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

Take a minute to go out and support local artists – community is powerful 🙂 

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 – Rid of Me “Traveling” from the album Traveling 

Well, I meant to post this as a “hot release” right when Rid of Me released this debut album on Bandcamp (12.03.2021)…however, I am late 😦  So, with apologies….

This song delivers exactly what Rid of Me have in their tagline “heavy, melodic punk” and in this case that is a good thing.  I am sure we have all heard the bad version of this genre and it does not go well.  This is the other kind.  The overlay of sound is so entrancing that I did not mind having to hunt around a little to pick up the underlying lyrics.  And those words are quite interesting all to themselves.  I spent several long minutes figuring them out and what they mean to me and you also might find it a useful exercise.   It will get your imagination working for sure.  Being mostly unfamiliar with this band, I did a quick search and found a slightly disturbing but riveting video for the song “Dealing” which is also off of this record.   You can check that at and I am sure in the other usual places.   This is a solid release  and the rest of Traveling measures up well and gets my recommendation.  I have to get out and see this gang live somewhere for sure:)  

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

As always…support your local bands and artists and buy direct from the source when you can – community is powerful!