Sunday, May 16, 2010

Ronnie Dio & The Prophets



Before Dio became the Godfather of Metal. He was making some killer Doo Wop, Rockabilly, and 60s Psychedelic tunes... I was never much of a fan of DIO, but he was a true rock n roller and a very nice man! He will definitely be missed!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Flat Duo Jets- White Trees

For all of you fans of early Elvis, Carl Perkins, Gene Maltais, and dozens of other lesser known rockabilly all stars The Flat Duo Jets were a two-piece raging piece of rock and roll history. They are everything that Jack White wished his band could be, and everything that The Black Keys aspire to be!

Thick with charged and expressive lyrics and screaming guitar riffs that range from subdued to convulsive White Trees is an amazing album. This album ranges from hauntingly beautiful with tracks like Rabbit Foot Blues, Cool Boys, and White Trees - to more surly and over the top performances such as How Long and Radioactive Man.
This is a fantastic album.


Sean & Zander- s/t ep


DEATH- For The Whole World To See

The album falls short of a diamond-in-the-rough-caliber discovery, but considering these seven songs are the remains of an aborted 12-song full-length-from a band that reinvented itself every three or four years, For the Whole World holds up well alongside, say, concurrent Blue Oyster Cult or New York Dolls albums. This is the kind of reissue that re-instills faith in today's frustrated rockist, the listener whose fidelity gets tested by a rogues gallery of calculating rock revivalists every year. Armed with profound musicianship and the bona fide origin story so many less interesting bands' press kits grasp for, Death comes across as extremely likeable despite gleefully ripping off all the obvious influences.


Harry J All Stars- Liquidator

Not much to say except this ones an absolute Reggae Classic! If you don't already own it you probably should!


The Booze- All 3 Albums!

This is an absolutely brilliant band! They are gonna be on the road with me and Prima Donna all summer, and I can't fuckin wait!! Here is all 3 of their records. Hopefully, you become a huge fan like me!

Easy Beats in Modern Time

Straight, No Chaser!

Rebirth of the Cool

Nick Curran- Reform School Girl

This is one of my current favorite albums right now... Nick Curran my old Austin buddy sure has come a long way from his teenage years as a member of the Fabulous Thunderbirds. This first solo album of his is superb!! That it will have Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Chuck Berry hollerin' for joy that there is still hope for Rock N' Roll!

Reform School Girl is a barn burner of unadulterated blues-based rock and roll. Curran wrote, or had a hand in writing, 12 of the 14 tracks. Each one is extraordinary and harks back to that era of the late 1950’s and early 1960’s when the guitar and saxophone were king and segregated African American bluesmen were losing their ASCAP to white, charismatic pianists and vocalists. It is roots “rock ‘n roll” and that is just what Nick Curran and the Lowlifes deliver. It will make you dance – you won’t be able to help yourself.


Thursday, February 4, 2010

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros- Up From Below

This band s my current favorite... I was blown away this morning listening to their album! It was like the first time I ever heard Bowie, Tom Waits, or the Velvet Underground. Its artsy, its wild, its fun, and dare I say its different... I'm looking forward to seeing them live next month. Check this record out, cause you definitely won't regret it!


Pascal Briggs- The Mercenary

My good friend Pascal Briggs from Germany just sent me a copy of his first solo record and seeing as how its not available for release here in the U.S. he said i could share it with all of you... Its such an incredible record! He's like Frank Turner but with "balls", and more importantly he's the real deal!


Steven Wright- I Still Have A Pony

One of the funniest comedians of all time!! It doesn't get any better then Steven Wright!

After almost 25 years in the making, the most rumored comedy album is finally hitting the streets. As the elder statesman of bizarre one liners, Wright has had a decades long career creating the smartest, surrealist, oddball comedy out there, delivered in his characteristic deadpan. His first album, "I Have A Pony", was Grammy nominated when it was released in 1985 and has sold nearly a million copies. "I Still Have A Pony" contains the best of 20+ years of new material and has already been critically acclaimed.


Justin Townes Earle- The Good Life

Like his musical pedigree, the debut release by Justin Townes Earle is a mixed blessing. In Texas songwriting circles, having Steve Earle as a father--who gave him his middle name in commemoration of his creative hero Townes Van Zandt--is the sort of burden that a basketball-playing son of Michael Jordan might carry. Half of these cuts that sound like Lone Star roadhouse ready-mades, dimly remembered from some 1960s jukebox (though all Earle originals.) During this stretch of The Good Life, neither his voice nor his songwriting is strong enough to raise the results above the generic. Yet the folkier intimacy he displays on "Who Am I to Say" and "Turn Out the Lights" shows a singer-songwriter who can really get under the listener's skin when he isn't trying to sing over a band. Saving the best for last, he sounds a little like his dad on "Far Away In Another Town," but he also sounds like an artist coming into his own.


The Grit- Straight Out The Alley

Straight Out The Alley is the second album by British band The Grit. They have upgraded to a quintet since their debut Shall We Dine from 2007, and the second guitar really works wonders. Rarely a CD conveys pleasure of music as well as here.
The musicians have an extremely uncomplicated approach and combine gaudily different styles like punk, rockabilly, country, folk, rock’n’roll and ska into something that begs to be danced to. Just imagine Misfits, Social Distortion and The Clash jamming together, with Mick Jones taking over the microphone. The CD is a musical journey straight through the rock garden where tex mex, ska, reggae, vintage rock and punk follow each other in a seemingly arbitrary way, and sometimes even happen simultaneously. The band doesn’t shy away from genre atypical instruments, like the horn section on 12th Floor, but uses also harmonica, mandolin and ukulele. Only the nine minute long Here We Go Again, consisting actually of two acoustic pieces, is somewhat tedious, but as the last track on the CD, it doesn’t interrupt the flow.
Globally speaking, The Grit are a rock’n’roll band. The word “boredom” is not in their dictionary, giving Straight Out The Alley every chance of becoming a milestone that can be placed next to the classics of modern rock’n’roll from Social Distortion, Volbeat, Ramones, Turbonegro,… This album should mean the breakthrough for The Grit.


