It’s been a while since I did a New Music Revue. Laziness I suppose. It’s more work to listen to new shit than it is to showcase the old shit. So here we go, a one-ah and a two-ah …
From his press release: James Kennedy – the singer/guitarist with the now-disbanded alt-rock band Kyshera – is launching his solo career with a new song and video” The Power.” This rebellious and insurrectional song lays down the foundations for the artist’s upcoming album Make Anger Great Again out on September 25th via Konic Records.
“I’ve had enough. Trump, Brexit, Boris, the pandemic – this song is a reaction to all of it. The recent protests show that people everywhere have had enough too. It’s time to Make Anger Great Again.”
I’ve had it with that shit too. Here’s “The Power.” It’s got some of that Rage rage.
Have you ever heard of the Dean Ween Group? I hadn’t either. But when I found out they had a song called “Dickie Betts” I just had to do some exploring. (Dickie’s having his year. Bob Dylan name-checked him in a song.)
It all starts with an alt-rock band called Ween who have been around forever and about whom I know very little. One half of that band is a guitarist named Mickey Melchinodo and his nom de plume is Dean Ween.
I found an interview with the Ween-meister but no real clue of when or how he got into the Allmans. But the tune sounds very much like a bright, open Dickie song if a little heavier. (And there is a ‘monster’ 13-minute jam out there on the series of tubes known as the Internet.)
But. I cheated on this one. It’s a couple years old. So I will stretch the term ‘new’ here to mean ‘newish’ or perhaps new in spirit or – oh, fuck it. Just listen to it.
Remember Fee Waybill? Sure you do.if you remember the Tubes. (“What do you want from Life?” “White Punks on Dope,” and of course, a baby’s arm holding an apple.)
Frankly, I forgot all about these guys. Then one day I got this email that said. Fee Waybill Rides Again. Blurb: Fee Waybill, the raucous, irrepressible frontman for the Tubes reacts, “It is a thrill to have such an enthusiastic response to this new music. The gift of having the incredibly talented Richard Marx produce, write, sing, and play on this album pushed me to a new level of songwriting and singing.”
This song “Faker’ is direct, no bullshit rock and roll and at 3 1/2 minutes, comes all wrapped up neatly in a bow:
Here’s something from Wikipedia on another guy I didn’t know was still out there – “David Bromberg is an American multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter. An eclectic artist, Bromberg plays bluegrass, blues, folk, jazz country and western, and rock and roll. He is known for his quirky humorous lyrics and the ability to play rhythm and lead guitar at the same time.
Bromberg has played with many famous musicians, including Jerry Jeff Walker, Willie Nelson, Jorma Kaukonen, Jerry Garcia, Rusty Evans (The Deep), and Bob Dylan. He co-wrote the song “The Holdup” with George Harrison, who played on Bromberg’s self-titled 1972 album. Bromberg is known for his fingerpicking style which he learned from Reverend Gary Davis.” (That’s saying something – ME).
His latest album, Big Road, dropped in April and it’s a lot bluesier than I recall him being. Here’s the funky title track: