Sunday, April 23, 2017

Car Seat Headrest

Artist:  Car Seat Headrest
Origin:  Leesburg, Virginia, USA
Genre:  Indie Rock, Alternative Rock, Lo-Fi Pop, Power Pop

Original line-up:

Will Toledo:  Vocals, Guitars, Organ, Piano, Mellotron

Car Seat Headrest is an American Indie Rock Band from Leesburg, Virginia.  Begun as a solo recording project in 2010 by Will Barnes, known as Will Toledo and signed to Matador Records in 2015.  Their music similar to variety of artists from Radiohead, R.E.M., Modest Mouse to Animal Collective and Swans.

Title:  Teens Of Denial  (2016)
Genre:  Indie Rock, Alternative Rock, Lo-Fi Pop, Power Pop
Label:  Matador Records
Rating:   *****


 1.  Fill In The Blank  (4:05)
 2.  Vincent  (7:45)
 3.  Destroyed By Hippie Powers  (5:04)
 4.  (Joe Gets Kicked Out Of School For Using) Drugs With Friends (But Says This Isn't A Problem)  (5:37)
 5.  Not Just What I Needed  (4:31)
 6.  Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales  (6:15)
 7.  1937 State Park  (4:00)
 8.  Unforgiving Girl (She's Not An)  (5:26)
 9.  Cosmic Hero  (8:32)
10. The Ballad Of The Costa Concordia  (11:31)
11. Connect The Dots (The Saga Of Frank Sinatra)  (6:07)
12. Joe Goes To School  (1:19)


Will Toledo:  Vocals, Guitars, Organ, Piano, Mellotron
Seth Dalby:  Bass on Track 8
Ethan Ives:  Bass, Vocals, Guitars, Vibrato Switch on Organ
Andrew Katz:  Drums, Mixed Percussion, Mellotron, Vocals, Mixing

Additional Musicians:

Jim Dejoie:  Saxophone on Track 11
Joe Maus:  Trumpets, Trombone on Tracks:  2, 8, 9, 10
Nick Shadel:  Piano on Track 10

Teens Of Denial is the thirteenth studio album by Car Seat Headrest, was released on May 20, 2016 by Matador Records, produced by Steve Fisk (Nirvana, Beat Happening, Soundgarden).

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Barb Jungr

Artist:  Barb Jungr
Born:  May 9, 1954.  Rochdale, Lancashire, England
Genre:  Jazz, Blues, Soul, Cabaret, Vocal Jazz
Occupation:  Singer, Writer
Instruments:  Vocals

Barb Jungr is an English Singer, Songwriter, Composer and Writer, of Czech and German parentage.  She is known as a Chansonniere, or singer of Chansons, who extended the French and German art song tradition into new mixing it with Jazz, Blues, Folk, World Music and Pop Music, including the Cabaret Style.  She is also an acclaimed Jazz and Cabaret Singer.

Title:  Every Grain Of Sand  (2017)

Genre:  Jazz, Blues, Soul, Cabaret, Vocal Jazz
Label:  Linn Records
Rating:  *****


 1.  I'll Be Your Baby Tonight  (4:06)
 2.  If Not For You  (3:09)
 3.  Things Have Changed  (4:57)
 4.  Ring Them Bells  (3:14)
 5.  Not Dark Yet  (4:36)
 6.  Don't Think Twice, It's All Right  (4:37)
 7.  Is Your Love In Vain  (3:29)
 8.  It's All Over Now, Baby Blue  (4:10)
 9.  I Want You  (3:13)
10. Sugar Baby  (7:40)
11. Born In Time  (3:10)
12. What Good Am I?  (3:58)
13. Tangled Up In Blue  (5:33)
14. Forever Young  (2:57)
15. Every Grain Of Sand  (4:22)


Barb Jungr:  Vocals, Harmonica
Simon Wallace:  Piano on Tracks:  1-3, 5-8, 10-12, 14, 15
Russell Churney:  Piano on Tracks:  4, 9, 13
Mark Lockheart:  Saxophone
Kim Burton:  Accordion
Sonya Fairburn:  Violin
Sonia Oakes Stuart:  Cello
Julie Walkington:  Double Bass
Gary Hammond:  Percussion

Every Grain Of Sand is a tribute album to Bob Dylan recorded by Barb Jungr, originally released on March 2002 by Linn Records, remastered and reissued in 2017 by Linn Records.

The Chords

Artist:  The Chords
Origin:  South East London, England
Genre:  Mod Revival, Power Pop, New Wave, Punk, Alternative Rock, Indie Rock

Original line-up:

Billy Hassett:  Vocals, Guitar
Martin Mason:  Bass
Chris Pope:  Guitar
Brett Ascott:  Drums

The Chords are an English Punk Rock Band from South East London, formed in 1978 by Billy Hassett  (Vocals, Guitar) Martin Mason (Bass), Chris Pope (Guitar), and Brett Ascott (Drums).  They were one of the more successful groups to emerge during the Mod Revival Bands, and they re-formed with four original members for a UK tour during 2010.

Title:  The Mod Singles Collection  (2008)
Genre:  Mod Revival, Power Pop, New Wave, Punk, Alternative Rock, Indie Rock
Label:  Captain Mod
Rating:   *****


 1.  Now It's Gone (Single Version)  (3:08)
 2.  Don't Go Back  (2:40)
 3.  Maybe Tomorrow  (3:15)
 4.  I Don't Wanna Know  (2:53)
 5.  Hey Girl  (2:18)
 6.  Something's Missing  (3:26)
 7.  This Is What They Want  (2:46)
 8.  Now It's Gone (1980 Version)  (3:54)
 9.  Things We Said  (3:50)
10. The British Way Of Life  (3:34)
11. The Way It's Gotta Be  (2:41)
12. In My Street  (3:39)
13. I'll Keep Holding On  (3:32)
14. One More Minute  (3:35)
15. Who's Killing Who  (2:57)
16. Turn Away Again  (3:33)
17. Turn Away Again Again  (3:59)

Bonus Tracks:

18. Empty Dreams (Unissued Single)  (3:47)
19. So Far Away (Unissued Single Edit)  (3:17)
20. Now It's Gone (Unissued 1979 12" Single)  (3:51)


Billy Hassett:  Vocals, Guitar
Martin Mason:  Bass
Chris Pope:  Guitar
Brett Ascott:  Drums

The Mod Singles Collection is the collection album by The Chords, was released on April 21, 2008 by Captain Mod.  This 20 track release includes all five of the UK Hit Singles plus, as a Bonus, three previously unreleased single edits from 1979, and includes pictures of all relevants sleeves and really is a Best Of The Chords.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Mike McGear

Artist:  Michael McGear (Mike McGear)
Birth Name:  Peter Michael McCartney
Born:  January 7 1944.  Liverpool, Lancashire, England
Genre:  Rock, Pop Rock, Contemporary Pop
Occupation:  Musician, Photographer
Instruments:  Piano, Guitar

Mike McGear is an English Musician and Photographer and the younger brother of Paul McCartney, he changed his name in the mid-'60s shortly after The Beatles become famous.  He was a member of The Scaffold, who recorded some fairly successful comedy Rock in the late '60s.

Title:  Woman  (2017)
Genre:  Rock, Pop Rock, Contemporary Pop
Label:  Esoteric Recordings
Rating:   ****


 1.  Woman  (3:08)
 2.  Witness  (4:09)
 3.  Jolly Good Show  (3:08)
 4.  Benna/Roamin' A Road  (2:39)
 5.  Benna/Sister  (3:24)
 6.  Wishin'   (3:28)
 7.  Young Young Man (Five Years Ago)/Young Young Man (Five Years Later)  (3:50)
 8.  Edward Heath  (0:59)
 9.  Bored As Butterscotch  (2:54)
10. Uptowndowntown  (2:29)
11: Black Beauty/Tiger/Strawberry Jam  (8:17)

Bonus Track:

12. Sister (First Version)  (3:13)


Mike McGear:  Vocals
Roger McGough:  Guitars
Andy Roberts:  Guitars
Roger Burn:  Bass
Dave Richards:  Bass
Zoot Money:  Piano, Keyboards
John Megginson:  Organ
Brian Auger:  keyboards
Norman Yardley:  Harmonica
Gerry Conway:  Drums, Percussion
Ginger Johnson:  Percussion
Michael Rosen:  Horns
Roger Ball:  Horns
Cecil Moss:  Horns
Chris Pyne:  Horns
Malcolm Duncan:  Horns
Paul Korda: Backing Vocals
Steve Gould:  Backing Vocals
Alan Gorrie:  Backing Vocals
Centipede:  Strings
Tony Coe:  Saxophone

Woman is the first solo album by Mike McGear, originally released on February 27, 1972 by Island Records, remastered and reissued on March 31, 2017 by Esoteric Recordings, with a previously unreleased Bonus Track, featuring Zoot Money, Brian Auger, Roger McGough, Andy Roberts and many more!.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Eliane Elias

Artist:  Eliane Elias
Born:  March 19, 1960.  Sao Paulo, Brazil
Genre:  Jazz, Brazilian Jazz, Brazilian Pop, Latin Jazz, Post-Pop, Jazz Instrument, Piano Jazz, World Fusion
Occupation:  Musician, Singer, Composer
Instruments:  Piano, Vocals

Eliane Elias is a Brazilian Jazz Pianist and Singer, born in Sao Paulo, she started studying Piano at age 7, and at age 12 was transcribing solos from Jazz Masters, at age 15, she was teaching Piano and Improvisation.  Her career began in Brazil at age 17.  In 1981, she moved to New York City where she attended The Juilliard School of Music.  A year later she became part of the group Steps Ahead.  Shortly her solo career began and signed to Blue Note Records.  She has worked with many notable artists such as Herbie Hancock, Steve Gadd, Stanley Clarke, Eddie Gomez, Peter Erskine, Bill Evans, Chet Baker and many more!.  In 2007 with album Something For You, which won Best Vocal Album Of The Year and The Gold Disc Award in Japan, and this album reached No. 1 on the U.S. Jazz Radio Charts, No. 8 on Billboard and No. 2 on The French Jazz Chart.

Title:  Dance Of Time  (2017)
Genre:  Jazz, Brazilian Jazz, Brazilian Pop, Latin Jazz, Post-Pop, Jazz Instrument, Piano Jazz, World Fusion
Label:  Concord Music
Rating:   *****


 1.  O Pato  (4:19)
 2.  You're Getting To Be A Habit With Me  (3:52)
 3.  Copacabana  (5:22)
 4.  Coisa Feita  (5:02)
 5.  By Hand  (5:17)
 6.  Sambou Sambou  (3:52)
 7.  Little Paradise  (5:01)
 8.  Speak Low  (6:34)
 9.  Samba De Orly  (3:22)
10. Na Batucada Da Vida  (5:39)
11. An Up Dawn  (4:26)
12. Not To Cry  (3:55)


Eliane Elias: Vocals, Piano
Marcus Teixeira:  Acoustic Guitar on Tracks:  1-3, 5-10
Conrado Goys:  Electric Guitar on Track 4
 Marcedo Mariano:  Electric Bass on Tracks:  1-10
Edu Ribeiro:  Drums on Tracks:  1-3, 5-10
Celso de Almeida:  Drums on Track 4
Marivaldo dos Santos:  Percussion on Tracks:  2, 3, 9
Gustavo di Dalva:  Percussion on Tracks: 2, 3, 9

Special Guests:

Amilton Godoy:  Piano on Track 11
Joao Bosco:  Vocals, Guitar on Track 4
Mark Kibble:  Background on Tracks:  3, 5, 8
Mike Mainieri:  Vibraphone on Tracks:  2, 7
Randy Brecker:  Flugelhorn on Track 8
Toquinho:  Vocals on Tracks:  9, 12, Guitar on Track 12

Dance Of Time is an album by Eliane Elias, was released on March 24, 2017 by Concord Music.  Album has the same mix of Brazilian and English language tunes that relied most heavily on Bossa Nova.