Some Canadian talent today. The Reason are out of Hamilton, Ontario and have been around since 2003. This song, “Drive Me Home” is from their recently released EP “Hollow Tree”. The band is an indie group with punk roots. This tune caught my attention on that infamous evening drive home (pun intended), where I catch a good chunk of my new music via Rich Terfry (aka Buck 65) on CBC Radio 2. Very catchy song with a good chorus.
Hey Rosetta! is a Canadian indie band out of St John’s, Newfoundland. This song is another CBC2 find for me (I love that station). The music this band creates has a very layered sound. They remind me of many current bands that are enjoying success out of Canada, like Arcade Fire . At the same time, they put into the layers some sounds that remind one of a Coldplay. They have been around since the mid 2000’s, releasing 3 albums and 5 EP’s. This song “Red Heart” is off their 2008 album “Into Your Lungs“.
- Red Cross Rocks with Hey Rosetta! (redcrosstalks.wordpress.com)
Time for a heavy tune from, The Heavy. The song “What Makes A Good Man” is from their 2012 album “The Glorious Dead” and was released as a single, also in 2012. The band hails from Bath, England (been there) and plays a guitar rock sound, with soul undertones. They have met with much success over the past couple of years.This song will invoke memories of their earlier hit “How You Like Me Now”, which has been used in everything from Kia commercials to Hockey Night In Canada opening credits. No matter, good tune. Just remember, it is a lot louder than a lot of what I have posted lately.
On our recent trip to Spain, we were sitting in a small tapas bar in the Born area of Barcelona. We were enjoying some great food, and some excellent wine, when a song came on that made us both go, “Who in the heck is that”. We asked our server who it was and he went to find out for us. Turns out that it was Donald Byrd, who, unfortunately, passed away on February 4, 2013 at he age of 80. Having just discovered him (where was he hiding), I was quite saddened by this news, A great trumpet player, his career spanned 7 decades and included, besides his solo work, stints and recordings with a who’s who of the jazz and blues world. John Coltrane, Thelonius Monk, Sonny Rollins and Herbie Hancock may ring a few bells with you.
He recorded over 40 albums on his own and many more as a sideman. An outstanding career. The song I have chosen in memorial, is the one we heard in Barcelona, “Falling (like dominoes)” of his Places and Spaces album, which was recorded in 1975.
Soul R&B singer, Allen Stone recorded this gem in 2011 and widely released in 2012. Sleep can be found on his album “Allen Stone”. I have a big weak spot for everything blues/R&B/soul and he hits the sweet spot.
He has a gospel background, which pops up in his writing and style, and lists people like Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and the Meters as his influences. He currently resides in Seattle, and is on tour in Europe as I write this.
- Allen Stone releases ‘Sleep’ video (hangout.altsounds.com)
- New band of the day – Allen Stone (No 1,430) (guardian.co.uk)