Saturday, December 2, 2023

Track #18 of 2023: Thank You by Willie J. Healey

 he chill out funk of "Thank You" by Willie J Healey clocks in at #18 on my list for this year. Go find that special someone, kiss them and thank them! For no reason at all!

Friday, December 1, 2023

Track #19 of 2023: Morning by Anna St. Louis

 Kansas City native Anna St Louis wisped her way into my heart this past summer with the track "Morning." This track is just a gorgeous piece of music so carefully crafted into AM Gold wonder...

Thursday, November 30, 2023

Track #20 of 2023: Drunk on a Flight by Eloise

The torch song malaise of "Drunk on a Flight” by London's own Eloise is just grand, especially as this is her first record. The contemplative introspection just blows me away...

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Track #21 of 2023: Psychos by Jenny Lewis

The pride of Las Vegas, Jenny Lewis, is next up in the countdown. "Psychos" reminds me of the late 1970s and listening to the crappy car radio we had in our Hornet. AM Gold!!

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Track #22 of 2023: Now And Then by The Beatles

The Beatles have released their final song (although I am personally praying and holding out hope that "Carnival of Light" will see its day at some point) and it is completely wonderful. "Now And Then" was the third song given to Paul, George and Ringo by Yoko for the Anthology records in the mid 1990s. It never mad the cut due to the tremendous hum on Lennon's demo tape. 

But with the advent of AI and Peter Jackson, the song was resurrected and finished. It's so amazing to hear them all together again!

Monday, November 27, 2023

Track #23 of 2023: Chemical by Post Malone

Let the countdown begin! For the next 23 days, I will be counting down the best cuts of 2023. 

First up is pure pop bliss with Post Malone's "Chemical." Insane hooks with a great message of self actualization. 

Thursday, November 23, 2023

First Aid Kit: Emmylou (Autumn Music Series)

Today, I am thankful for the track "Emmylou" by First Aid Kit. In so many ways, it's the perfect autumnal song. Great vocals with plenty of echo, acoustic guitars and a gorgeous violin. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!!

Wednesday, November 22, 2023

The Fusion Syndicate: Beautiful Horizon

The Fusion Syndicate are quite a wonderful prog rock band. Their latest record is magically called Beautiful Horizon and it sounds exactly like that. 

Opening track is completely insane...

Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Mirroring: Mine (Autumn Music Series)

The ethereal sounds of "Mine" by Mirroring are on my mind today as the fall weather continues to hang on in Minnesota. It's haunting and pleading tone mesmerizes me...

Monday, November 20, 2023

Dylan LeBlanc: Coyote (Album of the Week)

I guess it's going to be a Louisiana love kind of few days here at MarkiesMusic because my pick for Album of the Week is yet another fine musician from the bayou. Dylan LeBlanc has released yet another absolute stunner of a record. Coyote is amazing from start to finish with its sway, swagger and lyrical beauty.

It starts of slinky...

..and then just gets ethereal...

I love albums that expand your mind and make you feel safe and warm in their loneliness...

Sunday, November 19, 2023

Video Age: Away From The Castle

New Orleans may be mostly known for jazz and blues but Video Age is making some mighty fine Lo-Fi, lounge music. Their latest is called Away From The Castle and it's been in heavy rotation in our house for the last few weeks, complete with martinis and dancing. 

Opening track...

Saturday, November 18, 2023

Robert Finley: BlackBayou

Are you ready for some stanky and dirty blues? Look no further than Black Bayou by the legendary Robert Finley. The Berince, Louisiana native tells the stories of the swamp on this one and man oh man are they filled with heartache.


Thursday, November 16, 2023

Black Pumas: Chronicles Of A Diamond

Black Pumas are doing a damn fine job of carrying the torch of soul music in the 21st century. The Austin, Texas natives have just released their sophomore effort and it's a dandy. Chronicles Of A Diamond is truly a jewel.

Opening track...

Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Wild Nothing: Hold

Wild Nothing is back with a wonderful new record called Hold. It's an 80s dance party, folks! But with modern sounds on the HiFi!!

Opening track=wonderful

Monday, November 13, 2023

Duran Duran: Danse Macabre (Album of the Week)

Duran Duran are at the top of their game. They sound as good as they did in the 80s, if not better given that they are now revered and massively experienced elders of the pop scene. Their last album, Future Past, was my pick for Album of the Year in 2021. 

So it comes as no surprise that their Halloween album, Danse Macabre, is just as amazing. There are some covers and a couple of reworkings of old songs but the real gems are the three new tracks, the best of which is this one...

It's fresh and yet vintage 80s at the same time. Here's to seeing this band continue to make great music as long as the Stones have...20 more years!

Sunday, November 12, 2023

Hannah Peel: Don't Kiss The Broken One (Autumn Music Series)

Hannah Peel's gorgeous and cautionary tale from her 2010 release, The Broken Wave, is a classic autumnal track. The violin is the magic touch on this truly lovely song...

Thursday, November 9, 2023

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard: The Silver Chord

The ever prolific King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard have a new record out that ditches their heavy sound for a synth vibe. The Silver Chord is yet another fine example of this chameleon like band continues to stretch their musical muscles. 

Here is the opening trifecta!

Wednesday, November 8, 2023

Mitski: The Land Is Inhospitable And So Are We

Mitski is a gem of the world. Ah, let's change that. The universe. The whole fucking thing. Her latest record is called The Land is Inhospitable And So Are We and it just devours the soul in the most exquisite of ways.

Opening track of the journey...

Tuesday, November 7, 2023

Fever Ray: Mustn't Hurry (Autumn Music Series)

Fever Ray has a perfect autumn track on their 2017 release, Plunge. "Mustn't Hurry" has just the right amount of echo and haunt that's amazing for a fall stroll. Kudos to the Swedish native for nailing the sound!

