Derek Nelson has been one of Chicago’s finest songwriters for about a decade now. He’s been the leader of at least two amazing bands, Derek Nelson & The Musicians and Martin Van Ruin, and is now releasing his debut solo album called Richer Soil. Last week he released the first single, “The Chosen Ones,” and today he is giving me the honor of premiering the … Continue reading Derek Nelson-U.R.Y.
I was lucky enough to receive a transmission from Italian musician Andrea Caccese a few days ago. Inside I found one of my favorite songs of the year so far. The Dead Rituals song “Closer” starts like a power pop cover of Mazzy Star and quickly evolves into an uptempo look at the back and forth of a relationship in various stages. The video, featuring animation … Continue reading Dead Rituals-Closer
Eight years ago I interviewed Ezra Furman ahead of the release of Mysterious Power, the last album he made with The Harpoons. Since that day I’ve been a die-hard fan, preaching the gospel of Ezra whenever possible. Fans of quality songwriting are always looking for the next Dylan, and while I don’t think that’s ever going to happen again, this is probably as close as … Continue reading Ezra Furman at Lincoln Hall 9/7/19
I’ve been sitting on this one for a long time. Back in May, Jeff Brown put out an album called 1000 Ways. I listened to it, and then got distracted with other things. My apologies to Jeff and to all of you who have been missing out on his beautiful song “Reykjavik.” The whole album is worth a listen, but this song demands attention. Recorded … Continue reading Jeff Brown-Reykjavik
Sharon Udoh, Adam Hardy, and Seth Daily play music under the name Counterfeit Madison. Yesterday the Columbus, OH musicians put out a brand new video for the song “So Much To Give.” The song is a dark chocolate confection with just a tinge of bitterness to help balance the sweet pop sounds. The video matches up with the cat-and-mouse game of pursuing a relationship with … Continue reading Counterfeit Madison-So Much To Give