Archive for July, 2012

Honky Tonk from Seattle w/The Rainieros – “Last Call”

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

The Rainieros do everything just right. The lead singer has got that honky tonk nasal delivery down cold, the band has just the right about of twang and their hats/hair are sublime. The new record Last Call came out in May and you can buy it in various formats here. You can catch the band at where else but the Tractor Tavern on Aug. 25.

Last Call [Download]

New song from The Brendan Hines – “Small Mistakes”

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

I like a bunch of random people, I know. I don’t know why that is. On top of that a lot of the stuff I love doesn’t fit comfortably in any genre. Random examples include David Baerwald, Mark Eitzel, Cindy Lee Berryhill and/or bands like Soul Coughing, Southeast Engines, or Sonny and the Sunsets. The list goes on and on. One of the random artists I fell in love with a few years back was The Brendan Hines. I thought his 2007 release Good For You Know Who was one of the best records of that year. In fact one of my favorite songs from that record “Miss New York” was featured in the 2010 indie film “Happythankyoumoreplease”.

In September of this year The Brendan Hines will release the followup to Good For You Know Who. Here’s the title track to Small Mistakes. Catch Brendan Hines at his hometown LA club Hotel Cafe on Aug 12.

New music from up and coming Boston folkie Dietrich Strause – “Annie Dear”

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

I never heard Bostonian Dietrich Strause’s 2011 release Laborsongs & Barkingdogs and I’m worse off for it. The album compares well to older contempories like Josh Ritter, Martin Sexton, and Ron Sexsmith. I was late to that party but I’m early to the next. You see, Dietrich has just released two songs from an upcoming album. “Annie Dear” is a beautiful song that starts out with just acoustic guitar but adds a pretty (and mournful) trumpet towards the end.

Dietrich has a show on August 18th at the Toad in Cambridge and August 22 at the Kendall Square Concert series (12 noon). You can purchase or download Dietrich’s music here.

Annie Dear [Download]

Annie Dear

Chris Daniels – “Medical Marijuana” off his new record Better Days (w/Sam Bush, Mollie O’Brien, & Lloyd Maines)

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

I picked up a a Chris Daniels and the Kings record a decade or so ago. I really loved it at the time. Of course I was in my Lyle Lovett Large Band stage at the time. See, Chris records and travels with a big band. He mixes blues, jazz, western swing and even bluegrass in a Colorado made blender and comes up with his own style of music. A couple years ago he was stricken down with cancer but now he’s back with this new record – it’s titled Better Days. Here’s a track off it called “Medical Marijuana”.

Buy the new record here via CDBaby.

Medical Marijuana [Download]

Kelly Joe Phelps – “Brother Sinner & The Whale (Black Hen Music, Aug 21)

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

I was about to reluctantly link to a stream of this song from the new Kelly Joe Phelps’ record Brother Sinner & The Whale. Reluctantly because I take this mp3 blog thing rather seriously and don’t like the trend of linking only to streams. It would have been hypocritical for me to link to a stream when I just decried a bunch of mp3 blogs that do just that. Anyway I was saved by Kelly Joe Phelps’ label Black Hen Records who literally just put the song “Talking To Jehovah” up as a download.

I’m no Kelly Joe Phelps expert but even I can hear a change in direction on this new record. Thematically there is a gospel element to many of these songs. It’s more Violent Femmes Hallowed Ground than Mahalia Jackson. And musically the guitar playing on this record has become simplified. Everyone knows Kelly Joe can play but on here he does more with less.

Purchase the new record here now and catch Kelly Joe at the Tree House Cafe in Bainbridge, Wa. on July 12.

Talking To Jehovah [Download]

Jimbo Mathus – “Fucked Up World”

Friday, July 6th, 2012

Jimbo Mathus is the real deal of southern rock. Along with Luther Dickinson and Alvin Youngblood Hart he is part of South Memphis String Band. Of course years ago he was Squirrel Nut Zippers. He’s not the granddaddy of the southern rock scene but one day he will be.

His new record is a 6 track lp (10″ record) called Blue Light that is being put out by Big Legal Mess Records. “Fucked Up World” is one of the standout tracks with its big countrified guitar solos, boogie woogie piano, and strong vocals from Jimbo.

Fucked Up World [Download]

“Jesse James” by South Memphis String Band

Sweaty heartland rock from Nashville’s Reid Magette and the 1020s (riyl Springsteen, Cocker,)

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

This has been a pretty strange week for me musically. I’ve posted about a Chicago based indie rock band called The Shams and a Brooklyn based punk outfit called Parquet Courts. Now I’m off to Nashville and the high energy Springsteenesque heartland rock (sped up a bit and spit out like hardcore) of Reid Magette and the 1020s. This from a guy who runs an austensibly folk based music blog. But to understand me you’ve got to understand the Jersey scene of the late 80′s. That scene was dominated by rock groups who were reinventing the music of their past. Bands that were live groups first and foremost and recording artists as a sidenote. Bands that could play a two hour sweaty, orgiastic set of primal rock (whether they were more influenced by Springsteen or VU was irrelevant to us). Bands like The Fleshtones, Poi Dog Pondering, Smithereens, Feelies and Yo La Tengo. So I’m older but still receptive to anything along those lines.

Reif Magette and the 1020s are straddling that line like a mf. The band has just released a cassette and download of their ep Shrine Of Youth on Sturdy Girl Records out of Nashville. Here’s your first sample and a music blog exclusive.

Buy it here for 6 bucks.

Hobnobbin’ [Download]

Parquet Courts remind me of New Jersey circa `89 and The Fall

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

It’s a strange concoction but not impossibly implausible. The band is a bunch of guys from Texas now living in Brooklyn and completly ensconced in that diy scene. The song “Borrowed Time” has that hard to describe punk ethos yet is completely melodic and catchy (despite or perhaps because of it’s herky jerky nature). If Lena Durham (of Girls fame) is looking for a song that sums up the post teen angst, time-to-grow-up and move on psyche than this song would be a good place to start.

The album Light Up Gold is officially out August 18 but you can pre-order it here now.

Borrowed Time [Download]

Here’s the video for the title track “Light Up Gold” (filled with nostalgic video of early hardcore bands and their fans)

Primal rock from Chicago’s The Shams and their new record “Cold City”

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

I’m in a bit of a Chicago mood today. Last night I re-watched High Fidelity. The city of Chicago has rarely looked better on film. And I loved all the Chicagocentric stuff you could catch in the background (Schubas posters, local record label stickers, and the revolving Chicago t-shirts Cusack was sporting). So today’s band is a no brainer. They are from Chicago and play straight up rock n roll although with banjo fairly prominent in the mix. They are The Shams and their new record Cold City was just released. The record’s title track “Cold City” is an ode to the city of Chicago (the first on the record but not the last). While the song I’ve linked to “I’m Not Sorry” is a dirgy ditty about the day after the night before and not being apologetic for sticking up for yourself (or your girl).

You can see The Shams each Monday in July at Schubas or you can buy the new record here.

I’m Not Sorry [Download]