A real pleasant surprise arrives in the mail in the form of Ephemerals. Sweet soul and funky grooves straight out of old London with a classic Motown vibe. Northern Soul lives! Check out the Dylanesque video for Easy Ain’t Nothin’. RIYL: Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Amy Winehouse, The Get Ups.
Time Is Over One Day Old, the highly anticipated new one from one of my personal favorite bands, Bear In Heaven drops this week. Stream the first single from it, Time Between. RIYL: Lower Dens, Here We Go Magic, The Besnard Lakes.
Next up, The Muffs long awaited return (the band’s first album in 10 years!), Whoop De Doo, arrives this week, courtesy of the tasteful folks at Burger Records. Stream, Up And Down Around here below. RIYL: The Pixies, Bikini Kill, The Donnas.
I’m also enjoying Circulation, the new full-length debut album from JPNSGRLS (pronounced Japanese Girls). Keep the volume cranked and check out Smalls, the energetic first single from that album. RIYL: RDGLDGRN, Titus Andronicus, Arctic Monkeys.
Also new in this week is Hold Still Life, the lush new one from Brooklyn dream-pop band Field Mouse. Stream pretty much the entire album from the band’s soundcloud page, starting with Tomorrow Is Yesterday here below. RIYL: Lab Partners, Real Estate, Speedy Ortiz.
Keep calm and Moe on.
Doc Sonic on behalf of the promo team.
By Ray Futia,
Anticipation for the Hudson Project centered on the lineup, and in that regard I found the 3-day long festival to be a success. The unique mixture of funk, jam, and various electronic flavors was more than enough variety to keep me engaged, yet each set seemed to fit with the others. Several of the non-electronic acts gravitated towards a more electronic sound; Lettuce spent the first half of their set without bassist Erick Coomes, having guitarist Eric Krasno lay down deep Moog bass lines to great effect.
Many of the headliners put on dazzling performances, notably the Flaming Lips, who pulled out many of the tricks they showed off at Bonnaroo- the dancing mushrooms, butterflies, and rainbows, the hamsterball, and the confetti confetti cannons- and played a near perfect set with a warm moment at the end as frontman, Wayne Coyne, halted the set for near half an hour on behalf of an audience member who had fainted. Several of the lesser known acts surprised me and matched the intensity and precision of the bigger names. On Saturday night, the Golden Pony, a Brooklyn based disco and deep house duo got worked up a small crowd in spite of competing with both Four Tet and Moby’s sets, which I wasn’t too fond of. On Sunday afternoon, the Soul Rebels, a funky New Orleans brass band thrilled the thinning crowds from the main stage with a full hour of dancing and energy.
All that being said, the other aspects of the festival were lacking, particularly organization and preparation, making the festival feel a bit like a trial run. Security was a big focus with multiple stations into and within the grounds; this created quite a bit of congestion as there seemed to be a shortage of security personnel. This also amplified hassle of getting from off-site parking to the event and camping grounds- a 3 mile trek- with the few shuttles available.
In spite of all of this, the Hudson Project will likely be remembered for its premature ending; due to a severe thunderstorm warning, it was cut off Sunday afternoon, canceling several acts including the highly anticipated Bassnectar. In light of the severity and duration of the storm, cancelling the event seems to have been the best decision, but the chaotic way in which it was handled left many at the festival confused and bitter, with some left stranded on the flooding grounds. Nevertheless, if the Project learns from these mistakes and continues to put together amazing lineups, it has potential to come back as its own distinct festival in the years to come.
i feel fine – beatles
times of the season – zombies
domino – van morrison
Moondance – van morrsion
Everyday People – Sly and the Family Stone
Sitting on the dock of the Bay – Otis Redding
Toes – Zac Brown Band
Belief – John Mayer
The Consquences of not sleeping – little green cars
Something in the Way she Moves – James Taylor
Carolina in my Mind – James Taylor
Jet – Paul McCartney and Wings
Suite: Judy Blue Eyes – Crosby,Stills & Nash
Joy to the World – Three Dog Night
I Need to know – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Just what I needed – The Cars
London Calling – The Clash
Rockaway Beach – Ramones
Rock and Roll- Led Zeppelin
L.A. Woman – The Doors
Don’t let me be misunderstood – the animals
My Sweet Lord- George Harrison
Beggin – The four seasons
Strangers in the Night – Frank Sinatra
Lazaretto – Jack White
Rent I Pay – Spoon
Do I Wanna Know – Arctic Monkeys
Diane Young – Vampire Weekend
If you didnt see then you werent on the dancefloor – dale earnhardt jr jr
No one else – Weezer
Why bother – Weezer
You are a tourist – Death Cab for cutie
Aurora – Foo Fighters
Cigarettes, wedding bands – Band of Horses
Someday – The Strokes
Instant Crush – Daft Punk feat. Julian Casablancas
Fall in Love – Phantogram
We Are wear Cloaks – Jack Black
Submarines – Lumineers
The High Road – Broken Bells
Undercover – Pete Yorn
These Days – Foo Fighters
Even the Losers – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
What is and What Should Neer Be – Led Zeppelin
All Along the Watchtower – Jimi Hendrix
Have A Cigar – Pink Floyd
Scenes from an Italian Restaurant – Billy Joel
Come Fly with Me – Frank Sinatra
Moving Out – Billy Joel
Music with Lars (and a few with Erin). Fun times.
The Falconers – “The Frame Maker” (The Frame Maker)
Connor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band – “Moab” (Connor Oberst)
G. Love – “Home” (Fixing to Die)
Blitzen Trapper – “American Goldwing” (American Goldwing)
Blitzen Trapper – “Country Caravan” (Wild Mountain Nation)
Johnny Flynn – “Fol-de-rol” (Country Mile)
Tallest Man on Earth – “Kids on the Run” (The Wild Hunt)
Johnny Cash – “The Man Comes Around” (American IV: The Man Comes Around)
Ray Wylie Hubbard – “Whoop and Hollar” (A: Enlightenment B: Endarkenment Hint: There is No C)
Baby Gramps & Peter Stampfel – “Casting My Spell” (Outertainment)
Baby Gramps & Peter Stampfel – “Ghost Train of Freak Mountain” (Outertainment)
Johnny Cash – “Over the Next Hill” (Personal File)
M. Ward – “To Go Home” (Post-War)
The Mountain Goats – “San Bernadino” (Hectic Pride)
The Mountain Goats – “This Year” (The Sunset Tree)
Dawes – “My Way Back Home” (Nothing is Wrong)
Foghat – “Drivin’ Wheel” (Best of Foghat) – BY REQUEST
Band of Horses – “Way Back Home” (Infinite Arms)
Cat Stevens – “On the Road to Find Out” (Tea for the Tillerman)
Bob Dylan – “Gotta Travel On” (Self-Portrait)
Nick Drake – “Road” (Pink Moon)
Hank Williams – “Ramblin’ Man” (40 Greatest Hits)
Joe Crookston – “Able Baker Charlie & Dog” (Able Baker Charlie & Dog)
Band of Annuals – “Follow Your Headlights Home” (Repondez)
James Mercer – “Journey Through the Past” (“180 South” Soundtrack)
The Hello Strangers – “Runaway” (The Hello Strangers)
Alan Lomax Collection – “I’m Goin’ Home” (Southern Journey Vol. 3)
Bonnie Somerville – “Winding Road” (“Garden State” Soundtrack)
The Howlin’ Brothers – “Gone” (The Stone Fox EP)
Alan Lomax Collection – “Sweet Roseanne” (Southern Journey Vol. 1)
Mississippi John Hurt – “Further Along” (The Last Sessions)
Mississippi John Hurt – “Goodnight, Irene” (The Last Sessions)
No plan for next week yet. Tune in then to see what I come up with.