Sunday, November 5, 2023

The Rolling Stones: Hackney Diamonds (Album of the Week)

The Rolling Stones are just...well...AWESOME! They have an incredible new album out and another in the can ready to go. 

And they are in their 80s:)

Hackney Diamonds is vintage Stones with all the classic guitar riffs and incredibly Glimmer Twins harmonies.

They kick it off just right...

And then comes that magical second track which sounds like early 70s Stones. 

Just an absolute stunner...

Get this record!!!

Saturday, November 4, 2023

The Drums: Jonny

The joyful and massively fun pop of The Drums are on my mind today, specifically their new record called Jonny. The NYC natives have released their most personal album yet and all sixteen tracks are gems.

Here is the opening track...

Thursday, November 2, 2023

Bombay Bicycle Club: My Big Day

London's own Bombay Bicycle Club is back with My Big Day, a wonderful collection of out and out fun pop songs. There is some of their usual psychedelia too. 

This track reminds me of a 70s TV show theme song...with a dash of psychedelia...

Tuesday, October 31, 2023

Metric: Formentera II

Toronto's own Metric have dropped their follow up to last year's Formentera. Formentera II is more of the same wonderful indie/synth/pop gold. The hooks are intoxicating, especially on the second track. 

Check it out!

Monday, October 30, 2023

Say She She: Silver (Album of the Week)

The ever twirling and endlessly sparkling mirror ball is alive and well with the international sensations known as Say She She. Silver is their latest record and it's a double album perfectly fitting in with the milieu of the 1970s. I was a kid during the disco era and honestly didn't care for it much. Yet now, I feel the pull of he nostalgia so this outfit is hitting me just at the right time. 

I mean, dig these grooves...

And this is just classic disco...

Can't wait to see this band live!

Sunday, October 29, 2023

Night Beats: Rajan

Seattle's own Night Beats have a totally fab new record out called Rajan. Its far out, psychedelic sounds swirl around in the most splendid of ways. I feel like I'm in 1966!

Thursday, October 26, 2023

Steven Wilson: The Harmony Codex

Art Rock fans will rejoice at the latest offering from an OG of the genre, Steven Wilson. The Harmony Codex is a cosmic delight, impeccably produced and filled with amazing tracks guaranteed to expand the mind.

Have a pleasant flight...

Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Wilco: Cousin

Wilco is back with a most unusual and fun record. Cousin sees the Chicago natives venturing into a "Bowie in Berlin" type of arena and it sounds amazing. There are also traces of Velvet Underground but done in a Wilco way.

Check it out!

Tuesday, October 24, 2023

Woods: Perennial

The soothing sounds of Woods are on my mind today and those Brooklyn indie folk vibes are hitting me just right. Their latest is called Perennial and it is mighty wonderful. 

Here is one of my faves

Monday, October 23, 2023

Bibio: Sunbursting EP (Album of the Week)

The West Midlands lad known as Bibio gets the nod this week for Album of the Week. The cosmic and esoteric nature of his music leaves me gutted in the best of all possible ways. The opening track is just astounding. 

Lots of soul there...

This one is cloud kissing bliss...

Sunday, October 22, 2023

Teenage Fanclub: Nothing Lasts Forever

Glasgow's own Teenage Fanclub are back with a very groovy and not so subtle nod to 60s acoustic rock. Nothing Lasts Forever is one of their finest, especially in terms of vocal arrangements which are at a Beach Boys level of awesome.

Opening track...

Saturday, October 21, 2023

The National: Laugh Track

The National just dropped another record in the calendar year of 2023. Yay! Laugh Track is every bit as good as their May release, First Two Pages Of Frankenstein. There is zero doubt that they have been listening to a lot of Leonard Cohen lately but hey, what's wrong with that?

Here is one of my faves...

Tuesday, October 17, 2023

Stephen Sanchez: Angel Face

Nashville's own Stephen Sanchez has finally dropped his first full length record. Angel Face is a gorgeous shout out to the days of the dreamy crooner. Think mid to late 1940s and early 1950s. Even the cover of the album sets that tone. 

Here is one of my faves...

Monday, October 16, 2023

Graham Parker: Last Chance To Learn The Twist (Album of the Week)

Crafty veteran and London native Graham Parker continues to churn out stellar music at the ripe young age of 72. Last Chance To Learn The Twist is his latest and it opens up with an absolute corker. 

Praise the LORD!

The whole album is quite soulful...

The lad brings it on this one! It should be in your regular rotation immediately!!

Sunday, October 15, 2023

The Pretenders: Relentless

The Pretenders are back with a gem of a record called Relentless. Chrissie is pretty raw on this one with love and relationships but that's just the way I like it. Love can be dark.

Here is one of my faves...

Saturday, October 14, 2023

GAPS: Your Own Sweet Time (Autumn Music Series)

GAPS were a Brighton band that made one fantastic album called In, Around The Moments. The track "Your Own Sweet Time" is a perfect autumnal charmer. I can feel that October wind blow as this track plays...

Friday, October 13, 2023

Madison Beer: Silence Between Songs

The pop stylings of Madison Beer are on my mind today with her latest release, Silence Between Songs, being played heavily of late in my life. The New York native has gotten a lot more serious on her sophomore release and it honestly sounds like more than just a typical pop album. I'm hearing lounge and indie rock, two of my faves!

Opening track, favorite of Lana Del Rey

Wednesday, October 11, 2023

Brian Setzer: The Devil Always Collects

Brian Setzer is back with eleven tracks of rockabilly heaven. I loved all the swing stuff he did being a giant nerd for that genre but it's truly a pleasure to see him back doing what made him famous. The Devil Always Collects starts at 90mph and never lets up!

Monday, October 9, 2023

Laufey: Bewitched (Album of the Week)

The sophomore outing for the world's greatest lounge singer (or bedroom jazz as she defines it) is out! Bewitched by Laufey is simply dazzling. From the first notes of the record, one immediately requires a martini. 

