You know when a band just knows how to finish songs with a 2-3min jam in a minor key that just makes you move? That’s exactly what this album does. Every song has you wishing you were seeing them live right that very instant. The opening track, “Anyhow” is so catchy and the horns towards the end are so dam haunting and then Derek Trucks comes in with a typical master-class guitar solo that makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up. I will admit that I am not such a huge fan of Susan’s lead vocals all the time but I respect them so much for their songwriting skills and their musicianship. The title track “Let Me Get By” is so reminiscent of the Allman Brothers that if there was a male lead you would think you were listening to a lost Allman Brothers track. They also throw in a David Bowie cover towards the end of the album “Oh! You Pretty Things” which happens to be one of my favorite Bowie songs.
Here’s them on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts last month;
This album is amazing! It’s such a big step forward for a band that I thought was going to be 1 and done. The odd time signatures and inclusion of new instruments really elevated their sound. I think this is going to win album of the year next year. I know thats a bold statement but I think as Beak won last year was a huge shock, I think this album is going to do the same thing.
Favorite Tracks – sound & color , dunes and over my head
I am currently listening this new band I found called The Orwells. Their latest album is called Disgraceland . I really like the energy of the band. It reminds me of The Strokes mixed with a not as poetic Jim Morrison sounding front man. The songs are catchy, loud and make you feel like your a teenager again. My favorites are track #2 The Righteous One & track #5 Gotta Get Down. The guitars are very simple and easy to play along which makes the songs really stick in your head. The drums are alright, nothing to write home about but I would listen give it a listen on your music streaming app of choice.
I recently watched a doc about Bikini Kill and it totally got me into listening to them. I never really heard them before but they have so much power and energy in their music that it really resonates with me. It’s like a girl version of RATM combined with The Ramones. The singer, Kathleen is just this commanding presence on stage and in life. Even at an early age everyone described her as “a force”. That says a lot about someone.
I know I have not posted in a long time but this site got away from me. Here are is what I have been listening to lately.
Elbow This reminds me of 90’s alt rocks like Tonic or Dishwalla but with a British singer.
Tune Yards This album is insane like all Tune Yards albums. I really like the first 5-6 songs and then it tapers off but their rhythms, crazy time signatures and all over the place melodies eventually wear you down and you can’t help but like it.
The Shouting Matches This is a bluesy Bon Iver. It was a side project for Justin Vernon that never really took off for them but its an excellent album.
Tedeschi Trucks Band I am a little embarrassed that I like this album so much but its really good. Has a jam band meets blues band mentality and the songs are very catchy. Susan Tedeschi’s voice slightly reminds me of Bonnie Raitt but Derek Trucks and play slide guitar better than anyone else.
Paul Kimbiris Of course I am listening to this album because of our show coming up in a few weeks. A brilliant singer songwriter album. Hints of Bob Dylan, Coldplay and Simon and Garfunkel. Check it out and come to the show!
Ray LaMontage This in my opinion is Ray’s best album to date. I really like the collaboration with Dan Averbach from the Black Keys. This album is rocking to 60’s songwriter stuff. Great melodies , catchy songs and great playing for all instruments.
I just started listening to this band but I am very conflicted. I like their songs but I feel uneasy listening to them. I watched a few youtube videos of them and I wish I didn’t know what they look like because they kinda look like a hipster good Charlotte. Anyway, their latest album “I love you.” is a good album. Really good catchy melodies and I like the rhythm section. I think its because they were produced by Emile Haynie who is a hip hop producer and has produced The Roots as well as many other hip hop artists. Check em’ out The Neighbourhood
This is my new favorite band for the moment. It’s a combination of folk/americana/country. Incredible voices and harmonies that you have to hear to believe. The album has maybe 3 upbeat songs and the rest are kinda of mellow but with BIG & EPIC endings. “Green Eyes”, “Tree I Grow” and “You Never Need Nobody” are a few of my favorite tracks and theres only 1 song that I skip on the entire album which says a lot. I think they are from Brooklyn if that means anything to you or if you read that I labeled them as “country” and you were put off.
I am currently listening to George Barnett. I found him because I was looking for a cover of Kendrick Larmars’ “Swimming Pools” and I found this English kid who plays all his own instruments and is pretty incredible. He has a few albums out and he is kind of all over the place as far as a genre but you should check it out. George Barnett