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New Orleans’ Joystick have spent the last decade honing their craft and emerging as one of the best modern ska-punk bands around, and their fourth record “I Can’t Take It Anymore” is their most mature, refined record yet. “Everybody started getting married and having kids and kind of like settling down — we definitely became less of a party band,” lead vocalist Duck told us in a recent interview. Duck also got sober four years ago and he’s now working as a volunteer to help other alcoholics and addicts, and those experiences informed the personal, honest tone of his lyrics on this record.

The music sounds more “mature” too, but in Joystick’s case, growing up doesn’t mean slowing down. It’s still an urgent, fun, fast-paced record that toes the line between ska-punk and ska-core and sounds as hungry as Joystick did on their debut. It also has a subtle approach to musical diversity; it’s a straight-up, ’90s-style ska-punk record, but it also weaves in aspects of traditional ’60s ska, shouty ’80s hardcore, and plenty of the in-between.

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Joystick
Ska Punk from New Orleans Louisiana

Members:
Paul “duck” Tucker- Vocals
Clay
 Aleman- Bass
Mickey Retzlaff- Guitar
Josh Bourgeois- Trombone
Justin Mcdowell- Tenor Sax
Garrett Corripio- Trumpet
Andrew Heaton- Trombone
Kyle Bouque- Drums
 

released April 16th, 2021

James Weber Jr. started writing the songs that would make up Keen Dreams‘ debut album after reading Daisy Hildyard’s The Second Body. The book-length essay makes the case that humans have one corporal body and one less tangible body, something more spectral. It is not, by all accounts, a book that reaches simple conclusions — “bewilderment struggling towards expression,” according to one review — which in itself might help to explain the dreamy and uncanny nature of Weber Jr.’s songs on a record that borrows its name and structure from Hildyard’s book.

Keen Dreams, completed by drummer Eric Martinez and bassist Shana Applewhite, make sprawling, dreamy pop music that echoes and maybe most importantly wanders around. The trio experiments with new age improvisation and the sort of spacey indie rock melodies mastered by bands like Spiritualized. The Second Body’s wilder detours are immediately lit up by sunny harmonies or straight-up riffs so, while the record is heady, it absolutely doesn’t feel inaccessible. (In that sense they’re a perfect fit on the excellent Brooklyn-based label Whatever’s Clever, home to Ben Seretan, Office Culture, and Caitlin Pasko.)

The latest single from the album is “PInks & Reds,”. It’s one of the more shoegazey songs on The Second Body, held together by Applewhite’s rolling bass and Martinez’s quietly busy drums. Weber lets his guitar and his lyrics fly around: “The park’s all Pinks & Reds / You wish you had a twin, and you bite your / Lovers’ thumbs too deeply.”

Taken from the New Orleans dream pop band’s debut, “The Second Body“, Out May 14th, 2021 from Whatever’s Clever and Strange Daisy Records

Silver Synthetic

Loved the debut EP from New Orleans chooglers Silver Synthetic which came out last year and with “In The Beginning,” the band announces their first LP for Third Man coming on April 9th. The song follows the debut’s sunbaked country saunter — a gulf stream gust of Cosmic Americana that’s steeped in twang with just a hint of West Coast vibe and running through it. While its not easy to shake the salt air out of the song, at its core there’s a heat struck, back porch sound to ease “In The Beginning” that feels soaked in humid Southern summer nights with nothing on the docket the next day. Despite its title, the cut’s a bit of an end of party tune, winding down with the last couple of stalwarts still taking in that star-borne vista and feeling set for the moment. The band’s eponymous debut sets them up nicely to slot in among the current cosmic revival, clipping a couple of stunners from the EP and setting them up with a whole bunch of new favourites as well. 

New Orleans garage-psych quartet Silver Synthetic are excited to announce their anticipated self-titled debut album, due April 9th, 2021 via Third Man Records. The first glimpse of the album is the opening track “In The Beginning” and its accompanying video — watch and listen to the track and pre-order Silver Synthetic . The album will be released on vinyl, CD, and Bandcamp-exclusive cassette on April 9th. Limited-edition “sunrise swirl” vinyl will be available at TMR storefronts and select indie record stores in the US & UK.

In the Beginning · Silver Synthetic ·  Third Man Records Released on: 2021-02-17

Esther Rose

The beautiful third album from the New Orleans-based singer-songwriter Esther Rose. It’s all about transience and change, but her voice is a brilliant centre point and protagonist to keep it all flowing along. Another really delicious young voice as part of the Full Time Hobby family.

Esther Rose was in perpetual motion when she wrote her third album, “How Many Times”. In the span of two years, she moved three times, navigated the end of a relationship, and began touring more than ever. The New Orleans-based singer-songwriter used that momentum while she penned her third studio album. That’s why, as the album title’s nod to the cyclical nature of life implies, there’s a rush that accompanies How Many Times as if you’re experiencing an awakening, too.

Esther Rose announced her new album How Many Times, due out on March 26th via Father/Daughter Records and Full Time Hobby. It’s her third full-length, and it follows her 2019 album You Made It This Far. The announcement also came with a Sarrah Danziger-directed music video for the title track. The new single mixes Rose’s tried-and-true country roots with a doo-wop-esque sway and some sha-la-la’s for good measure. Add fiddle, lap steel and acoustic guitar to Rose’s winsome, compassionate vocals and timeless tale of heartbreak that needs to be numbed, and what’s not to love? “It’s not really just about feeling better, it’s about feeling it, whatever it is,” Rose says of her forthcoming album.

Rose expands her alt-country sound into a blossoming world of folk pop and tender harmonies. A collection of complete takes recorded live to tape with rich instrumentation, soul-tugging hooks, and resonating vocal melodies, How Many Times carries you into the room in which it was made. There to help realize this was co-producer Ross Farbe of synthpop band Video Age, who Rose also credits for bringing a stereo pop glow to these new songs.

Rose’s journey through the past few years has been one of saying yes to new opportunities, all while nurturing and playing in bands in the New Orleans country music scene. The arrival of How Many Times is evidence of the sweeping growth Rose has undergone, both personally and artistically. She’s turning towards her troubles and facing them head-on, ready to feel whatever’s necessary in order to keep growing upwards and outwards.

The Band:

Matt Bell: Lap steel
Lyle Werner: Fiddle
Esther Rose: Vocals + Acoustic Guitar
Cameron Snyder: Drums + Harmonies
Max Bien Kahn: Electric Guitar + Harmonies
Dan Cutler: Upright Bass + Harmonies
Ric Robertson: Acoustic Guitar on Track 7
Howe Pearson: Drums + Harmonies on Tracks 3, 5
Gina Leslie: Electric Bass + Harmonies on Tracks 3, 5

All songs written by Esther Rose

‘How Many Times’ out March 26th, 2021 on Father/Daughter & Full Time Hobby.

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You can think of Esther Rose’s warm, hopeful country songs like points on a map. The New Orleans singer-songwriter takes pleasure in guiding you through colourful landmarks—especially those throughout her hometown—but she also makes time for smaller, quieter spots: say, the bar where a relationship turned sour, or the dreary high school where she and her sister begrudgingly drove each morning. Recorded direct-to-tape and accentuated with lap steel and fiddle, her songs pull you in like this; she wants you to see the scenery, learn the history, and feel at home before she sends you on your way.

With her two solo records—2017’s This Time Last Night (Mashed Potato) and 2019’s You Made It This Far (Father/Daughter)—Esther Rose is at the beginning of her own journey. Her vibrant, homespun music has earned comparisons to Hank Williams and Rilo Kiley, and, over the past year, she has toured with acts such as Nick Lowe & Los Straitjackets, The Cactus Blossoms, and Charley Crockett. Carving new ground while drawing on the tradition of classic folk music, she uses tender stories to depict deeper cosmic truths. As she sings, she invites you to a world that feels familiar, magical, and entirely her own.

