JATK: SHUT UP AND BE THE LIGHT LP

JATK - Photo Credit: Adam Parshall

I don’t usually read press releases and just jump right into releases with no prejudices but knowing that the songwriter/producer Matt Jatkola wrote this album while going through the fight of his life with…

OH BUMMER!: BEAUTIFUL DAY

Musically this sometimes reminds me of Eels because of the chord progressions and the great low tones that carry this tune. Lyrically and cadence wise this is more in line with Pharell meets Bill Withers. The lyrics are uplifting and…

NEW NORDE: WHATEVER’S CLEVER EP

It’s clear to hear the influence of 90’s alternative on songwriter Ryan Levasseur who fronts the new Trash Casual / Mint 400 band New Norde. Not new at all to music, Levasseur fronted the very popular New Hampshire band The…

GREG CHAKO: INTEGRATION (INTERVIEW AND TRACK PREMIERE)

In a pro career spanning 35 years and five countries, Cincinnati-born jazz guitarist Greg Chako has released ten albums and been the subject of a documentary called, “An American Cat in the Lion City.” His most prolific period to-date as…

LIVING ROOM: PETROL HEAD

This track screams early 90’s vibe and that’s a good thing. In my head this is a video I’d see on 120 minutes somewhere around 1996 and it’s a group that features members of Weezer, Failure and Fountains Of Wayne…

CATHEDRAL CEILINGS: ADDITION BY SEDITION

The thing I like most about this band aside from great vocals is this sounds like how punk rock used to be recorded and sounded in the 90’s. It’s like I popped open my bin of 90’s 7 inches and…

HOLLAND BELLE: ARROW

The video starts like a Sergio Leone film and funny enough the first guitars that come in make it sound like his musical partner Ennio Morricone is about to bring us an epic dark cowboy ballad. The female voice and…

MISSION TO SLEEP: POST YOUTH EP

This EP starts out with a very mellow solo singer and single guitar and then hits you with a wall of sound. In one moment it sounds a little like the band Failure with odd melodies and grinding loud bass…

BIRD LANGUAGE: FIRST DATE

Photo Credit: Pat Piasecki

This track has a great vibe to it, it’s like 70’s AM soul at first. Once the vocals come in it changes a little in tone. But I love the sparse guitar and occasional keys over…

LAUDS: II

Immediately the band hits you in the face with a Cure meets The Smiths riff but as the vocals pop in it’s more clear that this is very brit rock inspired. It feels like something like Ivy, The Sundays, and…