Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Check Out New Hard Rock Music Releases Arriving From 14 North and The Outfit

Arriving February 21st, from Pavement Entertainment is the debut album "What Is The Feeling" from the hard rock band, 14 North. Their new ten track release combines the band's influences into a modern rock sound that punches you right in the face with their big guitar sound. 14 North kick things off with the thumping rhythm of "Break," which just explodes with aggression during the chorus. The guitars buzz along the dark lyrics of "Face Down," while "Trench" carries a raw, emotional blast of energy that delivers an exciting, nostalgic "grunge" like sound. Before 14 North take a step back from their hard-hitting attack to deliver the ready-made, modern rock radio gem "Bleeding," they deliver the steady modern rock buzz of album's lead single "Out Of Control." The band finish their new album with the intense sonic blast of "Now I Rise," along with the album closer "Hate Me," which simplifies their hard rock sound with this final delivery of aggression. To find out more about 14 North and their latest release "What Is The Feeling," please visit facebook.com/14northband.

Then, next month we get the new album from fellow hard rockers, The Outfit. Their new album "Viking" has been buzzing with excitement, following the early release of the singles "Viking" and their latest release, the opening track on the album "Come Alive," which just explodes with energy and excitement. The album continue with the raw, guitar driven "Midnight Moses," then the band quicken their pace for the intensity of "Carnival" which finds the perfect mixture of raw power and melody. The Outfit slow down for the burning, power ballad "Bleed In The Dark," before reaching the album's first single and the title track "Viking," which is an aggressive attack on your eardrums. They close out their new album with mainstream rock appeal of "Little Bit" and the chugging guitar riff of "Sitting Here Alone," which carries a touch of nostalgic flavor in the song's chorus. To find out more about The Outfit and their latest release "Viking," please visit facebook.com/TheOutfitrock.

Monday, February 17, 2020

Annie Barbazza Debuts With "Vive" While Karney Gets "Better" With Her New EP

Italian music artist Annie Barbazza is releasing her debut solo album "Vive" at the end of the month. After being discovered by progressive rock legend Greg Lake, Barbazza is now prepared to step into the spotlight, with the help of some friends. The new thirteen-song release begins with her soaring vocals on "Ys," which also features some sonic guitar work from Daniel Lanois. She slowly makes her way through "June," before delivering the emotional ballad "From Too Much Love Of Living." Her voice continues to demand your attention, as in the atmospheric, floating tones of "Wrote Myself A Letter" and the duet of "How Beautiful You Are." The album quietly continues with the relaxing melody of "Tide," before finishing with Annie's stunning vocals on "Lotus Flower" and the acoustic folk appeal of "Boite a Tisanes," which features Greg Lake and Fred Firth. To find out more about Annie Barbazza and her latest release "Vive," please visit facebook.com/AnnieBarbazza

San Francisco Bay Area songstress Anna Karney is preparing to release her new EP titled "Better." The band and Anna kick off the new album with the up-tempo title song "Better" that continues to grow with excitement, as the band gets more and more involved in the song. The music seems to get darker on "Trust," as Karney draw a political line in the sand. Next, they tackle Led Zeppelin's "Ramble On" with flying colors, adding passion and emotion to their performance of the song. The short, five-song album closes with the folk-rock appeal of "Round And Round." To find out more about Karney and their latest release "Better," please visit karney.org

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Watermelon Slim Shows Us Why He Is The "Traveling Man" With His New Live Release

American blues icon, Watermelon Slim is releasing a brand new live album on March 27th, titled "Traveling Man." It is a two-disc set that covers the best of two separate live shows from his 2016 tour. The seventeen tracks are made up of a dozen Slim originals and five cover songs. The live setting on these discs showcases Watermelon Slim at his most vulnerable with just an acoustic guitar, as he begins his show at The Blue Door in Oklahoma City, OK with the sweet slide guitar work of "Blue Freightliner." He gets that classic thumping lyrical delivery going for "Last Blues," before singing "300 Miles" with his perfectly aged vocal tone. Watermelon Slim closes out the first disc with a handful of covers, beginning with harmonica blowing "Jimmy Bell." He takes a step back for the storied lyrics of "61 Highway Blues" and the eleven-minute blues medley of "Smokestack Lightning" and "Two Trains Running."

Disc two features Watermelon Slim performing live at The Depot in Norman, OK back in 2016. He begins his seven-song set with the lively romp of "Let It Be In Memphis," as he wastes no time displaying his skills on the guitar. Watermelon Slim tells the traditional story of "John Henry" his own way and keeps the energy going with "Archetypal Blues." He closes out this disc with his passion for performing "The Devils Cadillac" and the politically charged "Dark Genius." To find out more about Watermelon Slim and his new live album "Traveling Man," please visit watermelonslim.com

Saturday, February 15, 2020

"Grandpa Metal" Never Gets Old With Brian Posehn & Don Jamieson Brings On The "Denim And Laughter"

Actor, comedian and heavy metal aficionado Brian Posehn just recently released a new music album titled "Grandpa Metal" through Megaforce Records. Posehn invited some friends, like Scott Ian (Anthax), Corey Taylor (Slipknot), Gary Holt (Slayer), Alex Skolnick and Chuck Billy (Testament) and the iconic "Weird Al" Yankovic to help on this new magical release. This album kick's off with a spoken word introduction, which set up the intense, heavy metal attack of "Satan's Kind Of A Dick," which mixes comedic lyrics with amazing music. The chugging metal guitar riffs and growling vocals of "One Quarter Viking, Three Quarters Pussy" keeps the adrenaline flowing, before smiling with joy at Posehn's evil cover of A-ha's "Take On Me," which finally gets a much welcomed heavy metal facelift. The title-song "Grandpa Metal" makes fun of enjoying the original heavy metal bands that paved the way for this genre to boom, while Scott Ian simply blows you away with his electrifying solo. We may have a new seasonal anthem for Halloween with the thunderous rhythm of "Monster Mosh," before closing with one of the most forgotten hit singles "The Fox (What Does The Fox Say)," turning it into a metal attack on your eardrums. To find out more about Brian Posehn and his latest release "Grandpa Metal," please visit brianposehn.com

Stand-up comedian and former co-host of the highly successful VH1 Classic show "That Metal Show," Don Jamieson is preparing to release his new album "Denim And Laughter" from Metal Blade Records. The new release was recorded in Los Angeles back on October 19, 2019 and is paced by its fifteen tracks. Jamieson begins with drinking jokes and the longevity of Keith Richards, before quickly transitioning to Maroon 5's Super Bowl halftime show and making fun of "That Metal Show." It's great hearing stories of Don touring with the like of Zakk Wylde and Nashville Pussy and also how much fun it is at a Gwar show. The close of his show is when Don gets dirty, by discussing gorilla sex and women's breasts, before finishing with "Fake News." To find out more about Don Jamieson and his latest release "Denim And Laughter," please visit facebook.com/donjamiesonofficial

Friday, February 14, 2020

Fall In Love With New Music From Gloria Reuben & Marty Ashby Along With The Sarah Elgeti Quartet

The duo of Gloria Reuben and Marty Ashby have just released their new collaboration titled "For All We Know." It features ten songs that cover the many highs and lows of a loving relationships. Gloria may be best known for her role on television as Jeanie Boulet on the hit show "ER." Gloria also sang back-up for the great Tina Turner, before releasing her first solo album in 2007. Marty Ashby is a well-known jazz music producer and guitarist, who has recorded over 2,000 live and studio recordings for the MCG Jazz label. 

The two artists examine the basis of each song with just a beautiful voice and single instrumentation. The album begins with the swinging, subtle groove of "I'll Close My Eyes," before slowing down for the emotional delivery of "A Time For Love." The melodies quietly find their way to your heart, as you listen intently to the careful steps of "For All We Know" and Gloria's vocals paint the perfect picture with the words of "The People That You Never Get To Love." They finish their new album with quietly asking the enduring question of "Where Do You Start? and the bright, light-hearted feel of "Sing My Heart." To find out more about this latest collaboration between Gloria Reuben and Marty Ashby, please visit martyashby.com.

The multi-talented artist, Sarah Elgeti will be releasing her new album "Dawn Comes Quietly" on February 21st. It features the Sarah Elgeti Quartet, along with some friends performing the latest compositions from Elgeti, as the opening track "Magical Thinking," is a simple, graceful flow of music. Vocalist Sidsel Storm lends her talents to the seven-minute classical piece "Whereto?," as Sarah's flute work and the lovely clarinet of Soren Birkelund lay down the perfect backdrop. The emotions pick up with the swinging jazz appeal of "Changing Whispers," while Nils Raae's keys lead the way on "A Lot Of People - A Lot Of Sad Stories." The most up-tempo track on the album is "Crazy Destiny," which features stellar drum work from Henrik Holst Hansen. Sarah Elgeti and her quartet close out her new album with the quiet touch of "Snow," led by Sarah's sax work and also the beauty of the ballad "Tit er jeg glad," sung once again by Sidsel Storm in Sarah Elgeti's native Scandinavian language. To find out more about the Sarah Elgeti Quartet and their latest release "Dawn Comes Quietly," please visit sarahelgeti.dk.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Godsticks New Album Is "Inescapable" & Guitarist Nili Brosh Covers Her Full "Spectrum" Of Inspiration

