Every now and again I dip into the new tune pile and present a few of them for your consideration. Here’s some I dug recently. Your mileage may vary.
From their press kit: “Austin-based rock band/collective Gleeson returns with The Years Have It – a dynamic collection of classicist guitar-pop-etc that by turns celebrates and defies convention, gives and doesn’t give a fuck.” They name-check The Replacements, Beach Boys, Superdrag, Wilco, Big Star, Kinks among others. Their Facebook page mentions some other bands I never heard of but that probably don’t suck, notes their genre is rock and roll and says band interests are women.
I like a song that starts and ends with funny noises, kicks some serious ass and – as previously noted – doesn’t give a fuck. Such a tune is “Holding On.” Discuss.
From his website: Filippo Dall’Asta (pictured on top of post) is an Italian Gypsy jazz guitarist, composer, bandleader and arranger, mixing the sounds of Gypsy jazz and his native Italy with traditional Indian music, to forge his own style of progressive guitar playing: “Mediterasian.”
Filippo began playing at the age of 5 in Parma, Italy and studied music in his native country as well as Germany, Holland, and India. In 2010, at the age of 23, he arrived in the UK. He has toured and recorded with hundreds of artists.
I am a sucker for great guitar and Filippo is a great guitarist. Here he (and sax, clarinet, bass, drums) takes on “Bach’s Prelude No.2 in C minor, which is a tune I walk around whistling pretty much every day. He Django’s it up. Roll over Bach:
What would a Music Enthusiast roundup be without something bluesy? How about Lonesome Shack? They “started in the early 2000s when songwriter Ben Todd developed his musical voice in the isolation of rural New Mexico. After moving to Seattle in 2007, Todd teamed up with drummer Kristian Garrard and were later joined by bassist Luke Bergman.
The trio released the live album City Man (2012), which was recorded in one night at their favorite neighborhood bar, Cafe Racer. With More Primitive (2014), Lonesome Shack continued to hone their skills as an elemental rock group: stripped down, raw, expressive, and danceable.
That pretty much describes this cool, to-the-bone tune, “Past the Ditch,” which clocks in at an economical 3 minutes, 3 seconds:
Of Sci-Fi Romance, their Facebook page says this: If Kurt Vonnegut, Nick Cave, and Johnny Cash got together and planted a tree, Sci-Fi Romance would fall off that tree. They are an alt-folk band from Los Angeles, and Dreamers & Runaways expands on the textured blend of folk, Americana, punk, and metal influences the band has showcased on its previous releases. It is also the record where the social consciousness that has run beneath the surface of much of the band’s work takes center stage.
Combining guitars, layered cello performances, stacked drums and percussion, and evocative baritone vocals, the band has expanded its sound on this release with the addition of piano, vibraphone, Theremin, and assorted other musical esoterica.
Now I know that the vocalist in “Long Ways Left” reminds me of somebody, some folkie or country guy. One of you Americana guys tell me who that is:
Let’s end this visit to the real world with some more bluesy stuff. I’m hearing more female blues guitarists these days and thank God they said fuck it and worked their way in from just being backup singers and tambourine players.
From her website: Joanne Shaw Taylor has established herself as the UK’s number one star of the blues-rock world. The girl with the big voice from the Black Country has toured extensively around the world, released critically acclaimed albums and gained a global fan base as well as having the honor of playing alongside some of her musical idols.
Joanne is a bona fide star with famous fans across the guitar world including Joe Bonamassa (who described her as a Superstar in waiting), Tedeschi Trucks, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Wilko Johnson, Glenn Hughes and John Mayall to name but a few.
I found Joanne on Spotify. Here she is doing “Break My Heart Anyway.”