Friday New Releases – March 8th

Finally!!  A fantastic week of releases.  There have  been some okay weeks, but this one has the most so far that I am interested in this year.  So, I am not going to ramble on and on…my choices are highlighted in Blue.  Let me know what you are interested in hearing or anything I might have missed.  Happy Friday!!

  • 61oj5jpg5pl._sx522_  Whitesnake – Slide It In (35th Anniversary Ultimate Special Edition) – (Rhino Records):  Whitesnake has a knack for delivering fantastic box sets, if you don’t believe me just check out the Unzipped and ’87 Box Sets I have reviewed.  This one seems even better.  6 Cds including the US & UK releases remastered, live shows and demos/remixes and whatever else they throw in.  Oh, and you get a DVD full of videos and interviews…No Brainer!! Ordered and will be at the house when I arrive home from work

  • 91kmjiflhzl._ac_sx200_sy200_  Tesla – Shock – (Universal Music):  Tesla has been going strong since the 80’s and this one brings us a little twist.  Producing the album is none other than Phil Collen from Def Leppard.  Teslas has opened for Lep many, many times and a bond has been formed.  Can’t wait to hear what Phil pulled out of the guys…I am sure it will be fantastic.

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Friday New Releases – February 15th

Welcome to the day after Valentine’s Day. I hope everyone was with the one you love or at least loving the one you were with.  And if you didn’t have anyone, that is okay too.  Maybe there is something on here you could love.  There is a little for everyone.  My choices are highlighted in Blue.  Let me know what you are interested in and what I might have missed.  Have a great weekend.

  • 71c2NqTqsmL._SX522_  Avril Lavigne – Head Above Water – (BMG):  Avril Lavigne, what can I say.  I actually dig her stuff.  I am not afraid to admit it.  Even if she married the guy from Nickelback.  I won’t hold that against her.  I haven’t heard anything off this one yet, but that won’t deter me from giving it a listen as she has earned that respect. Oh yeah, the cover of the album is quite nice!

  • 51FqalwhnlL._AC_US436_QL65_  Jon Fratelli – Bright Night Flowers – (Cooking Vinyl Ltd):  I love the Fratelli’s so can’t wait to hear Jon do another solo album.  His last one I enjoyed so why would this one be any different.  Give him a try, you will like it.

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Tuesday’s Memes – Jimmy Buffett

Okay Parrotheads!  It is time to grab a Margarita and a Cheeseburger and head to Paradise.  Climb in the hammock, sit back, relax and enjoy this collection of Jimmy Buffett memes from around the internet. It doesn’t matter what time it is because it is 5 O’Clock Somewhere so drink up!!…and light ’em if you got ’em.

The songs…

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Friday New Releases – January 25th

Now we are in to full swing in the new year.  The albums are starting to come out and today we have a long list of releases. There will hopefully be something for everyone.  There are bunch I am interested in, but might not necessarily buy right now.  They will be streamed to start with and I will pick up the ones I like the best.  My choices are highlighted in Blue.  Let me know what you like or are interested in.  Thanks and have a great musical weekend.

  • 41XHjCPQ-aL._AC_US436_QL65_  Starbreaker – Dysphoria – (Frontiers Records):  Tony Harnell and Magnus Karlsson team up again with the band’s third album and first in over 11 years…damn…way too long.  It is metal, it is hard rock and it is usually great.  Can’t wait to hear this one.

  • 61MGNjF1EfL._SS500  Rival Sons – Feral Roots – (Atlantic Records):  Rival Sons are one of those bands you just fall in love with immediately when you hear them. Now on their 6th studio album they just keep getting better.  They are straight up rock & roll with a heavy blues influence and worth a listen.  Give them a try.

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Tuesday’s Memes – Carrie Underwood

I normally don’t do Country, but I’ll do Carrie Underwood…wait that sounds really bad.  It’s true, but not what I meant.  I will do a collection of memes on Carrie Underwood. She deserves, plus she threatened to beat the shit out of my car is I didn’t.  So, I hope you enjoy them.

