Record of the Day: Buffy Sainte-Marie – I’m Gonna Be A Country Girl Again (1968)

Buffy Sainte-Marie is a Canadian activist, focusing on Native Americans’ struggles since the 60s, and she’s also an incredible folk musician, as evidenced on her 1968 release I’m Gonna Be A Country Girl Again, among her other also-stellar records. Her songs, whether they’re socially empowering statement songs or sweet love songs, all have a down-home feel, comforting while still inspiring. Her protest songs are powerful, where Buffy’s strong words serve as a voice...

Record of the Day: STARSHA LEE – Uncle Nietzsche

The enigmatic Starsha Lee has been creating a buzz for their out-of-this-world live shows all over the UK, and now their debut album “Post-god Metaphysics” will be out on March 2 through Syndicol Music. Led by Sofia de Oliveira Martins, who writhes and screams like Iggy Pop undergoing an exorcism, Starsha Lee merge art-punk vocals over heavy, heavy rock riffs. The first single and video, “Uncle Nietzsche” is a sample of what is to come! FACEBOOK STARSHA LEE

Matt Duncan – “Soft Times – Record Of The Day

Just about everything makes it’s way back around to popularity. One day you’re making fun of your parents’ style in the 80s, the next day you’re buying the same clothes. It some ways, it’s like pop culture’s knack for making you eat your words. In others, its because those things were just that good. Of course, music is no exception! Most modern alt-rock bands have traded their angst and distorted guitars for checkered sunglasses and synths. But what about...

Album of the Week: Ben Edge and the Electric Pencils

Ben Edge is a bit of a renaissance man. An accomplished painter, whose work has graced the walls of the National Portrait Gallery in London, he is also a crack songwriter. Ben’s old band Thee Spivs had quite a run releasing three records of Childish garage punk on Damaged Goods from 2010 – 2013 before splitting up. Fast forward to 2015 and Ben Edge & The Electric Pencils began as a two piece with Steve Coley playing the bass and drums. After recording the debut album they called...

Hand & Leg: The Modern Day Dionysus

To conjure images of Ancient Greece in its magnificent orgy of 12th-century BC hedonistic euphoria, is to conjure stark imagery of fertile cities drenched in outlandish music, gloriously decadent architecture, lustfully eaten grapes, ravenous anal sex and a bunch of broody philosophers sitting around trying to make sense of it all. Socrates, Plato -the village grumps- Apollo -the god of music- and the king of hedonism himself, the twice-born Dionysus. Twice born. What a way for the D-Man to...

Screaming Trees – ‘Nearly Lost You’

The 1992 Screaming Trees single Nearly Lost You was their finest hour. It’s the perfect showcase for their hooky, hard-edged, power-pop and for Mark Lanegan’s husky, soulful voice. It was the song that saw their popularity peak. It got radio play, it got on movie soundtracks and it got them on TV. They’d released four albums on SST before they signed to a major label. Big players had been sniffing around them for years but had always concluded that they were too physically unattractive to sign...