Category: Albums of the 10s

The Bryan Ferry Orchestra ‘The Jazz Age’

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#841 in the Series) is Bryan Ferry, The Jazz Age Talk about something coming completely out of left field. I had heard nothing about this album until one day I saw it pop up on a listing of new releases for the week. What makes it more surprising is that was true even though it had been out in the UK for about three months. The premise of The Jazz Age is quite simple. Bryan Ferry takes some of his more popular recordings and transposes them into 1920s era jazz pieces.  I love the idea but I must admit that it did take me a few listens to warm to the record....

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds ‘Push The Sky Away’

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#839 in the Series) is Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Push The Sky Away The advance word on this one was that Nick and the band had recorded a somewhat subdued set, their most laid-back batch of songs since 1997’s classic The Boatmans Call and I’m very pleased to report that the word was spot on. I personally feel that Nick is at his very best when it comes to (for want of a better word) ballads, the stripped-down , soul baring stuff at which he excels. That being the case, I was never going to be disappointed by Push The Sky Away but it has exceeded even my high expectations,...

Paul Barrere & Roger Cole ‘Riding The Nova Train’ – Today’s Cool Album of the Day’

Posted 13 Feb 2013 in Albums of 2013, Albums of the 10s, Blues-Rock

    Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#836 in the Series) is Paul Barrere & Roger Cole, Riding the Nova Train   Paul Barrere’s latest project is finally available; a collection of eclectic tunes reminiscent of the early days of Little Feat, recorded with old friend Roger Cole, Riding The Nova Train has a sample of influences through Paul’s long career. After the band plays at Feat Fan XI in Jamaica in March, Paul will be taking a year off to deal with treatment for Hep C. Below are some notes from Paul about the project and a link to hear a sample and order the CD….here’s a bit of the history of the album. An album, by...

Roger Knox ‘Stranger In My Land’

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#834 in the Series) is Roger Knox, Stranger In My Land (Bloodshot Records) Part travelogue, part National Geographic special, and part crash sociology course, Stranger in My Land, the new album by Roger Knox is surely to be the most important album you will listen to all year, and might just be the most important album of the decade.  The overall arch of this record, the unfair treatment of Australian Aborigines, is a subject matter that until now has not necessarily reached mainstream hearts and ears, and with Bloodshot Records along with Jon Langford  (Waco Brothers, Pine Valley Cosmonauts) acting as curators, and Roger Knox, The Koori King of Country, leading the...

Jerry Garcia Band ‘GarciaLive Volume One’

  Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Catfish John” by Jerry Garcia Band It was a tale of two Jerries. By 1980 Jerry Garcia had his day job with the Grateful Dead. During that year, the band released the somewhat weak studio album, Go To Heaven, and took to the road to promote it. While the 1979-1980 shows generally found the band in excellent form, in order to keep things interesting for the fans and themselves, they performed some very special shows. They kicked off their 15th anniversary celebration (1965-1980) with residencies at Radio City Music Hall in New York City and at The Warfield Theater in San Francisco. The shows revived the format of an acoustic...

STRFKR ‘Miracle Mile’ – NEW MUSIC REVIEW

  Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “While I’m Alive” by STRFKR & “Young Turks” by Sexton Blake Sure, you’d be hard-pressed to forgive them for a band name as over the top as STRFKR (which is short for Starfucker). But props are firmly in order because over the past few years they’ve released three solid albums; chock full of deliciously danceable and tuneful electro pop confections. STRFKR’s roots are in solo projects by guitar/vocalist Josh Hodges, released under the moniker Sexton Blake. While the first Sexton Blake album was purely a solo affair, the second album featured a band (also called Sexton Blake)with Ryan Bjornstad on keyboards, Tom Homolya on bass and Tim Edgar on drums....

Unknown Mortal Orchestra ‘II’

  Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “From The Sun” by Unknown Mortal Orchestra Out of the murky haze of gauze- encased melodies and tranquilized, processed vocals arrives the second album from Unknown Mortal Orchestra, cleverly titled II. UMO is the brain child of Ruban Nielson, formally of the band Mint Chicks, who counts artists as diverse as Captain Beefheart and Sly Stone as major influences. Their muffled sound is an amalgam of neo-psychedelic acts like MGMT, Ween, Apples In Stereo and Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, coming off like an updated Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd. However, their totally unique angular melodies set this group apart from all the rest. It all began in June of 2010, when...

Richard Thompson ‘Electric’

Posted 07 Feb 2013 in Albums of 2013, Albums of the 10s, Rob Henry

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#833 in the Series) is Richard Thompson, Electric If you are a fan of Richard Thompson, just hearing the title of his new album Electric should make you smile. If somehow you don’t know his music just listening to the first track “Stony Ground” will do the same thing. The song starts out with some clapping and percussion and then Richard Thompson and his Trio kick in to a song about “Old Man Morris” who’s fallen for the widow across the street ~ and can’t keep his mind off her “Honey pot.” Shakespeare? No. Tremendous fun? Yes. I hope that I can explain this, but the real treat of Electric is the...

Eels ‘Wonderful, Glorious’

  Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Kind Of Fuzzy” by Eels It’s wonderful! It’s glorious! It’s Eels new album Wonderful, Glorious! Actually, the album could have been titled Everett Comes Alive, or even more to the point Get Happy! For their tenth studio album, Eels turned to a collaborative process, creating songs out of in-studio jams, with E (Mark Oliver Everett) adding lyrics on the fly. The result is a recording that is far more diverse in its sound and a whole lot looser than the last two Eels records. Coming on the heels of the three-album trilogy, Hombre Lobo, End Times and Tomorrow Morning, with their attendant themes of desire, heartbreak and renewal, Wonderful, Glorious...

Kelan Philip Cohran & The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

  Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Spin” by Kelan Philip Cohran & The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble If you love tuba solos, they’re here. How about exotic string instruments like zithers and kalimbas? Check, they’re in abundance. Funky, funky brass? Present and duly accounted for. Exciting music like you’ve never heard before? Look no further than the welcome return of Kelan Philip Cohran and his latest group, The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble. Cohran played trumpet, zither and other string instruments with Sun Ra Arkestra from 1959-1961, performing on their albums Interstellar Low Ways (1959), Holiday for Soul Dance (1960), Fate in a Pleasant Mood (1960) and later guesting on the record Angels and Demons at Play (1965). He...

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