U.K. progressive rock band Godsticks recently released their latest full studio effort titled "Inescapable." Their new nine-song album kicks off with chugging guitar riffs, that lead the way on the energetic opener "Denigrate." Godsticks' sound gets more melodic on the follow-up track "Victim," while "Relief" feels like an aggressive thrash metal attack. Next, they bring the tempo down for the slow-burning power ballad "Surrender," before taking you on the nearly ten minute adventure of "Change," which showcases the band's excellent musicianship. Godsticks finish their new album with the mainstream rock appeal of "Breathe" and the final sonic, hard rock blast of "Time." To find out more about Godsticks and their latest release "Inescapable," please visit godsticks.co.uk

Israeli guitarist Nili Brosh recently released her third solo album "Spectrum" back in December. It features ten tracks that meld together the many different musical genres that have inspired Nili over the years. She begins with the Latin flair of "Cartegena," which keeps the pace moving quickly and continues right into the follow-up of "Andalusian Fantasy." Next, Nili ventures into the Gypsy-style waltz of "Circus Wedding," before delivering the progressive melody of "Solace." Next, we finally see Nili Brosh rock out on the intensity of "Retractable Intent" and "Desert Deja Vu," which showcases another side of her guitar skills. She closes out her new album with the high-powered, electrifying sounds of "Primal Feels" and orchestral metal appeal of "Resistance Piece." To find out more about Nili Brosh and her latest release "Spectrum," please visit facebook.com/NiliBroshMusic.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Robert Hart's New Album Is "Pure" Rock, Along With New Music From Noam Weinstein and Bill Curreri

British rock vocalist and songwriter, Robert Hart is preparing to release his new solo album "Pure" on February 21st, through Escape Music. Hart has worked with Bad Company and is also currently the lead singer of Manfred Mann's Earth Band. His new solo album features a dozen tracks, beginning with the upbeat, progressive rock vibe of "Making Magic" and the contemporary pop style of "Little Miracle." Hart's singing and songwriting is stellar on the addictive feel of "Go Crazy," while "This Is The Night" has a certain nostalgic feel to it. The guitars come out blazing on the hard rock attack of "Double Trouble" and "Mysterious," before closing with the eighties electronic pop/rock delivery of "Colour Of Love." To find out more about Robert Hart's new album "Pure," please visit escape-music.com

Singer/songwriter Noam Weinstein is preparing the release of his new album "42 1/2" on February 28th. It is his first studio album in over four years and reflects on his aged wisdom of becoming a 43 year old. The fourteen-song release begins with the recollection of "Used To Be A Songwriter," which is about becoming responsible for someone else besides himself. He matches the words of "Work Up A Laugh" perfectly to the melody to give emotion to a song about making a joke and finding humor in today's serious world. Noam slows down for the graceful ballad "Jamie" and "Kiss Your Wounds," before picking the energy up with the fun, up-tempo melody of "The Queen." He finishes his new album with the shuffle rhythm of "I Can Feel You Now," which builds with excitement and energy, before closing with the Latin vibe of "Cola" (which mean "tail" in Spanish). To find out more about Noam Weinstein and his latest release "42 1/2," please visit enoam.com

Fellow singer/songwriter Bill Curreri will be releasing his new album "Hard Road Home" on March 1st. It features nine tracks that feature Bill's "most artistically ambitious musical offering to date." The album begins with the title song "Hard Road Home," which carries an addictive chorus, as Bill's musical style on this release was  certainly influenced by the work of The Byrds, Bob Dylan and Jackson Browne. The ballad of "The Point Of No Return" allows you fully focus on Bill's amazing, thoughtful lyrics, as he only supplies what in necessary musically. The middle of the album is where we find Bill rocking out with the tracks "Heart Of Stone" and "Call My Name," before closing with the country-style swagger of "It Only To Be Me" and the nine-minute transitional piece "Love Gone Wrong/Walk With Me," which was inspired by his life's journey. To find out more about Bill Curreri and his latest release "Hard Road Home," please visit billcurreri.com

