Saturday, October 1, 2022

Thee Sacred Souls: Thee Sacred Souls

SoCal's sweet pioneers of soul Thee Sacred Souls have just dropped their long-awaited debut and self-titled LP. It's twelve amazing tracks that continue the now massive soul revival music going on around the world. This record has everything from classic grooves to that signature Motown echo in the vocals

Find a romantic partner and dance the night away, close together and slowly...

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Laufey: Everything I Know About Love

Icelandic wonder Laufey has just dropped her first album and it is loungey jazz wonder of epic proportions. Everything I Know About Love makes me feel like I'm in a Kennedy Era Cool club in NYC drinking a Vesper and letting the beautiful sounds of Laufey's voice cascade over me like soothing icicles. 

Monday, September 26, 2022

Embrace: How To Be A Person Like Other People (Album of The Week)

The soul lifting sounds of the Bailiff Bridge lads known as Embrace have been my soundtrack for the last couple of weeks with their new record, How To Be A Person Like Other People. Their usual stadium sing a long style is present along with some fantastic pop numbers. And, is as always the case with them, they deeply explore the human condition in a magnificent way!

Here is one of my faves...

Saturday, September 24, 2022

Hot Chip: Freakout/Release

London synth pop dance kings Hot Chip are back with Freakout/Release, another amazing foray into late night club sweat and grooves. There are also some solid pop tracks on this record that remind me of late 70s AM radio.

Example.

Thursday, September 22, 2022

James: Born of Frustration (Autumn Music Series)

It's that time of the year again...my favorite season...FALL! And that means the Autumn Music Series is back. Time to find that special someone and curl up by the fire or take a walk in about to be very crunchy leaves and listen to some fantastic autumnal music. 

First up is a classic track from 1991 from Manchester's own James. "Born of Frustration" has the essential echo-y guitar and haunting lyrics that must be present in a fall tune. It's quite powerful!


As always, click the tag below for the perfect playlist. 

Monday, September 19, 2022

Key: Gasoline-The 2Nd Album (Album of the Week)

Key from K-Pop sensation Shinee, has just released his sophomore effort and it's one of my favorites in the genre. Gasoline-The 2Nd Album is filled with bangers and crowd pleasers. It's just solid pop music. Key does an amazing job of mixing up rhythms and styles. The cinematic hooks are completely wonderful. 

Here is my favorite track on the record...


 I'm a novice to K-Pop and am really enjoying diving deeper and deeper into this amazing style of music.

Sunday, September 18, 2022

Kikagaku Moyo: Kumoyo Island

The pride of Tokyo, Kikagaku Moyo, has released yet another amazing exploration of psychedelic pop. Kumoyo Island is their finest record yet. Kick back and let your mind palace open with these eleven transplendent tracks. 

Here is the opening track...

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

The Chats: Get Fucked

Raw and powerful. Those are two words I would use to characterize Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia wonders The Chats. Their sophomore effort, Get Fucked, turns it up to eleven. It's as if a band formed from the world of a Mad Max film. Thank god!

Here is the album opener...

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Zara Larsson: Poster Girl

Sometimes I'm just a sucker for good pop. Zara Larsson's latest album, Poster Girl, fits the bill perfectly. The Stockholm native is a spiritual sister to Saint Etienne with her own flavors added in for extra zest! You just can't stop Poster Girl in the middle. You have to go all the way through The whole record is start-to-finish amazing! 

Here is one of my faves...

Monday, September 12, 2022

Muse: Will of the People (Album of the Week)

The titans of Teignmouth, Devon are back and proving once again why they are the kings of Glam Rock. Will of the People by Muse is a "back to what we do best" record with all the drive and energy of their first four records. Headbangers and electronic thrusts of sheer power!

Here is one of my faves...

 

Sunday, September 11, 2022

Sylvan Esso: No Rules Sandy

I guess we'll make this weekend an electronic music thing with a peek at Sylvan Esso's latest record called No Rules Sandy. It's a lot of really cool short tracks that are not only catchy but also could be a soundtrack to a cyberpunk movie set in a place with a village green. Dare I say that some of it sounds almost autumnal.

Check it out...

Saturday, September 10, 2022

Hudson Mohawke: Cry Sugar

Some classify Glasgow's Hudson Mohawke as "electronic music" but he's quite a lot more than that. He continually pushes the boundaries of the genre into pop, soul, and even an 80s vibe. His latest is called Cry Sugar and it is magnificent.

Here is one of my faves.

Monday, September 5, 2022

Jamie T: The Theory of Whatever (Album of the Week)

It's always a fine week when the pride of South London releases a new record. Jamie T is back with The Theory of Whatever, another amazing exploration in the world of pop music. He's pushing the boundaries of the genre once again with rap-infused bangers and a decidedly chill-out vibe.

Here is the opening track...

Friday, September 2, 2022

Domi and Jd Beck: Not Tight

Sometimes I'm in the mood for weird electronic music that reminds me of a 70's lounge combined with a cyberpunk fever dream. Thankfully, Domi and Jd Beck can deliver this exact style to me with their amazing music. Their latest is called Not Tight and it has many tracks.

Here is one of the best...

Thursday, September 1, 2022

Kasabian: The Alchemist's Euphoria

Leicester's own Kasabian are back with an absolute corker of a record that pulses like a sun going supernova. The Alchemist's Euphoria moves and grooves in all the best ways. It's hard to believe that this Brit Rock outfit has made seven records already! 

Here is one of my faves from the album...

Monday, August 29, 2022

Jack White: Entering Heaven Alive (Album of the Week)

Jack White is a national treasure and an officially venerated icon of rock and roll. His latest record illustrates why this is the case. 

Entering Heaven Alive is pure rock goodness, encapsulating pretty much the entirety of the genre's history. White switches effortlessly from Zep dripped 70s arena rock to a Neil Young in the 1990's vibe. And then, just as suddenly, he's sounding like a cross between Bach and the Small Faces!

Here is the opening track...

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Calvin Harris: Funk Wav Bounces Vol.2

The chill grooves of Calvin Harris's latest jam are suiting me just fine right now. Funk Wav Bounces Vol.2 is an absolutely perfect soundtrack for 1am third wind rides into the beauty of the late night/early morning mist. 

Ride, brothers and sisters...

Monday, August 22, 2022

C. Duncan: Alluvium (Album of the Week)

C Duncan is the pride of Glasgow. His latest record is called Alluvium and it represents a new high in terms of cinematic music. It's just so...beautiful. Honestly, I was moved to tears about halfway through the third track ("We Have A Lifetime") and its sheer wonder.

Here is the opening track...


 

Sunday, August 21, 2022

Tallies: Patina

Toronto's own Tallies latest offering has been in heavy rotation in my house since it dropped a few weeks ago. Patina shimmers like a bright star and is cosmic journey awesome. It's great guitar jangle pop for really any occasion.

Here is the opening track...

Saturday, August 20, 2022

Cuco: Fantasy Getaway

The pride of Hawthorne, California is back with an amazing record called Fantasy Getaway. Cuco has brought lounge lizard electronica to Mount Everest-like heights. 

I want to chill within this vibe forever...

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

The Sadies: Colder Streams

The Sadies are a Toronto gem. Their latest, Colder Streams, is a fantastic foray into psychedelic pop. Cosmic mind journeys are abundant on this record which amazingly marks their fourth decade on the scene. 

Here is the opening track...

Monday, August 15, 2022

Lizzo: Special (Album of the Week)

Lizzo is amazing! And she's from my hometown of Minneapolis!! Her latest release is called Special and it is that indeed. I just love how honest she is in all her lyrics. Zero filter is always the best way to go.

She truly is the future of R&B and with each release I can see this artist achieving Everest like heights and beyond. 

Here is the title track...

Friday, August 12, 2022

Lil Silva: Yesterday Is Heavy

Bedford's own Lil Sliva has just released his sophomore effort and it is truly a gem of electronic music. Yesterday is Heavy is chill and danceable at the same time, reminding me a lot of Friendly Fires. The sonic mindscapes he creates are crazy in their expansiveness.

You must "Be Cool" and buy this record!

Monday, August 8, 2022

The Kooks: 10 Tracks To Echo In The Dark (Album of the Week)

The pride of Brighton is back! The Kooks have a new record out called 10 Tracks To Echo In The Dark and it is marvelous. The album continues the band's exploration of synth soul and pop while still retaining their "dudes with guitars" street cred. The Kooks continue to be cornerstones of Brit Rock with this wonderful entry into the pantheon of holy music.  

Here is one of fave tracks...classic Kooks!

Sunday, August 7, 2022

Steve Lacy: Gemini Rights

Compton's own Steve Lacy is a musical pioneer. And he's exploring horizons that most musicians only dream of seeking. His sophomore effort, Gemini Rights, is an exquisite kiss of music history in terms of genre and style. As always, his guitar work is stellar. 

Here is one of my faves...

Friday, August 5, 2022

Chris: Ryan Adams (Another Album of the Week)

I'm bookending this week with another selection from Ryan Adams. Chris is the third of a trilogy of albums that were originally due to come out in 2019. Wednesdays and Big Colors, the first two chapters, set a tone of dark Americana that is lost due to love, life, and a world that doesn't exist anymore. 

Chris is a heartfelt tribute to a close friend of Adams who is no longer with us. It has the same late 70s/early 80s radio sound that all of his most recent albums share. It's a common thread of nostalgia for a place lost in the ashes of time and that's honestly pretty fucking sad.

Here is the title track...

Monday, August 1, 2022

Ryan Adams: FM (Album of the Week)

How many albums can Ryan Adams release over a year-long period? The answer seems to be as many as he fucking wants to release. FM is the third release of 2022 alone and the fourth over the last year if you count 2021's Big Colors

His latest effort sees him once again diving deeply into that radio sound of the late 70s and early 80s. FM could easily be one of those records that everyone in your high school bought that day it came out and wore it out from play just a few months later. 

It's nostalgia for a time that was but never was...

Saturday, July 30, 2022

Interpol: The Other Side Of Make-Believe

NYC's own Interpol is back with another stellar album filled with indie goodness. The Other Side Of Make-Believe delivers for fans and newcomers alike with its dark yet poppy, drone-y yet uplifting vibe. 

Here is a sample...

Thursday, July 28, 2022

Burna Boy: Love, Damini

The heart and soul of Port Harcourt, Nigeria is back with yet another stellar record. Burna Boy is a STAR. Love, Damini is an instant classic, and the main reason why is its diversity in style. Pop, rap, beat, hip hop, and a deep hometown sound are all present on this record. 

There are many guests on this album and I think my fave is the track with Ed Sherhan. 


Monday, July 25, 2022

The Fixx: Every Five Seconds (Album of the Week)

The Fixx is a truly amazing band. They are an 80s pop sensation who is quite beloved by fans of that era for their big hits. Yet the London lads have continued to make relevant music into the 21st century.  Their latest record, Every Five Seconds, is easily as good as their first three albums (all masterpieces). Ten tracks of modern nostalgia. 

Here is one of my faves...

Thursday, July 21, 2022

Journey: "Lights" and "Lovin, Touchin', Squeezin'" (Throwback Thursday)

I haven't done a Throwback Thursday in far too long and Frisco's Journey has been in heavy rotation on all of my playing devices of late so here we go.

When I was growing up and listening to that crappy old Realistic radio my mom gave me, WLS out of Chicago played these two tracks constantly. Both were hits but not as huge as later songs would be. Honestly, they helped to shape my first romantic thoughts.  

For me, this is Journey. 


Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Adrian Belew: Elevator

Guitar legend and art rock god Adrian Belew is back with a fantastic new record called Elevator. It warms my heart that Belew is back making solo records again. His latest showcases his diverse style and insane ingenuity, especially on guitar.

Example? The opening track...

Monday, July 18, 2022

Porcupine Tree: Closure/Continuation (Album of the Week)

Art Rock juggernauts Porcupine Tree are back after a 13 year absence and I most thankful. The Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire lads continue their magic with Closure/Continuation. Their latest has a decidedly more heavy tone in both theme and style. All of their signature sonic explorations are present, though, and Wilson's voice still sends me on cosmic journeys to other galaxies. 

Here is the opening track. 

Friday, July 15, 2022

The Sheepdogs: Outta Sight

The phrase "they don't make music like they used to" no longer applies. There are multiple retro bands spanning all sorts of old-school genres that have been making music for the last several years.

One of the best is Saskatoon's own The Sheepdogs. They sound like they fell out of a Volkswagon van in the year 1974. Their latest is called Outta Sight and it truly is...

Here is the opening track.

Viagra Boys: Cave World

Loud and raucous. That's how I like music from time to time. The Viagra Boys fit that bill perfectly. Their latest record is called Cave World and it's incredibly obnoxious (in a good way) from the beginning. 

Here is my favorite track...

Monday, July 11, 2022

The Brian Jonestown Massacre: Fire Doesn't Grow On Trees

Frisco's jewel, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, keep proving why they are in a class by themselves. Their latest record, Fire Doesn't Grow On Trees, is another stunner of an effort in a now over 30 year pantheon of psychedelic pop awesomeness. 

Anton is an Ineffable Mindfuck! (the last two words of this sentence is an actual track on the record).

Sunday, July 10, 2022

Mt.Joy: Orange Blood

It's a perfect summer when Mt. Joy releases a new record. The Philly (now LA) natives will always be associated with the warmer months of the year ever since a disc golf buddy turned me on to them a couple of years back. 

Their latest is called Orange Blood. It's their third record and the journey this band is on is extraordinary. It's a wonderfully mixed-up bouquet of dream pop, psych-pop, indie, and shoegaze. 

Here is the title track...

Friday, July 8, 2022

Joan Shelley: The Spur

Louisville's own Joan Shelley is a Kentucky treasure. For more than a decade, this amazing artist has made deeply Americana-themed music that gets right to the soul of this country. 

Her latest is called The Spur and it makes me feel like home...

Thursday, July 7, 2022

Drake: Honestly, Nevermind

Drake's new album Honestly, Nevermind is completely amazing and folks need to give the Toronto native massive props. He does stream of consciousness better than most rap artists and that's really the key to the genre, in my not so humble opinion. 

A great example is this track...


Drake is a pioneer and the world is a better place with him in it. 

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Young Guv: Guv III (Album of the Week)

Jangly guitar pop is truly needed in everyone's life. Thankfully, Young Guv is around to fill that need. The Toronto native's third record is classic DUDES WITH GUITARS goodness. Guv III is a sheer wonder of a classic sound (think The Byrds, The La's, Oasis) that should be played on every possible listening device!

Here is the opening track...

Saturday, July 2, 2022

Stars: From Capelton Hill

Montreal's own Stars with their tenth (!) album and it's just a ton of fun. From Capelton Hill is chock full o' pure pop bliss. I hope this record inspires bands to make more music like this.

Here is one of my favorite tracks...

Friday, July 1, 2022

Todd Rundgren: The Unpredictable Tour

The first night of Todd Rundgren's Unpredictable Tour kicked off last night at Summerfest in Milwaukee and it certainly lived up to its name although most die hard Todd fans like me (this was my 22nd time seeing him live) know that surprises are the norm. 

The set had some very interesting covers ("Don't Bogart That Joint" "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" "Hash Pipe" just to name a few) mixed in with Todd classics and deep cuts. I was particularly impressed with "It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference," "Compassion," and "Buffalo Grass." The band was in top form on those songs and Todd was just magical. Hearing "Lysistrata" and "One World" from the Utopia album Swing To The Right were most appropriate given the current times. Crowd pleasers "I Saw The Light" and "Hello It's Me" were also present.

When he comes to your town, check it out. This show is MUST SEE!!






The Fixx: Live in 2022

London's own The Fixx are out on the road supporting a new record (review coming soon) and it is a must see show. I caught their show in Milwaukee last night and it was stellar! They did a fantastic job of mixing in their new music with their classic tunes. 

I was most impressed by their showmanship, in particular, front man Cy Curnin kept the crowd engaged for the entire set. The band was just ON for the 90 minute show and sounded just like they did over 40 years ago. 

The 80s renaissance continues and it is glorious! 
Check them out when they come to your town! 



Thursday, June 30, 2022

Pink Mountaintops: Peacock Pools

Vancouver's own Pink Mountaintops make me happy. They make music like people use to make it. I realize that's a cliche but I know I am among many who are quite tired of computers playing instruments. So, when I hear those loud and rolling Fenders on this track...


...I break out my air guitar! 

Peacock Pools is their fourth offering to the world and it is bloody mags! 

