Monday, January 5, 2015



I have to say the last quarter of 2014 brought me some sweet music. 
Glass Animals, James Blake, Father John Misty, George Ezra, Marian Hill, AURORA, Bastille, Ellie Goulding, KONGOS, alt-J, BORNS, Vance Joy,  Elle King,  Ella Henderson,  Brandi Carlile,  Avicii, Spirit Animal, Jack Garratt, D'Angelo, Noah Gunderson, Royal Tongues, Eric Hassle, RY X,  Angel Olsen, Royal Wood, Roo Panes, Grandaddy/Band of Horses, Madeon, We are the Brave,  Mat Kearney, Mark Ronson, and Hannah Lou Clark.   

Got me excited for starting up the blog again.   Looking forward to the following albums this year 2015:

Meghan Trainor    Title
Mark Ronson    Uptown Special
Diana Krall  Wallflower                  
Imagine Dragons   Smoke + Mirrors
Laura Marling   Short Movie
Bob Dylan   Shadows in the Night
Emeli Sandé   Who Needs The World
Limp Bizkit   Stampede of the Disco Elephants    
The Wombats   Glitterbug
Of Montreal    Aureate Gloom
Kid Cudi  Man on the Moon III
Rumor has it the following are releasing albums this year:

Rita Ora,   Def Leppard, Bad Religion, Bjork, Black Sabbath, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Duran Duran, Ellie Goulding, Fleetwood Mac, Guns N' Roses, Muse, Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Slayer.

Friday, January 2, 2015

New Music Tuesday April 23rd 2013

I have so many excuses as to why I haven't continued with my music blog.  Truth is I have continued, but haven't posted.  I have been journaling and will upload it as quick as I can type "Bob's your uncle".

This particular week has a few personal favorites of mine.  Mainly Tom Jones.  But Steve Martin? Michael Buble? and what about Paula Cole?  oh shut up. Enjoy.

Tower of Song from Tom Jones millionth (ok #40) album Spirit in the Room
Mr Blue Eyed Soul, proved that winning best new artist at the Grammy's is NOT a voodoo award.  He may be an unusual pussycat, but one that lives on Aubrey Lane in Laurel Canyon.  That is right.  How does one find such information out?  Why buy Tom Jones a drink of course. (Hennessy).  Please give Mr. Jones a chance - his new album is full of blues and Tom Waits.  What a better match than Waits and Jones? What?

You're no good from Major Lazer's LP Free the Universe
All I can say is please listen.   They are a reggae/electronic band that likes to sing about bubble butts.  Ok well not so mature but I am really diggin the track I picked (hence I picked it).

Killing Moon from Ian McCulloch's album Holy Ghosts
From the UK, my punkster of the Echo and the Bunnymen has worked with a such a variety of people (you know, Spice Girls, Bowie...) .  He got his start in 1977 and to be honest I am not a huge punk fan.  I'm afraid this feeling is carrying through this review.  If you are looking for a typical was head of a rock band going solo but sounds like he never left the band or the era (1977), please click here [ _ ].

Why don't you go from Paula Cole's 6th album Raven
Paula.  I love your album art work.  It seems to me the better the art work, the worse the music.  Yes, I just typed that.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

New Music Tuesday January 14th 2014!

Chalk full of talent being the second week of the year.   We have a band that sounds like they come from  an era older than the daughter of a country legend.  Sprinkle in a little UK indie rock per usual, an Irish folk singer,  a late 80's country rocker, an American icon, and one local little lady that stands on her own in genre, style, and fucking amazing talent and you get the collection that makes up my review for this week.   Enjoy.

"Get up and Get out" from Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings 5th album Give the people what they want
Emerging from Brooklyn in '96, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings have rotated band members and ban labels but Sharon and the funk have remained constant.  Immediately I knew I would love the band, simply by the name.  Getting down with your bad funk self doesn't happen with a lot of artists these days. You can see them April 1st at the Crystal Ballroom here in Portland.  I just might.

"Red Dust" from James Vincent McMorrow's 2nd album Post Tropical
This Irish folksinger started his career just a few years ago. I noticed that James released this 2nd album of his on his 30th birthday, as I did research on how long he's been on this earth and in the music biz.  "Early in the Morning", his first record released in 2010, brought him the honor recipient of the European Border Breakers Award.  Impressive.  What I love about James, he brings a little Irish funk with a John Legend seduction.  For me that isn't Post Tropical, that IS Tropical.

"Bear Song" from Emily Conway's DEBUT EP "Folktown"
Dearest Emily Conway from Oregon City,  I am thrilled and proud to say she is friend of mine.  Her brilliant mind and gregarious spirit seeps out in her song lyrics and ukulele playing.  Emily's jazzy voice and playful wink keeps one listening, hoping she never stops performing.   Congratulations Emily, on your debut to the rest of the world.  Your friends are finally ready to share your talents with the rest of the world.

"World of strange design" from Rosanne Cash's album The River and the Thread
If Joni Mitchell and Bonnie Raitt had a baby, and said baby recorded an album, this would be it.  Surely you have guessed Ms Cash is the daughter of the Man in Black, and you would be right.  What I didn't know is she toured with Johnny after high school, and although her debut album was a success it never flew because she got pregnant and couldn't tour to promote the record.  Her work was acknowledged later in the music industry, and has done well for herself.  This is a beautiful soulful album, full of imagination and dreamwork.

"High Hopes" from Bruce Springsteen's 18th album High Hopes
Our American posterboy, everyone wants a piece of Bruce.  Appropriate title of an album, as we all have high hopes for a new album to be released by Mr. Springsteen.   I have never been drawn to his music per se,  but I do concur with the pedestal people have put him and his talents on.  if I had a choice of going to see Glen Campbell or Bruce Springsteen, I would choose Glen, and did.   All the while this album is a standard, the first track spoke to me the loudest.  Great introduction number for a collection of general classic rock songs.  I feel Bruce really broke out of his comfort zone with the title track, I am not sure I would have guessed it was him singing.  To me, this is always a plus -- keep the audience and fans on their toes!!!!

"Where time stands still" from Mary Chapin Carpenter's album Songs from the movie
From Jersey, Mary's country-folk singing career started out as a hobby in '87.  It wasn't until unemployment that she decided to pursue her musical flair as the real deal instead of a dab.  The following snippet is from Wikipedia's page on Mary's hit single "He think's he'll keep her":

Written by Carpenter and Don Schlitz, the fast-paced song follows a 36-year-old homemaker who leaves her husband, and was inspired by a 1970s series of Geritol commercials in which a man boasts of his wife's seemingly limitless energy and her many accomplishments, then concludes by saying, "My wife ... I think I'll keep her." Carpenter said, "That line has always stuck with me. It's just such a joke."  The single received a Grammy nomination for Record of the Year.

Well who can argue with such a brilliant sense of humor and truth? Not me. Mary's album "Songs from the movie" brought a tear to my eye.  Beautiful poetic pieces of art that in fact do sound like they are from a movie scene.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

New Music Tuesday, January 7th 2014!

Happy New Year, fellow music lovers.  Life got in the way of my blogging from April on in 2013.  My hope is to balance and post from now on.  Notes have been made for nearly every week I didn't post last year, and perhaps will get them drafted and uploaded for the websters to read.  But until that fantasy becomes a reality, here is the first entry for the year.

For anyone new reading,  my blog goes like this:  I review new music that has been released digitally or physically.  There isn't a genre I ignore,   and there isn't one particular site I get all my information off of.   I create a playlist of sorts, picking a track from the new album,  post the artist and album title, and then write a review of my own.  This is an activity I started in 2007 and do it completely for my own enjoyment.

An anemic week of new music to be released, as always the first of January is.   This isn't stopping me from forming my own opinions!  I am only reviewing 5 artists this week, but two are debuts.  How exciting. Enjoy.

"The Janitor Revealed" from Stephen Malkmus and the Jick's album "Wig out at Jagbags"
I saw a lot of press while scrolling the music interwebs and thought, oh must be someone to pay attention to.  One of the tracks on this local bands album is titled "Cinnamon and Lesbians". Perhaps it's the video, perhaps not, but what an unfortunate introduction to the band for me.  I needed time and space before listening to anything more they had to offer.  As it turns out, Stephen does have a voice, and it's always so unbearably obscure.  Also, indie-rock bands have a bad rap of being a wishy washy one sound band.  Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks do not fall under this trap, and I am forever grateful. Being that the Star Theater is usually inexpensive, I may have to support a local up and coming on March 15th.  Who's with me?  Anyone?

"Cheating" from John Newman's debut album "Tribute"
What an impressive and talented man, this John Newman.  Please read more about him per link.  I have a huge appreciation for those that write, direct, and design their process as well as can sing (and dance!).   There is something about coming across a new artist who has the kind of presence and energy like this pop star John here that makes me so thrilled I write this blog.

