Friday, April 20, 2018

PREMIERE: Aloud -- "Dead Flowers"

We could all use a bit of unbridled joy. "Dead Flowers" is, as you can probably tell, not about ideal circumstances but that doesn't mean Aloud doesn't rip the lid off for this Rolling Stones cover. The LA-based soul rockers are swinging through the Northeast this week (dates below) and bringing the party with them. They'll also be playing the Tribeca Film Festival in honor of two of their songs being featured in "All These Small Moments," the directorial debut of Melissa Miller Costanzo and starring Molly Ringwald, Brian d'Arcy James, Brendan Meyer, Sam McCarthy, Harley Quinn Smith and Jemima Kirke.

Of the video, the band notes "Since we moved to L.A., a lot of our friends back home have been asking how we're acclimating to life out west. After getting together with Tanya [Tanya Leal-Soto, director] and Jenn [Jennifer Esteban, director of photography], we thought it'd be fun to shoot a kind of postcard of what Aloud's been up to over the past year: lots of writing, lots of reading, drinking our weight in coffee. And basking in sunshine, of course." The band envisioned this rendition of "Dead Flowers" to be a cover of a cover: “We made it a bit livelier. I thought about Otis Redding's cover of Satisfaction and wondered how he might do ‘Dead Flowers.’” It certainly packs a punch to launch you into your weekend.

Apr 21--Patchogue Record Store Day Block Party--Patchogue, NY

Apr 24--Tribeca Film Festival—NY, NY--“All These Small Moments” movie premiere (5pm) and after party to follow

Apr 26—Bleachers--Bristol, CT w/Benjamin Cartel

Apr 27—Alchemy--Providence, RI w/Benjamin Cartel

Apr 28---Once--Somerville, MA w/Benjamin Cartel

Aloud -- Official, Facebook, iTunes

Adobe & Teardrops: Episode 12

Rachel and Von wrap up their two-part recording session. This time, they delve into home brewing, the importance of back-up gifts, Amanda Palmer and the merits of Kickstarter. Also, they don’t endorse book burning but sometimes you just need to deface your dad’s first-edition copy of Art of the Deal and put it on Snapchat.

Charlie Overybey, “The Ballad of Eddie Spaghetti” (Broken Arrow)
Lincoln Durham - “Preacher”(And Into Heaven Came The Night)
Young Valley, “Til I Cross Your Mind” (Young Valley)
The Glorious Sons - “Godless, Graceless and Young”(Young Beauties And Fools)
Juice, “Sugar” (Single)
Parker Millsap - “Fine Line” (Other Arrangements)
Bold Forbes, “Sugar Hill” (High Time)
The Ghost Of Paul Revere - “Honey Please” AND “Avalanche” (Monarch)
Joseph Houck, “Level Headed Blues” (Roam)
Frank Turner - “1933” AND “Blackout” (Be More Kind)

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Joseph Houck -- Roam

Joseph Houck describes this album as an album about "traveling," but I think that's a bit misleading. If you have trouble finding folk music about having all the chill and rambling aimlessly, you're not looking in the right places. What's more rare, I think, is songs that are about a sense of destination. With lots of chill. Roam is full of hope and, importantly, patience. Houck is able to pull off this casual wisdom because he's sincere. Paying attention to your craftsmanship helps, too.

I'm nearing my thirtieth birthday and his line on "Level-Headed Blues" instantly dispelled my ruminations on my own mortality:

Count your lucky stars, honey
Not the number of your days

It's not too many people who can contain both a song with direct and simple truths like that with one full of charming scat singing on "The Reason."Roam is a workhorse of an album that fits pretty much any mood you're in. What unites the songs on this collection is a measured confidence coupled with some truly unique and finely crafted songwriting. (Would you care for a story about hunting? How about Penelope? Maybe horses?) Roam is surely a keeper, a true companion along this road.

