Brooklyn based musician Shilpa Ray delivers firing gritty Garage, Rock ‘n Roll and now and then some soul filled ballads. They describe her as a wailing, fire breathing Cyclops. She tornadoes everything in her path: small towns, big cities, and children’s dreams. Shilpa Ray will release her LP “Door Girl on September 22nd, 2017.
Shilpa Ray: Nick Cave to Screamin’Jay Hawkins
Over the years Shilpa Ray performed alongside many notable artists like Nick Cave, who is one of her biggest fans, and Patti Smith. Her sound is a mix of the Cramps, Blondie and also Screamin’ Jay Hawkins. Her soul ballads may remind you of Nina Simone.
LP “Door Girl” Out this September!
Now she is about to release a new LP called “Door Girl” on northernspyrecords. A first impression is already given in the name of “EMT Police and Fire Department”. I’m Looking forward hearing more of this album!
LA Blues and Folk Musician Rob Lafond released his second EP High and Low this August. Especially the single “She’s Dangerous” is very catchy.
Blues influenced single “She’s Dangerous”
The lyrics are in style with many blues songs you know: about your “dangerous baby” and the troubled life this can bring you. The guitar riffs are addictive, and also the honky tonk piano additions and thrilling backing vocals at the end complement this song positively.
“I carefully choose all my session players and the instruments we use. To me vibe and feel of a song are much more important than the technicalities of the riffs. I like to keep it a little edgy and rugged rather trying to make everything perfect. “
“I think music and songwriting has to be its own living breathing organism. I don’t like it when it’s too cookie cutter, you gotta dirty it up a bit. I think we live in a society where we try to make things too perfect, it’s not real life.”
Hollywood Noir Video clip
Well, about the “She’s Dangerous “video. This is a true Hollywood Noir film meets Martin Scorsese or Tarantino movie scene. It is nicely done and brings some Rock ‘n Roll attitude to the song. The video work is nicely done!
Influences from Neil Young to Tom Petty
Rob Lafond’s music is overall folk influenced. Artist like Neil Young, Tom Petty, and Bob Dylan are clearly an influence and hearable through the music. Here and there you’ll also hear some Exile on Street Rolling Stones through the music. Of course, Rob Lafond created his own liquor mix of music out of the influences.
The Surf rockers from Guantanamo Baywatch are set to release a new album called Desert Center this August. The garage fueled surf rock of this Portland based band has made many people enthusiastic over the years. I’m sure Desert Center is a new shout out for the fine gritty surf sound we like so much.
Over the last few days, more and more sneak previews of this album are released on the internet. At first sight, my favorites anyway are “Area 69” a song that kicks off faster than a speed train and “Blame Myself” which is a ballad Guantanamo Baywatch style. Last but not least ” Video” where the edgy basslines really dig deep.
“Bassist Chevelle Wiseman drives the tune with a thick, throbbing riff while drummer Chris Scott ruthlessly pounds his kit with a crashing clarity”
Guantánamo Baywatch’ blazing nuggets
The band describes the sound of Desert Center pretty nice: “It’s an inadvertent juxtaposition maintained through the entirety of Desert Center, with blazing instrumental nuggets like “The Scavenger” alternating with the proto-grunge and golden oldies mash-up of a track like “Blame Myself.“
Rock ‘n Roll band J. Roddy Walston & The Business released their first new song in four years titled “The Wanting”. Over the years these guys performed all over the USA where they made name for themselves with their wild live shows!
Rock ‘n Roll songs and wild live shows!
With fantastic songs like “Don’t Break The Needle”, “Don’t Get Old”, “Take It As It Comes” and “Marigold” they showed how to bring creative Southern Rock ‘n Roll with a totally unique sound. Therefore it isn’t strange these guys have a big group of loyal fans. and I’m one of them.
J. Roddy Walston & The Business“The Wanting”
New J. Roddy Walston & The Business Album this fall
The band’s forthcoming record came to life in their own Richmond, VA recording studio and was co-produced by the band and Phil Ek (Fleet Foxes, Father John Misty, Built To Spill). It will be released this fall.
“I personally fell in love with writing music again,” Walston explained. “It took awhile but once I realized I had room to try things that I had never tried before, I became addicted to the process.” “The Wanting” describes the relationship of an estranged father and son: “Even though it is a dark song with a brutal ending, I find hope and beauty in the idea of these two people that had a shared sense of both regret and longing for each other.”
Piano Rock ‘n Roll
I’m looking forward hearing more songs from the upcoming album, but “The Wanting” shows promising. There ain’t that many bands that can bring unique Rock ‘n Roll music these days with piano as one of the main instrument so hopefully, we are going to hear that back on the new record like we did over the years!
Inspired by the best British Blues and US Blues musicians of the twentieth century Jesse Redwing knows how to deliver Blues inspired Rock songs like “Comin’ On” and “Crawlin’ Up The Walls”. Especially “Comin’ On” really digs deep and is most recognizable for its brilliant harmonica solo.
His music is clearly influenced by the best rock and blues musicians of the sixties. Listen below to get the groove!
“I wasn’t born to the blues, but it found me somehow and now there’s no turning back,”