I know, it’s pretty hard to believe but there are only 12 more weeks of ear savoring music to enjoy before the end of the year. Heck, it’s almost time to start working on our world-famous end of the year list.
The Rolling Stones have a newly remastered, and very expensive, Steel Wheels Live package out that is really cool.
Blue Oyster Cult is back and even better than ever with a new record to be released in October.
And, Rock is the New Roll favorites First Aid Kit has released a Swedish language version of their song “Come Give Me Love.”
On top of all that, here are five new records that demand some ear-time.
The Buckleys – Daydream
The Buckleys are a sibling trio from Byron Bay, Australia. Ranging in age from 17 to 20, Sarah Grace, Lachlan, and Molly have firmly entrenched themselves in the Nashville music machine resulting in their debut record Daydream that is as spit-polished to a fine sheen as you would expect. Despite the mostly mainstream scent on this record, the 80’s ladies country vibe is pleasing to the ear. “Crazy Like You” even rocks it up a bit and “Woodstock69” is fast becoming one of our favorite songs of the year. Who wouldn’t want to dance like a hippy beneath a full moon?
The Band of Heathens – Stranger
With Band of Heathens, not since The Alice Cooper Band has there been a band that is nothing like the image that their moniker might imply. This time out there is not a lot of straying from their normal template with various brands of lone star Blues, country-tinged Americana, Roots Rock, Southern Rock and good old-fashioned Rock and Roll all on full display. There is even a cowbell front and center on the song “Dare.” With just the right mix of storytelling alongside political commentary it is clear that if the goal was to one-up themselves following their highly excellent 2017 release Duende, then, mission fully accomplished.
Bette Smith – The Good, The Bad and the Bette
With her career a bit delayed by her father who felt that a musical career outside the church was wrong, Bette was mentored by Squirell Nut Zipper Jimbo Mathis who encouraged her to come down to Mississippi with him to record her debut record, 2017’s Jetlagger. Returning to the scene of the crime with Mathis once again in tow, this time out Patterson Hood and the rest of the Drive-By Truckers were engaged as producers giving a bit of a roots-rock edge to the Country Soul sound. “Fistfull of Dollars” is a mojo in the dojo ’60s romp, “Signs and Wonders” evokes a bit of Tina Turner, and the closing tear-jerker “Don’t Skip out on Me” tells the story of a couple just trying to keep things together. Mariachi horns and all.
Cayucos – Blue Summer
The allure of the surf and the sand is definitely calling your name the very instant that you drop the needle down on Blue Summer, the latest Surf-Pop extravaganza from L.A. sunshine band Cayucos. Beach Boys touch-points are obvious for sure, but this one goes a bit deeper than that. The tones, textures, harmonies, and knob twirling are varied and all-in ear-pleasing. And the twin brothers at the core of this band Zach and Ben Yudin, never really take themselves too seriously. “Malibu ’79 Long” is a clever homage to “Good Vibrations,””From the Rafters” is full-on “Surfin U.S.A.,” and “California Girl” is most probably the convertible top-down driving song of the year. This is the love letter to summer that you really need right now.