Joseph Houck -- Official, Facebook, Bandcamp, CDBaby, iTunes

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

VIDEO: Rotana -- "In The Morning"

I don't generally indulge in it but Scandinavian-style pop is my guilty pleasure. "In the Morning" has a beautiful blend of acoustic guitars and those soaring melodies that make my ears smile. "In The Morning" is one of a series of demos recorded the day the song was written. Rotana writes that she wanted to record these demos to assert her freedom: The demo love series is a collection of 5 love songs I wrote over the course the last year and a half. Yes, the topic is love. But this series is actually about something bigger. This series is about freedom. ...These songs are all demos that were cut the day the song was written. No mix no master, no recutting vocals... there’s a freedom in that too..."

Art direction: Deema Alansari

Animation: Jordan Brown

To learn more about Rotana, follow her on Instagram and Spotify.

Young Valley -- Young Valley

The first couple of strains on Young Valley's self-titled album made me think "Ah, yes -- this is why I write this blog." The album's finale still makes me thing, "Ah, yes -- this band is going places." If you're anything like me, you've probably wished you could see the Boss and young John Mellencamp combine forces. Young Valley will take you there and more. An album in 2018 that consists of convincing and moving love songs (or, you know, the lack thereof) is surely a feat to pull off.

I'm surprised to hear myself say this but it's pretty refreshing not to listen to yet another political song borne out of a sense of obligation rather than targeted intent. But it's not just that -- Young Valley has crafted lyrics that give a sense of depth to the usual fuck-ups who populate country music. While the band has a sense of harmony that might remind you of the Lumineers, each member pours in a sensitivity to their performances that blasts through triteness and into a true sense of storytelling.  While there are plenty of barnstormers in here, the album's finale "The Least We Can Do" is surely one of the best songs ever about a lovers' reconciliation -- both in terms of lyrics and performance. Young Valley's music has a warm familiarity but the band's energy proves that there's plenty of ground left to cover in Southern rock music.

Young Valley -- Official, Facebook, Purchase from Young Valley

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Charlie Overbey -- Broken Arrow

Lately I've noticed that the musicians we've come to love around these parts have been leaning more towards a big, spacey sound that evokes the country music of the 1970s -- as well as the psychedelics that accompanied it. I'm certainly into it; after all, that punk crunch that made me fall in love with the first place is evocative of an emotional space that neither I nor my favorite artists inhabit anymore; I don't feel like a hot mess who might be spinning my wheels and neither do most of my idols. But that doesn't mean my country couldn't use a crisp kickdrum.

Charlie Overbey's steeped in both punk and country. A real-life outlaw, Overbey has toured alongside Social Distortion, David Allan Coe, and Lemmy himself. While the songs themselves recall some high-octane memories of the touring life, the songs themselves are expansive and thoughtful country. Throughout Broken Arrow, Overbey explores mortality and the inevitability of change. The opener, "Slip Away" delves into the suicide of a young woman. "This Old House" is a gutting song about the death of a beloved parent. But it's not all bad news -- "Outlaws," which features the talents of the Mastersons -- hints at Overbey's time on the lam, while "Echo" recalls younger wilder days when LA looked very different to the native Angelino. The two themes intertwine in the album's keystone, "The Ballad of Eddie Spaghetti," which features the man himself. It's a British two-finger salute to the old Grim Reaper, full of defiance and -- more importantly -- warmth. Broken Arrow is the observations of a man who's seen a whole lot of life, and it's a prism that helps anyone who listens focus their appreciation of what we've got.

Charlie Overbey -- Official, Facebook, Purchase from Charlie Overbey

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Monday, April 16, 2018

VIDEO: Jeremy Squires -- "Heaven"

Jeremy Squires has been releasing a steady stream of videos in anticipation of his forthcoming album. As always, Squires' songs are painfully melancholy tempered by his inimitable purity. In "Heaven," Squires gives a love song bursting with complex emotions. The video's imagery of Spanish moss and a rotted pier along a lake in the very earliest days of spring evoke the song's sense of wonder and revelry in new beginnings amidst complex foundations.

Jeremy Squires -- Official, Facebook, Bandcamp