Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Paul K Experiments With "The Fermi Paradox" & Tapio Ylinen Wants To Leave Nothing "Left Unsaid"

Electronic musician, composer and producer Paul K (Paul Kirkpatrick) has returned with a new instrumental album titled "The Fermi Paradox." The name of the album is a homage to the Italian scientist/physicist Enrico Fermi, who's vision sparked a pop culture revolution to search for life beyond Earth. Paul K's new fourteen track release begins with "Anomaly," a stark atmospheric piano melody that builds up with the addition of strings. He continues with the subtle touch of electronics and spoken word segments through the gentle flow of "Sagan." The mood of his music brightens with "Twelve Million Eyes," as you can hear speech from what sounds like astronauts, laid upon a beautiful orchestral melody. Paul K's music feels like a soundtrack to outer-space, with the discover of "KIC 8462852 (Boyajian's Star)" and the electronic rock of "Parallax." He wraps up his new album with quiet tones of "FRB" and sweeping, avant garde soundscape of "Arecibo." To find out more about Paul K and his latest release "The Fermi Paradox," please visit paulk-music.com

Finnish artist Tapio Ylinen recently released his new album titled "Left Unsaid." He is joined on this album by the rhythm section of Tatu Ronkko (drums) and Miikkael Anttila (bass), as Ylinen handles the rest of the instruments. His new six-song album begins with the pop/rock, hook-filled melody of "Bright Young Star" and the more energetic classic rock vibe of "Brother Come Back." Next, he slows down the tempo down for the ballad "Life Of A Bird," which fully showcases his beautiful songwriting. Tapio Ylinen wraps up his new album with the experimental bluesy feel of both "Noble Heart" and "Snake In The Grass." To find out more about Tapio Ylinen and his latest release "Left Unsaid," please visit tapioylinen.bandcamp.com.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Tank Look To Energize With Some "Re-Ignition" & Skold Makes "Never Is Now" His Latest Statement

The British heavy metal band, Tank have returned with a new album titled "Re-Ignition." It features eleven tracks chosen from Tank's first four albums to be re-recorded with the band's current line-up. They kick things off with the aggressive, high-powered attack of "Walking Barefoot Over Glass," which originally appeared on Tank's 1982 album "Power Of The Hunter." They pick the tempo up for the thrash metal appeal of "Power Of The Hunter," which features vocal help from Tom Angelripper (Sodom). He is one of two special guests on this new release, the other being Dani Filth (Cradle of Filth), who lends a hand on the intense delivery of "Shellshock." Tank wrap up their new release with the chugging guitar riffs of "Honour And Blood" and the epic, eight-minute progressive metal piece "The War Drags Ever On." Both songs are from the band's 1984 album "Honour & Blood." To find out more about Tank and their latest release "Re-Ignition," please visit tankofficial.com

Swedish born artist Tim Skold recently released his new studio album titled "Never Is Now." It features fifteen tracks, beginning with the dark, moody electronics of the title-track "Never Is Now." Skold gets more aggressive on the grinding metal riffs of "Small World" and "Ravenous," before delivering an eighties, new wave vibe on "In Another Life." The slow grind of "Idle Hands" showcases Skold fondness for nineties electronic grunge, while dance beats and passionate vocals demand you "Be Brave." Skold finishes up his latest album with the EDM feel of "Insatiable" and the pounding rhythm of "And So." To find out more about Skold and his latest release "Never Is Now," please visit skold.bandcamp.com.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Thor Wields The "Hammer Of Justice" On His New Studio Album

The heavy metal superhero thunder god, Thor, returns with a brand new studio album titled "Hammer Of Justice." After the success of his last two studio albums ("Beyond The Pain Barrier" and "Christmas In Valhalla") Thor decided to keep on giving the fans what they want. The new eleven song album begins with "Beginning Of The End," which features that classic, old school metal vibe that will get the adrenaline flowing. Thor and his band pick the tempo up for the thrash-like speed of "Warp 5000," followed by the big guitar riffs of "Victory." Thor's music continues to impress, as he still delivers songs about riding dragons ("As The Dragon Flies") and fighting battles ("Beyond The Wall"). He wraps up his new album with the high-powered energy of "Destroyinator" and the marching rhythm of "The End."

This new release also includes a brand new documentary titled "The Return Of The Thunderhawk" on DVD. It picks up the adventures of Thor, following where the award-winning documentary "I Am Thor" left off. This new 75-minute film talks about the success of the "I Am Thor" documentary and what it has meant for the life of Jon Miki Thor. Thor went on a world tour after the documentary gave him a renewed success, and the cameras followed. This new video shows Thor and his band mates, conducting interviews, intertwined with new and classic footage of the band performing live on stage. It is a great, in-depth documentary that shows what Thor has gone through in the last five years. For more information on "Hammer Of Justice," the latest release from Thor, please visit cleorecs.com.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Resonance Records Rolls Out Newly Discovered Gems From Wes Montgomery and Bill Evans

Back on April 19th, Resonance Records released its latest wave of previously unreleased jazz treasures from Wes Montgomery and Bill Evans. The new Wes Montgomery album titled "Back On Indiana Avenue: The Carroll DeCamp Recordings," is the sixth release to feature unheard recordings from jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery during his transition from band member to band leader. This new two-disc set features 22-tracks that are broken down into three categories.

