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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The Top Albums of 2018

The year is almost over so it is time to look back at what was awesome in music during the year.  I have already looked back at the Top Rock Albums of 2018 (click to read).   This list will cover all other genres that I listened to over the year including Pop, Country, Christian and whatever other genre you want classify these albums.  Rock is my favorite genre and that is why it gets it’s own list, but that doesn’t take away from any of these choices as I think they are great on their own.

Note:  These albums were my favorites and not necessarily the most played on the radio (which I hate the radio) or even the biggest sellers.  There aren’t the trendy indie bands on everyone else’s top albums list.  These are just what I came across during the year and connected with me in some way.  So, we might as well get started…

The #1 Album of 2018

91OE1mUg7jL._SL1500_-2Matt Nathanson – Sings His Sad Heart:  Man, what can I say about this guy.  He is my favorite singer/songwriter out their right now and has been for sometime.  Within just a couple listens to this album I felt like I knew all the words and I was singing right along like I had grown up with these songs.  And how do you know an album is great, you keep singing it when you aren’t even listening to it.  Yes, I was and I am still singing.  The songs “Mine”, “Way Way Back”, “Used To Be” “Long Distant Runner” and “Best Drugs” are some of my favorites but there is not a bad song.  Perfect!!

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Turntables & Vinyl #17 – The Thanksgiving Collection

For Thanksgiving, we always travel to Atlanta to visit family and celebrate what we are ‘thankful’ for and just enjoy being around people we love.  And two things happened this year that involved vinyl.  The first was Black Friday Record Store Day and the second was that a family member brought up they have a collection of vinyl they have sitting around.  Anything that involves music or vinyl is a good time for me.

First off, let’s talk about the Black Friday Record Store Day.  Friday morning came and everyone was a little tired from eating too much the night before and it was a slow start to the day.  My sister and brother-in-law were kind enough to make us breakfast and I couldn’t refuse.  Now this started at about 8 or so in the morning.  The one record store that was fairly close to my sister (20-25 minute drive) was going to open at 10am so I felt I was still good on time.

Breakfast didn’t actually get ready until closer to 9am and now I was getting worried. I didn’t want to be rude and skip out on breakfast, so I decided that it was more important to sit with the family and enjoy what was a very yummy breakfast rather than get some exclusive limited edition vinyl’s that would bring me hours and hours of enjoyment.  And I was right.

My daughter and I eventually got on the road and made it to the record store, Sweet Melissa’s Records at about 9:50 which was 10 minutes prior to opening.  And there was no line!!!  That is right…NO LINE!!!  I was so excited.  We got a parking space right in front of the store and couldn’t be happier.  We get out of the car and there was a lady at the door coming out and we asked if they were open and she said Yes, come on in.  Then she added, we got bored and opened early!  Early????  Red Alert….Early?? Danger Will Robinson, Danger!!

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Friday New Releases – December 7th

Happy Friday.  Welcome to December and we are ever closer to Christmas so the choices get more limited and I have to stop buying so my family has something to get me for Christmas (and my Birthday).  This week there are a handful of releases and a lot of them live. I have highlighted in Blue those I might give a listen, but no promises.  Let me know if there is anything for you or anything I missed.  Have a great music Weekend!!

  • 51wAcQGL3OL._AC_US436_QL65_  Coldplay – Live in Buenos Aires – (Parlophone):  I haven’t listened to Coldplay much at all lately, so not sure why I am interested in hearing this, but it it is calling me.  I will give it a spin.

  • 41ffk6lfXtL._SS500  Gotthard – Defrosted 2: Live – (Nuclear Blast):  When Steve Lee was alive and the lead singer of Gotthard, I was a huge fan.  I haven’t been since and it is no fault of the band, I just found Steve to be AMAZING! and it is hard to get back into the band now.  The original Defrosted was great and I am willing to give this one a try out of respect for the band.

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Friday New Releases – November 30th

The last Friday of November and Christmas is just around the corner which means one thing.  Album releases start to become relatively scarce. You want to drop your album early enough that it makes it on people’s Christmas list, but not too late where no one will grab it as they have spent all their money already on Christmas presents.  Now, there isn’t a whole lot I care about this week and in fact, there is only one.  Some of the other might get a listen sooner or later.  Have a great day and let me know what you are interested in hearing.  Mine is in Blue.

  • 61WAzq7sdaL._AC_US320_QL65_.jpg   Def Leppard – The Story So Far – (Virgin EMI/Mercury):  Def Leppard is bringing yet another greatest hits release.  Just what we needed, right?  Well….not really.  However, that doesn’t stop me from buying it.  I have it on pre-order for the vinyl so I can’t get the 7″ Single of their Depeche Mode cover of “Personal Jesus”.  Yes, I am becoming a completist with Def Leppard.  Anyway, this is a pretty complete greatest hits package and not a bad one to get if you don’t have on yet.  Enjoy!!

  • 31Ncg-T41kL._SS500  The 1975 – A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships – (Dirty Hit / Polydor / Interscope)
  • 91CRBGCU3QL._AC_UL115_  Neil Young – Songs for Judy – (Shakey Pictures Records)

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A Star is Born – Soundtrack – Album Review

I bought this on a 2LP Deluxe Edition vinyl for my daughter the week before it was actually released.  Not sure how we were able to do that, but there it was so we bought it.  I have to say it is one sensational package as you get a lot for your money which isn’t always the case. There are 34 tracks, but only 19 actual songs (which is still a lot).  The other tracks are little snippets from the movie.  So without seeing the movie myself, I know the movie pretty well now as the soundtrack follows the storyline.

The movie stars Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga and follows the story of an aging country singer (Bradley) and he meets this young woman (Gaga) and loves her singing voice and her as it turns out.  Her star goes up while his falls and the movie tells the story of how that impacts their relationship.  I won’t spoil it for you.  The movie is also Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut.  Oh yeah, he sings and writes some of the songs too.  Impressive.

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The songs were written by both Bradley and Lady Gaga as well as contributions from many other artists include DJ White Shadow, Lukas Nelson, Mark Ronson, Jason Isbell, Diane Warren and Andrew Wyatt (Miike Snow) to just name a few.  I have to say, musically the album sounded great with some stellar session musicians taking the rein.

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