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Nightmares On Track: 964 Pinocchio - "I Pledge Allegiance (For Cassowary's Sake (Yeah Right))"

964 Pinocchio “I Pledge Allegiance (For Cassowary’s Sake (Yeah Right))” Maximum Panic Explosion What a great band.  So cool, so noisy, so mysterious.  Who are these people?  Coming from Japan, as the band says; “(we) came right out of the …

Intellectual Romanticism: Austin Ward - "Bubblegum"

Austin Ward “Bubblegum” Pheromone Austin Ward is amazing.  He has this tremendous voice, and, when you listen to the lyrics, you get to know him intimately, which is important for a great artist.  He is releasing an EP, Phermone.  These are …

Kickass Punk: Stimmerman - "Good Answer"

Stimmerman “Good Answer” Pleasant Vistas In A Somber Place What a great punk album.  Stimmerman (aka Eva Lawitts) kick ass on this album.  The songs are written by Eva Lawitts, on which she plays guitar, bass, and vocals, with drums by …

Modern Protest: Sean Alan - "Refugee Song"

Sean Alan “Refugee Song” The Show Must Go On Sadly, what an appropriate song for today, when countries have decided to ban refugees from a certain country which they are in the process of bombing.  Sean Alan has that Dylanesque …

Personal Music: Christopher Jameson - "I Walked/Harlequin"

Christopher Jameson “I Walked/Harlequin” What a great single.  Christopher Jameson has a great voice and his songwriting ability is tremendous.  I love his guitar playing, his lyrics, and his honesty.  Amazing.  He sounds like Jose Gonzalez (a little), yet he …

Dark Goth: Pilod - "Lion Ego"

Pilod “Lion Ego” Black Swan What a beautifully dark album.  Coming from Belgium, Pilod sounds like a combination of Sufjan Stevens at his saddest with Neutral Milk Hotel at Jeff Magnum’s deepest.  Comprised of Frédéric Baervoets – guitar / vocals, …

Summer Sounds: Kindo - "Human Convention"

Kindo “Human Convention” Happy However After This is a great band that seriously challenges genre within music.  Are they rock, jazz, lounge, dance, psychedelia, or everything all in one.  Their progressive sound might baffle easy pigeonholing, but their sound is …

Sun Worship: Lonely Benson - "Strawberry Afternoon"

Lonely Benson “Strawberry Afternoon” Lonely Benson What a great performer.  Lonely Benson (aka Daniel Young) has combined the sunny sound of Os Mutantes with the easy-going lounge/swing of Louis Jourdan into of psychedelic expression of the love of summer.  As …

Dance, Dance, Take a Selfie: The Nightowls - "#selfiequeen"

The Nightowls #selfiequeen We Are The Nightowls That great R&B dance band, The Nightowls, has a new single out, and Geez, it is great.  You know those people who go out and spend the night taking selfies?  Well, they got …

Real Life: HARE - "Rolls Along"

HARE “Rolls Along” HARE (formally the Seb Isaac Band), is a great band that deals with subjects we all can relate to.  Especially those relationships that are iffy, maybe you’re just there until the next better thing comes along. HARE is …

The Voidz - "All Wordz Are Made Up"

The Voidz’ new album Virtue is a commixture of various genres blended together in a somewhat cohesive way, but at times sounding a little messy. However, that does not mean the music that Julian Casablancas (the Strokes) and his bandmates …

Dance The Night Away: Millionyoung - "Never Be The Same"

Millionyoung “Never Be The Same” Rare Form Remember what made the dance floors so much fun in the 70’s?  Well, Millionyoung takes us back there.  Throw in a little house, Millionyoung has it all.  Coming from Florida, Millionyoung is Mike Diaz …

Beautiful Dark: White China - "Freak Dreams"

White China “Freak Dreams” I This is great darkwave music.  Have you reached that time when you find yourself greeting every sunrise when you’re just getting in, and you wonder, is it worth it?  That’s the question Gianluca Buccellati poses.  He …

Thinking Man's Pop: The Orange Peels - "Stealing Days"

The Orange Peels “Stealing Days” Trepassing There is something totally refreshing about The Orange Peels.  Some have said that they have an ’80’s feel to them.  If it is, it’s that breeziness of The Bangles, but there is something more …

Lost In Darkness: Death By Piano - "Bender"

Death By Piano “Bender” Countdown Death By Piano, the new collaboration from Kalen Lister (Kalen & The Sky Thieves) and Greywolf (Escaper), is full of beautiful surprises (the cover of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” is amazing), but I wanted to focus …

Words of Empowerment: Bonny Doon - "Long Wave"

In the spring of 2017 Bonny Doon decamped to a remote part of Michigan, nesting near the evocatively named Mystic Lake, and spent a week uprooting former approaches and reinventing their sound anew. What came from that is their relaxed, …

Hypnotizing Beauty: Andy Cook - "Swirl"

Andy Cook “Swirl” Modern Man Andy Cook has one of the voices that lolls you into a false security that everything is alright, until you actually listen to the lyrics.  “Swirl” is a powerful song, with stinging lyrics and that …

Wake The Flowers: Cody Noon - "Shadow Mountain"

Cody Noon “Shadow Mountain” Double Dark First off, I love this band.  Their form of distortion, bedroom, DIY, noise pop is unique, and I love the fact that they are an instrumental group willing to play and take you places …

Dark Star Matter: Sur Back - "Valentino"

Sur Back “Valentino” Kitsch II Sur Back is an amazing artist.  I love the way “Valentino” starts with the plucking arpeggios of violins and then goes completely out this world where strange synth sounds and Sur Back’s mesmerizing voice fold …

OCD In Music Form: Aseptic Void - "Schadenfreude"

Aseptic Void “Schadenfreude” Ideazione Di Contrasto This is a great yet very disturbing album.  An album dedicated to a mental phenomenon associated with the fear of losing control and present in OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) is bound to be disturbing yet …

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