The first half of the disc one features the piano quartet (with guitar, bass and drums) performing songs that would appear on Wes Montgomery's first two albums as a band leader. The band would run through early versions of Miles Davis numbers "So What" and "Tune-Up," along with versions of Thelonius Monk's "'Round Midnight" and Edward Redding's "The End Of A Love Affair." The second half of the disc has Montgomery leading his organ trio through originals like "Jingles" and Horace Silver's "Ecaroh." 

The second disc features the Wes Montgomery trio performing early versions of such standards as "Stompin' At The Savoy," "Summertime" and "Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea." Montgomery seems more comfortable in this smaller group setting, as he becomes more experimental and energetic with his guitar playing on this group of songs. This new set also includes full-color, 44-page booklet with brand new essays by jazz guitarists George Benson and John Scofield, who were both influenced by the music of Wes Montgomery. To find out more about the new Wes Montgomery release "Back On Indiana Avenue: The Carroll DeCamp Recordings," please visit resonancerecords.org.

Another new release from Resonance Records is a previously unreleased live recording from legendary pianist Bill Evans. Evans' trio, which included bassist Eddie Gomez and drummer Marty Morell performed at Ronnie Scott's famous jazz club in London, England in December 1969. This new two-disc set features the trio performing a mix of Bill Evans originals and jazz standards in front of what sounds like a very intimate audience.

The set begins with the energy of George Gershwin's "Our Love Is Here To Stay" and continues with "Stella By Starlight," before slowing down for the ballad "My Foolish Heart." The first disc closes with the band jamming to Thelonius Monk's "Round Midnight," before the sweeping melody of "The Two Lonely People" and "Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)."

The second disc picks up with the swinging tempo of Earl Zindars "Elsa" and the quieter ballad "What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life." The set continues to mix Evans' originals like "Turn Out The Stars" and "Very Early" with covers of Miles Davis' "So What" and Harold Arlen's "Come Rain Or Come Shine." They close with the playfulness of "Midnight Mood" and "Polka Dots And Moonbeams."

This new 2-CD set also includes a 36-page, full color booklet featuring new interviews with Gomez, Morell and filmmaker Leon Terjanian. Also included are rare photos by Chuck Stewart, Jean-Pierre Leloir and Jan Persson of the Bill Evans trio. To find out more about the new Bill Evans release "Evans In England," please visit resonancerecords.org.

Friday, April 26, 2019

The Purple Revival Continues With New Prince Releases On Vinyl And CD/DVD

For the first time on vinyl since its original release comes the 1999 Prince album "Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic" and its counterpart "Rave In2 The Joy Fantastic." Both albums will be released on April 26th through the Prince Estate and Legacy Recordings, as purple double-vinyl sets and as a 3-disc "Ultimate Rave" set. The "Ultimate Rave" set brings together both albums on CD along with a previously unreleased version of Prince's paid-per-view concert "Prince In Concert: Rave Un2 The Year 2000."

While both albums have been out of print for over a decade, this release marks the very first time that the remix album, "Rave In2 The Joy Fantastic" has ever appeared on vinyl. This album's original release signaled Prince's return to pop music, with the intention of taking over the singles charts with the help of some special guests like Sheryl Crow, Gwen Stefani and Eve. Only one single was officially released, "The Greatest Romance Ever Sold," as the album received mixed reviews. Prince quickly followed this up with a remix of the album ("Rave In2 The Joy Fantastic"), featuring extended versions to many of the songs from the original album, along with a brand new track, "Beautiful Strange."

First of all, I can't say enough as to how good the purple vinyl looks, as Legacy Recordings continues to roll out these latter-day Prince albums on vinyl. The sound of the "Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic" vinyl is very good, not overly loud, so don't be afraid to turn up the volume and rock out to "So Far, So Pleased" or get down and groove to the soulful ballad "Man 'O' War." I believe that this is a straight re-issue of the original album without any remastering done. Another good thing about this new vinyl release, is that it also includes the two hidden bonus tracks, "1-800-Newfunk Ad" and "Prettyman."

