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.

Purchase Here

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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

Max Hixon – Lovesick Loverboy – The Single – Out Now !

We are always happy to introduce you to  a new artist and we are really loving this new single by British Singer/Songwriter Max Hixon. Its a real catchy proper rockabilly track with modern lyric writing.

The Songwriting is absolutely top notch and i’m sure Max will become a new favourite for many of our readers. Easily on a level with some of the ReChords or Bellfuries releases which is really saying something.

The bassline is reminiscent of a classic sun early Elvis or Johnny Cash tune.The double bass doubled by the guitar makes it a central part of the piece. The vocals are very clear and you can hear every word. Overall a really nice mix.

He is also one of the first artists on the newly formed Moondream Records which we are sure will have a promising future if this single is anything to go by.

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After this strong single we are looking forward to hearing all the songs on his debut album due later this month which we will be reviewing for you.

Support the artist and buy the single here :

Google Play

Amazon

ITunes

Preorder the album on :

Amazon UK

Amazon USA

Vist Max’s Website: Here

GOLD SINGLE

 

Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox – Manchester – o2 Apollo – 3rd of March – Review

We were recently given the chance to watch a live performance of Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox live at the O2 Apollo in Manchester.

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The venue’s Art Deco style itself was very appropriate for the bands styles of music and aided in setting the scene for the night. Many of the people who had come to watched also dressed up. Lots of the girls had done vintage hair styles (victory rolls everywhere). There was a real sense of excitement in the air and atmosphere.

The show was hosted by a confident Ariana Savalas in a quirky cool manner, with a jet lagged Scott Bradlee making an appearance towards the end of the show. They celebrated the success of the group and featured many songs from the viral youtube videos.

The show opened up very strong with Von Smith’s rendition of Call Me Maybe backed by the talented band with the very cool drummer. Other highlights included the three girls singing “Bye, Bye, Bye” and of course “Blank Space”. The crowd also loved Casey Abrams’s All About The Bass skills.

Giving the vocalists a break, the band played a medley of songs with a tap dancer.

When Scott Bradlee arrived he asked for requests to play on piano by the audience.Being a Manchester gig, a large portion of the audience cried out Wonderwall ! When he asked for another song the cried out “Wonderwall again, Wonderwall everytime” in the end he got some different songs to add in and played a mix of “Thriller”,”Ghostbusters theme”,”Wonderwall”,”Piano Man” and “Heart Of Glass”.

The show included all manner of entertainment; tap dancing, fun instruments, flowers thrown and even a little bit of a lap dance !

An enjoyable evening, recreating the vibe of the videos.Though would of even better if Haley Reinhart and Robyn Adele Anderson had joined them too !

We spoke to two of the other people who had attended after the show heres what they had to say:

  • “A little surprised when Scott Bradlee turned up about three quarters of the way through to be honest. I thought he would of been playing the piano the whole way through.”
  • “Amazing, what a night, absolutely cracked up at wonderwall”

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 !!!!