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Check Out New Releases From Clint Lowery, Deacon Blue and Framing Hanley

On January 31st, Sevendust guitarist/vocalist Clint Lowery released his debut solo album "God Bless The Renegades." It's hard for Lowery to separate his solo work from his career with Sevendust, as his vocals are so distinct, but he adds a bit more soul and melody to this new batch of songs. The album kicks off with the titled track, "God Bless The Renegades," which has the perfect balance of energy and emotion that will certainly grab your attention. The guitar riffs are raw and rocking in "Kings" and Lowery's vocals are on point during the follow-up track "Alive," as he sings about his time on the road. The energy continues to flow through the exciting attack of "What's The Matter," before taking a step back for the more melodic, powerful delivery of "Allowed To Run." Clint Lowery closes his latest album with the song "She's Free," which is a message to his daughter to do whatever her heart desires, along with the positivity of "Do We Fear God," about becoming a better person. To find out more about Clint Lowery and his latest release "God Bless The Renegades," please visit clintlowery.net

On March 6th, the Scottish rock band Deacon Blue will release their brand new studio album titled "City Of Love." This is the band's fourth release, since re-forming back in 2012. The band are also planning on touring Europe this fall. Their new eleven-song release begins with the title track, "City Love," which features the band's iconic style of creating addicting pop melodies. The thumping bass line of "Hit Me Where It Hurts," explodes with energy during the song's sing-along chorus. Deacon Blue quiet down for the emotional ballad "Weight Of The World" and the loving duet of "Intervals," before bringing back the energy with the blues/rock vibe of "Keeping My Faith Alive." They wrap up their new album with the strumming, country-style of "Come On In" and the poetic, storied lyrics of "On Love," as the music continues to build in the background. For a complete list of tour dates and to find out more about Deacon Blue's latest release "City Of Love," please visit deaconblue.com

After a six year absence, the American rock band Framing Hanley return with a brand new studio album titled "ENVY." It will be released on February 21st, through Thermal Entertainment LLC and features a dozen tracks that show that this band has not lost a step since their last album. After a short, two-minute electronic introduction, Framing Hanley flex their modern rock muscle with "Bubbles" and "Forgiveness Is An Art." They deliver the perfect recipe to rejuvenate excitement in the band's new music with the songs "Puzzle Pieces," "Throwing Knives" and "Baggage Claim," which have all surpassed a combined 13 million streams on Spotify. Framing Hanley deliver the powerful, soulful pop/rock ballad "Carousel," before finishing with the electronic beats and emotional vocals of "Counterfeit." To find out more about Framing Hanley and their latest release "ENVY," please visit facebook.com/FramingHanley

Monday, February 10, 2020

Omnivore Recordings Reissues Dom Flemons "Prospect Hill" Album With EP & Unreleased Tracks

Grammy-award winning artist Dom Flemons is having his third solo album "Prospect Hill" reissues by Omnivore Recordings on February 28th. The new release titled "Prospect Hill: The American Songster Omnibus" features the original 14-track album on one disc, accompanied by a second disc which features his 2015 Record Store Day release "What Got Over" and 12 previously unreleased instrumental tracks titled "The Drum Major Instinct."

Dom Flemons was an original member of the highly successful folk trio, Carolina Chocolate Drops between 2005-2013, before leaving the band and releasing the album "Prospect Hill." Flemons is known for his unique style of bringing the classic, turn-of-the-century folk storytelling, mixed with blues and country rhythms, giving his sound a more modern feel.

If you haven't heard Flemons' "Prospect Hill" album, this is the perfect opportunity to dive right in. It showcases all of his many different sides, including the playful cover of "But They Got It Fixed Right On" and the deep, dark bluesy sound of the "Georgia Drumbeat." You will truly appreciate his songwriting on the gentle, acoustic strumming tale of "Too Long (I've Been Gone)" and the wonderful fun of "Hot Chicken" and on the finger-picking strings of "My Money Never Runs Out."

The vinyl-only release of his EP "What Got Over" will see its debut on CD (and digitally) with this set. It features nine tracks, which feel like an extension of the "Prospect Hill" album. The classic swinging string instrumentation of "Milwaukee Blues" is a contrast to the modern blues romp of "Clock On The Wall," which displays Dom's many different sides to his music. The EP also included a number of alternate versions of songs that appeared on the "Prospect Hill" album, like "Hot Chicken," "Have I Stayed Away Too Long?" and "'Til The Seas Run Dry."

