Feels So Good is the recent (and second) EP from the Los Angeles blues-rock-roots trio, The Record Company. It’s their first release for Kill/Hurt records and is being treated to a very cool limited edition release on vinyl including the original 5 song EP and 3 extra tracks. The Record Company are Chris Vos (Vocals/Guitar), Alex Stiff (Bass/Vocals) and Marc Cazorla (Drums/Vocals). Since debuting, the band’s been ripping it up on the local music scene in LA; they’re a little bit Wood Brothers, a little bit Canned Heat and a lot of Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker. Below, listen to “Four Days Three Nights”
Feels So Good EP Track List
01. Feels So Good (3:56)
02. Roll Bones (3:18)
03. Hard Day Coming Down (3:51)
04. Baby I’m Broken (3:37)
05. Darlin’ Jane (4:05)
Side B (previously unreleased):
01. Never Gonna Cry For Me (9:01)
02. Four Days Three Nights (3:27)
03. Superdead Sessions #4 (8:10)
Pre-order the Feels So Good EP here.
A significant number of Fela Kuti records are now available on Bandcamp. Treat yourself here.
Majid Jordan is a duo from Toronto including singer/producer Majid Al-Maskati and multi-instrumentalist/producer Jordan Ullman. Part of Drake’s OVO camp, the duo were featured on Drizzy’s “Hold On,” resulting in a number of “who the heck is Majid Jordan” inquiries. Last August they released a mighty tight, soulful, and electro-R&B influenced EP, Afterhours that’s a must hear. Listen here.
Each week at WXPN, a local band records a session in the World Cafe studios. The Key Studio Sessions are curated and produced mostly by John Vettese, the editor of XPN’s The Key. Each session is made available as a free download. Below, download the latest compilation of bands that did sessions between September-December 2013.
Every year I struggle with same question: Are my favorite albums of the year also the best? Well, I decided long ago that the “favorite/best” concept was going to be my organizing principle, not copping to the music critic imperative to list “really cool” records that you listen to once or twice and file away forever. Here ya go. I listened to the Drake album every day since it was released. Some days twice.
1 – Drake, Nothing Was The Same
2 – Daft Punk, Random Access Memories
3 – Courtney Barnett, The Double EP – A Sea of Split Peas
4 – HAIM, Days Are Gone
5 – Parquet Courts, Light Up Gold
6 – Ariana Grande, Yours Truly
7 – Kanye West, Yeezus
8 – David Bowie, The Next Day
9 – Laura Mvula, Sing To The Moon
10 – Jonathan Wilson, Fanfare
11 – Chance The Rapper, Acid Rain
Jagwar Ma – Howlin’
Danny Brown – Old
Disclosure – Settle
Primal Scream – More Light
Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels
Jim James – Regions of Light and Sound of God
Autre Ne Veut – Anxiety
In case you’re wondering:
1 – I don’t get Lorde. Sorry.
Some of my favorite songs of the year are on this spotify playlist. Listen below:
There’s no denying this slice of Nigerian highlife by Easy Kabaka Brown, “Belema” from a new collection, Opotopo, on Soundway Records. According to Soundway, the LP was originally released and recorded by Philips / Phonogram in 1976 and only sold in very small numbers. Musically it’s a intriguing mix of mostly Nigerian highlife with a bit of afro-jazz sung in the language of Kalabari from the Delta region of Southern Nigeria.