“It’s the best material that I’ve made so far”, a bold statement from Albert Hammond, Jr. regarding his new EP, AHJ (on Strokes bandmate Julian Casablanca’s imprint, Cult Records) considering he and band The Strokes have made some of the most defining music of the last fifteen years.
AHJ was produced, engineered and mixed by producer Gus Oberg, who’s worked with both Hammond and The Strokes previously, as well as with the likes of Willie Nelson, and produced the latest from Minneapolis’ own Har Mar Superstar.
Newly married and also about to launch a clothing line, the EP delivers a reborn and culminating sound for Hammond, who played every instrument but drums on the release.
While you shouldn’t go into the show expecting Strokes songs necessarily, Hammond has been working in a few covers (Misfits, GBV) as well as playing the spectrum of his solo output.
Currently opening for UK wunderkind Jake Bugg, tickets are already hard-to-find (Minneapolis is long sold out), but any effort to find a ticket should be worth it.
January 17 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue*
January 18 Chicago, IL Riviera Theatre*
January 21 Vancouver, BC Orpheum Annex Theater*
January 22 Portland, OR McMenamin’s Crystal Ballroom*
January 23 Oakland, CA Fox Theater*
January 24 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern*
January 28 Dallas, TX House of Blues*
January 29 Houston, TX House of Blues*
*= opening for Jake Bugg
Love's a Dog
Don't Darling Me Records
Kim Taylor's new album Love's a Dog came out last October 8th on Don't Darling Me Records. Love's a Dog reunites her with producer/multi-instrumentalist Jimi Zhivago (Ollabelle) with Devon Ashley (Lemonheads) on drums. Taylor contributes piano, guitar and vocals.
The dog on the cover artwork is actually Taylor's pet, "My dogs became an icon for this record, representing both irritation and loyalty. They compel me to reflect on my human relationships but sometimes they just drive me completely nuts. This is also pretty much how I see love."
Kim Taylor at the Turf Club
Anyway, in addition to the new album, Taylor was cased in a lead role in Matthew Porterfield's "I Used To Be Darker" film. She's currently overseas promoting the film and her music. Here are some of her events coming up:
01/18/14 Filmhaus Nürnberg, KunstKulturQuartier 8pm Nurnberg, Germany
01/20/14 Sweethome 36 – Wohnkompositionen 8pm Berlin, Germany
Doggystyle Restyled: A Tribute To Snoop Dogg
Engine Room Recordings
On the 20th Anniversary of Snoop Doggy Dog's debut album Doggystyle, Engine Room Recordings released their tribute to the man with Doggystyle Restyled: A Tribute To Snoop Dogg, which came out December 17th, 2013.
You can hear Garrison Starr's take on "Gin and Juice" on soundcloud.com.
Complete track listing below:
- “G Funk Intro” – Tropic of Pisces
- “Gin And Juice” – Garrison Starr (feat. PJ Pacifico)
- “Tha Shiznit” – T.H. White
- “Lodi Dodi” – The Tubetops
- “Murder Was The Case” – Modern Rivals
- “Serial Killa” – Jamie Block
- “Who Am I (What’s My Name)?” – Spring Standards
- “For All My N***** And B******” – Viola Dana
- “Ain’t No Fun” – Holy Folk
- “Doggy Dogg World” – Cookie Rabinowitz
- “Gz And Hustlas” – Motive (feat. Scraps)
- “Pump Pump” – CUZ
Who Let The Dogs Out?
In a recent survey by Insurance.com for best and worst songs for the road, drivers said that Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" was top of their list. Other songs included Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" and AC/DC's "You Shook Me All Night Long".
"Some people mock the Bay Area balladeers, but there's no denying Journey has a fan base, given they took two of the top five spots for songs that people enjoy when driving," said Michelle Megna, managing editor of Insurance.com.
Now, as for the worst songs, The Baha Men took the top spot with their one-hit wonder song "Who Let The Dogs Out?", a song that W♥M dared as greatest song ever. Whenever "Who Let the Dogs Out?" or Taylor Swift's "We Are Never, Ever Getting Back Together" came on the radio, drivers switch stations immediately.
Top five worst driving songs:
- "Who Let the Dogs Out?" by The Baha Men
- "We Are Never, Ever Getting Back Together" by Taylor Swift
- "Believe" by Cher
- "Feelings" by Morris Albert
- "Papa Don't Preach" by Madonna