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Monday, Dec 15, 2014
Legendary folk singer/songwriter Kath Bloom's latest tune, "Criminal Side", aims its sights at corporate greed, with emotive seventh chords emphasizing the song's impassioned pleas.

In his review of the 2009 tribute album Loving Takes This Course: A Tribute to the Songs of Kath Bloom, Matthew Fiander wrote, “Kath Bloom has been around writing beautiful songs for a long time—long enough that she should be known by more people, and should already be remembered for more than just her appearance on the Before Sunset soundtrack.” Bloom continues to prove that sentence right by sticking to the craft she’s been honing since the late ‘70s. If her ninth studio effort Pass Through Here is any indication, none of the passion has faded from her career. Below you can stream the Pass Through Here tune “Criminal Side”, which finds Bloom’s sharp lyrics met by some tastefully played seventh chords on acoustic guitar.


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Thursday, Dec 11, 2014
Those who find themselves alone on this upcoming Christmas holiday need not be. Montreal punk musician Cafeine has a new song, "Love Disease (Christmas in New York)", that captures the angst that comes from being in that place.

With two albums under his belt (Mal Eduqué Mon Amour and Giselle), Xavier Caféïne has already made a significant splash in his native Montreal punk scene. Caféïne has a new record coming out soon, and while you wait for that set of tunes, you can stream and download the anthemic pop/punk of “Love Disease (Christmas in New York)”, his latest single. Sung from the perspective of someone alone during the Christmas holiday, “Love Disease” takes a straightforward, power-chord driven song structure and accents it with bells, bringing a tangible yuletide spirit to accompany the catchy hook.


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Thursday, Dec 11, 2014
This clip for "The Ride", from Lewis & Clarke's excellent Triumvirate, feels almost cinematic in scope, but the story it tells is personal, intimate, and beautiful.

This fall, Lewis & Clarke, the musical project from singer-songwriter Lou Rogai, released the excellent and expansive Triumvirate. It was Rogai’s first new release in five years. A short documentary, titled The Silver Sea, portrayed the album as a document of closure, of moving on from a tumultuous chapter in Rogai’s life. Now, Rogai presents the next chapter in that story with a new video for “The Ride”, perhaps the best song on Triumvirate, an album full of them.


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Wednesday, Dec 10, 2014
Catchy and upbeat with unmissable hand-claps, Chuck Prophet's "The Left Hand and the Right Hand" answers the question: what is the sound of two hands clapping?

The video for Chuck Prophet’s “The Left Hand and the Right Hand” is weirdly surreal by taking the song literally, with two separate disembodied hands floating around to illustrate the story. Chuck Prophet appears in a cartoon bubble as an all-seeing narrator in an alternative universe. It’s kind of trippy and fun.


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Wednesday, Dec 10, 2014
Pink Floyd gets the jam band blues treatment in Gov't Mule's latest live album, Dark Side of the Mule.

Lost in the lore and progressive psychedelia of their segmented history, Pink Floyd are rarely if ever mentioned alongside their British blues-rock counterparts. Named after two famous blues musicians and early live shows including blues songs, Pink Floyd only hinted at traditional blues in name (see the Syd Barrett-penned “Jugband Blues”). Yet there is no denying the blues influence David Gilmour brought to the band, from “More Blues” which appeared on 1969’s More to his many Stratocaster solos during and following the Roger Waters era.


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