The songs…

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Friday New Releases – January 18th

Last week did not have a bunch of releases and this week isn’t that much better, but there are at least more than last week.  And there are a few I am actually interested in giving a spin.  Those will be highlighted in Blue.  There are a lot of Metal releases for those that like it a little bit harder than the rest. Hopefully there is something that will interest everyone.  Let me know what you like or what I might have missed.  Thanks and have a great weekend.

  • 51MBbKnI7-L._SS500  Switchfoot – Native Tongue – (Fantasy Records):  The Christian/Alternative band is back with their 11th Studio album. I came across the band back in 2003 with their 4th album ‘The Beautiful Letdown” and have been a fan since.  They can be pop, rock and sometimes even a beachy California Surf feel, but they are always consistent and the songs have a great message or story. I love Jon Foreman’s voice and I usually find very little wrong with their music.  Give them a try.

  • 91DhO9wlMHL._SX679_  Papa Roach – Who Do You Trust? – (Eleven Seven Records):  After less than 2 years since their last release, ‘Crooked Teeth’, Papa Roach are storming back on the scene.  I like it when bands don’t wait the obligatory 2-3 years for new music.  The last one was great so hoping for more of the same.

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Friday New Releases – January 11th

Welcome to the First Friday New Releases of the New Year!!  I hope 2019 is full of musical joy all year long.  Let’s kick it off with this first, very limited, batch of releases to get the year started.  There is some pop, some country, some metal and alternative.  Hopefully something for you.  Unfortunately nothing is jumping out at me as have to have, but will probably try the Taking Back Sunday one as they are usually good.  Let me know what you like or what I missed.  Have a great weekend!!

  • 61S3lDkju2L._AC_UL320_SR320,320_  Taking Back Sunday – Twenty – (Concord Music Group):  Celebrating 20 years together as a band, TBS is back with a greatest hits compilation with 19 great tracks and 2 brand new songs.  Might be worth it just for those 2 new ones. Here is one of their first hits, give it a view & a listen.

  • 51qVH8fJn1L._SS500.jpg  Soilwork – Verkligheten – (Nuclear Blast)

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What to Expect for New Music in 2019?

2019 is upon us and it is always fun anticipating what new albums are and will come out in the year.  There are quite a few we already know about, but some haven’t been officially announced or even a date set yet.  From what I have gathered around the internet, here are the bands that should have new albums out in 2019, but no dates announced yet. The ones I would give a try (and my kids) will be highlighted in Blue.  The ones with Dates Announced are at the bottom of this post.  The list is building up nicely!!

  • Adele
  • Billy Eilish
  • Coldplay
  • The Defiants
  • Eclipse
  • Greta Van Fleet – (rumor already for new music)
  • Hootie & the Blowfish (new tour has been announced)
  • Megadeth
  • Michael Sweet
  • Miley Cyrus
  • Prince
  • The Raconteurs
  • Rob Zombie
  • Stryper
  • The Cranberries
  • Taylor Swift
  • Tesla – Shock (Produced by Phil Collen of Def Leppard)
  • Tori Kelly
  • Whitesnake – Flesh & Blood (should be March)

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In Memoriam – 2018

Every year I do a post memorializing musicians that we lost in that year.  The list is really long and I guess each year it will get longer as all the bands I grew up with are getting older and it is bound to happen.  Though we have lost them, they live on in our hearts and in their music they left behind.  I guess we might as well get started.  Do realize this list isn’t every musician that passed away, it is really those that I have listened to over the years or were legends and icons in music.  So if I leave someone off, it is nothing personal but please add their name in the comments.