"Vagabond" from MisterWives debut EP "Refletions"
From NYC, this indie-pop band named MisterWives self proclaim to be of the Soul/Dance/Pop/Folk genre.  So am I.   While I couldn't stop moving while listening to this EP, I didn't fall immediately.   I found listening to the tracks collectively told me I would love to attend a live showing.  No tour on the horizon as of yet.

"Apres Moi" from Peter Gabriels's album "And I'll scratch yours"
UK's artrock genius known as Peter Gabriel has produced a followup album from 2010's  "Scratch my back".  Said album was other artists covering Peter's own songs, like David Bowie and Lou Reed. This album is Mr Gabriel recording the same artists songs.  To my surprise he included Regina Spektor, and a track I enjoy quite a bit.  My first take on Peter was "Ave Maria" (I can't find a sample online), and I was instantly haunted and in love.  His cover of Apres Moi brings me back to that original feeling.

"Time of your life" from Kid Ink's second album "My Own Lane"
American Rapper Kid Ink was smart in releasing this album during the dead of winter.  As you may have guessed, I am not a rap music lover.  But I can appreciate talent.  From what I can find the appreciation for, Kid Ink is at least smart (or his manager is) on finding a quiet week in music to inject some rage, intensity, and energy.   I must confess, no competition in your genre is a plus this week, Kid.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

New Music Tuesday April 16th

My oh my what a week in music. Another dog-eared page in my blog book for the Best Of 2013.  Enjoy.

Wedding song from Yeah Yeah Yeah's 4th album Mosquito
From New York, my dearest concert best friend says the Yeah Yeah Yeah's are one of the top shows she's ever attended.  The Y3 as I like to refer to them started in 2000 and might be the most unique band out there right now.  Well, Neil Diamond and his velvet gloves and spit are really quite unmatched in the music industry.  Now that I have shared that very important piece of information with you all, I have to add I cried during the review of this song.  Yes I have been an emotional wreck and perhaps a lot of things make me cry, but this was unexpected...

Alone Together from Fall Out Boy's 5th album Save Rock & Roll
No, even with Pete Wentz can Fall Out Boy save rock and roll.   Really?  First off,  YOUR BAND NAME SUCKS.  Ok I feel better.   From Illinois, this band started in 2001 and sings lyrics like 'my heart is a stallion'.   Wow.  Please don't put me 'alone together' with this punk pop band.  They don't even know the first thing about punk.  Puh-lease. 

Lover's Revolution from Iron and Wine's 5th album Ghost on Ghost
Where do I start... ok the album title:  interesting visual...  The band name: from a supplement bottle that was 'beef iron and wine'.  Gross.  This track pick is nothing like the other Iron and Wine songs i have heard.  To me it sounds like a make shift jazz band decided to scat with a hippie with a broken heart.  When I run my petite hotel downtown in the Pearl,  this is the kind of song/band I would hire to play on a thursday night in the bistro/lounge.  Thank you, Iron and Wine, for always releasing free downloads on the web.  So smart to get people to listen and share and love you. 

New York City Rage Fest from Kid Cudi's 3rd album Incicud
This hip hop dude Scott Mescudi is from Ohio and well normally I would cringe at hip hop but would love to blast this on a boombox while painting murals in Central Park. Angry murals.

Running from Jessie Ware's debut album Devotion
This song sounds like my theme song right now.  All I want to do is run. Keep me running.  I can be open and honest with you all since no one I actually know reads this.  Miss Jessie is from the UK and this is her debut since she started her career in 2009.  Critics love this R& B Pop star, and I can see why.  There is that ambiant Sade sound with simple messages.

You are alone from Flaming Lips 13th album the Terror
I wouldn't be surprised if the Flaming Lips took a shit load of drugs and recorded this album in several days without leaving the studio.  It feels to me like Pink Floyd  without the rage flare that makes the OMSI laser light show so awesome.  Flaming Lips actually debuted in 1983 from Oklahoma.  At first this seemed odd to me, but then I thought well space rock does remind me a little of a surrey with a fringe on top.

Love's gonna blow my way from Steve Earle's album The Low Highway
The strings oh my god the strings.  And this song.  After running away with Jessie Ware and being alone with the Flaming Lips, I need Steve's love to blow my way. From Virginia, Steve is a Grammy ward winning artist.  Now he is based in Texas and entertaining us with his 'country rock' but really it's the bluegrass blues boogie.  Now I'm bummed because I believe he was at Music Millennium recently and I missed it. 

