Category: New Music

January 30, 2023

An Odd Little EP from Johnossi

While looking through some new music suggestions on Spotify, up popped the Swedish band Johnossi. Their music has a kind of late 80s/90s retro sound with elements of 80s roots and 90s alternative and a splash of indie rock. I was immediately reminded of some 90s Toronto bands like Lowest of the Low, Blue Rodeo (though less twangy), and Barenaked Ladies. But also, 80s jangle […]

December 21, 2022

Join Me as I Ponder Some Of Us Are Brave

Back in the 1980s, there was a number of artists that fused blues and R&B, as well as gospel, soul, and smooth jazz, with rock, pop, and other genres. This was something of a golden age for the blues and R&B as traditional blues artists, such as Bonnie Raitt, broke into the mainstream. This was also the era when blues great Robert Cray emerged, flirting […]

December 2, 2022

Weyes Blood Makes My Heart Glow

Weyes Blood (a.k.a. Natalie Mering) is hard to categorize. The closest I can come is 70s soft rock, like Bread, but without the schlock. Perhaps, she can be compared to 70s and 80s singer-songwriters. She certainly structures her songs like Aimee Man or Jenny Lewis might; Or is she more like Sandy Denny? I sit here listening to her latest album, And in The Darkness, […]

November 25, 2022

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs Makes Some Cool Music

If you had asked me a month ago “What kind of music do the Yeah Yeah Yeahs make?” I would have answered “Garage punk or retro post-punk.” And I would have been right. One listen to their most famous song, “Maps”, and you would agree that it is typical early 2000s retro post-punk. Their sound combined minimalist synths with loud guitar solos and simple, tuneful […]

November 17, 2022

Christine and the Queens Reaches for the Stars

The latest album from Héloïse Letissier, a.k.a Christine and the Queens just dropped. Called Redcar les adorable etoiles (prologue), which translates to Redcar, the adorable star (prolog), it is one of the best albums of the year. A mix of europop dance music, dream pop, 80s new wave, David Bowie, and even progressive rock, Christine and the Queens has created a marvelous album. What could […]

November 15, 2022

There’s a Reason for My Silence

It’s been over a month since my last blog post. There is a reason for that and it’s not personal in any way. I’d like to say that I’ve been in Hawaii for a month but, alas, that’s not the case. Most writers of the sort I am (essayists and humorists really) try and keep up a regular cadence. It’s the only way to build […]

October 10, 2022

Revved Up with Alvvays

Back in the 1980s, two musical genres emerged at about the same time called dream pop and shoegazer. Both were built on a foundation of the pop song – tuneful and with harmonies – but drenched in jangly waves of guitar noise. They were similar enough that it was easy to confuse bands from one genre as belonging to the other. The main difference between […]

September 15, 2022

Pomme Consoles Me

To begin with, an apology. It is not always easy to write a mix of English and other languages in the same document. I will try and get it right but if I miss a diacritical mark or two, please forgive me. Trying to mix French and American components in writing is, itself, a metaphor for Pomme’s latest album consolation. In consolation, Pomme bridges the […]

September 13, 2022

Some End of Summer Updates

Ok, I know I’ve been slow getting new reviews up. I attribute that to two issues. First, there has been a dearth of new releases that I think are worthwhile writing about. Second, and most obvious, it’s been summer. With the waning of the pandemic, festivals of all sorts have been fired up and running again. In one week alone I saw The Punch Brothers, […]

August 19, 2022

Ryan Adams’ FM is Pure Power Pop

I haven’t had time to listen to the whole album and write a review but the new Ryan Adams album, FM, is an amazing homage to late 60s power pop. “FM” has been the name of a number of albums, songs, and movies throughout the years. Most notably is the Steely Dan song and 1978 movie. With a title like that you might expect a […]