Friday, July 19, 2019

REISSUE: Live – Throwing Copper 25th Anniversary Reissue

Pennsylvania alternative rock band Live released one of the biggest modern rock records of the year in 1994 with their stellar sophomore album, Throwing Copper.  Led by the singles, “Selling The Drama”, “I Alone”, “All Over You” and the emotionally-charged standout “Lighting Crashes”; the album sold over 8 million copies and earned the band a spot in the lineup of the second edition of Woodstock that year.  The album – produced again by Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads fame - built upon their promising 1991 debut album Mental Jewelry, with a collection of songs that were even grander, more dynamic and more lyrically dense – with Ed’s socio-political themes - that still deeply resonate today.      
To celebrate, Radioactive/MCA/UMe has just released a deluxe reissue of Throwing Copper today that is available digitally, on CD and as a Super Deluxe 2CD/2LP box set.  The box set is highlighted by the inclusion of three bonus tracks led by the single-worthy cut “Hold Me Up”; as well as a recording of their legend-making, nine-song performance at Woodstock ‘94 featuring seven songs  from Throwing Copper, including a fiery performance of “White, Discussion”.   
As with all UMe reissues, the packaging is absolutely incredible and will look as good on your shelf as it sounds on your stereo.  Also included in the box set is a booklet with tons of photos from the era and an oral history of the band during the Throwing Copper era of 94-95, as presented in an interview with Lori Mejewski. 
To purchase or for more info: https://shop.freaks4live.com/
Additionally, Live has partnered with California craft brewery, Alosta Brewing Co. collaborating on a craft brew called, Throwing Copper Ale, in celebration of the album’s 25th anniversary.  More info here: https://www.craftbeerkings.com/products/throwing-copper-ale
Stream the previously unreleased bonus track, “Hold Me Up” here:


Revisit “I Alone” here: https://youtu.be/FNrQOUtXYOo and “Lightning Crashes” here: https://youtu.be/xsJ4O-nSveg

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

REISSUE: Gomez – Liquid Skin 20th Anniversary Reissue

The UK psych-folk hybrids Gomez released Liquid Skin, their sophomore album in 1999, hot on the heels of their Mercury Music prize winning debut album, released just the year before. The follow-up features “We Haven’t Turned Around” - a standout on the American Beauty soundtrack - as well as the laid-back psychedelia of “Revolutionary Kind” and the raucous blues-soaked “Blue Moon Rising”.      
Virgin/UMC has just released a newly-remastered vinyl reissue of Liquid Skin to celebrate the album’s 20th anniversary.  As with the recent reissue of Bring It On, Abbey Road’s Frank Arkwright has remastered the album from the original tapes and it is available digitally, as a deluxe 2CD set and as a 2LP set on 180gm vinyl, in standard black or limited edition clear.  The expanded digital and 2CD versions collect the remastered original album along with 18 previously unreleased demos, alternate takes and live recordings including, a live set recorded at The Fillmore in San Francisco in 2000. 
To purchase or for more info: https://www.gomeztheband.com/
Watch the video for “We Haven’t Turned Around”:

Friday, July 12, 2019

SHOW ALERT: Rockstar Energy Drink DISRUPT Festival featuring Thrice, Circa Survive, The Used and more at Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center in Indy on Sunday 7/14

With the Warped Tour ending its long-held reign, the summer punk rock festival void has been filled by the inaugural DISRUPT Festival, presented by Rockstar Energy Drink.  Eleven bands are set to play between two stages with headliners The Used, Thrice, Sum 41 and Circa Survive leading the way.  Rounding out the bill are a host of mainstays in the scene such as Atreyu, Sleeping With Sirens, Andy Black and Memphis May Fire; and rising stars like, Trophy Eyes, Juliet Simms and Hyro The Hero.    
One of the highlights of the DISRUPT Festival is that there are no over-lapping set times, so there will be no fear of missing out on one band to see another.  Additionally, lifestyle brands and activities such as photo-ops and VIP ticket options featuring, meet and greet opportunities with the bands are also available.       
For tickets and more info: https://rockstardisrupt.com

In celebration, here are 3 Songs that I hope to hear at the show on Sunday!
Thrice – “Deeper Wells” (This propulsive grunge-punk gem is the title track to their EP, released on Record Store Day this year and is a companion piece to their excellent 2018 album, Palms.)
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Circa Survive – “Act Appalled” (This standout track comes from their 2005 debut album, Juturna; a modern classic that introduced the world to their prog-leaning post-hardcore sound.)
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The Used – “Buried Myself Alive” (An early 2000’s screamo classic - taken from their self-titled debut album - with one of Bert’s best vocal performances.)   
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3 Songs: On Repeat

