Monday, October 15, 2018

Parthenon Huxley - This Is The One

As pop music morphs and see-saws through different styles every few years, Parthenon Huxley continues to do his thing, his way.


Over a span of nine albums it's now abundantly clear that catchy songs built on sing-along melodies, guitar hooks galore and real life-inspired lyrics are what Huxley was born to write.
His latest album, This Is The One, may be his best yet.

"I occasionally get the itch to follow the latest computer-based trend," says Huxley, "but it never lasts. I came up when making records was an exotic business run by professionals. I'll always record with live musicians in real studios on the best equipment. I'm rarely fashionable, but my catalogue is pretty consistent."

Start with: Song For James, Off We Go, This Is The One, Running Home To You


More info at: parthenonhuxley.com

Friday, October 12, 2018

David Mead - Cobra Pumps

David Mead is back... well almost.
In January 2019 his latest record - Cobra Pumps - will be out.


Listen to a first song called "Head On Straight" (unplugged - or as he calls it truncated version) HERE. In the end you get a glimpse of the final song.

There is no further info yet regarding CD/vinyl or digital release, crowd funding or an exact date, so watch this space!


Mike Viola - Bitten and Cursed

Just three months after the (digital) release of The American Egypt there's already a new record by Mike Viola.


Bitten and Cursed is kind of a Halloween 2-track release. The title track includes a B-Side called It Does A Number On My Brain.

Both are incredible songs. Bitten and Cursed is quite different to the American Egypt release, it's more of a straight rock record. And it will blow you away.

Buy it digital at Amazon, iTunes, stream it on Spotify or just buy the vinyl record at Grandphony.com (there are a lot of sets with good stuff like pins, shirts, patches and stickers) 


This is a live version of It Does A Number On My Brain:

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Mick Terry - Days Go By

"Days Go By" is the follow up to 2010's debut "The Grown Ups" from UK based Mick Terry.


Mick's long awaited, "difficult 2nd" album is a mix of Power Pop, '70's AOR, Motown and Americana combined with the melodic storytelling that Mick is known for.

The lead single "Emily Come Back" is a fine example of his work. The record is filled with songs of IndiePop prettiness. "Ignorance Is Bliss" is my personal favourite - there are some awesome harmonies!

Produced by Jim Boggia, the album features musicians like Tracy Bonham, Richard Causon (Ryan Adams, Jayhawks, Ray Davies), Dana Myzer (Cotton Mather, Farrah), Henrik Irgens (Natalie Imbruglia, Jamie Lawson). Rosalie Deighton also guests providing the sublime harmony vocals on the beautiful duet, "Riverbend".
Recorded in London, Philadelphia and New York, these 10 new songs written by Mick and expertly arranged and curated by Jim Boggia are the sound of a truly magical collaboration between the artist and his producer.

Start with: Ignorance Is Bliss, Emily Come Back, Everybody's Talking


"Days Go By" will have its vinyl release date on 30th October 2018. Buy it here: https://mickterry.co.uk

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Bird Streets (John Brodeur, Jason Falkner) (Review)

Bird Streets is the musical endeavor of songwriter John Brodeur, who released his first solo recordings nearly two decades ago.  The record is a collaboration between Brodeur and power-pop legend Jason Falkner, and features guest appearances from Miranda Lee Richards and Luther Russell.


Bird Streets became a mélange of John Brodeur's solo work and Jason Falkner's influences.

If you are desperately looking for a new record by Dan Wilson / Semisonic ("Carry Me Home", "Last Resort"), PowerPop highlights ("Betting On The Sun", "Until The Crown"), Bleu ("Stop To Breathe") or Jellyfish - this is your record.
And it may be nothing less than my personal record of the year.

Listen to: Stop To Breathe, Betting On The Sun, Carry Me


Mike Viola - The American Egypt (Review)

The new album of Mike Viola - The American Egypt - is out NOW! The release was scheduled for late 2018, but Mike decided not to wait and got it out digitally (Vinyl and CD will follow in winter 2018).


A new release by the one and only Mike Viola is always quite special to me. While Lurch or Hang on Mike are PowerPop records in perfection, there were also Just Before Dark or Acousto de Perfecto showing his insanely awesome singer-songwriter skills.
So, there is "The American Egypt". And it's different, quite different.

The American Egypt is multi layered, rich of complex harmonies and lyrics and you will need some time until it unfolds completely. But it's absolutely worth it.
Just listen to the album from start to finish with good over-ear headphones!

Collins is pure Rock 'n' Roll, Sunset America will brings you to tears with its lyrics and harmonies, Snow Face a 9 minute long (!) masterpiece and Dr. Frankenstein is musically from another world.

