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...