Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Angus & Julia Stone: Cape Forestier

Angus and Julia Stone are quite the treasures of the folk community. The Australian duo has a new record out called Cape Forestier which I feel is their best yet. Twelve tracks of heart warming goodness! 

Opening track...

Monday, June 10, 2024

Pet Shop Boys: Nonetheless (Album Of The Summer)

80's music always sounds better in the summer. That's when we Gen-Xers would haul out our portable trannies or Sony Walkmans and head outside for adventure with the best soundtrack ever in the history of music. London's Pet Shop Boys were a big part of that and so, it is with great honor, that I have chosen their latest offering as the Album of the Summer.

Nonetheless is a stellar record. It reminds me of that golden age of music when synths and rhythm set the tone and told the story. The first track lets the listener know where they will be traveling...


The next track just sent nostalgic shivers up and down my spine...


And then we have the club number...


Folks, this record will be your theme music for the summer!

Sunday, June 9, 2024

Zayn: Room Under The Stairs

The pop stylings of Zayn have taken a decidedly soulful turn on his latest record. The Bradford, West Yorkshire lad has really come into his own on Room Under The Stairs. I highly recommend this record for fans of pop and soul alike!

Opening track...

Saturday, June 8, 2024

Billie Eilish: Hit Me Hard And Soft

The sheer emo-ness of Billie Eilish makes her a national treasure. Simply no one makes music like her. Her latest is called Hit Me Hard and Soft and the Los Angeles native continues to hit me in place where I didn't even know I had places.

Opening track..


Friday, June 7, 2024

Camera Obscura: Look To The East, Look To The West

True Scots Camera Obscura are back with a wonderful record called Look To The East, Look To The West. It's their first full length in eleven years and it's well worth the wait. The happy fun glimmer pop shines throughout all eleven tracks. There's even a dash of lounge which I love!

Opening track...

Thursday, June 6, 2024

The Lemon Twigs: A Dream Is All We Know

The Lemon Twigs remind us all of time that nearly all old people miss...the 1970's! Their latest is called A Dream Is All We Know and it positively drips with that decade. Art fueled nostalgia that makes me yearn for the past yet has come out in the present is eternally amazing. 

Here is the title track...

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Bnny: One Million Love Songs

Chicago has produced a plethora of amazing bands over the years and Bnny is one of the best. Their latest is called One Million Love Songs and it's indie rock at its finest. The voice if Jessica Viscius pierces the soul...

Tuesday, June 4, 2024

St. Vincent: All Born Screaming

St. Vincent's latest record plays like one long and amazing soundtrack to the next James Bond film. All Born Screaming is a tour de force in every sense of the word. I don't like using that phrase all that often but nothing else aptly can characterize how wonderful this record is.

Witness...

Monday, June 3, 2024

Paul Weller: 66 (Album of the Week)

The Modfather is back! His latest record is called 66 and it just so happens that this is now his age. There is zero doubt that Paul Weller has aged like a fine wine. 66 sees all the usual and wonderful Weller explorations from pastorals and club music to dad rock and all the way through just great pop songs.

The first track that really sunk in was this haunting number...


It just hits the soul...

"Flying Fish" reminds of 2010-2012 Weller (Wake Up The Nation, Sonik Kicks)


And then just the pure MOD ROCK!


I make no bones about how Weller is second only to John Lennon in my world but 66 is a record for everyone. Start listening!

Sunday, June 2, 2024

Dua Lipa: Radical Optimism

Dua Lipa makes me happy when I listen to her music. For starters, it's just good fucking pop music. You can tall that she carefully crafts each track so it's just right. Her latest record follows this recipe and it's divine. Radical Optimism is a great album and a lifestyle...

Opening track...

Saturday, June 1, 2024

Sam Evian: Plunge

NYC'S Sam Evian's latest is called Plunge and its indie pop goodness has been most enjoyable to me of late. It has a psychedelic feel to it that reminds me of solo Beatles records. Or maybe just the 70s in general. Check it out! 

Opening track...

Friday, May 31, 2024

Kings of Leon: Can We Please Have Fun

Kings of Leon are back with Can We Please Have Fun, a very fun and yet chill affair that sees the lads from Nashville doing what they do best: make romantic music with a statement. I continue to be most pleased that music with actual instruments continues to be made with aplomb. 

Here is one of my faves...

Thursday, May 30, 2024

The Reds, Pinks, & Purples: Unwishing Well

I've been quite enjoying the latest offering from The Reds, Pinks, & Purples these last few days. Unwishing Well is, in many ways, a perfect spring album. Fresh and new! The San Francisco outfit has really outdone themselves on this one!!

Opening track...

Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Taylor Swift: The Tortured Poet's Department

What a year it's been for Taylor Swift. She's pretty much the monarch of the world right now, sowing envy in the hearts of men everywhere. So, it's really nice to see her make a theme record that focuses on the exact opposite of regency: tortured poets.

She may be a megastar but she her true personality is an emo chick who just can't deal...

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

The High Llamas: Hey Panda

Hey pandas! Guess what? The High Llamas have a new album out!! It's their first record since 2016. Guess what it's called?


Quite wonderful....

Monday, May 27, 2024

The Zutons: The Big Decider (Album of the Week)

Far too many British bands make a couple of records, gain massive fans like me, and then break up or form other bands. I honestly thought The Zutons, a Liverpool outfit, were one of those bands. I sadly left them back in 2008 when their third and supposedly final record came out, occasionally going back to listen to their catalog and lamenting the loss.

Yet here we are sixteen years later with a new Zutons record called The Big Decider. Fuck yeah!

The first track is just a corker...


And then we get into some serious northern soul!


So so happy this band is back. Start listening now!

Friday, May 24, 2024

Kelly Jones: Inevitable Incredible

Kelly Jones has a new solo record out called Inevitable Incredible and it's wonderful to see this artist's truest expression of himself. His recent foray into filmmaking has inspired his music to be more cinematic. Honestly, I feel like I'm watching a movie when I listen to this album.

Opening track...

Thursday, May 23, 2024

Sarah Shook & The Disarmers: Revelations

Sometimes you just need a little alt country. That's why I'm massively hearting Sarah Shook and the Disarmers' latest record called Revelations. What a powerhouse this record is. I'm so thankful that bands still make albums like this.

Opening and title track...

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Mark Knopfler: One Deep River

Rock icon and monster guitar wizard Mark Knopfler's latest record is yet another gem in his now six decade catalog. The 12 songs on One Deep River are shining examples of why this man is a complete and total legend. 

Opening track...

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

James: Yummy

Venerated Brit rockers James are back with another excellent addition to their lexicon of solid rock and pop music. The Mancunians latest is called Yummy and it is indeed just that. The positivity is overwhelming on this one

Example...

Monday, May 20, 2024

Still Corners: Dream Talk (Album of the Week)

London's own Still Corners is back with a bliss filled record called Dream Talk. The opening track takes you in like a David Lynch film...


Is it possible to be attracted to a song? That's how I feel about "Today Is The Day."

The album is a haunting journey into the human soul that somehow manages to be optimistic and mystical at the same time. Example...


Soul overwhelmed...

Sunday, May 19, 2024

Boeckner: Boeckner!

The keyboard/synth/80s power of Boeckner is on my mind a lot these days. His first official solo album (self titled) just dropped and it is quite magnificent. Listen and dance!

Opening track...

Friday, May 17, 2024

Klaus Johann Grobe: Io Tu il Loro

Soft rock lovers will being completely mad for Swiss duo Klaus Johann Grobe's latest record, Io Tu il Loro. I've been feeling nostalgia for the 70s and summer breezes listening to this album for the last few weeks. They have completely nailed the genre!

Opening track...

Thursday, May 16, 2024

The Black Keys: Ohio Players

The Black Keys are back with a rockin' new record called Ohio Players. The Akron Ohio natives have really outdone themselves on this one with the stories told and the style unfurled. Also, one of the best album covers I've seen in years!

Opening track...

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Khruangbin: A La Sala

Houston's own Khruangbin is back with another shag worthy record for lovers everywhere. A La Sala slides into your heart and soul like a fine Vesper martini. 

Opening track, babies...

Monday, May 13, 2024

The Libertines: All Quiet On The Eastern Esplanade (Album of The Week)

Readers of this site know how my soul is filled very deeply with British music. I love bands from that amazing island and The Libertines are a shining example of that excellence and superiority in music.

The lads from London have a new record out called All Quiet On The Eastern Esplanade that is dripping with the culture of England and how it affects the lives of those who live there. 