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Kendrick Lamar: Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers

Mr. Lamar is back with a truly extraordinary record called Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers. The Compton native seems to have found is deepest socially conscious voice yet with the nine tracks contained on this gem.

Here is my fave...

Monday, June 27, 2022

Foals: Life Is Yours (Album of the Week)

Oxford lads Foals are back with a new record called Life Is Yours. Within a few seconds of my first listen, I wondered if I had picked up a Level 42 album instead. Being a total nerd for that 80s outfit, I was ecstatic! The themes and the style of this record will make fans of either band happy. 

Get ready to dance!

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Psychedelic Porn Crumpets: Night Gnomes

Perth's own Psychedelic Porn Crumpets are back with their fifth long-player of scrumptious, mind-warping fun. Night Gnomes is yet another example of the musical renaissance going on in Australia, most of it in the psych pop genre. Bril!


Thursday, June 23, 2022

Monophonics: Sage Motel

Monophonics are back with more sweet soul bliss guaranteed to soothe your spirit in these trouble times. Sage Motel is a big beautiful kiss from the early 1970's, my favorite time period for R&B.

Here is the title track...

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Tears For Fears: The Tipping Point (Album of the Summer)

Tears For Fears has always meant SUMMER for me. My heart grows immediately warm when I hear their music because it reminds me of so many summers in my 80s youth. Watching their videos on MTV or hearing their latest hit (and there were SO many) on the radio, the band just sounds better in the summer!

So, it's only natural that their latest record, The Tipping Point, is my choice for the soundtrack to your summer. The title track alone, which I highlighted when I made the record my Album of the Week last March, oozes summer wind and chlorine-smelling pools.

The last track, though, is just perfect for that late-night drive home from a summer date. The wind blowing...maybe by the beach somewhere...or even in a city with all the lights...mmm...

Monday, June 20, 2022

Wilco: Cruel Country (Album Of The Week)

Wilco is back with a two album set called Cruel Country and it honestly couldn't have come at a better time. Our country is really fucked up right now and it's somehow comforting to hear Tweedy sing about its current state of malaise. All 21 tracks deeply explore Americana and how its heart can sometimes be dark. 

"I love my country like a little child. I love my country, stupid and cruel, red white and blue."

Wow. 

Saturday, June 18, 2022

Yerin: Aria EP

I've gone from a few toes to now a full half leg dipped into K Pop. I can't help it! Some of it is just really infectious. 

Take Yerin, for example. Formerly of the outfit GFriend and now solo has an amazing first volley out called Aria. I think it's the 80s kid in me that just needs some bubble gum pop once in a while.

Thursday, June 16, 2022

Kevin Morby: This Is A Photograph

Kevin Morby gets to a place in me that only he can access. It's weird and hard to explain. You just have to buy all of his albums and listen to them a lot. 

His latest is called This Is A Photograph and it's a complete gem. Here is one my faves from the record...

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

The Pineapple Thief: Give It Back (Rewired)

I took a trip to England when I was 16. I celebrated my 17th birthday in London. It was magical in just about every way. We stayed in a little village called Templecombe and would regularly go into Yeovil to hang out, mostly at the pub. 

Imagine my surprise when I found out that prog rock titans, The Pineapple Thief, are from Yeovil! It made my hear warm:)

Their latest is called Give It Back and it is a sheer delight. Here is one of faves from the record. 

Monday, June 13, 2022

Sunflower Bean: Headful of Sugar (Album of the Week)

The pure pop bliss of Sunflower Bean continues to cradle me like a newborn infant. Their latest is Headful of Sugar and it soothes the soul straight away from track #1.


The next track is just...perfect...
 

The pride of Brooklyn continues to fly towards new horizons! 

Friday, June 10, 2022

Warpaint: Radiate Like This

I want to radiate like Warpaint. They are the epitome of cool. Their latest record is called Radiate Like This and it's all about the vibe. Late nights, early mornings, chill out, the city, romance and mystery-all are present on this magnificent album. 

Sultry...

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

The Black Keys: Dropout Boogie

The Black Keys are just awesome. It's impossible for them to make a bad album. Each one is better than the last one and that's likely due to their infinite search for the unfindable musical horizon. 

Their latest is called Dropout Boogie and it's a stunner from start to finish. Check out the opening track...

Monday, June 6, 2022

Liam Gallagher: C'mon You Know (Album of the Week)

Our kid is back with his third solo record. Wow! Where did the time go? 

C'mon You Know showcases much more diversity of style than I would have expected. I mean, we all know what Liam does and he does it well. But check out this track.


Sure, it sounds like Liam when he sings (no one else sounds like him) but the music has a definite hip-hop vibe. 

This track sounds like it could have been on Standing On The Shoulder of Giants.


And, of course, we have vintage Liam (aka my favorite track on the record)


This album is his strongest yet. Go buy it!

Sunday, June 5, 2022

Belle and Sebastian: A Bit of Previous

The pride of Glasgow, Belle and Sebastien, are back with a lovely record called A Bit of Previous. The 12 tracks contained therein are more upbeat than some of their previous and more recent records. And, dare I say, poppier for an "indie folk" band. This was also their first record since 1999 that was recorded in their hometown of Glasgow. 

Here is the opening track...

Friday, June 3, 2022

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever: Endless Rooms

Melbourne's own Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever is back with Endless Rooms, yet another dreamy and jangly guitar pop record. Imagine a house with an infinite number of rooms, each with a story to tell of life, love and mind palaces. 

Monday, May 30, 2022

Arcade Fire: We (Album of the Week)

Arcade Fire is back with another amazing record that solidifies them as one of the greatest indie bands of all time. We sees Win Butler, Regine Chassagne and Co channeling their inner John Lennon Imagine era sound with some truly beautiful piano playing and singing. 

