Thursday, December 31, 2009

The Aviation Orange, "The Aviation Orange"

The Aviation Orange
The Aviation Orange

Brooklyn's The Aviation Orange refers to themselves as “New York's hottest new band”. They may be jumping the gun a little, but they're on their way to becoming just that.

Bill James, "The Love Doctor"

Bill James
The Love Doctor

Bill James is at least 56 by now, considering that he sings “somebody told me you can't rock and roll at 52“ on “You Never Get Too Old To Rock And Roll” andThe Love Doctor came out in 2005. While his age makes him an experienced guitarist and lyricist, his music isn't too aged for today's generation.

David Pinsky and his Rhythm Kings, "Live at the Bella"

David Pinsky and his Rhythm Kings
Live at the Bella

David Pinsky has spent over 30 years playing the blues, and on his latest release, Live at the Bella, he shows off what he's learned: how to have fun while talking about misery.

Zac Mac Band, "Don't Look Down"

Zac Mac Band
Don't Look Down

I don't really know what to make of the Zac Mac Band. I tried to like it, and I tried to get past the overwhelmingly cheesy lyrics, but I just can't manage it.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Michaela Rae, "Blues With A Backbone"

Michaela Rae
Blues With A Backbone


You won't believe Michaela Rae's first CD, Blues With a Backbone, when you hear it. Rae is fourteen years old, but plays guitar like any legend you can name. She's been playing basically her entire life, and Blues is full of one super charged song after another, none of which sound like something that came from someone under the age of thirty.


Thursday, December 3, 2009

Shannon Corey, "Unsaid"


Shannon Corey
Unsaid


The music industry is littered with female singer-songwriters, but Shannon Corey is far more talented than her more well-known coworkers such as Sara Barellies and Vanessa Carlton.


Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Jack O' The Clock, "Rare Weather"


Jack O' The Clock
Rare Weather


I really wanted to love Jack O' The Clock' s newest release, Rare Weather. From the artwork to the band's description (majestic junk folk) to the list of over a dozen “extra” instruments used to make the songs, I was expecting something refreshing, exciting, and new. But exciting elements in a band played in the same old way aren't that remarkable.


Roger Salloom, "Last Call"


Roger Salloom
Last Call


Roger Salloom was not what I was expecting. His opening song on his latest CD, Last Call, instantly brought Bob Dylan to my mind, but the more I listened, the more he started sounding like just Roger Salloom.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Bobby Washington - "Nude"

Bobby Washington
Nude

I knew before I even listened to Bobby Washington's Nude what it would sound like. With song titles like “Sixty 9”, “Remix That Body”, and “Ain't No Stoppin Me”, it was a little obvious that Washington is fixated on what most cliché R&B albums are – women and the fact that he's the best.

Zweng - "Silent Scream of Gulls"

Zweng
Silent Scream of Gulls


Zweng is what indie music used to sound like, when it was still a term that referred to the independence of the label and not the sound. In other words, it's fantastic.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Marizane - "Cosmosis"

Marizane
Cosmosis

Either Marizane doesn't want you to know anything about them, or they're just so indie the information isn't available. They're from California, and that's all the information you get, other than their fun, rock-pop music.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Inch Chua - "The Bedroom"

Inch Chua
The Bedroom

Inch Chua, the frontwoman for Allura, is branching out with a solo project. Her new CD, The Bedroom, is a short and sweet acoustic playground.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Saltshakers - "Lights Out"

The Saltshakers
Lights Out

The Saltshakers is a power-pop band that surprisingly originated in Wisconsin. Their hometown is surprising because their latest album, Lights Out, is mostly fixated on the west coast, particularly California.