Sunday, August 13, 2017

Bill DeMain - Transatlantic Romantic

The new record of Bill DeMain "Transatlantic Romantic" is out now.
And is has become a gem, filled with wonderful harmonies and having an overall classic touch.


Listen to four of the songs below!




The album is available for $12. For ordering info, email billdemain@gmail.com

Neil Finn - Out Of Silence

Out Of Silence, the new record of Neil Finn, will be out in September 2017. The first song is "More Than One Of You" - you can listen to it here:



He is recording the album in four 2-hour-sessions which were and will be broadcasted live.
The first two sessions can be seen HERE and HERE!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Marc Martel - Crowdfunding campaign (two new records)

Marc Martel has started a crowdfunding campaign for two new EPs. More information below.

Here is the first song and video from this project - and it's stunning!

 

Saturday, June 17, 2017

New Music June 2017: Bill DeMain, Camera2, Cliff Hillis, ATC, Phoenix, Dan Wilson, Chris Price

Bill DeMain - Lemon Yellow



The new record of Bill DeMain "Transatlantic Romantic" will be out in summer 2017.

Air Traffic Controller - After Party



The "Echo Papa EP" will be out June 23, 2017 (amazon.com).

Cliff Hillis - Many Happy Returns EP



The new EP of Cliff Hillis is out now!

Camera2 - Ride That Feeling Again



The album "Orbit" from Camera2 will be out in 2017.

Phoenix - Ti Amo



Phoenix' new album "Ti Amo" is out now.

Dan Wilson - Re-Covered




Re-Covered , the new record of Dan Wilson (produced by Mike Viola) is available on Pledgemusic  or on Amazon for preorder. It's out August 4, 2017.

Chris Price - Sigh



Chris Price released his stellar second album - Stop Talking - now. Buy it on Bandcamp or Amazon.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

L.E.O. - Alpacas Orgling

L.E.O.? Looks familiar, doesn't it? Yes, it's no accident that you might get an instant connection to The Electric Light Orchestra.  But Alpacas Orgling is not a tribute album of the usual kind. There are no covers but rather ten completely original songs (along with two bonus tracks).

For the record: Alpacas Orgling is the best record Jeff Lynne never made.


It was released in 2006 and included the finest collection of artists: Bleu, Mike Viola, Jason Scheff (Chicago), John Fields, Hanson, Ducky Carlisle, Andy Sturmer (Jellyfish) and Scott Simons.
That's a hell of a band.

The songs refer to Jeff Lynne's style, but there are also references to George Harrison (Goodbye Innocence) and The Beatles.


The project was led by Bleu. Vocals are shared between Bleu, Mike Viola (Distracted, Make Me), Andy Sturmer (Goodbye Innocence) and Scott Simons (Sukaz Are Born Every Minute).

Listen to the record here:



Final note:
Bleu once told me someone in the audience paid him a compliment that his voice on Sukaz Are Born Every Minute was his best one yet.
The point is: he didn't sing on it ... (main vocals were exclusively by Scott Simons).

Monday, May 22, 2017

Chris Price - Stop Talking (Review)

It is always a special (and quite seldom) moment when I finish to listen to a record for the first time and I instantly know this is an exceptional piece of work. Chris Price has achieved this with "Stop Talking".


The record is out now - and there are 14 reasons to buy it:

The opener and title track "Stop Talking" is so different and promising, it leaves you asking where this record is heading to. To clarify this: it's heading not in one direction, rather into a wide variety of genres, reminiscences to pathbreaking artists and through musical eras.
While "Man Down" is 70s McCartney, Nilsson and Rhodes in its best way, "Darkness" could also fit on "Sheer Heart Attack" or "Queen II" - the song is nothing less than a mini opera and an instant classic.  "You And Me (And Everyone Else)" and "Once Was True" shine, and I bet the late Freddie Mercury or Paul McCartney would have wished they'd written these songs.
"One Of Them" and "Just In Time" are playful and absolutely catchy tunes.
"Hi Lo" starts with acoustic guitar and intense vocals and slowly builds up to its climax.
Then there is "Pulling Teeth" - like a dream in minor keys, the heavier and intense "Algebra In The Sky" and "Contrition" (these harmonies!).

Finally: "Sigh". This is nothing less than a perfect pop song. It left me deeply impressed. "Sigh" is meant to be put on repeat. Get this on radio airplay in heavy rotation or in a soundtrack of a good movie, please!