A great example is this track...


And this track...well, the title says it all...


No doubt they have taken a serious turn on this one but it is most welcome. 

Start listening now!

Sunday, May 12, 2024

Vampire Weekend: Only God Was Above Us

Vampire Weekend is back with Only God Was Above Us and the NYC outfit has never sounded better. Their deployment of a massive array of instruments on all ten of its amazing tracks. 

Here is my fave...so chill...great vibe...

Thursday, May 9, 2024

Chemtrails: The Joy of Sects

Chemtrails is quite an interesting outfit. The Mancunians latest is called The Joy of Sects and it reminds me a great deal of the B-52s. And they have this great way of singing that is just magical!

One of my faves...

Wednesday, May 8, 2024

X Ambassadors: Townie

Ithaca's own X Ambassadors take a very much welcome mellow turn on their latest effort, Townie. The stories told and the music played paint a very melancholy view of our country. It's important to hear in the year 2024. 

Here is one of my faves...also the closing track...

Monday, May 6, 2024

Blu Detiger: All I Ever Want Is Everything

NYC's own Blu Detiger gets my nod for this week's Album Of The Week. All I Ever Want Is Everything is a shovel to the head stunner of a first record. It cooks like my grandma's chili and soothes like the best healer in the world. 

Example...


But she also has tracks the are smooth and silky...


Blu has me head over heels with this album. The absolute perfect combination of pop and indie. 

Start listening now!

Sunday, May 5, 2024

Daniel Romano: Too Hot To Sleep

Today I'd like to thank Daniel Romano for making an album like they used to make them in the 70s and 80s. Too Hot To Sleep is an absolute gem. The guitar work and pop craftsmanship are out of this world. 

Opening track...

Thursday, May 2, 2024

Cherym: Take It Or Leave It

I'm really digging the Derry outfit Cherym. Their latest is Take It Or Leave It, a wonderful collection of garage-ish hilarity and fun. 

Ah to be young again...

Wednesday, May 1, 2024

The Church: Eros Zeta And The Perfumed Guitars

Completely and utterly overjoyed that Sydney's best dream pop outfit, The Church, keep making thoroughly amazing music. Their latest is called Eros Zeta And The Perfumed Guitars and it's all the things we love about this band.

Here is one of my faves...they always have that "future" vibe...

Monday, April 29, 2024

Ride: Interplay (Album of the Week)

The pride of Oxford is back with a shoegaze extra dream poppy wonder of a record. Ride continues to completely amaze me with their ability to stand, Colossus-like, over the last four decades. Interplay has more pop sound than their previous record and it is most welcome. The opening track sets the perfect tone...


Later on in the record we get this stunner...


The very essence of Ride and, indeed, the entire genre...

Go listen!

Sunday, April 28, 2024

Erika De Casier: Still

The soothing soulful sounds of Erika De Casier's latest album, Still, is just what we all need on this rainy day in Minneapolis. The Dane born in Portugal has turned out one of the top R&B albums of 2024.

Witness...

Friday, April 26, 2024

Homeshake: CD Wallet

Ah, those halcyon days of CD wallet inserts that one could pour over for juicy little tidbits about the band and how they album was made. The musical project of one Pete Sagar tackles this dream on the latest Homeshake record called CD Wallet

So so good...

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Lime Garden: One More Thing

Brighton's own Lime Garden have just dropped their first long player and it's official. Wonk pop is now a genre in music. One More Thing is a very unique record. At times, I felt like I was listening to a perfect melange of Kennedy Era Cool Space Pop and indie guitar rock.

Example...


This band has a very bright future!

Monday, April 22, 2024

Elbow: Audio Vertigo (Album of the Week)

Elbow is back with a new record and we can all thank the Brit Rock gods for yet another amazing gift to the world. Audio Vertigo comes out swinging for the fences...


Me too, lads. 

The track that kills me is this one...


The linguistic imagery of sheer romance. 

Listen now!

Sunday, April 21, 2024

Sheer Mag: Playing Favorites

Philly's own Sheer Mag are back with a wonderful record Playing Favorites. It's a garage rock lover's dream with fast paced and very loud guitar. The themes and lyrics of each of the eleven tracks are boss.

Title track...

