Tommy Keene delved deep into his record collection for Excitement at Your Feet ( Second Motion Records), his 10th studio effort and first LP of cover songs, due for release Sept. 17. Those who have followed Tommy’s career know his definitive versions of Alex Chilton’s “Hey Little Child” and Lou Reed’s “Kill Your Sons.” Here he covers iconic artists such as the Rolling Stones, the Who, the Bee Gees — but apart from Donovan’s “Catch the Wind,” none of Excitement’s 11 tracks ever troubled the U.S. singles chart.
Instead, Excitement is largely about the artist’s personal musical inspiration. Tommy pays tribute to his aforementioned British Invasion heroes, but also his East Coast punk/new wave roots with covers of Television and Mink Deville. On a more contemporary note, he also tips his hat to Keene Brothers partner Robert Pollard with a cover of Guided By Voices’ “Choking Tara.” Other gems include Echo & the Bunnymen’s “The Puppet” and Roxy Music’s “Out of the Blue.”
Bob Neuwirth is known inside the music business as Bob Dylan’s associate during the mid-’60s and early ’70s. He eventually began to record his own music in the early ’70s, and while he has only recorded sporadically, critics have frequently sung his praises. Recorded in 1999 in Cuba, Havana Midnight beautifully documents the collaboration between Neuwirth and composer/arranger/pianist José Maria Vitier. The album’s spare, atmospheric sound immediately draws the listener’s attention on the title cut. Reminiscent of Terry Allen at his most mellow, an evocative combination of bongos, piano, and tabla lays down the ideal base for Neuwirth’s relaxed vocals. Both “The First Time” and “Dead Man’s Clothes” follow the opening cut in a calm, peaceful procession that quietly introduces themes of desire, lost dreams, and regret. As a whole, Havana Midnight unfolds like a soul’s journey in a strange land, both dark and beautiful. Lyrically, “Don Quixote” and “The Call” run deeper than the typical singer/songwriter fare, as if painted on a timeless canvas. The overall approach, musically, vocally, and lyrically, is low-key, as though a poet were whispering a desperate story to himself or herself late at night. The arrangements are an epitome of taste, and include such subtle touches as rain in the background at the beginning of “Havana Farewell.” Pianist Vitier and guitarist Rey Guerra add lovely fills to a number of cuts, deftly enhancing these proceedings. If fortune shines on the dark world of Bob Neuwirth, this recording will spread his good name and inspire listeners to seek out his older material.
The Rich Hands, the three-piece garage rock ‘n’ rollers from San Antonio, Texas, have released their excellent album ‘Dreamers’.
The boys, who formed back in 2011, have already put out an EP and two singles, but this last month has finally seen the release of their debut album. Full of straight up rock and roll, melodies and catchy chorus’; the album has been released on cassette on Burger Records and on LP by Fountain Records.
Tracks: 01.Sad Affair 02.City by the Way 03.Visions of Kerouac 04.Fade Away 05.Come in Please 06.Someplace Odd 07.Good Morning 08.We Both Know 09.American Dream mp3 320 | 95 MB | CL | UL
Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce a newly remastered edition of the classic 1975 debut album by American Progressive Rock group Pavlov’s Dog. Formed in St. Louis in 1972, Pavlov’s Dog released this classic album in 1975 with a line-up of David Surkamp (Vocals, Guitar), David Hamilton (Keyboards), Doug Rayburn (Mellotron, Flute), Mike Safron (Drums, […]
Prairie-raised, Vancouver-based songsmith Young has attracted far more attention in the UK than here. In fact, this, his third album, was released there back in the spring, and notched four-star reviews in Uncut and MOJO. That response is not too surprising, given that his brand of atmospheric melancholia fits easily alongside such faves of the […]
Tracks: 1. Day Forever Died 2. Marianne 3. Everything’s Right 4. Red Meets Blue 5. Counting to 100 6. That for You 7. All I know 8. Wesley, Why? 9. Sweetness in Starlight 10. Wade Through the Night 11. Falling Off the Face of the Earth mp3 192 kbps | 55 MB | UL | […]