The second half of the second disc feature a dozen previously unreleased tracks, which feel like rehearsals or experimental backing rhythms. Many of them are different drum tracks, some paired with flutes ("Grotto Beat") and some paired with acoustic guitar ("Georgia Drumbeat"). Some tracks also feel fully complete, like "Clock On The Wall," which actually may be more enjoyable without the vocals. The wonderful finger-picking of "The Grand Manifesto" and "Blue Butterfly" end the release on an ear-pleasing high note, which will only have you wanting more from Dom Flemons. He is currently on tour in the U.S. For a complete list of shows, please visit Dom's website theamericansongster.com. To find out more about the new reissue of his album "Prospect Hill," please visit omnivorerecordings.com

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Eric Burdon & The Animals Want You To Remember "When I Was Young"

The English rock band, The Animals formed in 1964 and produced a handful of hits that included "House Of The Rising Sun," "We Gotta Get Out Of This Place" and "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood." Two short years later, the line-up went under numerous changes and in 1967, Eric Burdon & The Animals released their first single "When I Was Young." Esoteric Recordings collected all of the recordings that Eric Burdon & The Animals made for MGM Records between 1967-1968 and boxed them up for a new 5-disc release titled "When I Was Young: The MGM Recordings 1967-1968."

The 5 CD set includes each of Eric Burdon & The Animals original albums ("Winds Of Change," "The Twain Shall Meet," "Every One Of Us" and "Love Is") remastered from the original tapes with ten bonus tracks. The band definitely took on a more psychedelic feel on their album "Winds Of Change" with songs like "Poem By The Sea" and "Hotel Hell," but still knew how to rock, as in "Yes, I Am Experienced." Some of the bonus tracks on this first disc are the rare B-sides "A Girl Named Sandoz," "Ain't That So" and "Gratefully Dead."

Disc two covers "The Twain Shall Meet" album, which included one of the band's biggest singles "Sky Pilot," all seven minutes of it. The only few bonus tracks on this disc features the single version of their blues/rock anthem for "Monterey," without the sitar opening. Also included is part one and two of "Sky Pilot," which was split for a radio. The band stripped down their sound for the simpler sounding album "Every One Of Us," highlighted by the single "White Houses." The folk sounds of "The Immigrant Lad" and the epic closer "New York 1963-America 1968" are a only a couple of examples of how great these songs sound being remastered from the original tapes for the first time.

After only two years, Eric Burdon & The Animals would record their final album together, the double-album "Love Is." It featured everything that the band had to offer, from the rock and roll swagger of "River Deep, Mountain High," the psychedelic trip through "Coloured Rain," to the bluesy cover of "Ring Of Fire" and "As The Years Go Passing By." The set breaks up the final track on the "Love Is" album into the two separate tracks "Gemini" and "The Madman (Running Through The Fields)."

The fifth and final disc of this box set is the rare mono version of the Eric Burdon & The Animals album "Winds Of Change." Also included is an illustrated booklet with a new essay and replica poster. To find out more about the new Eric Burdon & The Animals box set "When I Was Young: The MGM Recordings 1967-1968," please visit cherryred.co.uk.

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Pixies Release Second Set Of Digital Demos & Jah Wobble Invites Friends To Help With His "British Coup"

The Pixies continued to release demos from their latest studio effort "Beneath The Eyrie." The demos were originally released as part of the deluxe, vinyl-only release of the album, but are slowly making their way onto the digital platform, a few at a time. The first set were released a couple weeks back (Review: jpsmusicblog.com) and now the next batch of songs are available on all digital outlets. The songs "Caught In A Dream," "Mal De Mar" and "Hey Debussy" display a more classic Pixies sound. The thick bass groove and screeching guitar riffs of "Hey Debussy" are perfectly presented in this rawer form. The steady pace of "Caught In A Dream" has that potentially to become a classic Pixies song, while "Mal De Mer," seems to have the most pop influence spread across the song. To find out more about the Pixies and their latest studio album "Beneath The Eyrie," please visit pixiesmusic.com