After the dreamer enchants us into her world, we are lost forever in a world of love and bliss...

Friday, October 6, 2023

The Armed: Perfect Saviors

Detroit's own shoegzers The Armed have a new record out called Perfect Saviors. It's my favorite thus far for this outfit of rotating characters and mysterious beings. The guitar power sweeps are out of this world. 

Opening track...

Thursday, October 5, 2023

Jeff Rosentock: Hellmode

I make no bones about how much I love "Dudes with Guitars" artists and outfits. Jeff Rosenstock has an absolute corker of a DWG track out called "Liked U Better." In fact, the Long Island native's whole record is filled with stunners.

Check it out! 

Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Spelling & The Mystery School: Spelling

Oakland's own Spelling is back with a slinky, self titled pop record that is a pure delight. Her fourth record sees her exploring multiple genres withing the pop milieu and striving to be cinematic in her style. 

Here is one of my faves which could easily be the next Bond theme!

Monday, October 2, 2023

Jalen Ngonda: Come Around and Love Me (Album of the Week)

The great soul revival of the new millennium continues with a powerful first volley from Jalen Ngonda. The East Coast, USA native moved to Liverpool ten years ago to study music and apparently has discovered why early 70s Motown, in particular Marvin Gaye, is MEGA. 

Here are two tracks off the record that showcase this young artist's immense talent. Each sets a mood just like those classic soul tracks did decades ago...

Sunday, October 1, 2023

Summer Camp: Two Chords (Autumn Music Series)

It's October 1st and that means it's officially time to kick off the annual Autumn Music Series. I started this event several years ago because there are just certain songs that sound good in the fall. They make you feel like the season which also happens to be my favorite. 

First up is a band called Summer Camp which is certainly odd considering their name. But the song "Two Chords" from their self-titled sophomore outing is a perfect autumn track. Hearing Liz sing "Waiting...waiting...waiting" is pure fall bliss!

Friday, September 29, 2023

Slowdive: Everything Is Alive

Reading's own Slowdive is back with a stunner of a record called Everything Is Alive. It's bloody mags to see them back in fine form and making music again. Shoegazers and dream poppers rejoice!

Opening track...

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Ryan Adams: Alive Volume 1

It's quite nice to see Ryan Adams back with his old band The Cardinals. The noughties so some truly amazing music from this outfit and now those ol' chestnuts are being showcased on a new live album. 

The songs sound fresh and electric on this record. Ryan and the lads are truly having a good time playing and it shows.

Monday, September 25, 2023

Willie J. Healey: Bunny (Album of the Week)

My love for Caterton's own Willie J. Healy continues to grow with his third release, Bunny. He continues to capture that early to mid-70s vibe with aplomb. 

He's added some more funk this time around which is most welcome. 

And we should be thanking him for tracks like this!

This record should be played constantly at home and at work!

Sunday, September 24, 2023

Becca Mancari: Left Hand

Indie folk darling Becca Mancari has a fab new record out called Left Hand. The State Island native has crafted twelve tracks of pure ethereal delight. She has managed to find that perfect balance between folk music and spacey alternative pop.

Here is one of my faves...

Friday, September 22, 2023

Turnpike Troubadours: A Cat In The Rain

Sometimes you just need some solid country. Thankfully, Tahlequah, Oklahoma's own Turnpike Troubadours have just released their sixth record and it's amazing. A Cat In The Rain has all the red dirt any person could need.

Here is one of my faves...

Thursday, September 21, 2023

Filter: The Algorithm

The power and thunder that is Cleveland, Ohio's hardest rocking band is back with The Algorithm. Filter just brings the heavy and the awesome with each new release. This latest record sees them being even more introspective and self-actualized. 

Opening track...

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Holy Wave: Five Of Cups

Psychedelic pop fans will be quite happy with the latest release from Holy Wave, proud sons of El Paso, Texas. Five of Cups is truly an amazing record filled with colours you can hear and sounds you can see. 

Here is a taste of the awesomeness...

Monday, September 18, 2023

The View: Exorcism of Youth (Album of the Week)

The pride of Dundee, Scotland is back with their sixth offering, Exorcism of Youth. The View has always been one of those great British bands that sort of has flown under the radar stateside but does quite well in the Holy Land. It's multi-layered pop at its finest.

Here is the title track...

This one just kills me...

Sunday, September 17, 2023

Laura Groves: Radio Red

Shipley's own Laura Groves has a fab album out called Radio Red. It's pure mellow gold with all the bells and whistles of 70s soft rock. It puts me in a very introspective and spacy mood.

Here's what I mean...

Friday, September 15, 2023

Gregory Alan Isakov: Appaloosa Bones

It's rainy and cold today in the North Woods and that means autumn is just around the corner. The latest offering from Boulder's own Gregory Alan Isakov is a perfect soundtrack. Appaloosa Bones weaves some amazing tales the human condition on this planet, all with the requisite echo-y piano and guitar. 

The opening track is aptly titled!

Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Mapeche: Swinging Stars

LA's own Mapeche has a delightful new record out called Swinging Stars. It's a pitch perfect blend of California breeze and folk rock. You can feel the sun and the ocean was over you as you listen. 

Here is the opening track...

Monday, September 11, 2023

Girl Ray: Prestige (Album of the Week)

North Londoners Girl Ray has their third record out now and it is fab! Prestige makes 1977 come alive all over again

All we need is a mirrorball...

And yet it also sounds 21st-century current...

Put this one on regular rotation in your home, office and ears!

Sunday, September 10, 2023

Margaret Glaspy: Echo The Diamond

Ah, the joy of indie drone. It's a warm feeling rooted in emo and memories of the 1990's. Margaret Glaspy captures this energy perfectly on her latest record, Echo The Diamond. The NYC native has captured the various essence of this style.

