December 18, 2017

Jim White: "Buiten Spelen" session

Watch country noir musician Jim White perform a Buiten speln session with Cicada Rhythm, a folk group from Georgia. The set was recorded outside the VPRO building in Utrecht, The Netherlands, for Dutch music show Vrije Geluiden. It was freezing cold.

» jimwhite.net
» cicadarhythm.com

December 17, 2017

Lavalu: Solitary High

Dutch singer and pianist Lavalu brings back the chamber music of Schubert and Satie on her new album Solitary High. Her touch matches her vocals, leaving tiny space between notes. Her fluid dexterity fills those meaningful spaces. the album is a study in contemplation and soul-searching, but it it can be enjoyed as tribute to the grand piano, that gentle beast that now is purring like a contented cat.

As a composer and lyricist she is the missing link between classical music and jazzy piano pop, genres that are connected seamlessly on Solitary High. Lavalu's low volume music has inner-circle favourite written all over it, catering to people who have the decency to shut up (and leave their phones in their pockets when she plays.

Chris Robinson Brotherhood: 3-Night NYE Run At Terrapin Crossroads

Roots rock band Chris Robinson Brotherhood' will ring out 2017 with a 3-Night NYE run @ Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, CA. Tickets go on-sale Monday, December 18, 10am PT at terrapincrossroads.net. They will be back on the road in late January for an USA Winter tour after which they will fly to Europe for a string of rock club shows.

Marco Benevento: Winter tour dates, "Invisible Baby" comes to vinyl

NYC Avant-jazz keyboardist Marco Benevento hits the road for a solo Winter tour. He is working on a new album that will be released in April. Expect some tunes from that album.

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of his solo debut album Invisible Baby his label Royal Potato Family will reissue the album on limited edition splatter color vinyl.

December 16, 2017

Dusty Stray: USA

Many things can be said about the Donald, but the sole good thing that he has going for him that he has pissed off lots of musicians and inspired them to write protest songs, Jonathan Brown has just released a three-track EP by his Dusty Stray project. USA has a country vibe, thanks to Landon Campbell's lap steel and Brown's relaxed delivery. Not the redneck kind, but the outlaw variety that criticizes blundering elected officials. Trump will surely dismiss in fierce terms should he ever hear it. After his cronies has explained the meaning of the lyrics to him, that is.