Beneath These Fireworks is singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson’s sixth album in ten years. Born in Massachusetts and based in San Francisco, Nathanson has built a loyal and impassioned grassroots following over the last few years. Comparisons to John Mayer, Howie Day and Jason Mraz notwithstanding, Nathanson has his own completely unique musical identity that includes a […]
The Moondoggies are among the latest bands to crop up from Seattle’s fertile, folk-inspired flowerbed, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Band of Horses and Blitzen Trapper. Adios, I’m a Ghost, the Everett, WA, quartet’s third full-length record and first for Sub Pop, covers a broad cross section of the ’60s folk, psychedelia, and ambient […]
Guitar maestro Todd Wolfe and the Todd Wolfe Band release their new album, “Miles To Go” (American Showplace Music), representing another music milestone in Todd’s storied career. The album’s ten tracks run the gamut from straight blues to post-classic rock, each featuring Wolfe’s uniquely rockin’ soulful vocals. Guest performers on Miles To Go (Wolfe’s fifth […]
The first thing that will surprise you is that Chris Shiflett is the lead guitar player of the Foo Fighters. The second thing that will surprise you is that this Country Rock outfit is a hell of a band, and this is no one and done side project for an artist that is known for […]
Tracks: 01 – Dark End of the Street (Percy Sledge) 02 – Bad Moon Rising (CCR ) 03 – I’m On Fire (Bruce Springsteen) 04 – Money (Pink Floyd ) 05 – Ain’t No Sunshine (Bill Withers) 06 – Shadow Boxer (Fiona Apple) 07 – Grounds for Divorce (Elbo) 08 – Blue Jean Blues (ZZ […]
The seventh studio album from the Americana music luminaries. They produced it themselves at their own Zebra Ranch Studios in Coldwater, MS, aside from a day in the studio with Robert Plant (and his harmonica) at Memphis’ legendary Royal Studios. The Dickinson Brothers did it with the help of long-time friends, Lightnin’ Malcolm, Duwayne and […]
Personnel: Don Nix (vocals, guitar, saxophone); Rob Kendrick (guitar, slide guitar); Roy Halle (slide guitar); John Fry (accordion); The Memphis Horns (horns); Len Groome (keyboards); Darrell Norris (drums); William Brown (background vocals). mp3 160 kbps | 60 MB | UL | CL
Tracks: 01. Hot Rod Mama 02. Walkin Shoes 03. Long Way Home 04. Stop Talkin 05. Snow Flakes 06. Ramblin –N– Sramblen 07. Much Obliged 08. Memories 09. Jo Jo’s Song 10. Days Are Gone 11. Cow Boy Love Song mp3 320 kbps | 93 MB | UL | CL
Following supporting slots with Ray Lamontagne, Ellie Goulding and Martha Wainwright, the Scouse country/blues woman Delta Maid releases her debut album. Influenced by Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn and of course numerous Liverpudlian musical greats, Delta makes no attempt to hide her influences over the course of the album, but spins them in a contemporary and […]
The blues rock revival has seen two distinct halves follow their own paths. On one side, Jack White and The Black Keys moved steadily into the pop realm, their garage-riffed jams largely driven by simple guitar/drums instrumentation and digestible, genre-focused styles (give or take White’s marimba). Those that drift further into the roughed up psych-soul […]
The Mads started out in the mid-1960s, playing covers and a few of their own songs on Peruvian television. But a chance sea-side encounter with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards after a private party got the Mads the chance to go to England; interest from Stones’ manager Marshall Chess got them backstage to see Hendrix […]
Collecting live performances from the Masters of the Banjo tour from the early 1990s, an impressive audio history of the banjo is provided by way of 26 performances by 11 different artists. Everything from Seleshe Damessae’s performances on African krar, an ancient precursor to the modern banjo, to Ralph Stanley’s bluegrass workouts is represented, with […]
Neko Case – The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You (2013)
On her last album, Middle Cyclone, Neko Case sung about creatures snuffling, frogs and tornadoes, the beauty of ancient nature and our inner animals. Her Attenborough-inspired artistry won her two Grammy nominations in 2009 as well as thrusting her into the glare of the mainstream. So will the singer’s sixth album continue the wave of […]