Saturday, September 9, 2023

RVG: Brain Worms

The leaves are sadly starting to fall here in the North Woods so I figured we could start my Autumn Music series a little early with RVG's latest offering, Brain Worms. This is the Melbourne outfit's third offering of most excellent ethereal pop. Love those echo-y guitars!

Opening track..

Tuesday, September 5, 2023

Alaska Reid: Disenchanter

After a series of amazing singles and EPs, Alaska Reid has finally released her first long player. Disenchanter weaves amazing tales of friendship, fads, and, of course, love...all done with the typical indie aplomb we hear in this genre. The Montana native's star is clearly on the rise!

Opening track...

Monday, September 4, 2023

Art School Girlfriend: Soft Landing (Album of the Week)

London's own Art School Girlfriend has taken the world by storm with Soft Landing, a shoegaze masterpiece guaranteed to send your mind to the cosmos. It sucks you in right away...

And then sends you to the cosmos...

I am so looking forward to seeing this outfit progress. The future is bright indeed!

Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Georgia: Euphoric

The third album from London's own Georgia is out and it's pure pop bliss. Euphoric has a minimalist, echo based vibe that's perfect for the late summer blues. Mmm...those soft, dancey beats...

Here is the title track...

Tuesday, August 29, 2023

Rick Springfield: Automatic

The godfather of power pop is back with another stunner of a record. Rick Springfield, still going strong at age 74, continues to be off his ass amazing. Automatic is chock full of instantly classic sing along pop songs. Honestly, he might be even better now than he was back in the 80s!


Monday, August 28, 2023

Miles Kane: One Man Band Album of the Week)

Miles Kane is a modern-day colossus of Brit Rock. His general awesomeness lords over all of us as spins completely fab pop hit after hit. One Man Band is his latest offering to the acolytes of the world who worship at the feet of the Holy Land of music. 

It's every bit of everything.

Here is the title track...

We all need time to heal...

Sunday, August 27, 2023

The Clientele: I Am Not There Anymore

The Clientele are back with their ninth (!) album of brilliant indie pop. I Am Not There Anymore is a wonderful, blissful endeavor that soaks you up like a warm summer day.

Here is the opening track...

Friday, August 25, 2023

Post Malone: Austin

Post Malone is back with what I think is his best album yet. Austin is a tour de force (a phrase I don't often use) but it really applies here. The Syracuse, New York native has finally come up with the right mix of pop, rap and rock. 

Here is one of my faves...

Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Bethany Cosentino: Natural Disaster

Bethany Cosentino, front person for fab band Best Coast, has a mighty fine solo record out called Natural Disaster. It's pure rock and roll, something that is rarely made these days. The LA native is uncompromising in her devotion to AOR. 

Here is the title track...

Tuesday, August 22, 2023

Django Django: Off Planet

London's own Django Django have finally outdone themselves with their latest record, Off Planet. It's one of those old fashioned concept albums that they used to make back in the days of yore. The idea for this one centers around four parts of a planet with each "side" of the record representing one of those four parts. It's truly a beautiful album. In addition, many guest stars abound on this record including Jack Penate, Self Esteem and Stealing Sheep.

Here is Track 1 Side 1...

Monday, August 21, 2023

The Hives: The Death of Randy Fitzsimmons (Album of the Week)

After a far too long hiatus from recording, the world's ultimate party band is back with The Death of Randy Fitzsimmons. The Hives are completely off their asses on this one with raucous riffs, infectious hooks, and dragon-level awesomeness. 


The opening track is a perfect tone-setter...

Clearly, they have reconnected to their roots and early sound while still maintaining the power of their later stuff. Can't wait to see them live!

Sunday, August 20, 2023

Queen Omega: Freedom Legacy

Trinidad's own Queen Omega has a new record out called Freedom Legacy. My daughter recommended this artist to me a while back and her music is now in regular rotation in our house. The torch of reggae is being carried with power and wonder!

Here is the opening track...

Saturday, August 19, 2023

Lloyd Cole: On Pain

Lloyd Cole is back with a dark look at life that somehow manages to be uplifting. Perhaps it's the collective and daily misery that we all suffer that I find to be comforting with On Pain. The Buxton native is solidly plugged into the human condition.

Here is the title track...

Friday, August 18, 2023

Great Van Fleet: Starcatcher

The monster that is Great Van Fleet is back with another great record of classic rock in the vein of Led Zeppelin, Rush, and Yes. Starcatcher could have very easily come out in the year 1978. The Frankenmuth, Michigan outfit continues to carry a torch that needs to be eternal. And infinite.

Here is the opening track...

Tuesday, August 15, 2023

Disclosure: Alchemy

Those lads from Surrey are back with Alchemy, yet another perfecto club stomp of a record. Disclosure is the epitome of night beats cool. You can just see the streaming lights swarming all around you as the album soaks in...

Monday, August 14, 2023

Voice of Baceprot: RETAS (Album of the Week)

Screaming out of Garut, West Java, laying waste to all eardrums and people who must kneel before them, power metal trio Voice of Baceprot has taken the world by firestorm with their latest offering, RETAS

After a series of singles and EPs, we finally have a full length from these magnificent ladies, and, man of man, does it bring the THUNDER!

And the funk...

These women are dragon-level awesome. They are clearly on a trajectory to be a generation-defining band. 

Sunday, August 13, 2023

Youth Valley: Lullabies For Adults

Newcomers Youth Valley have just dropped their first record and dream pop lovers will definitely want to snag it. Lullabies For Adults is completely beautiful and these Athens, Greece natives bear watching as they begin their journey.

Here is the opening track...

Thursday, August 10, 2023

New Jeans: Get Up

K Pop sensations New Jeans have a new EP out called Get Up and its soft but determined late-night club beat is on my mind today. They've gone all in with that Friendly Fires, Everything But The Girl vibe and it's completely wonderful.

Here is the opening track...

