Tuesday, October 30, 2012

If I Only Remember Half Of This

When Sony and Phillips ushered in the birth of the compact disc thirty years ago, the world was a very different place. The country where the first CD was pressed was called West Germany, and the world somehow entertained itself without Super Mario Brothers or Reddit.

It's been so long since I have a bought a CD. Wait! Not true, I bought one a week ago at a Starbucks, of all places. Do people do that? Am I the first person to succumb to impulse buying of music at a coffee shop? Perhaps Starbucks sells more CDs than Best Buy these days. Doubtful, but according to the inter-webs, they sold 4.4 million CDs in 2008.

Enough with the history lesson I hear you tweeting...


"I came to have some fun."

Communist Daughter

Communist Daughter is an American rock band from, where else but, Minneapolis, MN.

 A few years ago John Solomon walked away from music. After a long struggle with addiction and a brief stint in jail he broke up his critically acclaimed band Friends Like These and moved to a small town in Wisconsin. And supposedly that was that.

Even though Solomon left music, music never left him. After a long hiatus, he called some friends to come to Wisconsin and demo up a new album.... now fiance Molly Moore, Adam Switlick, Jonathan Blaseg, and Al Weiers. If you already know who Communist Daughter is, perhaps you are Grey's Anatomy fan? I have never seen the show, but I feel like I have reviewed a dozen great bands who cite that as their jump into the mainstream. Enjoy this song off the bands latest EP, Lions and Lambs released this year in January.

Communist Daughter - City Love

Look for a new album from Communist Daughter and even a new LP from Friends Like These very soon.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Just What You Tryin To Prove

"Psychedelic-Blues music for your soul" is what the Iowa band Radio Moscow wishes to deliver to your eardrums. They've been compared to Cream and The Jimi Hendrix Experience. This music will definitely take you back to the 60's and 70's. Get comfortable and prepare to be molested.

Radio Moscow - Misleading Me

This band was formed when Parker Griggs began jamming in his basement and got a demo into the hands of Dan Auerbach from The Black Keys. Auerbach went on to produce their first album, Radio Moscow, in 2007.

The band has seen a lineup shift or two over the last few years but managed to create two more full-length albums and then release a "basement recordings" album from early demos. The current album, released in 2011 and called The Great Escape of Leslie Magnafuzz is a 12-track masterpiece of soul-churning hard rock mashed up against 'shroom riffs and fuzzy rhythms.

Radio Moscow - Insideout

Radio Moscow just finished a US summer tour including a performance at the "notorious and legendary" Deep Blues Festival in Bayport, MN. I've got to give a shout-out to Bayport - it's the town where my family made its bread and butter, located just across the river from my own hometown of Hudson, WI.

The Deep Blues Festival ran from 2007-2010 and became "one of the biggest alternative blues festivals in the world" before having to shut down because of financial issues. They were able to re-launch the fest this year and featured 26 acts, including Radio Moscow. ALIVE AT THE DEEP BLUES FEST is a compilation of live recordings from this event and is set to be released November 27.

Check out the band's other albums, including 3 & 3 Quarters and Brain Cycles on Amazon:

And pre-order the Live Blues Fest album! Buy all your music on Amazon - you can choose mp3 format or hard copy.