Smug Brothers – “Today Is Always Today” (Earlier this year, the Columbus-by-way-of-Dayton band led by Kyle Melton and Don Thrasher released an album, Attic Harvest.  It was their first vinyl release and was funded in part by fans.  One of the options for fans who helped fund the album was to request a custom song to be recorded by the band and those songs have now been compiled on their newest release, All Blur And Spark.  Out now on Gas Daddy Go!, the album shows the duo – along with new guitarist/keyboardist Scott Tribble - returning to their lo-fi roots (recording in Melton’s basement studio) and offers a mix of acoustic-driven numbers and the upbeat, power-pop that the band has been known for over the last 15 years.)   https://gasdaddygo.bandcamp.com/album/gdg-024-all-blur-and-spark-cd   

The Raconteurs – “Sunday Driver” (After a very lengthy hiatus, Jack White, Brendan Benson, Jack Lawrence, and Patrick Keeler recently returned with their long-awaited third album, HELP US STRANGER.  Out now on Third Man Records, the quartet picks up where they left off, blending their classic rock-loving sound with elements of smoky blues, vivid psych, freaky funk and organ-drenched soul.  The band will tour for most of the rest of the year as well, so don’t miss out.) https://theraconteurs.bandcamp.com/album/help-us-stranger

The Black Keys – “Eagle Birds” (Also returning from a long hiatus is the duo of Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney with their ninth album, Let’s Rock, out now on Easy Eye Sound/Nonesuch Records.  The aptly-titled new album is a welcome return to their signature blues-rock sound with a sharper focus on guitars, drums and vocals and less studio trickery this time around.  Early fans of the band will be very happy!  Also, be sure to catch them on tour this fall with Modest Mouse.) https://theblackkeys.com

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

3 Songs: On Repeat


The Appleseed Cast – “Collision” (Chris Crisci recently returned after a six year hiatus with a new Appleseed Cast album titled, The Fleeting Light of Impermanence.  Released on Graveface Records, the stunning new album is built upon a post-rock foundation with the signature emo sound in place but Crisci is always experimenting, with new surprises like the bright and bubbly synths and electronics that drive the standout track, “Collision”, heard here.) https://graveface.bandcamp.com/album/the-fleeting-light-of-impermanence        

Black Pumas – “Black Moon Rising” (The retro-minded Austin-based duo of vocalist Eric Burton and producer Adrian Quesada create a déjà vu-inducing brand of funk and soul on their highly-anticipated self-titled debut album, out now via ATO Records.  The duo blends 60’s/70’s soul with hip-hop influence and elements of psychedelia.  Check out the stirring, horror movie inspired video for the opening track here; originally released as a single on Ohio funk label Colemine Records.) https://blackpumas.bandcamp.com/album/black-pumas    

Jade Jackson – “Bottle It Up” (California singer-songwriter Jade Jackson recently reemerged with her sophomore album, Wilderness, out now on Anti.  Produced again by Social Distortion’s Mike Ness, Jackson’s classic country and western sound is greased up with some punk rock grit, matching the intensity of her confident voice and songwriting.  Lyrically, Jackson is more personally revealing this time around, remaining hopeful and inspiring in spite of life’s struggles.) https://jadejackson.bandcamp.com/album/wilderness    

Monday, July 01, 2019

SHOW ALERT: 311 and Dirty Heads with special guests The Interruptors, Dreamers and Bikini Trill @Rose Music Center Tuesday July 2


Likeminded alternative acts 311 and Dirty Heads are touring together this summer and will play The Rose Music Center tomorrow night, July 2.  Joining them are The Interrupters, Dreamers and Bikini Trill. 
90’s alt-rock survivors 311 are gearing up to release their thirteenth album, Voyager, later this month and have already released a quartet of amazing tracks in preview.  One of the heavier standout tracks can be heard below.    
Southern California’s Dirty Heads will release their seventh album, Super Moon on August 9.  The band creates a hybrid sound that is heavy on hip-hop and alternative rock with reggae rhythms and infectiously anthemic hooks; the new album adds some spaghetti western-inspired funk sounds to the mix.     
The Interrupters, the ska-punk band led by the energetic and enigmatic Aimee Interrupter released a new album last year titled, Fight The Good Fight.     
L.A. trio DREAMERS recently released their sophomore album, Launch Fly Land and will bring their festival-ready pop-rock anthems to the Rose Music Center stage.
Another L.A. trio, Bikini Trill is set to take the stage with their twisted brand of surf-pop that blends in hip-hop beats and a punk rock spirit.   
With five awesome bands on the bill, the show starts early at 5:45 and looks to be the perfect kickoff party to your Fourth of July weekend!
In anticipation, here are 3 Songs from 3 of the bands on this amazing bill.  Enjoy and I’ll see ya at the show!

