April 12, 2021

Nathaniel Rateliff on NPR’s Tiny Desk

I grew up on roots music. The earliest music I can remember was folk and Celtic songs that my Dad played for me from a reel to reel tape player. Dad also listened to country and even southern rock back in the 70s. I learned to love John Denver when it was decidedly not cool for a teenager to like country or what we now […]

April 9, 2021

So Much New Music I’m Going to Explode

Sometimes I go weeks without hearing anything interesting. Sometimes I’m overwhelmed by waves of new music released practically on top of each other. Last week saw a brilliant release from St. Vincent and a decent, though uneven, EP from Foxes. This week, there is more new music goodness than I can describe. It’s as if the buffet was getting depleted so the kitchen decided to […]

April 8, 2021

New Foxes EP is Hit and Miss

You may have heard the artist Foxes (real name Louisa Rose Allen) on the radio and thought “Now there’s an 80s band I don’t know.” That’s because Foxes could sit well in amongst the effervescent dance pop of the 80s. Her most well-known hit “Better Love” from 2016’s All I Need has the same type of bouncy hooks common in artists like mid-80s dance pop […]

April 6, 2021

St. Vincent Melts the Sun with Brilliance

It was no April Fools joke. Last week on April 1st 2021, St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark) released a new song from her soon to be released album Daddy’s Home. Simple put, the song is brilliant. I’ve been a fan of St. Vincent since 2015 when I first heard her album St. Vincent. It was quirky, theatrical, and intense. I dived into the rest of […]

April 1, 2021

Christine and the Queens – A Gift from France

Throughout my life as a music lover, I’ve listened to artists from outside the English-speaking world. Whether it was world music from Africa, such as King Sunny Ade, German 80s dance music (think: Falco), or Scandinavian metal, I’ve always trawled the places outside the American and British music scenes for great tunes. This includes the French-speaking world as well. Back in the late 70s, one […]

March 29, 2021

Remembering the 1990s Canadian Scene

Buffalo NY, where I have lived since the 1980s, has always had a rich music scene. Greats like the Goo Goo Dolls and Rick James emerged from the area and went on to international stardom. In addition to our local scene, we also sit in close proximity to Toronto, ON, Canada. Toronto is a much bigger city, the most populous city in Canada, so they […]

March 29, 2021

Tunes Past To Present Has Moved

I’ve been hosting my blog, Tunes Past To Present, on Medium. While it’s a fine platform, the restrictions on readers makes it difficult for my audience to read what they want. That might make sense when trying to monetize the site through their community but it’s not helping me to connect with others. So, I’m going to move the content here and leave breadcrumbs on […]

March 24, 2021

Lana Del Rey Overflies with New Album

I was excited to hear the new Lana Del Rey album, Chemtrails Over the Country Club. I’m a big Lana Del Rey fan and have enjoyed watching her evolve over the years starting with her first album, Born to Die in 2012. Her music is often called Sadcore because of it’s melancholic sound, slow pacing, and themes of loss and despair. Personally, I reject that […]

March 16, 2021

S1E4 The Blues Rocks

The blues, like country and soul, is one of the cornerstones of rock music. Even the term “rock and roll” was blues slang for sex. Beyond being an inspiration and influence on rock, many artists have merged traditional delta and Chicago blues with a rock and roll beat. The result is blues rock. Bands like Cream, Traffic, and and Blind Faith dominated the charts in the […]

March 12, 2021

Speaking with Perfect London Grammar

Will the next podcast ever get done? I ask myself that every morning. Right now there seems to be too many distractions. There is just so much great music coming out right now. What’s the DJ Mr. P to do? As I sat down this morning to start recording my podcast, I took a peek at my Friday Release Radar playlist on Spotify. Big mistake. Right […]