Back on January 31st, English bassist/composer Jah Wobble (Public Image Ltd.) gather together some friends to record the single "A Very British Coop," in honor of Britian's impending departure from the European Union. The contributors to the song read like a who's who of British post-punk, with names like Mark Stewart (The Pop Group), Richard Dudanski (The 101ers), Keith Levene (The Clash), Andrew Weatherall (Primal Scream) and Youth (Killing Joke). The newly released single is a modern punk-styled attack at the British government that uses the melody to give the words an addictive appeal. The song was originally a vinyl-only release in 2019, but quickly sold out. The new CD version features four versions of the song, including a slightly dub-step sound to one of the versions, provided by the brilliant production of Youth. To find out more about Jah Wobble, please visit facebook.com/Jah.Wobble.Music

Friday, February 7, 2020

Dive Into The Underworld Of "Peaky Blinders" With The Newly Released Soundtrack

The highly successful BBC/Netflix drama "Peaky Blinders" recently completed its fifth season late last year and also received it first official soundtrack release. The music chosen for this series perfectly matches the era of Birmingham, England following the aftermath of World War I. Street gangs were on the rise in the slums and you had to be tough to survive, which is matched by the music presented on this soundtrack.

Dialogue from the show is intertwined throughout the soundtrack, to give a bases to some songs like Dan Auerbach's "The Prowl" and Jack White's "Love Is Blindness." Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds perform the theme song "Red Right Hand," which has now become synonyms with the show with its steady rhythm and dark lyrics. PJ Harvey also performs a cover of the song on the soundtrack, giving its meaning a more somber tone with its mellow piano vibe.

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds appear a few of times on this soundtrack, capturing the perfect mood for a specific scene, as with the lighter acoustic-based track "Breathless" and with the darker feel of "The Mercy Seat." One of the great things about this soundtrack is that they also include some hard rocking numbers, like "Come On Over" from Royal Blood and "Snake Oil" from Foals.

Personal highlights for me is the inclusion of "Lazarus" from David Bowie's final album "Blackstar." I feel this perfectly captures the mood of the era with its lyrics of "nothing to lose" and its rising melody. Another one is Black Sabbath's "The Wizard," which always had that controlled chaotic feel with the music, along with Ozzy's harmonica blasts which signal a call to arms.

This soundtrack is also an introduction to English singer/songwriter Anna Calvi, who has won six British music awards in the past eight years. Her songs "Papi Pacify" and "You're Not God" display a different type of songwriting that captures the emotion of the moment in her music and words. The 3-LP/2-CD soundtrack wraps up with Richard Hawley's cover of Bob Dylan's "Ballad Of A Thin Man," which feels like it was written specifically for this series. For more information on this newly released soundtrack to the television series "Peaky Blinders," please visit umc.lnk.to/PeakyBlinders

Thursday, February 6, 2020

New Moonjune Records Releases From Markus Reuter and The Nikolov-Ivanovic Undetect

German guitar virtuoso Markus Reuter is ready for a "Truce" with his latest release from Moonjune Records. His work is well-known around the instrumental, progressive rock community for his collaborations with Stick Men, Devin Townsend and The Crimson ProjekCt. Now on this release, Markus brings together a trio of musicians (Asaf Sirkis and Fabio Trentini) for his latest studio effort. The new seven-track set begins with the intense guitar wonderment of "The Truce," as Markus takes off with stellar skills on the instrument, allowing the rest of the band to fill-in the back end of this opening twelve-minute song. Markus flies gracefully along the soaring sound of "Swoonage," while "Bogeyman" works along a funky bass groove. The band explodes with energy on the thunderous delivery of "Power Series," before closing with the solo-filled adventure of "Gossamer Things." To find out more about Markus Reuter and his latest release "Truce," please visit facebook.com/kopfmensch.

Another Moonjune Records release features the latest work from the jazz ensemble, Nikolov-Ivanovic Undetect. Their new album titled "Frame And Curiosity" features a guest appearance from flutist Magic Malik, as he makes his presence known right away in the beginning stages of the openings song "L'etranger." The band showcase their wonderful musicianship on the uplifting sounds of "Timbre and Prayer" and "Across The Threshold." Nikolov-Ivanovic Undetect adds a little more swing to the rhythm of "Carefree," as Magic Malik's flute work becomes the focus of the track. They wrap up their new eleven-track release with the gentle, flowing touch of "Far Away" and the solid build-up of "One More Day," which once again finds the band adding a bit more energy to their somber sound. To find out more about Nikolov-Ivanovic Undetect and their latest release "Frame And Curiosity," please visit vladimirnikolov.com.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Check Out New Prog-Rock Music From Cross & Banks and Mangala Vallis

