Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Monday, July 14, 2014

FUEGO


Fuego, is Phish's 12th studio album and 2nd since they came back together in 2009.  After finally sitting down and listening to the entire album since it was released on June 24th, I really got a feel of what the boys were creating.  Bob Ezrin, who has worked with artists including Lou Reed, Pink Floyd, and Kiss, really did a good job with this one.  Let's be honest, no one is melting on a stick of heavenly musical butter while only listening to studio Phish albums.  The magic of the band happens when they are in their element out on stage exploring the unknown improvisational corners of musical utopia.  Ezrin and the members of Phish really create the "live" sound, by playing together and recording in the same room.  The album runs smoothly throughout the whole thing, starting with one of my favorite tracks "Fuego."  The band has already begun to explore with this tune in the start of the summer tour, notably at the Mann in Philly (seen below).  The song, The Line, is strangely inspired by Darius Washington, Memphis Tiger's free-throw shooter who missed shots to cause Memphis to lose in the 2005 Conference USA Championship.  In songs like 555 (seen below) you can hear the horns and backup singers nicely add to the mix.  Drawing to a close with a tune named Wingsuit you get an atmospheric dreamy end "and it feels good."  I am heading to Chicago on Thursday to catch them play a three night run at Northerly Island and I am excited to see if they can create some captivating jams out of their new material for me to dance around to.



The song Fuego live from The Mann

Friday, May 30, 2014

STRINGS, RUM, and FUN


I was recently able to enjoy a two night bluegrass run from Hot Buttered Rum and Fruition.  Both bands put out good feeling songs that bring a ton of energy to the dance floor.  They are progressive bluegrass bands with soul that originate from the west coast.  The two nights were filled with collaborations and a friendly atmosphere to hang out with the musicians, who seemed just as happy to guzzle down beer while listening to the tunes all night long.  Hot Buttered Rum is a group I have been listening to for a long time and just put out a new record entitled Hot Buttered Rum which was produced by Steve Berlin of Los Lobos.  Fruition is a newer band from Portland, OR and can really lay down some tracks, not to mention they will be attending Jam Cruise next year.  I would suggest checking out both of these bands if you have not done so already.  

Take a couple minutes to listen to Fruition and one of Hot Buttered Rum's new songs here and let me know what you think!



Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Sexist Music Library

I was recently listening to some Alabama Shakes and realized I do not have many women musicians in my music collection (compared to the other gender).  Also, I have not seen many of them live, Grace Potter being the most recent in 2013.  As I was emerged in Brittany Howard's vocals, I remembered the name Andrija Tokic.  He produced Boys & Girls for Alabama Shakes and also recorded an album for another band who has a female lead singer.  Andrija produced the album Look Out Mama for Hurray for the Riff Raff, which is a band based out of New Orleans.  Both of these bands are now with ATO Records, which is a great place to be.  
All this lead to the decision that I have a sexist music library and I feel I need to post some tunes by a few rock'n soulful women, so enjoy!




RKCB - "Baptize"




For those of us patiently waiting on Jai Paul to put out some new material, RKCB is a nice alternative.  The L.A. based duo has a very cool and sexy R&B sound going for them with their first two singles.  The comparison to Jai Paul doesn't just come from their electronic R&B sound, it's also apparent in their music library.  Both artists have just two original songs and a remix available, which is incredibly frustrating.  Unlike Jai Paul however, RKCB has only been releasing music under that name for a few months.  Here's hoping to a promising new career for these new producers.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Copper Into Steel


This new rockin bluegrass band from Murfreesboro/Nashville, TN has really grabbed my attention these last couple years.  Copper Into Steel has been around since 2011 and are currently playing shows around the Southeast.  The band always puts on a high energetic show that will surely get you in some nice exercise before the sets end.  They are mixing blues, folk, and grass together southern style with some exhilarating mandolin playing from Cody Chelius.  I am lucky enough to have been able to catch some shows in Memphis when in town and I would suggest trying to do the same.  You can also download their album AlchemyThis young Tennessee band is going places and I fully expect them to be tearing up venues on the way!

Check out a couple songs below including this wonderful version of "Walking in Memphis" 



Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Saturday, April 26, 2014

[Viral] Kelvin Jones - "Call Me Home"


Kelvin Jones is an aspiring singer who has been tearing up YouTube with his various covers ranging from Stevie Wonder to the Gorillaz.  Aside from his beautiful voice, what really stands out are his original tracks.  The track has gathered the most attention is "Call You Home", and for good reason.  See for yourself, and keep an eye out for this rising star.


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

[New album] Chet Faker


The soulful Chet Faker, known for his awesome cover of "No Diggity", has finally released a full length album.  Titled Built On Glass, it is pretty much exactly as expected. In other words good stuff. Check out his first two singles here.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Rheteric Ramirez



L.A. based rapper Rheteric Ramirez has a pretty mean flow about him.  He got his name by making big splashes in the rap battle pool and continues to kick ass all over the place. Check out this live rendition of "Roskin Doblin".


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

[2014] Overstep












The Cactus’ newest album Overstep came out on February 25th on ATO Records.  This is his fourth solo studio album and clocks in at around 50 minutes.  Mike Gordon “Cactus” is the bass player for the band Phish and he likes to indulge in his own side projects.  Mike is a funky yet weird cat and it shows on every one of his solo albums and tours.  When he gets the chance to tour solo you should go check him out.  Last month I had the chance to go see him perform the new ones live in Seattle.   I enjoy his latest work and think you should give it a try!