Friday, April 19, 2024

Whitelands: Night-Bound Eyes Are Blind To The Day

One of London's top shoegaze and dream pop outfits, Whitelands, has a fantabulous record out called Night-Bound Eyes Are Bling To The Day. Dream pop and shoegaze lovers will rejoice at this magnificent outing filled with sonic landscapes guaranteed to oat your mind.

Opening track...

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Another Sky: Beach Day

London outfit Another Sky is back with a corker of a record called Beach Day. Every track is a sweeping anthem to the various passions of life. The towering guitars are overwhelming in all the best possible ways. 

Here is one of my faves, performed live a few months back.

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Modern English: 1 2 3 4

Modern English may be best known for their mega hit "Melt With You" but they have several releases that are completely mega. Their latest record is called 1 2 3 4 and is all the 80s you could ever ask for and more. Essex unite behind your amazing lads!

Opening track...

Monday, April 15, 2024

San Cisco: Under The Light (Album of the Week)

San Cisco may hail from Freemantle in Western Australia but they will always be a hometown band for me and my family. They have played in Minneapolis no less than seven times! In fact, before the 2015 gig at the Triple Rock, my daughter and I met Jordi outside and took this great photo (left). He was incredibly gracious and fun!

Their latest record is called Under The Light and it's their strongest outing since Gracetown. Their uncanny ability at creating perfect pop songs is at an all time high on this album. All eleven tracks are sheer brilliance in the genre and are, quite frankly, shovel to the head stunning. OMG-the pop hooks!

Here is a great example.


Talk about a direct descendant of Brian Wilson! It's also great to hear Scarlett more present on the vocal tracks. 

San Cisco has always been a summer band for me. Their music is filled with warmth (sometimes even heat!) and love. I can't wait to play this track over the summer months...


This record will be in the running for my Album Of The Summer and is clearly one of the best of 2024 so far. 

Go get it! 

Sunday, April 14, 2024

The Jesus and Mary Chain: Glasgow Eyes

Those wacky Scots, The Jesus and Mary Chain, are back with a wonderful record called Glasgow Eyes. In many ways, these lads were the original alternative or indie rock band. Their forty plus year career has consistently seen cutting edge and highly engaging music. 

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

Friday, April 12, 2024

Gossip: Real Power

The pride of Searcy, Arkansas is back with corker of a record. Real Power is a shining example of all that is wonderful and amazing about Gossip. And it's a surefire footmover!

Opening track...

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Waxahatchee: Tigers Blood

The pride of Birmingham, Alabama is back with Tigers Blood, yet another shining example of why Waxahatchee should be in continuous rotation on our musical players. Katie and Co. are deeply tapped into Americana, meaning all the hopes, dreams, fear and love contained therein. 

Witness!

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Tyla: Tyla

The self-titled debut record from South Africa's own Tyla is out and it has taken the world by storm. She's managed to combine R&B, pop and African rhythms into a simply gorgeous blend of sonic power.

Completely dig this track...

Monday, April 8, 2024

Cast: Love Is The Call (Album of the Week)

Liverpool's own Cast is back with Love Is The Call, their first long player in seven years. The eleven tracks on this magnificent album are a solid reminder why the Brit Rock genre isn't going anywhere anytime soon. It's more glorious than ever!

The opening track sets the tone for the more serious journey we are all about to take.


Quite illustrative of our times, eh?

The title track harkens back to those "La's" days...:)


We should all heed this call!!

Sunday, April 7, 2024

Kacey Musgraves: Deeper Well

Please join me in exploring the Deeper Well that is the new record from Kacey Musgraves. This is easily her best album in both theme and style. The way she explores the human condition is enchanting. 

Opening track...

Saturday, April 6, 2024

Ledisi: Good Life

If you are looking from some solidly awesome R&B, look no further than Ledisi's Good Life. It's thirteen tracks of pure gold. Her voice has never sounded better and we should all be grateful that music like this is still being made by such stellar artists like Ledisi

Title and opening track...

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Meatbodies: Flora Ocean Tiger Bloom

It's always wonderful when psychedelic garage bands come from Los Angeles. Meatbodies are a perfect example of this. Their latest is called Flora Ocean Tiger Bloom and it's giant pile of mind expanding awesomeness.

Opening track...

Monday, April 1, 2024

Kaiser Chiefs: Kaiser Chiefs' Easy Eighth Album (Album of the Week)

The Kaiser Chiefs have gone for the BIG GROOVE on their latest record, Kaiser Chiefs' Easy Eighth Album. The Leeds lads are off their ass with all the fun and joy on this one.

Here's a great example and my fave on the record...


Sounds like they are channeling their inner Friendly Fires!

Here's another one that not only is a great stadium sing along but is massively life affirming...



Thanks, dudes, for a totally fab record!

Thursday, March 28, 2024

Declan McKenna: What Happened To The Beach?

Declan McKenna's latest record is quite the gem. What Happened To Beach? sees the Enfield lad really hitting his stride in terms of pop craftsmanship. I really dig this record! 

Opening track...

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

The Snuts: Millennials

The Snuts have a new record out called Millennials and I love it! The West Lothian Scots are quite charming on this one with a most excellent blend of pop and rock. 

Opening track...

Monday, March 25, 2024

MGMT: Loss of Life (Album of the Week)

Middleton, Connecticut's own MGMT is back with Loss of Life, a joyfully dark exploration of the human condition. The duo really gets into a deep dive here on where we all stand in the universe.

This is apparent on this track...


Even more so on this one which really brings me the Joy Division and New Order feels..


Time to listen and reflect, folks!

Sunday, March 24, 2024

Everything Everything: Mountainhead

I'm so totally in love with Everything Everything's Mountainhead. The album moves and groove and knocks my socks right on my ass! Manchester forever!!

Opening track...

Thursday, March 21, 2024

Strfkr: Parallel Realms

Three decades into their ridiculously awesome career, Portland's own Strfkr are better than ever. Their latest is called Parallel Realms and it's a great place to visit. The scifi feel to it is truly out of this world!

Fave...

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Yard Act: Where's My Utopia?

Yard Act is quite the outfit. The proud sons Leeds West Yorkshire have their sophomore effort out and it's a stream of consciousness/pop groove extravaganza. Where's My Utopia? is a question I often ask myself and a shining example of modern day culture in the UK. 

Here is one of my faves...

Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Faye Webster: Underdressed At The Symphony

Likely my favorite current female artist, Faye Webster is back with an amazing record called Underdressed At The Symphony. This album strikes me as more mystical in nature with a much deeper dive into the complexities of romance. 

Opening track of gorgeousness...

Monday, March 18, 2024

Real Estate: Daniel (Album of the Week)

Proud Jersey boys Real Estate just dropped their latest and it's my pick for Album of the Week. Daniel is a jangle pop lover's dream. The opening track lets you know right where you are heading...


The pure pop goodness of "Flowers" is an absolute blessing to humanity.


Pick this gem up now!

Friday, March 15, 2024

Hurray For The Riff Raff: The Past Is Still Alive

I completely heart Hurray For The Riff Raff and their whole vibe. It just drips with Americana and makes your soul all fuzzy and warm. Their latest is called The Past Is Still Alive and the title does indeed take me to those long road trips I used to take with my dad in the late 70s and early 80s. 

Opening track...

Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Mary Timony: Untame The Tiger

Good rock music is hard to find. Thankfully we have Mary Timony's latest record called Untame The Tiger. It's the DC native/s fourth long player and I think it's clearly her best. Long live rock!

Opening track...

Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Allie X: Girl With No Face

There is something greatly infectious about the latest Allie X record. The Toronto native's latest is called Girl With No Face and it's an 80s bliss dream. 

Here is one of my faves...

Monday, March 11, 2024

Liam Gallagher & John Squire: Liam Gallagher & John Squire (Album of the Week)

It's about near perfect that two god like geniuses of Brit Rock decided to make an album together. Liam Gallagher and John Squire have put out a magnificent self titled LP. The ten tracks contained therein are clearly destiny for these two legends. 

One of my faves is "Mars To Liverpool," a track that is an exemplar of the genre...


Another track, the album closer, is bound for stadium sing along anthem...


Pick this gem up now!

Friday, March 8, 2024

Grandaddy: Blu Wav

Modesto, Cali's own Grandaddy are back with Blu Wav, a soothing star (and shoe) gazer of a record. It's been seven years since their last record and they have sorely been missed. This outfit has the ability to emanate chill. 

Opening track...

Thursday, March 7, 2024

The Umbrellas: Fairweather Friend

I really heart the latest record by San Francisco janglers, The Umbrellas. Fairweather Friend reminds a lot of the indie rock I listened to the 80s. Lloyd Cole for sure comes to mind.

