Band leader/percussionist, Thor Harris has found time to record a new studio album titled "The Subversive Nature Of Kindness," while touring North American and Europe extensively this past year. His band, Thor & Friends invites many guest singers on this latest album to provide another dimension to songs like "Swimming With Stina" and "Grassfire." Thor's music has a classical appeal as in the opener "90 Meters" and "Mouse Mouse," while the most intriguing thing is how perfect the experimental side of his songwriting is delivered, as in "The Escapist Theme." Thor & Friends finish up their new 9-song release with the naturalistic sound of "Resist." To find out more about Thor & Friends and their latest release "The Subversive Nature Of Kindness," please visit thorharris.org.
The Brooklyn-based band, Barbez has taken on the task of paying tribute to the 2,800 Americans who fought against fascism of Spain during the Spanish Civil War. Their new album is titled "For Those Who Came After" and features 10 tracks delivered in a musical-type setting and sung almost entirely in Spanish. It begins with the up-tempo, quick-marching of "Viva la Quince Brigada" and the build-up of "Venga Jaleo" as you do not need to understand the lyrics to enjoy the feel of the music. The operatic vocals of "L'Internationale" and "Si Me Quieres Escribir" will have you feeling very cultured after only one listen. The album closes with the folk-like sing-along of "Freiheit" and the strength of the delivery of "A las Barricadas." To find out more about Barbez and their latest release "For Those Who Cam After," please visit barbez.com.
Next, the duo of Nona Hendryx and Gary Lucas have teamed up to pay tribute to the musical artist, Captain Beefheart with their newest release "The World Of Captain Beefheart." It features a dozen tracks that the two have carefully re-created in this stripped down setting. Beginning with the quick, steady pace of "Sun Zoom Spark" and the smooth sway of "I'm Glad," showcasing the diversity in Captain Beefheart's songs. Nona and Gary do not shy away for the experimental tones of "The Smithsonian Institute Blues (or The Big Dip)" as the duo pour their all into the more obscure sounds of "Suction Prints" and "When It Blows Its Stacks." They finish up their new album with the rockabilly feel of "Sure 'Nuff 'N Yes I Do" and the slightly funkier "Tropical Hot Dog Night." To find out more about the latest collaboration between Nona Hendryx and Gary Lucas, please visit garylucas.com.
Finally we arrive and the latest release from the bluesy, bandleader Albert Castiglia. The new album titled "Up All Night" is his seventh and showcases Castiglia with a new band lineup that is sure to rock your speakers. He begins by blazing a trail with the southern blues sounding "Hoodoo On Me" and the high-powered guitar-rocker "I Been Up All Night." Albert electrifies his sound with the guitar boogie of "95 South," then brings out the soul/funk groove of "Knocked Down Loaded." His new 11-song release wraps up with the slow blues of "Quit Your Bitching," the nostalgic tone of "Unhappy House Of Blues" and the stripped down acoustics of "You Got Me To That Place." To find out more about Albert Castiglia and his latest release "Up All Night," please visit albertcastiglia.net.