Saturday, March 28, 2015

+ + + New Music - March 2015 + + +

Tracy Bonham - Wax & Gold

The very successful pledge music campaign for the newest record of Mrs. Bonham is over. The album Wax & Gold will have an official release likely later this year.
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Ben Lee - Love Is The Great Rebellion

After many years being an independent artist Ben Lee got a major record deal and has signed to Warner Bros Records. The new record Love is the Great Rebellion is out June 2, 2015, the first single Big Love will be released on Record Store Day (April 18, 2015).

More HERE.

The Lilac Time - No Sad Songs

A prose-poem, which Stephen Duffy composed especially for the release of the new and ninth album by his band The Lilac Time, contains the lines: "I was a flower child, now I'm a flower man." It took a long time before one became the other. When viewed from space, Stephen Duffy's path may well appear labyrinthine, filled with loopholes and trapdoors. Yet a sober perspective reveals path of a musician and poet who is independent in the very best sense of the word.

No Sad Songs is out April 03, 2015 on Tapete Records.

The Darkness - Last Of Our Kind

I know, this is not Power Pop at all - but I love it: The Darkness will release their fourth album June 6, 2015.

Last of Our Kind is a collection of 10 magnificent songs that The Darkness are extremely proud of. It is the best rock album you will hear this year. It is the best rock album you will hear until next time The Darkness makes an album. I should know. I’m the singer.” – Justin Hawkins

Preorder it HERE.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Aqualung - 10 Futures

10 Futures is the latest album by Matt Hales - also known as Aqualung - and it's out now.

I was very sceptic about this record. About half of the songs are performed by guest vocalists, which is quite new to Aqualung. And the first single Tape 2 Tape shocked me the first time I listen to it quite a bit.
The thing is: this record is a grower. A huge grower. The 10 songs combine a wide range of genres into a surprisingly homogenous result. 
Stand-out tracks are hard to name. I recommend to start with: Tape 2 Tape, Eggshells, Be Beautiful, New Low, Hearts, To The Wonder (every single one of these songs would be worth it alone to buy the album).

Saturday, March 21, 2015

A Mixtape from Ben Lee

This is good stuff! Most compilations have fillers or a varying quality of songs. This hasn't.
Start to listen to tracks 1, 2, 6, 9.

Ben says: "This album began as an exploration of songwriting. I decided to write songs for different voices, and invite these singers to perform them. My dear friend Sam Spiegel offered to produced the record I had conceptualized, and we began working on the collaboration in earnest in 1998. 
Over the next 6 or 7 years we continued to record intermittently. All kinds of wonderful musicians came by and offered their help with recording. I should have kept better notes during the sessions but I know you can hear Eric Gardner, James Valentine, Rusty Logsdon and Alfredo Ortiz amongst many others. I am grateful to everyone who played a part in these recordings, large or small, remembered or forgotten."

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Lost Stars - Gregg Alexander Live Recording

In my humble opinion the very best performance of the Oscar nominated song "Lost Stars" by the man who wrote it - Gregg Alexander:

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Astrid North (The Cultured Pearls) - new record by crowd funding

Astrid North's voice is sheer beauty.  In the 1990s she was the voice of The Cultured Pearls. For almost a decade and five stunning records they were quite successful by mixing influences from Soul, Pop, Funk and Jazz into their very own kind of music.

After the last record of The Cultured Pearls in 2003 there were ten long years of silence. In 2013 the first solo record of her surfaced (simply called "North") and now Mrs. North just started a crowd funding campaign for her second album. Rightfully after the first day almost 50% were already financed! Way to go!

Here is the English video for the campaign:


And if you don't know The Cultured Pearls - listen to this:

You can preorder the new record "Precious Ruby" at Pledgemusic (digital, CD or signed CD, House concerts, lyric sheets and much more!).

Monday, February 16, 2015

Taylor Locke - Time Stands Still (review)

Taylor Locke co-founded the L.A. based band Rooney in 1999 and was signed to Geffen Records at the age of 18. After 3 albums and a number one single in Germany he is ready now for a solo career.

His debut solo album "Time Stands Still" will be out at Lojinx on February 23, 2015.

The record has 10 songs and not a single filler - Time Stands Still is full of highlights:
There are songs of pure beauty - like the opener Burbank Woman, the title track Time Stands Still or The Art Of Moving On.
Running Away From Love travels back to the 70s, So Long is the perfect track for radio airplay and the heavy Call Me Kuchu occupies the middle of the LP.

There are lyrics from the late Kim Fowley, as well as co-writing with singer-songwriter Kelly Jones and Chris Price (a member of Taylor Locke & The Roughs).

Time Stands Still has its band parts, but there are also intimate acoustic parts where the band steps aside. And it's exactly these parts, which makes this album so special to me.
It's definitely an early musical highlight of the year 2015.

Buy it directly at Lojinx (digital, CD + digital, LP + digital) HERE.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Bobby Emmett - Learning Love

Sometimes you discover a record which comes out of the blue and you have the feeling you know it already for years. Or at least you SHOULD.

Learning Love from the Detroit based Bobby Emmett is exactly this kind of record. After three LPs as a member of The Sights this was his debut solo record - released in 2010.

With a length of just 33 minutes it contains 10 tracks of intense Rock 'n' Roll and PowerPop.

The opener Queen Of Hearts is the perfect outlook of what you can expect from the LP: rough guitars, claps, and an extremely 70s vibe!

Still Want To Be With You may be the catchiest tune I listened to for months! This is maybe my personal highlight of the record.

Broken Hearted would be a perfect radio song - in a good way.

Songs like Not Gonna Take It. (pure rock!) or the Lennonesque Never Waited So Long should not be missed!

It's just a shame it's not available on CD or digital anymore (the only way to find samples was on Myspace - MYSPACE! - Does anybody remember Myspace?).
If you have the chance to get this on CD - buy it! No, buy two (one for me)!

I highly recommend the record if you like: Brendan Benson, Big Star ... or haunting melodies that get stuck in your head.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Ron Sexsmith - Carousel One

There's a new record of Ron Sexsmith, it's named Carousel One.
Listen two two of the new tracks ("Saint Berndard" and "Can't Get My Act Together") HERE.

Track list:

Sure As The Sky 
Saint Bernard 
Loving You 
Before The Night Is Gone 
Lucky Penny 
Getaway Car 
Nothing Feels The Same Anymore 
Sun’s Coming Out 
Lord Knows 
All Our Tomorrows 
No One 
Can’t Get My Act Together 
Tumbling Sky 
Many Times 

Bonus tracks (available in different countries)
The Other Side 
Is Anyone Going To San Antone

Carousel One will be out March 17, 2015. Watch this space!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Jellyfish - Spilt Milk & Bellybutton - Deluxe Reissues

The phenomenon Jellyfish is unstoppable: The band released just two albums in their short career. Thanks to Omnivore Recordings this catalogue has grown a lot. And the newest entry are the 2015 Deluxe Reissues of the two records: Spilt Milk and Bellybutton. Both are 2CD sets packed with bonus stuff (see the trackless below).

The sound quality seems to have been improved a lot (judging to the unprofessional, not-so-much-audiophile opinion of the writer of this blog). For anyone who somewhat likes this band: buy this stuff already!

Disc One:
1. The Man I Used To Be
2. That Is Why
3. The King Is Half-Undressed
4. I Wanna Stay Home
5. She Sill Loves Him
6. All I Want Is Everything
7. Now She Knows She’s Wrong
8. Bedspring Kiss
9. Baby’s Coming Back
10. Calling Sarah
11. The King Is Half-Undressed (Live)
12. Sugar And Spice (Live)
13. Mr. Late (Live)
14. All I Want Is Everything (Live)
15. Jet (Live)
16. The King Is Half-Undressed (Live)
17. Baby’s Coming Back (Live)
18. I Wanna Stay Home (Live)
19. She Still Loves Him (Live)
20. All I Want Is Everything (Live)

Disc Two:
1. The Man I Used To Be (Demo)
2. The King Is Half Undresssed (Demo)
3. I Wanna Stay Home (Demo)
4. She Still Loves Him (Demo)
5. All I Want Is Everything (Demo)
6. Now She Knows She’s Wrong (Demo)
7. Bedspring Kiss (Demo)
8. Baby’s Coming Back (Demo)
9. Calling Sarah (Demo)
10. Deliver (Demo)
11. Queen Of The U.S.A. (Demo)
12. Always Be My Girl (Demo)
13. Let This Dream Never End (Demo)
14. Season Of The Witch (Demo)
15. That Girl’s A Man (Demo)
16. Bye Bye Bye (Demo)

Spilt Milk
Disc One:
1. Hush
2. Joining A Fan Club
3. Sebrina, Paste And Plato
4. New Mistake
5. Glutton Of Sympathy
6. The Ghost At Number One
7. Bye Bye Bye
8. All Is Forgiven
9. Russian Hill
10. He’s My Best Friend
11. Too Much, Too Little, Too Late
12. Brighter Day
13. Family Tree (Demo)
14. Ignorance Is Bliss (Demo)
15. Worthless Heart (Demo)
16. Watchin’ The Rain (Demo)
17. I Need Love (Demo)
18. I Don’t Believe You (Demo)
19. Long Time Ago (Demo)
20. Runnin’ For Our Lives (Demo)

Disc Two:
1. Spilt Milk Intro (Demo)
2. Hush (Demo)
3. Joining A Fan Club (Demo)
4. Sebrina, Paste And Plato (Demo)
5. New Mistake (Demo)
6. Glutton Of Sympathy (Demo)
7. The Ghost At Number One (Demo)
8. All Is Forgiven (Demo)
9. Russian Hill (Demo)
10. He’s My Best Friend (Demo)
11. Spilt Milk Outro (Demo)
12. Think About Your Troubles
13. That Is Why (Live)
14. The Ghost At Number One (Live)
15. Joining A Fan Club (Live)
16. S.O.S. (Live)
17. Fan Club Message

Taylor Locke - Time Stands Still

Taylor Locke, best known from Rooney and Taylor Locke & The Roughs is ready for his first straight solo record. The LP will be called Time Stands Still and is out at Lojinx (CD, LP, digital) on February 23, 2015. 

A set of songs that could already be found at Soundcloud (at least for a limited time) were Time Stands Still, No Dice, Running Away From Love and Call Me Kuchu.

The superb title track is free to download: