Rob Kelly’s DIY folk project, Man Called War, has the quality of a haunted hug. The soft edged composition of his latest album, Naked Animals(released on 3/24) – make it an easy approach, however, subtle arraignments reveal a complex painting – allowing you to drift into a soft blend of folk that has a distinctly New England feel. Veering between bummer folk & lonely woods there’s a sliver of hope throughout the album – like a brightly colored autumn leaf lying silently on a damp city sidewalk – and it’s this juxtaposition that make Naked Animals much more than just another singer-songwriter album.
My Wife and I are expecting the birth of our first child any day now, and as Tom Petty once sang – “the waiting is the hardest part”. The nursery’s been built out and prepped, shower and diaper parties have been had, and with our due date being this Thursday (!!!!) – all that’s left is for our little homie to come out and hang. So in honor of his impending birth – each track for Episode 70 contains the word “baby” – can’t wait to hang with my little man.
The story of Donnie and Joe Emerson is something vinyl heads tell their children as they tuck them in at night. Their only record, Dreamin’ Wild, was recorded by two brothers who lived in middle of nowhere rural Washington – they worked the farm during the day and played music all night. Their Father was so inspired by their passion that he built a $100,000 state of the art recording studio….in the 70’s…..in the middle of nowhere. The result is a weird mix of white boy soul, rock, and funk. The original vinyl is a holy grail find, as only something like a 1,000 records were pressed, however, it’s since been repressed by Light in the Attic records – and is an essential album for any record collection. Watch their story below in a brief but touching documentary on the brothers.
I’ll jealously be cursing out each and every one of my social feeds over the coming weeks. This is a direct result of me not flying to SXSW. There’ll be no Shiner in my future. No BBQ. No margaritas. No food trucks. No early morning and late nights of continuous revery & music. I’m content with this though, because Austin can come to me through the music of The Halfways.
The Halfways play an easy brand of psychedelic-space-pop that flirts on the edge of jam. Languid lyrics and dripped-out melodies ease your mind into the warmth of a day drunk Texas afternoon. Let bright guitars sunshine your face as you wonder to the next adventure, wherever your latitude may be.
Recorded live from the top of Mt. Cambridge in the DJ Cave at WEMF Radio, Mint Pillow plays psychedelic skewed jamz from across the globe – as he waits with high anticipation the impending birth of his son – while day light savings and the changing weather make him thankful for good friends, family, and music. All the hits are listed below.
I was lucky to sit in on Ryan Spaulding’sThe Outlaw Roadshow last Saturday on WEMF Radio(which can be heard here) – and aside from having some great whiskey, I got to hang with and listen to Keith McEachern play two acoustic songs off his new album Double Down. Hearing him perform in such an intimate setting felt voyeuristic, the tracks were personal and just gorgeously played, leaving all in the Studio flushed with appreciation.
Double Down is McEachern’s first solo effort and it’s a killer album. His affinity to 60’s psych-folk is apparent throughout, but what makes Double Down so enjoyable is how pitch perfect his pop sensibility is – this is what elevates Double Down from merely good to absolutely stunning – it’s a beautiful record. It’s no coincidence the album art pays homage to Oasis’ Definitely Maybe – for in both albums you hear a respectful nod to the past while helping move guitar driven pop to a non-nostalgic and new level. Like I said, stunning.