Monday, November 29, 2021

Geese: Projector (Album of the Week)

NYC's Geese are waving the post-punk flag high on their debut record, Projector. Some of the tracks even have a psychedelic flair to them. For example, the title track. 

All in all, a fantastic debut for a band that seems to have arrived in the wrong era. They should be playing CBGB's in 1979. But we get them in 2021. Thank god!

Friday, November 26, 2021

Black Marble: Fast Idol

Wistful walks down a cobblestone lane in morning dew soaked hamlet is what Black Marble is all about. And that scene is with a romantic interest is in the 1980s.  Fast Idol is the latest from the pride of Brooklyn and is replete with mind water colours.

Monday, November 22, 2021

Helado Negro: Far In (Album of the Week)

Helado Negro is a Ecuadorian treasure. His latest record, Far In, has taken deep root in my soul these past few weeks, and will never let go. The album has elements of soul, lounge, chill, and lo-fi. It's completely modern and fits perfectly into the 21st-century zeitgeist of music. 

Fifteen tracks of sheer is one of my favorites recently performed live!

Sunday, November 21, 2021

Fleet Foxes: Crack-Up (Autumn Music Series)

Seattle's own Fleet Foxes were the soundtrack to my leaf raking yesterday and it was amazing! I took in their third offering, Crack-Up, and it really captured that autumnal wistfulness that I crave this time of the year. 

Always those echo-y voices remind me of fall...

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Parquet Courts: Sympathy For Life

NYC's own Parquet Courts latest record, Sympathy For Life, is an indie delight. The droning and buzzy guitars remind me of every glorious night I've ever experienced at The Entry. And all the ones I've dreamt of...

Monday, November 15, 2021

Yes: The Quest (Album of the Week)

Yes has been a part of of my life since I was a toddler in the early '70s. I can clearly remember my father playing The Yes Album and Fragile so loud in the basement that our kitchen floor rattled. So, the London art-rock outfit has had a special place in my heart for over five decades. 

The Quest is the band's 22nd record and the first without their founder, Chris Squire, who passed away in 2015. The current lineup is Jon Davison on vocals, Steve Howe on guitars, Billy Sherwood on bass (the person that Squire insisted take his spot if he passed away), Geoff Downes on keyboards and Alan White on drums. 

It's a fantastic record filled with music that is a rare find these days. Here is the opening track.

Saturday, November 13, 2021

Pinkpanteress: To Hell With it

The debut full length from Pinkpantheress is here and I am most thankful. The London native's lounge-y, chill club vibe is ridiculously cool. And by cool, I mean Kennedy era cool but for 2021. To Hell With It is bril!

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Sam Fender: Seventeen Going Under

North Shields' own Sam Fender has dropped his sophomore effort and my guitar pop-soul is most happy. The best part is the opening track which fits perfectly into my autumnal playlist. The echo-y guitar and stories of yore...a shiver and a sigh...early November bliss:)

Monday, November 8, 2021

Primitive Broadcast Service: Colors For Chameleons (Album of the Week)

Milwaukee's own Primitive Broadcast Service is keeping the post-punk movement strongly alive with their latest release. Color For Chameleons is a stunning record that harkens back to the days of the first couple of 'Mats records. There are even quiet, contemplative moments such as this...

Frontman JD Morgan describes the track.

Murmur is a track that enters the album like a wandering mind set loose amid the noise and raw anxiety of the tracks around it and is a nice little break for a few minutes, though a dissonant one. It's a ghost (or dark spirit) story about a mysterious fire that destroyed a woman's house in 2003, though even this is not so clear, I am compelled to say. I'm not really sure what the song is about, and I don't believe the singer of "Murmur" to be a trustworthy narrator.

The band will be heading out on the road soon so make sure to check them out when they come to your city! 

Sunday, November 7, 2021

Finneas: Optimist

Sometimes downer music is hilariously wonderful. That's exactly how I would describe Optimist by LA's Finneas. The title is tongue in cheek, of course, and is a perfect commentary on millennial and Gen Z culture in 2021. 

Here are a couple of examples...

Saturday, November 6, 2021

Coldplay: Music of the Spheres

The band that refers to themselves as a fourth-rate U2 is back with a new record called Music of the Spheres. London's own Coldplay has gotten back a little of their street cred on this one. There are plenty of tracks to please the newer fans but for old ones like me who have been there since "Ode To Deodorant" came out as a cassette single in 1998, there are several tracks that harken back to those days of yore. 

Case in point, the album's closer. It could easily be on Parachutes or Rush of the Blood to the Head. It could also be a soundtrack for our galaxy:)

Thursday, November 4, 2021

Badbadnotgood: Talk Memory

I like music that challenges me. And that's exactly what Talk Memory by Toronto's own Badbadnotgood does. Is it freeform jazz? Fusion? Cinematic journies? All of the above...

It also reminds me of that friend you had who was a musician that would cajole you into going to his shows, even though you had massive trepidation. And then it was amazing! 

Monday, November 1, 2021

Duran Duran: Future Past (Album of the Week)

Duran Duran's latest record is perfectly titled. Future Past is exactly that. It hits all the right notes for the fans and sounds modern at the same time. Example.

I found my 54-year-old self cheering to my 16-year-old self back in 1983...singing along with all the do do do dos.

And then, of course, we have the classic 80s club dance number...

So many bands from the 80s have faded away. It makes me so happy that this band is still going strong!!!