Tuesday, August 8, 2023

Hannah Jadagu: Aperture

The spacey and mildly trippy pop of Hannah Jadagu has been in heavy rotation with me this summer. Her first full-length, Aperture, dropped back in May and it's an impressive debut. It helps the mind to travel and the soul to calm:)

Here is one of my faves...

Monday, August 7, 2023

Blur: The Ballad of Darren (Album of the Week)

Blur is back! Brit Rock is back!! Yay! 

The London lads that redefined British music have released their first new record in eight years and it is completely amazing. In fact, it has some loungey sounds to it that make it sound like your grandfather's Blur:)

The Ballad of Darren is Blur through and through. The malaise of modern life, weird connections to minutia that seem global in nature, self-actualization, and often loathing, love...all are present in this magnificent beast of a record.

Here is the poppy song...

And the loungey one...

Sunday, August 6, 2023

Mahalia: IRL

Leceister's own Mahalia is back with her sophomore effort entitled IRL. It's a bluntly honest take on life and love in the social media age. Can people really make substantive connections? Mahalia is skeptical but she certainly lets us know what she's thinking and feeling.

Here is a live version of my fave on the record...

Friday, August 4, 2023

Pvris: Evergreen

Let's talk about Pvris. They are a magnificent pop band from Lowell, Massachusetts and they have a new album out called Evergreen. It is quite enjoyable in a shake-your-booty kind of way. And loads of power.

Here is one of my faves...

Tuesday, August 1, 2023

Lola Young: My Mind Wanders and Sometimes Leaves Completely

Lola Young’s latest record is perfect for summer listening. My Mind Wanders and Sometimes Leaves Completely is just what we all need right now, both in title and sound. Let your mind wander and leave you as you listen to this fantastic pop album. 

Monday, July 31, 2023

Shinee: Hard (The 8th Album) (Album of the Week)

K Pop sensations Shinee got my nod for Album of the Week on this fine Monday morning. It’s a corker, folks, and you just can’t help but dance upon hearing the first few notes. The catchy tunes and lyrics are Pop 101. I’m so so grateful to my students for getting me into this genre. 

Here is the opening track…

Saturday, July 29, 2023

Generationals: Heatherhead

It's nice to see indie pop coming out of New Orleans, a city known for jazz and blues. That's one of the many things that makes the duo, Generationals, so special. Their latest is called Heatherhead and it is quite magnificent. The tracks are so catchy!

Here is the opening track...

Friday, July 28, 2023

Local Natives: Time Will Wait For No One

Orange County's own Local Natives is easily their best effort yet. Time Will Wait For No One is dream pop at its finest. All eleven tracks are completely enchanting and weave tales of love, loss, and some very serious self-actualization. 

Here is one of my faves...

Monday, July 24, 2023

Portugal.The Man: Chris Black Changed My Life (Album of the Week)

Portugal. The Man has been making fabulous music for three decades now. The Wasilla, Alaska natives have a unique soul-pop sound with just enough indie/alternative thrown in that they've nearly made their own genre.

Their latest is called Chris Black Changed My Life. It should be in regular rotation in your musical life going forward from this moment. Here is one of my faves...

Friday, July 21, 2023

Bdrmm: I Don't Know

Hull's own Bdrmm are back with I Don't Know, their sophomore entry into spaced-out shoegaze wonder. The world needs more music like this which allows us to deeply explore the inner workings of our individual mindscapes and cosmic journeys. 

It reminds me of reading a good sci-fi novel!

Wednesday, July 19, 2023

Lorelle Meets The Obsolete: Datura

Shogazers of the world can rejoice with the latest release from Lorelle Meets the ObsoleteDatura sees the Bologna outfit exploring some very offbeat sonic landscapes while still sticking to their signature sound. 

Tuesday, July 18, 2023

Sigur Ros: Atta

The pride of Iceland, Sigur Ros, are back with their 8th long player and it's quite dandy. Atta is a perfect chill out, mind expander of a record. Find a quite place to stare at the sky, throw on the headphones and contemplate your place in the universe courtesy of this extraordinarily cool band.

Monday, July 17, 2023

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard: Petrodragonic Apocalypse (Album of the Week)

Nary a month or two goes by without Melbourne's own King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard putting out a new album. Their prolific nature is matched only by the complete commitment to making records in as many different musical styles as possible. 

Their latest style is metal and Petrodragonic Apocalypse is a home run in this genre. I mean, I'm not even a metal fan and I love it! It just kicks ass from start to finish, full throttle. 

Here is the opening track...

Saturday, July 15, 2023

John Mellencamp: Orpheus Descending

John Mellencamp has gone quite dark on his latest release, Orpheus Descending. That's ok. Life is a dark ride and Mellencamp is just telling us what we already know. The style of the record reflects the theme...gritty, hollow, and desolate...

I do appreciate truth-tellers. Mellencamp has always been one.

Thursday, July 13, 2023

Killer Mike: Michael

Killer Mike is truly an American treasure. His latest record, Michael, is without a doubt his most personal. And his deepest social commentary yet. It's a painfully penetrating view of where our country is at in terms of race. In short, it's not good.

Yet, I found myself growing optimistic after the first couple of times I listened to it. That's Mike's gift...

Monday, July 10, 2023

Queens of the Stone Age: In Times New Roman...(Album of the Week)

Proud sons of Seattle, Queens of the Stone Age, get my nod this week for Album of the Week with In Times New Roman...

This record is a giant feat of awesomeness for a band that now has output in four decades. It's extra dirty and grungy which, in my opinion, comes from their continued collaboration with Iggy Pop. They were great before working with him and now they are simply stellar. 

Here is one of my faves...

Sunday, July 9, 2023

The Boo Radleys: Eight

The pride of Wallasey is back with their eighth long player and there seems to be no stopping their comeback. Eight is the title of this fantastic record that seeks to forge a more diverse style. Originally a shoegaze band, The Boo Radleys are quite beyond that now. 