The acoustic guitar playing combines with the piano best on this track...


The growth and direction of this band never ceases to amaze me with each of their releases. Arcade Fire is on an eternal quest to explore every single possible boundary of music and go beyond them all. 

Sunday, May 29, 2022

Joe Jackson: Sing You Sinners! Tour

 

Joe Jackson is out on the road and he has never sounded better. I caught him last night at the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee and it was a dazzling show filled with hits, old and new. His current backing band, comprised of ever present bassist Graham Maby, guitarist Teddy Kumpel, and drummer Doug Yowell, is the best he has ever had. 

Joe has always been an impeccable performer, achieving near perfection in musical arrangements, in particular with vocals. His whole band can sing very, very well and all of this was evidence in his nearly two hour set. My faves were "Nineteen Forever" and "Fool." 

If you get a chance to catch him when he is near your town, do it! He is playing all over the country in some very interesting places 







Melody's Echo Chamber: Emotional Eternal

It's always a good time for psychedelic pop music and it's even better when it comes from the heart of Paris. Melody's Echo Chamber's latest offering, Emotional Eternal, is a gem and may very well turn out to be the album of the summer. 

Enjoy the deep mind explorations!


Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Toro Y Moi: Mahai

Remember back in the late 70s when synth music was super cool and kinda futuristic? That's the time period I feel like I'm in when I listen to Toro Y Moi. The Columbia, South Carolina native is keenly tapped into a vibe that makes nostalgia blossom. His latest is Mahai and it is just amazing.

Here is one of my favorite tracks...

Monday, May 23, 2022

Block Party: Alpha Games (Album of the Week)

London's own Bloc Party is back with Alpha Games, their sixth album since beginning their illustrious career. They are another fine example of Brit Rock gods writing their fire across the sky and their latest record shows why. It's truly a group effort with new members Justin Harris and Louise Bartle showing off their songwriting prowess. 

Here is the opening track...

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Sofi Tukker: Wet Tennis

The sophomore effort from New York duo Soffi Tukker is out and it's quite a great turn to pure pop. Wet Tennis is not only a great record but something I actually want to try given that I have played tennis for nearly 30 years. 

Boss track...

Monday, May 16, 2022

Blossoms: Ribbon Around The Bomb (Album of the Week)

The pride of Stockport in Greater Manchester has dropped their fourth album. Blossoms are back with Ribbon Around The Bomb and it's a peach! All 12 tracks are infectious pop wonders that will be perfect for the soundtrack to your summer. 

Here is one of my faves...


They are certainly channeling their inner 80s! 

Friday, May 13, 2022

The Lazy Eyes: Songbook

Sydney's own The Lazy Eyes just dropped their first full-length record and psychedelic pop fans everywhere will rejoice. The group takes you into the multiverse of madness and leaves you breathless by the time all 12 tracks have flowed through your mind.

Here is one of my faves...


What is it about Australia these days? What is it about a new wave of psychedelic pop bands (click the tag on this post and dig it!)? 

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Romero: Turn It On!

Bursting out of Melbourne, power pop sensations Romero are making music that harkens back to my adolescent years in the 80's. Turn It On! is their debut record and it's eleven tracks of wall to wall rock! 

Party on! 

Monday, May 9, 2022

Ryan Adams: Romeo and Juliet (Album of the Week)

Ryan Adams is in the middle of quite a prolific period. He has released four albums in the last year and a half! His latest is called Romeo and Juliet and it continues his stylistic exploration of the late 70s/early 80s AM gold type music. It's almost as if Jackson Browne made a whole bunch of records right after he did Hold Out

Of course, his records are so much more than that. Loving and haunting at the same time, Adams is the best living American songwriter and performer, hands down. He makes me feel nostalgia for times in my life that I thought were long forgotten. And it's with brand new music!

Here's a track that's been out for a while but finally made it onto this full-length record. 

Sunday, May 8, 2022

Syd: Broken Hearts Club

Syd Tha Kyd is back with an amazing record called Broken Hearts Club. Her sophomore effort shows continued growth and sonic diversity for this now very much mature artist. I'll admit that I miss The Internet but Syd's solo records are so good that my pining isn't as bad. 

Here is one of my favorite tracks...

Saturday, May 7, 2022

Duster: Together

Duster knows the way to San Jose. That's because they are from there. And the environs of that area of California must have inspired them to be the world's first grunge dream pop band. Their fourth long-player, Together, just dropped and it's their finest yet. 

Here is one of my faves...

Monday, May 2, 2022

Jack White: Fear Of The Dawn (Album of the Week)

God-like genius and indie darling Jack White is back with yet another shovel to the head stunner of a record. Fear Of The Dawn is a tour de force (a cliche, I know, but it really applies here) of raw energy and power. Honestly, much of it reminds me of The White Stripes which is just dandy with me. 

Here is the opening track...


It kicks off strong and never relents!

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Father John Misty: Chloe And The Next 20th Century

The musical universe of Father John Misty is expanding again with his latest release, Chloe And The Next 20th Century. He's really everywhere on this one, beginning with a 20s cabaret number segueing into a 70s soft rock road anthem and then continuing with pop anthems and even a track that sounds like it could be the next James Bond song. 

Check out the range and pick it up!


Saturday, April 30, 2022

Widowspeak: The Jacket

Brooklyn's own Widowspeak are back with their fifth full-length record and its chill vibe has been quite a nice salve for the spring that will likely never be coming here in the North Woods. The Jacket is a triumph of wispy melodies and thoughtful lyrics that stir the soul. 

Molly Hamilton's voice really gets to me...

