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:

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.
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!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Warren Zanes - New Album @ Pledgemusic

You never heard of Warren Zanes? Maybe you should...

Zanes has been all of these things: a Ph.D and professor at several American universities, a Vice President at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, a writer whose subjects range from Jimmy Rodgers to Dusty Springfield to the Wilburn Brothers to the history of Warner Bros. Records, a musician who made three records with 1980s rock and roll band the Del Fuegos and four as a solo artist, a thinker-for-hire who has worked on several high-profile music projects, including, most recently, the upcoming George Harrison documentary directed by Martin Scorsese, and the Executive Director of Little Steven Van Zandt's Rock and Roll Forever Foundation, where his work is an extension of his non-profit experience and his teaching at Case Western Reserve, the School of Visual Arts, the University of Rochester, and other institutions.

Time Out New York has said of Warren that he is "as smart a pop songwriter as there is." Entertainment Weekly lauded his solo work as "a thing of indie-pop beauty." Rolling Stone described that same music as having "flashes of Beck and 1970s Paul McCartney . . . [and] a lot of what sounds like XTC." Among those who have already stepped forward to praise his latest recording are Cameron Crowe, Aimee Mann, and Tom Petty. But, mostly, Zanes flies under the radar.

Warren Zanes

Zanes has a crowdfunding campaign for his fourth record The Biggest Bankrupt City in the World

To get an introduction to his music I recommend his last record I Want to Move Out In the Daylight. Listen to it in full HERE.

Last but not least: Support the new record at Pledgemusic! It's worth it!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

New Music February 2017: Aimee Mann - Goldfrapp - Andrew McMahon

Aimee Mann - Mental Illness

Aimee Mann’s Mental Illness, her first album in five years, is a return to a more musically soft-spoken but still lyrically barbed approach.
The Oscar-nominated, Grammy-winning singer remains a student of human behavior, drawing not just on her own experiences to form the characters in the songs but tales told by friends. “I assume the brief on me is that people think that I write these really depressing songs,” Mann says. “I don’t know—people may have a different viewpoint—but that’s my own interpretation of the clichĂ© about me. So if they thought that my songs were very down-tempo, very depressing, very sad, and very acoustic, I thought I’d just give myself permission to write the saddest, slowest, most acoustic, if-they’re- all-waltzes- so-be- it record I could… I mean, calling it "Mental Illness" makes me laugh, because it is true, but it’s so blunt that it’s funny.

Mental Illness will be out on March 31, 2017.
Pre-order the album at:

Goldfrapp - Silver Eye

The seventh studio album of Goldfrapp - titled Silver Eye -  belongs more to the electronic world of Supernature and Black Cherry.


Silver Eye will be out on March 31, 2017.

Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness - Zombies On Broadway

Andrew says: "I wrote this album in the middle of a whirlwind, when the future was unclear. Isn’t it always? I found my way to the city, thinking I could settle a score with a ghost. You can’t, so I came home and rewrote the ending. I’m proud announce my new album, “Zombies on Broadway,” is coming on February 10th. I spent more than a year hoping to find new answers to old questions. What I found; I have always been two people; One in search of peace and the other in search of whatever makes my hair stand up and my heart beat faster. This record is mostly about the latter."

Zombies On Broadway will be out on February 10, 2017.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Owsely - A Third Record

Almost a year ago I made a serious attempt to get everything together for a project: a Third Record of Owsley.

There are a couple of stunning songs (demos, unreleased songs, collaborations) out there and as far as I know many more are in the vaults.
So I asked at Facebook if there is Interest in such a project (and man - there is!) and started a poll to look for a possible success of a crowdfunding campaign. So all signs looked good.

A lot of other musicians, friends of Will Owsley and his family showed interest too. Sadly the project wasn't realized.

To cut a long story short: I created a third record myself. And I think it's a good one. It's called Feel No Pain.

If you are interested in the record, just write me here: