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The legendary Leon Russell is quoted as saying the following about Nashville stoner-boogie-blues-rock band Natural Child on the band's Facebook page: "Back in the summer of '09, back when I met 'em, Wez and Zack were eatin' weed brownies and they realized they needed Seth in the band. Well, they decided therefore and then to start the greatest rock 'n' roll band in the world - Natural Child. Probably known as much for what they say as what they do, they've earned a reputation for giving their audience the straight deal. Worldwide. They are currently in the process of buying Bill Wyman's bass amp from 1970. God bless 'em.”
When Leon talks, you'd better listen. So...go grab their new album, Okey Dokey, from us, give it a few spins and then enter to win tickets to their October 4th show at the Tractor Tavern (21+) by e-mailing us with the subject line "Okey Dokey" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 10/2. Good luck!
By Ian Bremner
Cass McCombs has been doing this a long time. He knows what he’s doing and he does not sit still. The Bay Area artist has been pumping out albums for a decade. He is an outstanding guitar player and songwriter, yet his style is always changing. His debut for Anti Records, Mangy Love, may be his best. Summer and Fall 2016 have been so good to us as music consumers.
Cass McCombs dropped Mangy Love in the middle of Frank Ocean hype and Angel Olsen’s instant-classic My Woman, but it deserves to be up there with both of those records. In this harshly political season, perhaps we can all listen to the words of McCombs and an album like Mangy Love. His wit and wry lyrics hit even deeper than normal and touch on everything including racist government, misogyny, California porn industry. Everything. It’s not a protest record or anything of the like, because you have to listen hard to pick up certain vibes, but that is never a chore on Mangy Love.
The music surrounding the messages is plain beautiful so it could be easy to get lost. Swirling guitars, horns flirting with soul tunes join blues and folk rock with a hint of '80s, but sometimes all at the same time, making it difficult to pin down, but very easy to enjoy.
Cass McCombs is always on TOUR!
Check out more music news & reviews at Ian's blog, OldRookie.com!
Hot Damn! The Drive-By Truckers are gonna stop the truck at the Showbox on 9/29 just long enough to set the stage...but once they up there, they'll be flooring it like they always do! They're here to pump the release of their fine new album, American Band, which will drop the day after the show! Wanna go? Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "Filthy And Fried" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 9/28. Good luck!
Need a sure thing? Buy tickets here!
This week Ten Bands re-issue their albums on limited edition pink vinyl, all for one cause. This is the third year for the initiative that helped raise $65,000 for Gilda’s Club NYC, an organization that provides community support for both those diagnosed with cancer and their caretakers. It is named after comedian Gilda Radner, who passed away from the disease at the age of 43 in 1989.
This year’s limited pink vinyl are from Anthrax, The Black Keys, Courtney Barnett, Ed Sheeran, Jim Breuer & The Loud & Rowdy, My Chemical Romance, NOFX, Opeth, Pixies and Red Hot Chili Peppers. The releases are available for purchase starting this week, and proceeds will sponsor Gilda's Club NYC.
CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL LIST OF TEN BANDS ONE CAUSE ALBUMS
The KEXP Record Fair will take place on October 22nd at KEXP's New Home! We're currently seeking vinyl enthusiasts to rent a table and run your own record shop for a day, with no cut taken off sales and without dealing with shipping and handling. Just a day of record nerds meeting, talking, and wheeling and dealing with fellow record nerds! Beyond just a record fair, there will be an all-day celebration of the vinyl format on KEXP, with DJs broadcasting in the gathering space, and KEXP DJ Kevin Cole will have some special guests joining him on-air. Numero Group, Sub Pop, Light In The Attic, and Ten Club will all be there as well...how 'bout you?? Check the guidelines below and contact Matt Vaughan by next Wednesday (9/28) if you wish to join in the fun! All ages event. Free to the public.
* Must have at least 600+ records (boxed or crated)
* Records must be priced
* 8’ table provided
* $75 dealer fee
* Point of sale (Square or cash only)
* 45’s are more than acceptable.
* Consider bringing own handtruck (very limited number available at event)