Friday, April 4, 2014

1,2,3 is back Weather you like it or not (We like it)

When my loves 1,2,3 split up a while back, my poor lil' heart hurt for quite some time. There's nothing like watching a band that you love makes it's first few steps towards something big and then stumbling back into the dark. As music fans, we have all have had that band that you want to see make it (and to continue releasing new albums!). 1,2,3 is mine and they are back with their new album Big Weather out on May 27th via American Hermitage records. The band announced that they are going to offer a pay-what-you-can option for all digital copies, so there's no reason this album shouldn't be in your collection by the end of May!

If you had a chance to listen to their 2011 debut album New Heaven, then you will know that their singles are unpredictable, raw, and full of adventure. Please listen to this album at least once, for you will find yourself wanting to listen to it again and again. Personally, I find every song is different and defiant of traditional genres, and that is what I am looking forward to hearing on Big Weather.

It is very interesting to me that this album is inspired by a tornado that hit the lead singer and guitarist Nic Snyder's Aunt's house. 1,2,3 seems to have a passion for weather and climate changes, seasons, and the like. You hear it in their previous album in songs such as Heat Lightning. Here's to another wild ride with 1,2,3. Can't wait. Please listen to their first two new singles "Big Weather Pt. 1" and "Leave Me in the Sky With the Lawnchair" below and let us know what you think!



Shakey Graves - "Dearly Departed"


Man, this guy really needs to get an album together. His name is Shakey Graves, and he is due for big things. Here is his latest song plus another amazing rendition of "Roll the Bones". Is there anything he can't do?



Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Fanfarlo


  The London based band, Fanfarlo, has come out with a new album titled Let's Go Extinct.  This record was put out February 2014 and is their third full length studio release.  They formed in 2006 and are an indie folk/rock band that has put out their best album yet.  Some of the songs on the album almost sound a bit "Talking Headish" including Landlocked, which is here for your ears to do the deciding.  Check out the new material and let me know your thoughts!





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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Sun Kil Moon





Benji is the newest album from Sun Kil Moon.  This 6th album from the band was released in early February 2014.  The band was formed in San Francisco in 2002 primarily for guitarist Mark Kozelek to vent some creativity.  Benji is an interesting and sad record worth a listen.  I heard the song Ben’s My Friend the other day and immediately liked it, so tell me what you think.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

[Local/Rap] Cities Aviv - "URL IRL"


Cities Aviv has released a new album titled Come To Life. The Memphis rapper has taken a different approach in his new material than with his previous Ep's.  Come To Life sounds like more of a dance party album than a rap album. Never being one to shy away from heavy sampling, Cities Aviv has taken his sound to a whole new level with this album, but that's not a bad thing. It's definitely worth a listen or two. Plus, you gotta rep the 901, dawg.


Sunday, March 9, 2014

Phox

Wisconsin based indie band Phox has been making some interesting music lately.  It kind of reminds me of The Head and The Heart crossed with The Alabama Shakes.  Although there is no official word on when their first full length album comes out, it looks like they will be hopping on the summer festival train to get their music out there. Until then, check their single "Slow Motion" and a nice live take of "Evil".




Friday, March 7, 2014

[Hip-hop] Atmosphere - "Bob Seger"


Apparently Atmosphere released a single last year called "Bob Seger". How did we miss that? They also have a brand spankin' new album coming out in May! Here is the video of last years one-off single. I suggest giving it a watch and listen separately to get the full effect, because the video is pretty captivating.



Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Tennessee Reppin Juicy J

I stumbled upon an interesting article yesterday and thought I would share it with the rest of you. So the short of it is that there is this company that goes by the name of The Echo Nest, a group that calls itself "the music intelligence company" for major music firms. They compiled data from Spotify which calculated the relative number of streams for a given artist for all 50 states. The results were visualized using a map of the United States.

It's important to note that these aren't necessarily the most-listened to bands in each state, but rather the bands that have unusually hight support in each state. So for example, Vermonters skew more towards Phish more than other Americans do, and Texans are bigger George Strait fans than anyone else.

To read the entire article click HERE







*Update* A new map has been released that displays each states least favorite band.


Monday, February 24, 2014

Hard Working Americans


Hard Working Americans is a new band featuring Todd Snider (singer-songwriter), Neal Casal (The Cardinals and Chris Robinson Brotherhood), Chad Staehly (Great American Taxi), Dave Schools (Widespread Panic), and Duane Trucks (COL. Bruce Hampton’s School of Music).  These musicians have been around the block and have joined together to lay down some solid tunes.  As you can imagine, it is some good old southern rock and great to have a few cold ones to.  I was able to catch them at The Fillmore in San Francisco and had myself a blast.  HWA came out with a debut album and it is available for purchase.  They have a few more shows left on the tour, so check out this video of them on Conan and get out to see them!

Friday, February 14, 2014

[Folk/Blues] The Shouting Matches - "I Had a Real Good Lover"


The Shouting Matches are a side project by Bon Iver's Justin Vernon.  The band has enjoyed the success of their debut album Grownass Man, which has a very JJ Grey type bluesy feel to it.  Today however, I will post a song from their recently re-released EP Mouthoil.  In the true spirit of Valentines day "I Had a Real Good Lover" is some nice, depressingly beautiful, blues music. Be sure to check out Grownass Man as well.


Thursday, January 16, 2014

Song Exploder

This post is a little different from our normal discussions of new, unusual, and awesome bands that you should check out. This is a really cool new podcast that I caught wind of. The name of it is "Song Exploder" and to put it simply it is

"A podcast where musicians take apart their songs, and piece by piece, tell the story of how they were made." 

The first episode that I listened, they spoke to the other member of Postal Service (Not Ben Gibbard) and broke down the song "The district sleeps alone tonight". This will particularly appeal to super fans, audiophiles, and those of you who are interested in music production. I recommend it!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013