Daily Bandcamp Album; Metamodern Sounds In Country Music by Sturgill Simpson

Tonight marks the night that Saturday Night Live makes it’s new season debut. To kick off the long running series new season, SNL has tapped Sturgill Simpson to be the musical host. Sturgill is no stranger to the late night talk show appearances but tonight marks his SNL debut. This is the first Continue reading

On The Sixth Day of Christmas…..

cody-jinks-im-not-the-devil…My true love sent to me, I’m Not The Devil by Cody Jinks.

Cody Jinks first entered my radar last year when he released his most excellent Adobe Sessions album. I was told to check the album out based on my likeness for Sturgill Simpson’s and Whitey Morgan’s music. I liked the album so much that it ended up being one of my favorite non rock releases of 2015. I honestly wasn’t expecting a new album until 2017 at the very earliest so to find out that a new album was coming in August was quite welcoming.

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On The Fifth Day of Christmas…..

Margo Price - Midwest Farmers Daughter cover…My true love sent to me, Midwest Farmer’s Daughter by Margo Price.

Upon discovering Margo Price late last year I was stoked to find out that she had an album on the way. Of course I had to wait until the end of March for it to come out. To curb the appetite for her music I sought out all previous material I could find. I was able to come up with four albums from her previous band Buffalo Clover, one Daytrotter Session, and a handful of YouTube videos. The only thing that eludes me is a live Buffalo Clover album. I’m not Continue reading

On The First Day of Christmas…..

sturgill-simpson-a-sailors-guide-to-earth…My true love sent to me, Sturgill Simpson’s A Sailor’s Guide To Earth. 

Back in 2014 when Sturgill released his phenomenal Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, I was one of the many people that took notice. Sturgillmania was full steam ahead and I was right along for the ride. In early 2015 Sturgill announced that he signed with Atlantic Records. Was a new record on the way? Yes, eventually. Over a year went by before it was announced that Sturgill would finally release a new album in April.

After releasing the first two singles, including a cover of Nirvana’s “In Bloom” he really got people talking. This wasn’t country sounding. It wasn’t like anything that was on Continue reading

Random Thoughts

Here’s a little something I thought I’d try differently. Some random thoughts from my mind.

Recently my friend Bucky asked a question on a group on Facebook asking “What was the album as a child that got you into music?” The question sparked quite the conversation. What was yours? For me, my first album was Michael Jackson’s Thriller album. It was on a picture disc LP. I played the hell out of that thing. The first album I bought for myself though was Guns N Roses Appetite for Destruction album on cassette tape.  Continue reading

Best of 2015; Rock Releases

Top 25 2015

2015 is gone. 2016 is now here. 2015 provided us some great tunes. Some great music hit our ears and sooth our souls. There were some expected albums on my list as well as some unexpected surprises. Overall I was very pleased with what was released. As usual though, I didn’t have nearly enough time to listen to as much as I would have liked. First world problems, I know. I was disappointed in The Sword’s new one as were a lot of others. That seemed to be an album that you either really liked or hated. There didn’t seem to be much middle ground there.  Continue reading

Top 25 Albums of 2014

Top 25 2014

Well 2014 has been a great year for new music. Of course I say that every year but it’s true every year too.

First I’ll start off my list with my honorable mentions. I’ve listened to a lot of albums this year and liked quite a few. It would be an injustice to NOT give these bands a mention. After all, it’s only fair. They did write, record, and publish these fine works of art. As I was going through this list, I realized that I listened to a lot more than I thought I did. I’m probably going to (unintentionally) leave out some really good ones. I also haven’t heard all there is that was released this year. Albums by both Monster Magnet and John Garcia went unheard by these ears as well as the new Alunah album (which will be getting my full attention soon). If you’re curious as to each band, click on the album name to go to either the album on Bandcamp or a video from a song on the album. I hope there’s a few hidden gems on here you discover. Leave a comment below if there is and let me know what you think.

Honorable Mentions:

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Railroad of Sin December Podcast

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The December Podcast is now live. Featured is a bunch of killer tunes from 2014 releases as well as the lead track, the namesake of this Podcast, “Railroad of Sin” by Sturgill Simpson. This concludes 2014. It’s been a great year for new music. 2015 promises to be a good year as well. My Janurary Podcast will consists of songs from my top albums so stay tuned. Until then, give this a listen. Remember, the Podcast is a Bandcamp stream so you can access it from any web browser or mobile device. Let me know in the comments what you think, what your favorite songs are and what really caught your attention.

December 2014 Podcast

  1. “Railroad of Sin” by Sturgill Simpson from High Top Mountain
  2. “Something Else” by Blue Falcon from Up In The Clouds
  3. “Deadahead” by Grail from EP One
  4. “Dopetrotter” by Wucan from Vikarma
  5. “Wake The Dead” by Venomin James from Wake The Dead EP
  6. “Mrs. Absinthe” by Crypt Trip from Crypt Trip
  7. “Snake Eyes” by Stubb from Cry Of The Ocean
  8. “Poisoned” by RUKH from Blue Surface of the True Love
  9. “Horse Fight” by Battle Axe from Voyage Quest
  10. “Wants To Be Bad” from Stone Grove from Stone Grove
  11. “War Pigs” (Black Sabbath Cover) by ThunderHawk from Do or Die
  12. “Stone By Stone” by Leather Lung from Reap What You Sow
  13. “Head In The Clouds” by Sons of Morpheus from Sons of Morpheus
  14. “Strange Lovers” by Crazy Chief from Chrome Werewolf
  15. “Don’t Bother Me” by BandMaster Ruckus from BandMaster Ruckus
  16. “Blackbones” by Coffin On Tyres from ERASE
  17. “The Cloner (Full Version)” by Mother Mars from Claimed By The Cloner
  18. “Creepin'” by Handsome Jack from Do What Comes Naturally
  19. “Til Death” by Dead City Ruins from Dead City Ruins
  20. “Supernova” by Black Moon Circle from Andromeda
  21. “The Cosmic Cry Out” by The Dead-End Alley Band from Odd Stories
  22. “Burn It Down” by Gypsy Comet from Burn It Down EP
  23. “Evil Spirits” by Headquake from Into The Spiral
  24. “Dark Redemption from Necro from Necro
  25. “Undercover” by BlackWater from Blackwater

Featured Albums

The last month or so has been fairly kind to us in terms of music releases. There’s been lots of good stuff released at all levels including Soundgarden’s Superunknown reissue and the first three Led Zeppelin albums also being re-released. The Robinson Brothers (Rich and Chris) each had their solo projects release an album too. Then there’s all the other bands who will never get mainstream attention. That’s what I’m here for.

As much as I’d like to sit and listen to music and write about it all day, the reality of everyday life prevents me from doing otherwise. I do get to listen to a lot but unfortunately don’t have the time to write about most. Here is what I’ve been listening to lately.

1000modsVultures – True desert rock may have started with Yawning Man and ended with Kyuss but that doesn’t mean that the genre has to die there. 1000mods have been carrying on the tradition for years now. Vultures is no different. This time around 1000mods seem to have gotten a bit darker in their tone and vocals. The album is heavy and fuzzy with a few “lighter” moments that Continue reading