September 24, 2023

Words about music (708): Aretha Franklin

Music does a lot of things for a lot of people. It’s transporting, for sure. It can take you right back, years back, to the very moment certain things happened in your life. It’s uplifting, it’s encouraging, it’s strengthening.

Aretha Franklin

September 23, 2023

September 22, 2023

LIJO: Devils In Details

Dutch avant-pop singer LIJO explores the outer regions of danceable electronics as the backing for her lush vocal delivery on her new single Devils In Details, a song her struggle about the meaning of success, both professionally and personally.

Her melodies are never straightforward, but nevertheless quite accesible. It is only after repeated listens that the complexity comes to fore, a musical maze that shows it colours with some trepidation.

September 21, 2023

Dusty Stray: "Special" video

Alt-folk artist Jonathan Brown has unveiled a video for Special, the latest single by Dusty Stray project: "He realizes that he is just a regular guy and his loved one isn't a winning lottery ticket. There is bit of Tex Mex in this one, as well carefully orchestrated pop. He lets the instruments speak as he proclaims that is time to face the facts of a grumbling relationship: "No more small talk, let's cut to the chase"."

The clip was made by FĂ©lix Perez-Hit and is a tribute to all the trenzinhos and carretas, street artists working hard to cheer people up.

September 20, 2023

Jimi Hendrix Experience: new album "Hollywood Bowl August 18, 1967" on November 10

A previously uncirculated concert by The Jimi Hendrix Experience will be released on November 10. Hollywood Bowl August 18, 1967 features the full set the trio performed as an opening act for The Mamas & the Papas, a mere five days before the US release of their debut album Are You Experienced.

They had lit up the stage at the Monterey Festival, but were struggling to advance any further in the States. They were kicked off a tour with the Monkees, one of the unlikeliest pairings ever. John Philips, who was one of the organizers of the festival, stepped in, and offered them the support slot for what would be the last show by the folk quartet.