Le Pingouin from Carla Bruni's album Little French Songs
Miss Bruni was the First Lady of France for a bit, after much controversy.  But this isn't how I was introduced to Carla.  I was making a French compilation back in 2006 and came across her song 'Le plus beau du quartier' (Most beautiful of the district).  If you watch the linked video you won't blame Mick Jagger or Eric Clapton for their interest in her.  Holy cow.

Monday, May 20, 2013

New Music Tuesday April 9th

All in all a pretty successful week in music.  You may need a Kleenex. Enjoy.

Hey Lover from Dawes 3rd album Stories Don't End
I do love this new (to me) band!  From Los Angeles, I heard their interview on NPR and fell in love.
A soft Americana band that started in 2009, I have already purchased a few tracks and will continue to follow them.  I missed them April 28th here in Portland but that is ok, I have every confidence they will be back. 

Our love comes back from James Blake's album Overgrown
Bit of a tear jerker, grabbing my heart and leading me to the ocean.  Wow James Blake.  From England, this dubstepper has such a gorgeous voice I want to wonder into ice caves and watch the rainbow reflections.

BFF from Kleenex Girl Wonder's album Let it Buffer
Oh wow indie crack.  Yes this crazy band from Chicago is brilliant but I never want to hear them ever agian.  That's all I got.  Just not for me.

Pure Pain from Kurt Vile's 5th album Walking on a Pretty Daze
From Philly, Kurts band is so much better than Kurts voice.  Is that a vile thing to say? He's an indie rocker that started in 2003, but I just want to hear his band. 

The Very thought of you from Molly Ringwalds debut solo album Except sometimes
We all know this brat packer, I even saw her in Sweet Charity on stage in 2006.  She was adorable.  Ok Molly, if you are reading this, I want the sass you brought to the Breakfast Club on your next album.  Please, tell me to pick myself up with some conviction, babe.

New Music Tuesday April 2nd 2013

Well, personally this week really sucked, specifically April 2nd.  Music-wise, it wasn't terrible.  Will I remember this week when composing my best of list? Perhaps, I do love Cold War Kids.  Enjoy.

Take my breath away from New Kids on the Block's 6th studio album 10
I'm afraid NKOTB didn't take my breath away with this album or their comeback tour announcement.  What DID take my breath away was the karaoke rendition of "The Right Stuff" from the bride to be Anne when she busted out the old school moves last month at her bachlorette party.  I don't have her permission to post the video, and since she reads this blog I won't post it without her permission either.  But Anne - it is still on my iPhone and I have shown a few people who think you should tour with the boys.  Just sayin.  Back to the actual review of this band, New Kids started i 1984 ( I had no idea they were that old) and I recall in gradeschool the cool girls getting to go to the concert.... So glad I wasn't cool enough.  *sigh*

Officially Alive from Brad Paisley's 9th album Wheelhouse
This country star is from West Virginia, been rockin since 1999.  I am not the biggest country fan whatsoever but I can appreciate why Brad has won so many Grammys.  The man wrote a Christmas song when he was 13 and it isn't half bad.  Adorable.  Love the stings in the track Officially Alive...

Lost that easy from Cold War Kids 4th album Dear Miss Lonely Hearts
First things first, I love this band.  Thank you so much kids from Long Beach.  I have had the pleasure of attending the Cold War Kids concert at the Crystal,  there is a haunting magnatism that kept me on my toes the entire show.  The band started in 2004, and are gracefully growing their 'discography' and my love for their indie rock and roll.   I want to look up the lyrics to all of their songs and sing at the top of my lungs along with them.

Forever Nevermind from the Band Perry's 2nd album Pioneer
A bit country, this sibling trio from Tennessee started in 2005.  I don't hear the country in this song, I hear a pop song with a story to share.  What I enjoy about the Band Perry over other pop bands is this Taylor Swift?

Catalina from The Besnard Lakes 4th album Until in Excess, Imperceptible UFO
What I love about 'shoegazing' bands is they take their time with songs.  There is an incredible long introduction, sometimes minutes in length.  This Canadian married couple formed The Besnard Lakes ( the band, not the body of water in Saskatatchewan)  in 2003.  What I don't love about shoegazing bands is they take their time with songs... yep, it's a love-hate relationship.