Song Review – New Pony Funk “Torch Song” from the album Let’s Get Real

I was having a whole funk moment this week and went thought a good run of songs from all over the world.  In the end I picked this song to review although there were two Ghost Funk Orchestra tracks that were in contention right up until a few seconds ago.  All of it is such good music.  

I think I picked this one because it has such a classic sound.  There are many iterations and different takes on funk these days and I do enjoy them.  Sometimes though, these classic sounds are just what I need…there is some Tower of Power running through this song in just the right way.

This track kicks right from the very beginning with a solid drum beat (with bongos:) and a soulful guitar leading into the horns.  I read on this band’s website that they do have the brass section with them at live shows which would be great to see…someday I have to get to Philly to check it out.  There is also a nice, punchy bass that sets a good vibe throughout and the whole jam just keeps you bopping along.  And check out the jumpy piano solo that starts around the 2:30 mark…outstanding!

You can check out more of the music and information on the Bandcamp page

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Song Review – Amyl and the Sniffers “Guided by Angels” from the album Comfort To Me

Sometimes…somethings…just remind you of something from the past…and I do mean in a good way.  This recent release from Amyl and the Sniffers had that effect on me.  

Way back in the day there was a few very specific things that drew me to punk rock.  It was not just the pent up anger and disaffection of the bands that I was listening to at the time.  There was also something about the clarity of the lyrics, the lack of pretension and the driving beats of the music that made sense to me.  That is not to say that this track or the overall album is derivative of that 70’s and 80’s era of punk rock…it is more like it is a fitting revitalization of that vibe.  And I have heard you must see this band in concert to appreciate it all even more…hopefully I can catch them soon.  

You can check out more of the music and information on the Bandcamp page

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Song Review – Bill Scorzari “All Behind Me Now” from the album The Crosswinds of Kansas

Ahh…Bill Scorzari…this guy has long been a favorite of mine, mostly for his storytelling ability and his off-hand, sometimes slightly eccentric delivery.  It is incredibly effective and his songs…well they hit home.  He knows how to sing about real life.  

Honestly every track on this album is excellent but I chose this one to review for a few reasons:  

  • The beginning melody is so well done, it make me think it must be like what nostalgia sounds like when it is mixed with a bit of wistful thinking. 
  • Lyrically I think this is one of the strongest on the album.  Lines like, “I’ll put all of my thoughts into a new straw hat, and say I don’t have to care and leave you there with that,” well, are just awesome. 
  • There is an organ on this track (played by Danny Mitchell) that adds something special…it is just a very unique sound. 

A special note here for the collection of musicians on this album.  There is a wide-range of instruments across these songs and these musicians are stellar – they really build tone and space around Bill’s lyrics & guitar.  

You can check out more of the music and information on the Bandcamp page

As always – please get out there and support your local businesses and artists – community is powerful 🙂

Song Review – Harlan T Bobo “Another Heavy” from the album Porch Songs

Man…you know…some things are just so damn good that when you hear them…you just let it all wash over you for a few hours.  That would be what happened when I clicked in to Basecamp and started listening to the new release from Harlan T Bobo.  

There is a wealth of simple, stark music on this album and I selected this track as I really liked the guitar sound.  Plus the first line, “you can run, you won’t get far, you can stay, stay and it’ll be hard,” is such a great piece of simple and poignant storytelling.  The accompanying musicians on this track do a great job of building a subtle atmosphere that gives you a kind of resigned yet dreamy feeling.  

And seriously…this album belongs in your collection 🙂

You can check out more of the music and information on the Bandcamp page

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Song Review -Off With Their Heads “Be Good” from the album Calm / Collected 

Hey!  Great news for me (and hopefully some of you) as there is a new Off With Their Heads release just out this week 🙂  

I selected this track (which leads off the album) as it is such a good example of the great music this band puts together every time to surround the raw emotions of Ryan Young’s lyrics.   This song comes in lightly on some guitars and a simple drum beat that provides an effective foundation for the moment when Ryan comes in with that raspy and powerful voice.  I always tell people when you want sincerity in your song lyrics…just listen to OWTH.   And a special high five moment for the slightly odd way this track goes out…you will have to listen to it yourself and see what you think.

If you have the inclination, this entire album is really good and definitely worth a purchase.  

You can check out more of the music and information on the Bandcamp page

As always, remember to support your local bands and businesses – community is powerful 🙂 

Song Review -Adam Baldwin “Causeway Road” from the album Concertos & Serenades 

When I saw the news flash across on my notifications that there was an upcoming release for a new Adam Baldwin album…well I was excited.  If we have spoken before, you know that I am a big fan of this musician.  His style and lyrics hit home with me almost every time.  This song is a pre-release treat 🙂

This track is typical of all of the things that I like about his music.  The melody here is calming and wistful with some great texture added by a violin.  And the lyrics…well, there is quite the detailed story being told here.  It is not a complicated tale, but an interesting one with some poignant moments included.  

As a side note, check out his “Chin Up” sessions on YouTube – they are great! 

You can check out more of the music and information on the Bandcamp page

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Song Review -The Tisburys “Garden” from the album Exile on Main Street  

First of all, this is just one of those songs that gets your attention because of the great rhythm and melody that fires off right as you hit “play.”  Then you of course have to hang out and see what happens …

Overall this is a well put together song and I really like the prominent bass overlay and the lead guitar part around the two-minute mark…and somewhere in there is a keyboard….yes?  Give it a listen and see what you think.  The lyrics gave me some pause and are worth study….I did especially like the “don’t hide behind your sacred symbols” part…very evocative. 

For some extra fun and good listening (if you are a Tisburys fan in general) check out their “Philadelphia’s #1 Deep Cut Bar Band Covering the Classics” album that was out in March of this year. 

You can check out more of the music and information on the Bandcamp page

Remember to get out there and support your local bands and artists – community is powerful 🙂 

Song Review -The Big Shaboozie  “Mr. Phony” from the album Mr. Phony EP  

If you have caught any of this band’s music prior to the release of the current EP there will be a nice, familiar feel to this song.  There is a great groove to this track that carries you along from a slightly muted lead-in to some nice drums and guitars.  The supplemental vocals tracks here also add some good layers of atmosphere  – there is some real depth there especially if you slap on some cans and really drop into the sounds for a bit.  

For some extended listening pleasure (aside from the rest of this EP) check out their Shades of Faces album – you will not be disappointed.  

You can check out more of the music and information on the Bandcamp page

Hey, it is summer!  Get out there and experience your local area – community is powerful.  

Song Review -The Gabbard Brothers  “Little Mama” from the album The Gabbard Brothers 

Hmmm…that is what I thought as I listened through this song for the first time.  Having been a fan of Buffalo Killers and also Andrew Gabbard’s solo endeavors (recently reviewed here) I was waiting for this collaboration to come out.  This track, an early release from the upcoming album set to drop in July, had me intrigued for sure but uncertain on exactly how I felt about it.  

Ten repeats later, I can say that I like it more every time I hear it.  The mix on this is interesting with the instruments just a little but forward of the vocals and the atmosphere of the music has a bit of the Beach Boys to it.  There is a very cool guitar part around the 1:30 mark and the pacing changes at several places throughout provide nice space.  And that lead out on piano at the end…very nice 🙂 

You can check out more of the music and information on the Bandcamp page

If you are interested in diving a little bit deeper you can find Buffalo Killers here

As always, please support your local businesses, artists and friends – community is powerful.  

Song Review -DEHD “Stars” from the album Blue Skies

Song Review -DEHD “Stars” from the album Blue Skies

What can I say…I love this band and have been a fan for awhile.  I had previously heard “Bad Love” off this album which I believe was an early release on Bandcamp.  Having just checked back in and saw this entire album was available I had to jump at the chance to review one song 🙂

This track (and the album as a whole) is a very familiar DEHD song in all of the best ways…slightly eccentric guitar & smooth vocals from Jason Balla, simple & poignant rhythm from Eric McGrady and bellicose vocals & bass from Emily Kempf.  Listening to this song puts you in the mood to break out into a hypnotic dance groove.  

You can check out more of the music and information on the Bandcamp page

You can also check out my review of their album “Water” here

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