New Music Revue – 11.15.21

Wherein ME gets his head out of his…. obsession with old stuff and cuts the proverbial rug to a few newer tunes. And a one-ah and a two-ah…

From his press kit: “Naming The Black Keys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Tash Sultana as his main influences for the track “Peace of Mind,” Dante Marino draws from his combined influences, thriving on being able to experiment with his music and the concepts and emotions he’s able to portray, totally owning his own brand of bold, psychedelic indie-rock.

Growing up, Dante was introduced to AC/DC at an early age, and was captivated by Angus Young pouring his heart and soul into every note he played on the guitar.”

This is a nice, bluesy, funky little tune. I’m hearing some Lenny Kravitz influence in here too.

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Way back in 2007, Alison Krauss and Robert Plant released an album called Raising Sand. (Not to be confused in any way with pounding sand – ME.) The combination of the two surprised everybody and it won Album of the Year at the 2008 Americana Music Honors & Awards and at the 2009 Grammy Awards.

Looking to record a second album, in a 2010 interview, Plant indicated that the follow-up sessions were “unsuccessful.” (What does that even mean? – ME). 

However, it looks like between then and now Krauss/Plant got their shit together. It’s mostly covers and is once again produced by uber-producer T Bone Burnett.

“We wanted it to move,” Krauss said of the album. “We brought other people in, other personalities within the band, and coming back together again in the studio brought a new intimacy to the harmonies.” Added Plant: “You hear something and you go, ‘Man, listen to that song, we got to sing that song!’ It’s a vacation, really — the perfect place to go that you least expected to find.”

This is a great Lucinda Williams song “Can’t Let Go.”

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And now for something completely different, a little bit of jazz. According to his bio, Berlin-based Andreas Schulz works as a producer, musician (drummer), consultant, author, and musicologist. He is involved in a large number of productions, has worked on 20 major and independent releases, and has so far played several hundred international appearances.

In this release, he is joined by saxophonist Paul Engelmann for what I would call a lovely, haunting sound. Englemann’s playing reminds me of Wayne Shorter. This tune is called “Tmss.”

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“The only reputation we know about Matt Moody is for being one of the city’s catchiest songwriters.” – Cleveland Magazine. “I grew up in Cleveland, OH,” says Moody. “A grey town most of the year, but beautiful when the sun hits it. A melancholia that has inevitably made its way into my music. I’ve recently relocated to Los Angeles, CA in 2021.

I’ve drawn from many influences over the years, worn many hats in the industry, and have had my fair share of failures, but what’s life without f*cking up a few good times? Things are really starting to come full circle for me, and now more than ever, I’m staying focused on what’s important: making honest art.

I’m currently in the process of releasing what I consider to be my debut opus, Still a Kid in a Painted Sky. “Cutting You Loose” is the fifth single. The album touches on themes of hope, desperation, love, loss, betrayal, and ego death. A snapshot in time of an artist facing adversities, and channeling negative emotions into aspiration. Painted Sky is a journey from dust to dust.

Like its namesake, this tune starts out moody. But then it evolves into a nice steady-rollin’ mid-tempo rock number about a love gone wrong. It reminds me quite a bit of Don Henley which for me is high praise. Good tune, good song. Stays with you:

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Last but not least kids, are our old friends Radiohead. Seems to me that anything they do is worth a listen. Thom Yorke is one of my favorite singers.

According to Rolling Stone, “more than two decades after its creation, Radiohead have finally released a studio rendition of “Follow Me Around,” from the upcoming box set Kid A Mnesia. Those of you who know more about Radiohead than me can fill me in on what that means. Was there only a live version till now?

That’s Australian actor Guy Pearce in the video. I really like this tune. Sounds like something REM would come up with. Just try to get that refrain out of your head:

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25 thoughts on “New Music Revue – 11.15.21

  1. Nice picks, Jim. Initially, Dante Marino speaks the most to me – great sound! And I agree there’s some Lenny Kravitz in there. That Robert Plant & Allison Krauss tune sounds pretty good, as does Radiohead. I really mostly know that band by name!

    Have you heard anything from the new Gov’t Mule album? They call it their “first-ever blues album” – about half of it are covers, the other half of the songs were written by Warren Haynes. He’s really a decent guitarist and not a bad vocalist – sometimes reminds me a bit of Gregg Allman.

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    1. There’s actually a tune on the Mule album I was thinking of adding to a blues roundup. Can’t think of the name of it right now but it’s pretty good.

      As to Radiohead, that’s a band you should know. I’m a fan for sure. Search for them on my site if you have time on your hands one day. Excellent band.

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        1. I happened to hear Radiohead on the way home. I think of them as somewhat Floyd-ish. If you get a chance, check out OK Computer or Kid A, some prefererence for the former.

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  2. Ahem… Follow Me Around hails from the OK Computer sessions that cropped up in their Meeting People Is Easy video (well worth a watch) and the occasional show / Thom Yorke gig but never saw the light as a recorded version… until now, that is

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        1. Heh! Some poet wrote the quote below a long time ago. It was in reference largely to what they still call the Boston Brahmins, “a group of very wealthy nineteenth century Beacon Hill families.” To wit:

          And this is good old Boston
          The home of the bean and the cod
          Where the Lowells talk only to the Cabots
          And the Cabots talk only to God.

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        2. My daughter says I’m the only person who ever uses that phrase. Perhaps if you visit I’ll treat you to some cod and beans. I’ll know you by your bowler hat, rolled up Times and umbrella, won’t I old boy?

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    1. Those are good cuts. I knew you’d dig Schultz. He’s got more stuff on Spotify. When I first heard Plant/Krauss it was a different tune but I couldn’t resist this one.

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        1. Ive been waiting for a long time for him to do the Beck thing. Funny, Plant was the singer of Zep and he makes all this great music with great musicians. Smart talented guy.

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