311 – “Crossfire” from upcoming album, Voyager:



Dirty Heads – “So Glad You Made It” (Ft. Nick Hexum of 311 from their 2017 album, SWIM TEAM:



The Interrupters – “Gave You Everything” from the album, Fight The Good Fight:

Friday, June 28, 2019

3 Songs: On Repeat from Berwanger – Watching A Garden Die

Berwanger is the solo project of Josh Berwanger of Radar State, The Only Children, and The Anniversary, his fourth solo album, Watching A Garden Die, is out today via Wiretap Records.  The new album is Berwanger’s most personal, raw and revealing record yet retains his penchant for power-pop and country-leaning rock.  
 Standouts include the two singles, “Friday Night” with its anthemic sing-along refrain and “Bad Vibrations” with its upbeat, danceable rhythm, help to disguise the anxiety lurking underneath.  Other standouts include “Long Way Down”, featuring guest vocals from Matt Pryor (Radar State and the Get Up Kids) and his daughter Lily Pryor, and “When I Was Young”, a nostalgic rumination on growing older set to aching pedal steel (played by Casey James Prestwood of Hot Rod Circuit) and steady acoustic guitars.  The closer, “Remain Untamed” with its catchy vocal phrasing and hopeful outlook is one Berwanger’s finest songs to date.     
Stream and purchase Watching A Garden Die here: https://berwanger.bandcamp.com/album/watching-a-garden-die

Berwanger creates the best videos for his songs with humor and nostalgia in equal measures.  Here are 3 from Watching A Garden Die.  Enjoy!
“Bad Vibrations”


“Friday Night”


“When I Was Young”

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Stream It From The Mountain: Wolftooth – Wolftooth

The Richmond, Indiana metal band Wolftooth have been making a ton of noise in the metal scene across the world in a relatively short period of time.  The quartet featuring, vocalist/guitarist Chris Sullivan, bassist Terry McDaniel, guitarist Jeff Cole and drummer Johnny Harrod create a dense, riff-heavy hybrid that combines the best of 70’s hard rock and 80’s thrash and heavy metal along with catchy stoner rock melodies.
Their self-titled debut album was originally self-released by the band via their Bandcamp page, where it quickly climbed up the charts and was picked up by Pittsburgh’s Blackseed Records, who released it on CD and then by Copenhagen’s Cursed Tongue Records, who reissued it on vinyl.

It has now been re-released on CD via California's Ripple Music, who specialize in doom, psych and stoner metal.  
In addition to the standout tracks including, “Sword Of My Father” which is built upon a rollicking power metal riff and “Frost Lord” with its galloping riff and rhythm; the reissue includes a bonus track, "Withered Trees".  The new track was written during the original sessions then finished later to be included on the reissue and it rocks just as hard!       
Stream Wolftooth here:

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

REISSUE: Miles Davis – The Complete Birth Of The Cool

Seventy years ago, a young trumpet player named Miles Davis pioneered a new style of jazz music with the seminal singles he recorded in 1949 and 1950; known as Birth Of Cool when it was compiled nearly 10 years later and given that iconic title.  With Miles Davis leading a nonet of musicians featuring Gerry Mulligan, Lee Konitz, Max Roach and others; Davis turned the boisterous big band and energetic bebop sound of the time on its head, giving their sound a relaxed, more chilled out vibe that was equally complex, sophisticated and highly melodic.  Standout tracks such as “Jeru” with its memorable melodies and “Boplicity” with its swaying rhythm and layered melodic arrangement, fused jazz with polyphonic orchestral touches; bridging the gap between jazz and classical.        
A deluxe 2LP vinyl reissue titled, Complete Birth Of Cool is out now on Blue Note/UMe and compiles all of the studio sides along with a previously-issued 13-song live recording of a NYC performance from September of 1948.  The highlight is that the original collection has been remastered from analog tape of the original singles for the first time since 1957 and it sounds stunning with a newfound clarity and bounce.  This revolutionary classic album is a well-known and well-loved jazz standard and has been for decades.  This new complete collection ensures it will remain as such for another seventy years or more.          
Completing the package is a booklet featuring an engaging newly-penned essay from famed Miles Davis historian Ashley Kahn, liner notes from saxophonist Gerry Mulligan and jazz historian Phil Schaap, tons of photos and a gatefold jacket with laminated coating.
To purchase and for more info: https://lnk.to./BirthOfTheCool
Listen to samples of music from The Complete Birth Of The Cool: https://udiscover.lnk.to/Miles-Davis-Birth-Of-The-Cool

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Stream It From The Mountain: Joesph – I Dreamed You Were My Lover

Joesph is the psych-rock project led by Joey Cook, formerly of Cincy psych-pop faves Pomegranates/Healing Power.  The third Joesph album titled, I Dreamed You Were My Lover was released last week via Cook’s own label, The Eyebrow Palace.  Usually a trio with Cook joined by Pierce Geary and Devyn Glista; he goes it alone for this new album, which was actually recorded in 2013. 
I Dreamed You Were My Lover is highlighted by acoustic guitars and strange synths, adding elements of prog rock and psych-folk to his quirky brand of bedroom pop.  Standouts include, “Two Suns” which retains some of Healing Power’s surging surf-rock dynamics and “Flash And Flame” which grows from an acoustic strummer to an electrified psychedelic freak-out.      
The album is available now digitally, on CD and as a limited edition CD box set that includes artwork by Cook and artifacts inspired by the album.
Stream I Dreamed You Were My Lover:

Monday, June 24, 2019

Soundgarden – 35th Anniversary Vinyl Reissues

Soundgarden, the Seattle grunge pioneers, are celebrating the 35th anniversary of the band this year, having formed in 1984.  In celebration, A&M/UMe in conjunction with The Sound of Vinyl have begun an album of the month series, reissuing Soundgarden’s multi-platinum and genre-defining albums on limited edition color vinyl. 


The first three albums in the series includes their breakthrough 1991 album, Badmotorfinger, pressed unto 2 LPs of 180g marbled red and dark purple vinyl, along with an amazing, removable lenticular cover and an etching on the fourth side.  The set also features remastered audio from the album’s 25th anniversary reissue in 2016.   
Next, 1994’s mainstream masterpiece, Superunknown - celebrating its own 25th anniversary this year - is a 2LP set pressed unto 180g translucent red and orange vinyl that matches the album artwork and features remastered audio from the original analog tapes in 2014 and a lyric booklet.   
Finally, 1996’s Down On The Upside, also a 2LP set, is pressed onto 180g vinyl that is a stunning swirled orange and marbled lavender colorway. 
There is much more to come from Soundgarden’s 35th anniversary celebration this year so stay tuned!    
For more info: www.soundgarden35.com
In honor, here are three of my favorite Soundgarden tracks, one from each of these three albums.
Soundgarden – “Rusty Cage” from Badmotorfinger:


Soundgarden – “The Day I Tried To Live” from Superunknown:


Soundgarden – “Blow Up The Outside World” from Down On The Upside:

Friday, June 21, 2019

3 Songs: On Repeat

Fruit Bats – “Gold Past Life” (Eric D. Johnson returns with Gold Past Life, his seventh album under the Fruit Bats moniker and first for his new label home, Merge.  Johnson dresses up his latest collection of folk-rock songs with the honeyed hue of AM gold and the rhythmic bounce of 70’s disco, which aligns perfectly with his fantastic falsetto.  Additionally, the LP version comes with a bonus 7” containing non-album tracks “Shane” and the previously released “Getting in a Van Again”.  Watch the hilarious and nostalgic video for the title track here.) https://fruit-bats.bandcamp.com/album/gold-past-life     

Willard Gayheart – “Ern & Zorry’s Sneakin’ Bitin’ Dog” (Hailing from Galax, Virginia, Willard Gayheart is the 87-year old grandfather of Americana star Dori Freeman and his long-awaited debut album, At Home In The Blue Ridge, is out now on Blue Hens Music.  The catalyst for the release of Gayheart’s music was when Freeman recorded an acapella version of his song, “Ern & Zorry’s Sneakin’ Bitin’ Dog” for her breakout album and it quickly became a fan favorite.  The album was recorded live in Gayheart’s frame shop and produced by Teddy Thompson and Ed Haber.  It’s a family affair as well, with Dori, her father Scott Freeman, and her husband, percussionist Nick Falk joining in.  Willard’s a vivid storyteller in the Appalachian folk fashion with a gentle voice and you just have to root for a project like this. Watch the animated video for the full band arrangement of the standout track, here.) https://www.willardgayheart.com/         

Strobobean – “When You Won’t Look” (Strobobean is the new Cincy-based trio featuring Katrina Eresman formerly of Dayton duo strangewave and Pop Empire, Brianna Kelly of Soften and Jake Langknecht also of Pop Empire.  On their promising debut EP, Winter, the trio alternates between languid and crunchy 90’s alt. rock riffs, blending swirling melodies into their shoegaze/dream-pop hybrid sound.  Check out the psych-rock inspired standout single here, with its transfixing droning melodies and driving rhythm.) https://www.facebook.com/strobobean/      

Thursday, June 20, 2019

SHOW ALERT: The National @ Express Live! in Columbus on June 24

The National recently released their eighth album, I Am Easy To Find, via 4AD and are currently on tour in support of the excellent new album.  The NYC-by-way-of-Cincy band will make a stop at Express Live! in Columbus on Monday, June 24 with Courtney Barnett as special guest. 
The 16-track album, I Am Easy To Find, continues to add new textures and colors to their sophisticated indie rock sound and is their most ambitious effort yet, balancing the synths and electronics of the Sleep Well Beast era with a focus on female vocalists.  Frontman Matt Berninger’s distinct baritone is complimented and even over-shadowed at times by the guest vocalists that include longtime collaborators Lisa Hannigan and Sharon Van Etten, as well as Mina Tindle, Kate Stables and Gail Ann Dorsey.  The result is gorgeous and not too over the top, which is a testament to their long-running career. 
Additionally, the album was produced by filmmaker/musician/designer Mike Mills, who also directed a moving, 24-minute short film, soundtracked by I Am Easy To Find and starring Alicia Vikander, to accompany the album.     
Watch the film below.  For more info click here: www.americanmary.com

Friday, June 14, 2019

3 Songs: On Repeat - Extended Edition


Lettuce – “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” (The long-running jazz/funk hybrids return today with their sixth album, Elevate.  Even after over 25 years as a band, they still sound fresh and experimental, incorporating touches of Ethiopian funk, Latin spice, bluesy soul and even trip-hop into their already expansive sound.  Check out their silky smooth cover of the Tears For Fears classic, “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” featuring a blissful vocal performance from keyboardist Nigel Hall, here.) https://www.lettucefunk.com/    

Calexico And Iron & Wine – “Midnight Sun” (Calexico and Iron & Wine first collaborated in 2005, releasing the excellent EP, In the Reins.  Today they return with their long-awaited full-length follow up, Years to Burn, out now on Sub Pop.  With an improvisational spirit, Sam Beam, Joey Burns and John Convertino take their distinct individual sounds and turn them into something new entirely with elements of country, rock, folk and nearly everything in between.  It’s just a shame it took so long for this to happen but once you listen, you will be glad that it exists in the world.) https://calexicoandironandwine.bandcamp.com/album/years-to-burn     

The Head And The Heart – “Honeybee” (In less than a decade, The Head And The Heart have evolved from indie-folk darlings to full-fledged Coachella-pop heavyweights.  Their recently released fourth album, Living Mirage, out now on Warner Records is more dynamic and pop-leaning; having been produced by the duo of Tyler Johnson and Alex Salibian, best known for producing Harry Styles and Sam Smith.  The result is as anthemic and life-affirming as ever with the addition of hip-hop inspired production, Gospel-soaked melodies and a road-worn maturity.) http://www.theheadandtheheart.com/         

Silversun Pickups – “Freakazoid” (The California quartet recently released their fifth album, Widow’s Weeds, on their own label, New Machines Recordings.  Produced by Butch Vig, it is their most immediate and striking album yet with loads of catchy hooks bursting from their layered sound which features Cure-like synths and soaring strings.  Lyrically, it may their most personal and revealing as well yet with a positive spin and themes of renewal.  The standout single here with its 80’s production and positive message is the perfect example.)  https://silversunpickups.com/   

Rat Fancy – “RIP Future” (The L.A.-based quartet led by Diana Barraza and Gregory Johnson recently released their highly-anticipated debut album, Stay Cool, via HHBTM Records/Solidarity Club. Produced by David Newton of 80’s indie-poppers The Mighty Lemon Drops; their debut offers a nostalgic 90’s-inspired brand of power-pop and pop-punk with a sweet side of twee.  Lyrically, Barraza skews personal and slightly political but remains unashamed and witty.) https://ratfancy.bandcamp.com/album/stay-cool-2        

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

PREMIERE: Sadbox – “Carry It Close”

