A warm welcome to Ravi this week, who has boxed some Stevie Ray Vaughn for your enjoyment. Meanwhile, amongst the new music promos there’s a plug for the three volume “Rock Back for Nepal” in which around 60 artists from different genres and countries have joined forces to raise funds for the Nepal relief efforts. I’m not qualified to review it but what I’ve heard sounds interesting, and it’s for a good cause, all money raised will go towards helping the earthquake victims: https://pateticorecordings.bandcamp.com/album/rock-back-for-nepal-vol-1. Meanwhile, please keep those worms coming to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
Natalie Prass – My Baby Doesn’t Understand Me – Fuel: Natalie Prass is an American singer-songwriter from Virginia. This is from her debut album, released through Spacebomb and Columbia records. (Ed.)
Penguin Café – Black Hibiscus – glasshalfempty: I recently had the great pleasure of seeing Penguin Cafe, and this was a super number when played live, with it’s blend of Mexican and Chopin! This keeps up the high standard of quirkiness set by the current bandleader’s dad, Simon Jeffes, who founded and led the Penguin Cafe Orchestra before his untimely death at 49.
Decemberists – The Singer Addresses His Audience …tincanman – The band’s latest collection of mighty fine songs includes this follow up to I Was Meant For The Stage. It’s a tribute to their fa…yes, I know what sarcasm is. In theory. Why do you ask?
The Cadillac Three – Peace, Love And Dixie – DsD: From this month’s Classic Rock covermount CD, this is so redolent of the American South that I can almost taste the bourbon and smell the chicken frying through my speakers. Makes me want to grab the first flight over there. Holler if you’re with me!
Bob Marley and the Wailers – Positive Vibration – goneforeign: If you never had the pleasure of going to a BMW concert here’s a taste, Bob at the Hollywood Roxy in 1976, of course I was there, I’m about 10ft in front of him, if you listen carefully you’ll recognize my dulcet tones doing the screaming. Absolutely the BEST musical performance I ever attended and there were literally hundreds!
Department M – Bleak Technique – AliM: Another music promo, this is from Leeds duo Department M., a stripped back version of their new single to be released on 7 August (performed by Owen Brinley). They are playing in Manchester on 5 August, Leeds on 6 August and a free-entry London gig on 10 October. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXiphR7mWRk&feature=youtu.be