King Crimson member David Cross and original Yes guitarist Peter Banks teamed up one afternoon back in 2010 to record together. After sitting on the shelf for eight years, producer Tony Lowe, along with David Cross put the music together, with some special guests to create the new album "Crossover." It features eight tracks, beginning with the heavy jam of "Rock To A Hard Place" and the jazzy feel of "Upshift," which simply takes you on a sonic journey with its subtle changes and floating melody. The album continues with the experimental sounds of "The Work Within," as David Cross' violin work leads the way. Banks supports Cross' violin with some great guitar work of his own on "Missing Time," before these two legendary artists close out their new album with the progressive, adventurous jazz fusion of "Laughing Strange" and the odd, backwards sounds of the titled track "Crossover." To find out more about this latest collaboration between David Cross and Peter Banks, please visit cherryred.co.uk

The Italian progressive rock group, Mangala Vallis are ready to release their new studio album "Voices" on February 8th. It features seven tracks, beginning with the modern vibe of "The Centre Of Life, as the song hits that hard rock vibe, while also maintaining the perfect balance of lyrics and music. The burning ballad "Get It While You Can" builds with intensity, while "The Voice Inside" comes right out with its energy and emotion. Mangala Vallis finish their new album with the tempo changes of "Demon," as the song carries a more classic sounding, seventies progressive rock feel, before closing with piano power ballad "Sour." To find out more about Mangala Vallis and their latest release "Voices," please visit facebook.com/MANGALA-VALLIS.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Expand Your Musical Palette With Two New Releases From RareNoise Records

The progressive rock trio of Bobby Previte, Jamie Saft and Nels Cline are unleashing their new studio album titled "Music From The Early 21st Century" on February 28th through Rare Noise Records. The music on this new ten-track release feels like one big jam session, as they work their way through "Photobomb" by lifting each other's ability to the next level, by continually rising the energy of the song. The trio lock together into a common groove on "Paywall," while "Parkour" feels influenced by the early days of King Crimson. The trio gently feels their way through "Totes," before lifting off into the sonic stratosphere of "Occession," which just howls with excitement. The album wraps up with the jazz fusion appeal of "The New Weird" and the electronic, experimental funk of "Flash Mob." To find out more about this team-up of Bobby Previte, Jamie Saft and Nels Cline with their album "Music From The Early 21st Century," please visit rarenoiserecords.com

Pianist/composer Giorgi Mikadze is preparing to release his new album titled "Georgian Micojamz" on February 28th, through Rare Noise Records. This new experiment finds Giorgi creating a hybrid of traditional Georgian chant/folk music mixed with a progressive jazz style to unfold these new layers of music. Beginning with the opening chant of "Metivuri (Prelude)," you are instantly transported to another dimension of sound, as the album continues with the swift jazz groove of "Dumba Damba." The band, which includes David Fiuczynski (fretless guitar), Panagiotis Andreou (fretless bass) and Sean Wright (drums) spread their wings and soar on "Elesa," while "Maglonia" swiftly glides along with Giogi's talented skills on the microtonial keyboards. Giorgi Mikadze closes out his new album with more of the Georgian chants during the steady pace of "Lazhghvash" and the energetic rhythms of "Tseruli." To find out more about this new release from Giogi Mikadze, please visit rarenoiserecords.com

Monday, February 3, 2020

Celebrate "In The Key Of Joy" With The Latest Album From The Legendary Sergio Mendes

February 28th is the arrival of the new album from Brazilian legend, Sergio Mendes. Mendes, who is working on his sixth decade in the music industry, collaborated with many of today's hit-making and rising artists to create "In The Key Of Joy." The album also co-insides with a new documentary of the life of Sergio Mendes, by filmmaker John Scheinfeld ("Who Is Harry Nilsson?"). A new two-disc deluxe version of Mendes' new album includes the soundtrack for the documentary on the second disc.

Sergio Mendes' new studio album "In The Key Of Joy," begins with Common lending his lyrical talents to the Latin swing of "Sabor Do Rio," as Sergio's talents for finding the perfect groove is on point. Sugar Joans adds an R&B vibe to the swagger of "Samba In Heaven," while Latin singer Gracinha Leporace is featured on four of the album's tracks, putting her stellar vocals on the modern feel of "Muganga" and "This Is It (E Isso)." Sergio Mendes closes his new album with the beautiful ballad "Times Goes By" with Shelea Frazier and the flowing melody of "Tangara."

