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 ...

The Friday Five: February 6, 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: Duke Garwood, “Heavy Love”

Moody, atmospheric and full of texture would be a fair assessment of Duke Garwood’s fifth album, Heavy Love.  The British singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist unleashes ten songs of a subdued yet near-sinister nature, by virtue of their stark arrangements and whispered vocals.  At ...

Soul Serenade: Garland Green, “Jealous Kind Of Fella”

Popular songs are a funny thing. What is it that makes some hit songs live on forever, while others are forgotten with the passage of time? Is there something in the melody or lyrics that give a song its staying power? I ...

VIDEO PREMIERE: Just Walden, “Space Cadet”

Back in August, I told you about a little band called Just Walden, their album High Street Barton Blues, and frontman Danny Ferraro, who went from Wall Street to London and finally circled back to Austin, Texas, where he reassembled his ...

CD Review: No More Pain, “The Post-Human Condition”

This is a great time for music types other than pop, so far as the album format is concerned. As pop music continues its trudge toward becoming a totally separate entity, single-contained and no longer conjoined within the album’s puzzle work, the ...

ALBUM REVIEW: Asaf Avidan, “Gold Shadow”

Another masterpiece this early in the year.  And something completely new for me – an Israeli musician with such an American feel, it’s hard to make the distinction that he’s not a native of either the South or Detroit.  Asaf ...

The Friday Five: January 30, 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 ...

CD REVIEW: Decker, “Patsy”

Sedona, Arizona native Brandon Decker comes up with some interesting sounds on this, his latest release, Patsy.  Issued under the simple moniker of “Decker”, he unleashes nine songs of varying styles and sounds – a mixture of neo-folk, inflections of ...

CD REVIEW: John Statz, “Tulsa”

This Wisconsin native is no stranger to creating interesting and introspective music.  Tulsa is John Statz’ seventh release and a fine, cohesive piece of work.  Masterfully produced by Jeffrey Foucault, the performances by Statz, Morphine’s Billy Conway on drums, Mark ...

CD Review: The Lone Bellow, “Then Came the Morning”

The Lone Bellow’s self-titled debut was one of the best-albums of 2013. A near-perfect blend of emotional folk-rock songs and gorgeous, soaring three-part harmonies, the group have returned with the follow-up, “Then Came the Morning,” which arrives on Jan. ...

The Friday Five: January 23, 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 ...

E.P. REVIEW: Peter Buck, “Opium Drivel”

I don’t know if Peter Buck, the fellow who played guitar in that band from Athens, Georgia, intended his third solo release to be “funny” but damn it, it is.  It’s also rockin’ and great on one side and eerily ...

Soul Serenade: The Valentinos, “It’s All Over Now”

I read an interview with Bobby Womack a few years ago in which he said that when he first heard that the Rolling Stones planned to record “It’s All Over Now,” he was not happy. He asked his manager to tell Mick ...

“Single Play” Week of 1/19/15

Well, since this the second post of “Single Play” in the new year, I have broken my record for the number of posts from last year! This week it’s a bit of an eclectic line up, but that’s okay because if you ...

Nate Mendel Goes All Beyond The Bass

Everyone thought it was crazy for the drummer of Nirvana to go solo as an axe-wielding frontman and look how that turned out for him. Now that Foo Fighters are a global multi-platform mega media corporation, the senior partners are surprisingly as busy ...

Review: PAK – “NYJPN”

Listening to PAK, composer Ron Anderson’s vehicle driving through ears a frenetic pastiche of jazz, funk and math-rock, can be transcendent. Writing about them, though, is a whole other matter. It’s a little like unraveling a knot, ...

EP REVIEW: Brandon Cunningham, “Giveout”

This is excellent – pure and simple.  Chicago singer-songwriter Brandon Cunningham delivers four absolutely stunning tracks on this latest E.P., Giveout.  From sparse and haunting to lush and textured, this young musician knows how to write a song and convey ...

The Friday Five: January 16, 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 ...

EP REVIEW: Honey & The 45s, “Mad”

Very nice and impressive mini-album from Honey & The 45s, a Chicago-based outfit.  Mad is a smooth mixture of soulfulness, funky grooves and Americana (quite an achievement) with great production and skill.  This five-piece is steered by the sweet-dripping vocals ...