Opening track...

Wednesday, March 6, 2024

Crawlers: The Mess We Seem To Make

Liverpool's own Crawlers have dropped their first full length album and it's an amazing pile of girl angst. The Mess We Seem To Make is jaw droppingly honest look at what it means to be female and a Zoomer in the 20s. 

Check it out!

Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Tapir: The Pilgrim. Their God And The King Of My Decrepit Mountain

London's own Tapir has their first full length record and the title alone lets you know what you are in for. The Pilgrim, Their God And the King of My Decrepit Mountain is an absolute tour de force, charting new territories in journey music. So much more than just indie folk!

Let your mind drift away with them...

Monday, March 4, 2024

Royal Otis: Pratts & Pain (Album of the Week)

The debut album from Sydney's own Royal Otis is finally here. Pratts and Pains is a guitar pop lovers dream. I love the landscape the whole record lays out. 

The opening track sucks you right in..


Track #3 grooves you all up, foam style!


Play alot!

Sunday, March 3, 2024

Office Dog: Spiel

The debut album from New Zealand outfit Office Dog is here and it is wonderful. Spiel has just the right amount of drone-y emo and general weariness that makes those down days all the more wonderful.

Opening track...

Friday, March 1, 2024

Frank Carter and The Rattlesnakes: Dark Rainbow

Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes have a corker of a record out called Dark Rainbow. It's Dudes with Guitars Brit Rock at its finest. So happy that music like this is still being made and shouted proudly out!

Opening track. 

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Future Islands: People Who Aren't There Anymore

Future Islands are back with a fantabulous record called People Who Aren't There Anymore. The introspection on this one combined with their usual amazing style lead the listener to reflect on the people we sometimes leave behind. Or leave us behind. 

Here is one of my faves...

Monday, February 26, 2024

The Fauns: How Lost (Album of the Week)

After a ten year hiatus, Bristol's own shoegaze outfit, The Fauns, are back with How Lost. The opening track lets us all know how much they have been missed. 


The layers of sound on this one are otherworldly 

The next track is one of my faves on the record. Reminds me a lot of the vibe of the 80's. 


Play this one a lot, folks! It's bloody gorgeous!!

Sunday, February 25, 2024

Sy Smith: Until We Meet Again

Ah, the soft and sweet sounds of NYC's Sy Smith. Her latest record is called Until We Meet Again and it's like a refreshing waterfall on a hot summer's day. So so happy that music like this is still being made

Find a loved one and curl up by the fire...

Friday, February 23, 2024

New Dad: Madra

The pride of Galway, Ireland has finally dropped their debut LP. Madra is a shoegaze wonder filled with goodness. I expect New Dad to be fathering themselves all over the world. 

Love the hooks on this one...

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Ty Segall: Three Bells

The pride of Laguna Beach is back with his fifteenth long player. Three Bells is an epic in garage rock drone. Ty Segall has officially become a master.

Opening track...

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Le Sserafim: Unforgiven

K Pop sensations Le Sserafim latest has been sticking with me for several months now so it most certainly deserves a shoutout. Unforgiven explodes towards the listener in a wonderfully aggressive way. Man oh man, those grooves!

We are Fearless...

Monday, February 19, 2024

Ducks Ltd.: Harm's Way (Album of the Week)

Toronto has a fabulous dudes with guitars band called Ducks Ltd. Their second long player, entitled Harm's Way, just dropped and it's an absolute corker. The opening track lets jangly pop fans know that they are home...


Later in the album, we are treated to this dark gem...


This magnificent duo has a very bright future ahead of themselves!

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Iraina Mancini: Undo The Blue

London's own Iraina Mancini has a corker of a debut record out called Undo The Blue. There are so many genres present on this album that I honestly find myself at a loss to describe it. One key one is Kennedy Era Cool chanteuse...my fave! 

Cue the martinis...

Monday, February 12, 2024

Lil' Yachty: Let's Start Here (Album of the Week)

Lil' Yachty's latest record, Let's Start Here, resets all expectations of what rap and hip hop should be. In fact, it strives for and reaches new horizons that I honestly thought wasn't possible for music in general. 

The tone is set immediately with the opening track...


And then we go on THE RIDE.


