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Spygenius / Blow Their Covers

Spygenius

Blow Their Covers (Big Stir)

https://spygenius.bandcamp.com/

Trying to pigeonhole Spygenius is a rather difficult assignment. The Canterbury, England band thrives on experimentation, leading their highly rated albums to be charmingly chameleonesque. But Spygenius is so imaginative that they have spawned an identity of their own. The band’s latest album, Blow Their Covers, sends thanks to artists considered core inspirations, and features both obscure and well known numbers.

On their take of Traffic’s Paper Sun, Spygenius pretty much sheds the hazy psychedelic swirl of the original recording in lieu of a bright and burly power pop sound. The band further tends to downplay the country folk timbre of Gene Clark’s So You Say You Lost Your Baby, and Buffalo Springfield’s Rock & Roll Woman, by plumping up the proceedings with a hard-edged delivery.

Michael Hurley and The Unholy Modal Rounders are revisited on Griselda, which spins gleefully around and around to waltzing rhythms clipped of an Irish jig quality, and Robyn Hitchcock’s Queen Of Eyes is cast of a jangly day-glo demeanor. 

A sea shanty – Murrumbidgee Whalers – even appears on Blow Their Covers, while Spygenius turns Plasticsoul’s gutsy Mod-styled rocker, Therapy, into an emotionally-charged chorus of celestial harmonies, gleaming melodies and atmospheric textures. 

Madness is saluted on a remarkably oddball version of Michael Caine, that lies somewhere between the disjointed diddlings of Captain Beefheart and the gloomy gaze of Goth rock. Then there’s a pair of Monkees goodies – For Pete’s Sake and Love Is Only Sleeping – in which Spygenius sings and swings their way through these lively songs with unstoppable energy and enthusiasm. 

Aside from revealing the band’s wide scope of influences, Blow Their Covers captures how amazingly creative Spygenius is. The musicians who are paid homage to would certainly endorse these spirited renditions of their compositions. Routed by catchy and adventurous performances galore, Blow Their Covers is set to keep Spygenius groupies going until the band’s next album of self-penned material is available. 

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30 YEARS OF DANA & CARL: The Origin Of THIS IS ROCK ‘N’ ROLL RADIO

This Sunday, January 16th, 2022, This Is Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio with Dana & Carl will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the first Dana & Carl radio shows. Here’s a look back at how we started.

It was Dana’s idea.This Is Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio with Dana & Carl debuted on December 27th, 1998. It was the beginning of a long Sunday night tenure that has now lasted for more than 1100 shows over the course of 23 years and counting. But it wasn’t the first Dana & Carl radio show; it was a continuation of something we’d already started years before. If we’re going to tell the history of This Is Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio, we have to tell the prehistory. We have to start with We’re Your Friends For Now, and how We’re Your Friends For Now eventually became TIRnRR.I met Dana some time in the ’80s. Our paths almost certainly crossed early in the decade at some Screen Test or 1.4.5. show, during the final flourish of the Syracuse new wave scene, before raising the drinking age to 21 suffocated the scene in 1985. Neither of us remembers meeting the other at the time. Because, y’know, beer. Other than sporadic visits back home, I spent most of the ’80s away from Syracuse anyway, living in Brockport and Buffalo before my wife Brenda and I moved permanently to the 315 in 1987. My high school pal Jay Hammond introduced us to Dana that summer, I think, noting our mutual interest in that drivin’ rock ‘n’ roll beat, man, the beat. Brenda and I had an apartment on the North side; Dana and his wife Maria had a house on Valley Drive. My memory tells me that my first visit to Dana and Maria’s stately Bonn Manor was a cookout, and there was music: the Beatles, the Stooges, the Beatles, the Velvet Underground, the Beatles, the Flamin’ Groovies, the Beatles, the Ramones, the Beatles, the Beatles, and the Beatles. Okay. I’m right at home here.

We all got to be friends, and saw each other with some frequency. Brenda and I quickly grew tired of apartment life–the crazy neighbor who carved YOU DIE!! into the vestibule outside our door may have been a factor in that–and we bought a house in the Northern suburbs in 1989. We had occasional parties, for New Year’s Eve and–of course!–the Season Two premiere of Twin Peaks. Dana and Maria were among our regular guests at these festivities.

