Have you guys heard of Sebastian Gaskin? Well, you are all in luck because I’m sharing his music with you today. He’s from Split Lake, Manitoba but he looks so familiar . . .
He kind of resembles my boyfriend. They could be long lost cousins or siblings. It’s like listening to my boyfriend sing to me but not exactly. I’ve never heard my boyfriend sing – just play the guitar and bass
It has all of the feelings of love – the good and the bad. The falling in love and the heartache. What is it that we love about songs with a touch of heartache? I think it’s that it’s a feeling we’ve all had. Commonality.
Gaskin’s music is like a more modern version of old school 90s R & B. Plus he plays the guitar just like my boyfriend. Except that my boyfriend plays metal and jam band stuff.
3. Where would you want to listen to this record?
I would want to listen to this album everywhere. So in the living room, bathroom, kitchen, backyard, computer room. I will definitely miss going to concerts this spring. Thank goodness for YouTube and Sebastian Gaskin.
Puta Volcano of Greece has just released their album, Amma, within the last few days. Their musical style is hard rock/post-grunge. I think they are better than 99 % of post-grunge bands.
They remind me more of Alice in Chains except with a female singer. Puta Volcano has been together since about 2012. They are nothing if not persistent in sharing their music with everyone. We have to give them credit for staying together in times when bands don’t make it beyond five years. It’s a tough business.
My favorite song on the album is “Kassandra’s Gift.” I’m not sure if the song is based on the Cassandra/Kassandra of mythology. The curse that she received from Apollo was that she would see prophecies and no one would believe her.
It would be kind of awesome to listen to this album while visiting volcanoes in Greece or Mount Vesuvius in Pompeii. Maybe shake your fist at the volcano and shout “Puta Volcano!!” It would be epic.
Until it’s safe to travel, we’ll just have to watch volcanoes on YouTube and shake our fists from the comfort of our homes. As soon as it’s possible, I hope to see Puta Volcano in concert.
PUTA VOLCANO is: Anna – Vocals Alex Pi – Guitar Steve Stefanidis – Drums Bookies – Bass, Backing Vocals
Korie is a singer/songwriter who has released an EP, “This is Korie.” She refers to her style as Soul-Fusion. Whatever you want to call it, I call it a symphony of awesomeness. Some people would call her music acoustic soul.
The album is not like other acoustic soul albums. She has her own sound that I really enjoy. My favorite song on the album is “My Love will Find You.”
Korie is from Lagos, Nigeria. Fun fact: She is an economics graduate. So Korie can entertain and also help the world figure out how to improve the economy or why consumers do strange things. She probably understands why some goods are scarce during a pandemic and others are not. I recommend being a consumer of Korie’s music.
Honestly, this album is filled with positive vibes. If I could travel around the world, I would put Korie’s music on a nomadic/vagabond playlist.
Bonny Light Horseman released their self-titled debut album in January. I’ve put off listening to it but the album is definitely worth the wait. The band call their music “mystical semi-trad folk jams.” I’m here for it 100%.
They don’t necessarily sound like Peter, Paul and Mary but I get that same feeling that I used to get when listening to my mom’s 8-track. Maybe you could call it comfort. If the 8-track was still around, I would put this album in the rotation. My favorite songs on the album are “10,000 Miles,” “Bright Morning Stars,” and “Magpie’s Nest.”
Anaïs Mitchell, Eric D. Johnson, and Josh Kaufman came together from different musical projects to form Bonny Light Horseman.
Bonny Light Horseman will be playing at the Railbird Festival in Lexington, Kentucky this August. I thought a railbird was something related to trains. (It’s a spectator at a horse race that stands along the rails.) This album would be really great to listen to on a train trip. Either way – horse race or train trip or my mom’s basement- I will be listening to this album for eternity.
Nicotine’s EP, An Open Letter, is something really special – a powerful mix of spoken word, R & B and jazz.
It reminds me of what it is like to be young and single and all of the drama that comes with it. I’m not saying it is exactly like Beyonce’s “Lemonade” but it has similar elements. It’s not for me to say that it’s better . . .
Nicotine is originally from Texas but is currently based in New York. She was scheduled to play at SXSW this year but it was canceled.
There are some explicit lyrics. Maybe don’t play it in the car with the kids. I will be playing it in between picking up and dropping off the kids. My car radio is on the fritz so it’s gonna be “Bantu Knots and Boudain” all day when the kids are away.
Do you think that old school blues could be the cure for the blues? If you want to test the theory, listen to the “Sorry You Couldn’t Make It,” the latest album from Swamp Dogg.
His music is a combination of country, R & B and the blues. It’s like some of the music that has been recorded at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio. In fact, Swamp Dogg has recorded music at Muscle Shoals.
The Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section was known as The Swampers, which is where Swamp Dogg got part of his stage name. In case you were wondering, he was around way before Snoop Dogg.
My favorite songs on the album are “Sleeping Without You is a Dragg” and “I’d Rather Be Your Used To Be.” All of the songs are solid though. You almost can’t go wrong by listening to Swamp Dogg’s music.
3. Where would you want to listen to this record?
If I could listen to this album anywhere that I choose, I would choose to go on a train ride. Hopefully, they have a box car with a dance floor. Is that a thing? Until then, it would be awesome to see Swamp Dogg live in concert.
Angelica Garcia will be releasing her latest album, Cha Cha Palace on February 28.
Her music is like a bluesy salsa mix. It’s not like Latin pop. There’s too much depth and soul to be any kind of pop music. No offense to Latin pop musicians – I mean, I’m not the only one that loves Marc Anthony, am I?
Still, it will probably make you want to dance. Garcia brings the dance party but also emotions and protest anthems. It has all of the feelings that people have. My favorite song on the album is “Valentina in the Moonlight.”
With Mexican and Salvadoran roots in the San Gabriel Valley, East of Los Angeles, Garcia has built a personal and professional life in Richmond, Virginia.
I used up all of my free listening chances on this album. I had to ask for a second round just to finish this review. I used up all of the 2nd round also. No regrets. Would recommend that everyone use their time to listen to the Cha Cha Palace.
I’d like to listen to this album at ICE protests and road trips across the world.
03/16 -03/22 – Austin, TX – SXSW Music Festival 03/31 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s * 04/01 – Washington, DC – Songbyrd * 04/02 – Chapel Hill, NC – Cats Cradle (Backroom) * 04/03 – Asheville, NC – The Mothlight * 04/04 – Atlanta, GA – Aisle 5 * 04/06 – New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jacks * 04/07 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall * 04/09 – Austin, TX – Antone’s * 04/10 – Dallas, TX – Ruins * 04/11 – Kansas City, MO – Encore * 04/12 – Omaha, NE – Slowdown Jr. * 04/14 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry * 04/15 – Chicago, IL – Old Town School of Folk Music * 04/16 – Columbus, OH – Ace of Cups * 04/17 – Detroit, MI – Deluxx Fluxx * 04/18 – Toronto, ON – The Garrison * 04/20 – Montreal, QC – le Ministere * 04/21 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall * 04/22 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg * * w/ Vagabon