Dayton's Sadbox - featuring members of The 1984 Draft - are set to release their debut album, The Magic Nothing at a record release show at The Yellow Cab on June 28. Also playing are Salvadore Ross and Age Nowhere.   
Led by vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Paul Levy, along with guitarist Eli Alban (also of the 1984 Draft), bassist Ryan Goudy and drummer Ray Owens; Sadbox creates an infectiously catchy, 90's inspired brand of indie rock on their debut album, The Magic Nothing.     
Atlas and the Anchor is proud to premiere the album’s opening track, "Carry It Close".  The propulsive track is a swirl of 90's alt. rock and psych-pop melodies, reminiscent of a more unhinged Stone Temple Pilots.  It is the perfect introduction to the band and sets the tone for the rest of the album.    
Stream “Carry It Close”:

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Stream It From The Mountain: Carousel Kings – Plus Ultra

The Pennsylvania-based pop-punk quartet, Carousel Kings, recently released their fourth album, Plus Ultra, via Victory Records.  The new album finds the band in top form; spicing insanely catchy pop-leaning melodies with heavy riffs and adding in electronic elements, ukulele and saxophone for the first time to great effect.   
Vocalist David Alexander, guitarist/vocalist Will Barovick, bassist/vocalist Cody Wiliams and drummer Danny Wilkins are joined in the studio by a host of guest contributors including, Lexxe, Spencer Charnas of Ice Nine Kills, Rory Rodriguez of Dayseeker, Pete Zengerle and Bill Cardella of Hang Tight and many more.
Standouts among the album’s 11 tracks include, the single “Move Slow” featuring the complimentary vocals of Lexxe, the soaring and anthemic “Shellshocked” with Spencer of Ice Nine Kills, the insistently-propulsive “Lock Meowt”, the reggae-tinged “Shelter” and the 80’s-inspired closer “Jameis Vu” with its glimmering synths and hair metal-like guitar runs.  
Over the years, Victory Records has been home to the cream of the crop in pop-punk; Taking Back Sunday, Thursday, Hawthorne Heights, A Day To Remember.  With their excellent new album, Plus Ultra, you can now add Carousel Kings to that list.
Stream Plus Ultra here:

Monday, June 10, 2019

Bob Dylan – The Rolling Thunder Revue: The 1975 Live Recordings

 Out now on Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings is the latest Bob Dylan archival release titled, The Rolling Thunder Revue: The 1975 Live Recordings.  In the fall of 1975, Dylan put together an all-star band featuring, T Bone Burnett, Mick Ronson, Joan Baez, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Bobby Neuwirth, Scarlett Rivera and many more; and played smaller venues with a carnival-like atmosphere.  The shows were joyful and celebratory, relaxed and fun with Dylan handing the spotlight to his talented friends for a lot of the show, which lasted nearly four hours each night.  It was a true rock spectacle with elements of glam and vaudeville and these performances have long been considered Bob Dylan at his best.    

Live recordings from this era were previously released as a 2CD set, as volume 5 in the ongoing Bootleg Series and before that as the live album, Hard Rain (though it chronicled the second, leg of the tour).  This new, expansive anthology, with 148 tracks – 113 previously unreleased – spanning 14 discs, collects all five of the professionally recorded performances during the first leg of Dylan’s 1975 tour, dubbed, “The Rolling Thunder Revue”.  The tracklist for each show was similar in structure with a handful of hits sprinkled in with a majority of the songs – “Hurricaine”, “Isis”, “Romance In Durango”, “Sara”, Oh, Sister” and “One More Cup Of Coffee (Valley Below)” – that later would become Dylan’s 1976 album, Desire.  A highlight each night was a back-to-basics set with Bob and Baez singing some of their earlier folk tunes such as “Blowin’ In The Wind”.  Each show closed out with a spirited performance of “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” and a campfire-like cover of Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land.”
The collection is highlighted by the three discs of recordings of their rehearsals at S.I.R. studios in New York and the Seacrest Motel in Falmouth, MA.  Standouts include a jovial, laughter-filled incomplete run-through of “She Belongs to Me” on the first disc and a lively, seamless medley of “This Wheel’s On Fire/Hurricane/All Along The Watchtower” on the second disc.  The 14th disc is filled with bonus tracks featuring, rare performances recorded during rehearsals and from fan-captured recordings during the tour.  A booklet featuring rare and never seen photos and an insightful and informational essay by novelist/musician Wesley Stace completes the package.  For vinyl lovers, a reissue of The Bootleg Series Volume 5 has been released on vinyl for the first time since 2002, as a 3LP and 64-page booklet.    
In listening to these recordings, it is evident that Dylan and his band gelled in such a short period of time and is a testament to the talent involved and how fun for the fans and rejuvenating these shows were at the time for Bob.    
 Additionally, this anthology serves as the soundtrack and companion piece to the new film, “Rolling Thunder Revue – A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese”, premiering June 12 on Netflix.          
To order or for more info: https://bobdylan.lnk.to/rollthunder-boxsetPR   
Watch the trailer for “Rolling Thunder Revue – A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese”:

