Can't believe I went more than a month without posting but I've been in dental reconstruction hell, as well as very busy at work. That said, here's a few new and old things that I've been cranking in the Basement Studio recently.
Can't believe we lost J.J. Cale. Without question one of the finest songwriters of my generation but also one of the nicest gentlemen I've ever had the privilege to meet.
Black Joe is back with another collection of tender love ballads... yeah, right!
This will be our next best kept secret to cross over to mass adulation, or at least they should based on this terrific new album!
One of my absolute favorite pop rockers is getting ready to release his first ever covers album.
The new album isn't due until November but Brendan sent me a few tunes to tide me over until it arrives. This one should be a hit, whatever the hell that means!
I am completely in love with this record... here's the title track.
Not only is Jason Isbell one of the finest young songwriters on the scene. He just married Amanda Shires, who is pretty damn terrific as well! Great new record.
They're back!!!!!!!! The rock album we all need right now, pushed forward by one of the best pure rock drummers on the planet, Jon Wurster.
Believe it or not this marks the first time the legendary PHJB have recorded an album containing all original material. Produced by Ben Jaffe and Jim James.
I seem to have been a major slacker here but sometimes simply run out of hours left in the day to post. Here's some things I've been listening to lately. First up is a track from this wonderful new Woody Guthrie project.
Jay Farrar/Will Johnson/Anders Parker/Yim Yames - "Talking Empty Bed Blues"
Here's some background on the project:
New music from Julian Cope is always welcome in the basement. One of my 10 favorite artists of all time every day of the week. His website is insanely great... click here
Julian Cope - "Roswell"
I just have a feeling that Daughter could be a band to watch.
Daughter - "Youth"
New Chuck Prophet album and a song that name checks the greatest ballplayer ever, #24 Willie Mays! How can you go wrong?
Chuck Prophet - "Willie Mays is Up at Bat"
This might be my favorite song of the year when all is said and done, it's certainly my current fave!
7Horse - "Meth Lab Zoso Sticker"
Tommy Bolin was an amazing guitar player but like so many with "nasty habits" he left the planet entirely too soon. His playing on Billy Cobham's "Spectrum" album alone made him a very influential player. Read about this very cool new project here
and listen to Warren Haynes and Tommy below on a song written by a very dear old friend of mine, Jeff Cook.
Tommy Bolin and Warren Haynes - "Teaser"
I've been so damn busy that I have neglected this page again. Sorry, I'll try to post more often. Here's some cool new stuff that I'm loving.
Wilco - "Dawned On Me"
Clem Snide - "Faithfully"
The Vaccines - "Blow It Up"
Duncan Sheik - "Gentlemen Take Polaroids" (Japan cover)
Sleeping In The Aviary - "Infatuation"
The Horrible Crowes - "Sugar"
Kurt Elling - "Peace Pin Boogie"