The second disc of the deluxe edition features sixteen of Sergio Mendes classic tracks that make up the soundtrack to the documentary of his life. It begins with the well-known "Mas Que Nada," which has been featured in a number of movies ("Austin Powers" & "Rio"). The Black-Eyed Peas' will.i.am is featured in the modern sounding "Agua De Beber," while "Primitivo" goes back to the earlier days of Mendes' career, as this soundtrack also showcases his work with Cannonball Addereley and Herbie Mann. Mendes' band, Brasil '66 is also featured with the inclusion of their cover of Little Anthony & The Imperials' hit "Going Out Of My Head" and "The Frog." The disc finishes with the smash hit single "Never Gonna Let You Go," which was credited to Sergio Mendes for its unforgettable melody and then closing out the disc with the rhythm-infused "Fanfarra - Cabua-Le-Le," which feels like the sounds of Brazil come to life. To find out more about Sergio Mendes' new album "In The Key Of Joy," please visit sergiomendesmusic.com

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Neneh Cherry's "Raw Like Sushi" Gets The Deluxe Treatment For 30th Anniversary Release

When most people think of recording artist Neneh Cherry, they quickly associate her with the 1989 song "Buffalo Stance," which was a worldwide hit single around the world. Her career began seven years earlier with the protest song "Stop The War," but her life would change with the release of her debut album "Raw Like Sushi." To celebrate the 30th anniversary of that landmark album for Neneh Cherry, UMe in association with Virgin Records remastered the album for a new deluxe 3-CD or 3-LP vinyl deluxe set. Along with a new remastered version of the original album, are 19 remixes by artists Massive Attack, Arthur Baker, Smith N Mighty and more.

The first disc of this new release features the original "Raw Like Sushi" album remastered at London's Abbey Road studios. It sounds even better than I remember it thirty years ago. Cherry's voice is still the shining star in songs like "Manchild" and "Love Ghetto," while the beats of "The Next Generation" and "So Here I Come" will still give your speakers a workout. Included on the first disc is the demo version of her song "Heart" which gives you insight into Cherry's sound, before adding extra layers of beats and music to fill-out the sound.

The second disc of the set includes loads of remixes of her two singles "Buffalo Stance" and "Manchild," by giving the songs a alternate sound and feel. Five remixes of each song is included on this disc, displaying a different feel to each version of the song, by either focusing on the song's addictive dance beats or thick R&B bass groove. One of the highlights, is an old school mix of "Manchild," which carries that eighties hip-hop feel to the max. There is also a one-minute beats exercise of the song supplied by Massive Attack.

The other disc of remixes focuses on some of the lesser known tracks from the "Raw Like Sushi" album, like "Inner City Mamma," "Kisses On The Wind," "The Next Generation" and "Heart." The remixes add a little more Latin flair to the song "Kisses On The Wind," while "The Next Generation" displays Neneh Cherry's love of classic hip-hop. So relive the sound of Cherry's 1989 debut with this new remastered, beats filled deluxe edition of "Raw Like Sushi." To find out more, please visit facebook.com/nenehcherryofficial.

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Supersuckers Return To "Play That Rock N' Roll"

American rock band, the Supersuckers are preparing to release their 13th studio effort titled "Play That Rock N' Roll." It is the band's fourth studio release on Acetate Records and was recorded over the course of only four days at Willie Nelson's Austin, TX studio. The band are following the release of their new album with a two-month European tour, before hitting the States this summer.

Their new eleven-track release takes a step toward their early punk rock days with the blaring energy of the opening track "Ain't Gonna Stop (Until I Stop It)," which feels like the anthem for this band that continue to excite their fans after 30 years. The Supersuckers were always ones to have fun with their songs, as displayed with the swagger of "Getting Into Each Other's Pants," before being taken over by the pounding rhythm of "You Ain't The Boss Of Me," which feels like pure raw, rock and roll emotion. Lead singer Eddie Spaghetti sounds a little like ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons on the country stomp of "Play That Rock-N-Roll," as they pay tribute to the early days of rock with this sing-along song. They speed things up with the swift kick of ass of "That's A Thing," before closing their new album with a couple of cover songs. First is the punk fury of Michael Monroe's "Dead, Jail Or Rock-N-Roll," followed by the swinging, electrifying sound of Allan Toussaint's "A Certain Girl." To find out more about the Supersuckers, their new album "Play That Rock N' Roll" or their upcoming tour dates, please visit supersuckers.com.