You must check it out!

Thursday, July 6, 2023

Jenny Lewis: Joy'all

The latest record from Las Vegas's own Jenny Lewis is quirky fun. Joy'all has all the indie rock trappings that form the genre's core along with some AM Gold and loungy stuff. Lewis has a truly unique way of looking at the world. 

Here is the opening track...

Monday, July 3, 2023

Anna St. Louis: In The Air (Album of the Week)

Kansas City's own Anna St. Louis has just dropped an absolute gem of a record called In The Air. Its hazy, beautifully lazy ways have been hitting me like the warm summer sun these last few weeks, comforting my soul and leaving me thankful that this artist is carrying the torch of exquisite nostalgia. 

Like most music in this genre, I feel like I'm listening to an AM radio in the year 1978 when it's playing. Here is one of my faves...

Sunday, July 2, 2023

Bar Italia: Tracey Denim

Lounge lizards, scenesters and groovy hipsters of the world unite! The London based band, Bar Italia, is just the salve you need for these overly modern times. Their latest record is called Tracey Denim and it's totally fab, kittens!

Check out this choice track...

Friday, June 30, 2023

Jack Shears: Last Man Dancing

Jack Shears is back with another magnificent record of dancing pop fun. Last Man Dancing nails the height of disco in the mid to late 1970s perfectly. Juxtaposed with this are all the usual nods to Elton John, clearly a hero of Shears. 

Here is the title track...

Tuesday, June 27, 2023

Jonathan Bree: Pre-Code Hollywood

New Zealand's own Jonathan Bree has a new record out called Pre-Code Hollywood. Of his solo stuff, it's easily his best and it's comforting to see that the baroque pop of the new wave era is still going strong. Bree handles this style with aplomb and continues to inspire me to dig out my makeup and old goth outfits!

Here is the title track...

Monday, June 26, 2023

Beach Fossils: Bunny (Album of the Week)

The sun-soaked sounds of Brookly's own Beach Fossils are this week's choice for album of the week. Bunny is the outfit's fourth long player and its jangly guitars and echo-y vocals are just perfect for summer listening.

You can practically feel the sun and wind in your hair with the top down...

Thursday, June 22, 2023

Simply Red: Time

The blue eyed soul of Simply Red holds a special place in my heart. The Manchester band's first record (Picture Book) came out my freshmen year in college, just a couple of weeks after I moved to Minneapolis. It echoed out of every dorm room up and down Middlebrook Hall. Every record since that time has been magic, SOUL magic.

Their latest is called Time and continues their tradition of tapping in to that which makes us human.

Wednesday, June 21, 2023

Cowboy Junkies: Such Ferocious Beauty

Toronto's own Cowboy Junkies are still going strong as they approach their 40th anniversary as a band in just a couple of years. Their latest is Such Ferocious Beauty and it honestly lives up to its title. This record is gorgeous from start to finish in all of its ten tracks.


Monday, June 19, 2023

The Foo Fighters: But Here We Are (Album of the Summer)

With summer officially arriving on Wednesday, it's time for my choice for Album of the Summer. This year, the honor goes to The Foo Fighters. Their new record is called But Here We Are and it's easily their best album since Wasting Light. The power pop hooks are so completely intoxicating that I found myself openly weeping at how perfect they were. 


And then the power ballads...just shivering now:)

O...M...G, Dave Grohl. You are an amazing human who makes music that hits my 16-year-old self in 1983. 

I expect to hear this album being played out of every car, blu tooth, and portable music player this summer!

Saturday, June 17, 2023

Arlo Parks: My Soft Machine

The beauty of Arlo Parks is truly a treasuer for the world. Her latest record is called My Soft Machine and it's a cornucopia of pop, soul, synth, and psychedelia. The London native continue to amaze me with her craft and artistry. 

Listening to each track makes one hear the care she puts in to every detail...

Thursday, June 15, 2023

(G)I-Dle: I Feel EP and Enhypen: Dark Blood EP

My students (mostly Hmong Americans) got me into K Pop a few years ago and I still find myself digging the sound. The two releases I've been into lately are (G)I-Dle's I Feel EP and Enypen's Dark Blook EP

The (G)I-Dle's EP has a slinky, soul feel to it that reminds me a lot of Motown. Check it out...

The Enhypen EP is mos def more pop but massively infectious with all its hooks.

Wednesday, June 14, 2023

Califone: Villagers

Many amazing things come from my second favorite city on the planet and Califone is one of them. The Chicago outfit has a fab new record out called Villagers and I highly recommend it for heavy rotation in your life. It has their usual boundary-stretching sound with the added bonus of some soul and acoustic pastorals.

Here is the opening track...

Monday, June 12, 2023

Noel Gallagher: Council Skies (Album of the Week)

The god-like genius that is Noel Gallagher has just released his latest record and it somehow manages to be incredibly dark and uplifting at the same time. Council Skies truly is a dour affair. Example...

Yet knowing that someone else feels like this creates a sense of community that simply makes one's spirits soar. We are all together and not alone! 

This sentiment is the most present in the title track...

Honestly, I can take dark music. Noel is simply reflecting on what's going on in the world and how we are all affected by it. Serious tunes for serious times...

Friday, June 9, 2023

Paul Simon: Seven Psalms

Paul Simon is a true gift to the universe and his latest record, Seven Psalms, is a big reminder why and how. It's a beautiful testament to his songwriting ability as well as his gifts with a simple acoustic guitar. Simon says the ideas for each of the seven pieces (which form one whole movement to be listened to in one sitting) came to him in a series of dreams.

Divine inspiration?

Monday, June 5, 2023

Yes: Mirror To The Sky (Album of the Week)

London's Yes is still going strong in their seventh decade of making fine, fine art rock. Their latest is called Mirror To The Sky and it is stellar in a massive cosmic journey sort of way.

