I’ve mentioned before that one of the things I like best about doing this is being introduced to music from all over the world. Man Goes Human is a band from Delhi, India, that sent me a track. I’ll admit that I don’t get a lot of music from India, so I thought it was pretty cool that this band took the time to reach out to me.
“Fading” is a little different than a lot of the music I feature here, but it’s a good song. I don’t know that I could summarize the sound very easily, but then we have time, right? It starts with a pretty mellow guitar part. Then the vocals come in, and the vocals are really like another instrument. They’re very clean and beautiful. From there, it kind of takes on a psychedelic sound as layers of sound build. The most amazing thing about this song is the similarity to Led Zeppelin right around 4 minutes into the song. This is almost like three songs rolled into one. It is adventurous, complex, and melodic. If you like your music with layers of sound, check out this song by Man Goes Human.
Music searches can frequently lead you wrong, but I have to say that searching for the term garage punk on Bandcamp produces some pretty good results. One of the results of my most-recent search was Bobby T. and The Slackers from Los Angeles.
The album begins with some uptempo lo-fi guitar, which is followed by some primal drums. This song has the furious energy I expect from garage punk. It also has some good lyrics like, “The only time I feel beautiful is in the back of your shit car.”
This album is pretty catchy stuff. From the raw rock of “I Wanna Die” to the doo-wop of “Gone,” this band shows it is not only energetic but also fun. For a great example, check out the title track. This is an amazing blend of garage rock and 60s bubblegum. This album was released just last month, but if you didn’t know that, you might guess that it was recorded sometime in the 60s. It’s both trashy and poppy with some amazing harmonies. If you’re looking for an album that will get you moving while you sing along, Friend is a pretty good one.
Welcome to another edition of ‘Billy Monday, our weekly feature of rockabilly and psychobilly (and various other ‘billy styles) artists.
I have to say I was pretty excited to when I went on Bandcamp and found a Phil Hummer album that I’m not familiar with. My introduction to Phil Hummer came several years ago when a friend of mine passed along a CD by Phil Hummer and The Roadhouse Romeos. Since then, I’ve tried to keep up with every album he puts out. Then I found Pour Me One More, which I hadn’t heard before. Although I had heard a lot of the previously recorded versions of these songs when I started exploring Hummer’s music. Frankly, I don’t think you can go wrong with any Phil Hummer song, but one in particular that I recommend is “Wild Cherry.” This is the kind of song that should come with a warning because it could easily get lodged in your head all day. Sorry for the incomplete post at first, but I hope you enjoy Pour Me One More and I hope you find your own favorite among these songs.
A lot of different things can make a song a good candidate for Feel-Good Friday. It could be the lyrics, it could be the melody, it could be the overall vibe. With this song by The Killer Tomato! (from Guatemala, and once featured on Ska Saturday), I don’t really understand the lyrics until the part in English a little more than three minutes into the song. But then I don’t feel like I need to understand the lyrics.
The melody of this song is pretty easygoing and it works a pretty good groove. I mean, just close your eyes and listen to the song. Do you find yourself swaying side to side? That sure wouldn’t surprise me. Hey, you’ve worked hard all week, so you deserve a nice laid-back song to send you into the weekend. So enjoy it. And let The Killer Tomato! know that you dig their style.
Welcome to another edition of our weekly celebration of The Dude, or His Dudeness, or El Duderino…if you’re not into the whole brevity thing. Now, I know you’re expecting a song that celebrates the ethos of The Dude, but I do like to change things up from time to time and do something different. Instead of music this week, we have comedy that is a celebration of laziness. I don’t know if Jim Gaffigan is a Dudeist, but he sure sounds like one in this bit. In fact, if The Dude is high in the running for laziest worldwide, then Jim Gaffigan is some of his best competition. And let’s face it, even if you’re expecting music today, is there ever a bad time for Jim Gaffigan? I don’t think so.
That about wraps ‘er up for this edition. I’ll catch you later on down the trail. Until next time, you take ‘er easy. I know that you will.
I’ve read a lot of band introductions in my time. Some are utterly forgettable. Others are immediately captivating like this one: “Don’t Turn Your Fucking Back On Me is a riotous 90 seconds of glorious, tightly wound rock n roll, taking pot shots at the corrupt politicians that deign to believe they lead us.” That is how The Pulsebeats (from Santander, Spain) introduced its three-song EP.
Let’s just say that riotous is a great word to describe the first track of this EP. Take some loud guitar, add a bass line that would fit just as nicely in a rockabilly song, and some drums that will get your feet tapping. Then add some shouted vocals that call out politicians, and what you’ve got is one riotous song that begs to be blared out of windows and sung at the top of your lungs. Not to mention a song that should be played at political speeches everywhere.
If anything, “White Little Horse” is just as much of a sonic punch as the first track. This is a good example of how a song can sound retro and modern simultaneously. The band manages to incorporate some trashy 60s guitar sounds into it while still making it sound like a modern song. Also, there is a bass solo in this song that will rumble your guy.
This EP is only eight minutes long, but these guys pack a lot of rock n roll into eight minutes. There’s no messing around. These guys get right to the rockin’, and blast it for a couple minutes before the song comes to an end. If you like hard-hitting rock n roll, check out The Pulsebeats. Don’t Turn Your Fucking Back on Me is available now on Bandcamp.
Yes, another work week is upon us, but we might as well make the best of it with our weekly feature of rockabilly, psychobilly, or any other kind of ‘billy music we find worthy.
When I was browsing Bandcamp and came across The Doppelgangers, the name sounded familiar. Yea verily, I featured this band before although the name at that time was Dick Dynamite and The Doppelgangers. The band gives this introduction on its Bandcamp page: “The Doppelgängers (aka Dick Dynamite and the Doppelgangers), sociopathic bastards from a planet on the far side of the sun.Some say they play music, the truth is much more sinister…” I frankly don’t find that hard to believe. If you had to describe this band’s sound with just one word, you might choose “evil.” I know I probably would. But I don’t see that as a bad thing. After all, not every band wants to sing about wanting to hold some girl’s hand like The Beatles. Some bands – like this one – sing about reclaiming their soul as this band does in “Drag Me To Hell.”
So what is it that makes this psychobilly band sound evil? Well, the vocals certainly assist with that evil sound. But it’s not just the vocals. There is also some pretty evil sound in the guitar and bass. But it’s not all evil. I don’t want you to get that idea. I’ll say this much for sure: No band has ever made sociopathy sound as catchy as this band does with “Sociaopath Rock.” The drums don’t necessarily sound evil, but they do fit right in there with the other instruments and vocals. But hey, you give the album a listen and leave a comment of your own one-word description.
The first comparison that comes to mind with this band is The Meteors, and I think it’s fair to say that if you like The Meteors, you’ll enjoy The Doppelgangers.
Welcome to another edition of Feel Good Friday – the weekly post where the goal is to send you into the weekend feeling good. You deserve that much after another week of work.
It’s true that John Hiatt is more well-known that a lot of the artists I feature here, but this song is such a good fit for Feel-Good Friday. Think about the things that make you feel good. Go ahead. Name some of them aloud. I’ll guess that some of the things you named are some of the simple pleasures in life. And if you’re truly a happy person, then it might be the simple pleasures that you enjoy most. You know, like taking your dog for a walk.
That’s right. John Hiatt wrote a song about not only taking a walk, but also the connection he has with his dog. And anyone who has ever had a dog knows the feeling a good dog can bring. It’s not just an animal, it’s a part of the family. And let’s face it. a dog can bring a lot of those simple pleasures into your life.
On this Feel-Good Friday – whether you have a dog or not – take a moment or two to appreciate any of those simple pleasures that bring joy to your life.
“My Dog and Me” is on John Hiatt’s album Beneath this Gruff Exterior (New West Records, 2003).
I know you’re expecting our weekly celebration of Jeff Lebowski (he’s The Dude so that’s what you call him), but I am doing something a little different today. I received a notice about Ghouls Night Out, and it just seemed like an interesting event.
This particular event is called Do As Thou Wilt. It is an evening of comedy, film, music, and lectures about British occultism in the 70s. (I told you it sounds like an interesting event. The evening includes:
Do As Thou Wilt is from 7 to 10:30 at The Lexington in London. Admission is £7.
Fancy dress is encouraged. For guidelines and more information, contact Megan at worldzombieday (dot) co (dot) uk
It’s not every day I get a message from an alternative rock band in Vienna, particularly one that seems like a U.N. meeting. Siren Call makes its home in Vienna, but its members come from Bulgaria, Hungary, and the U.S. Needless to say that the message I received piqued my interest enough for me to check out the band’s single “Comfort Zone.”
Now, before I get to the music, I have to say that I don’t really enjoy the term alternative rock simply because I always wonder “An alternative to what?” But if the term alternative puts you in mind of 90s rock, then you’re definitely on the right path with this song.
This is a good, melodic rock song that reminds me of bands like The Connells (although The Connells didn’t have a female vocalist). It has that same sort of even, melodic feel to it. Vocalist Yvonne Lace (bass) also hits you with some really good lyrics like “Don’t be one of them robotic slaves of Friday night.” Sound advice. It’s true that I don’t normally feature bands based one song, but it’s a good song. Don’t just take my word for it. Give it a listen and see what you think.