Category: Rock + Roll

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals “Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#390 in the Series) is Grace Potter and the Nocturnals The word “Nocturnal” means “of or pertaining to the night,” a perfect moniker to describe the band of traveling gypsies known as Grace Potter & The Nocturnals. 2010 and on in to 2011 has been a very busy time for the band. In an effort to make a name, and establish their identity, they embarked on a “scorched earth” tour of America, traversing the country, delivering to the unwashed masses, their unique blend of funky blues, gritty soul, and smoldering rock. The band also made time to make all of the usual Fallon, Kimmel, Letterman, talking head stops, as well as to lend...

The Replacements “Tim”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day(#385 in the Series) is The Replacements, Tim The barstool I happened to be sitting on was half a dozen steps inside Geno and Carlo’s, an “old school”, cash only bar in the heart of the Italian section of San Francisco known as North Beach, or as the locals prefer to call the area,” Naughty North Beach”. The drink of choice was a Makers Mark Manhattan straight up with two stemmed cherries. The clientele of this particular watering hole is a sublime mosh pit of professional types, Goth chicks, drunken homeless dudes, artists, and musicians. The atmosphere is more Woodstock than Altamont, with a definite “Star Wars bar scene” vibe to the entire proceedings....

Paul McCartney and Wings “Band on the Run”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#384 in the Series, and #13 in the Whale Wednesday Series) is Paul McCartney and Wings, Band on the Run Whenever I do one of these write-ups I first give the album a listen.  Heck, some of them I haven’t heard in quite some time.  I try to look for an angle on what to say.  You really don’t have to try to think of which angle you want.  I just let something come into my head.  What comes to you first when you give a listen? What came to my first with this one was “underrated.”  I didn’t see that one coming, but when I listened to this one again I was...

Electric Light Orchestra “Face The Music”

Posted 23 May 2011 in 70s, Albums of 1975, Albums of the 70s, Rock + Roll

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#383in the Series) is Electric Light Orchestra, Face the Music Today Jeff Lynne and his band Electric Light Orchestra make their first appearance on Cool Album of the Day. They do so with one of their most popular album, Face the Music. Face the Musicwas released in 1975 and reached as high as #8 on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart. It spent 48 weeks in the top 200. No singles charted on the Hot 100 chart, but many were well known album rock cuts. The most well-known probably being “Evil Woman” or “Strand Magic.” This was their first album recorded at Musicland in Munich Germany. That studio would become the studio of...

Roy Buchanan “You’re Not Alone”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#381 in the Series) is Roy Buchanan, You’re Not Alone. Many of you are aware of Roy Buchanan. In fact, we’ve featured him once before.  You probably know him as this guitar slinging blues player with the fastest licks in the business. This would be true, but this album is a little different.  Yes, he still plays those killer notes.  The music still has some blues base to it, but this was still quite different. OK, what makes it different? Firstly, Roy tackles some pretty well known cover tunes on this record. He plays Neil Young’s” Down By the River” and Joe Walsh’s “Turn to Stone.”  Another interesting aspect here was the use...

Hall and Oates “Live at the Apollo”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#380 in the Series, and #33 in the Live, Saturday Night Series) is Hall and Oates, Live at the Apollo. Hall and Oates was a white hot hit machine when they decided to release this live album. They had just had some nice success with their Rock and Soul Pt. 1 greatest hits album and its follow-up, Big Bam Boom. Always known as blue-eyed soul, they decided to take the soul part of that mix and record their first live album at the historic Apollo Theater in Harlem. They brought some friends along to help make it a success, not just any friends either. They being, the Temptation’s Eddie Kendricks and David Ruffin....

Journey “Look Into The Future”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#378 in the Series) is Journey, Look Into the Future Way back in 1975 I was a big fan of Starcastle.  They were a darn good band from Champaign, Illinois.  I saw they were coming to the Riviera theatre in the Uptown area of Chicago.  They weren’t headlining, they were opening for some band named Journey.  Journey…. Journey, I knew the name but AH, yes, that’s the new band with Ex-Santana members, Neal Schon on guitar and Gregg Rolie on keys and vocals. They also have Aynsley Dunbar on drums and Ross Valory on bass, Cool. I’m going! So I called up my buddies Carl Adduci and Chuckie Garcia and grabbed some tickets....

Frank Black and the Catholics “Dog in the Sand”

Today’s  Cool Album of the Day (#376 in the Series) is Frank Black and the Catholics, Dog In The Sand Who the heck actually knows how many solo album’s Frank Black has put out by now? Jeez, probably even Frank himself has lost count! But it’s a lot. By my reckoning we’re talking, as of May 2011, 15 albums. Roughly. He’s a prolific guy. There’s been a remarkable output over the last 18 years and what’s even more remarkable is the consistency and high standard of the material , they’ve all been pretty good albums. Which is why there’s so much debate amongst his fans about which one is actually the best. That’s a question i wouldn’t even attempt to...

The Killers Working on New Album

The Killers drummer Ronnie Vannucci has revealed that the band are set to begin work on new material. Taking a break after an extensive world tour, The Killers have kept fans guessing. Brandon Flowers released a hugely successful solo record, while various members have embarked on solo projects. Drummer Ronnie Vannucci is amongst them. Recording a number of solo tracks, new album ‘Big Talk’ is set to be released through his own micro-label Little Oil this summer. Speaking to XFM, the drummer enthused about his own material before revealing that The Killers were preparing to get together to work on a few musical ideas. Claiming that they had “piles” of songs, the Las Vegas group are apparently near the...

Ben Folds “Rockin’ The Suburbs”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#367 in the Series) is Ben Folds, Rockin’ The Suburbs Ben Folds’ 2001 solo debut Rockin’ The Suburbs is one of those albums that kind of took me by surprise. If you’ve ever listened to his work either solo or with his 90’s band Ben Folds Five, it’s like sitting down listening to a friend tell a story. This release, however, was his first solo effort, and manages to balance  cleverness and vulnerability while maintaining some pretty impressive consistency. North Carolina native Folds is reasonably prolific, with over 20 albums, EPs, and compilations, and if you think you haven’t heard him before…well, you most likely have. He contributed to the soundtracks of Over...

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