Stop Talking is a hell of a record and hot candidate for my personal record of the year. It's highly recommended!


Listen to Stop Talking here (start with Stop Talking, Hi Lo, Sigh, Man Down, Darkness):


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Chris Price - Stop Talking

The second solo album of Chris Price, Stop Talking, is coming on May 19, 2017.

Price is a man of many talents - producer for Emitt Rhodes and Linda Perhacs, writing with artists like Roger Joseph Manning Jr. (Jellyfish) and Taylor Locke (Rooney) or recording a complete album with an iPhone 4 (his first record Homesick).


Chris Price was joined in the studio by a variety of top musicians, including Kyle Fredrickson, Ben Lecourt, Fernando Perdomo, Joe Seiders and many others. According to Price, “I spent the five years since my first album Homesick working on albums for two heroes of mine, Emitt Rhodes and Linda Perhacs. But I never stopped writing and recording material of my own, and both of those incredibly inspiring and fulfilling projects ended up deeply informing my work, pushing me to think harder about my lyrics, become more adventurous in my production and never take the safe route musically. Nearly 50 songs were recorded for this project, and I went through an arduous and at times painful process whittling it all down to the form it is now in. I’m very proud of this work, which has been brewing for quite some time. But I should really stop talking and let the music speak for itself.”

Stop Talking is available on CD and (very limited) Vinyl.


Here are the first three songs from Stop Talking - and it looks like a good canditate for the record of the year for me:

Sunday, April 9, 2017

New Music - April 2017: jeremy messersmith - Dan Wilson - The Honeydogs

jeremy messersmith - 11 Obscenely Optimistic Songs For Ukulele: A Micro-Folk Record For the 21st Century And Beyond


jeremy messersmith (yes, it's now in lowercase) describes his new record (11 Obscenely Optimistic Songs For Ukulele: A Micro-Folk Record For the 21st Century And Beyond) as "jam-packed with ridiculous songs about kittens, world peace, flying cars and the transformative power of love. Why? Because we all need a ray of sunshine every now and again. Because it's important to not lose sight of how good things could be. Because the first step to a better world is to imagine a better world. (...) I don't know if a song can change the world, but singing sure can. Trust me. You'll feel better and that's a start, right?"


You can download the songbook with all the songs right now and create a video for them - details at: www.jeremymessersmith.com


The album will be out in April 2017 (no further details are confirmed yet).

Dan Wilson - Re-Covered


Dan Wilson is back with a new album: Re-Covered. You can buy it (digital, CD, CD Deluxe) at pledgemusic HERE. There is plenty other stuff you can get (signed items, illuminated tracklisting, handwritten lyric sheets, songwriting Q&A, house concerts..).

Dan explanis: "Re-Covered is an album of of songs I wrote with and for other artists. These are my versions, most of them quite different from the originals. But in every case, I’m trying to get to the heart of the song as I understand it. Sonically, the record is a portrait of me and some of my favorite musician friends playing and singing live at United Studios in Hollywood. We recorded straight to tape. We all pushed each other to create new vibes for the songs. I didn’t want to do straight-up “covers” of the covers; my hope is to shed new light on both the familiar hits and the less-familiar gems. I recorded more songs than made the album, and I wanted to share one of those tunes as a Pledge exclusive. It won’t be on the album, but I’m excited to share “Everyone’s Waiting,” a song I wrote with Missy Higgins, as a taste of what’s yet to come. There are a lot of really cool items in the Pledge store this time, and I had a blast making a lot of them."

The record is produced by the one and only Mike Viola!

The Honeydogs - Your Own Shadow

The Honeydogs are back with a new single. You Own Shadow is an intense track with burning issues of the world we face today.



Thursday, March 16, 2017

Bill DeMain - Transatlantic Romantic

Bill DeMain's upcoming album Transatlantic Romantic will be out in 2017. According to the first three songs it's already close to a favourite record of the year.




Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Pugwash - The 7th record (with Jason Falkner)

The seventh album of Pugwash is out in 2017. A crowdfunding campaign just started at Kickstarter.
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You haven't pledged yet? 
Yes, it's Jason Falkner (of Jellyfish) in this picture below. And he is playing and working on this record, too.
So hurry up and go to Kickstarter NOW!