Friday, June 07, 2019

3 Songs: On Repeat – Extended Edition

As Cities Burn – “Chains” (The Louisiana-based progressive post-hardcore band returns after a ten year hiatus with a stunning new album, Scream Through The Walls, out today on Equal Vision Records.  The Bonnette brothers reunite for the first time since their 2005 debut and the result is as anthemic and frenetic as you would expect with new experimental elements and the perfect balance of melody and aggression.  Catch them on tour in support of the new album this summer.)  http://www.equalvision.com/releases/scream-through-the-walls/

The Aggrolites – “Groove Them Move Them” (The recently released REGGAE NOW!, is The Aggrolites’ long-awaited sixth full-length and debut for their new label home, Pirates Press Records.  Following a six year hiatus, the “dirty reggae” crew led by vocalist Jesse Wagner and organist Roger Rivas bring a punk-inspired garage-band’s mentality to their trademark brand of retro-minded reggae that incorporates elements of Motown and funk as well.  The new album does not disappoint with gritty bangers, danceable instrumentals and a sly sense of humor.) https://shop.piratespressrecords.com/pages/the-aggrolites

Big Thief – “Cattails” (The Brooklyn quartet consisting of Adrianne Lenker, Buck Meek, Max Oleartchik and James Krivchenia recently released their highly-anticipated third album and first for their new label, 4AD, titled,  U.F.O.F. The new album – easily their best effort yet - marries hushed folk rock and atmospheric dream-pop, turning it into something hypnotic and built for quiet moments.  They may have titled their debut album, Masterpiece, and it lived up to the title but the third time’s the charm for Big Thief.) https://4ad.com/artists/bigthief

Amyl and The Sniffers – “Monsoon Rock” (The Australian garage-punk band led by the fierce and fiery vocalist Amy Taylor recently released their self-titled debut album via ATO Records.  The promising debut is a fun, punk-informed blast of nostalgic rock and roll complete with ripping guitars solos, shout-along refrains, mullets and explosive energy.  It is quite the debut and the perfect soundtrack to a summer filled with long nights and bad decisions!)   https://amylandthesniffers.bandcamp.com/album/amyl-and-the-sniffers    

Morrissey –  “Only A Pawn In their Game” (British alt-pop pioneer, Morrissey may be making more headlines now for his polarizing political views but his inimitable and seemingly ageless voice is still as smooth as ever.  The proof is in his latest album, California Son - out now on Étienne Records/BMG – a covers compilation of some of Moz’s favorite 60’s and 70’s songs.  The 80’s legend puts his unique spin on songs that he grew up listening to from Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon, The Fifth Dimension, Gary Puckett and more.  In the studio, he is assisted by a host of guests including, Petra Haden, Ed Droste of Grizzly Bear, Sameer Gadhia of Young The Giant and Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong.  Be sure to catch Morrissey on tour this summer with openers, Interpol.  Check out the Bob Dylan cover featuring Petra Haden here.) https://morrissey.lnk.to/sonID 
Stream: https://youtu.be/Qf9DE59yrs0

Wednesday, June 05, 2019

SHOW ALERT: The Slackers at Levitt Pavilion 6/7

The Slackers are set to bring their distinct blend of reggae, soulful R&B, 50’s rock and roll, jazz and ska to the Leviitt Pavilion stage for a free concert on Friday, June 7.  Led by vocalist/keyboardist Vic Ruggiero and featuring saxophonist David Hillyard; the New York City-based band formed in 1991 and are best known for their sophomore album, Redlight, released on Hellcat/Epitaph Records in 1997, led by the single, “Watch This”.  The band has remained active, releasing nearly a dozen albums since with the latest being an excellent self-titled release in 2016.  Members of The Slackers have performed solo and in other projects including, Stubborn All-Stars, Hepcat, The Hall Trees, Crazy Baldhead Sound System and David Hillyard & The Rocksteady Seven, and more.   
Additionally, ORG Music recently released a vinyl reissue of David Hillyard & The Rocksteady Seven’s debut album, Playtime, in celebration of its 20th anniversary.   Available on vinyl for the very first time and originally released via Hellcat/Epitaph Records in 1999, Playtime is a mostly instrumental affair that highlights Hillyard’s deft compositional and saxophone skills with a blend of rootsy and danceable Jamaican-flavored jazz and world music.  Guest vocalists include Alex Desert and Greg Lee. 
Pick up Playtime on vinyl for the first time here:  https://orgmusic.com/releases/david-hillyard-the-rocksteady-7-playtime/
Be sure to check out The Slackers’ energetic live show at the Levitt Pavilion on Friday!  More info here: https://levittdayton.org/artist/the-slackers/

To get you in the mood for the show, here are 3 Songs; two from The Slackers and one from David Hillyard & The Rocksteady Seven.

