie Eilish and I'm very grateful she did. The LA native is a genius and her new record, Happier Than Ever, is a stellar sophomore effort. An incredibly wide range of styles are present on this album.

Here is my favorite romantic...

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Torres: Thirstier

The groovy 60's fuzz pop sound of Torres's latest record (Thirstier) has been a recent obsession of mine. The Orlando, Florida native has been making great music for nearly a decade and her latest is my favorite. Dripping with modern nostalgia!


Monday, September 6, 2021

Jake Bugg: Saturday Night, Sunday Morning (Album of the Week)

The pride of Nottingham is not Robin Hood as many of us yanks might think. It's actually Jake Bugg. He's back with a very upbeat and soulful record called Saturday Night, Sunday Morning. His jangly guitar sound is present, of course, but there's much more to this album than his previous offerings. He's wandered into Miles Kane/Alex Turner territory with this one. Maybe he's always been there...:)

Here is the opening!!

Sunday, September 5, 2021

Bleachers: Take The Sadness Out Of Saturday Night

NYC's Bleachers has a fab new record out that is pure pop sugar. Take The Sadness Out Of Saturday Night is solid from start to finish. It reminds me a lot of an album that MTV would have promoted the crap out of in the early 80's. 

Here is one of my favorite tracks...

Saturday, September 4, 2021

David Crosby Joins Steely Dan

Well, sort of. The last offering from David Crosby, For Free, contains a collaboration with Donald Fagan. The track has a classic Dan theme and style. Back in the early days of Steely Dan, they had multiple vocalists. Maybe Crosby could join for a new round of this? 

Friday, September 3, 2021

Piroshka: Love Drips and Gathers

Super group Piroshka has released their sophomore effort and it's every bit as good as their first record. Love Drips and Gathers is dream pop goodness. I massively heart the places it takes my mind palace. 

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

The Goon Sax: Mirror II

Brisbane's own The Goon Sax third effort, Mirror II, is stellar. I'm in a very dark emo place these days and this record is the perfect soundtrack. A modern-day Joy Divison!