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Eddy Yang: American Glory

Eddy Yang: American Glory

You have to give Eddy Yang his due. He managed all the writing, recording, production, mixing, mastering, and even produced the album artwork of his American Glory.

Kevin West: Story Of My Life

Kevin West: Story Of My Life

I love the mournful trumpet playing of Charlton Singleton and countering on sax from Mark Sterbank on the title track. This is the most directly confessional of all here and ‘jazzing things up,’ at the tail end of this EP really serves to put a nice spin on things nicely. Following in the vein, the jazz vibe, we get the jumpy jazzy “Not For Nothin’” ending, showing off all the players leading and interweaving on this wonderful instrumental ending to Story Of My Life.

Karen O and Danger Mouse- Lux Prima

Karen O and Danger Mouse Lux Prima (BMG Rights Management) When Danger Mouse was a kid and his folks went to parent-teacher […]

Dig Two Graves: Deathwish

Dig Two Graves: Deathwish

Progressive central New Jersey metalcore outfit Dig Two Graves blasts forth with their new EP Deathwish. What singer Mike Reisser, guitarist Josh Brewer, bassist Jesse Agins and drummer Kenny Meeks present with these six are rather brash, loud and fast little gems of a stripe to assault your ear and damage your sensibility…all in a good way.

Marty Thompson: My Kind of Woman

Marty Thompson: My Kind of Woman

Crashing waves open the last tune “M.C. Zebra,” and the slow introduction of guitar, a great mix groove of percussion and Warwick’s drumming and then super guitar melodies later make, for me, the best tune here. I love this long instrumental writhing through moments that sound like Zappa, and others that sound like Pablo Cruise. Thompson really lets go with his leading here, making for me the best guitar stuff on the record.

Ámaris: 26

Ámaris: 26

Dutch-Swiss-New Guinean science fiction author, producer, and actress Amaris Wen has released her new 11-song 26 in conjunction with the short film “Supernova,” and her new novel. Through releasing four albums since 2014, this fifth is the first time Amaris is releasing a book, record and will be featured in a short film all at the same time.

Greta Van Fleet: Champagne & Caviar

Greta Van Fleet: Champagne & Caviar

Sorry, but I just can’t bow down to the altar of Greta Van Fleet. If I want listen to music that sounds like Led Zep, Queen or any other classic band, I’ll listen to those classic (and quite frankly better) bands. Sure, it’s cool that a younger band is wearing their influences so blatantly (on the front cover of this new live album the foursome pose quite Queen-like), still there is nothing really all that interesting here in the songs or delivery.

Bruce Springsteen: Western Stars

Bruce Springsteen: Western Stars

N.J.’s ‘The Boss’ first album of all-new material in seven years (and his 19th studio album) Western Stars is an acoustic-by-way of orchestra concept. Certainly this 13-song mini-opus is ‘cinematic,’ but the slightly more than over-used strings and horns, and Springsteen not always so sure when to end a tune, lands this album less than as high as it could have hit.

Ivan Beecroft: Liars, Freaks & Fools

Ivan Beecroft: Liars, Freaks & Fools

Opening with the swirling electric guitar picking and certainly scary “Inequality,” it is the following tune, the almost Monkey’s-like guitar jangle verses of “Deranged,” that hooked me more. It’s evident from the outset here we are in capable hands; Beecroft is a good songwriter, the tunes are tight little gems and he even works his growly vocal well. And he does know how to create a singable chorus despite often heavy lyrics.

Outerfield: Pleasant Grove Hotel

Outerfield: Pleasant Grove Hotel

Matt Hutson and Gary Schrader’s band here is called ” indie/noise rockers” in their press and I’d say if there was one criticism I had about these obviously well written and played tunes, it is that the mix is very loud and in your face; for my tastes too much so at times. Despite the noise thought, I think you’ll dig checking into the tune rooms of Pleasant Grove Hotel.

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