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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

The 2015 Album Buyer's Guide


THE 40 BEST ALBUMS OF 2015
Maia, original art by Chuck Sperry


Thank god for big returns. For a year that saw me launch my largest professional stretch (multiple cities, new markets, new partners, new challenges) and a move and an increased workload, the fact I had not published a Best of 2014 seemed to make this year's list so much more daunting. If you love the list or appreciated a new find, please share your thoughts, it's how we find common ground. 

I absolutely promise you there are some folks in here who make music that will change your life. It already has impacted me. Best to you all in 2016.. Long live our passion for music!



Alabama Shakes
Sound & Color 
Web / Facebook / Album




Alberta Cross
Alberta Cross
Web / Facebook / Album 




AM & Shawn Lee     
Outlines
Web / Facebook / Album 




Beth Bombara
Beth Bombara
Web / Facebook / Album


Nate Burrell photo



Boom Forest     
Post Knight Errant 
Web / Facebook / Album




Brandy Zdan
Brandy Zdan 
Web / Facebook / Album




Buffalo Rodeo
123 Water 
Facebook / Album




Butch Parnell    
The Brightness EP 
Web / Facebook / Album




Caleb Groh
Hot Pop 
Web / Facebook / Album




Cheyenne Medders 
Day Stood Still 
Web / Facebook / Album




Christopher Paul Stelling    
Labor Against Waste
Web / Facebook / Album 




Courtney Barnett    
Sometimes I Sit And Think Sometimes I Just Sit 
Web / Facebook / Album





Dani Dorchin
One Man Band
Web / Facebook / Album




Daphne Lee Martin
Fall On Your Sword
Web / Facebook / Album 



Diana DeMuth
Albuquerque
Web / Facebook / Album






EL VY    
Return To The Moon
Web / Facebook / Album 




Eldridge Rodriguez
The Castrati Menace 
Web / Facebook / Album



Ewert and the Two Dragons
Circles
Web / Facebook / Album  




Father John Misty
I Love You, Honey Bear
Web / Facebook / Album 



Fidlar
Too
Web / Facebook / Album




Fleurie
Arrows
Web / Facebook / Album 




Fort Frances
No One Needs To Know Our Name
Web / Facebook / Album 




Hezekiah Jones
In Loving Memory of Oosi Lockjaw
Web / Facebook / Album 




Hollis Brown
3 Shots 
Web / Facebook / Album



Jill Andrews 
The War Inside
Web / Facebook / Album 




Kingsley Flood
The Good Fight / To The Wolves
Web / Facebook / Albums




Kurt Vile
B'lieve I'm Going Down 
Web / Facebook / Album




Majical Cloudz
Are You Alone?
Web / Facebook / Album




Mick Jones
Ex-Libris
StoryVinyl



Quaildogs 
The Getting Old Factory
Web / Facebook / Album





Rainbow Kitten Surprise
RKS
Web / Facebook / Album 





Rayland Baxter
Imaginary Man
Web / Facebook / Album




Ryan Hamilton
Hell of A Day
Web / Facebook / Album





Sharon Van Etten
I Don't Want To Let You Down
Web / Facebook / Album





Sleater-Kinney
No Cities To Love
Web / Facebook / Album 




Tame Impala
Currents
Web / Facebook / Album 




Thad Kopec
The Ridge
Web / Facebook / Album





The Longwalls
Gold Standard
Web / Facebook / Album





These Wild Plains
These Wild Plains 
Web / Facebook / Album






Saturday, December 19, 2015

The Return of TWIN PEAKS




The weirdest show on television helped shape a generation of artists and creators.
Against all odds, it's coming back - but can it compare? That will be David Lynch's job.

TWIN PEAKS
Web / Wiki



Monday, December 07, 2015

Hollis Brown "Cathedral" at the Grand Canyon

Fresh off their latest EU tour, Hollis Brown are back in the states for the holidays and I thought I would share this amazing little video from their summer foray, touring the United States in support of Counting Crows on their national tour.. It was a real grind for Hollis Brown, playing almost every day (even off days on the tour they found stages with exposure opportunities) and they ended up winning all kinds of new fans. 

This video sees the band stopping at the precipice of the Grand Canyon to perform an acoustic version of "Cathedral" (from their album 3 Shots) in nature's church. It's a slick, spontaneous performance in one of the world the world's most beautiful settings!




Since its formation in 2009, the scrappy New York outfit known as Hollis Brown has emerged as one of America's most compelling young rock 'n' roll acts. Drawing from a bottomless well of classic influences yet firmly rooted in the present, the band's output has steadily evolved from the raw immediacy of its early releases to the more expansive, adventurous approach that fuels its bracing new album 3 Shots.



Three cheers for singer and guitarist Mike Montali, who wedded his fiance Andrea over the weekend. The best for them and the whole band in 2016! Hollis Brown is Montali, guitarist Jonathan Bonilla, bassist Dillon Devito, keyboardist Adam Bock and drummer Andrew Zehnal. 

You will see the band featured again this week in our big 2015 Best of Albums list.

HOLLIS BROWN
Album / Web / Fb / Tw


Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Avi Jacob - So Hard To Reach You


VIDEO PREMIERE - Quietly one of the best today in our opinion, songwriter Avi Jacob expresses the old soul of east coast America, twisting melodies from its' pitfalls and triumphs. Avi's music slow dances the fine line that divides spiritual folk and country-influenced Americana rock. All that is reflected here. So Hard To Reach You was directed by Andrew John Dyck and this is the first place you'll find it anywhere.



Avi released his debut LP So Hard To Reach You on Whitehaus Family Records. I spoke with Avi, who played an outstanding set at The Outlaw Roadshow NY, earlier this week and he's excited about his new album, the first single of which will be released soon. This is somebody you need to know.

AVI JACOB
Web / Fb / Tw