Category: Albums of 2011

J.D. Souther “Natural History” .. Today’s ‘Cool Album of the Day’

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#791 in the Series) is J.D. Souther, Natural History                 888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888 Track Listing Go Ahead and Rain (John David Souther) 3:29 Faithless Love (John David Souther) 4:07 You’re Only Lonely (John David Souther) 4:07 The Sad Café (Frey / Henley / Souther / Walsh) 4:50 Silver Blue (John David Souther) 3:57 New Kid in Town (Frey / Henley / Souther) 5:26 I’ll Take Care of You (John David Souther) 2:25 Little Victories (John David Souther ) 4:37 Prisoner in Disguise (John David Souther) 3:47 Best of My Love (Frey / Henley /Souther) 4:34 I’ll Be Here at Closing Time (John David Souther) 3:50 Personnel J....

Rockpile ‘Live at Montreux 1980’

Today’s ‘Cool Album of the Day’ (#919 in the Series) is Rockpile Live at  Montreux 1980 – In 1980, Nick Lowe, Dave Edmunds, Billy Bremner and Terry Williams, collectively known as Rockpile, released their only official album, Seconds of Pleasure.  On August 23rd, 2011, they released their second.  It’s called Live at Montreux 1980. Sure we know there were about four or five more albums that could have been called Rockpile, except Dave Edmunds was contracted to one label and Nick Lowe to another, so we never had a second Rockpile album. This one is a live album and features 16 tracks. You’ll find some goodies from all three “franchises, “there are some Rockpile tunes, some songs that were...

King Creosote & Jon Hopkins ‘Diamond Mine’

Posted 09 Feb 2014 in Albums of 2011, Albums of the 10s

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#907 in the Series) is King Creosote & Jon Hopkins, Diamond Mine It begins with “First Watch” which is just a quiet little piano meditation, it’s barely there at all but it sets the mood for the full album, a gentle but effective introduction to the world of wonders we’re about to be granted access to. Thereafter unfolds an exquisite song cycle, beautifully crafted and perfectly executed. It’s a short album, 32 minutes but not a moment is wasted and with repeated listens it begins to seem as if there’s no beginning and no end to it, it’s just there, wrapping itself around you, you could get lost in here for hours at...

Ween ‘The Ceasar Demos’

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Tried And True” by Ween I first heard the music of Ween while watching “Beavis & Butthead” back in 1994…they said “Ween suck”…and I totally disagreed! In fact, I think they are one of the greatest bands of all time, and when it comes to adeptness in all genres of music, they are certainly in a league with Frank Zappa. Ween hail from New Hope, PA and have been together since 1984. They spent their early days playing any venue they could, including dorm rooms at Rutgers University. (I once saw them play in a small bookstore at Rutgers with 70 other fans.) Dean Ween (aka “Deaner” or Mickey Melchiondo) is...

The Phantom Six ‘Plastic Rain’

Posted 10 Apr 2013 in Albums of 2011, Albums of the 10s, Bubby Lewis

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#855 in the Series) is The Phantom Six, Plastic Rain  Sitting on the outskirts of Morgantown, WV near the lunacy that is West Virginia University ( voted the “Number One” party school in the nation on and off for years by many different publications ) comes one of the best, well hidden garage bands out there today; The Phantom Six and their phenomenal debut, Plastic Rain. Under the direction of lead vocalist/guitarist/songwriter/producer, Mark Poole (at his own Zone 8 Recording Studio, an often swelteringly hot, two room laboratory where Poole is both Jekyll and Hyde), this album is full of cool, crisp leads and rich, enigmatic lyrics. Add to it the floating harmonies...

‘Johnny Boy Would Love This … A Tribute to John Martyn’

Posted 28 Feb 2013 in Albums of 2011, Albums of the 10s

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#842 in the Series) is Johnny Boy Would Love This…A Tribute to John Martyn There are some artists who open their hearts to us. They are the jewels, the ones that never fail you when you go back to their music. And their songs are the ones that live on, because the beauty of the truth they tell does not die, even when the artist does. A tribute album is a tricky thing. It always sounds like a good idea, but we all know cases where the end result leaves you wishing the material had been left alone. Bringing too few new ideas to the arrangements can leave us wishing for the original....

Carole King “A Holiday Carole”

Posted 25 Dec 2012 in Albums of 2011, Albums of the 10s, Christmas

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day is Carole King, A Holiday Carole (Hear Music/Concord Music Group) As we inch “Oh So Close” to December, we’re going to give you a Christmas Album. This is one that caught me a little by surprise when it showed up.  Let’s get a little more specific and call it a pleasant surprise. Inspired by friends like James Taylor that have released Christmas albums, Carole decided to give it a try as well. She looked no further than her daughter Louise Goffin for production help. According to Carole: “Then I don’t have to worry about it, or think about, Louise can take the reins and just do it.”  Make sure you give those...

Farewell Fighter “The Way We Learn”

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#743 in the Series) is Farewell Fighter, The Way We Learn The sun was setting on Milwaukee’s ’11 Warped Tour, and crowds of pierced and tattooed youth were making their way out of the fairgrounds, exhausted from a long day of dancing, jumping, and moshing. I was among them, glad to have seen my top bands and was ready for the cold bottles of water I had stored in my car. But as I moved into the parking lot, I was a lone figure with a sign and a box of EP’s. It was a common sight – a lot of bands follow the Warped Tour without buying entry, trying to sell...

Stereo Skyline “The Good Life”

  Today’s Cool album of the Day (#712 in the Series) is Stereo Skyline, The Good Life Stereo Skyline has evolved a lot over the past couple years – from synth-tapping electro-boppers to sickly sweet pop-rockers, they’ve mutated a little with every new release. After their bassist and guitarist departed last year, remaining members Kevin Bard and Rob Michelson went full speed ahead on releasing another full-length album. They dropped their first single last August, and The Good Life hit stores in full in November. The Good Life is surprisingly similar to their last album, Stuck on Repeat, in that it still has the cutesy lyrics (especially evident in “Man I Think I Love Her” and “My Girl”) and...

Tristen “Charlatans At the Garden Gate”

Posted 01 Jun 2012 in Albums of 2011, Albums of the 10s, Indie, Indie Pop

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#708 in the Series) is Tristen, Charlatans At The Garden Gate I thought I was familiar with the name Tristen when I saw she was going to be the support act for a large chunk of the 2012 Justin Townes Earle tour.  I was actually surprised to see it listed on the schedule because for some reason I believed that she was one of those packaged, possibly even one of those Disney or Idol produced tweener acts. Maybe it was the single name that steered me in that direction. I was going to be seeing one of the Justin Townes Earle shows that she was going to be part of so I...

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