Los Angeles based The Blank Tapes have released their brand new album "Candy", out today. The band is led by chief songwriter and Southern California native Matt Adams. I've had the pleasure of listening to the new album for many months now and it's grown on me exponentially. Matt has been toiling away for a handful of years, locally and internationally, and has continued to carry the torch of solid Rock n Roll -- both in the studio and on the road. "Candy" is a testament to his commitment to solid and consistent songwriting. The Blank Tapes will be hitting the road in support of the new album. Catch 'em if you can.
Harlan T. Bobo is back with a vengeance. His new album "A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE", via Goner Records, is a ferocious and tender rocket ride straight to the heart of the matter. Alongside the likes of Greg Cartwright, Jeff Evans, and Jack Oblivian, I feel Harlan is one of the best to come out of Memphis. He may have relocated to France a few years ago, but he returned to the Bluff City to cut this new album with Doug Easley. "A History of Violence" is a tough and loose record that would cause Josh Homme and Mark Lanegan to sweat at night. Harlan is at the top of his game here. This is already my contender for Top 5 Album of 2018.
Orange County-based, Buena Park specific, Boa Constrictors released a solid album 'LAFTERLIFE' in the Spring of 2017. It's a loose and melodic effort that rides the line of The Kinks. Not bad, eh? I swear I'm not from Canada. Take some time and dig into the new album and watch a video below.
Last night, a large handful of us gathered at Capitol Studios (A & B) in Hollywood, to celebrate the life of our dear friend Paul Buckmaster. He shockingly and suddenly passed away in November 2017. Yesterday, he would've celebrated his 72nd Birthday. Paul was a true blue musical genius, legend, and personal friend.
The day after his death, I wrote a personal piece about him. Read it HERE
I put together a Spotify playlist of Paul Buckmaster's work. Click HERE
I snapped a few photos from yesterday's memorial. Paul was an incredible illustrator as well. I included a photo of his Miles Davis sketch in the gallery below.
Caught these guys in L.A. way back in '99. If I recall, I saw them at the now defunct club The Garage in Silverlake while they were touring on their solid album "Gear Blues". They rarely made it over to the United States from their native Japan. They definitely carried the Rock N Roll torch, in Japan, alongside the likes of Guitar Wolf, Jackie & the Cedrics, and King Brothers. Purely sweaty and greasy Rock N Roll is the lines of MC5, Stooges, and The Dictators.
I mean...come on
We've barely heard from Harlan T. Bobo since his incredible album "Too Much Love" back in 2014. Harlan relocated to France, from Memphis, a handful of years ago. Though, during his time in Memphis, he's worked with Jack Oblivian, The Limes, Viva L'American Death Ray Music, and contributed string arranging on Cat Power's "The Greatest".
Harlan's new song "Ghost" is a return to form....and worth the wait. It's a gorgeous piano-driven tune with perfect depth. His forthcoming album "A History of Violence" is due June 22nd on Goner Records.
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Jon Spencer is back today with a new song "Do The Trash Can" from his forthcoming new album "Spencer Sings The Hits!", due this fall on In The Red Recordings. Spencer serves up a rough and tough banger that walks the line of his time in the Blues Explosion and Gibson Bros. Loosen your "Indie Rock" tie and pour yourself a glass of Mad Dog 20/20.
Merrell Fankhauser & H.M.S. Bounty take on Fred Neil's iconic song "Everybody's Talkin'. Harry Nilsson's version shot this song into the stratosphere, but this is my favorite version below.