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JR Slayer

JR Slayer is the moniker for Cody Votolato latest project, he is of course the guitarist for Jaguar Love, The Blood Brothers & Head Wound City.

This is Half Lyfe, off what will be JR Slayer 2nd album “You Found Me” out February 1st, pre-order here.

 

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Tracklist
1. I’ll Never Leave U (featuring Jenny Lee)
2. There Is Nothing Else Around Me
3. Half Lyfe
4. Nothing & Nowhere To Hide
5. This Is Alone
6. I Think I Might Die
7. In A Sea Of Anonymity
8. How Could Love B So Cruel?
9. 40 Extra Minutes In Heaven
So far, these songs here are great pop songs. Light pop songs that deliver as much as any of his previous post-hardcore guitar work did. This feels like a new chapter In Cody’s musical career. His sound now is more on the genuine feel of longing and connection, of joy and bewilderment.

 

 

For this step forward, Cody says, “JR Slayer is just a place where I’m able to navigate all the different things I’ve naturally started doing over the past few years, be it songwriting, solo albums, remixes or producing.”
For now he’s been performing in L.A.
He has a (FREE) show scheduled today at The Echo, RSVP here.

 

 

Words by: Alfredo Tellez & Edith Morales

 

Silent – Prayers for Rain

Darker times call for darker music…call it goth/post punk/death rock or music that matters and that is performed with heart and sweat, with such intensity that makes you feel the angst that is hidden inside all of us, that’s what Silent is, kind of, whatever we say about them is not enough to describe the energy they create as a band and what they transmit live, until now, with their sped up version of The Cure‘s (slower and more mellow) song, “Prayers for Rain”.
The track comes a new year’s surprise/gift and their first release since the debut album ‘A Century of Abuse‘ (2016) released via Three One G Records, they have been working on a new album but no release date has been announced yet.
This is a case where the cover might be/is better than the original version, If you don’t believe us, listen to it, feel free to share it.
The track is FREE to download.

Silent:
Alex L.
Jung S.
Rocío N.
Rodo I.

Words by: Alfredo Tellez & Edith Morales.

The Raconteurs (are back).

The Raconteurs are back.
10 Years have passed since their last album.
And here are the first 2 offerings from them. “Now That You’re Gone” & “Sunday Driver”.

 

The 7″ containing the 2 NEW Raconteurs songs were released as part of the Vault Series from Third Man Records. 
As a matter of preference “Now That You’re Gone” is a better song. Why? well because Brendan Benson is singing and Jack White III is playing guitar, and for what it sounds like, enjoying playing those riffs.

The Songs feel like collaborations more so than Jack White songs.

 

 

The song where Jack White sings is not bad. It sounds like a Raconteurs rock n’ roll song. It sounds like a song from a band. It’s welcomed to hear Brendan, Patrick, Little Jack and Jack playing together.
It’s easy on the ears.
The videos are better than ok. And it’s showcasing the band.
Granted it helps when your guitar player is THE Jack White, but he doesn’t need to be the focus of the band.
It’s actually a better band, and song, when Brendan is singing and Little Jack and Patrick are holding the song down.

Word is that the album will come out sometime 2019, most likely as part of the spring Vault Series from Third Man.

Will there be a tour? Who knows, guess is depending on Jack White’s schedule, but it would be kind of great to see The Raconteurs out on tour again and hopefully not just festivals.

 

Words by: Alfredo Tellez & Edith Morales.

Flavio Etcheto – “Superbrillantes”

Flavio Etcheto has released a new EP “Superbrillantes” on Casa Del Puente Discos. The Ep was released on October 12th, 2018. The physical release of the album will have the following tracklisting:

Tracklist

  1. Encontrarnos
  2. Sibilancias
  3. Súbito
  4. Superbrillantes
  5. Lejos de esto
  6. Meditera (Bonus Track CD/LP)
  7. Oleaje inmenso (Bonus Track CD/LP)
  8. Antes de aclarar (Bonus Track CD/LP)

The last 3 songs from that album are from his Triptico EP 7″ released late last year.

The EP has 5 amazing songs that are some of the best latin dream pop songs released in the last few years. Superbrillantes sounds like a companion piece to Bocanada and Colores Santos, both albums that Etcheto worked on with Gustavo Cerati and Daniel Melero (on the latter). For whatever reason the work that Flavio Etcheto does here feels like he’s weaving a connection to the era in those albums, even though those albums were almost 10 years apart. It does not feel nostalgic, and I applaud him for that. The EP just feels right.
The way the songs sound. The way the sounds feel. The feeling you get that you’re hearing something familiar yet in a new way or form. They feel connected and you feel connected to them.

For those fans that have been missing, or clamoring, for the sound that Cerati left behind years ago, here’s your opportunity to jump back in and enjoy some amazing work.
This would also help by showing your support to this independent artist that relies on fan support and word of mouth.

The fact that he plans on touring this album is quite exciting. He’s recruited Jupi Medvescig (Tantra) in guitar and Pedro Moscuzza (touring members of the Siempre es Hoy band from Cerati) on drums. He says he has plans to hopefully visit Mexico at some point to present this album, if this is the case then hopefully he can make the trek all the way to the Tijuana border.

 

 

Words and pics by: Alfredo Tellez & Edith Morales

Music to go Vote!

Today is voting day in the U.S.A., make your voice heard and go vote and if you need inspiration, listen to the playlist we created and go Vote!

 

 

R.E.M. at the BBC

R.E.M., one of our all time favorite bands/musicians/artists just released a box set of their live and in-studio performances at the BBC.
“R.E.M. grew up with the BBC, and this historic relationship is lovingly celebrated across an incredible collection that beautifully illustrates the career trajectory of one of modern music’s greatest bands. The collection—available as a super-deluxe edition 8-CD/1-DVD box set, as well as 2-CD, 2-LP and digital formats—comprises a treasure trove of rare and unreleased live and studio recordings culled from the BBC and band archives. This is a must-have collection for R.E.M. fans and an authoritative introduction for newcomers. In-studio performances featured in the 8-CD/1-DVD box set include a John Peel Session (1998), Drivetime and Mark and Lard appearances (2003) and a glorious Radio 1 Live Lounge performance (2008). Live broadcasts include a rough-and-tumble show from Nottingham’s Rock City (1984), the stunning 1995 Milton Keynes Monster Tour (their first after a six-year break), a blistering 1999 Glastonbury headline set and an invitation-only 2004 show at London’s St James’s Church.”

Still Corners – The Message

This is the video for the song “The Message”, third single from Still Corners amazing fourth album ‘Slow Air‘, available via Wrecking Light, their own label.
Still Corners are Tessa Murray and Greg Hughes, they are currently on tour, don’t miss their performance tomorrow night at Casbah San Diego.

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Slow Air track listing:
1. In The Middle Of The Night
2. The Message
3. Sad Movies
4. Welcome To Slow Air
5. Black Lagoon
6. Dreamlands
7. Whisper
8. Fade Out
9. The Photograph
10. Long Goodbyes

Marc Ribot – Bella Ciao (Goodbye beautiful) feat. Tom Waits

Marc Ribot – ‘Bella Ciao (Goodbye beautiful)’ featuring Tom Waits, from the album “Songs of Resistance 1942 – 2018” available via ANTI- records.
Video directed by Jem Cohen.

Capsula – Candle Candle

Capsula ‘Candle Candle’ (From the album “Santa Rosa“), Live Pim Pam Ville, Pamplona, Spain

We just heard that “BESTIARIUM” is the title of their new album to be released soon!
Hopefully they will tour the USA and visit California again.

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Capsula are:
Martín Guevara – Guitar & Vocals
Coni Duchess Duchess – Bass & Vocals
Jorge Cayama – Drums

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