Poof! Out of nowhere, it seems Eminem and Snoop Dogg have finally recorded that long-awaited collaboration, “From The D 2 The LBC.” After one listen my general opinion is that it’s everything we thought it should be!
Jim James is one of those artists that can’t sit still. He has to be writing and creating while others are taking needed breaks. “Read Between (Begin Again)” is his latest single and it’s more of the same, which is a good thing.
“Ticket Taker” is the standout track of the week. Sean McVerry has made the perfect beat for Abhi The Nomad, and it feels like our endless backpacker has found his destination. The Nomad should get off at this stop, and make a record with this multi-instrumentalist, hip-hop producer, who played with Karen O and Dangermouse. I think he knows what you need, Abhi!
In early 1972, Elvis Costello joined Allen Mayes and his Liverpool rock band, Rusty. Though they toured extensively they never recorded a proper album, but that’s all about to change. Some 50 years later, Costello and Mayes have reunited and recorded “the record [they] would have cut when [they] were 18 if anyone had let [them],” according to their latest press release. Mayes takes the lead on “I’m Ahead If I Can Quit While I’m Behind” and exudes a passion like that of Van Morrisson, sounding incredibly likable. On “Surrender To The Rhythm,” both crooners sing together creating a new combo of sorts that really compliments one another. It’s quite possibly the best song on the album, showcasing chemistry that has stood the test of time.
Delicate Steve is officially on our #RADAR after his latest cut, “I Can Fly Away.” He might be a cross between John Mayer and Steve Miller, minus the vocals. After Hours is an instrumental affair, that takes you on a journey through the 70s and into the early 90s, if you can believe it? This 10-song record is a reflective way of putting you in a great mood.
Another new album by GBV? Tremblers and Goggles by Rank is the 36th Guided By Voices album overall and the second of 2022. That’s an amazing feat in its own right, but at times it can seem daunting. I still haven’t made it through their previous album, Crystal Nuns Cathedral, which was released in March.
If you follow this blog, you know I’ve been writing a lot about Saib and his HipJazz. “Mushroom Samba” is another cool piece of music that starts off like a samba that ventures into jazz, and swings into hip-hop. I just can’t get enough of this stuff!
There’s a time and a place for a voice like Sarah Vaughan’s and there is none better than the solstice. Her dark, deep baritone bellows of being called home by those “The Green Leaves Of Summer.” You can feel the pain and the strain in every note of her voice, but you can also feel the calm that each summer brings to her being.
Your Jazz Cut Of The Week is “Auditorium” from Julian Lage. One listen to this beautiful, experimental jam will have you contemplating life’s little intricacies and your next career move. Lage will forever be on my #RADAR after “Auditorium.”
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