Here’s a bunch of new tunes for ya that I think you might enjoy. This New Music Revue is a little bluesier than most of the recent ones I’ve done but, well, that’s what I’m hearing that I like currently.
Brandi and the Alexanders list themselves as ‘A Brooklyn Soul Queen And Her Rock & Roll Band.’ From their press kit: “As the ass-kicking powerhouse vocalist for Brandi & The Alexanders, Brandi Thompson’s diva-level range and soulful melodies hit the listener right in the gut.
Backed by The Alexanders, a funk and soul influenced rock band, Brandi walks a tightrope between classic rock drive and R&B grit. Like fusing the Jackie Brown soundtrack, with The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill, and Music From Big Pink together, (!) Brandi & the Alexanders have a sound that is slick, big, and instantly classic.” They remind me somewhat of the band Rufus with Chaka Khan.
I would also add in there’s a little bit of that ’70’s wonka-wonka sound. Here they are doing the funky, funky title track from their album How Do You Like It.
Is that gentleman – you’re doubtless saying to yourself – pictured on top of the post Graham Parker? Indeed it is. Someone (Christian?) recently told me Parker had a new album. And lo and behold this next song showed up on Spotify.
For those who, unlike me, are not old and decrepit, know that Graham Parker – who deserves his own post – with his band the Rumour was a force in mid-70’s rock and is compared often to artists such as Joe Jackson and Elvis Costello. Joe’s still kicking around and I believe was even touring recently.
I found this song, “Girl in Need,” from his new album Cloud Symbols to be the catchiest thing I’ve heard in some time:
From Blues Blast magazine: “At age 16 in 1986 with a newly-minted driver’s license in his wallet, Doug Deming drove downtown across the traditional cultural, racial and psychological dividing line of Eight Mile Road from the suburbs in East Detroit to the recently-renovated Fox Theatre on Woodlawn Avenue downtown to see a blues revue that featured Denise LaSalle, Bobby “Blue” Bland, B.B. King and Albert King.
This show was the “live blues gateway experience” that propelled Doug toward a more traditional, jump blues approach and away from Stevie Ray Vaughn’s raucous reinvention of contemporary blues.”
His press kit says, “Doug Deming & the Jewel Tones play traditional blues, West Coast and Texas swing, and early 50s roots rock. This is real deal rocking’ rhythm & blues! ” Amen, brother.
Here’s Doug and the boys doing “Complicated Mess” from the album of the same name. The guys play quite a bit in the Florida area so if you’re down there …
Now, not everything ME listens to is soulful or poppy or bluesy. Sometimes it’s loud and heavy, sometimes it’s punky. I’m going for the latter on this tune “Spray” by an upstate NY band named Candy Ambulance who in fact refer to themselves as punk grunge.
“Vocalist Caitlin Barker shared, “Choosing ‘Spray’ for the first video off our latest EP was a no-brainer. I was very agitated when I wrote the song. I started to see the narrative play out in my mind every time we rehearsed it; a sweaty drink glass, rubber dish gloves, smoking at the record player. It felt like a song I could see.” Never one to be shy, the band said their aim is to “make the viewer itch a little” – with a montage of scenarios throughout.”
You gotta watch this video. She cleans the FUCK out of the floor. I’ll tell you what. You bring her in to clean, that whole house might be filthy but you are gonna have one clean spot on that floor.
Wikipedia: Rosie Flores is a rockabilly and country music artist. Her music blends rockabilly, honky-tonk, jazz, and Western swing along with traditional influences from her Tex-Mex heritage. She currently resides in Austin, Texas, where August 31 was declared Rosie Flores Day by the Austin City Council in 2006.
Yes, another locally famous person that You May Not Have Heard Of. Hell, I only heard about her recently. She has a hell of a discography going all the way back to 1987 and toured as a member of Asleep at the Wheel for a while.
This song “Drive, Drive, Drive” is a single she released from her upcoming album Simple Case of the Blues. I’m hearing some Bonnie Raitt as well as Lucinda Williams. And I dig that harp!