JANUARY 2018

January 10th: “Fast” Eddie Clark of Motorhead and Fastway.  He was the last surviving member of the original and classic line-up of Motorhead.  He was in the band from 1976 up until 1982 and was on the classic song and album that everyone knows, “Ace of Spades”.  Clark was also a founding member of the 80’s band Fastway (“Fast” Eddie Clark wasn’t a giveaway).

340px-Dolores_O'Riordan_guitar_2010January 15th: Dolores O’Riordan of the Cranberries.  A common theme lately is that artist seem to be committing suicide at an alarming rate.  The year kicked off with the loss of these heavenly voice.  The Cranberries were huge in the 90’s with such great songs as “Zombies” and “Linger” to just name a few.  She will be missed.

 

 

January 16th: Dave Holland, drummer for the band Judas Priest during some of the biggest years of the band, The 1980’s.

January 24th: Mark E. Smith, founder and lead singer of The Fall.  The band released over 32 albums from 1972 to 2017.  Quite an accomplishment.

FEBRUARY 2018

February 1st: Dennis Edwards, singer for The Contours and The Tempations.  He died at 74 of meningitis.

Mrbig_pattorpeyFebruary 7th: Pat Torpey, drummer for the band Mr. Big.  Pat’s drumming was sensational and a much respected drummer by musicians and non-musicians.  He was 64 and died from Parkinson’s Disease.

 

MARCH 2018

March 9th: Gary Burden – album cover artist. I normally do only musicians, but the album cover is just as important as the album itself (at least it used to be).  Gary was a pioneer in the the whole idea of cover art.  He worked mostly with Neil Young, but wored with The Doors, The Eagles, Joni Mitchell and many, many more.

March 14th: Alfred Lynn, singer for Wu-Tang Clan.  Alfred died of a heart attack at the age of 62.

March 20th: Peter Cowling, bassist for the Pat Travers Band.  He was 72 years old.

APRIL 2018

April 18th: Dale Winton – Dale was an English Radio DJ and very famous over in the UK.  He even had a cameo in the movie Trainspotting.

April 20th: Avicii – This Swedish musician and DJ was only 28 years old.  The details of his death were never released (that I can see), but it appears it was related to years of alcohol abuse.

April 26th: Charles Neville – saxophonist for the Neville Brothers.  He was 79 and died of pancreatic cancer.

MAY 2018

May 1st: John “Jabo” Starks – drummer for James Brown.  He was 79 years old.

May 4th: Steve Coy – drummer for the 80’s band Dead Or Alive who had the big hit “You Spin Me Round”

May 10th: Scott Hutchison – guitarist, singer and songwriter for the Alternative rock band Frightened Rabbit.  I came across them on a post I did about them years ago.  Damn fine singer and artist.

JUNE 2018

June 8th: Danny Kirwan – Danny was a former guitarist for the band Fleetwood Mac. He was with the band at it’s infancy from 1968-1972.  Danny was 68 at the time of his passing.

June 18: XXXTentacion – XXXTentacion was a rapper and was murdered at only 20 years of age.

440px-VinniePaul2008June 22: Vinnie Paul of Pantera –  Vinnie was the drummer for the famed Thrash metal band Pantera.  He was only 54 years old and is now with his brother Dimebag who was killed during a concert in 2004.

 

June 27th: Joe Jackson – the mastermind behind the Jackson 5 and father of Michael Jackson and all the other Jackson clan. His abrasive style has not looked fondly for him, but he did make those kids successful.

July 2018

July 3rd:  Richard Swift – Richard was a singer & songwriter for the band The Shins and The Black Keys.

AUGUST 2018

August 14th: Randy Rampage – Randy was the singer and bassist for Canadian thrash metal band D.O.A.  He died at 58 of a heart attack.

August 14th:  Jill Janus – Jill was the singer for the rock band Huntress.  She died of an apparent suicide at the age of 42 years old.

440px-Aretha_Franklin_1968.jpgAugust 16th: Aretha Franklin – Aretha was a living legend and one of the greatest singers we have ever had.  Her song “Respect” by Otis Redding is one of the most famous songs probably ever.  There was no one that her vocal power and she was adored by so many.  Definitely a legend and a icon has been lost.