The new vinyl edition of "Rave In2 The Joy Fantastic" sounds even better, as the remixes of "Undisputed" and "Hot Wit U" will make your speakers work with the music's pounding dance beats. This album also included some of the same tracks that are on "Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic," like "Tangerine" and "Eye Love You, But Eye Don't Trust You Anymore," which sound better on this album, next to the over-produced remixes. To find out more about this latest wave of releases from the Prince Estate, please visit legacyrecordings.com.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Singer/Songwriter Alina Celeste Spreads Love In English And In Spanish On Her New Album

Award-winning children's artist Alina Celeste is preparing to release her new album "Love Is Te Quiero" on May 24th. It features eleven tracks that celebrates the joy of childhood in two languages. She begins with the sweet, gentle strumming of "Love Is," as her voice is so pure and caring. Alina picks the tempo up with the Spanish-sung lyrics of "Vaca Lechera" and the fun, up-lifting sound of "Baila Conmigo." She keeps the playful energy flowing with the acoustic strumming of "Chito And Abu" and "Kitty Catchie," before finishing her new album with the sweet story of "Stardust" and the Spanish lullabye "Los Pollitos." Alina Celeste will be performing around Illinois this June as part of her "Library Tour."  To find out more about her shows and her latest release "Love Is Te Quiero," please visit alinaceleste.com.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

New Music From Singer/Songwriter Greg Felden & Discover The Nostalgic Rock Sound Of The Last Bees

Singer/songwriter Greg Felden has found a home in the Los Angeles music scene, since moving south from Eugene, Oregon, but his music  still lies back in his folk/country roots. Felden is preparing to release his full-length debut album on June 14th, titled "Made Of Strings." It features ten tracks, beginning with the heartfelt lyrics of "Every Time," as Felden delivers them with a sincere tone to his vocals. He sticks close to his country roots with the gentle strumming of "When The Change Comes," while "Take You Back Home" is a burning emotional ballad that showcases a power and maturity to his songwriting. Felden plugs in for the raw, southern rock of "Tell Me What's Broken," before finishing up his new album with the wonderful harmonies of the acoustic ballad "Incoming" and the dark, sparse tone of "Ghosts." To find out more about Greg Felden and his latest release "Made Of Strings," please visit gregfelden.com

Next from Milwaukee comes the debut release from the nostalgic pop/rock band, The Last Bees. There new self-titled EP features six tracks, beginning with the sixties, British-invasion pop sounds of "Can't Wait" and "Crusade." The Last Bees look to mirror the success of bands like The Beatles and Herman's Hermits with their simple, but addictive sound on songs like "True or False" and "Saturday." The Last Bees wrap up their short new album with the darker tone of "The Final Sting," as they make you feel like you stepped back in time with their brand of music. To find out more about The Last Bees and their new self-titled release, please visit thelastbees.com

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Auburn Play The "Game Of Faith" With Their New Release

From the U.K. comes the latest release from the Americana/roots band Auburn. Their new album titled "Game Of Faith" features fourteen songs of blues, jazz and folk all rolled up into one pot of relaxing, feel good music. The album begins with with the swagger of the title song "Game Of Faith," as you are re-introduced to singer Liz Lenten and her distinguished voice. Her vocals are sweet and comforting, as she draws upon her influences in her performance of the mellow jazz of "Bad Girl, Good Woman" and the stark acoustic blues of "I Drank." The band delivers the perfect backdrop of music for the more up-tempo swinging rhythm of "Prosecco-Fuelled Profiles" and "It's Not Love." Auburn finish their latest album with the classic country vibe of "Like I Do" and the gentle, poetic touch of "His Arms." To find out more about Auburn and their new upcoming studio album "Game Of Faith," please visit auburn.org.uk.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Get Your Rocks On With New Music From Dead Superstar, Black Dawn and Psychic Lemon

The New York-based rock band, Dead Superstar recently released their new full-length album titled "I Did It For The Rock Gods." It contains songs from early in the band's career, mixed with brand new originals and one outstanding cover. The album kicks off with the raw, energetic alternative rock buzz of "Beware Of The Knife," as this album is a throwback to the '90's rock revolution. Dead Superstar take their musical passion up a notch with the more aggressive groove of "Medicine" and the hard rock anthem "Searching For The Sun."

The band has shared the stage with the likes of Sevendust, King's X and Drowning Pool, which reflects in the music of tracks like "Blood Moon" and "On The Ledge." Dead Superstar step outside of their hard rock comfort zone for a cover of The Temptation's "Papa Was A Rolling Stone," before wrapping up their new album with the nostalgic appeal of "Comes Around" and the short one-minute chant of "Nevermore." To find out more about Dead Superstar and their latest release "I Did It For The Rock Gods," please visit deadsuperstarny.com

Fellow New York metal band, Black Dawn will be releasing their fifth studio album on May 3rd, through Pavement Entertainment. Having performed together for over two decades, opening for bands like King's X, Biohazard and LA Guns, the band certainly has taken their time getting into the studio. Their new album titled "On Blackened Wings" features five tracks, beginning with the crashing guitar riffs and the Rob Zombie-like howling vocals of "Help Me." They slow the tempo down for the grinding, grunge-like delivery of "Hold Me Down," before picking the energy up again with the aggressive attack of "I Can't Believe." Black Dawn wrap up their new album with the bashing, heavy metal rhythm of "Through These Eyes." To find out more about Black Dawn and their latest release "On Blackened Wings," please visit blackdawnmusic.com

Arriving April 26th, is the new live album from the Cambridge, UK band, Psychic Lemon. It features three live tracks that were recorded last August at the Smokehouse in Ipswitch and two brand new studio tracks. The pre-sale for the vinyl sold out in less than 48-hours and will only be available on CD and digitally. They begin with the ten-minute, feedback-fueled guitar buzz of the "Interstellar Fuzz Star," followed by the dark, chaotic howling of "Satori Disko." Side one, the live side, closes with an explosion of energy during the frenzy of "Hey Droog!"

