Blog Notes for 9-17-15

Still sitting in the jury pool room. One upside: I got Wi-Fi. Nice! I’m not feeling particularly articulate today so I’m just going to jump right in to this week’s discoveries.

I began the show with Seapony. They are a wonderful indie-Pop trio that is currently based in Seattle, Washington. The band members are songwriter Danny Rowland, singer Jen Weidl, and bass player Ian Brewer. Danny and Ian grew up and played music together in Oklahoma. Danny moved with Ian to Washington to work on their craft. And as fate would have it; Danny suffered from bad travel karma, missed a flight out of Ohio, lived there for four years; but met Jen and fell in love. The couple decided to move West, hook up with Ian and now we have Seapony. I first found them in 2011 with their debut release GO WITH ME. They’ve been quiet over the past few years so I was quite excited to see that they have just released a new album, which is called A VISION. The tune I picked was Let Go.”

I completed that two-song set of the opening hour with a new stuff from Terrible Truths. They are a mix-gendered trio from Melbourne & Brisbane, Australia but now make Adelaide their home. I found them because their new record label, Mexican Summer (who also handles Best Coast), sent me an email about their up and coming artists. That was back in 2012 and since that time Terrible Truths has switched labels. They are now on Bedroom Suck Records and they are trying to get started again with their self-titled, debut album. The album includes their older material, which I’ve played here before; along with new songs…like the one I aired…See Straight.”

Changing musical direction with a with a band making their second appearance here on the New Release Show. They are Rehearsed Living. I found them because they now follow me on SoundCloud. (By now you’re probably tired of hearing that…but I have to tell you…it still amazes the crap out of me that a band from Sheffield, England finds a radio programmer and on-air host in Boston) Anyway…this trio has just released this single, Memorised,” and they’ve made it available for a free download.

I paired that slower selection with something new from TIO. TIO is a band from Toronto, Canada. They contacted me directly through my website and sent me a link to their new song, Through The Heavy Clouds. I don’t have a great deal of information on the band themselves other than that song can be had for free and that they are getting ready to release their debut EP, which I believe is set to come out in October.

Next up is a wonderful six-piece Blues/R&B band called Lara & The Bluz Dawgs. Lara Germony and her husband, Greg, front the band, which is currently based in Nashville, Tennessee. They have just released their second album, which is titled HOWLIN’. I had a couple of choices off the disc to play for you and I ended up with track number six…Don’t Mess With My Baby.”

Then I aired the latest material from Ben Folds. Ben Folds is back with an interesting new album called…SO THERE. The album is eight chamber rock songs with his Music plus his Concerto for Piano and Orchestra with the Nashville Symphony conducted by Giancarlo Guerrero. The song I picked to play for air was Capable Of Anything.”

My lineage subject was Patty Griffin. Patty Griffin is a singer/songwriter and musician originally from Old Towne, Maine. She released her first album in 1996 and has been selectively recording and touring ever since. She has worked with Buddy Miller, the Dixie Chicks and Robert Plant. I am happy to announce that Ms. Griffin is getting to release a new album, SERVANT OF LOVE, on September 25th. It has a good bit of the old Patty Griffin in this collection plus a couple tunes with a little twang to it. The song I picked was There Isn’t One Way.”

Part two of the lineage was fulfilled with Patty Griffins’ Mad Mission,” which appeared on her debut album LIVING WITH GHOSTS and was released in 1996.

My re-issue release of the week was from The Allman Brothers. The album that has been re-released is really a bulk album compilation called FIVE CLASSIC ALBUMS. This is part of Universal Music’s Classic Albums series, this box set from blues-rock legends the Allman Brothers Band features five complete studio albums, including Allman Brothers Band (1969), Idlewild South (1970), At Fillmore East (1971), Brothers & Sisters (1971), plus Gregg Allman’s debut solo outing Laid Back (1973). Obviously, I had a HUGE selection of songs from which to pick so it was a tough decision. I ended up with Wasted Words,” which originally appeared on the BROTHERS AND SISTERS release.

Next up was a clever, new piece from Giorgio Tuma. You know sometimes when you’re not looking for something…you find it. I was bouncing around several music sites this weekend and I follow a stream of consciousness and it led me to this Italian songwriter and musician. I was looking for some background on Mr. Tuma and I found an article from the UK’s THE GUARDIAN from 2011, which I think is amazing that this periodical had noticed this artist four years ago. Anyway…I lifted this quote from the article. “Giorgio Tuma, an Italian boy whose first love was the Clash, admits he had his head turned by Stereolab as a teen, after which he worked backwards: to Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto.” After reading this and then listening again to this track, My Lively Youth,” I totally get that reference. Oh…BTW…Giorgio was helped out by Malik Moore on that track. Tuma is putting the finishing touches on a new album, which will come out in October. However, the new disc will not include this track, which I think is a mistake.

Keeping the tunes going here with really new stuff from a band called Bears With Guns, which I think is a fabulous name for a rock band. They are a five-piece, Alt. Rock band currently based in Sydney, Australia. They have just released this single, The Deep End.” The band had the track produced by Al Clay. Clay has worked with Blur, Pink and The Pixies. They are all currently in studio working on more songs to put together their debut album to be released before the end of the year.

Following that tune was the latest from Hunck. They are an unsigned, five-piece, Indie band based in North London. These young lads are just starting out and getting a fix on their sound. I think they found it on their latest single, I’ll Wait,” which has a street date of October 16th.

Next up is the frenetic, Post Punk Pop sound of Knife Pleats. They are a four-piece, mixed gendered rockers out of Vancouver, British Columbia. They are getting ready to release their debut, full-length album, HAT BARK BEACH, on September 29th. I was able to get my hands on two tracks from the upcoming CD. One was Terrible (that’s the name of the track) and the other was One Step Too Far.” I really liked both but I went with the latter. I really want to check out the rest of the collection.

Let me slip in one more from Sweet Spirit. They are a mixed-gendered, nine member strong collective from Austin, Texas. In late 2014 the band signed up with Nine Mile Records and released their self-titled, debut EP. This prolific bunch has put the finishing touches on their debut, full-length album, COKOMO, which is due out October 16th. The song I have to share is the album’s lead off single…Baby When I Close My Eyes.

Songs in BOLD are links to videos of that song. Songs that are ITALICIZED are links to Soundcloud Audio Files of said song.

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