Phone Joan – Cry Baby

Rooted in rock, albeit with a Scandinavian edge, comes Oslo’s Phone Joan. A four piece “wild bunch” from Norway that is known to play their rock as if their lives depended on it.

Seattle’s Crocodile Cafe Hosts Live Punk, Dead Milkmen, by Holly Homan

Another Saturday night and another wild Seattle punk show. This time it was the legendary Dead Milkmen at the infamous Crocodile Cafe.

Front man Rodney Anonymous burst onto the stage, announcing that this was the anti-Coachella Tour, then with a giant leap into the air, the first song rang forth. From that point . . . → Read More: Seattle’s Crocodile Cafe Hosts Live Punk, Dead Milkmen, by Holly Homan

A Corner in Arizona, by Knute Rimkus

“It’s a line. From a song. From, like, forty years ago. About this guy…who’s standing on a corner. THIS corner…” Rimkus said to his 14 year old daughter. She stared back blankly at him, slightly incredulous at this reasoning for the detour on the family spring break road trip. Rimkus continued, a bit more . . . → Read More: A Corner in Arizona, by Knute Rimkus

Kosha Dillz – SPAN-HEBRISH

I recorded the song in LA at Belief’s old spot for my album Gina and the Garage Sale, This song become one of my dopest live songs, and is a big part of my cultural branding. To make it even better, the dancing rabbi is my rapper/R n B singer friend Dean Risko, . . . → Read More: Kosha Dillz – SPAN-HEBRISH

Hugo – Twitch and Tug

“Twitch and Tug” is the first single of Hugo’s much anticipated second solo record, Deep in the Long Grass. It is an experiment in grasshop.

What do you expect from a Thai artist who has written for Beyonce and Daniel Merriweather? What do you expect from an artist who has been signed . . . → Read More: Hugo – Twitch and Tug

Garbage – The Chemicals feat. Brian Aubert

In celebration of this year’s Record Store Day, Garbage has released a music video for “The Chemicals” featuring Brian Aubert of Silversun Pickups.

Directed by Sophie Muller, the clip showcases the raw energy of a raucous punk club. Describing the inspiration for the video, Manson commented, “We’ve always been talking about the . . . → Read More: Garbage – The Chemicals feat. Brian Aubert

The White Buffalo – 30 Days Back

This tune is only 90 seconds or so in duration. It’s a shorty but a goodie. I’m getting into the White Buffalo in a big way. The dude’s written some instant classics.

Seattle 12th Annual Ska Fest Brings A Wealth Of Ska and Rock Steady Acts to the Highline, by Holly Homan

Gigantor

Friday night April 10 marked the 12th annual Seattle Ska Fest, once again hosted by the cozy and friendly Highline Tavern. This fest was so chock full of bands that it had a start time of five p.m. Sadly for me, I missed the opener, It Gets Worse (had to charge my cell . . . → Read More: Seattle 12th Annual Ska Fest Brings A Wealth Of Ska and Rock Steady Acts to the Highline, by Holly Homan

Invitation To Openness: The Jazz & Soul Photography Of Les McCann 1960-1980

Fantagraphics Books has just released Invitation To Openness: The Jazz & Soul Photography Of Les McCann 1960-1980 a beautiful hardcover coffee table book which collects the photographs of legendary musician Les McCann; he documented the jazz and soul scene —across several decades. All of them previously unpublished until now. Perhaps the largest collection of . . . → Read More: Invitation To Openness: The Jazz & Soul Photography Of Les McCann 1960-1980

THE LAMMAS TIDE – Bethnal Green

Formed in 2010, the Lammas Tide’s unique brand of psych-folk-rock draws influence from bands such as Jethro Tull, Traffic, and Cream, combining bluesy inflections and folk sensibilities with classic 60’s psychedelia.

I really enjoy this tune, “Bethnal Green,” which reminds me of one of my favorite guilty pleasures from the 60s, Jefferson Airplane’s Volunteers. . . . → Read More: THE LAMMAS TIDE – Bethnal Green

BAND-MAID – I’ve Gotta Be On My Way, by Mark Erickson

The ladies in this five piece formed their band in July of 2013 and the rest is J-rawk history. It’s not clear why they chose to appear in this video dressed like the luscious lasses on St. Paul Girl beer bottles, but it’s a catchy rock’n roll tune.

Crunching guitars with licks, commanding . . . → Read More: BAND-MAID – I’ve Gotta Be On My Way, by Mark Erickson

Danny Darko ft Julien Kelland – Say Goodbye (Original Mix)

Danny Darko presents his new indie dance collaboration with Canadian teen sensation Julien Kelland.

My Morning Jacket – Spring (Among the Living)

My Morning Jacket have just revealed their latest track off their upcoming release, The Waterfall entitled “Spring (Among the Living),” accompanied by a captivating visualizer.

The band’s seventh full-length album, The Waterfall is set to be released May 4th, 2015 via ATO Records/Capitol Records. This release will mark their first on Capitol Records. . . . → Read More: My Morning Jacket – Spring (Among the Living)

Ella Eyre – Together

Since proving herself to be one of the UK’s most enthralling and captivating female singers, Ella Eyre has gone from total unknown singer to prolific songwriter and chart-topper, featuring on Rudimental’s “Waiting All Night” and DJ Fresh’s “Gravity” as well as her own hits “If I Go” and “Comeback.” Ella also co-wrote the . . . → Read More: Ella Eyre – Together

Chick Quest – Somebody Call a Doctor

Spaghetti Western Rock and Roll Dance Party from Vienna, Austria? Chick Quest’s debut record, Vs. Galore, is the sound of four people playing sweaty, explosive, danceable rock and roll built on creativity and fun— trumpet and all. It’s feeling the floorboards bounce while dancing to Violent Femmes in a crowded house at 3am, . . . → Read More: Chick Quest – Somebody Call a Doctor

Dolly Parton – Jolene 45 Played at 33

I’m five years late to this party, but it’s worth checking out if you’ve yet to hear it. Some inspired hi-fi wag has discovered that when a 45 rpm single of Dolly Parton’s 1974 hit “Jolene” is played at 33 rpm, the slowed-down and deepened result is an entirely new sounding song with prominent . . . → Read More: Dolly Parton – Jolene 45 Played at 33

March to May – Embers

Embers from Norman Tumolva on Vimeo.

These Seattle kids do an excellent job on this tune and this video, which was filmed on beautiful Orcas Island…

March To May’s Darren Guyaz (guitar, vocals, keyboard) and Beth Wesche (Celtic harp, vocals) first met in December 2012. By March 2013, the folk/indie/Americana duo had co-written . . . → Read More: March to May – Embers

Because It Is There: The Race For Space, Public Service Broadcasting.
A review by P. Raffington Dysart

On 12 September 1962, John F. Kennedy famously said during a speech:

“We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard…” Side One (and the title track) of Public Service . . . → Read More: Because It Is There: The Race For Space, Public Service Broadcasting.
A review by P. Raffington Dysart

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 twin 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 . . . → 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 accomplished Seattle producer, Graig Markel.

Markel is a songwriter, producer and sound designer credited with creating the genre ‘Broken Soul,’ a mixture of downtempo rock, and R&B . . . → Read More: Graig Markel Composes Soundtrack to Run Free Documentary