Sunday, January 31, 2010

We Are Only Riders- The Jeffrey Lee Pierce Sessions

A band project of a stellar cast of musicians to honour the late great frontman of The Gun Club, Jeffrey Lee Pierce. Cypress Grove, his former bass player, worked his way through his private archive, finding lost songs, lost tapes, lost lyrics and over the past 13 years he got together with a lot of musicians who were friends with JLP, influenced by him or simply fans. He was able to get them working on the fragments he had and over the years an album came together which will drive you to tears of its sheer beauty and intenseness.

Nick Cave duets with Blondie's Debbie Harry on 'Free To Walk'. Both singers also contribute solo tracks to the collection & Cave also plays piano on Harry's track 'Lucky Jim'.

This compilation also features Mark Lanegan and Isobell Campbell, Mick Harvey, Lydia Lunch, The Raveonettes and Barry Adamson.


1. Nick Cave - Ramblin' Mind
2. Mark Lanegan - Constant Waiting
3. The Raveonettes - Free To Walk
4. Debbie Harry - Lucky Jim
5. Lydia Lunch - My Cadillac
6. David Eugene Edwards - Ramblin' Mind
7. The Sadies - Constant Waiting
8. Mark Lanegan & Isobel Campbell - Free To Walk
9. Lydia Lunch - St. Marks Place
10. Crippled Black Phoenix - Bells On The River
11. Cypress Grove - Ramblin' Mind
12. Johnny Dowd - Constant Waiting
13. Nick Cave & Debbie Harry - Free To Walk
14. Mick Harvey - The Snow Country
15. David Eugene Edwards & Crippled Black Phoenix - Just Like A Mexican Love
16. Lydia Lunch, Dave Alvin, And The JLP Sessions Project - Walkin' Down The Street (Doin' My Thing)


The Hot Rats- Turn Ons

In an era when "cover" often means emasculation via tasteful piano or kitschy synth, Supergrass' Gaz Coombes and Danny Goffey deliver 12 blasts of stylistic tinkering that never subsume the songs' original intent: to rock. Slathered in amp-busting fuzz and gussied up with signal interference courtesy of Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, Turn Ons leaves certain classics (the Kinks' "Big Sky") intact -- but louder. The best remakes, though, surprise: On "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party!)," the Beastie Boys become falsetto-voiced psych shamans, and most amazingly, the Doors ("The Crystal Ship") turn awesome with the magic of tectonic feedback.


Victor Olaiya- All Stars Soul International

Victor Olaiya is certainly one of the legendary foundation stones of modern Nigerian music, yet he has never received much acknowlegement or really had his albums released or promoted in any quantity outside of Nigeria. So this Vampisoul release is a step in the right direction and not before time, for a 77 years old who was probably Nigeria's leading star of 50's and early 60's, his golden years. Dr. Victor Abimbola Olaiya, the evil genius of Highlife, is still sockin' it to them after 60 years on stage. If you're lucky you can catch him blowing that trumpet and singing his heart out at his own celebrated 'Stadium Hotel' in Lagos, Nigeria.

This album from 1970 is from Olaiya's Highlife / Funk phase, but its worth taking a trawl through his back pages to see how he became the Evil Genius, before you roll back the rug and get down with the Highlife-Funk.


Friday, January 29, 2010

Tim Barry- 28th & Stonewall

Barry's third full-length recording as a solo artist builds on the sound that's garnered him a small but dedicated following over the past few years, weaving together folk, low-fi country, and classic rock. If you ask Barry, he'll tell you he just got together with friends in his hometown of Richmond, Virginia and put down a bunch of fresh songs with some real talented musicians. He thinks the tunes are pretty good.


Saturday, January 9, 2010

Kings of Nuthin- Old Habits Die Hard

The Kings of Nuthin' are easily one of the best bands I've ever seen live!... I had the pleasure of touring with them and every night they hit the stage the whole place would fuckin' explode! The sad part to their story is they all stayed true to their name as "The Kings of Nuthin" and never really went any where... Just finding them or getting them on the phone these days is an adventure in itself let alone getting them in a room to play together again. Any how, "Old Habits Die Hard" is the last record the Kings recorded or as I like to call the lost record. I remember hearing tracks from this album many years ago and now its finally finished.... Enjoy!


Ben Nichols- The Last Pale Light in the West

I read the book "The Road" a few months ago and was blown away by Cormac Mc Carthy's writing, and after seeing the film I felt the need to publish this record onto my blog. So that Cormac's Novel could in some way be redeemed by that horrific movie... "The Last Pale Light in the West" is based on the characters in the "The Road" and is one of the best records I've heard in years! It may even be better then some of Ben's stuff in Lucero... Enjoy!

1) The Last Pale Light in the West
2) The Kid
3) Davy Brown
4) Chambers
5) Tobin
6) Toadvine
7) The Judge


Beirut- March of the Zapotech

For the past year, Beirut has alternated between touring in support of 2007's much-lauded The Flying Club Cup and writing a wealth of new material. With no sense of a release in mind, bandleader Zach Condon recorded in any style that struck his fancy. Some early discussions about recording material for a film being shot in Mexico morphed into a new idea: What about finding a local band in a small city in Mexico, hiring them to play some new material, and recording the result?