MUSIC REVIEW: LA’s Hudson’s(The Band) new release Into The Unknown is a rocknrolla Americana trip with some of your favorite classic rock moves. On this EP you’ll find citar sounds, beatles harmonies and billy gibbons blues stomps. These guys are pro-musicians and we don’t mean that in a derogatory sense as they can actually play their instruments. Which is a rarity and more than likely due to their commitment to doing residency shows which is paying off in beer tabs. We would say on par with the likes of the bluesmen in The Sadies which is a high compliment around these parts.. We love when the slide guitar is implemented right in your face because if you are going to commit to it. Do it all the way right in your face to the point where women and children are holding their ears. Their tune “Jezebel” has some bonham/John Paul Jones nod at the end and the title track “In the Unknown” is where you might want to save the children first. Check them out and let them take in their RV around much of the good music on one release. They really are owning this American Rock-n-Roll thing. If you are a fan of Jack White, Black Crowes and ZZ Top then you’ll more than likely wanna grab some icey PBR’s and tap the dashboard in your pick-up with these guys at your next tail-gate party. You can own the EP June 2nd on iTunes.
MUSIC REVIEWS: I have A.D.D when it comes to music. I need fireworks or something to draw my attention to new music. Either way, here’s some tunes for you we’ve gotten this past week we think is pretty decent or we would not share. Along with some of our belated 4th of July Instagram videos to watch while you listen. First band up is Blue and Gold with a track called “It’s Only You.” It’s blues. It’s not JSBX but more like the poor cousin of Deer Tick. What’s it called? Oh yes Diamon Rugs mixed with a little bit of that Jack White greatness. They got a vibe. So check it out.
Here is… It Came Without Warning...As Most Disasters Do. Sorta proggy with movie samples. I hope they don’t get sued but if you like Don Cab and or Shellac this might be your bag. Lots of guitar swank and arpeggios masked with delays. No Eddie Van Halen in this band but more like Godspeed You! Black Emperor or some other off-shoot like that. It’s space rock. Fuck this band is called Cmn ineed yr hlp from Chicago. I give up on vwls.
MUSIC REVIEW: Do you like Lux Interior inspired garage psycho-billy? We think Majestico has got some threads a little loose in this Rolling Stones inspired meets pico de gallo wax on this new 7″ EP called Love is God. It’s not a Mardi Gras band from the looks of it or a purest roots rock band but it is out today on Jeffery Drag Records. Is this “folk ‘n’ roll”? We think there is more of a creepy roll here that is just getting the weed going a bit. This is the bearded skunky variety perhaps with some shiny specs of brilliance. Music for garage rock fans who like a show with their acid or acid in their blues show. This stuff will last like trails and you will want to come back for the weird. If anything try and figure out how they convinced a Mayan to appear in their video. Give it a whirl and get away from that lame electronic shit. This is a real rock show.
RIYL – Sounds like these sound man: I Was A Teenage Werewolf MP3 by The Cramps from Songs The Lord Taught Us (1980) Oh Lord MP3 by The Brian Jonestown Massacre from Take It From The Man! (1996) Radiation Blues MP3 by Dax Riggs from We Sing of Only Blood Or Love (2007)
So what the Blues got to do with it? I’ve been watching Treme on the cable and reading Keith Richard’s autobiography and getting back into the roots of american rocknroll and funk for that matter for the past couples year and I realize I don’t know shit. So much music so little time to live and breath it like so many before. Modern music as we know it would not exist if it’s weren’t for the blues. Took me a long to realize this. The army gave folks in the south band instruments and they made music using trombones! Keith obsessed on sounding like Elmore James, Chuck Berry and worked to get a sound out of whatever was at his disposal making him a blueman. Then eventually because he was in The Rolling Stones he just got to jam with whoever he wanted to and adopted tuning his 6 stringer to a five string guitar tuning the 5-1 to G, D, G, B, D to get his sound and write some of the most awesome blues hybrid guitar songs ever written. Not going to deep dive at all the way but instead celebrate just some of the hybrids. I’m sure there are hundreds of examples and I’m not even sure my ear could pick-up on any of them unless you explained; but if you ever wondered why a cover band was not just pulling off a Stones song it’s not because their feel was off or tone but maybe because the tuning was wrong or they just never got high. Other great alt blues songs have a topicality and delivery vibe that you either get or you don’t. When you get a chance to read Keith’s autobiography LIFE you’re going to be pretty impressed by his ability to stay in the zone and function in his heyday. So when you’re up against the wall just ask yourself what would Keef do? Then it ride all night long till the record skips and you’re passed out.
Mississippi Breaks MP3 by Mule – features the guitar playing of P.W. Long. this band came together after Laughing Hyenas would practice with Kevin Munro and Jim Kimball’s badass sidefaced drumming. The Shakin’ Fears MP3 by P.W. Long’s solo release We didn’t see you on Sunday? is probably as close to a Mule song you’d ever get so just chug the Jack Daniels and everything will be alright. Nothin’ Man MP3 by R.L. Burnside from Wish I Was In Heaven Sitting Down Money Rock’N’Roll MP3 by The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion Tumblin’ Dice MP3 by Johnny Copeland from the All Blues’d Up compilation which features songs by The Stones. Leaving Trunk MP3 by Taj Mahal. Great harmonica on this track. Very straight forward blues progression. Sweet Brown Sugar MP3 by Robert Belfour from Pushin My Luck. This sounds like old blues done right today. Drinking Muddy Water MP3 by the North Mississippi Allstars from Shake Hands With Shorty. This is a very good contemporary blues band. Dimples MP3 by John Lee Hooker On Vee-Jay 1955-1958 recordings. Hustled Down In Texas MP3 by Johnny Winter from Second Winter (1969) Everybody Needs Somebody to Love MP3 from the movie soundtrack – The Blues Brothers. Probably my first introduction to the blues and what a way to have it delivered. Still one of my all time favorite movies too. Covered by Wilson Pickett, The Stones and originally recorded by Solomon Burke (1964). Was also covered by Gerry Garcia band and 13th Floor Elevators. All Down The Line MP3 by The Rolling Stones from Rocks Off!