Winchester threw down a contender for “The Summer Hit of 2017.” A strong candidate requires a balance between easily grasped Pop sensitives and a sophisticated underlayer that provides needed staying power. For Winchester’s “Throw It Down,” if the balance isn’t right, it’s because the level of sophistication is too high – which is a positive from our perspective.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
This is not your father’s Arlo. The percussion-driven “Shake the Room” is not from the same musical generation as the Folk gems of Arlo Guthrie, such as “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree.”
“Shake the Room” by ARLO
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Sandwiched between an unhurried, calming piano hook that is both the intro and the outro, is a multi-dimensional, split personality track from Tyler John of Orlando, Florida. The most prominent dimensions are aligned with the personalities. At times, “Conversation” is melodic and the lyrics may be troubling, but there is a peace in the awareness that further exploration is not healthy: “I found peace in a mind where I was doubted… And I don’t want to see inside the darkest corners of my mind.”
Monday, May 22, 2017
Each year, the Bonnaroo promoters offer a limited-time download of songs by performers scheduled to attend the upcoming festival. The offer is through Noisetrade. The end of the free download roughly coincides with the start of the festival. This year, the four-day event occurs on June 8-11. As always, it is in Manchester, Tennessee. For more information, go to http://www.bonnaroo.com/.
Sunday, May 21, 2017
Clouds and Thorns delivered a Folk Pop anthem that is well-suited for the 2017 concert scene. The song is a crowd-pleaser. Band vocals, Folk instrument support, and percussion that invites audience participation – if they schedule a tour that includes a stop in the San Francisco area, we plan to attend.
“Everything Is Possible Now” by Clouds and Thorns
Friday, May 19, 2017
Free and Legal Downloads? Yes, at least temporarily. Bands often temporarily permit free downloads of their releases. The end of an offer may be based on the expiration of a set period of time or on a limited number of downloads. But at least for now, here are songs that qualify as Free, Legal and Recommended (FL&R) downloads.
Finding songs that can be legally downloaded is easy. The difficult task is to find legally downloadable music that we recommend. Our plan is to post at least one FL&R song each Friday.
On May 17, Blue October visited The Fillmore in San Francisco. The opening band shared the frontman and his drummer brother. Harvard of the South is a side project of Justin and Jeremy Furstenfeld. It can be termed a “supergroup,” since it is a combination of Blue October and “Longwave. Harvard of the South is currently permitting free downloads of the song “Without.”
“Without” by Harvard Of The South
The patrons at The Fillmore were knowledgeable and respectful. They were knowledgeable about Blue October and they were respectful of both the band and the people around them. OK, there was the lady who shouted a request for the song “Hate Me” after every song (she even asked for the song during the opening performance by Harvard of the South). But it was a “near perfect crowd.”
The voice and emotional presentation of Justin Furstenfeld bring most fans to Blue October. In a live setting, it is easier to recognize the musician skills of the band members. Ryan Delahoussaye played the violin, the keyboards and a short-neck 12-string mandolin. Matt Noveskey (bass) and Matthew Ostrander (guitar) were outstanding at times.
Thursday, May 18, 2017
In the current music-consumption era, singles satisfy the appetites of most of us. Songs are purchased individually, and the collections are easily organized and reorganized into playlists. Playing singles in the “old, old school” era of vinyl was limited to stacking a small number of 45rpm discs on a spindle. The advancement to the era of cassettes allowed a listener to record a series of singles, but there were still inconveniences, particularly if the owner grew tired on a song on the cassette.
“Tracks” by Climbing Trees
“Graves” by Climbing Trees
“Lost” by Climbing Trees