What We’re Listening To (May 15, 2020)

Sure we’re a bit gutted here at Rock is the New Roll that there is a bit of a delay on the new Chuck Prophet record, but hey, we will get over it. Here are some of the fine records we are listening to here in The Falcon’s Nest.

Dion – I Got Nothin’ 

On this true blues song from Dion where he collaborates with Van Morrison and Joe Louis Walker on this classic Blues tune that sounds like it could have come right out of the Allman brothers, actually, the best is yet to come.

The Cult – She Sells Sanctuary

In a somewhat obscure musical moment, a local sports talk show fellow was describing a back in the day bar hopping expedition in College Station when there was a busker in front of a bar of playing random songs. He said his band was playing in town and they were just going to jam in this local Texas  A&M bar before the gig playing only cover songs. The dude said his name was Ian Anderson and his famous song was “She Sells Sanctuary.” I immediately tweeted the dude as he was on air and told him I wasn’t aware that Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson ever stood in for Ian Astbury as lead singer for the Cult. He corrected himself, giving me a shout out, and all was well.  This, of course, sent me down a Cult rabbit hole.

There are, of course, a zillion versions of “She Sells Sanctuary out there, but this one from the Rock Show House of Strombo is one of our favorites.

Tesla – Signs

Here at Rock is the New Roll we have more than a few Rock and Roll guilty pleasures and Tesla is one of them. And, with the latest live Tesla record recorded at Abbey Road front and center in our skulls, we embarked on a journey to find the original version of the song that was set to vinyl. Here is the 2019 version.

And, here is the version from 1990 live from The Trocadero as it was meant to be heard on the Five Man Acoustical Jam.

Metallica – Blackened 2020

From the And Justice For All Metallica album, here\, the members of Metallica do a Quarantune version of the song updated for 2020.

Brothers Osbourne – All Night/Paul Cauthen – Cocaine Country Dancing

Sure, we accept and can handle the heat we get from Loving the over the top Retro-Sleaze of The Cadillac Three. So, it should come as no surprise that “All Night” from The Brothers Osbourne is right up our street.  with lyrics like “I got the good if you got the time/I got the Moon, you got the shine/ I got the back if you got the beat /Got the solid gold 33 on repeat” what is there not to like?

And then, there’s the remix of Paul Cauthen’s “Cocaine Country Dancing” featuring Electrophunk. Don’t tell me most of you have not been there.



Five Cool Ones – Five New Albums Released This Week (March 27, 2020)

Rock is still Rolling this week despite the current state of affairs, and that is a very good thing. Some real gems are hitting us this week including a 17 minute new Bob Dylan song, a return to form for Pearl Jam and Sufjan Stevens provides some food for the soul with his ambient record, Aporia.

Brian Fallon – Local Honey

Along with Asbury Park icons Bruce Springsteen and Southside Johnny Brian Fallon with his band, The Gaslight Anthem, is one of the golden boys of the New Jersey soundscape. This time out, on the frontman’s third solo effort he leans more to the Americana side of the musical spectrum delivering an excellent album that is more Ghost of Tom Joad than Born to Run.

Lilly Hiatt – Walking Proof

Three records in, Lilly Hiatt, daughter of John Hiatt, is establishing herself as the reigning Queen of the Nashville Americana Country scene. This time along with her expansive voice Hiatt delivers a solid set of roots-friendly guitar rock. Sometimes channeling Dolly Parton and going down and dirty Bonnie Raitt style other times, there is a maturity on this record that bodes well for the future of humanity.

In This Moment – Mother

Maria Brink is very much one of the great rock voices that criminally floats just under the radar. Sometimes described as the female Marilyn Manson, here, with her band In This Moment, she delivers straight ahead goth-edged rock and roll with an edge that will make you feel alive. Experiencing the over the top covers of Steve Miller’s “Fly Like An Eagle” and “We Will Rock You” is worth the price of admission alone.

Matthew’s Southern Comfort – The New Mine

This Americana-Folk group was formed by former Fairport Convention singer-guitarist Iain Matthews. Filled with folk-inspired harmonies and intricate string work on guitar, banjo, and mandolin, there is a lot to enjoy on this record. Highlights are Joni Mitchell’s “Ethiopia” and the Buffalo Springfield worthy “C’mon Amigo.”

Tesla – Five Man London Band

This record is notable because, well, here at Rock is the New Roll we love Tesla and are huge fans of their Iconic record Five Man Acoustical Jam, one of the first live acoustic records to make an impact and a clear inspiration for the MTV Unplugged series. Here, the band plays an acoustic set live from Abbey Road studios covering the band favorites “Signs” and “Love Songs” along with “California Summer Song” from their new record. They even throw “We Can Work It Out” into the setlist because, when in Rome, do what the Romans do.