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Monday, March 20, 2017

s/t (Killjoy)

The black and white patrol cruiser sped down twilit dirt roads, its rooftop-cherry strobing and siren blaring. Frantic townspeople had besieged the station-house desk sergeant's phone with confused cries that a bizarre saucer had crash-landed behind the old hills just outside town.

Officer Jamie swung the car to a halt. "Come on," he growled. "We'll sneak in on 'em! Get the drop!"

Kelton, nervous, followed. His revolver-hand trembled. "I don't know why I always have to get these monster details!"

As the uniformed pair crept to the hill's top, weird music grew louder. They peered down and gasped with shock. Horror.

A strange rock'n'roll party unlike any before witnessed by mortal eyes was in full, lunatic swing. Creatures jumped and whirled in mad, macabre hyper-dances to an old-school psychobilly beat both magnetic and unaturally menacing. 

The perpetrators of that crazed bop-racket that had come from outer-space to assault earthly normalcy -- three wild-eyed apostles of cosmic oddness. They leaned into their strange assault, seemingly bent on turning the whole dimension on its head and making it love the violation.

On the hilltop, Kelton pushed back his policeman's hat. "What do you figure we should do?"

"My plan?" Jamie whispered in response. He scowled, eyes squinted. "Go back to the station house, tell 'em we saw nothing. Just some prank calls!" 

Kelton gulped. "I'm with you!"

Recommended "Invasion of the Radarmen." "Cosmic Kidnapping"

Video "Invasion of the Radarmen"

Friday, March 17, 2017

Koffin Kats
Party Time In the End Times 
(Koffin Kats Records)

There can be no simple, A-to-Z journey through a Koffin Kats arrangement. Typically, these charge then twist then flirt with breath-kept suspension and ultimate upheaval. As hurtlingly dynamic as a maddened UFO spree o'er topsy planes coined at whim.

Recommended "Party Time In the End Times," "Witch In the Woods," "Dark World," "Nasty Weather," "Pigs In the Grove,"
"No Free Rides"

Video "Way of the Road" (non-CD, 2012)

Don Leady & His Rockin' Revue
Poppy Toppy Gone (Leray Music)

Don's encyclopedic, twang-splayed negotiations jar agreeably. The orthodoxy is ever in the bones: Riotously living honky tonk and blues joint spirits jump up and proclaim in fire-tongues. In one moment, "Train Kept A-Rollin'" gestures. Another recalls Jeff Beck's "Goin' Down." Both are marvelous inspirations. The assembled Revue --  Eric Przygocki, Alberto Telo. and Jack Montesinos -- are the conducive force appropriate; brawny, sure-stepping, and rocking the house with a nimble hipness. And then, all of a moment, Don opens up his own magnificent muse.

Recommended "Poppy Toppy Gone," "A String Of Pearls," "Mumbo Jumbo," "Conga Mamba," "Okie Dokie Stomp," "Goin' Down That Road"

Video "Goin' Down That Road"

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Dylan Bishop Band
Exciting Sounds of the... (Espanada)

That Jimmie Vaughan and Doug James fell in for certain cuts tips big doings. Vernal blues cat Dylan raises up shouted promise in twanging Texas testimonies. Feature the bluntness of Gatemouth Brown and Frankie Lee Sims, given Nick Curran rave-up reinvention. Solid, straight through.

Recommended "What You Do To Me," "She's My Baby," "Monkey's Uncle"

Video "What You Do To Me"

email Dylan for booking info:,
call or text 817-701-6303

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Levi Dexter and the Gretsch Brothers
Okie Boogie b/w 7 Nights To Rock 
(Dextone Records USA)

The names alone inspire blood-surging delirium. Mastered at Capitol Records' fabled Hollywood tower, through whose halls the Catman's tempestuous, guiding spirit may well on occasion waft. These tracks appeared on the earlier All Thru the Night LP. Merely 1000 copies of this dashing new 45 exist, which means it's vinyl safari time. 