The Linda Lindas: Growing Up

Power punk. Man, how I miss this genre. Thankfully, LA's The Linda Lindas are carrying the torch forward for a new generation of riot girrrrls. Their first long-player is out now and you must own it and ROCK THE FUCK OUT!!

Monday, April 25, 2022

Peter Doherty: The Fantasy Life Of Poetry And Crime (Album of the Week)

God-like genius Peter Doherty is back with yet another magnificent record called The Fantasy Life Of Poetry And Crime. It's a deep dive into the human condition as is typical of the themes in his music. Romance and its effect on the heart are also heard throughout the album. 

Doherty always manages to get to a part of me that I don't explore all that often. I wonder why or even what that part is...

Sunday, April 24, 2022

Red Hot Chili Peppers: Unlimited Love

LA's own Red Hot Chili Peppers have tapped into the historical spectrum of amazing music from the last 50+ years and turned out their best album since Stadium Arcadium. Unlimited Love is unlimited awesome, which I know sounds cheesy, but that's just the way these dudes would like it.

Check it out!

Saturday, April 23, 2022

Destroyer: Labyrinthitis

Vancouver's own Destroyer is back with another fabulous and super chill record. Labyrinthitis is dream-pop at its finest. I feel like I'm on the International Space Station and, interestingly, in the 1980s when I listen to the record.

Here is one of my faves from the album...

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Placebo: Never Let Me Go

The fourth decade of London's own Placebo has proved to be just as amazing as the previous three. Their latest record, Never Let Me Go, rolls you up and smokes the shit out of you. 

Here is the opening track...

Monday, April 18, 2022

Midlake: For The Sake Of Bethel Woods (Album of the Week)

The pride of Denton, Texas is back after a far too long hiatus. Midlake has returned with another amazing record to add to their lexicon. For The Sake Of Bethel Woods picks up directly where Antiphon left off with its lush soundscapes and haunting melodies. The urgency is still there as well.

Here is my favorite track...

Sunday, April 17, 2022

Aldous Harding: Warm Chris

The chill vibe of Aldous Harding's latest record, Warm Chris, is hitting all the right spots for me on this still too cold day here in the North Woods. The Lyttleton, New Zealand native has mastered a perfect blend of folk and pop.

Here is one of my favorite tracks...

Thursday, April 14, 2022

Loop: Sonancy

The psychedelic sounds of Croydon's own Loop are back in a whirl of colour, light, and aural wonder. Sonancy is their first full-length record since the 80s and it is bloody mags!

Trip out, kids!

Monday, April 11, 2022

Mattiel: Georgia Gothic (Album of the Week)

Music that travels. Or makes your mind travel. Or both. That's some of the best kinds of music. And that's just the kind of sonic experience that Atlanta's own Mattiel gives the world. Their third record, Georgia Gothic, just dropped and it's their best yet. It sends the listener on an inward and outward journey. 

Example


Go buy it! 

Sunday, April 10, 2022

The Mysterines: Reeling

The relentless pounding of the latest record by Liverpool's own The Mysterines is just what I need right now to get me through the cold and the rain that is our usual Minnesota spring weather. Reeling is leaving me reeling and I am honestly not trying to be funny. 

Wow!

Friday, April 8, 2022

Wallows: Tell Me When It's Over

A full-length record from LA's Wallows is just what we all need right now, especially since they are Dudes With Guitars. Tell Me When It's Over is fantastic from start to finish. 

Bangin' track...

Thursday, April 7, 2022

Yumi Zouma: Present Tense

New Zealand pop wonders Yumi Zouma dropped their fourth long-player a few weeks back and it's been a constant companion to me ever since. Present Tense is a perfect record to have as your soundtrack to Spring 2022. Warm, airy, and fun!!

Here is one of my favorite tracks...

Monday, April 4, 2022

Andy Bell: Flicker (Album of the Week)

Born in Cardiff but now from Oxford, Andy Bell has been one of those fly under the radar Brit Rockers who has been making amazing music for over two decades. He founded the bands Ride and Hurricane #1, played with Oasis for many years as their bass player, and now has a solo career.

His latest is called Flicker and it's Pepper-style magic. 18 tracks! That makes it a double album to use the old vernacular.

Here is one of my faves...

Friday, April 1, 2022

Blue States: World Contact Day

London's own Blue States are back with another wonderful chill-out record of mind relaxing wonderment. World Contract Day is a nice vibe for the start of spring. Wispy and comforting

Here is one of my favorite tracks...

Thursday, March 31, 2022

April March: In Cinerama

I love music that is cinematic. That's why I massively heart April March, chanteuse extraordinaire. Her latest record is called in Cinerama. And it sure is. 

Listening to this record, I feel like I'm in an Italian film from 1971.

Monday, March 28, 2022

Sugar Ray Rayford: In Too Deep (Album of the Week)

The Great Soul Revival of the 21st Century continues with an absolute corker of a record from the proud son of Texas, Sugar Ray Rayford. In Too Deep is old school 70's soul that is sorely needed in our nation right now. Let the healing begin! 

Here is the title track...

Sunday, March 27, 2022

Nilüfer Yanya: Painless

Like a comfy blanket on a cold night, Nilüfer Yanya's latest record warms the soul. Painless is the London native's third offering and it is spectacular from start to finish.

Here is one of my faves...

Friday, March 25, 2022

Soft Cell: *Happiness Not Included

Remember way back when Soft Cell refused to play "Tainted Love" when they played shows? And everyone got pissed? To be fair, they did make other great music that wasn't a cover song. 

