Postmodern Jukebox – The Essentials – Vinyl – Concord/Decca – Review

A few weeks ago we were given the opportunity to review the live show of, Youtube sensation, Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox in Manchester. This week we will review the Vinyl version of The Essentials album which has been released this month.

We tested out the two Vinyls on a 1950’s Monarch record player and it certainly looked the part !

This album could be seen as the “best of” collection for PMJ and contains 18 tracks spread across 2 LPs. Its contains many of the tracks from the ten track “Now That’s What I Call Vintage” album previously released by PMJ.

Full of clever arrangements by Scott Bradlee the album reinvents modern (and some other popular) songs into a mixture of Vintage styles. The varying vocalists make for a much more interesting album with each performer adding there own individual spin to the song.

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The Album was also Produced,Arranged,Mixed and Mastered by Scott Bradlee which is certainly an impressive feat.

          The Tracks Included:

  1. We Can’t Stop Starring
  2. Maps
  3. Creep
  4. All About That Bass
  5. No Diggity
  6. I Believe In A Thing Called Love
  7. My Heart Will Go On
  8. Royals
  9. Stacy’s Mom
  10. Rude
  11. Sweet Child O’Mine
  12. Thrift Shop
  13. Burn
  14. Seven Nation Army
  15. Sorry
  16. Halo
  17. Hey Ya
  18. Such Great Heights

The stand out tracks on the album are: Sweet Child O’ Mine, Royals, Burn and Seven Nation Army. These we would say are the hits of album and if you had to condense the album would be the tracks you would keep.

An interesting quirk of the album was that one of sleeves contained instruction on how to make cocktails to go with the music. Its certainly a nice album for collectors and vinyl certainly suits the style of music they are playing. Its great to see a resurgence in the popularity of Vinyl and Physical music.

Certainly a good album to get if you are a fan of Postmodern Jukebox. The album is also available as CD and Digital Download and you can visit PMJ’s store by clicking purchase here below.

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The John Lindberg Trio – Straight From The Heart – New Album Out Now

Since 2006 the John Lindberg Trio from Sweden have released an amazing seven albums. The last four have made it into the top 5 of the Swedish album charts and the band have seen a huge increase in popularity around the globe.

They have recently released a brand new album called: Straight From The Heart  a future Rockabilly classic. They also have a new member of the band with Nathanael Marcusson joining as the bassist!

A thing we certainly like about the band is the fact that they are truly a modern Rockabilly band. JLT are not stuck in the same old rut that many Rockabilly acts fall into and have taken on other influences.

Certainly a band to watch out for !! Some excellent Rockin’ music comes out of Scandinavia. Other names to look out for include The Hub Caps and Joakim Tinderholt.

Listen To More Here

When I Wanted To – Joe Jack Band – Moondream Records

Moondream Records have been making some great steps as a new rocking record label. Moondream Artists have seen Airplay all around the world including the BBC. The label have just announced they will be releasing a single by the American Rockabilly duo – Joe Jack Band.

From a quick listen to the promo I can tell you its a real rocker. The upright bass really drives the song and the artwork’s pretty cool too :

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Keep an eye on the Moondream Twitter page for more on this release –

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Three New Vinyl Releases On R.W.A

Rockstar Records and Richard Weise Archives are about to release three new vinyl records on the 28th.

Featuring: The Cochran Brothers (yep includes Eddie), Ray Campi and George Jones !!

The Cochran Brothers – Latch On with The Cochran Brothers

These rare re-releases of the classics are sure to give you something good to dance to and treasure.

Take a visit to the store to pick up your copy today  – Rockstar Records Store

Chuck Berry

Im sure you will of all by now heard the sad news of the death of the legend Chuck Berry. This week we decided we would share some of his greatest songs and one of the many covers by other artists of his songs. He also has a new album coming out on the 16th of June called “CHUCK”.

Kicking things off here is his most famous:

 

Heres one of his more cheeky numbers:

 

Heres a song which certainly “inspired” a certain Beach Boys song :

Heres the one and only  JD McPherson’s cover of Carol:

Max Hixon – Lovesick Loverboy – Review

Last week we took a look at Max Hixon’s Lovesick Loverboy single.

Yesterday Max released his first Album by the same title. Max has not only written & produced every song on the album, but has impressively performed it all himself painstakingly mulitracking each instrument.

He also edited the videos himself (with a little help to shoot them).

As we said last week the title track Lovesick Loverboy is truly outstanding and we are pleased to say that the rest of the album follows suit.

One thing we really did like is the tracks all sound individual and doesn’t all blend into one mass of noise like many albums we are sent.

Heres the track rundown: (See last weeks post for Track one)

Track 2 – “Picture Of Perfection” is a classic late 50’s early 60’s pop song which could be compared to songs like: Unchained Melody or The Great Pretender.

Track 3- “What Has Happened To Our Love” is a Del Shannon inspired song and has a really cool feel to it with an Organ making an appearance.

Track 4 -“Loneliest Man” is a moody stripped back Rockabilly Blues number with hints of songs like “All I Can Do Is Cry” about it.

Track 5 -“Loveless Arrangement” is a refreshingly modern sounding song which seems to be inspired by artists like Dion.

Track 6 – “Stolen Heart” is bound to be a new Rockabilly classic.

Track 7 – “Daydream Girl” is a simpler song with some catchy upright bass work.

Track 8 – “Where You Hidin’ Baby” Another very contemporary take on the Rockabilly sound.

Track 9 – “Dream On” – We’d say this one would fit onto a Dreamboats and Petticoats album pretty well.

Track 10 – “Tonight Is All For You” – This track really complements “Dream On” and has great pace to it.

Track 11 – “Call Somebody Honey” – A much heavier Rockabilly song with hints of Imelda May and Brian Setzer.

Track 12 – “Finally Fall In Love” – This acoustic track is like a part B to Picture Of Perfection and is a really great way to end the album.

Well done Max a fantastic debut album which we would call a: Gold Album

You can purchase yourself a copy of the CD here:

  https://www.maxhixonmusic.com/buy-cd

Postmodern Jukebox – Album & Tour !!

Im sure you’ve heard of the viral Youtube sensation that is Postmodern Jukebox. They are well known for taking the hits of today and giving them a full on vintage styled makeover.

It all started as a bedroom project for US Jazz pianist called Scott Bradlee and has now gained over 650 Million youtube views.

The group was pleased to announce to us that they are now releasing their major label debut album called The Essentials ( released by Decca/Concord) in the UK on April 6th alongside this will be an exiting run of live shows, kicking off in sunny Bournemouth on Feb 27th and culminating in 2 nights at London’s Hammersmith Apollo on March 23rd & 24th.

The album will be a great introduction to the world of PMJ or a great release for all those in love with the youtube sensation.It will include eighteen tracks including favourites such as; Seven Nation Army, Hey Ya, All About The Bass and My Heart Will Go On.

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Bradlee writes “It’s my hope that this collection will lead you to discover a world of nostalgia for the music of the past – regardless of where you were born – and welcome you warmly into our community of amazing live performers, creative artists, and music lovers that are dedicated to keeping #RealMusic alive.”

They look forward to seeing  you at one of these excellent tour dates:

Monday 27th February – 02 Academy Bournemouth

Tuesday 28th February – Corn Exchange, Cambridge

Wednesday 1st March – Brighton Dome

Friday 3rd March – 02 Apollo Manchester

Sunday 5th March – Waterfront Hall, Belfast

Monday 6th March – Vicar Street, Dublin

Tuesday 7th March – Vicar Street, Dublin

Thursday 9th March – Newcastle City Hall

Wednesday 10th March – Sheffield City Hall

Thursday 11th March – Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Friday 12th March – Liverpool Philharmonic

Tuesday 14th March – 02 Academy Leeds

Wednesday 15th March – Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow

Friday 17th March – 02 Academy Birmingham

Saturday 18th March – Plymouth Pavilions

Monday 20th March – Colston Hall, Bristol

Thursday 23rd March – Eventim-Apollo, London

Friday 24th March – Eventim-Apollo, London

Look out for our future reviews of PMJ !!!!