Van Morrison – Let the Slave

A moment of eerie synchronicity with this tune just caught me.

I hadn’t heard it in 25 years, but a lyric from here, actually a line William Blake’s poetry, has stuck with me ever since I eagerly lapped up A Sense of Wonder on day of release in 1985: “Wisdom is sold . . . → Read More: Van Morrison – Let the Slave

Chris Wood – Vulcan, by Pat Thomas

This might be on Spotify but I went out and bought this 1974 unreleased album by the late Chris Wood on CD. Wood was the flautist and saxophonist of Traffic. Recorded just after the demise of Traffic in 1974, Vulcan was begun for Island records but shelved in 1978. The sessions featured contributions from . . . → Read More: Chris Wood – Vulcan, by Pat Thomas

The Paradigm Style is Truly Love! by Ultra Van Krome

You Rockers who hate R&B You Soul Surfers that hate Rock You Jazzerz who hate everything that’s popular You fusionist who hate Blues You country Bluegrassers that hate the city You Rappers opposed to any thang Positive

I love all y’all sound ! Sound, Music Groove Pocket It’s invisible Angels Ya Big Sillyz . . . → Read More: The Paradigm Style is Truly Love! by Ultra Van Krome

Toni Basil, Unheralded Pop Genius, by Art Chantry

we tend to dismiss Toni Basil as a lightweight party gal who had a single lucky hit (“oh mickey”) and then rightfully vanished. sure, it was a catchy tune, but really? it was bubble gum pop trash, right? if that’s all you think Toni Basil ever did, they you don’t know Toni.

earliest credits . . . → Read More: Toni Basil, Unheralded Pop Genius, by Art Chantry

Dave Edmunds – Girls Talk, by Iman Lababedi

There is no finer expression of Dave Edmund’s genius than the way he manipulates Elvis Costello’s nightmare relationship into a verse chorus verse rock and roll Rockpile jumped up pop song.. wait for the instrumental break… short but so strong…

– Iman Lababedi

Also in Rock NYC, Iman’s music blog: Band I’d Most . . . → Read More: Dave Edmunds – Girls Talk, by Iman Lababedi

Fast Romantics – Julia

This is an old school pop tune. Very 60s, very Fitz and the Tantrums. There are plenty of hooks here. I heard this on NPR yesterday and decided to pass along. The last NPR tune which motivated me to go share-sies was Hozier’s “Take Me to Church,” which wound up being a huge US . . . → Read More: Fast Romantics – Julia

The Greatest Gigposter of All Time, by Art Chantry

over the decades, there has been an enormous amount of debate over “what is the greatest gigposter of all time?” some talk about elvis or the beatles (like the greatness of the band had anything to do with the greatness of the poster). The Who had amazing posters (try to belittle that infamous “maximum . . . → Read More: The Greatest Gigposter of All Time, by Art Chantry

Neil Young – Ambulance Blues, by Art Chantry

maybe my single favorite Neil Young tune. supposedly written after watching nixon’s resignation speech and then quickly recorded in a single take. a brilliant capture of what the 1970’s FELT like.

– Art Chantry

Moa Holmsten – Tougher than the Rest

The songs of Bruce Springsteen might seem like an odd choice for Swedish recording artist, Moa Holmsten. After fronting heavy metal band, Meldrum, then releasing two dynamic and avant-garde albums of her own songs (Do You Want Me, Death? and All Blade, No Handle)… Moa Holmsten and Tony Naima went into the studio . . . → Read More: Moa Holmsten – Tougher than the Rest

This Wack-job Changed My Life, by Pat Thomas

Keith Moon – this wack-job changed my life – the hours I spent as a teenager listening to every note that came out of his drum set and trying to emulate his sound and style caused me to get kicked out of bands in high school, got me praised occasionally in more recent years, . . . → Read More: This Wack-job Changed My Life, by Pat Thomas

Maxine Nightingale – Right Back Where We Started From, by Pat Thomas

In the mid-70’s, my parents had a Volvo 122-S that they’d bought new in ’64. It was still running strong and had only an AM radio in it – which every 30 minutes seem to play this song during 1975-1976.

– Pat Thomas is the author of Listen, Whitey! The Sights and Sounds . . . → Read More: Maxine Nightingale – Right Back Where We Started From, by Pat Thomas

Greg Graffin – Faith Alone – Will Appear at Hawthorne Theater, Portland 9/23

Author and Bad Religion member Greg Graffin has shared “Faith Alone”, one of his own songs that thematically inspired his new book, Population Wars. The full series including “My Poor Friend Me”, “The Answer”, “Changing Tide” are available on an limited edition exclusive 7-inch available for pre-order with Population Wars at kingsroadmerch.com/badreligion.

With . . . → Read More: Greg Graffin – Faith Alone – Will Appear at Hawthorne Theater, Portland 9/23

Rodrigo Solo – Tal Vez No Se Hunda El Barco (feat. Laura Guevara)

Rodrigo Solo has released a new video for his single, “Tal Vez No Se Hunda El Barco” (Perhaps the Ship Won’t Sink), which was recorded live at Tumbador Studios in Venezuela. The song is from his debut album No Estas Solo (You Are Not Alone) which came out last June and features a . . . → Read More: Rodrigo Solo – Tal Vez No Se Hunda El Barco (feat. Laura Guevara)

New Music From Lou Barlow – Wave, Moving

Just listen to these two songs and Lou Barlow’s voice will take you back to a 90s happy place. He is set to release his first solo album in six years, Brace the Wave, on September 4th via Joyful Noise Recordings.

Brace the Wave adds to Barlow’s extensive and celebrated discography, which . . . → Read More: New Music From Lou Barlow – Wave, Moving

The Wooden Sky – Maybe It’s No Secret

Toronto-based alternative rockers The Wooden Sky have a new album coming out soon. Let’s Be Ready is a compilation of songs that mirror everything the band has become on stage and beyond. Armed with swaggering guitars, rolling drums and melodies that sweep their way toward open-armed choruses, The Wooden Sky’s newest record is . . . → Read More: The Wooden Sky – Maybe It’s No Secret

Rochester Ska Band Mrs. Skannotto Headline A Fun Night At the Funhouse Lounge, by Holly Homan

On a muggy Sunday night of August 16, I ventured out to the Funhouse Lounge to see ska masters Mrs. Skannotto. After some really good rock and punk openers I finally was eager to settle into some ska and hear some brass. Singer Joe Harmon almost melted into his mic as he flitted about . . . → Read More: Rochester Ska Band Mrs. Skannotto Headline A Fun Night At the Funhouse Lounge, by Holly Homan

Nadia Nair – Hardships

Nadia Nair’s way of blending genres, experimenting with styles and mixing sonic fields together runs in her veins… literally… This multi-cultural, half Swedish half Malaysian- Indian songstress, combines the many sides of herself and richly pours them into her music.

In the era of “It’s all been done before” Nadia comfortably manages to . . . → Read More: Nadia Nair – Hardships

Rat Pack, Comedy then Birth of the Blues, by Chuck Strom and Tom Fredrickson

I’ve seen this show (above) a few times – it was a Father’s Day special from 1965 (I think) broadcast from St. Louis. The comedy routines with Sammy were typical of their shows. I think they are mostly indicative of the time, when racial and ethnic stereotypes were still a fixture of public . . . → Read More: Rat Pack, Comedy then Birth of the Blues, by Chuck Strom and Tom Fredrickson

Of Monsters and Men – Empire

On the music video, director Tabitha Denholm says:

“We see the same fanciful ideas of women’s sexuality again and again in music videos which I find it hard to relate to. So when OMAM said they wanted to make a video about a forbidden relationship I was excited! I want to make . . . → Read More: Of Monsters and Men – Empire

Madilyn Bailey – Thrift Shop (Nysveen Remix)