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On her new EP, “My Favorite Mistakes”, Rose and her band cover a selection of downer anthems close to her heart. Recorded live over three days, it includes songs written by Sheryl Crow, Nick Lowe, Roy Orbison, and, of course, Hank Williams. “When I was starting out on my guitar playing/songwriting path,” Rose says, “I would listen to Hank Williams on my headphones and walk for miles and miles across town and back. Hank is one of the best teachers I’ve had when it comes to writing simply and directly, with humour and sincerity.” Through these performances, Rose sings not only in tribute to her heroes but also in deep, intimate conversation with them, traveling their lonesome highways to find her own new destinations.

Released May 29th, 2020

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“Naked Winter” is an angsty track from the New Orleans band Mighty Brother. Bending genres, Mighty Brother seems to traverse sonic landscapes of folk, rock, funk, and jazz. The video captures familiar feelings of isolation, uncertainty about the future, and the feeling of being held hostage by uncontrollable forces…. a timely watch during these isolating times. As the first release from their upcoming double album (no, that’s not a typo) we can’t wait to see what comes next from this group.

Based in New Orleans, Mighty Brother carves a unique space in today’s modern soundscapes with a distinct mashup of styles that has been described as a “blend of Avett-Americana and Radiohead-esque art rock” (Offbeat Magazine). A menagerie of musical influences led Mighty Brother to develop an indie-rock sound that simultaneously pays tribute to folk, singer-songwriter, funk, and alternative soundscapes with soaring harmonies and striking melodies that knit an eclectic sound, guiding the listener through unconventional grooves and adventurous lyricism. Their third album – a double album – The Rabbit. The Owl. is an introspective look into the band’s emerging theme of duality in both their music and their writing. Straddling the lines between genres The Rabbit. The Owl. is a prime showcase of the band’s unique musical flair and serves as an introspective look into Mighty Brother’s exploration of sound, concepts, and ideas.

Band Members
Ari Carter, Nick Huster, Quinn Sternberg, Jonah Tarver

Naked Winter is the first single from Mighty Brother’s upcoming Double Album “The Rabbit. The Owl.”

New Orleans–based singer-songwriter Esther Rose has released a cover of Sheryl Crow’s 1998 track “My Favorite Mistake.” The track was recorded live to live at New Orleans’ Tigermen Den.

“When people ask what kind of music I play I generally tell them ‘country & folk,’ but the truth is my band has a secret genre for my songwriting style which they call ‘’60s/’90s’; this weird blend of late-’60s folk and early-’90s alternative rock,” Rose said in a statement. “‘My Favorite Mistake’ somehow slides right into that comfort zone. My band and I had a lot of fun coming up with our own arrangement; Dan Cutler is playing that iconic guitar riff on upright bass, we slowed down the tempo, and I changed a couple words to make it a little more hopeful.”

Last year, Rose released her sophomore record, You Made It This Far, via Father/Daughter Records.

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Written by Sheryl Crow (BMI) and Jeff Trott (ASCAP)
Vocals: Esther Rose
Fiddle: Lyle Werner
Bass: Dan Cutler
Lap Steel: Matt Bell
Guitar & Vox: Max Bien-Kahn
Drums & Vox: Cameron Snyder

Special Interest is a four piece Industrial punk band emerging from New Orleans, Louisiana. Combining elements of No-Wave, Glam, and Industrial Special Interest create a frenetic and urgent revisioning of punk and electronic music for a modern world gone mad. Propulsive analogue drum machines, a swirling layer of detuned samples, and a driving bass line create the foundation across which angular guitar work and dissonant synth lines glide. Front and center are Alli Logout’s commanding vocals and razor sharp lyrics moving from high camp satire to insightful political imperatives often within the course of one song.

Debut LP from NOLA’s Special Interest. Brooding, political no wave madness from members of Mystic Inane, Patsy, and Psychic Hotline. Great mix of all things punk and industrial, with plenty of catchiness to boot. Favorite track is definitely “Disco II”, a perfect dance tune for the inevitable techno-apocalypse ahead.

