First of all: A+ on the band name, guys. Awesome. Second, good stuff. Bluesy rock and roll. Mighty fine.
Like that heavy jam-band sound of Black Mountain, Dinosaur Jr., and all the other great Jagjaguwar record label? Then here’s a freEP that should be right up your alley. Three instrumentals that will make you want to do heroin while leaning against a brick wall.
Needless to say, I love it.
Like 1960s blues-based hard and fierce rock and roll? Then check out Radio Moscow’s fourth album, Magical Dirt. It’s great.
European tour dates:
June 4 FR PARIS Glazart
June 6 DK COPENHAGEN Loppen
June 7 SW GOTEBORG Truckstop Alaska
June 8 DK AALBORG Fryd 1000
June 10 LX LUXENBOURG Rockbox
June 11 IT TORINO Spazio 211
June 12 IT ROMA Init
June 13 IT SIENA L’ars Festival
June 14 IT MENTOVA Rocka ‘n’ Roll Festival
(U.S. tour dates to be announced soon)
Songs by a few bands with potential…
Skunkmello-Live at Arlene’s Grocery
A collection of strong garage-rock/bluesy covers and originals. I especially like their choices (Jesus Just Left Chicago is probably my second favorite ZZ Top song, right after I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide). If you like this one, they’ve got a more recent bootleg also available free on Bandcamp and several other releases. Watch these guys, they’re cooking and ready to boil.
It’s like quiet punk reggae blues. Like when Sublime would break into one of their more accessible acoustic moments. The songwriting isn’t quite where it needs to be yet, and the vocals need to get some heft (sing from the belly, not the head), but you can see there’s definitely something here. It’s a band worth watching.
And I’ll close with the most traditional of the three bands I’m reviewing today. A nice, sweet, quiet EP by Simon Adams.
Sometimes, you get the right album submitted for review at just the right time. In my case, it was a week ago when I was recovering from yet another surgery but was actually starting to feel good and hopeful for the first time since January. The album was alternately funky and blazing, hipsway and mellow cool, hip hop and old-style horns and rhythm section soul. Canada’s Ron Littlejohn & The Funk Embassy’s “Shining On.”
Who are these guys? Ron Littlejohn, formerly of Planet Earth, has a voice like a God. He should be up there with all the soul greats. He and co-songwriter Thierry Matrat, an extraordinary keyboard player and French hip hop artist, formed a collective. They wrote the album via e-mail, and then brought local area musicians to record this masterful record.
I can’t rave about it enough. If this doesn’t move you, you’re either dead or beyond hope. Buy it. Support the artists.