Near the end of 1991, The Syracuse New Times published a notice that something called WNMA was accepting proposals from would-be radio programmers. Other than hanging around with some pals at the campus radio station at Brockport, my only previous radio experience was as a guest DJ on WBNY-FM in Buffalo. But c’mon–what dyed-in-the-wool music fan wouldn’t want a shot at turning listeners on to Fave Rave tunes? I was intrigued, but unsure. Someone–Brenda perhaps–may have suggested that I could do a show with Dana. Maybe someone made a similar suggestion to Dana. Whatever path led to the moment, it was during our New Year’s Eve party at Casa Cafarelli, as we bid adieu to ’91, that Dana said to me, You wanna do a show?

Dana contacted the good folks at WNMA, and a meeting was scheduled for after work on the evening of January 15th, 1992. WNMA was run by Lee Spinks and a guy named Greg, whose last name my memory bank long ago surrendered to the ether. Dana and I made our tentative pitch, a show co-hosted by two record collectors sharing knowledge and enthusiasm with an audience starved for more than commercial radio was serving them. We did some mock patter; Lee and Greg thought I didn’t speak enough, and I’ve been overcompensating for that ever since. They asked us to record a demo show, right there and then. The first song we played was “Why Do You Treat Me Like A Tramp?” by Gashead. We segued Phil Ochs‘ “I Ain’t Marching Anymore” into “Yummy, Yummy, Yummy” by the Ohio Express, or maybe it was vice versa. Our demo passed the audition and went out on the air that very night.

“On the air.” That meant something a little bit different at WNMA. WNMA wasn’t a traditional station, but a project called Radiovision, an audio background to play behind community bulletins on the city’s cable TV system. Our friend Dave Murray quipped that we weren’t a real radio station, but we played one on TV.

When we recorded our demo, Greg and Lee asked us for the name of our would-be radio show. Huh–neither Dana nor I had thought much about that. I blurted out, “We’re your friends…for now!” I think we meant to change it, but we never did. After that 90-minute pilot on 1/15/92, our three-hour weekly show We’re Your Friends For Now aired Monday nights 11 pm to 2 am. We recorded the shows on cassette in WNMA’s (sorta) converted storefront studio earlier in the evening, and they played back at the designated time. We specialized in theme shows, starting with a psychedelic (i.e., ’60s garage) show on 1/19/72, and rippin’ our way through subsequent shows dedicated to pure pop, soul/jazz/R & B, instrumentals (“music too good for words!”), covers, 45s, punk/new wave, live recordings, rock ‘n’ roll soundtracks, Beatles rarities, the British Invasion, 1987-1992, girl groups and female singers, the ’70s, comedy and novelty rock, the MonkeesApple Records, and the sounds of summer, with several themeless shows thrown in here and there. We’re Your Friends For Now wasn’t exactly the same as whatever This Is Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio is, but it was similar. And it ended much too soon.

When we arrived at the studio for our sounds of summer show on June 1st, 1992, we were informed that WNMA would be terminating its affiliation with the cable company, effectively killing We’re Your Friends For Now and all other WNMA shows. We weren’t allowed to say anything about that publicly, not yet, so we sullenly went about our business of playing surf ‘n’ sun tunes as the rain fell and our moods faded to freakin’ black. We did themeless shows for the brief remainder of our run, concluding with our Sayonara Show on 6/29/92.

Lee Spinks still had a long-term goal of turning WNMA into an independent broadcast station. Spinks invited a number of WNMA programmers (including your intrepid Friends For Now) to join him in that ongoing effort, but after a few meetings, the group split acrimoniously. Dana and I were among those who stuck together to form a new group, dedicated to that same goal of establishing a community radio station. This was the birth of Syracuse Community Radio.

Meetings. Plans. Arguments. Searches for compromise, attempts to merge disparate views into a workable, unified vision. Is this really how you build a better radio station? Yeah, I guess it is. I was selected as the treasurer. I just wanted to play my records on the radio, man.

Dana and Maria separated during the Radiovision project. It was as amicable a split as anything involving lawyers could be, but it was still a split, and eventually a divorce. They remain friends. Dana bought a house in Mattydale. In the midst of all these endless meetings, we wanted the Dana & Carl show to find a way to survive in some form. Dana had some basic recording gear at home. We weren’t done just yet.

So yeah, the Dana & Carl show began in 1992. Further collaborations brought us through the ’90s to the actual debut of This Is Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio in the waning moments of 1998. We’ve been here ever since.Please join us Sunday, January 16th, 2022, for a celebration of our weird longevity: WE’RE YOUR FRIENDS FOR NOW–30 YEARS OF DANA & CARLSunday night, 9 to Midnight Eastern, on the air in Syracuse at SPARK! WSPJ 103.3 and 93.7 FM, https://sparksyracuse.org/

Congratulations to Dana & Carl for 30 years of sharing their passion for great music! Here’s to 30 more!!

Dan Pavelich

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Today we welcome our new friends and readers from Sweden, Ireland, Germany, The UK, Hong Kong, and Spain! Thank you all for stopping by, we’re very glad you’re here!

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THE GREATEST RECORD EVER MADE! (VOLUME 1)

An infinite number of tracks can each be THE greatest record ever made, as long as they take turns. I like that idea so much, I’ve been writing a book about it: The Greatest Record Ever Made! (Volume 1). The long-threatened book remains a work in progress, but what the hell. Work is progressing.

My first public announcement of my plan to do this book was waaaay back in September of 2018. The GREM! concept well predates that announcement, springing from a series of blog posts that commenced in 2016 with a celebration of Badfinger‘s “Baby Blue.” The first proposed Table of Contents was posted in April of 2019, back when I was only planning for the book to discuss a mere 50 songs. 

50…?! How quaint. It’s grown a bit since then. As of the last posted update in November of 2021, the book’s Table of Contents was a collection of 165 songs. It now stands at 175–170 selections plus five bonus tracks–and that’s probably where the number will stay.

The book’s current Table of Contents appears below. But before you dive in to experience its splendor, it’s worth repeating this caveat from one of the book’s introductory chapters:

“This specific disclaimer is worth highlighting in bold and all-caps: THIS IS NOT INTENDED AS AN EXHAUSTIVE LIST OF THE BEST RECORDS EVER MADE! Jesus, no! The chapters in this book cover a number of popular and personal favorites, but it’s nowhere near comprehensive, and it’s not meant to be. It’s a discussion and a celebration of pop’s infinite promise–nothing more, nothing less.”

Ready? Let’s GO!

THE GREATEST RECORD EVER MADE! (VOLUME 1) 

Table of Contents

FOREWORD

DISCLAIMERS AND DECLARATIONS (A User’s Guide To The Greatest Record Ever Made!)

A Fistful Of 45s

OVERTURE THE RAMONES: Do You Remember Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio?

1. BADFINGER: Baby Blue

2. CHUCK BERRY: Promised Land

3. DUSTY SPRINGFIELD: I Only Want To Be With You

4. THE SEX PISTOLS: God Save The Queen

5. ELVIS PRESLEY: Heartbreak Hotel

6. WILLIE MAE “BIG MAMA” THORNTON: Hound Dog

7. PATTI SMITH: Gloria

8. LITTLE RICHARD: The Girl Can’t Help It

9. NEIL DIAMOND: Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show

10. CRAZY ELEPHANT: Gimme Gimme Good Lovin’ 

11. WILSON PICKETT: In The Midnight Hour

12. THE HOLLIES: I Can’t Let Go

13. MELANIE WITH THE EDWIN HAWKINS SINGERS: Lay Down (Candles In The Rain)

14. THE ROMANTICS: What I Like About You

15. SAM COOKE: Chain Gang

16. PETULA CLARK: Downtown

17. ARTHUR ALEXANDER: Soldier Of Love

18. TRANSLATOR: Everywhere That I’m Not

19. LESLEY GORE: You Don’t Own Me

20. THE SHANGRI-LAS: Leader Of The Pack

21. THE SHIRELLES: Will You Love Me Tomorrow

22. THE RAMONES: Sheena Is A Punk Rocker

23. AMY RIGBY: Dancing With Joey Ramone

24. PINK FLOYD: Wish You Were Here

25. GLADYS KNIGHT AND THE PIPS: Midnight Train To Georgia

26.THE BOBBY FULLER FOUR: I Fought The Law

27. MERLE HAGGARD: Mama Tried

28. THE TEMPTATIONS: Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone

29. BUDDY HOLLY: Peggy Sue/Everyday

30. ROBERTA FLACK: Killing Me Softly With His Song

31. JOHNNY NASH: I Can See Clearly Now

32. ELTON JOHN: Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting

33. SUZI QUATRO: I May Be Too Young

34. ALICE COOPER: School’s Out

35. THE RARE BREED/THE OHIO EXPRESS: Beg, Borrow And Steal

36. ARTHUR CONLEY: Sweet Soul Music

37. OTIS REDDING: (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay

38. ARETHA FRANKLIN: Respect

39. THE MONKEES: The Girl I Knew Somewhere

40. THE MONKEES: Porpoise Song (Theme From Head)

41. PRINCE: When You Were Mine

42. THE 13th FLOOR ELEVATORS: You’re Gonna Miss Me

43. THE ROLLING STONES: Get Off Of My Cloud

44. PAUL REVERE AND THE RAIDERS: Just Like Me

45. BOB DYLAN: Like A Rolling Stone

46. THE KINGSMEN: Louie, Louie

47. BARON DAEMON AND THE VAMPIRES: The Transylvania Twist

48. THE MARVELETTES: I’ll Keep Holding On

49. THE WHO: I Can’t Explain

50. TODD RUNDGREN: Couldn’t I Just Tell You

51. SHOES: Tomorrow Night

52. THE FLASHCUBES: No Promise

53. TELEVISION: Elevation

54. DONNA SUMMER: I Feel Love

55. SMOKEY ROBINSON AND THE MIRACLES: The Tears Of A Clown

56. JUDAS PRIEST: Heading Out To The Highway

57. THE DIXIE CUPS: Iko Iko

58. THE NEW YORK DOLLS: Personality Crisis

59. MILLIE SMALL: My Boy Lollipop

60. THE EASYBEATS: Friday On My Mind

61. IKE AND TINA TURNER: River Deep Mountain High

62. THE RONETTES: Be My Baby

63. RONNIE SPECTOR AND THE E STREET BAND: Say Goodbye To Hollywood

64. BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: Girls In Their Summer Clothes

65. KISS: Shout It Out Loud

66. THE LEFT BANKE: Walk Away, Renee

67. THE BAY CITY ROLLERS: Rock And Roll Love Letter

68. THE KNICKERBOCKERS: Lies

69. THE WONDERS: That Thing You Do!

70. THE GO-GO’S: We Got The BeatINTERLUDE The Tottenham Sound Of…The Beatles?!

71. THE DAVE CLARK FIVE: Any Way You Want It

72. JAMES BROWN: Please, Please, Please

73. GRAND FUNK: We’re An American Band

74. THE VELVELETTES: He Was Really Sayin’ Somethin’

75. THE FIRST CLASS: Beach Baby

76. THE ISLEY BROTHERS: Summer Breeze

77. THE RUBINOOS: I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend

78. THE PANDORAS: It’s About Time

79. THE MUFFS: Saying Goodbye

80. BIG STAR: September Gurls

81. PAUL COLLINS/THE BREAKAWAYS: Walking Out On Love

82. LINDA RONSTADT: You’re No Good

83. P. P. ARNOLD: The First Cut Is The Deepest

84. THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS: All For Swinging You Around

85. THE DAVE BRUBECK QUARTET: Take FiveENTR’ACTE THE BEATLES: Yesterday

86. THE BEATLES: Revolution

87. YOKO ONO: Kiss Kiss Kiss

88. THE MC5: Kick Out The Jams

89. THE CHAMBERS BROTHERS: Time Has Come Today

90. MARVIN GAYE: I Heard It Through The Grapevine

91. SAMMY AMBROSE: This Diamond Ring

92. THE MYNAH BIRDS: I Got You (In My Soul)

93. RICK JAMES: Super Freak

94. BIG BROTHER AND THE HOLDING COMPANY: Piece Of My Heart

