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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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

 

News and Thanks !

Hi everyone ! Its been two weeks since we launched the blog and we have been overwhelmed by the amount of great responses and support we have received. we have over 100 followers on WordPress and countless others checking in with us from all around the world.

We have some exiting new content coming your way including an interview with blog favourites Sharna-Mae and The Mayhems. We will also try to keep you up to date with Bopflix and other great videos that are posted online.

Aswell as Rockabilly we will also be looking to more of the Ameripolitan and Western Swing music as requested ( Jason James, Dale Watson,Quebe Sisters, Asleep At The Wheel).

Rob Ryan Roadshow – Live In The Park, Montreux Jazz Festival – Rhythm Bomb Records

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The first ever review of a (eighteen track ) live album is this offering by The Rob Ryan Roadshow. A great Country/Rockabilly/Roots band from Germany, Italy and of course the US ( Rob Ryan himself). The band have seen a lot of success opening for acts such as Imelda May and The Boss Hoss and being signed to the famous Rhythm Bomb Records.

Being a live album there are some differences to what you might usually find on an album. Firstly the recording quality isn’t up to the standard of  the best studio releases, however Alex Ott has done a great job and has kept the feel of a live gig in the album. Secondly there are occasional mistakes in the playing but these are easily forgiven, just part of a live gig.

The music itself is a real mix. Take a large bit of Country, a good dash of Rockabilly, add some roots Rock and a hint of Bluegrass and you might have an idea of how they sound.

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A quick Roadshow Rundown:

Track one is called “Not Good Enought” a real rockin’ song with hints of Dwight Yoakam. A real driving song packed full of energy and growly guitar work. Sadly it can be hard to hear the lyrics at times.Track two is “Highway Man” a pretty good song. I’d say it has a George Strait feel with the laid backness of a classic rockabilly tune.

Track three is called “Truck Drivin’ Man” which sounds sort of similar to Honky Tonk Woman by the Rolling Stones mixed with some crazy Setzeresc Rockabilly guitar.Again in places it can be hard to hear the lyrics. The fourth track “Mind Your Own Business” is like a classic Hank Williams “Move It On Over” sort of tune dirtied up and a little bluesy.

“Rollin With Jesus” is where the bluegrass influence comes in but its well and truly electrified and thought a religious title may put some people off its definitely not one to miss and even includes a little yodel !! “Call Me Shorty” is a bit of a classic tune, you know lyrics about Cadillacs and that !

Track seven “Pick Me Up”is where the band starts to mellow to give Mr Ryan’s voice a bit of time to relax. It’s a nice tune with some lovely guitar work.”Goin Out Drinkin” is a fast Rockabilly/Western Swing number with some Cliff Gallup inspired soloing.

The song “Good Rockin” contains some unnecessary swearing. They seem to be trying to crowbar “motherf*cking” into the lyric, it doesn’t really work. However it is still a very Country kick ass song.”Plain Jane” is a stripped back number which suits the title.”Stay In Bed” features a good chord sequence and some tasty instrumental work.

“Not Anymore” is a real highlight of the album the energy is back !! “Cold Hard Truth” is a really cool song as well a definite favourite. “Heaven Yes” however isn’t quite up to the same standard and a little too repetitive (but then maybe “Cold Hard Truth” was a hard act to follow !).Track 15 has them back to the electrified bluegrass sound with the appropriately named “Bluegrass Song” !

“Full Time Lovin’ Man” is a fast paced sexual song like a countryfied dirty Jerry Lee tune with some nice little whoops here and there ! “Good Hearted Woman” is a more chilled out song nice clear acoustic guitar and sounds really traditional. And finally “Monkey Beat Heaven” roughs things back up again for the grand finale !

http://www.therobryanroadshow.com/ – The Website


Recording Quality (out of ten): 8

Authenticity (out of ten): 8

Songwriting (out of ten): 6

Enjoyment (out of ten): 8 

Overall Score (out of 40): 30 

Silver Album