Thankfully, the Leeds duo are back making great music after a seventeen-year hiatus. *Happiness Not Included is their latest record and it will make 80s synth-pop fans ecstatic.  The opening track is a deep dive into melancholy about a future that never was...

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Earthgang: Ghetto Gods

Atlanta's own EarthGang are back with a stellar rap record called Ghetto Gods. The album is full force dragon from start to finish but it's this track that really makes it the bomb.


I need a billi!

Monday, March 21, 2022

Johnny Marr: Fever Dreams Parts 1-4 (Album of the Week)

God-like genius Johnny Marr is back with a magnificent record called Fever Dreams Parts 1-4). He continues to pave the way for cool and inventive pop music the way people used to make it. You know, with actual instruments like guitars!

What kind of fever dreams live in Marr's head? I'm grateful he is letting us get a peek!

Friday, March 18, 2022

Sea Power: Everything Was Forever

Sea Power, aka the pride of Kendal, Cumbria, is back with a wonderful record called Everything Was Forever. The title alone really resonates with me. When I was younger, before I even knew what dream pop was, everything did seem like it lasted forever. And the music we listened to was founded in this genre and made it seem eternal.

Here is the opening track...

Thursday, March 17, 2022

Elvis Costello and The Imposters: The Boy Named If

Treasure of the world Elvis Costello is back with his 32nd (!) record. The Boy Named If could have easily come out in 1980 and that makes this Gen Xer most happy. 

Here is my favorite track...

Monday, March 14, 2022

Tear For Fears: The Tipping Point (Album of the Week)

After an eighteen-year hiatus, Tear For Fears are back with The Tipping Point. The soaring, dream pop sonic waves of luscious delight immediately wash over listeners like 1980's watercolor memories and instant nostalgia of Gen X drama is injected into mind palaces everywhere...

Here is the title track in all its glory. 

Friday, March 11, 2022

Spiritualized: Everything Was Beautiful

The pride of Rugby, Warwickshire are back with yet another amazing psychedelic pop record. Everything Was Beautiful is the ninth record from Spiritualized and they are still going strong and floating in space. What a mind-bending trip this one is...!

Here is one of my faves...

Khruangbin: Text Moon

Khruangbin is back with an EP of loved-up music called Texas Moon. The Houston trio is mos def tapped into the soul revival that is sweeping the nation. Five tracks of pure delight. 

Here is the opener...

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Amos Lee: Dreamland

Philly's Amos Lee blends a number of styles to create a dream-like quality to his music. It's most serendipitous then that his latest record is called Dreamland. There is something extremely intoxicating about this album. Who is he is singing to? It seems like it's just one person.

Here is the title track...

Monday, March 7, 2022

Stereophonics: Oochya (Album of the Week)

One of my favorite bands in the world just released a completely amazing record. Cwmaman's own Stereophonics are back with Oochya!

This is the band's 12th record and it honestly sounds like a perfect summation of all of their sounds and styles. The album opens up with the heavy-sounding "Hanging On Your Hinges."



Then we slide majestically into a resurrected B side from 2008, "Forever."




The Stones tinged "Seen That Look Before" is dreamy




This album connects to old and new fans alike. Go buy it and enjoy one of the few bands left who sound like music used to sound...

Saturday, March 5, 2022

The Delines: The Sea Drift

The pride of Portland, Oregon, The Delines, are back with their fourth long-player called The Sea Drift. The album truly soothes the soul and it reminds me of the comfort one gets from gently 'mocking with a loved one, even if some of the themes are intense and dark. It's also very "AM Radio, late 70s" ish:)

Here is one of my favorite tracks...

Thursday, March 3, 2022

Black Country, New Road: Ants From Up There

Black Country, New Road is the pride of Cambridgeshire. With their second release, Ants From Up There, the band have cemented themselves as the post-punk kings of the UK. 

Here is one of my favorite tracks...

I highly recommend picking up their first LP as well (For The First Time). 

Monday, February 28, 2022

The Jazz Butcher: The Highest In The Land (Album of the Week)

The passing of Pat Fish was a sad day last October 5th. His outfit, The Jazz Butcher, was a regular staple of my college years. Thankfully, a posthumous release has appeared and it is quite wonderful. The Highest in the Land is an amazing final chapter in the life of an artist that too many had never heard of.

Here is the opening track...


I also would urge all of you to pick up the retrospective called Dr. Cholmondley Repents: A-sides, B-Sides and Seasides. It's a great collection for new and old fans alike! 

Sunday, February 27, 2022

Combo Chimbita: Ire

The Colombian masters of psychedelic chill music are back with a wonderful record called Ire.Sit back and listen cleanly to the slinky vibes of Combo Chimbita

The first track sets the tone...

Saturday, February 26, 2022

MØ: Motordome

Ah, MØ. MØ...MØ...MØ...you are pretty much everything pop music should be. And you are the pride of Ubberud, Odense, Denmark. 

Your third album is amazing. Everyone should own it. Here is one of my favorite tracks...

Thursday, February 24, 2022

Josephine Foster: Godmother

When I look at the thermometer outside my house these days, I find myself yearning for the fall. It's cool but not freezing! Thankfully, I have Josephine Foster's Godmother to evoke that autumnal feeling that warms my heart. The Colorado native has the psych-folk genre down pat!

Here is my favorite track on the record...

    

Monday, February 21, 2022

The Sherlocks: World I Understand (Album of the Week)

Thank God for the proud sons of Barnsley, South Yorkshire known collectively and musically as The Sherlocks. They are proudly carrying the Brit Rock torch forward in this century and their latest record, World I Understand. Honestly, it's their best yet! 

Here is one of my favorite tracks...

