Jukebox selections: Earthspace, Kill Shelter + Antipole, Sunny War “Staying Alive” cover & much more

It's another Bandcamp Friday! Time to fill up the cart and bring home some great tunes. Looking for a few ideas? Check out some of these albums and artists. Lagniappe Sessions (EP) by Sunny War Spotted this one on Cover Me, I think, a few weeks ago. The entire EP is made up of covers, … Continue reading Jukebox selections: Earthspace, Kill Shelter + Antipole, Sunny War “Staying Alive” cover & much more

Digital crate digging: Searching Spotify by label, genre, year and more

Spotify is a great tool for music discovery, but some of the exploration tools aren't obvious. If you want to search for something by song title or artist, that sort of thing, no problem. But there are other ways I like to explore new music, like by music label or genre. You can do that … Continue reading Digital crate digging: Searching Spotify by label, genre, year and more

Jukebox selections: Bambie Thug, Method of Defiance, Aesthetic Perfection and more

A few of the things that I've caught in the last few weeks that are keeping my ears busy, including Method of Defiance, Bambie Thug, Aesthetic Perfection and others. One of Bill Laswell's many, many, many, many recurring projects, Method of Defiance is all over the map depending on which album you're dealing with. Some … Continue reading Jukebox selections: Bambie Thug, Method of Defiance, Aesthetic Perfection and more

Bandcamp Friday recommendations: Eliza Rickman, Stickster, Renssy Rios, and much more

It's Bandcamp Friday! Bandcamp has been waiving revenue share on the 1st Friday of each month to help artists who've had their incomes seriously impacted by the pandemic. Reminder from Bandcamp, "here’s something to keep in mind: on Bandcamp Fridays, an average of 93% of your money reaches the artist/label (after payment processor fees). When … Continue reading Bandcamp Friday recommendations: Eliza Rickman, Stickster, Renssy Rios, and much more

“It’s a Mistake” by Men at Work: pop at the height of the cold war

There's not a bad song on Cargo (1983), but "It's a Mistake" is one of the standout cuts on the album. Written by Colin Hay, it was the third single off Cargo and did pretty well on the charts. If I remember correctly, the video was in heavy rotation on MTV for a while, but … Continue reading “It’s a Mistake” by Men at Work: pop at the height of the cold war

Amyl and the Sniffers, Fraidycat web follower, Mogwai

Let's shake some of my browser tabs and see what falls out. Fraidycat web follower / feed reader RSS has been on the decline since Google snuffed Google Reader. Many sites, these days, don't even support RSS. It's a problem. One solution that might fit the bill for many users is Fraidycat. It comes as … Continue reading Amyl and the Sniffers, Fraidycat web follower, Mogwai

James Jamerson: The unsung Motown bassist that influenced Paul McCartney

James Jamerson is just one of many session players in the 50s and 60s who went virtually unknown during his lifetime. Even now, after being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000, and being featured in a documentary in 2002, he's still not as well-known as he should be. Especially for … Continue reading James Jamerson: The unsung Motown bassist that influenced Paul McCartney

Ikebe Shakedown delivers cinematic instrumental funk

Ikebe Shakedown is another Bandcamp discovery. The band specializes in cinematic soul, an instrumental brand of soul/funk that feels like it should be straight out of a 70s cop or heist movie or a Tarantino soundtrack. The band does burning jams and introspective cuts that feel like instant classics. If you aren't moved by their … Continue reading Ikebe Shakedown delivers cinematic instrumental funk