The two new studio tracks have a more psychedelic rock sound as the eleven-minute soundscape of "Jonny Marvel At The Milky Way" feels like a sonic space-jam. The other studio track, "White Light" is an aggressive attack of sound that keeps the energy at maximum capacity. To find out more about Psychic Lemon and their latest release "Live At The Smokehouse," please visit psychiclemon.co.uk

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Nils Lofgren Gets "Blue With Lou" On His New Studio Album Featuring Songs Written With Lou Reed

Singer, songwriter, guitarist Nils Lofgren has been working on and off for the last twenty years as a member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band. During this time, he managed to write and record a few solo albums, and in 2014 released a career-spanning box set titled "Face The Music." Now on April 26th, Nils Lofgren will release his first new studio album in eight years titled "Blue With Lou." The title comes from the time Nils' spent with the legendary Lou Reed, dating back over forty years ago. While some of the songs on this new album have appeared on other releases from Nils and Lou Reed, Nils decided to revisit these songs and breathe new life into them. 

The new 12-song set begins with the energetic rhythm of "Attitude City" and guitar-boogie of "Give," which were both captured live in the studio. Nils seems renewed by this idea of recording many of these songs that have been left unheard, until now. Nils finds inspiration from his former band leader on the Springsteen-sounding "Pretty Soon," before guest Branford Marsalis lends a hand on the Reed-Lofgren composition "City Lights." Nils gets down and dirty with the southern swing of "Blue With Lou," before finishing his new album with the guitar swagger of "Dear Heartbreaker" (a tribute to Tom Petty) and the emotional words of the closing ballad "Remember You."

Following the release of his new album, Nils Lofgren will be hitting the road for a month-long tour starting May 10th, For a complete list of shows and to find out more about his new album "Blue With Lou," please visit nilslofgren.com

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Dead Kennedys Celebrate 40th Anniversary With New Live Triple Disc Set

In the mid-seventies, a rebellious brand of music was born and named "punk." It was the anti-music establishment that went against ever other type of music that was ruling the airwaves at the time. This raw, quick and energetic brand of sound was ruled by some of the biggest bands in the world, like the Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Ramones and Black Flag. But one particular punk band from the seventies has continued to keep the spirit of punk alive. In 1978, from San Francisco, came the Dead Kennedys and their hardcore sound that would rival the punk music coming from Europe. They released only four studio albums before disbanding in 1986, but in 2001, the Dead Kennedys would reform and continue to perform live across the world.

To celebrate the band's 40th anniversary, Manifesto Records is preparing to release a 3-CD set of live music titled "DK 40." This live set will showcase the full power of Dead Kennedys during their initial run through the eighties. Each disc contains it's own separate live performance, with two of shows from 1982, and another one from 1985.

In 1982, the Dead Kennedys were one of the premier punk bands in the world, as they showcased their explosive sound with a tour through Europe. Highlights of these sets include the fury of "Riot" and "Chemical Warfare," along with their well-known classic "Holiday In Cambodia." The band seemed to still have chip on their shoulder as they continued to carry the torch for punk music. While  some punk bands went on to achieve commercial success, the Dead Kennedys stuck to their roots and built up their following with their shows. The sound on these first couple discs is nice and loud and in-your-face, as if you were in the crowd during these performances.

The third disc of the set features the band in their home city of San Francisco, performing at The Farm in 1985. This 16-song set featured songs like "Jack-O-Rama" and "MTV Get Off The Air," from their most recent album "Frankenchrist." The sound on this disc seems the most polished of the three, as if it was professionally recorded for a possible release one day. They seem the most comfortable performing for their home crowd, as the band would split up less than two years later. 

The Dead Kennedys are keeping their 40th celebration going with a dozen live shows lined-up in Mexico, Brazil and Germany over the next couple of months. To find out more about their new live release "DK 40," please visit manifesto.com/dead-kennedys.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Steve Rodgers Keeps His "Head Up High" On His Solo Debut Album

Singer/songwriter Steve Rodgers has received rave reviews for his debut album "Head Up High," from fellow musicians like Roger Taylor (Queen) and Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin). He has been called "fantastic" and "blessed," and has performed with the likes of Bad Company, Joe Perry and Joe Walsh.

His new 11-song release begins with the the emotions of "I Will Grow" and the more energetic pop melody of the title song "Head Up High." Steve draws you in with the build-up energy of "So High" and the stripped-down acoustic strumming of "Your Eyes," which allows you to place your complete focus on his voice and his words. Steve Rodgers finishes up his debut album with the quiet piano ballad "Haunted" and the gospel-like delivery of "Norah." Steve Rodgers is already working on his follow-up album and is planning on touring the US and UK later this year. To find out more about Steve Rodgers and his latest release "Head Up High," please visit steverodgersmusic.com.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Rich Aucoin Is Ready For His New "Release" & Revisit Silkworm's "In The West" 25 Years Later

Canadian-based artist Rich Aucoin has once again created his own soundtrack to a famous well-known tale. He first accomplished this feat in 2014 with his album "Ephemeral" for the story of "The Little Prince." Now, he returns once again with his new album "Release," which centers around the story of "Alice In Wonderland." He begins his new 11-track album with the spoken-work introduction of "The Base," followed by the psychedelic rock of "The Dream." He continues with the synthesizer-based, pop melody of "The Middle," before reaching the addicting dance/pop chorus of "The Other." Aucoin showcases his more experimental side during the electronic beats of "The Past," while "The Feat" is alt-pop gold, just waiting to be discovered. He wraps up his new album with atmospheric, space-like adventure of "The Mind" and the seven-minute, playful pop melody of the title-song, "Release." To find out more about Rich Aucoin and his latest "Release," please visit his Facebook page at facebook.com/richaucoinmusic.

The American, indie-rock band Silkworm was the very definition of underground success. They developed a cult following in Seattle in the early nineties, which lead to engineer Steve Albini (Nirvana) recording the band's 1994 album "In The West." To celebrate the album's 25th anniversary, the album is being released on vinyl for the very first time, limited to only 1,500 copies worldwide. The new re-issue was remixed by Albini from the original 2" tapes and has been remastered with over a dozen bonus tracks. The original ten song release has never sounded better, as this new version of the album feels more relevant to today's alternative rock sound.

Fans of the band will definitely enjoy the bonus tracks that feature the rare, single-only tracks "Incanduce California" and "In The Bleak Midwinter," as well as a live performance of The Dream Syndicate's "Halloween." Speaking of live music, the new reissue includes a download code for an additional 80-minutes of live music from Silkworm. A full 50-minute set, recorded at the Lounge Ax on March 20, 1993 is included, as well as six additional previously unheard live recordings of songs from "In The West." This new reissue boats over two and a half hours of music and new liner notes from Silkworm's founding member Tim Midyett on what this album has meant to him and the band. To find out more about the 25th anniversary release of Silkworm's "In The West" album, please visit skwm.bandcamp.com

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

New Music From Indie-Artists Kelly Hunt, J.K. Matthews and Racket Man

On May 17th, Kansas City-based singer/songwriter Kelly Hunt will be releasing her debut album titled "Even The Sparrow." It features a dozen tracks of folk wonderment, as Kelly uses her talents for songwriting by painting the perfect pictures with her words. The album begins with the gentle folk roots delivery of "Across The Great Divide" and the soaring vocals of the title song "Even The Sparrow." She picks the tempo up for the country/bluegrass strumming of "Back To Dixie" and "Fingernail Moon," as the sounds of the roots-based music supports her strong, operatic-like vocals. The simpleness of "Bird Song" and the passion of "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou" are a couple of the highlights of the album with their descriptive lyrics and emotional presentation. Kelly finishes with the gospel-like "Gloryland," as her music is aged beyond her years. To find out more about Kelly Hunt and her latest release "Even The Sparrow," please visit kellyhuntmusic.com

Singer/songwriter J.K. Matthews recently released his new album titled "Young EP." He describes the songs as a "snapshot" of his music up to this point in his life. The new five-track release begins with the upbeat rocking rhythm of "Thick Skin," as he sings about the tales of growing up in Toronto. He keeps the energy flowing with guitar riffs of "The Blue," then takes a turn toward the blues with the pounding beat of "Fool Outta Me." Matthews quiets down for the emotional ballad "Young," before finishing his new album with the raw, quiet acoustics of the pleading of "Workman's Blues." To find out more about J.K. Matthews and his latest release "Young EP," please visit jkmatthewsmusic.com.

Finally from Cleveland, Ohio comes the latest release from the musical foursome, Racket Man. Their new album titled "Recreational Magic" features only five tracks, beginning with the airy pop/rock melody of "Burt Sleeves" and the more upbeat dance vibe of "Independence." The energy continues with the strumming up-tempo of "Scaredformore," before finishing their new album with electronic flow of "A Bit More Obscure." To find out more about Racket Man and their latest release "Recreational Magic," please visit racketman.bandcamp.com.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

New Music From Storytellers Simba Baumgartner, Willard Gayheart and Pinto Bennett

French-based guitarist Simba Baumgartner is preparing to release his new album titled "Les Yeux Noirs" on April 26th. Simba is the great-grandson of the legendary jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt, as Simba incorporates his great-grandfather's sound into his own music. Simba Baumgartner's new album begins with the up-tempo swing of "Blues Clair," as you are instantly draw into his classic sounding guitar work. The album continues with the ballad "Nuages" and the exciting energy of "All Of Me." The album was recorded with a group of musicians based out of New York City, led by fellow French guitarist Stephane Wrembel. Simba embraces the musical legacy of Django Reinhartdt with the nearly eight minute jazz band jam "Dark Eyes," while "September Song" delivers that nostalgic vibe that will bring you back to simpler times. He finishes his new album with the swinging rhythm of "I Can't Give You Anything But Love" and the playful guitar/clarinet duet of "Song D'automne." To find out more about Simba Baumgartner and his latest release "Les Yeux Noirs," please visit his Facebook page at facebook.com/simba.baumgartner.

At 87 years old, local artist Willard Gayheart is known for his wonderful pencil drawings around Galax, Virginia. Willard also dabbled in music, performing as part of a local bluegrass band. Now on May 24th, Willard Gayheart will be releasing his debut solo album titled "At Home In The Blue Ridge," with the help of his granddaughter Dori Freeman and her husband Nick Falk. Willard's new album features eleven tracks, beginning with the sweet, truthful strumming of "The Workin'," as you will simply adore his gentle vocals. He sings about what he knows best like "Appalachian Hills" and "Kentucky Memories," where he was born and raised. The playful, swinging tone of "Coney Island Washboard" and "Ern & Zorry's Sneakin' Bitin' Dog" are just a simply, classic sound that is almost unheard of with today's technology. Willard wraps up his new album with the sweet harmonies and beautiful tale of "The Salet Song." To find out more about Willard Gayheart and his latest release "At Home In The Blue Ridge," please visit willardgayheart.com

Country artist Pinto Bennett wanted to release one more album, as a cherry on top of his illustrious career. Drummer Jason Beek approached Bennett about the possibility of recording an album of some of his former songs, but Bennett noted that he's got "draws full of new songs" to record. So the two struck up a friendship that resulted in Pinto Bennett's latest studio album "The Last Saturday Night." It features ten songs, beginning with the early, country chords of "Don't Get Me Started." Bennett's aged vocals fit the words of the songs perfectly, as if he was gathered among friends, telling his tales of love and loss. Bennett can still belt out the energy of songs with the best of them as in "I Like Singin' The Blues In A Honky Tonk" and "Lady Wisdom," while also keeping that classic country vibe, as in "The Band Plays Songs I Wish I Could Forget." Pinto Bennett closes his new album with the swinging rhythm of "Crespo" and the wonderful eulogy of "Old Dog." To find out more about Pinto Bennett and his latest release "The Last Saturday Night," please visit his Facebook page at facebook.com/pintobennettmusic

Monday, April 15, 2019

New Releases From The Janitors, Los Mundos and Wasted Cathedral

A trio of new releases are on the horizon from the Cardinal Fuzz music label. First up is the celebration of one of Sweden's premier independent rock bands, The Janitors. Their new release titled "15 Years Of Fuzz And Folkol" is a collection of some of their work that has been featured on the band's 3 full length albums and 5 EPs. The album will be pressed on 180-gram yellow vinyl that features only nine of the band's top tracks, but a download card includes an additional 80 minutes of music from The Janitors. The band's raw, rock side is heard on the energetic tracks "Firefly" and "Epileptic City," while they also showcase their softer side on the ballad "Oh Lord" and the psychedelic tale of "City."

Another new Cardinal Fuzz label release arrives from the Mexican band, Los Mundos. Their new 6-song EP titled "Calor Central" is based on the Jules Verne story "Journey To The Center Of The Earth." Their new release begins with the tribal drums of the title song, "Calor Central," as a sonic trip awaits you. The guitar buzz of "Sin Vertigo" and the nine-minute rock epic "Subterraneo Mar Jurasico" showcases the passion that Los Mundos put into their music, as their music demands your attention.

Next we arrive at the latest release from Wasted Cathedral. Their new album titled "Atmospheric Hangover" has been limited to only 200 vinyl copies. It features the latest work of Saskatoon-based artist Christopher Laramee, who has been working on this music for the last couple of years. This new four-song release begins with the wildly chaotic soundscape of "MeanStreets Dub," before delivering the more atmospheric melody of "Revenge On The Highway." Laramee closes out his new album with the twenty-minute sound experiment "Winnipeg Noir." To find out more about these and other new releases from Cardinal Fuzz, please visit facebook.com/CardinalFuzz

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Lee "Scratch" Perry Continues His Legacy With New Album

Jamaican producer Lee "Scratch" Perry was one of the pioneers of the "dub" sound, back in the early seventies. He worked with such artists as Bob Marley & The Wailers, Junior Byles and even the Beastie Boys, just to name a few. He has also released over fifty albums, both as a solo artist and with his band, The Upsetters. On May 10th, at the age of 83, Lee "Scratch" Perry is ready to release his new solo album titled "Rainford."  The album was produced by Adrian Sherwood (Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails), who Perry has had a friendship with since the mid-eighties.

It features nine songs, beginning with "Crickets On The Moon," as Perry recites poetry over a modern, reggae "dub" sound. Sherwood lets Perry's personality shine through on the dance rhythm of "Let It Rain," while "House Of Angels" carries that classic island vibe. Perry experiments more with the musical layers of "Makumba Rock," before taking off on the steady flow of the "African Starship." Lee "Scratch" Perry wraps up his new album with the seven-minute story of his life during the "Autobiography Of The Upsetter." To find out more about Lee "Scratch" Perry and his latest release "Rainford," please visit his Facebook page at facebook.com/perryscratch

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Time To Remember The Power Of Pearl Harbor And The Explosions With New Re-Issue

On April 12th, Blixa Sounds will reissue the debut album from the San Francisco new wave band, Pearl Harbor and the Explosions. This new release features the band's only studio effort, remastered with seven bonus tracks. The band found moderate success with their debut single "Drivin'," and with the promise of an album that helped usher in the New Wave sound into the U.S. The band was short-lived, as Pearl Harbor left the band to move to England and married The Clash's Paul Simonon.

The album also incorporated the band's love for jazz and rockabilly as heard in the songs "Don't Come Back" and "Keep Going," while still keeping the punk aspect with "Shut Up And Dance." To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the album, Blixa Sounds dug into the vault to uncover the rare, high energy "Busy Little B-Side" and a trio of live tracks. They really showcase their youthful energy and talents on the live versions of "Black Slacks" and "I Can Feel The Fire." The new release closes with a one-minute radio spot for band in 1979. A 16-page booklet accompanies this release and features a bunch of unreleased photos and new essay by Bay Area music critic Joel Selvin. To find out more about this new re-issue of Pearl Harbor and the Explosions debut album, please visit blixa.com/pearl-harbor-the-explosions

Friday, April 12, 2019

New Record Store Day Releases Arriving From Craft Recordings

April 13, 2019 is national Record Store Day. This is a day when music labels release rare vinyl to independent record stores, in order to draw consumers to their shops. This will be the eleventh year of Record Store Day festivities and every year its seems the event gets bigger and even better, as the sales of vinyl records continues to grow.

The Craft Recordings label is preparing to release half-a-dozen new and exclusive vinyl this year. Three of them are various artists releases that have been remastered for this occasion, along with a re-issue of Albert King's "Born Under A Bad Sign" album in Mono, a green-colored vinyl release of the Violent Femmes for the album "Hallowed Ground" and a rare live album from the obscure band, Bingo Hand Job.

The first thing you are probably asking is, who is Bingo Hand Job and why do they have a live album coming out on Record Store Day. Well, Bingo Hand Job is actually the band, R.E.M., who performed a couple of shows at London's Borderline club back in 1991. The double vinyl set titled "Bingo Hand Job - Live At The Borderline 1991," features 19 songs that capture R.E.M. performing an "unplugged" type show following the release of their hugely successful album "Out Of Time." The quality on this release sounds like a soundboard-like bootleg, without any clean-ups or overdubs. Michael Stipe's vocals are clear and strong as the band has a bit of a distant sound, but fits this release perfectly. Songs like "Half A World Away," "Low" and "Losing My Religion" may be well-known in this acoustic setting. The band also performs some oddities like "Jackson/Dallas" and "Disturbance At The Heron House," along with some other covers like,"Love Is All Around" and "Moon River." It's great to hear this band in a raw, more laid-back live setting.

Albert King's classic and hugely influential album "Born Under A Bad Sign" will be reissued on 180-gram vinyl. This album featured Booker T & The MGs as King's backing band, and created such classic songs as "Born Under A Bad Sign," "The Hunter" and "Crosscut Saw." Another album in need of a reissue is the Violent Femmes' second effort "Hallowed Ground." Originally released back in 1984, a new dark-green colored vinyl will be available as part of Record Store Day. The band took on a more southern acoustic vibe on this release with songs like "Jesus Walking On The Water" and "Country Death Song." This album is often overlooked by the popularity of the band debut release, but it did help solidify the Violent Femmes as one of the premier folk-punk bands in the industry.

Craft Recordings also has a trio of various artists releases to get excited about. The first one titled "Poppies: Assorted Finery from the First Psychedelic Age" is a thirteen-song set that captures the essence of the psychedelic movement during the underground folk/rock scene in the late-1960s. The songs on this release will instantly transform you back to when music was extremely experimental and focused on the effects of the mind. The sound on this album swings between the heavy rock approach of Jefferson Lee's "Sorcerella" and Circus Maximus' "Bright Light Lovers," to the folk music of Buffy Sainte-Marie's "Poppies" and Erik's "Why Come Another Day." This new compilation will be released on Record Store Day in red translucent vinyl and on CD on April 19th.

