I am almost 100% certain that you have not heard Mike Viola's latest album "The American Egypt." But you need to hear it. It's great, it just came out on July 17th - streaming only, nothing physical until the Fall - and it really showcases this songwriter's talents. Join me on August 1 as I play the whole album and we discuss what a middle-aged man can do with his wardrobe to be described as a mutant ninja turtle. Hint: skinny black jeans.
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Enjoy first wave Brittish ska? Me too. Join me and my co-hosts for a listen of The Specials 'The Specials' from 2 Tone records, produced by Elvis Costello. You'll think "isn't this a greatest hits album?" and I'll say "No! Unless you consider that it was The Specials' first album and every song is a hit." They're all here:
Listen: of all the things you're about to lose, this will be the most painful.
And so begins Typhoon's "Offerings," a sprawling 2-LP journey into a man's loss of memory, self, and indentity. It's dense. It's dark. I like it and I hope you will, too. My only current issue is that it's just over an hour, so I'm either going to have to skip a track or talk over it or something similar. Tune in to find out how I handle this very real problem as I spin "Offerings" in its entirety... even though such a feat is literally impossible.
Do you like loney? Do you like spare?
Join me as we listen to an album of what were recorded as demos at home by Bruce on a 4 track. It's just acoustic guitar, harmonica, and Bruce singing about the evil in this world. It is the perfect mid-winter album, but I'm doing it early because, well, it's getting dark far too early every day. And at least one person dies in almost every song; eleven in the opening track!
We'll be listening to a reissued vinyl that was released specifically for Record Store Day a couple of years ago that I picked-up at Armadillo. I look forward to you joining me.
Soaked dropped last Friday and is the sophmore album by Davis favorites Hot Flash Heat Wave. It's 38 minutes of awesome. HFHW will be closing out Davis Music Fest (June 16-18) on Father's Day, playing the final set at 9pm at G St Wunderbar. By the time they hit the stage, downtown Davis will have seen 39 other bands across three days and eight venues. We'll probably all feel, well, soaked.
The conversation went like this:
Me: What do you guys want to play on Album of the Week this week?
C&D: (always the first request) Taylor Swift?
C&D: Can we do Lily and Madeline again, or do they have anything new?
Me: No. (Without checking. They had an album come out in February 2016 that flew way, way under my radar. I only checked after the rest of this post already happened) Would you be willing to do something by Neil Diamond?
C&D: No. We want some melodies. How about First Aid Kit?
Songs of Leonard Cohen was Leonard Cohen's debut album in 1967. Join me and my mother-in-law as we listen to it and remember the life and career of the poet, singer, novelist, songwriter who died last Monday. If you've never listened to the whole album, you are in for a treat... so many greatest hits compilations are available for Leonard Cohen's work that you can go a long time without revisiting the source. Join us on Thursday!
I have only heard the first single released a couple of weeks ago for this album: "New Song." I do not like this song (yet), mainly because it's more disco than I want from what I've come to love about Warpaint. They planted an earworm in me about five years ago with "Undertow," which I was certain was a Nirvana cover (it's not, but the band claims it is an homage to "Polly"), and I like various of their songs. So, join me and the gang for a first listen of Heads Up on this week's Album of the Week. We bought the vinyl and it's a two-disc set; however, both discs feature the same music and tracks. The difference? One pink vinyl and one black. Which will we play in studio? You'll need to tune in to find out.
No time for a full post on this one, but suffice it to say that this new album by Portland, Oregon's Blind Pilot is *perfect* late summer music. Join me for a listen!