As an old man fan from the beginning, I can't say I wasn't a little disappointed in the way this new record was released. While not a fan of exclusives of any kind, who really gives a shit what I think. I prefer to concentrate on the musical aspect and leave the marketing to the other end of the building. That said, to these ears there are a some really solid songs here.
The New Release Bin is positively overflowing since my last post.... here's a hefty batch in no particular order of stuff I'm loving at the moment.
Trigger Hippy is a powerful, soul-infused rock and roll band founded by Black Crowes drummer Steve Gorman featuring twin lead vocals from multi-platinum recording artist Joan Osborne and singer-songwriter Jackie Greene who also plays guitar and keyboards. Rounding out the group are lead guitarist Tom Bukovac, who co-produced the EP with the band, and bassist Nick Govrik.
Robert Plant has a virtual license to print money by agreeing to tour under the Zeppelin legend, but instead strives to try and push the culture forward. This is a mature and irresistible new tune that continues to increase my respect for him as an artist still yearning for what comes next. Great stuff.
Certainly not a new release but I finally replaced an import album that I thought I would never find again. The original members of Spirit reformed for this record in 1983. Randy California, Ed Cassidy, Jay Ferguson, Mark Andes and John Locke. It originally came out on UK label Bam Caruso allegedly at the insistence of Julian Cope. I've always had a soft spot for their remakes of a few Spirit classics here. The album was released in America the following year as "Spirit Of '84" with a different cover and disappeared quickly.
Speaking of voices I love... Justin is one of the best singers of the last 3 decades. From the pre-uppercase days of del amitri, his magnificent vocals always stop me in my tracks. This new one is no exception. You really need to hear him live to fully appreciate the range and timbre of his voice. He knows how to write 'em pretty good too. One of the best "sad bastard" artists when he wants to be.
Ryley Walker is a 24 year-old singer/songwriter and guitarist from Chicago. His debut album, All Kinds Of You, will be released worldwide via Tompkins Square on April 15th, 2014. Having kicked around Chicago’s experimental free/noise music scene for several years, Ryley recently turned to a folk-rock sound inspired by some of his heroes, among them Tim Hardin, Tim Buckley, and Bert Jansch. The result is a poised and accomplished debut album, recorded in Chicago by Cooper Crain (guitarist/keyboardist in Cave). Click the album art for more info from my dear old pal Josh.