Leon Russell: Self-Titled

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Leon Russell has been playing music for 60+ years and this is his first album. Everyone in America should listen to it, or, if you listened to it when it was released but accidentally altered reality after traveling back in time to save your future self from some present atrocity only to realize your mistake upon returning to the present then traveled back in time again to fix said mistake, listen to it again. Easy.

A Song For You kicks off the album with a heartbreaking piano run, the lilting descent of the global psyche.  It finishes with a brilliant Masters of War, Dylan’s anti-war diatribe against chicken-hawking corruption within the system put to mock patriotic anthem.


UPDATE: Leon Russell, Dead at 74 years old this morning. Unspeakable curses.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo: Always With Us

Paul Simon‘s one-and-only Graceland is the defining album of my childhood. More than any other music, those 11 tracks transport me back to our rickety Volkswagen bus: the brothers “grab-assing” as we slowly traversed the arid Central Valley – Yosemite so close, yet so far for an incorrigible seven-year-old. From 1986 on, there was one cassette perpetually in our tape deck, various Beach Boys mixes came and went, but for me, Graceland is, and will always be, the best album of all time.  Continue reading “Ladysmith Black Mambazo: Always With Us”

Crover, Plummer, & Willis: Hew Time

It was 1952 when jazz impresario Norman Granz (founder of Verve records) recruited Gene Krupa to join Buddy Rich in his long running Jazz at the Philharmonic series. After the two played together for a few months, Granz envisioned a captivating drum-off, the two super-stars battling it out in a spectacular exhibition, which ultimately proved so popular the event was replicated in future JATP shows, on television, and in two studio albums, the first of which, Krupa & Rich, inspired my early drumming days. Continue reading “Crover, Plummer, & Willis: Hew Time”

The Colourist: The Colourist

The day has finally come: the first Colourist album is here.

Fresh and more polished than their Lido EP, their first full length album is sonically poignant – a return to the hard rocking days of the 70s & 80s without Gen X & Y’s natural cynicism, in fact, quite the opposite. Adam Castilla (guitar & lead vocals) sets up exquisite melodies – his soft voice a perfect foil for the brightness & optimism of Maya Tuttle‘s (drums & vocals) harmonizing (especially on softer tracks such as Stray Away). Continue reading “The Colourist: The Colourist”

Busman’s Holiday: A Long Goodbye

A recent announcement by Joyful Noise Recordings has me excitedly checking the mailbox.  A new album by Busman’s Holiday is on it’s way. Entitled A Long Goodbye, the album isn’t out until April 1st (just kidding). Seriously, it will be released April 1st.

Busman’s Holiday – the concept of doing on vacation what you do at work – is a side project of sorts for two musical brothers, Lewis & Addison Rogers, who each play in other, well respected bands, so this is, in effect, the holiday of a couple highly talented musical busmen.

In the spirit of the times, the brothers play acousticy folk-esque rock – and while mere weeks ago I’d have argued that the time has come to bleed this genre to death – the two Rogers have persuaded me with a single track preview.

Check it out and let us know what you think in the comments. PTwest has already pre-ordered the vinyl and you can too right HERE. The pair have a collection from 2008 available on their Bandcamp page.

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Kishi Bashi: Philosophize! Chemicalize!

While being “Big in Japan” is typically a phenomena experienced by, outside-the-mainstream, one-hit-wonders here in the United States, for Kaoru Ishibashi (the bilingual genius behind Kishi Bashi) it seems only natural he’d galvanize a fanbase spanning the sparkly Pacific Ocean as he actively cultivates each one, occasionally singing (and tweeting) in Japanese. Continue reading “Kishi Bashi: Philosophize! Chemicalize!”

Ian Fitzgerald: No Time To Be Tender

There is an underlying familiarity to Ian Fitzgerald‘s music.

The elements of Fitzgerald’s style and the manner in which he works – utilizing the individual threads of traditional folk as a cornerstone on which his immense creativity builds – generates an intensely wondrous and engaging tapestry, thick with interwoven allegory and symbolism yet grounded in the subtleness of a soft-spoken songwriter. Continue reading “Ian Fitzgerald: No Time To Be Tender”