I’ve enjoyed Ron Gallo – his music and his online persona – since I came across him a few years ago. He’s kind of a free-spirited wild card in that you don’t what you’re going to get with his music. Peacemeal will see the light of day on 10/9 via the fine folks at New West Records. Here’s Gall on the track below.

“It’s an introvert summertime party jam celebrating alone time and isolation, but then after too much solo time starting to go crazy.,I think I wanted this song to sound like Will Smith’s outfits in Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, blending the jazz chords with an old-school boom-bap beat. A very simple, sort of stupid, feel good song.”

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I have been spinning the shit out of MMJ’s latest, The Waterfall II. I think it is their best since Z. But during those repeated listens, an albums with ties to MMJ came out and it warrants your attention. Old Time Feeling is S.G. Goodman’s debut and it was produced by none other than Jim James.

Opening up Space and Time, an old fashioned twang crooner that will immediately remind you of Patsy Cline; I thought I knew what I was in store for across the album. To say I was surprised by the title track that comes next is an understatement. It is still rooted to Americana but weaves in psych rock and you know you stay on your toes.

Raised in a strict farming family on the Mississippi Delta, Goodman tackles her Southern upbringing with a yearn for a progressive future with vivid imagery. This debut feels like something someone would be pulling off on their fourth or fifth album. It is wildly creative and expertly executed.

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I have an unhealthy amount of love for McEntire’s work, both solo and with Mount Moriah. So I don’t know how I missed the announcement for the follow up to LIONHEART. The fine folks at Merge will be releasing this fine album on 8/21. Here’s some info from the Merge PR folks.

Unlike McEntire’s solo debut, LIONHEART, which was recorded in sporadic bouts and fits while she was touring, Eno Axis is firmly rooted in place. After two years working all over the world as a backup singer in Angel Olsen’s band, McEntire came home to a hundred-year-old farmhouse tucked away in the woods of Durham, North Carolina, right on the Eno River. Here, McEntire was able to refocus. Like the blue-collar Appalachian kin she descended from, her days were scheduled by the clockwork of the Earth’s rotation: splitting wood, stacking it, weeding and watering the garden, walking the dog past the bridge and back—and every evening on the front porch, watching dusk fall. Eno Axis emerges from this time as the strongest work McEntire has shared yet.

With Eno Axis, H.C. McEntire establishes herself as a force to be reckoned with in the greater American musical landscape. These songs transcend country and gospel, folk and rock—they’re poems directed straight to the listener, simple psalms on how the sun falls, how the train passes, how love grows and bends. McEntire inspires us to find the stillness within our own lives—a remarkable clear-ringing declaration for our uncertain times.

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H.C. McEntire is here

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North Carolina’s The Nude Party is back with a follow up to their excellent 2018 debut. These fellas have put on a couple of quality quarantine sets as they readied their second release on New West. Here’s some more info from the PR team.

Like most young bands suddenly thrust into a relentless touring schedule, in the two years since the release of their debut, the Nude Party experienced their fair share of stress, pressure, internal dynamics and personal turmoil. They had no creative outlet for all of it until they finally got down to writing again, which was a release of that built-up tension. Several members went through serious breakups during the album’s creation as well. The experience eventually brought the band closer together and the songs reflect that process. Frontman Patton Magee says, “If I had to think about a long-term goal for this band, it would be to just exist, and exist in a purposeful way.” He continues, “And in 10, 20 years? I want to be onstage and still be surrounded by my friends. So we’ll just continue to do what we know how to do, and what we love to do. I know that’s easier said than done”—to quote the title of a rollicking, raucous Midnight Manor track— “but that’s what’s important to us.”

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Lydia Loveless announces Daughter for 9/25 release

July 21, 2020

photo by Megan Toenyes Been waiting on the follow up to 2016’s Real for; well four years. And based on this first track, it is gonna be a worth the wait. Oh, Lydia has also started her own label, Honey, You’re Gonna Be Late. Here is some more info from the PR team. Daughter–her first […]

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Pottery – Welcome To Bobby’s Motel (album review)

July 21, 2020

Photo: Luke Orlando I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Pottery perform live twice. And both times I came away impressed and both times I came away saying that’s the best I’ve seen a band recreate the vibe of late 70s Talking Heads circa Remain In Light. Montreal’s Pottery slots into the post-ponk genre but their […]

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Advertisement – American Advertisement (album review)

July 17, 2020

Photo – Grayson Whitmire Advertisement are a six piece of an interconnected group of childhood friends that grew up on the fringes of the Seattle area and their debut gets better with every listen. They’ve had various iterations as a punk band before landing on Advertisement. As I just so eloquently described them, they sound […]

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illuminati hotties presents FREE IH: This Is Not The One You’ve Been Waiting For – 7/17/20

July 15, 2020

Photo Credit: Kristy Benjamin Sarah Tudzin, your main illuminati or hottie depending on your point of view, has had herself a year. Well we all have but she has had some other challenges as well in regards to getting her sophomore release out in the world. There’s a great interview on Stereogum that is worth […]

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Corey Flood announce Hanging Garden for 9/4 release

July 15, 2020

Credit: Marcus Maddox Philly’s Corey Flood has signed to Fire Talk Records and is set to release their debut LP on 9/4/20. Corey Flood is Ivy Gray-Klein (she/her) on bass/vocals, Em Boltz (they/them) on guitar/vocals and Juliette Rando (she/her) on drums/vocals. This is a great track and I’m anxious to hear more. Here’s Ivy on […]

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Ohmme – Fantasize Your Ghost (album review)

July 10, 2020

Photo Credit: Ash Dye I have listened to Fantasize Your Ghost countless times since I got a hold of it. The word that always pops into my mind is filthy. Sima Cunningham and Macie Steware are classically trained but refuse to be hemmed in by any construct. They are relentlessly ambitious in their music but […]

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