This record should be in the Hall of Fame...

Saturday, February 10, 2024

Soojin: Agassy (EP)

K Pop Sensation Soojin have a most excellent EP out called Agassy and I have to say it makes this old lounge lizard happy as heck that people are still making music with an early 60s, Kennedy Era Cool vibe. 

Soft and cool...just like a martini...

Thursday, February 8, 2024

Laura Veirs: Phone Orphans

Laura Veirs latest offering is yet another gem. The record is called Phone Orphans and, once again, the Portland, Oregon native brings her soft sweetness combined with lyrical beauty to the world of music. 

Always love the nature themes...

Monday, February 5, 2024

Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids: Afro Futuristic Dreams (Album of the Week)

Fusion fans will completely rejoice at the latest offering from Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids. Afro Futuristic Dreams is an enchanting trance of a record that sends my mind palace on mythical journeys into the cosmos and beyond.

Example...


Explore outward, body and soul, with this amazing record...

Sunday, February 4, 2024

Dylan LeBlanc Live @ The Turf Club, St. Paul, MN. 3 Feb 2024

Dylan LeBlanc is out on the road and I caught him last night at The Turf Club. What a show. For nearly two hours, the Louisiana native propelled his way through slinky and spiritual numbers that made me want to go on a long drive on a darkened highway.

And also fall in love...

His songs explore romance in a very unique way that goes along with his style (Daniel Lanois, Chris Isaak, Ryan Adams). 


LeBlanc has a keen sense of the human condition. Combine that with the fact that he is a musician's musician (The Cactus Blossoms attended the show and were standing behind me) and it's a powerful sonic concoction. 

He started off with the laid back, mellow tracks from his last two albums (Coyote and Renegade). The highlight for me during this part of the set was "Dust" which honestly made me cry the first time I heard it. Just the sheer beauty...

Then he and the band cranked it up and played the louder stuff, ending with a four song encore that blew the roof off of the place. 

His signature sound of loads of echo really sounded amazing on these heavier songs. 


LeBlanc is on tour for the next several weeks. I highly recommend you check out his show when he comes to your town.







Thursday, February 1, 2024

Kiss of Life: Born To Be XX (EP)

The latest EP by K Pop sensations, Kiss of Life, is quite the rager. The dance moves just flow out of you in merely the first few seconds of the record and, quite honestly, lift the spirit...

Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Bill Ryder-Jones: Iechyd Da

Mr. Bill Ryder-Jones is quite a treasure of the world. He was in the fab Merseyside band, The Coral, for a while and now he is solo. His latest is Iechyd Da and it makes me feel greatly relieved that someone else sees life the way I do. 

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

Monday, January 29, 2024

Green Day: Saviors (Album of the Week)

Green Day is back. Yay! The band that most literally defines Gen X has just offered up Saviors and it's a wonderfully savage way to start off 2024. 

All of the usual Green Day vibes are there on this one. Example...


But then we have stuff like "Bobby Sox" which taps deeply into a cultural and historical dimension.


If this would have come out back in the day, it would have been a double album with its 15 tracks which honestly is awesome because it has that double album feel. The lads really explore more deeply their style and flavor.

Thursday, January 25, 2024

The Streets: The Darker The Shadow The Brighter The Light

The power of The Streets is massive and never ending. I've been a fan of Mike Skinner's project for nearly two decades. His latest is just bril. The Darker The Shadow The Brighter The Light delves deeply into the conflicts that we all experience deep in our souls. 

Witness...

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Hotline Tnt: Cartwheel

NYC's Hotline TNT are a shoegaze wonder of an outfit. Their latest is called Carthweel and it's guaranteed to make your dreams come true...while staring intently at your shoes.

Opening track, dreamers!

Monday, January 22, 2024

The Vaccines: Pick-Up Full of Pink Carnations (Album of the Week)

The Vaccines are back with a corker of a record called Pick-Up Full of Pink Carnations. The West London lads have really outdone themselves on this one. Rollicking tracks combined with pointed and philosophical ruminations. 

And the hooks...


This one gives me all the feels...


The first amazing album of 2024 is here!!

Friday, January 19, 2024

Pinkpantheress: Heaven Knows

It's Friday and that means it's time to start thinking about the club! Well, maybe not for us oldsters but certainly for you younger folks. Heaven Knows by Pinkpantheress is the perfect record to get you ready to dance!

