An occasional post wherein I crawl out of my cave, realize no new Beatles album is forthcoming and check out some new tunes. I tend to try to go outside my comfort zone, at least somewhat. There are six tunes here so if you don’t have time to listen to all of them all the way through, try to give each one a taste.
First up, a tune from Fred Seul, a Copenhagen-based musician, and social activist. He informs us that his second single “Wolves,” discusses the growing fear of being in public. Despite the constant decreasing criminality, violence, and terror, people are more afraid than ever. He “encourages people to appreciate that they’re not born a hundred years ago.”
Good point. I like this tune. It’s catchy and has a great feel. The more I listen to it, the more I dig it. It feels ancient somehow but at the same time, modern. “I wish to draw the listener into my universe of optimistic melancholy, where sadness gets converted into joy. It’s relatable and it’s honest.”
The woman pictured at the top of the post is named Rory Block. If you’re not familiar with her, Rory is not some new artist trying to make her way in the world of blues. In fact, according to her website, she is a five-time Blues Award winner.
She tells us that, “one day in 1964 I heard an album called Really The Country Blues and from that moment on my life was dedicated to learning how to play blues. I spent untold hours and two years of my life with my ear glued to a speaker. I was determined to figure out each and every note and play the great songs with as much accuracy as I could muster, out of a deep reverence for the music.”
According to Wikipedia, “At age 15, she left home to seek out the remaining blues giants, such as Mississippi John Hurt, Reverend Gary Davis, and Son House, and hone her craft in the traditional manner of blues musicians; then she traveled to Berkeley, California, where she played in clubs and coffeehouses.”
This is a hot little number called “Gimme a PIgfoot and a Bottle of Beer” which goes at least as far back as Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday. Have mercy!
This one’s gonna surprise regular followers of this site, at least musically. It’s a country tune by a guy named Jesse Dayton. I heard this on Spotify and I couldn’t resist posting it. It’s called “Charlottesville” and while it doesn’t mention him by name, it effectively indicts our useless retard of a president who equated Nazis and those who oppose them. I like hearing a country guy stand up for what’s right and opposing bullshit.
Now, this next tune has got not only a nice groove but a reference to The French Connection. I can’t remember why but in the movie, Popeye Doyle kept asking some guy if he picked his toes in Poughkeepsie.
This is by an artist who goes by the unlikely name of Fannie Pacc and all I can find on him is that he is a “traveling loop pedal musician.” This song “Poughkeepsie” is from his album Froot Loops and I dig that chugging groove.
Next up, a singer/guitarist named Dewey Roberts. From his website, we are informed that he is a “versatile singer/songwriter and guitarist from Santa Ynez CA. He plays and writes a wide range of music in a wide range of styles.
From calm classical guitar instrumentals to belting vocals, Dewey has a strong love for classic rock music as well as all kinds of music. He began writing songs at an early age and released his first original album ‘Common Essence’ at the age of 21 after raising $7,000 to produce the project.”
Ah yes, there is hope for rock and roll yet if the young’uns are churning out belters like this. This is called “Mr. Gypsy Man.”
So I was driving home from a show one night and I heard this oddball tune on the radio. It’s called Nzuku and it’s by a guy named Alexis Georgopoulos who goes by the name ARP. I found it strangely compelling and hypnotic.
I can’t find much about the guy but this was on a website: ““Nzuku” is the second single from his forthcoming full-length ZEBRA, following its lead single “Fluorescences“. It’s unpredictable like jazz and entrancing like new age, expanding into layers of synth, piano, and guitar. New tones appear as quickly as they’re zapped.