Tuesday, March 08, 2016

New Music from New York City's Best Southern Rock Band

My favorite ne'er-do-wells have returned with a new album! Skunkmello are hard-luck cowboys, southern souls in the big city and they represent the best of what the old south has to offer in midst of all that hard rock, indie and pop. There's something magical about working with Gotham's best best blues and country-rock that makes us tingle. Call it my appreciation of the cowboy epic and a healthy appreciation of barbecue. Maybe it's the just the slower pace here and the knowledge that winter is over, but we're really excited for the new 'Mello album, Hot Chicken - out this June.


For the last two years, Skunkmello have been a fixture of The Outlaw Roadshow and have proven time and again to be one of the most well-loved stage acts on our stages. This world premiere is just a taste of the reason why..It's a slower life and a dedication to the outcome that matter. Highway 17 features Glenn Spivack on pedal steel. The man's one of the few, great working pedal steel players based in New York - like this band, he's one of a kind!

Pull up a seat kids, because this is southern hospitality. 

AJ Ferrer photographs

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Thursday, March 03, 2016

Fat Stacks from Canyon Spells

Tomorrow (March 4, 2016) will see the release of Now That We’re Gone, the highly anticipated debut album from Canyon Spells. Perennial favorites of The Outlaw Roadshow, the Nashville-based indie rock band, have time and again to offer some of the best songwriting and hooks in contemporary music. Today we have the debut of the band's lyric video for the track, "Fat Stacks." It's an amusing and pointed look at equating goals related to wealth with love, prosperity and happiness.

The band's choice of two drum-playing accompaniment in the lyric video is impossible to break away from, even though the action has nothing at all to do with the subject matter. Sense of humor is important to this band. 

“A lot of the album is poking at the culture of our generation and this constant barrage of social media that most people seem to have just accepted,” says songwriter Jimmie Linville, adding: “It affects everything: love, relationships, hopes, dreams… and the music explores that, but with a chip on its shoulder."

I want our readers to know one thing: this album is amazing and should prove to be one of the best of 2016. Produced and recorded in Chicago by Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, Iron and Wine, Josh Ritter), Now That We're Gone announces itself as an album built on tension and primed for transcendence with its harmonized guitar solos and soaring vocals. The album's immediate sense of urgency stems from an incident that occurred while the band was on tour in April 2015 when an SUV unhitched from a car carrier on the opposite side of the freeway, launched across the median, and smashed head-on into the car beside them. "The whole experience really reminded me how important it is to be brave in what we’re doing,” says Canyon Spells' singer and primary songwriter Jimmie Linville. “The accident gave us permission, in a way. It reminded us that we might not ever get another chance."

Jimmie Linville, Michaela Thomas and Daniel Pingrey

Rattled but emboldened by their brush with disaster, Canyon Spells began tracking Now That We’re Gone within days. Canyon Spells regard Now That We’re Gone as a mark of their commitment to the truth, almost to a fault, in their songwriting. “These songs don’t try to teach you, or tell you what to do,” Linville says. “They’re putting it down there on the floor, spreading it out, and saying ‘This is how it is. This is the truth. Do with it what you will.’

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Tuesday, March 01, 2016

New Monsters is the Title Track of the new Slow Runner

It's March 1st and there's a lot of excitement in this camp as the the wheel of great creativity is turning once again in music. 

In three short weeks, the indie world will see the return of one of the east coast's great creative duos. It's been four-plus years since the world has seen a new album from Michael Flynn and Josh Kaler - known as Slow Runner. The duo cut a wide creative swatch with organic percussion, celebrating emotively driven pop and infusing it with electronic-fed geeky garage rock. 

Kaler and Flynn are back at it again!

Today, in a world premiere, we share the title track of the new record which drops in three short weeks on 3/25/16. Time away has done nothing to dull these knives.. 

The elements of New Monsters immediately seem discordant and grandiose, and laid under the ever-present geek passion that drives the band. Flynn's keys and Kaler's multi-instrumentalist brilliance shine and then we are introduced to the auditory subject of their desire.. New Monsters features the remarkable Frances Cone. "This is why we can't have nice things," Flynn laments as Cone's voice soars. The train is off the tracks and everything is right and wrong all at once. And just before we know it, the song is over and we're left waiting and wanting more. 

New Monsters is the band's greatest effort to date. Written in South Carolina and in Nashville, the record encompasses the duo's career to date while underscoring the fact that no one has apparently caught up to what these guys are doing or helped to fill the void their absence created. 

In the last four years, life may have taken Slow Runner out of the public eye, but they have hardly slowed down. They’ve had songs on TV shows like Shameless, Grey’s Anatomy, and others across FOX, ABC, MTV, Showtime, and other networks. They’ve also had songs featured in worldwide ad campaigns for useful products like cars and soap and the internet. Twenty years ago this would have been called ‘selling out’; now that society has descended into a soulless corporate sarlacc pit void of all dignity and integrity, it’s actually an inspiring success story!

Editor's Note: This will be one of the best records of 2016 but I also highly recommend checking out the duo's award-winning 2011 effort Damage Points and Flynn's 2014 album adventure, Face In the Cloud

Slow Runner
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