Video "7 Nights To Rock"

At this writing, available only at gigs and these sites:…/vinyl-bunker-roots-mu…/89112894/


Thursday, March 9, 2017

Mario Cobo and his Guitar Posse
Burnin' Daylight (Sleazy Records) 

Relax, as mellow notes transport you up into cloudland. Deftly caressed instrumentals in an oh-so cool country-jazz vibe. Introspective. Articulate. Dreaming. Feeling. A guitar tone clear and sincere. At turns contemplative, idyllic, and whimsically ambitious. 

Recommended "Five More Stops," "String Theory," "40 Laps To Go," "Gradiation," "Toman Waltz," "Third Time Lucky"

Video "Five More Stops"

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

March To Your Own Beat (Lime Digital Music)

There's a spot at which etched genre demarcations -- rockabilly, punk, psycho -- lose meaning, so utter is the joyfully thrashed melange. A recommending matter with the Hyperjax is songcraft so engaging that one at first doesn't catch on to the cleverness. And then, realization sets in. 

Recommended "Angry Young Man," "Burn In Your Own Flame," "Hard Knock Chops," "City of Broken Rain," "Sweet Solitary," "Whatever Happened To the Krewmen?," "Blast Me Into Outer Space"

Video "Burn in your own flame"

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Darrel Higham
Hell's Hotel (PledgeMusic)

Jump aboard and give the man your ticket. You know where you're headed -- muscular, tonic rock'n'roll territory -- and the confidently cheeky cat up front urging the mighty engine to new extremes knows his business. It's a wild ride. Also a smart one. And the train keeps rollin', all night long.

Recommended "Hell's Hotel," "Turn Around and Go," "When You Smile"

Video "Hell's Hotel"

Monday, March 6, 2017

AJ Hobbs
Too Much Is Never Enough (Booker)

Sure, easy-played stories of suffering and satisfaction can connect on the commonly experienced-humanity level without artful construction. But here, such attention amplifies.

Recommended "Too Much Is Never Enough," "Tomorrow, I'll Be Hurtin'," "The Loser," "Shit Just Got Real," "A Whole Lot of You and Me"

Video Clever 1980s TV-style promo

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Lance Lipinsky and the Lovers
Roll (self)

Lance digs what the old masters always taught; As crucial as are percolated fun-drive and its pursuit-of-kicks actualization (whether in hopped-up whirling or dreamily romantic incarnations), optimal rendition requires knowing administration born of serious experience. And hipness, too. Gotta be hip.

Recommended "So Real," " Boy Like Me, A Girl Like You," "Fool a Fool," "Eventually," "Move Move Move," "Paper Ring"

Video "So Real"

Video "A Boy Like Me, A Girl Like You"

Saturday, March 4, 2017

The Ghost Wolves
Texas Platinum (Hound Gawd)

As much sliding eerieness and gone-ga ga animalism as their chosen name evokes. Wriggling and beclawed specimen of Austin, Texas guitar/drum twosome's unsettling Voodoo blues/thrill-rockin'/punk-poetic shards of the macabre. And it's about a mover.

(Note: This CD is scheduled for April release. For critical regard, I drew on previously available video clip song versions.)

Recommended "Strychnine In My Lemonade," "Cry Babies Go Home," "Whetin' My Knife," "Bunny Run"

Video "Strychnine In My Lemonade"

Friday, March 3, 2017

Ray Condo And His Hardrock Goners
Hot 'N' Cold (SuperOldies)

The talent was always evident, through hiccuppy, herky-jerky stage episodes. Ray may not have been here long (he passed in 2004, only 54 years old), but like the jumped-up honky tonk swing he threw out, he blazed a jagged trail of moment. Enhanced reissue includes three archival video testaments.

Recommended "Hot 'N' Cold," "Crazy Mixed-Up World," "Blast Off"

Video "Crazy Mixed-Up World"

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Truly Lover Trio
"Does it again with Candy Kisses" (Twinkletone)

Always of organically superior rank, TLT handily illustrate that light-on-its-feet mellifluousness makes the fun work to everyone's joyful benefit. Clever, brisk, memorable, and with a proper measure of sincere heart. 

Recommended "Candy Kisses," "Speed Limit," "She's Lookin' At Me," "Lovestruck," "So Soon," "I'm No Good Without You," "That'll Do," "The Joint's Really Jumpin'"

Video "Candy Kisses" promo