Taxi Taxi – Floating Forever

Meet Taxi Taxi, two great artists from Stockholm who just started their own label, Delicious Demon Records. The two beautiful ladies are sisters, Johanna & Miriam Tewolde Berhan.

Their new video, for a power ballad called “Floating Forever,” was filmed on a night out by director Simeon Frohm (previously worked for Swedish artists Dante, . . . → Read More: Taxi Taxi – Floating Forever

Graig Markel Composes Soundtrack to Run Free Documentary

The soundtrack of Run Free, a documentary based on the true story of Caballo Blanco, is now available. The beautiful collection consists of thirteen original tracks from the accomplished producer.

Graig Markel is an American songwriter, producer and sound designer from Seattle, Washington. He is credited with creating the genre ‘Broken Soul,’ a mixture . . . → Read More: Graig Markel Composes Soundtrack to Run Free Documentary

Japan’s Foremost Christian Heavy Metal Band Tells The World About The Crazy Situation in Japan with their Atomic Live! Album

Japanese rock band Imari Tones has released Atomic Live!, recorded near Fukushima, the site of a destructive earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident, to send a message about the dangerous situation in Japan.

The recording took place in November 2014. The band was touring Japan with an American rapper named Gallery Cat as part . . . → Read More: Japan’s Foremost Christian Heavy Metal Band Tells The World About The Crazy Situation in Japan with their Atomic Live! Album

Sweden’s New Queen of Stoner Pop: Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation – Anything So Bright

I’m really starting to love this tune and the accompanying vid. Give them a chance, they’ll grow on you.

Despite only one EP and two singles under their belt (Diamond Waves 12 EP, “Sunny Afternoon” and “Tell It To The Wind” 7) Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation are on a blazing roll. To . . . → Read More: Sweden’s New Queen of Stoner Pop: Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation – Anything So Bright

O-o-h Child – The Five Stairsteps

A version of this tune featuring American Idol finalist Jennifer Hudson has appeared on a high profile commercial for American Family insurance, in the process reawakening interest in this tune, at least for me. The original was released in 1970 by a family group from Chicago, the Five Stairsteps (just as, a year . . . → Read More: O-o-h Child – The Five Stairsteps

Spencer Tarring ft. Paul Aiden – Green Light

Spencer Tarring pioneers a sound that defines not only a record label and a DJ, but an entire city. With Shanghai often hailed as the showpiece of China’s booming economy, Spencer Tarring is undoubtedly the driving force of a music scene often imitated the world over, but since his arrival in 2009, never . . . → Read More: Spencer Tarring ft. Paul Aiden – Green Light

Sirena – Lunar Lights

22-year-old Stockholm-Barcelona based singer and songwriter has just released a video for her recent single, “Lunar Lights.”

La Sirena de Copenhagen (no relation to the artist)

March Came In Like A Lamb, but The Wintergrass Blugrass Festival Went Out Like a Lion, by Holly Homan

Wintergrass is described as a family-friendly Bluegrass music festival, with concerts and dances at 4 different stages. There are also music education programs for kids and adults, workshops, impromptu jams, and a chance to see and hear some great music.

One of my favorite folk/bluegrass artists, Sarah Jarosz, was playing several sets, but . . . → Read More: March Came In Like A Lamb, but The Wintergrass Blugrass Festival Went Out Like a Lion, by Holly Homan

Van Morrison’s Moondance: A Perfect Album, by Pat Thomas

45 years ago today, 2/28/1970 – Van Morrison released the Moondance album. I jotted down a few thoughts on what I think in 2015.

