Category: Albums of the 10s

Deacon Blue ‘The Hipsters’

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#818 in the Series) is Deacon Blue, The Hipsters Deacon Blue, The criminally ignored, critically acclaimed, and artistically brilliant band from Glasgow, Scotland, with The Hipsters, their 25th album and their first in 11 years, has delivered a solid set of pop-centric tunes that are sneakily good, and could stand up to anything that has been released in the current millennium. With six million album sales, 12 top forty hits in the U.K., and two number one albums, the group was popular on the musically astute side of the pond, but if you would have asked any of the un-washed U.S. musical listening masses about Deacon Blue they probably would have said...

Graham Parker and the Rumour ‘Three Chords Good’

Posted 28 Nov 2012 in Albums of 2012, Albums of the 10s, Bubby Lewis

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#816 in the Series) is Graham Parker and the Rumor, Three Chords Good From the minute Graham Parker and The Rumor came out of the gates with the phenomenal 1976, Nick Lowe produced album Howlin’ Wind, they have been a bit of a musical conundrum and have stayed so since Parker disbanded the group in 1980. He remained so throughout his long and confusing solo career, being that he, nor the band, ever had any real chart hits to speak of, could never be tied down to a specific genre and relied mostly on the reputation of boisterous live shows and critical acclaim. With the band, his closest thing to chart hits...

Iris DeMent ‘Sing The Delta’

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#805 in the Series) is Iris DeMent, Sing the Delta  Well, we’re into November now (already!) and to be honest I was starting to get my head around compiling my Albums Of The Year list. There are a few weeks to go but I thought we’d had all the good stuff and it was wind down time, compilations and reissues to the fore in the bid for our Christmas present cash. Then this little gem appeared like a bolt from the blue and took me over. It’s a delightful treat which has held me enthralled all week and has, naturally, caused me to rethink that list…….. I knew Iris DeMent had to be something...

KISS ‘Monster’

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#797 in the Series) is KISS, Monster KISS has recently released their 20th studio album, “Monster,” and every KISS fan in the world is gonna gobble it up, no matter what it sounds like or how it is reviewed. They always have and always will and they are part of the reason the band has been a perpetual marketing juggernaut, regardless of whether they were producing a good product musically, or not. There are basically three versions of KISS; The classic lineup (Ace Frehley, Gene Simmons, Peter Criss and Paul Stanley) from our beloved “Dazed and Confused” era from 1974 to 1982 (KISS – Unmasked ). They were amazing trailblazers in many...

Rosie Flores ‘Working Girl’s Guitar’

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#794 in the Series) is Rosie Flores, Working Girl’s Guitar In a musical landscape where you can’t swing a stray cat without hitting a female rockabilly influenced Alternative Country artist, Rosie Flores is the real deal.  With Working Girl’s Guitar, her 11th album and second release on Bloodshot Records, Flores opens up the vault to display on one record most of her influences that include blues, rock, country, rockabilly, even Dick Dale Surf guitar, and for the first time does most of the finger-picking herself. In a brilliant piece of song sequencing the album begins with the title track with the story line unfolding from the perspective of her road worn telecaster...

The Rolling Stones Release New Single ‘Doom and Gloom.’

Posted 11 Oct 2012 in Albums of 2012, Albums of the 10s

  The Rolling Stones have released their first new single in over six years. The song is titled “Doom and Gloom” and will be included in their upcoming greatest hits package titled GRRR! The album will see the streets on Nov. 12th. It’s one of two new songs that will be found their. Reviews so far have been mixed. “Received music industry wisdom has it that new Rolling Stones material exists purely to flog compilation albums or tour tickets,” wrote Dan Silver in The Mirror tabloid. The Daily Telegraphs Neil McCormick awarded  “Doom and Gloom”, saying it was “business as usual” for the band and drawing comparisons between the song and the “basement rock” of their acclaimed 1972 album “Exile...

Morse, Portnoy and George ‘Cover 2 Cover’

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#786 in the Series) is Morse, Portnoy and George, Cover 2 Cover I can’t remember the last time I was so excited about a new release that as I was listening to each track for the first time, I kept thinking of more and more people I had to turn on this incredibly unique, won’t believe it until you hear new record from a trio of rock gods that are so talented, I am almost at a loss for words, so let me just say, Transcendent! Neal Morse is the talented singer/songwriter known in the progressive rock community for his work as founder and front man of both Spock’s Beard and Transatlantic,...

Eternal Essence “A Light in the Distance”

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#780 in the Series) is Eternal Essence, A Light in the Distance. I don’t know a lot about Eternal Essence and I bet you don’t either, but you should. They could be one of a million best kept secrets, known only to their geography of audiophiles (in this case, Jersey and the East Coast), but gain tremendous popularity and respect for their over the top musical skills in places far and wide. I am guessing, but that could well be the hidden meaning behind the title of this A Light in the Distance, their 6th record, the first five which were all instrumental, the first 3, piano bass and drums. I mean...

The Jupiter Affect ..”Instructions For the Two Ways of Becoming Alice”

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#779 in the Series) is The Jupiter Affect, Instructions For the Two Ways of Becoming Alice Ask a handful of music lovers of a certain age about their favorite Michael Quercio moment, and you’ll be hard-pressed to come up with a consensus. Some will vote for “Jet Fighter,” the appropriately soaring opening track off Sixteen Tambourines, The Three O’ Clock’s 1983 debut album, Others prefer the punk-psych swirl of “She Turns To Flowers” by Quercio’s earlier trio The Salvation Army, the D.Boon-approved combo that played a major role in kick-starting LA’s “Paisley Underground” movement. Still others will tell you that he did his best work in the early 90s with Permanent Green Light....

Firewater “International Orange” – NEW MUSIC REVIEW

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#778 in the Series) is Firewater, International Orange (Bloodshot Records) If a drinking establishment existed that was a cross between the zombie cantina in Quentin Tarantino’s From Dusk Till Dawn and the beach bars in the Bikini Beach movies, Firewater would be the house band and International Orange would be their soundtrack. Firewater feels like a name from the 70’s, sounds like a band from the 80’s and was formed in the 90’s by bass player and band leader Tod A. (aka Tod Ashley) leading a musical collective that has produced seven consistently great and eclectically diverse albums over the years including Get Off the Cross, We Need the Wood For the...

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