September 22, 2018

Keith Stone With Red Gravy: Blues With A Taste Of New Orleans

Keith Stone With Red Gravy throw down a set of handsome swamp blues with a funk twist on their new album Blues With A Taste Of New Orleans. It all sounds instantly familiar, but listen more closely and smart mashups reveal themselves. Ever wondered what Tom Petty would have sounded like when he was guest player with Creedence Clearwater revival? Pretty much like this quartet does during You Ain’t Got Nothing.

New Orleans is the city of the cross-over, the proverbial genres melting pot. It shows in the music and the food that is being made in the Big Easy. Listeners who don't feel hungry after hearing Red Gravy should consult a doctor asap.

Words about music (474): Wayne Kramer

Aesthetically, we were enormously successful. Economically... there was no success. It was all about music of the future and unfortunately it was a band that didn't have any future.

Wayne Kramer

September 21, 2018

I am Oak: Golden Pavilion

I am Oak and Kim Janssen, two leading Dutch indie folk acts, join forces for a short trip to Tokyo in Japan in September. To mark the occasionI am Oak wrote the new single Golden Pavilion. It is a song about searching. Spoiler: happy ending. He also made an animated video.

Golden Pavilion is released on Snowstar Records.

Neil Young: Broken Arrow Magazine Archive is now online

The authoritative Neil Young fan magazine Broken Arrow Magazine, published by the Neil Young Appreciation Society folded in 2014. It had been superseded as a primary information source by sites such as Neil Young News and Sugar Mountain (setlists). It turns out that the people behind the magazine have working hard to build a fully searchable online archive of all issues:

Hi, This is Scott Sandie, your old editor from Broken Arrow. This email is going out to all the old NYAS members who are still in my contact list.

For the past year or so there has been a working party preparing all 134 issues of Broken Arrow magazine for free online release. That project has reached the end of its main stage, and some 8000 magazine pages are now ready for viewing and search. Tom Hambleton has very kindly agreed to host these pages over on Sugar Mountain and has done a really great job in laying it all out in his inimitable fashion.

September 20, 2018

Black Honey: Black Honey

photo: Harriet Brown

English indie pop band Black Honey manage to sound slick and tough on their self-titled album. Lead singer Izzy B. Phillips sounds a bit like Wendy James (Transvision Vamp), but with the sense of humour of Mette Lindberg (The Asteroids Galaxy Tour) as an added bonus,.

Lyrically it is an education for mainstream pop fans, and production wise a guilty pleasure for the more advanced music fan. If disco-infused pop ever makes a comeback as a serious genre, the Brighton based quartet's self-titled debut album can be pinpointed as a landmark release.