Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Friday, April 18, 2014
Three large posts, a truckload of music, little-to-no editorialising (or even editing). It's the A-Z of what's been catching Scruffy's ears, too much for one post Afghan Whigs">Afghan Whigs are back with a new album, Do to the Beast. Their new songs sound Afghan Whigsy, which is good, all dramatic and noir, passionate and perhaps insidious.
Afghan Whigs - The Lottery
ATO Records spring sampler - Featuring Drive-by Truckers, Kaiser Chiefs, Old 97's, Built To Spill, Midlake, and 8 more! Free!
Beachwood Sparks - Make it Together
Neneh Cherry is back. She always had a unique voice and attitude.
Neneh Cherry - Out Of The Black (featuring Robyn) Everything Buffalo Stance
Dearly Beloved are getting ready to release a new album called Enduro.
Dearly Beloved - Aimed Right At Me Dearly Beloved - To Better Days
Where We Been, a cover of Dinosaur Jr.’s Where You Been?, by Felled Trees, a collaboration that includes members of Knapsack, Samiam, Thrice, Texas is the Reason, and more. Felled Trees - Dinosaur Jr. - Watch the Corners
Gord Downie, The Sadies, And The Conquering Sun have now releades their album, and you can stream it at their website. Gord Downie, The Sadies, And The Conquering Sun - Crater
Drive-by Truckers' new album English Oceans is finally out. You know the band is the best. Don't you think all those radio stations that play Lynyrd Skynyrd and 38 Special and whatever else someone calls southern rock should sneak in these guys every once in a while?
Pauline Hawkins Drive-by Truckers - Pauline Hawkins Shit Shots Count Cooley's voice reminds me of Willie Nelson in Made Up English Oceans.
Drivin' n Cryin' s latest, ‘Songs For The Turntable,’ available on Blank Records, is the fourth in a series of as-promised four EPs released over the past 18 months - pretty apt as tomorrow is Record Store Day. More on this soon. Songs for the Turntable Drivin' N' Cryin' - The Little Record Store Just Around The Corner Space Eyes Also check out the indiegogo fundraising for a doc called Scarred but Smarter: Life n Times of Drivin' n' Cryin'.
Echo & the Bunnymen have a new one coming out called Meteorites.
Echo & the Bunnymen - Market Town Lovers on the Run
Failure is back together and playing shows, I'm sure hoping there's going to be new record coming too. Stuck on You
Neil Finn - Dizzy Heights
Not new at all, but this Matthew Good song was a nice surprise when pointed out to me recently.
Matthew Good - Extraordinary Fades
Grant Hart is not trading on past glories with his newest album The Argument, which seems to call on psychedelic pop and garage rock as much as it does his earlier work. It Was a Most Disturbing Dream
Haunted Hearts - Johnny Jupiter
The Henry Millers - Posies
Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band - The Blast, the Bloom
Hugh Beaumont is Dead
The Hours are from Winnipeg, methinks, but they sound British, lazy, hazy, shoe-gazey. Here's Steady Glazed Eyes.
You miss the Smiths. Here's The Holiday Crowd - While She Waits.
Beloved Australian band Hunters & Collectors recently reunited as well as having a tribute album released in their honour featuring people like Neil Finn, Eddie Vedder, Paul Kelly, The Living End and Avalanches (you can stream it here).
Holy Grail When the River Runs Dry Do You See What I See? Throw Your Arms Around Me The Slab
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
The Strypes are young. Have received kudos from the likes of Daltrey, Jeff Beck, and Paul Weller. Heck, even David Letterman got excited after the band hit his show. Signed to Elton's John's management. Seem to be following the template of the early Stones, but can throw down a blistering Nick Lowe cover, a laidback Lorde tune, or a hepped version of a tune by Little Walter, Muddy Watters, The Beatles, or The Who.
The Strypes are playing a festival in Spain this June that features Blondie, Violent Femmes, and Scorpions. I don't know anything about this festival besides that, but I love the fact it's all over the place!
What a Shame
Heart of the City
Got Love if You Want It
I Wish You would
You Can't Judge a Book By Its Cover
Blue Collar Jane
I'm a Man/My Generation
Hard to Say No
I Wish You Would
Monday, April 7, 2014
I really want to see the colour of spring.
The Colour of Spring
Taken from the rare, brilliant, not-heard-nearly-enough Mark Hollis record with the weird cover shot. Released in 1998, Hollis has not even released one song since. Come back, Mr. Hollis, and bring the spring.
Sunday, April 6, 2014
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Bob Mould returns with a new one, Hey Mr. Grey, from his forthcoming album Beauty & Ruin (due June 3 on Merge Records in North America, available for pre-order now). Wow, Mould sure is giving us what we want after a period of shying away from the noisy sweetness he is so good at conjuring.
Of course, Bob Mould is backed by regular bass player Jason Narducy and drummer Jon Wurster. And you know that they are both on the new Split Single record, along with Spoon's Britt Daniel, right? Narducy is the songwriter/singer, and if you're quick (like today) you can download the tune Waiting For the Sun here.
Hey Mr. Grey
See a Little Light
Star Machine - Cuz how many videos for classy rock songs feature Jon Wurster puking on kids' pictures?
Split Single - Waiting for the Sun
Split Single Live