CD Review: And How, “The Twisted Trees”

Envy, aside from being one of the Seven Deadly Sins, is also a pretty effective motivator. As illustration of this, one needs to look back to the friendly rivalry between The Beatles and the Beach Boys in the 1960’s. Upon hearing ...

5 Musicians Who Were Kicked In The Butt By Love

They say write what you know. Ordinarily that’s good advice…unless what you write becomes hugely famous and popular, and the content is about moments of heartbreak and distress in your life. Here are five musicians, or rather three and one double-dipper, ...

REVIEW: Nick De La Hoyde, “The Longest Way”

The disparity that exists between modern musical content and the real lives of its listeners is a very real problem. Lorde, for one, has been an outspoken critic of privilege in hip-hop lyrics, most notably documented in her smash hit “Royals.” The ...

ALBUM REVIEW: The Weeklings, “Monophonic”

You may as well give up any notions of resistance to The Weeklings, because this is quite simply, the good old fashioned rock and roll we ALL grew up with – built around the sound and style of The Fabs ...

CD Review: Steven Wilson, “Hand Cannot Erase”

It has been a while since I could be fully supportive of a Steven Wilson project. It’s not a residual issue with his apparent forsaking of Porcupine Tree. If we were to get into the weeds with that, PT was a ...

Vinyl Review: (The) Silos, “Cuba”

With much respect to Walter Salas-Humara, the leader of the band The Silos, everything you really need to know about them, you’ll learn from their first three albums. These are the records that also featured bandmember Bob Rupe who, in later ...

ALBUM REVIEW: Liz Longley, s/t

From the moment “Outta My Head” begins, I love this album.  Liz Longley’s self-titled debut on the legendary Sugar Hill label is a thing of beauty.  Her voice, filled with warmth and sultry-ness and her songs, which are lyric-smart and ...

“Single Play” (Week of 3/2/15)

 

This week’s “Single Play,” is actually the post I intended for last week, but things fell by the wayside, and I dropped the proverbial ball. Okay, all “the dog ate my homework” excuses aside, let’s just on with the ...

The Friday Five: February 27, 2015

Friday Five : |ˈfrīdā – fīv| : On the sixth day of every week, I hit the shuffle button in iTunes and share the first five tracks and thought for each track. Sometimes there is a playlist involved, occasionally we’ll have a ...

Soul Serenade: The Orlons, “South Street”

This week I am seeking an answer to the age-old question — where do all the hippies meet? If you’re from Philadelphia, please don’t shout out the answer.

Audrey and the Teenettes got together in Philly in the late ’50s. The original ...

Being Lee DeWyze: Singer, Songwriter, Director, Puppeteer

Lee DeWyze isn’t the first person to hear the soon-to-be-disproven words, “your life is about to change forever” on a reality TV show, nor will he be the last. It is what it is, a short term boost of name recognition. You ...

ALBUM REVIEW: Sofia Talvik, “Big Sky Country”

From the opening strums of Big Sky Country, the newest album – 6th, overall – from Sweden’s Sofia Talvik, you know you’re in for an aural pleasure experience.  Her sweet, rich and enveloping voice immediately draws you in and the ...

CD REVIEW: The Staple Singers, “Freedom Highway Complete”

On April 9, 1965, shortly after the events that have been depicted in the movie Selma, the Staple Singers sang at a service at their home church, the New Nazareth Church on Chicago’s South Side. The album that they recorded that ...

The Friday Five: February 20, 2015

Friday Five : |ˈfrīdā – fīv| : On the sixth day of every week, I hit the shuffle button in iTunes and share the first five tracks and thought for each track. Sometimes there is a playlist involved, occasionally we’ll have a ...

ALBUM REVIEW: Young Buffalo, “House”

Coming from Oxford, Mississippi, Young Buffalo are about to make their mark on music with this fine debut album, House.  A five-piece, Young Buffalo are like a fresh breeze on a warm afternoon – their guitar and keyboard-based pop sound ...

Soul Serenade: Joe Tex, “Show Me”

Do you know who Joseph Arrington, Jr. was? If I told you where he was from you would figure it out quickly. He was born in Rogers, Texas in 1935 and moved to Baytown with his mother when his parents divorced. In ...

EP REVIEW: Peppina, “Follow Your Gravity”

Warm, pleasant, embracing, soothing – these are the immediate impressions upon first listen to Peppina, a singer-songwriter from Finland, who has signed on with Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s production company, hitRECord.org and is about to release her first EP, Follow Your Gravity.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Arthur Fowler, ‘What’s Keeping Me Going’

It’s appropriate for a Valentine’s Day release to have an element of love in it, though one could argue that every song and every album needs love to successfully communicate a message. For Arthur Fowler, his musical love began with an emulation ...

The Friday Five: February 13, 2015

Friday Five : |ˈfrīdā – fīv| : On the sixth day of every week, I hit the shuffle button in iTunes and share the first five tracks and thought for each track. Sometimes there is a playlist involved, occasionally we’ll have a ...

ALBUM REVIEW: BP Fallon, “Live In Texas”

Here’s a guy with one of the most varied and impressive resumes in music – across the boards.  Journalist, publicist (starting at Apple Records), D.J., photographer and now singer/performer.  Irish native BP Fallon has basically seen it all and done ...

Soul Serenade: Don Covay, “Mercy, Mercy”

Don Covay left us recently. He left behind a splendid resume that reflected his work as a singer and songwriter. Covay never allowed himself to be pigeonholed into one genre or another. His music reached out to fans of soul, R&B, and ...