Introducing >>> A Valley Son

Much like their home base of New York City, A Valley Son (who take their name from the title of a Grandaddy song) is an anomaly, comprised of three Southern transplants that grew up on Stax and Motown, and one Yonkers-born Gospel drummer turned bassist. Their debut EP Sunset Park is Southern gothic-inspired, harmony-laden, soulful rock & roll and is well worth checking out. This is … Continue reading Introducing >>> A Valley Son

Introducing >>> Bloody Death Skull

Despite the ominous name, Los Angeles band Bloody Death Skull is not scary, not in the traditional sense. Swirling together electrified ukulele with toys and whatever sounds and instruments they like over the classic chord structures that launched early rock and soul, BDS makes fun music rooted in the ’50s & ’60s with a garage-punk mentality and lyrics that sweetly break some taboos. Just in … Continue reading Introducing >>> Bloody Death Skull

Nickel In The Jukebox (Vol. 18)

Still wading through a massive backlog of high calibre new tunes. Here are ten more of all shapes and sizes for you to check up on and decide hit or miss…   Mud Howlers – Magic Place  [RIYL: Desert-Blues, Led Zeppelin, Richie Valens ]   Mark McGowan – Fugazi  [RIYL: Soulful country, Johnny Cash, Otis Redding]   Casper Skulls – Mink Coats  [RIYL: Noise-punk, Screaming Females, … Continue reading Nickel In The Jukebox (Vol. 18)

Introducing >>> Little Brother Eli

It is always extra pleasing when a local band demands some attention. And so it is with Oxford’s excellently named Little Brother Eli, a five piece offering up their own take on bluesy garage rock combined with powerful, soulful vocals and appropriately growling guitars. Our very good friends at Nightshift describes them thus, “These boys have got the blues, and dirt under their fingernails, like White … Continue reading Introducing >>> Little Brother Eli

Ten Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

Here is this week’s offering of songs gathered from the past seven days that are surely worth a bit of your attention and ear-time. From the garage rock of The Limiñanas and Music Band to the proto-punk of The Gotobeds, the haunting gothic pop of Marissa Nadler and the soulful delta blues of C.W. Stinking.  We have Easter treats for everyone. All yours… The Limiñanas – Prisunic Arbor Labor Union – Belief’d … Continue reading Ten Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

100 Songs In 100 Hours: 81 – Baby Bry Bry

Since 2013, Baby Bry Bry has been making a strong impression in the Washington DC’s punk and indie scenes with his brand of raw garage punk meets crooning soul. Cricket Cemetery has released The Way Things Was, a collection of Baby Bry Bry’s many rare singles and home recordings. The record provides a glimpse into the often contradictory world of this distinctive entertainer. With many disparate influences ranging from … Continue reading 100 Songs In 100 Hours: 81 – Baby Bry Bry

100 Songs In 100 Hours: 44 – King Mud

Blues don’t come any deeper, any harder, any sleazier, or any better than this. King Mud is the new project of Van Campbell of Black Diamond Heavies and Freddy J IV of Left Lane Cruiser. Their album Victory Motel Sessions is a record of album of hard blues, blue-eyed soul, heavy rock and feedback and it is out in early February. This is Back It Up … Continue reading 100 Songs In 100 Hours: 44 – King Mud

RiP: David Bowie

Words are inadequate when the world loses someone like David Bowie. A visionary, icon, innovator and musical genius. Even this past summer he soundtracked our holiday drives around the orange groves of Valencia, the whole car singing along to Space Oddity and the Jean Genie… Here then, in no particular order, are twenty of our favourite David Bowie songs.             … Continue reading RiP: David Bowie

100 Songs in 100 Hours: 4 – Epsilona

Epsilona are an up-and-coming indie rock band hailing from California. This project equates to a splash of psychedelic and a tablespoon of soul; all baked on a cerebral loaf of curiosity. They yield a dynamic rhythm section and guitar melodies that creates a sound that pulls from multiple influences such as Tame Impala, Minus the Bear, and Toro Y Moi. Stream or download the wonderfully catchy … Continue reading 100 Songs in 100 Hours: 4 – Epsilona

Mrs Mackerel’s TFI Friday: 8th January

I rather love this song. And being a rather obsessive listener, it’s been on non-stop. If it strikes a chord then I will know every nuance, every hat tap, every little murmur; I can’t tell you how many hundreds of times I’ve listened to my numero uno of 2015. But that’s another story for another day. Truth be told, it’s been a rather pants introduction … Continue reading Mrs Mackerel’s TFI Friday: 8th January