The current lineup of Jon Davison (vocals), Steve Howe (guitars), Billy Sherwood (bass), Geoff Downes (keyboards), and Jay Schellen (drums) hit the mark perfectly with that signature Yes sound with even some "Asia-ish" stuff thrown in. 

Here is the opening track...

Sunday, June 4, 2023

Sleep Token: Take Me Back To Eden

Sleep Token are quite the force of nature these days with their third album of emo metal just dropping. Take Me Back To Eden is a deep, power dive into a fairly dark pool of emotion.Yet somehow I feel happy when I listen to it. These London lads have down well.

Opening track...

Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Alison Goldfrapp: The Love Invention

London's own Alison Goldfrapp has dropped her first solo record and it's quite refreshing to see her out on her own. The Love Invention is Synthpop at its finest, guaranteed to make any get up and move, dancing away whatever stress they might have in their lives. 

Opening track...

Monday, May 29, 2023

Durand Jones: Wait Til I Get Over (Album of the Week)

The mind and soul of Durand Jones are American treasures. His first solo outing, Wait Til I Get Over, sees him channeling his inner Ray Charles, challenging all of us to think beyond what we consider "soul" music. Social justice themes now join his usual palette of love and loss. After all, it's all part of the same heart...

Here is one of my faves...

Saturday, May 27, 2023

Avalon Emerson: & The Charm

I've been digging Avalon Emerson's & The Charm album of late. It's a wispy, dream pop collection of dream pop that would make David Lynch proud. It also has an early 60's lounge vibe to it. 

Check it out!

Monday, May 22, 2023

Emily King: Special Occasion (Album of the Week)

Emily King is an R&B jewel. The NYC native has just dropped her fifth record and it's a triumph. I got up and started dancing on the first listen and I'm not really a dancer! It's pure R&B bliss and a must for summer listening. Special Occasion even has some genre hopping moments ("Home Now") that add to her lexicon of awesomeness. 

Opening track...

Sunday, May 21, 2023

The Lemon Twigs: Everything Harmony

The charm and pride of Long Island, York are back with Everything HarmonyThe Lemon Twigs are most definitely channeling their inner Paul McCartney Wings-era spirit on this one (with a big dash of Todd Rundgren).  

70's bliss!

Thursday, May 18, 2023

Tiny Ruins: Ceremony

Auckland's own Tiny Ruins is back with Ceremony, an album inspired by the Manukau Harbor, the second largest harbor in New Zealand. It feels breezy on the first listen and then just takes hold with all its indie rock bliss. 

Here is one of my faves...

Tuesday, May 16, 2023

Josh Ritter: Spectral Lines

Some chill folk rock is on tap for today and Josh Ritter has delivered it with Spectral Lines. This is the Moscow, Idaho native's eleventh record and he continues to live up to his billing as a Top 100 songwriter. His grasp of the American landscape is truly mesmerizing. 

Mellow greetings, yukey-dukey...

Monday, May 15, 2023

Smokey Robinson: Gasms (Album of the Week)

The legendary Smokey Robinson has released a new album and it sounds every bit as a good as his first album did 62 years ago. Gasms is..well...orgasmic in sound, body and mind. The title track does get a little silly with the overuse of the word but it's still a solid song. The rest of the album is out of this world amazing. 

Here is my fave...soul=love. 

Friday, May 12, 2023

The National: First Two Pages of Frankenstein

The National is back with First Two Pages of Frankenstein and my indie soul is satiated once again. It's a darkly optimistic record that is more stripped down than their last couple of releases. I feel like I'm in the woods on a rainy day when I listen to it.

Here is one of my faves...

Thursday, May 11, 2023

Motifs: Remember A Stranger

The debut album by Motifs is pure shoegaze bliss. The Singapore outfit has come out of the gate with an instant dream-pop classic called Remember A Stranger. The key to a good shoegaze, dream pop record is if the song sounds like the words in the title. 


It sounds like how "dusk" sounds!

Monday, May 8, 2023

Eloise: Drunk On A Flight (Album of the Week)

London's own Eloise has dropped her first record and it's just bloody mags. Drunk On A Flight is stellar from start to finish in its torch song malaise with many tinges of AM Gold. The twelve tracks are overwhelming in their beauty and I found myself lost in them at so many points that it was just pure magic. 

Here is the title track. Grab a cocktail and lament...

Sunday, May 7, 2023

The Smashing Pumpkins: Atum

The Smashing Pumpkins have made a sequel to Melon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. It's called Atum and it's quite good. Coming in at a voluminous 3 discs (reminds me of those halcyon days of double or even triple albums), this album contains just about every style of music you can imagine. Dream Pop? Yep. Classical? Yep. Dance and Electronica? Yep.

Of course, there is the classic Pumpkins 90s grunge sound...

Friday, May 5, 2023

Teleman: Good Time/Hard Time

The London-based pop outfit Teleman has their fourth long-player out and it's a corker. Good Time/Hard Time is dance-pop extraordinaire.  Grab a partner and get out on the floor!

Monday, May 1, 2023

Everything But The Girl: Fuse (Album of the Week)

After a 24-year hiatus, Hull's Everything But The Girl is back with new music. The dynamic duo of Tracy Thorn and Ben Watt still have all the magic with Fuse. Their take on dance pop sounds even more relevant today than it did 40 years ago. The love they have for each other bursts through so strongly in their music, both thematically and stylistically. 

Romance at every conceivable level...

Sunday, April 30, 2023

Ryan Adams: Morning Glory

Ryan Adams continues his prolific cover album output with Morning Glory. It's Adams's interpretation of what many consider the greatest Brit Rock album of all time (with several B-sides from the same era added in. 

Back in 2003, he did a cover of "Wonderwall" (he updates that again for this record) that Noel Gallagher called a superior version. He then proceeded to perform it from that point forward in the Adams style. This album offers similar takes on most of Oasis's songs from that era. They are all beautiful, haunting, sad, and amazing.