Van Morrison’s second Warner Brothers album is so good; it arguably could have been a ‘best of’ collection. One of those rare records in which there’s no bad tracks. At . . . → Read More: Van Morrison’s Moondance: A Perfect Album, by Pat Thomas

Frida Ensam, by Pat Thomas

I’ve never understood the fascination that my friends have for ABBA. My ABBA compilation, would be a 4 song EP. Their music is a piece of chalk marinated in vinegar. However, I have a soft-spot for the 1975 Frida ensam (“Frida Alone”) LP. Sung all in Swedish, it includes versions of Bowie’s “Liv på . . . → Read More: Frida Ensam, by Pat Thomas

Reagan Youth Return To Seattle For A Night Of Wild, Hardcore Punk, by Holly Homan

Reagan Youth

Saturday night February 21 Reagan Youth headlined an all out punk show at Seattle’s foremost punk venue El Corazon. I head south the 12 miles from my home only to realize I’d left the house without my ID and had to drive all the way back to retrieve it. DOH! So unfortunately . . . → Read More: Reagan Youth Return To Seattle For A Night Of Wild, Hardcore Punk, by Holly Homan

Sleater-Kinney – A New Wave – The Bob’s Burgers Video

Bob’s Burgers is my favorite show of all time. Every night except Sunday I forego whatever’s on now in order to re-watch and re-enjoy the utterly perfect first season of Bob’s Burgers. On Sundays I patiently wait for whatever new episode of Bob’s Burgers awaits me. Sleater-Kinney is one of the most stupendous . . . → Read More: Sleater-Kinney – A New Wave – The Bob’s Burgers Video

She was no fool, by Tom Fredrickson

The late Lesley Gore was on the epochal T.A.M.I. Show; that’s epitaph enough for any pop star from the 60s. Here’s her full set:

My favorite was “She’s a Fool,” with its unforgettable, unexplainable backing vocal hook of “shacka doula.” When you’ve got Quincy Jones producing and Claus Ogerman arranging, you can . . . → Read More: She was no fool, by Tom Fredrickson

The Stuff – Saints

Here are four old guys from Stockholm who do a great job with this Breeders cover:

While writing and rehearsing original material for their upcoming album, Frog Bouquet – Covers From Our Space, Stockholm’s finest rock rangers The Stuff also explored the deep vaults of the last 45 years of music history. Each . . . → Read More: The Stuff – Saints

Tori Amos – Smells Like Teen Spirit

The first and still the best of the “Smells Like Teen Spirit” covers:

Tori Amos will release 2-CD deluxe editions of her debut and sophomore solo albums, Little Earthquakes and Under The Pink on April 14th via Rhino. Each record is newly re-mastered and paired with an entire disc of rare B-sides and . . . → Read More: Tori Amos – Smells Like Teen Spirit

Ultra Van Krome – Boogawolf, Pleased to Meet You

Ultra Van Krome kicks it with his road dog

Portland’s own Ultra Van Krome has just released a fantastic new album called Cyber Funkist and below are two choice cuts from that very same work. The album has eight songs and they’re all spectacular, definitely worth purchasing, if you can find it anywhere.

Ultra . . . → Read More: Ultra Van Krome – Boogawolf, Pleased to Meet You

Petite Meller – Baby Love, by Mike Hughes

I’m ….slightly …..disconcerted by her attire ………….. but this is top class pop music. Yowzah!!”

– Mike Hughes

Our Man in Berlin – Molière

When a band named Our Man in Berlin relases a tune called “Molière,” well, you pretty much have to share it with the world. Those names sound like the mid 80s are back, and the tune doesn’t disappoint. Late period Roxy Music must still be in vogue in Australia and that’s a good . . . → Read More: Our Man in Berlin – Molière

AMANA MELOMÉ – Icarus

This is a delicious jazz tune. Please listen well.

Jazz pop songstress Amana Melomé is premiering an intimate, in-studio video for her single “Icarus” off of her recently released Lock and Key, an EP produced by The Decoders‘ Adam Berg and Itai Shapira.

Amana has previously headlined events for Fendi and Dior and . . . → Read More: AMANA MELOMÉ – Icarus

The Return Of The Incredible Indelible Dickies and Five Other Bands Bring A Night of Punk Rock to Seattle’s El Corazon, by Holly Homan

The Dickies

On Friday night February 6 everyone and anyone who’s punk headed to El Corazon for a wild evening headlined by legendary So. Cal punkers The Dickies. This was my third time seeing the Dickies and I think they get wilder each time.

The very second The Dickies hit the stage, the . . . → Read More: The Return Of The Incredible Indelible Dickies and Five Other Bands Bring A Night of Punk Rock to Seattle’s El Corazon, by Holly Homan