Saturday, February 17, 2018

Previously Unreleased Studio Songs Fill Up The New Jimi Hendrix Release "Both Sides Of The Sky"

Since the passing of the legendary Jimi Hendrix, compilations of his work has plastered the marketplace. Each one trying to re-create what would have been his next move. Hundreds of different studio outtakes have existed and without the man, himself here to guide us, producers have done their best to put the pieces of the puzzle together in order to imagine what would have came next.

The latest attempt titled "Both Sides Of The Sky," completes a trilogy of releases ("Valleys Of Neptune" and "People, Hell And Angels") that have pretty much took the best of the remaining studio songs that Jimi Hendrix recorded between 1968 to 1970. This new release is one of the closest that the Experience Hendrix/Sony Legacy label have come to putting together an attempt as to what Jimi Hendrix may have released on his next album.

Many of the songs on "Both Sides Of The Sky" are soaked in the blues, even beginning the new release with the Muddy Waters' classic "Mannish Boy." Hendrix's 1970 live album "Band Of Gypsys" laid the groundwork to many of the songs that appear on this release. Studio versions of "Stepping Stone," "Lover Man" and "Power Of Soul" sound as complete as they would ever get, as drummer Buddy Miles and bassist Billy Cox continued their work after those legendary live shows. The real nice surprises are the previously unreleased recordings of Jimi Hendrix as a sideman to great Johnny Winter ("Things I Used To Do"), Stephen Stills ("$20 Fine," "Woodstock") and Lonnie Youngblood ("Georgia Blues").

The music certainly captures the era and showcases Hendrix's love for experimenting in the studio, as a couple of the instrumental pieces on this release ("Sweet Angel" and "Cherokee Mist") feature Hendrix trying his hand at playing the sitar or the vibrophone. One of the later recordings on this release is "Send My Love To Linda," which gives a guiding sound as to the direction Hendrix may have been planning on for his next studio album. We may never know, but on March 9th, you will have your own chance to make your decision on this release when "Both Sides Of The Sky" is released on CD, vinyl and digital formats. To find out more about the great, exciting new release, please visit jimihendrix.com.

Friday, February 16, 2018

New Music From Indie-Artists The Good Morning Nags, Reina Mora, The Pale Monsters And Ezra Vancil

From New York City comes the debut album from the bluegrass/country band The Good Morning Nags. Their new seven-song EP begins with the quick strumming of "Sugar Baby" which showcases this band's love for the old-fashion, Appalachian-bluegrass sound. The banjo picking of "Blackberry Bush" and the gentle acoustics of "Love Like No Other" make you want to sit on the front porch swing, enjoying the summer breeze listening to this exceptional roots music. The Good Morning Nags finish up their new album with the sing-along of "I Wish My Baby Was Born" and the up-tempo swing of "Good Morning Girl." To find out more about The Good Morning Nags and their latest self-titled release, please visit thegoodmorningnags.com.

Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Reina Mora is preparing to release her debut solo album titled "Birds Eye View" later this year. She is starting to get her music out their with the release of her lead-single, "Trouble." It has an alternative, pop/rock appeal with a little Latin-flair to pay homage to her Puerto Rican heritage. The music is exciting and will leave you wanting more from this rising new artist. To find out more about Reina Mora and her new release, please visit reinamoramusic.com.

Next, from Boston, MA comes the latest release from The Pale Monsters. Their popularity continues to grow with each new release and their latest single "All This Time We Wait" has a rocking, up-tempo feel, as you find yourself singing along to the chorus after only a couple listens. To find out more about The Pale Monsters and their latest release, please visit palemonsters.com.

Arriving in late March is the new album from independent singer/songwriter Ezra Vancil. The new 11-song release titled "You" showcases Vancil's knack for writing heart-warming gems that will turn you into an instant fan. The vibe of "Complicated Man" feels as if it blends together a seventies folk-style with modern storytelling lyrics to melt away your troubles. He sets the mood with only his voice and an acoustic guitar on the country tone of "Wild Girl," before involving the whole band on "Settle Down Good" as you are drawn in by his lyrics and his charm. To find out more about Ezra Vancil and his latest release "You," please visit ezravancil.com.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

New Music From Local Connecticut Artists Prester John, Jonathan Siksay And The Buttondowns


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Go Back To The Beginning With Nina Simone's "Complete Bethlehem Singles" Collection

American recording artist Nina Simone will become one of the newest members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, when the class of 2018 gets inducted this spring. To celebrate that accomplishment and to mark the 60th anniversary of her first recordings, BMG/Bethlehem Records has compiled a brand new 14-track release titled "Mood Indigo: The Complete Bethlehem Singles." All the tracks on this new release have been remastered as you can hear the fresh, young vocals of Nina Simone as she takes her first steps to stardom.

The new compilation begins with her first single "I Loves You, Porgy," the George and Ira Gershwin classic. With just a few simple notes on the piano, Simone makes this song her own with her warm, tender, emotional vocals. This is followed by the up-tempo, B-side "Love Me or Leave Me" and the slow waltz of Rodgers & Hart's "Little Girl Blue." Simone will get your heart pumping with the swinging rhythm of her classic cover of "Mood Indigo" and then showcases her skills on the piano with the smooth jazz appeal of "Good Bait," before closing the new release with an alternative take of "He's Got The Whole World In His Hands" and Nina Simone's final single release for Bethlehem Records, "My Baby Just Cares For Me." To find out more about the new compilation "Mood Indigo: The Complete Bethlehem Singles" from Nina Simone, please visit ninasimone.com.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

New Heavy Metal/Punk Music Arriving From Deliverance, Crowned Kings And Second Youth

Christian thrash metal band, Deliverance return with their brand new studio album "The Subversive Kind." It is the band's first new album in five years and only their second release through Roxx Records. The new 8-song release explodes with the intensity of the opening track "Bring'em Down" as chugging guitars and thunderous drums fill your ears. Their thrash metal sound is felt in the quick-hitting "Concept Of The Other" and "The Black Hand," before slowing the tempo down slightly for the classic metal appeal of "Epilogue." Deliverance wrap up their new album with the high-powered attack of "The Subversive Kind" and the bashing rhythm of "The Fold." To find out more about Deliverance and their latest release "The Subversive Kind," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/DeliveranceRocks.

From Australia comes the sophomore release from the hardcore metal band Crowned Kings. After the release of their debut album "Forked Road," the band jumped on the Sick Of It All 30th Anniversary tour and then took that experience to the studio to create their new album, "Sea Of Misery." The 13-song, hard-hitting assault begins with the frenzied guitars and pounding rhythm of the title-song "Sea Of Misery." The intensity continues with the sonic blast of "Cold Like You" and the screams of "Reign Supreme." Crowned Kings are "all-in" on this album as they deliver a continuous attack with the high-powered vibe of "Dominance & Control" and "Winters War." They wrap up their new release with the hardcore intensity of "Grind My Teeth" and the explosive build up of "The Suffering." To find out more about Crowned Kings and their latest release "Sea Of Misery," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/crownedkingshc.

English punk band Second Youth are preparing to release their new album titled "Dear Road" on March 9th. It features 10 tracks, 30 minutes of high-energy, in your face music that will get the blood pumping. Their new release begins with the quick-pace of "Friday" and the more hectic attack of "This City" as Second Youth delivery that classic nineties punk sound. The simply lyrics of "Suzanne" will have you singing-along, while "Homeward Bounce" is a rally cry for being homesick. Second Youth finish up their new album with the swift blast of "Close" and their homage to being on tour with "Dear Road." To find out more about Second Youth and their latest release "Dear Road," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/secondyouthpunk.