Category: 10s

Flying Colors “Flying Colors”

    Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#673 in the Series) is the debut from Flying Colors  This is the first record from a five some of talented veteran musicians who have mad skills at playing and combining rock, pop, fusion and even a touch of metal. Mike Portnoy is the founder and now ex-member of Dream Theater and even if he is not your favorite drummer, you would have to admit he is one of the best. Bass player David LaRue is a longtime member of Dixie Dregs, who, if you have never heard of them, I can tell you it aint country (though they do a great rock/hillbilly instrumental piece called “Where’s Dixie?). His fellow band...

The Little Willies “For The Good TImes”

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#602 in the Series) is The Little Willies, For the Good Times (Milking Bull) Those of you that have been Norah Jonesing for an encore to The Little Willies and their eponymous album that featured fun eclectic versions of classic country songs like “ I Gotta Get Drunk”  and “Nightlife” alongside the  masterpiece “Streets of Baltimore”, and a rousing original song that sings the praises of Lou Reed called, appropriately enough, “Lou Reed”,  need wait no more. This time around For The Good Times, the second release for the band that consists of Lee Alexander on bass, Jim Campilongo and Richard Julian on guitar, Dan Reiser on drums, and the incomparable Norah...

The Bottle Rockets “Not So Loud: An Acoustic Evening with The Bottle Rockets”

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#597 in the Series) is The Bottle Rockets – Not So Loud: An Acoustic Evening with The Bottle Rockets (Bloodshot Records) As a life-long music fan, one of the things that truly excites me is discovering an act that while they may be very new to my sometimes ignorant ears, they have in reality been around quite a long time and have a body of work sometimes spanning a decade or more for me to devour.  Now don’t get me wrong I had Heard of The Bottle Rockets before and was fully aware that many people considered them to be one of the forefathers of the Americana and Alternative Country movements, but...

“Cool Album of the Day” Favorite Albums of 2011

  One of the things that many music websites do this time of year is publish what they call “The Best Albums of year..blah blah blah.” All I have to say is, if you claim your list is a best of, then you better have heard every album that was released. I read a ton of these lists and I know for sure, these people are deciding on what is a best of and they haven’t come close to doing enough homework. Yes, we’re putting out a list as well. But we’re calling it our “Favorite Albums of 2011. I know darn well that I didn’t hear nearly enough to think that I what I have to say is...

Ringo to Release New Album Titled “Ringo 2012” in…. 2012

Posted 12 Dec 2011 in 10s, Music + TV News

  Ringo Starr has announced that January 31st 2012 (Jan 30th Worldwide) will be the date of release for his latest solo album titled, quite appropriately, Ringo 2012. It will be his 17th solo album, the Ringo 2012 title is a direct reference to his most succesfull solo album Ringo, released in 1973. That album featured a large number of giant guest stars including John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Harry Nilsson,T-Rex’ Marc Bolan and all five members of The Band. On 2012, the guests will include Joe Walsh, Edgar Winter, Don Was, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Van Dyke Parks, Benmont Tench and more. One of the songs from Ringo, “Step Lightly” will reappear, redone on Ringo 2012.  “Wings” from Ringo...

My Morning Jacket “Circuital”

Posted 08 Dec 2011 in 10s, Albums of 2011, Albums of the 10s, Rock + Roll

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#573 in the Series) is My Morning Jacket, Circuital A Review of Circuital ….With a Slight History and Very Public Secret Crush Thrown in. When I first heard of My Morning Jacket, their genre was described as “Southern Rock”, which instantly made me turn my head and say bleh. Then, shortly thereafter,  WXRT in Chicago played a song from their 2001 Release, At Dawn. (Bermuda Highway). I remember being in the car, pausing, thinking, then saying to myself. “Who the hell was that?” You see, that was long before I could look anything up in the car, , and I certainly didn’t have the internet at my fingertips, otherwise known as the Pre-...

Iron and Wine “Kiss Each Other Clean”

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#571 in the Series) is Iron and Wine, Kiss Each Other Clean (Warner Brothers US, 4AD Worldwide) Sam Beam is a chap who may have sneaked under your radar (he did mine for a while), mainly because Iron & Wine is not the type of band to receive mass airplay on radio or T.V.  What they are about, fortunately for us, is crafting superb albums full of beautiful, heartfelt songs. First some details. Iron & Wine is one of those bands that isn’t really a band at all. It’s basically one man, Sam Beam, who writes and sings and plays on everything. It’s pretty much Sam and whoever he chooses to work with...

The Black Keys “El Camino”

Posted 05 Dec 2011 in 10s, Albums of 2011, Albums of the 10s, Rob Henry

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#570 in the Series) is The Back Keys, El Camino (Nonesuch Records) I’m actually fairly new to The Black Keys. I only recently took a closer look at them when I picked up their last release, Brothers. I listened to it, but my thinking was along the lines of “OK, this is just the latest in a long line of hot, new bands, that everyone is supposed to like” that I’m going to listen to it once and then never play it again. I know enough about The Black Keys that even Brothers was seen by some of their early fans as a sellout and that they were not staying true to...

My Morning Jacket Announces new EP and Limited Edition Releases

Posted 05 Dec 2011 in 10s, Music + TV News

    Tomorrow, iTunes will release a SPECIAL HOLIDAY EP of music recorded while the band was on tour in Europe titled “My Morning Jacket: iTunes Session”. This EP features covers of your Christmas favorites along with one brand new song called “Welcome Home” and a beautiful rendition of Circuital’s “Wonderful (The Way I Feel)”. Recorded in Amsterdam, this EP also features guest vocals from Seattle’s The Head And The Heart. Also arriving next week in select independent record stores is the limited 7″ with fan favorite “Friends Again” on the A side and “Outta My System (Alternate Universe Take)” on side B. Please check your local independent record stores to make sure they will carry this very limited piece. – –...

Lydia Loveless, “Indestructible Machine”

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#567 in the Series) is Lydia Loveless, Indestructible Machine – NEW MUSIC REVIEW (Bloodshot Records) The first thing that hits you between the eyes when you look at the CD cover from the new release by Lydia Loveless, Indestructible Machine, is a mostly black and white female Huck Finn anti Norman Rockwell looking drawing of Lydia swigging from a gas can.   The second thing you see when you turn the cover over is a picture of the diminutive songstress smoking a cigarette next to two empty bottles and a well-played guitar. If by taking these two images into your own internal data base your resulting output delivers an alt-country version of country...

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