Originally released February 28th, 2018

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Following the release of a new single, an album announcement, and new upcoming US tour dates, the beloved New Orleans indie-rock duo Generationals are back today with their latest single “Gatekeeper”. A fusion of classic indie rock sound, charming vocals, and shimmering pop melodies, this latest single is another statement that the band is back and better than ever.

The Generationals new full-length album, Reader As Detective, is proving to be a testament to a band that has clearly been refining their skills over the years. “Gatekeeper” is a shimmering display of indie-pop sound that warms the soul but with clear attention to production that has us especially excited. A catchy percussion kick, a classic indie-rock guitar riff, and a charismatic bassline gets the listener hooked right from the start. From there, a slight distortion helps deliver a warming vintage vocal sound that hits that falsetto at just the right moment to make “Gatekeeper” prime to being this summer’s true indie-pop gem.

The indie-rock vocals never overpower that shimmering and pulsating pop melody and it’s that kind of mindfulness that only comes from seasoned musicians who truly been refining their sound. The Generationals this is their latest release since 2009 release ‘Con Law’ and  “Gatekeeper” dances beautifully between catchy synth work, animated guitar riff breaks and a summery indie-pop beat that has us thrilled for this new full-length album and upcoming tour.

Band Members
Ted Joyner,
Grant Widmer

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The family of the Louisiana-born musician known as Dr. John says the celebrated singer and piano player who blended black and white musical influence with a hoodoo-infused stage persona and gravelly bayou drawl, has died. He was 77. A family statement released by his publicist says Dr. John, who was born Mac Rebennack, died early Thursday of a heart attack.

His spooky “Gris Gris Gumbo Ya Ya” slithered onto the pop-dominated market in 1968, startling listeners with its sinister implications of other-worldly magic..

In the summer of ‘97, the love of indie music was at its most highpoint with Spiritualized’s Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space. Dr John plays on the awesome “Cop Shoot Cop,”.

Dr John classic vinyl of Gris Gris. Mac Reddenback recorded it in L.A. with some NOLA studio musicians its a melange of psychedelic choogle with swamp gas vocals. It is one of the truly original listens in pop history. It’s singualar in the way Astral Weeks doesn’t really have a parallel, or the first Suicide album is true standalone.

the startling brew of voodoo funk and strange incantations, epitomised by the eerie eight-minute mantra “I Walk on Guilded Splinters”. Nobody had heard anything like it, including his label boss, Ahmet Ertegun. “Ahmet asked me: ‘What is this record you gave me … Why didn’t you give me a record that we could sell?’” Dr John recalled. He took the album on tour with a show resembling a bayou magic act, decking himself out in outlandish feathers, witch-doctor robes and headdresses.

Two follow-up albums to Gris-Gris – Babylon (1969) and Remedies (1970) – began to make him influential friends, including Eric Clapton and Mick Jagger, who both appeared on The Sun, Moon & Herbs (1971), After The Sun, Moon & Herbs he brought out the album Dr John’s Gumbo (1972), conceived as a tribute to New Orleans music, particularly the compositions of Professor Longhair . In 1973 he released the biggest selling album of his career, In the Right Place. Produced by Allen Toussaint and with the Meters as backing band, gave him a US Top 10 hit single with Right Place, Wrong Time. It also included Such a Night, which Dr John would perform at the Band’s 1976 farewell concert, filmed by Martin Scorsese as The Last Waltz.

Born Malcolm John Rebennack in 1941 in New Orleans, he began taking music lessons as a teenager and was exposed to jazz and early rock ‘n’ roll at a young age. In 1965, he moved to Los Angeles, where he developed the Dr. John persona, inspired by New Orleans voodoo. His style of music initially blended New Orleans R&B with psychedelic rock, and his debut album “Gris Gris” was released in 1968, which was a bold and strange introduction to his singular sound. In 1973, he released what would become his biggest hit, “Right Place, Wrong Time,” and over the course of his career he released two dozen albums. In 1997, he also collaborated with Spiritualized, performing piano on their sprawling track “Cop Shoot Cop.”

In 2011, Dr. John was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His last album was 2014′s Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch,