Episode #37 is sort of a mood piece recorded on the 28th anniversary of my Father’s passing. Just a few new things, including another track from the just released Decemberists EP. We make some beautiful Power Pop noise, slip in a bit of classy Jazz with Thelonious Monk, Count Basie and Frank Sinatra and round things out with a whole bunch of comfort food. This might be the last episode from this iteration of Mike’s Basement as we are moving out of state next week.
They are one of a handful of bands that always manage to transport me to another place. A 7 year wait for their latest sonic opus was worth it after a single listen to this remarkable album. And that's what it is... an album. I recommend listening straight through for the proper effect. Here's a quartet of my instant faves.
I get more obsessed with this band with each passing year, and this new album has literally knocked me on my ass. A brilliant record and one that demands to be listened to uninterrupted. The fact that they are quite simply some of the most down to earth and flat-out nicest humans on the planet only makes me root for their success more. BUY THIS AT ONCE! And if you're as geeky as me, grab the vinyl as they used the old Capitol Records Rainbow label!
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.
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.
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