The two other compilations are seeing vinyl for the first time in fifty years. The "Boy Meets Girl: Classic Stax Duets" was originally released in 1969 and features a who's-who of Memphis soul, as singers like Mavis Staples, William Bell and Eddie Floyd sing love songs especially for the Stax Records label. These special duets will be released on Record Store day as a 2-LP set. The other compilation, "Stax Does The Beatles," will be released for the first time as a double-LP set that includes fifteen Beatles' classics sung by some of the biggest names in soul music. Highlights include Otis Redding singing "Day Tripper" and Isaac Hayes performing "Something," along with four Beatles' anthems delivered by Booker T & the MGs. To find out more about these Record Store Day Releases, please visit craftrecordings.com.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Check Out The Latest Releases From Heavy Metal Bands Myrath and Parting Gift

Arriving May 3rd, is the new studio album from Tunisian progressive metal band, Myrath. Their new release titled "Shehili" features a dozen tracks that certainly incorporates their heritage into their music, as the short "Asi" chant leads into the powerful "Born To Survive." On the song "You've Lost Yourself," Myrath combine classic heavy metal riffs with a Tunisian rhythm in order to make their music sound more worldly. The symphonic sound of "Dance" and "Monster In My Closet" gives Myrath's music an extra boost of energy and power, which makes them one of the most fascinating bands in heavy metal music. They deliver a nostalgic eighties metal sound with the mainstream appeal of "No Holding Back," before finishing their new album with the power ballad "Stardust" and the Middle Eastern influence of the title-song, "Shehili." To find out more about Myrath and their latest release "Shehili," please visit myrath.com . 

Back in 2017, singer Zac Vernon built a new band from the loose ends of many other former projects. Thus, Parting Gift was created as a way for him to fully express the passion for music he had building inside. Along with guitarists Peter Vybiral and Jack Dutton, drummer George Barnes, Parting Gift released their first music in 2018, with the double A-side "Vein & Rensing." Now, the band unleashed their first EP titled "Ensom." It contains only five tracks, but is a great introduction to the band, beginning with the sonic attack of "Pale." Next, they settle down for the more melodic tones of "3:07 (Moonlight)," before quickly picking the energy back up for the progressive metal appeal of "Without Sin." Parting Gift close out their new album with the aggressive, emotional outburst of the title-song "Ensom." To find out more about Parting Gift and their latest release "Ensom," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/partinggiftband . 

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

New Music On The Horizon From Carousel Kings, Gabriel And The Apocalypse and Sister Shotgun

Arriving May 31st, is the brand new studio album from Carousel Kings titled "Plus Ultra." It features eleven new songs that were written on the road during the band's 2018 tour. Beginning with the title-song "Plus Ultra" looks to build upon 2017's album, "Charm City," a high mark for the band. The youthful energy and punk-like rawness comes blasting through right from the beginning. Carousel Kings move on with the addictive pop tones of "Shellshocked" and the guitar frenzy of the album's lead single "Code Breaker (Smile)." The band look to develop their songwriting with the built-up chorus of "Ghost" and the wonderful pop melody of "Lock Meowt." The energy just radiates from the Carousel Kings on this new album with the great riffs of "Truth Seekers" and "Monarch." To find out more about Carousel Kings and their latest release "Plus Ultra," please visit the band's Facebook page at facebook.com/carouselkings.

Next, from Minnesota comes the new studio album from Gabriel And The Apocalypse titled "Alpha Bionic." It will be released on April 12th through Pavement Entertainment and features ten new industrial rock anthems, beginning with the sonic blast of "Systematic Chaos." The band continues to blur the lines of hard rock and electronic dance music with "Sonic Bionic" and "Cellophane Nation," as vocalist Lindy Gabriel holds the chaos together. Gabriel And The Apocalypse step away from their edgy rock vibe for the more pop aspects of "pointTHREE," and "Bleed Me An Ocean." They finish up their new album with a new goth-like rock anthem cover of Midnight Oil's "Bed's Are Burning" and the dark, steady rhythm of "Disgraceful Bliss." To find out more about Gabriel And The Apocalypse and their latest release "Alpha Bionic," please visit gabrielandtheapocalypse.com

From Birmingham, England comes the full-length debut album from the heavy metal band, Sister Shotgun. Their new album titled "Fragments" features eleven tracks, beginning with the intense delivery of "Sacred Heart," as you will easily be drawn in to the band's accessible power metal sound. They keep the energy flowing with the shredding guitar riffs of "She Lives" and the bashing rhythm of "From The Ashes." The album's title-song "Fragments" has a progressive feel as lead vocalist Chloe Ozwell lets loose on this sonic masterpiece. They slow the pace down for the more melodic tone of "For The Love Of Hate," before returning to the aggressive sounds of "Kill The Lights." Sister Shotgun wrap up their new album with addictive, mainstream hard rock delivery of "Mourning Iris" and the final energetic blast of "Scorn." To find out more about Sister Shotgun and their latest release "Fragments," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/SisterShotgun