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Posts from January 2014


Fresh New Music : Aloe Blacc
The name Aloe Blacc might not ring a bell, but you have heard his voice before. He’s the voice you hear singing on Avicii’s “ Wake Me Up”
 A singer songwriter, rapper and musician burst onto the scene in the mid 90’s, and launched a solo career in 2003.
 
By 2012 he was nominated for a BRIT award for Best international Male Soul Artist and Best International Break Through Artist.
If you watch TV sports, you definitely heard THIS song, “The Man”
 
 
 
                                                       
                                                             Aloe Blacc’s album “ Lift You Spirit” is available now.                 © Photo: stusev: Flickr
         
 
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Fresh New Music : Ellen Foley
Remember the Meatloaf song “ Paradise by the Dashboard Light? Well, the female vocalist was Ellen Foley. Although she did not appear in the video, that’s her voice you hear.
Ellen was also the subject of The Clash’s song “ Should I Stay or Should I Go”, written by her, then boyfriend, Mick Jones.
In addition to being the inspiration for a song, she also has an extensive theater background, appearing in Hair, Tootsie and Fatal Attraction, just to name a few as well as the TV Show Night Court.

And now, 30 years after her last album comes a new one!

Here’s a sample of the first single, “ If You Can’t Be Good”.
 
 

Ellen Foley’s album “ About Time” is out now.              © Photo: drquoz: Flickr
 
 
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Fresh New Music : Sleeper Agent
Sleeper Agent is a band from Kentucky that found their sound when they added female vocalist Alex Kandel to their line-up. It apparently was a good decision, since Esquire Magazine called their  music  “most original introduction to a new band we’re likely to hear all year” and Rolling Stone rated Sleeper Agent number 2 in the Best New Band category in 2012.
 
Here’s a sample of their second album, the very catchy song “ Waves”


 
 
                                                                Look for Sleeper Agent’s album “ About Last Night” in the spring          © Photo: Andy Collegian: Flickr
 
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Fresh New Music : The Devil Makes Three
The Devil Makes Three has been around since 2002 playing their blend of Folk, blues, old timey music, bluegrass, ragtime and rockabilly! Over the years, they have performed  at Bonnaroo, Lallopalooza, Austin City Limits Music festivals and have toured with lots of people, including Willie Nelson!
 
Their fourth album “ I’m a Stranger Here” was produced by Dan Auerbach of the Black  Keys.
 
Here is a taste of “The Stranger”.
 
 
 
The Devil Makes Three’s album is available now!                                                        © Photo: Brian Omura: Flickr

 
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Fresh New Music : St. Paul and the Broken Bones
If you like Otis Redding, you will love St. Paul and the Broken Bones.

A year and a half ago, Paul Janeway was working at a bank and finishing up his accounting degree. Now he’s touring the country with his band, playing sweet soul music.
This 5 piece band, including a horn section have a big sound for just 5 men.Check it out.
Here’s their song “ Call Me”
 
 
 
St Paul and the Broken Bones will release their album” Half the City” on February 18.             © Photo: 850 Music: Flickr

 
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