Saturday, February 19, 2022

Animal Collective: Time Skiffs

Baltimore's own Animal Collective has a stunning new record out called Time Skiffs. It's psychedelic pop at its finest with dashes of jam band and scifi rock. Fans of XTC will love love love this record. Prepare for a deep and thoughtful journey into your mind! 

Here is one of my favorite tracks...

Thursday, February 17, 2022

Eels: Extreme Witchcraft

LA's own Eels are back with yet another stellar offering. Extreme Witchcraft is vintage Mark Oliver with a few surprising twists in terms of genre-bending fun. 

Here is one of my faves...

Monday, February 14, 2022

Orlando Weeks: Hop Up (Album of the Week)

Orlando Weeks just dropped his third long-player and it's very Ted Lasso-like in its optimism. Hop Up is a merry jaunt through the joys of love and life. There's even a track called "Yup Yup Yup Yup." Seriously, how much more upbeat could you be than that!?

But my favorite is the opening number. So atmospheric and time spanning...

Saturday, February 12, 2022

Pinegrove: 11:11

Ah, the joys of jangly guitar pop. It heals my soul on a daily basis. That's why I heart Pinegrove as much as I do. Their latest is called 11:11 and it contains many amazing tracks that will make fans of this genre feel beyond fulfilled. 

Here is one of my faves...

Monday, February 7, 2022

Miles Kane: Change The Show (Album of the Week)

Miles Kane is a veritable treasure of Brit Rock. His albums are giant megaphones of every single genre that has ever been labeled as cool. A listener could hear Kennedy Era cool, freakbeat, and spaghetti western all in one song! 

His latest record, Change The Show, is a powerhouse of everything pop music should be. Example: these two tracks...



Groovy lusciouness!

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Blood Red Shoes: Ghosts on Tape

Sometimes a goth drone vibe is in order. That's where Brighton's Blood Red Shoes comes in handy. Their latest is called Ghosts on Tape and it's dark but wonderful. 

Wear your black eyeliner...

Sunday, January 30, 2022

The Wombats: Fix Yourself, Not The World (Album of the Week)

Liverpool's own The Wombats are back with yet another stellar record. Fix Yourself, Not The World is upbeat dream pop music at its finest. The twelve tracks on the record are pure bliss. 

Here is one of the real bangers...

This is a band whose entire catalog absolutely needs to be in your collection. Yesterday. 

Cat Power: Covers

Cat Power's latest release is a fine example of how to do a covers record. Pick songs that have personal meaning, delve deeply into back catalogs of amazing artists, and rework them to fit them to a unique style. 

Winner. 

Saturday, January 29, 2022

Fka Twigs: Caprisongs

The pride of Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, Fka Twigs, has just released a "mixtape" record and it is phenomenal. The smooth grooves and the feel of love make Caprisongs something perfect to curl up to in the dead of winter!

Here is one of my favorite tracks. 

Monday, January 24, 2022

The Weeknd: Dawn FM (Album of the Week)

Every time I listen to The Weeknd, my heart and soul race back to the '80s. I remember all those teenage drama moments at the dances, by the lake, the endless house parties, and chillin' at the 7/11. He's just so tapped into that vibe that it's honestly scary. 

His latest, Dawn FM, is a simple and perfect forty-year-old dream...

Sunday, January 23, 2022

Bonobo: Fragments

Brighton's own Bonobo just dropped his seventh long-player. Fragments is a further expansion of the already magnificent universe of soundscapes in which this artist resides. It's one of those records you can throw on and just mind fly away...

Friday, January 21, 2022

The Lumineers: Brightside

The pride of Denver, Colorado has just released their fourth long-player.  The Lumineers' Brightside is another magnificent installment in the alt-country. The record just hums along beautifully. 

Here is the opening track...

Monday, January 17, 2022

Richard Ashcroft: Acoustic Hymns Vol. 1 (Album of the Week)

Richard Ashcroft is a god (small g version) so when he puts out something (rare event), the world should sit up and take notice. Acoustic Hymns Vol. 1 is a collection of reinterpretations of his best works. The 12 tracks truly showcase what an amazing talent this Wigan native is. And it looks like there will be more volumes to come being this is listed as the first!

Friday, January 14, 2022

Damon Albarn: The Nearer The Fountain, More Pure The Stream Flows

Brit rock legend Damon Albarn's continues his magnificent musical odyssey with The Nearer The Fountain, More Pure The Stream Flows. This is the third solo record from the Blur front man and was originally conceived as a soundtrack for the landscape of Iceland. Albarn decided to expand it into a larger concept.

It's a great piece of music to take your mind on a journey. Here is a taste...

Monday, January 10, 2022

Robert Plant & Alison Kraus: Raise The Roof (Album of the Week)

The dynamic duo of Robert Plant and Alison Kraus snuck out their sophomore effort at the end of 2021 and it really was a lovely way to close out the year. Raise The Roof picks up where their 2007 record, Raising Sand, left off. 

Haunting, contemplative, loving, and spiritual...all at once and so much more...

Thursday, January 6, 2022

Marissa Nadler: The Path Of The Clouds

Boston's own Marissa Nadler latest record, The Path Of The Clouds, is a gem from start to finish. It's been one of those deep soaker albums over the last few weeks that I keep coming back to because I just can't get enough of it. It takes me on a different journey each time I listen to it. 

Here is the title track...

Monday, January 3, 2022

Neil Young and Crazy Horse: Barn (Album of the Week)

Neil keeps churning out the good tunes. His latest, Barn, seems him teamed back up with Crazy Horse. The album offers all the classic sounds, soft and loud, that he has been known for over the years. It's nice to hear music with actual instruments still being made and made well. 

Here is one of my favorite tracks...