Opening track...

Thursday, January 18, 2024

King Creosote: I Des

Let's take a journey today to Fife, Scotland and listen to the magnificent new album by King Creosote called I Des. Being a Scot myself, I've always found his music to be spiritually inspiring in an ancestral homeland sort of way.

Perhaps you will feel the same way...even if you aren't a Scot...

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Bar Italia: The Twits

The drone y drag of Bar Italia's latest offering, The Twits, is fitting my mood quite nicely in the extended cold snap we are currently experiencing in Minnesota. The London based outfit is leveled up last year with two releases and is currently storming the world with their awesomeness.

Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Cmat: Crazymad, For Me

Cmat's sophomore effort has been in heavy rotation at my house these last few weeks. Crazymad, For Me is quite a wonder from the Meath, Ireland native. It's also quite cathartic to listen to as she brings out certain, unexplored emotions. 

Opening track...

Monday, January 15, 2024

Allah-Las: Zuma 85 (Album of the Week)

My indie soul is quite sated with the latest release from Allah-Las. The LA outfit has done it again with Zuma 85, a truly great record that touches all of the alternative feels. The sounds out of their guitars are transportative...not sure if that's a word but that's what it feels like!

Here is one of my faves...

Friday, January 12, 2024

Jung Kook: Golden

The pop and lock power of Jung Kook is most prevalent on his first long player entitled Golden. I honestly feel like he could be the Michael Jackson of the 21st century. He certainly has the global fan following but it's more than that.

He just has a presence...

Thursday, January 11, 2024

V: Layover EP

 V (of BTS) has a wonderful solo EP called Layover. The first track is ridiculously romantic and I highly suggest finding that special someone and snuggling up with them on a rainy day while listening to it. 

Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Katie Von Schleicher: A Little Touch Of Schleicher In The Night

Katie Von Schleicher's latest record, A Little Touch of Schleicher In The Night, is a wispy and wonderful gem of a record. Von Schleicher has reached the zenith of her artistic expression, exploring a wide range of subjects. 

Opening track...

Monday, January 8, 2024

Peter Gabriel: I/O (Album of the Week)

Peter Gabriel ruled the 1980's like a powerful colossus stretching over the world. Hit after hit spun out into the world from his various records and we all rejoiced. I/O is his latest and clear cause for more celebration. 

The album in all its various versions and mixes is an absolute triumph and return to form for Gabriel. The world is a much better place with his voice out front and center. 

Sunday, January 7, 2024

Israel Nash: Ozarker

Do they make music like they used to back in the day? Yes. Yes, they do. Israel Nash is living proof. His latest is called Ozarker and it harkens back to those days when we could actually hear musicians make mistakes as they jam it out. And it was wonderful!

Opening track...

Saturday, January 6, 2024

Loraine James: Gentle Confrontation

Loraine James takes my mind and soul to different galaxies on a regular basis. Her latest offering, Gentle Confrontation, is aptly titled. It's mellow AND in your face at the tame time.

Here is one of my faves...

Friday, January 5, 2024

Emma Anderson: Pearlies

London's own Emma Anderson has, in the most eloquent of ways, managed to capture that 1967 melange of psych pop and lounge while still holding on to her shoegaze roots. Pearlies is quite a lovely record that has sent me on many mind palace journeys...

Here is the opening track...

Thursday, January 4, 2024

Butcher Brown: Solar Music

Richmond, Virginia's own Butcher Brown enters their second decade of making fantastic modern jazz with Solar Music. This record has percolated with me over the past several weeks and I just can't seem let it go!

Opening track...

Wednesday, January 3, 2024

Kacey Johansing: Year Away

These last few weeks have seen me taking a deep dive into the latest record by Kacey Johansing. Year Away is simply gorgeous and the pride of Kalamazoo, Michigan (now based in San Francisco) has managed to us all on quite a journey. 

Here is one of my faves...

Tuesday, January 2, 2024

Orchestral Maneuvers In The Dark: Bauhaus Staircase

Cherished 80s icons Orchestral Maneuvers In The Dark (OMD for those in the know!) released a completely fab album towards the end of last year. Bauhaus Staircase instantly transports the listener back in time 40 years and all the wonder of that decade explodes to life. The hooks, Clarence...THE HOOKS!

Here is the title track...