95. THE FLAMIN’ GROOVIES: Shake Some Action

96. THE DANDY WARHOLS: We Used To Be Friends

97. THE CARPENTERS: Only Yesterday

98. MATERIAL ISSUE: Kim The Waitress

99. THE 5TH DIMENSION: Medley: Aquarius/Let The Sun Shine In (The Flesh Failures)

100. THE JACKSON FIVE: I’ll Be There

101. SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE: Everybody Is A Star

102. LOVE: 7 And 7 Is

103. THE BANGLES: Live

104. THE SEARCHERS: Hearts In Her Eyes

105. THE FLIRTATIONS: Nothing But A Heartache

106. THE SPINNERS: I’ll Be Around

107. TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS: American Girl

108. THE PARTRIDGE FAMILY: I Woke Up In Love This Morning

109. EDDIE COCHRAN: Somethin’ Else

110. DAVID RUFFIN: I Want You Back

111. LED ZEPPELIN: Communication Breakdown

112. FREDDIE AND THE DREAMERS: Do The Freddie

113. THE BANDWAGON: Breakin’ Down The Walls Of Heartache

114. HEADGIRL/MÖTOR HEADGIRL SCHOOL: Please Don’t Touch

115. DON HENLEY: The Boys Of Summer

116. THE CLASH: Train In Vain (Stand By Me)

117. BEN E. KING: Stand By Me

118. GENE PITNEY: Twenty Four Hours From Tulsa

119. RUFUS: Tell Me Something Good  

120. THE SPONGETONES: (My Girl) Maryanne

121. THE TRAMMPS: Disco Inferno

122. HAROLD MELVIN AND THE BLUE NOTES: Don’t Leave Me This Way

123. GRANDMASTER AND MELLE MEL: White Lines (Don’t Don’t Do It)

124. THE VELVET UNDERGROUND: I’ll Be Your Mirror

125. DEL SHANNON: Runaway

126. THE EVERLY BROTHERS: Gone, Gone, Gone

127. THE COCKTAIL SLIPPERS: St. Valentine’s Day Massacre

128. SAM AND DAVE: Soul Man

129. T. REX: 20th Century Boy

130. HEART: Kick It Out

131. THE RUNAWAYS: Cherry Bomb

132. AMERICA: Sister Golden Hair

133. THE KINKS: Waterloo Sunset

134. THE KINKS: You Really Got Me

135. HOLLY GOLIGHTLY: Time Will Tell

136. THE SMITHEREENS: Behind The Wall Of Sleep

137. THE COWSILLS: She Said To Me

138. ELVIS COSTELLO AND THE ATTRACTIONS: (What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding?

139. THE FOUR TOPS: Reach Out I’ll Be ThereINTERLUDE Old Time Rock ‘n’ Roll

140. THE BOB SEGER SYSTEM: 2 + 2 = ?

141. THE JIVE FIVE: What Time Is It?

142. LULU: To Sir, With Love [Museum Outings Montage]

143. FREDA PAYNE: Band Of Gold

144. THE CONTOURS: Do You Love Me

145. WHAM!: Freedom

146. THE COOKIES: Wounded

147. THE SUPREMES: You Keep Me Hangin’ On

 148. THE BEACH BOYS: God Only Knows

149. JOAN ARMATRADING: Me Myself I

150. THE SELECTER: On My Radio

151. TRACEY ULLMAN: They Don’t Know

152. MANNIX: Highway Lines

153. THE DRIFTERS: On Broadway

154. FIRST AID KIT: America

155. THE FIVE STAIRSTEPS: O-o-h Child

156. SOLOMON BURKE: Everybody Needs Somebody To Love

157. THE JAM: That’s Entertainment

158. THE COASTERS: Yakety Yak

159. CHEAP TRICK: Surrender

160. TEGAN AND SARA: Walking With A Ghost

161. DAVID BOWIE: Life On Mars?

162. THE O’JAYS: Put Your Hands Together

163. THE GRATEFUL DEAD: Uncle John’s Band

164. RITA MORENO, GEORGE CHAKIRIS, SHARKS & GIRLS: America

165. EDDIE AND THE HOT RODS: Do Anything You Wanna Do

166. JOAN JETT: Bad Reputation

167. STEVIE WONDER: I Believe (When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever)

168. MARYKATE O’NEIL: I’m Ready For My Luck To Turn Around

169. EYTAN MIRSKY: This Year’s Gonna Be Our Year

170. THE JAYHAWKS: I’m Gonna Make You Love Me

An Infinite Number

INTERLUDE Underrating The Beatles

ENCORE! THE BEATLES: Rain

ENCORE!! THE T-BONES: No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach’s In)

Cruisin’ Music

CODA THE RAMONES: Blitzkrieg Bop

AFTERWORD


Repeating the disclaimer
: These selections are not ranked in any way, and this is most definitely NOT intended as an inclusive list of the all-time best songs. There are an infinite number of worthy prospects; these are the one I choose to write about in The Greatest Record Ever Made! (Voume 1).

At this writing, the book is only two chapters shy of a complete first draft. The completed chapters total just under 153,000 words, though that tally may shrink once I start revising the text. It is certainly possible that I will make further changes to the Table of Contents, but this is getting closer and closer to the final line-up.

