World music master Piers Faccini couldn’t have picked a better time to release his new album, I Dreamed an Island, which celebrates cultural diversity in a time of increasing intolerance around the world. It’s a noble aim for sure. Faccini did his historical research as he wanted to based his new album around the idea of an island where a multicultural people live in harmony. So, he ended up choosing 12th Century Sicily as it was a decidedly metropolitan place where the Western, Arabic and Byzantine worlds all came together.
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Kingsley Flood is one of those bands that matter as they address race, identity and class issues in a serious way in their music. It’s music with something important to say, like the Clash, all backed with with a hard-charging folk-inflected rock sound. Frontman Naseem Khuri is a Palestinian American, which gives him a strong vantage point to examine these issues and his wife is a speechwriter for President Obama. The band used a year-long PledgeMusic campaign to fund their latest album, Another Other, releasing today. That allowed the group the time and space to create the best music of their career as they labored long and hard to get things just as they wanted them on Another Other.
It’s been a long time since Brant Bjork ascended to the throne of desert rock. His latest release, Tao of the Devil reaffirms his rightful place upon said throne. “Luvin’”, culled from that very record, gives us a whiff of those most fragrant, most majestic sounds we’ve come to associate with the Kyuss founder. The low-down guitars, vibrant, almost hallucinatory rhythms and, of course, one of the most soulful voices in the history of heavy rock, whirl together in this hip-hugging track. The accompanying video is filled with Bjork’s trademark humor, replete with a mystery van, a beautiful woman (or two), a hard-livin’ man (or two) and Bjork’s beloved desert landscape.
Legendary British singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading returns with a new DVD and CD release, Me Myself I World Tour, that documents and highlights the artist’s 2014/2015 solo world tour, which is that last major tour of her long and storied career. This set was recorded at Washington D.C.‘s the Barns at Wolf Trap and she played her biggest hits and crowd favorites. The combo package will release November 11th via 429 Records. Today we’re sharing “The Weakness in Me” performed live. The song appeared originally on her 1981 album, Walk Under Ladders, which featured Thomas Dolby on synths and XTC’s Andy Partridge on guitar.
Cincinnati’s Dawg Yawp weave together psychedelic rock, folk, electronica and American roots music in a wholly unique sound that’s all tied together by the sitar. Yes, I said sitar. If you never got enough of George Harrison’s sitar playing on Sgt. Pepper’s, then start here and you’ll think you’ve gone to heaven. Dawg Yawp is comprised of two best friends—Tyler Randall and Rob Keenan— who moved back to their Ohio hometown to work on the Dawg Yawp project and their debut self-titled album releasing October 14th via Old Flame Records.
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