The Slackers – “Watch This” (The standout single taken from their 1999 sophomore album, Redlight.)  
David Hillyard & The Rocksteady Seven – “Father and Son” (A rousing romp taken from the newly-reissued album, Playtime.)
The Slackers – “The Boss” (The single from their most recent studio album, The Slackers, released in 2016.)

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Stream It From The Mountain: Harvey Pekar - Paris Green

Cleveland post-hardcore band Harvey Pekar released their third album, Paris Green, last week via Steadfast Records.  On the new seven-song album - produced and engineered by Ryan Foltz at Cleveland Audio (Dropkick Murphy’s, Rancid) - the quartet continues to defy perceived genre limitations by adding in elements of expansive prog-rock and atmospheric post-rock to their hardcore punk sound.  They also stand out with their vivid, thought-provoking lyrics; the album follows a sci-fi inspired concept.  Standouts include, the single and closing track, “Forever The Follow” with its tumbling bass-led groove and chaotic churn, and “Drag Hesitations” with its surging rhythm, dynamic shifts and melodic sing-along moments.
Paris Green is out tomorrow on Steadfast Records digitally, on CD, cassette, and in three 150g vinyl variants: “Paris Green”; an opaque antifreeze green, “Blue Ensemble”; a coke bottle clear with blue swirl, and classic black. 
Stream Paris Green here:

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

REISSUE: Orange 9mm – Driver Not Included

It was an incredible time to be a music fan in the 90’s, especially for fans of heavy music.  Major labels were snatching up bands with roots in the hardcore punk scene like Quicksand, Rage Against The Machine and Orange 9mm; and to great success.      
One of my favorites from that era was the criminally-underrated post-hardcore band, Orange 9mm.  Led by vocalist Chaka Malik and guitarist Matt Traynor of 80’s hardcore pioneers Burn, Orange 9mm made their major label bow in 1995 with their killer debut album, Driver Not Included, originally released on EastWest/Elektra Records.   
The album - led by standout tracks, “High Speed Changer” with its propulsive rhythm and anthemic chorus and “Can’t Decide” with its off-kilter groove – deserves to be mentioned alongside the best albums of the 90’s. 
The album has been out nearly 25 years and Music On Vinyl is giving it the attention it deserves; the noted vinyl only label recently issued an exclusive vinyl reissue of Driver Not Included.  Limited to 1,000 numbered copies and pressed fittingly onto stunning "flame-colored" orange and yellow mix 180g vinyl, the package is completed with a lyric insert and a hefty record sleeve.  It looks as good as it sounds!       
Watch the video for “High Speed Changer” here:

Monday, May 20, 2019

SHOW ALERT: Cursive, mewithoutYou and The Appleseed Cast @ The Woodward Theater 5/22

Three veterans of the 90’s and early 2000’s indie/emo scene are joining forces on a tour together.  Cursive, mewithoutYou and The Appleseed Cast are set to perform at The Woodward Theater in Cincinnati on Wednesday, May 22.   
After a six year wait, Cursive recently released an album, Vitriola, via their independent imprint, 15 Passenger.  Tim Kasher and crew continue to create emotionally-resonant music; balancing both beauty and rage alongside Kasher’s reflective storytelling.   
mewithoutYou also recently released an album last fall, on Run For Cover, titled, [Untitled].  It was the seventh album for the experimental post-hardcore mainstays and has a little bit of a harder edge to it than their last few releases.     
The Appleseed Cast recently released a new single after a lengthy hiatus and plan to release a new album in June via Graveface Records, titled, The Fleeting Light of Impermanence. 
In celebration of the upcoming show, here are 3 Songs; one from each band on the tour.  Enjoy and see you at the show!

Cursive – “Life Savings” (Taken from their most recent album, Vitriola.)

mewithoutYou – “9:27a.m., 7/29” (Taken from their most recent album, [Untitled].)

The Appleseed Cast – “Steps And Numbers” (Taken from the album, Low Level Owl, Vol. 1.)