Archive for the ‘Rock’ Category

Andy James – In the Wake of Chaos

By • Apr 3rd, 2009

Have you ever woken up one morning and thought to yourself “Enough of the pop thing already, find something louad, really really loud”? I’m calling it Thursday. And did I find the perfect player… Andy James is an awesomely talented guitarist from the U.K. He is also the best guitarist you have never heard of, […]

Awesome New Republic

By • Mar 29th, 2009

Awesome New Republic have been playing around Miami since 2004., hopping between art galleries, warehouses, clubs, movie theatres, and the like. Over the years, they developed a dedicated fan-base in South Florida and picked up an international following as well. They released the obligatory full length CD,  followed that up with a  twelve inch single […]

The Good Fight

By • Mar 23rd, 2009

The Good Fight are a band from Coleraine in Northern Ireland (Jools and I have been there). It’s four dudes that are playing a highly commercial (and radio friendly -if there are still any radio stations left out there playing new music) brand of pop-rock. The big sell is the vocals,  this band is fairly […]

Brock Zeman – The Train In Me

By • Mar 16th, 2009

Brock Zeman is another one of those artists that I have no idea how I found him, I am just glad I did. His song “The Train In Me” off his album “$100 DIFFERENCE” is a gem. It sounds like John Mellencamp and Steve Earle should have written it. Brock is another American story teller […]

Bear Hands – What A Drag

By • Mar 10th, 2009

Bear Hands formed in Aug 2006. They’re doing the best they can. This is a quote from Bear Hands’ page at It tickled my sense of humour because they’re doing pretty damn well. Four guys from New York, doing the usual “overnight sensation” grind. Playing every gig they can get and it is starting […]

Circus Envy – Saturday Samples

By • Feb 28th, 2009

Circus Envy are from Hull in the UK and as their website tells us: Circus Envy are a rootsy five piece based in East Yorkshire, with a sound equally influenced by classic rock, folk rock and Americana. Diverting from the mainstream by using instrumentation as exotic as the cajon, and the bouzouki, Circus Envy delight […]

Bell X1 – The Great Defector

By • Feb 27th, 2009

Lets get started by heading you straight over to , press play on the “The Great Defector” sit back and enjoy what is currently my favourite song of the year. OK I suppose it would be a bit churlish to stop there – lets try Soweto style guitar (shades of Johnny Clegg and Hilton Rosenthal), David Byrne / Talking head vocals and rhythm section that dance along the thin line between chaos and pop perfection. Weird ass lyrics (OK , I just wish I had written them). Here’s a hint they pull off the pop perfection.