Here is a taste...

Friday, April 28, 2023

The Manchester Orchestra: The Valley of Vision

Atlanta's own The Manchester Orchestra is back with their seventh long player. The Valley of Vision is an epic offering that feels like a performance from Red Rocks, an incredible journey that leaves the listener breathless and aching for more.

How can such sad music be so uplifting?

Thursday, April 27, 2023

Eddie Chacon: Sundown

There's nothing like a fresh soul record that breathes fresh life into your mind and body. Sundown by Eddie Chacon is such a record. The LA-based artist refers to himself in this latest incarnation as a "low key R & B legend." He is most definitely that and more on this album. Talk about a transformative experience! 

Here is one of faves from his latest...

Monday, April 24, 2023

Temples: Exotico (Album of the Week)

Kettering's own Temples are back with a completely wonderful slice of psychedelic pop. Exotico is the name of their latest record and it's nice to see the lads continuing their expansion into synth and electronic music. The hooks are mad on this one, folks!

Here is the title track...

Saturday, April 22, 2023

The New Pornographers: Continue As Guest

The pride of Vancouver, BC are back with a magifnicent record called Continue As Guest. The New Pornographers are in their third decade of an illustrous career of indie bliss and show zero signs of being less than dragon level awesome. 

Here is one of my faves from the new record...

Monday, April 17, 2023

Ellie Goulding: Higher Than Heaven (Album of the Week)

The early morning kiss after a night at the club...

That's what I imagine I'm doing as I listen to Ellie Goulding's just-dropped fifth record. Higher Than Heaven is easily her best and the Hereford native has completely outdone herself on this one. All sixteen tracks flow together beautifully and make for the perfect dance party mix from start to finish.

Opening track...let's go!

Sunday, April 16, 2023

The No Ones: My Best Evil Friend

Retro-sounding supergroup The No Ones are back with a second offering called My Evil Best Friend. The garage sound is still there along with Byrds-inspired harmonies and a decided 60s vibe. I hope they keep making "lost" albums:)

Here is the opening track which sets the tone perfectly...

Thursday, April 13, 2023

Boygenius: The Record

Supergroup Boygenius has their first long player out and it's a corker! The Record is all the indie-wonderfulness you would expect from Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, and Lucy Dacus. My favorite tracks are the quieter, introspective ones. 

The whole albums is amazing, though. Snag it!

Tuesday, April 11, 2023

Depeche Mode: Memento Mori

Veterans of electronic goth and emo, Depeche Mode, are back with a magnificent album called Memento Mori. I'm quite grateful that these Basildon lads are still kicking around after all these years. They are truly a Gen Angst band from the 80s and their themes and style are even more relevant in our fucked up world. 

Opening track...

Monday, April 10, 2023

DMA's: How Many Dreams? (Album of the Week)

How Many Dreams? is the title of the new DMA's record that just dropped last week. I'm wondering how many fantastic albums this Brit Rock-inspired outfit from Sydney, Australia can make. Apparently, it's an infinite amount because every one of their four albums is a MUST-HAVE in your collection. My soul is quite warm knowing these lads are carrying the torch of the greatest genre of music of all time. 

Here is one of my faves...Thursday is indeed the second-best night to go out!

Sunday, April 9, 2023

The Levellers: Together All The Way

Brighton's own The Levellers are back with their 13th record and its deep folk sound is hitting me quite well right now. Together All The Way is a call to arms that all of us earthlings are in this craziness together. As is usually the case, music like this leads the way!

Here is the title track...

Saturday, April 8, 2023

Yves Tumor: Praise a Lord Who Chews but Which Does Not Consume; (Or Simply, Hot Between Worlds)

Miami's own Yves Tumor is a bona fide force of art rock. I guess I'm just happy the genre is still kicking around let alone that this musical genius. His fifth record, Praise a Lord Who Chews but Which Does Not Consume; (Or Simply, Hot Between Worlds), is an absolute stunner. He's really channeling his inner Bowie on this one.

Monday, April 3, 2023

Unknown Mortal Orchestra: V (Album of the Week)

Five albums into their career, Portland's own Unknown Mortal Orchestra continues to amaze me. V is yet another ridiculously amazing record filled with a myriad of styles and wonders. I hear psych-pop, electronic pop, lounge, 70s soul, and a whole lot more. 

 Here is the opening track to your journey...

Sunday, April 2, 2023

The Nude Party: Rides On

They don't make music like they used to. We hear this phrase all the time and, honestly, it's not accurate. Because there are bands out there like The Nude Party. I imagine them having all sorts of videos on MTV if they were around in the 80s. 

Today, though, we have them on YouTube. And their latest record is more of the same zaniness and fun for which they are known. Pick up Rides On. It's AWESOME.

Here is one of my favorite tracks...

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Shana Cleveland: Manzanita

Why does haunting music somehow make us feel better? That's what I was thinking as I was listening to the latest record by Shana Cleveland. Manzanita is the L.A. native's third offering and it is clearly her best. Her singing on this one just gets deep into my heart and soul. Gorgeous and dark at the same time. 

Here is a live version of my favorite track...

Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Steve Mason: Brothers and Sisters

Edinnburgh's own Steve Mason is back with Brothers and Sisters, yet another stellar foray into dream pop pleasures. Mason continues to show why he is a sonic force with which to be reckoned. This record somehow manages to be both haunting and optimistic. 

Here is one of my favorite tracks...

Monday, March 27, 2023

Fever Ray: Radical Romantics (Album of the Week)

The wonder of Gothenburg, Sweden is back with his third long player and it's called Radical Romantics. Fever Ray is a true gem of an artist, pushing the boundaries of electronic music to heretofore unexplored horizons. 

There's a lot of menace to this latest one and that's a good thing.