Monday, March 29, 2010

The Mannish Boys, "Shake For Me"

The Mannish Boys
Shake For Me

The Mannish Boys are less of a band and more of a royal jam session. Every big name around today in blues is (or has been) involved with the band, and their latest release, Shake For Me, shows their combined talents off even more impressively than their previous four albums together.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Kirk Fletcher, "My Turn"

Kirk Fletcher
My Turn

It certainly is Kirk Fletcher's turn. On his third solo album, the guitarist is stepping into the spotlight after touring and guest starring for years. And he handles the spotlight with technical and vocal skill that makes you sure he's ready for it.

Stephen Soul, "Wingless Not Hopeless"

Stephen Soul
Wingless Not Hopeless

At some point in your college or high school career, you probably went to a house party where an artist like Stephen Soul was set up in the corner, playing music and selling CDs. You probably didn't like it then, and you probably won't like it now.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Kirsten DeHaan, "Thorns On A Crown"

Kirsten DeHaan
Thorns On A Crown

I wasn't impressed with Kirsten DeHaan's Thorns on a Crown after the first few songs, but the more I listened to it, the more I liked it. The problem with that is that the five song album is hailed as containing five different genres of music. But you can't please everyone, and DeHaan should stick to the genres she plays well.

Poostosh, "Herbarium"


Poostosh's Herbarium is the kind of album you need to listen to while watching the visualizer available on whatever media player you're using. (What our parents did with records and cassettes, without visualizers to stare at, I have no idea.)

Elliott Murphy, "Notes From The Underground"

Elliott Murphy
Notes From The Underground

Elliott Murphy's first album came out in 1973, and he's released 29 more since then. His most recent is Notes From The Underground, a classic Americana/Folk album that recalls every folk star you can think of, from Dylan to Guthrie.

Light In August, "Places"

Light In August

It's unclear if Light In August's name has anything to do with the Faulkner novel of the same name, but since it's a band consisting of three guys with beards, one of which plays the flute, it probably does.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

The Black Noodle Project, "Eleonore"

The Black Noodle Project

A concept album by a French progressive rock band that sings in English: is it ambitious or are they writing their own death certificates? The Black Noodle Project really hasn't done either on Eleonore; mostly, they've just recorded some prog rock songs and put it to a story you can't really understand.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Pete Lockett's Network Of Sparks, "One"

Pete Lockett's Network of Sparks

Pete Lockett's name might not be familiar to you, but at least half of the impressive list of people he's played with will be. Lockett is a percussionist who has played with the likes of Robert Plant, Damien Rice, Bjork, and Peter Gabriel. On One, he teams up with Bill Bruford for an all instrumental, all percussion album.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Subcon, "Antitoxin"


I've always been impressed with the confidence of rappers. Something about the hip-hop genre demands an ultra, almost absurd arrogance, and when the artist is as good as he or she says, it works, and it somehow makes the music more sincere. But when the artist isn't as good as they think they are, it's just kind of sad.