August 22nd: Ed King – Ed was a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame guitarist for the band Lynrd Skynrd and Strawberry Alarm Clock.  He is most famous for co-writing the song “Sweet Home Alabama”  Funny thing, he was from California.

August 25th: Kyle Pavone – Kyle was the lead singer for the band We Came as Romans.  He was only 28.

SEPTEMBER 2018

September 7th: Mac Miller:  Mac Miller was a Rapper, singer and producer.  Sadly at he age of 26 died of a drug overdose.  For me, most notable for his collaborations with Ariana Grande who my kids are a fan.

September 27th: Marty Balin – Marty was the singer and musician for the Hall of Fame band Jefferson Airplane.  He was 76 years old.

OCTOBER 2018

October 29th:  Jimmy Farrar – Singer for Molly Hatchet and Gator Country died of a heart attack at the age of 67.  I loved me some Molly Hatchet.  He was singer from 1980-1982 and appeared on two of their albums.

The_Residents_Eye_-_EMP_-_Sarah_StierchOctober 30th: Hardy Fox – musician with the avant-garde musical group The Residents.  Famous for their weird eyeball-band.

 

 

NOVEMBER 2018

November 3rd: Glenn Schwartz – a member of the James Gang died at 77.  I just picked up a live James Gang album that I will play in his honer.

November 4th: Josh Fauver – Bassist for the band Deerhunter.  Josh was only 39 years old.  Way too young.

440px-Roy_Clark_a_conversation_with_OETA_(cropped)November 15th: Roy Clark – Roy was 85 when he died of pneumonia. I remember Roy from Hee-Haw and was actually one of the first guitarist I remember paying attention to.  I was forced to watch Hee-Haw and it was funny at times, but Roy Clark’s guitar and banjo playing was sensational.  He was one of the few Country musicians that I ever noticed that could serious play…I mean freaking awesome.  He will be missed.

DECEMBER 2018

December 6th: Pete Shelley – Pete was a member and co-founder of the band the Buzzcocks.  He died from a heart attack at only 63.  The Buzzcocks were a British punk rock band that have influenced so many others. Some songs include “I Don’t Mind”, “Fast Cars”, “Ever Fallen in Love (with Someone You Shouldn’t’ve) and “Orgasm Addict”.

Nancy_Wilson_(1968)December 13th: Nancy Wilson – The Grammy winning Jazz Singer was 81 years young.  She won 3 Grammies in her life including for Best R&B recording in 1965 for “How Glad I Am”.

 

 

To all the musician we have lost in 2018, may you rest in peace knowing the legacy you have left behind.  Thanks for the music!!

The Top Songs of 2018

It is time for the Top 20 Songs of 2018.  My previous post, if you missed it, was the Top 20 Rock Songs of 2018.  Go check it out by clicking on the link.  These 20 songs are all genres other than rock.  Some were popular and chart toppers and others were not.  They are my favorites, that touched me in some way so don’t expect any indie bands or anything trendy.  If you want that go to one of the cool sites out there, this ain’t it.

If you missed the Top Rock Albums of 2018 or the Top Albums of 2018 (that were not Rock), just click on the link and go check them out.

Let’s get started…

#20 – “Space Cowboy” – Kacey Musgrave off the album ‘Golden Hour’: I am not huge into today’s country music, but Kacey is different.  She is doing things her way, pushing boundaries and sounds.  I love her voice and her songs are always interesting and worth diving into lyrically.  This one is no different.  It is more pop than country, but still good.

#19 – “Say Hello” – Rhett Walker Band off the ‘Rhett Walker Band E.P.’:  Rhett’s a Christian rock band and this song comes off with the power of Church Revival and gets you up out of you chair, hands in the air and give it your all.  If you want to get moving, this will do it.

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