I hope to complete those two remaining chapters in short order. Then, I’ll finally get to the revision process, tightening the prose and reducing redundancies. Somewhere in there, I’ve gotta start looking for an agent.

I have a different book due out by the end of 2022, but the principal work for that one is already done. Which means it’s finally time for The Greatest Record Ever Made! (Volume 1)
Wish me luck.

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The Successful Failures / James Cotton Mather

The Successful Failures

James Cotton Mather

https://music.thesuccessfulfailures.com/album/james-cotton-mather-2021

Founded a decade and a half ago, The Successful Failures have gone on to become one of the greatest and most respected bands on the indie circuit. Unlike most groups that have been around for such a long period of time, these guys haven’t slacked off and taken a nosedive, but just get better and better with every record they release. And that is certainly quite a complimentary remark, considering how impressive the Trenton, New Jersey band was right from the beginning. 

Specializing in a lethal cocktail of power pop and heartland rock, The Successful Failures not only sound spectacular, but enhance their repertoire in the form of cerebral dialogue that encircles witty historical to educational observations. Here on the band’s latest and ninth studio album, James Cotton Mather, we’re zapped back to nineteenth century Maine and guided through the trials, tribulations, turmoil and tragedies of  James Cotton Mather. Aside from the thrilling theme and cool music, the album is lavishly packaged and includes a color poster of The Successful Failures and a lyric sheet.

Each track on James Cotton Mather, is potent enough to stand alone, but the method in which these songs are sequenced and connected lead to a cohesive presentation. Not intended for lullaby lovers, the album is a turbo-charged drama aimed to activate the adrenaline and indulge in some serious air guitar in the process. The urgent energy of the songs perfectly reflect the verse depicting the mental anguish of the young man as he engages in battles on stormy seas and in dark and spooky forests. 

Flooded with force and fury, yet tempered with layer upon layer of fat hooks and melodies, A Coat For Your Dreams, Let The Power Go Through You, Naval Victories and Freedom Within, are only a quick peek at the ultra- catchy tunes featured on the album. At this point, The Successful Failures have developed their own notable approach, although it’s hard to ignore the double inspiration of the brash bark of The Replacements and the buffed Who-styled chords and rhythms, rimming the material. And of course, there’s also plenty of gritty roots rock moves to be savored. 

Not surprisingly, The Successful Failures have cut yet another thoroughly accomplished album. It is not far-fetched to classify James Cotton Mather a rock opera, and so good are these songs, that you can imagine them being staged on Broadway. 

By Beverly Paterson

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Gavin Eimerman, Julian Daniell, Kerosene Stars & All Over The Shop

Gavin Eimerman

Losing Ground

https://joealgeri.bandcamp.com/track/losing-ground?

Gavin Eimerman’s latest single is a nifty little bit of indie pop, with just enough rough edges. His passionate vocal drives the track, which seems to touch such varied influences as ’60’s psychedelia, and ’90’s wunderkind, Beck. It’s an interesting track, that sounds both old and new at the same time.

Julian Daniell

Memories

https://juliandaniell.bandcamp.com/album/only-words

Memories is the lead-off track on Julian Daniell’s excellent e.p., Only Words. Here, he produces a real toe-tapper that sounds like a lost George Harrison track, complete with melancholy slide guitar accents. While Memories is indeed a stand-out track, the other four songs have the same, swell, organic sound and feel. Top-notch!

Kerosene Stars

Don’t Pass Me By

https://kerosenestars.bandcamp.com/track/dont-pass-me-by-2

Chicago’s Kersene Stars have a real barn-burner in Don’t Pass Me By. While that title might instantly conjure up images of The Fab Four, you’d be mistaken….unless, that is, the fab four you’re thinking of is The Replacements. Truth be told, there is a bit of Mersey Beat in the mix, but with plenty of punky snarl. I’m looking forward to digging deeper with this band.

All Over The Shop

Tongue-Tied

https://allovertheshop.bandcamp.com/track/tongue-tied

Hailing from The Motor City, All Over The Shop is a rock band that would sound at home opening huge arena shows in 1975. A big guitar sound and more-than-solid hooks propel Tongue-Tied, from their self-titled e.p. If you need to throw your hands in the air (like ya just don’t care) or flick your Bic with 30,000 friends, this is the tune that’ll get that done.

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