Listen first to: King Kong Hand, Dr. Frankenstein, Collins, Sunset America

You can stream it on Youtube and Apple Music or buy it at Amazon.com.

New Music - September 2018

Chris Price - Dalmatian (Vinyl)

Chris Price will give the "Dalmatian" album the treatment it deserves: the Vinyl release will be around November 2018!


Mike Viola - The American Egypt (CD/Vinyl)

Mike Viola released his latest record "The American Egypt" surprisingly early in July 2018. The physical release (CD and Vinyl) is scheduled for winter 2018.
Mike also talked about two EPs (?) and a single release of "Teenage Mutant Ninja" along with an exclusive B-Side.


Marc Martel - My Way 2 - Queen EP 

Marc Martel continues his EP series with number 2: The EP will be themed around Queen, which means it can only be marvelous (out October 19, 2018)!

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Bent Van Looy - Yours Truly

Bent Van Looy is back with his 3rd record: "Yours Truly", produced (again) by Jason Falkner in Los Angeles.
The first two albums ("Round The Bend", "Pyjama Days") are both a stunning piece of art.  I highly recommend to listen to them.


"The Open Road" is the first single. Listen to it below.  "Yours Truly" will be released on the 5th of October 2018.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Gregg Alexander & New Radicals

You may know this intro:


Sure You do. The song ("You Get What You Give") is by a band called New Radicals. They had one hit album - Maybe You've Been Brainwashed Too. So why bother about a one hit wonder?

Mainly because of the man behind all: Gregg Alexander - an American singer-songwriter.
His first album (Michigan Rain) was recorded in 1989 when he was 18, followed by a second record (Intoxifornication) in 1992. Both records were quite overlooked. Most artists would stop their career after that - for Gregg Alexander something different happened...


... Six years later he created the New Radicals. The band had no permanent member other than himself and Danielle Brisebois.
The album (Maybe You've Been Brainwashed Too) and the single (You Get What You Give) where both international smash hits.
But soon he became tired of the musical fame: "Traveling and getting three hours sleep in a different hotel every night to do boring 'hanging and schmoozing' with radio and retail people is definitely not for me", he said - and stopped the project in a moment by emergency braking.

In the following years he had international success by writing plenty of worldwide hit songs for people like

- Santana ("Game Of Love")
- Boyzone
- Ronan Keating ("Life Is a Rollercoaster")
- Sophie-Ellis Bextor ("Murder on the Dancefloor")
- Rod Stewart ("I Can't Deny It")
- Texas ("Inner Smile")
- INXS
- Hanson
- Enrique Iglesias
- Geri Halliwell
- Melanie C
- ex-New Radical Danielle Brisebois

Most of the sons became international hits. The Game Of Love even won a Grammy.

A handful of demos appeared online in the recent years. Some of them are either outtakes from Maybe You've Been Brainwashed Too or from the never happened second New Radicals album. Others may be demos for other artists. All of them are sung by Gregg Alexander.

Here's a list of the songs:

- A Love Like That (Outtake from Maybe You've Been Brainwashed Too)
- Come Be My Baby
- My Heart Can't Change
- Blown Away
- Speaking My Language
- My One Thing Is Real
- You're Beautiful
- Inner Child (released by Texas)
- The Game Of Love (released by Santana


You can listen to all of them on Youtube (or just post a comment with your Email down below).
It's still not clear how they did surface.

After this successful time as a producer Gregg Alexander fell of the face of the earth again and then reappeared in 2014. John Carney (writer, director and musician who is known for the Oscar winning movie Once) called him because he wanted him for the soundtrack of his new movie - Begin Again.
Everything just came together and as a result the soundtrack was mainly written by him. Artists like Keira Knightley, Adam Levine and CeeLo Green performed his songs. On the soundtrack you'll also find a group called Cessyl Orchestra - which is no other than Gregg himself (on vocals). I highly recommend the movie and soundtrack (listen to Lost Stars!).

In October 2014 he gave his first interview in 15 years (!) to Scott Feinberg - read it at hollywoodreporter.com.

A live video - and even a studio version of "Lost Stars" appeared on youtube:

 



In 2017 "Maybe You've Been Brainwashed Too" finally got a vinyl release.

After that Gregg Alexander disappeared again - but I'm sure it was not the last time we will hear from him.

Friday, May 11, 2018

The Boys With The Perpetual Nervousness - Nervous Man

The Boys With The Perpetual Nervousness is a new band, and Nervous Man is the first song of them. It's so good - and I have absolutely no information about it except the soundcloud link!

Listen: