Thursday, September 29, 2011

Featured Album Of The Week

Kasabian
Velociraptor!
In a week that will have us seeing new albums from Wilco, Blink-182, and Mastodon, I wanted to highlight a release that might get a little lost in the shuffle. My pick for the week is Velociraptor! by Kasabian. Kasabian is a great little British combo that has put out a few really good albums. In their native Britain, Kasabian have risen to nearly the top of the neo-BritPop scene, often being touted as the next Oasis. That's a tall mountain to climb, but these guys seem to be up to the hike. Velociraptor! is a great listen with plenty to love about it. With plenty of rock snarl and just enough synth to make you want to dance (not that I dance), I found this to be my surprise of the week.
So, when you stop by to get your new Wilco album, be sure to check this one out too. You may be surprised how often it'll make it's way onto your playlist.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Featured Album Of The Week

Honkey Kong
Boots Electric
When I heard that Jesse "Boots Electric" Hughes, of Eagles Of Death Metal fame, was putting out a solo record, I was pretty excited. He certainly didn't let me down. This album is pure, sleazy, sexy rock 'n roll and that's just the way I like it served up. Full of back-seat innuendo, and a decent helping of electro-funk, this one is well worth the price of admission.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

First The White Stripes, now this....

R.E.M.
R.I.P.
After 30 years R.E.M. has called it a day. I, for one, think this is pretty tragic. While R.E.M. may not have been at the top of the alternative rock heap they were consistently good. Collapse Into Now, which came out earlier this year, is high on my list of favorites of 2011, Monster is one of my favorite albums of the '90s, and Automatic For The People is a modern classic. They have been inducted into the Rock 'n Roll Hall Of Fame, have played for millions of people, and written some of the finest records of the last 3 decades. I shall miss this band.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Featured Album Of The Week


Blitzen Trapper-American Goldwing

Well, it's finally time for another installment of my "weekly" featured release. This was a very tough week. I had a huge amount of excellent new albums come across the desk. After some deep thought, and a lot of time with my turntable, I have narrowed it down to American Goldwing by Blitzen Trapper. This album, like most Blitzen Trapper releases, just oozes old school Americana. The album was intoxicating, evoking images of dust covered drifters wandering the plains. It was solid throughout. This one is very much worth adding to your autumn playlist.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Thursday, September 1, 2011

A Change is Gonna Come...to Duncan Hall

Friday, September 16th at 8 P.M.
 Ben Sollee's take on pop-tinged folk music is phenomenal, by the way.  If you've never listened to him, you need to get right on it.  Don't hesitate!
Get your tickets at Von's Records! 
Only $10 in advance!