New music including Fantastic Negrito, Neko Case, Ry Cooder, Marcus Miller with Trombone Shorty, Wussy, Matthew Sweet, Amos Lee, Leeds, Ryley Walker, Kamasi Washington, Ray Lamontagne and fab new duo Peter Buck and Joseph Arthur can be found at the center of this episode. Even adding in the return of Parlament, Weezer paying tribute to Toto, the Springsteen archive release I've been hoping for, a musical dissertation on "Groovin'" and alternate takes from The Clash and Morphine still only cover about half the nuggets lovingly hand mixed just for you this time around.
Saved my current favorite album for last. There is a very old soul inside this brilliantly talented 25 year old. Ryley Walker first came into view for his amazing guitar skills, but inventive, vital songwriting and performance is what will make you realize he is an artist that demands your attention.
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.
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