Max Reebo’s Pick of the Week: “The Devil Takes Care of His Own”

May 21, 2019 at 1:27 pm | Posted in Max Reebo Pick of the Week, Music, Regular Feature | Leave a comment

Max Reebo’s pick this week is “The Devil Takes Care of His Own” by Band of Skulls.

Band of Skulls is an English band from Southhampton that started out as Fleeing New York before changing their name in 2008. Their first album Baby Darling Doll Face Honey was a solid album with a lot of good songs and a great sound. In 2012 they followed up with Sweet Sour which included the track “The Devil Takes Care of His Own.”

Russel Marsden is on guitar and vocals, Emma Richardson on bass and vocals, and Matt Hayward on drums. So far they have four albums with a new one set to come out in April (Love Is All Your Love).

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Max Reebo’s Pick of the Week: “Them Shoes”

May 13, 2019 at 8:20 am | Posted in Max Reebo Pick of the Week, Music, Regular Feature | Leave a comment

Max Reebo’s pick this week is “Them Shoes” by Patrick Sweany.

Born in 1974 in Massillion, Ohio, Patrick Sweany is a guitarist and singer whose been peddling his muse since the late 1990’s. With twelve albums and a fluid line-up of band members, he hasn’t garnered much attention, at least none that I’ve ever heard of. However, this guy deserves it.

Patrick Sweany brings a sound that is a blast from the past. In 2007 he kicked out the album Every Hour is a Dollar Gone with the track “Them Shoes.” It sounds like a song straight out of the 60’s. The guitar is magnificent and mesmerizing. Enjoy.

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Max Reebo’s Pick of the Week: “Revival”

May 6, 2019 at 9:07 am | Posted in Max Reebo Pick of the Week, Music, Regular Feature | Leave a comment

Max Reebo’s pick this week is “Revival” by Thundermother.

Thundermother is a Swedish rock band out of Växjö (which calls itself the greenest city in Europe). They were founded in 2009 by Filippa Nässil and have had a varying lineup since then. The steady members of the band split in 2017, with two albums under the belts and in the middle of a tour. Filippa re-formed the band with her on guitar still, Guernica Mancini on vocals, Sara Pettersson on bass, and Emelie Johansson on drums. In 2018 they released their self-titled album Thundermother which includes the song “Revival”.

“Revival” is a rock song with some AC/DC sounding riffs that just catches my ear. I love it. There’s some good songs on the album, but another one in particular worth checking out is “Survival Song”.

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Max Reebo’s Pick of the Week: “Mickey Mouse and the Goodbye Man”

April 8, 2019 at 5:41 am | Posted in Max Reebo Pick of the Week, Music, Regular Feature | Leave a comment

Max Reebo’s pick this week is “Mickey Mouse and the Goodbye Man” by Grinderman.

Grinderman is a strange band of off key sounds combined into a symphony of intriguing chords. Nick Cave is on the vocals with some bizarre lyrics backed by Warren Ellis, Martyn P. Casey, and Jim Sclavunos on the instruments.

Grinderman was formed as a side project to the band Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds (which all four members are a part of). Their name came from a Memphis Slim song “Grinder Man Blues.” They only released two albums, Grinderman (2007) and Grinderman 2 (2010), before announcing they were done in 2011. One of my favorite songs from their two albums is the raucous “Mickey Mouse and the Goodbye Man.” It’s a song about werewolves, two brothers, and a killing spree.

It’s a symphony of noise that might not be for everyone.

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Max Reebo’s Pick of the Week: “Choctaw Bingo”

April 2, 2019 at 6:44 am | Posted in Max Reebo Pick of the Week, Music, Regular Feature | Leave a comment

Max Reebo’s pick this week is “Choctaw Bingo” by James McMurtry.

It may be true for many, and it certainly was for me. “Choctaw Bingo” is one of the best songs I’ve come across from a band I’ve never heard before. If you’ve never had the good fortune to hear James McMurtry, then it’s time to turn up the speakers for a spectacular jam about meth, guns, family, and the Midwest.

Born in Fort Worth, Texas in 1962, his mother was an English professor and his father the famous novelist Larry McMurtry (Lonesome Dove). Singer, songwriter, guitarist, and actor, James plays with his band The Heartless Bastards. Their first album, Too Long in the Wasteland, came out in 1989. Since then they’ve turned out twelve albums.

“Choctaw Bingo” appeared on their sixth album Saint Mary of the Woods in 2002. It’s just one of the many great songs by James McMurtry.

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Max Reebo’s Pick of the Week: “Medicine Man”

March 25, 2019 at 12:01 am | Posted in Max Reebo Pick of the Week, Music, Regular Feature | Leave a comment

Max Reebo’s pick this week is “Medicine Man” by Dorothy.

Dorothy is an Los Angeles band that formed around vocalist Dorothy Martin. In 2014 she released “After Midnight” with guitarist Mark Jackson, bassist Gregg Cash, and drummer Zac Morris. From there they continued to release singles and each garnered success, leading up to an EP (Dorothy, 2014) and then a full album (Rockisdead, 2016). The band changed lineups for their second album, 28 Days in the Valley (2018). Their current lineup is Dorothy Martin (vocals), Owen Barry (guitar), Eli Wulfmeier (guitar), Eliot Lorango (bass), and Jason Ganberg (drums). In my opinion, their second album isn’t as good as their first, but it’s still worth a listen.

“Medicine Man” is off their first album and is a great song. That entire album is pretty solid with great track after great track, most of them much more up beat and classic rock than “Medicine Man” but this one adds some variety to the playlist. Enjoy!

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Max Reebo’s Pick of the Week: “Young Liars”

March 18, 2019 at 1:18 pm | Posted in Max Reebo Pick of the Week, Music, Regular Feature | Leave a comment

Max Reebo’s pick this week is “Young Liars” by TV on the Radio.

There are songs that are fun, some that make you want to dance, and others that take you away in arms of their rhythm. “Young Liars” by TV on the Radio is a song that just captures the beauty of sound with whimsical vocals and a crafty beat.

Formed in 2001, TV on the Raido is a Brooklyn band with five albums. Tunde Adebimpe is on vocals, David Andrew Sitek is on guitar, keyboards, drums, and other instruments, Kyp Malone is on vocals, guitar, and bass, and Gerard Smith and Jaleel Bunton are on various instruments. The song “Young Liars” showed up on an EP with the same name in 2003 which garnered critical acclaim.

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Max Reebo’s Pick of the Week: “Long Black Train”

March 11, 2019 at 10:25 am | Posted in Max Reebo Pick of the Week, Music, Regular Feature | Leave a comment

Max Reebo’s pick this week is “Long Black Train” by House of Freaks.

I had never heard of the band House of Freaks before, but Pandora thought I might be interested. While I’m still not certain they have anything else to offer, there is one song they pulled off that’s absolutely brilliant: “Long Black Train.” This was off of their first album, Monkey on a Chain Gang (1987).

House of Freaks was formed back in the 80’s with just two band members: Bryan Harvey on vocals and guitar; Johnny Hott on percussion. From 1987 to 1994, they turned out five albums (one of them an EP). Afterwards the band broke up with both members joining the supergroup Gutterball. They did two albums, then Hott moved on to the band Cracker. Sadly, Bryan Harvey was murdered along with his wife and children on New Year’s Day 2006. While Bryan Harvey is no longer with us, his music will live on.

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Max Reebo’s Pick of the Week: “Head”

March 4, 2019 at 11:38 am | Posted in Max Reebo Pick of the Week, Music, Regular Feature | Leave a comment

Max Reebo’s pick this week is “Head” by Mark Lanegan.

Through the wonder of Pandora Radio, I came across an artist named Mark Lanegan. Born in 1964 in Ellensburg, Washington, USA, he’s been cranking out music since 1985. Starting out in a band called the Screaming Trees, he ventured into a solo career in 1990, and in 2000 joined Queens of the Stone Age for a few of their albums. He’s also formed a band called The Gutter Twins in 2003.

The album that caught my ear is Blues Funeral by the Mark Lanegan Band. Mark Lanegan does the vocals, guitar is shared between Alain Johannes, Aldo Struyf, David Rosser, David Catching, Chris Goss, and Josh Homme between the various tracks. Alain Johannes and Martyn LeNoble handle the bass. Jack Irons is on drums. Alain Johannes also does percussion, keyboards (along with Aldo Struyf), and backing vocals. Guest musicians include Chris Goss, Greg Dulli, and Shelly Brien with backing vocals. The album has twelve tracks (plus a bonus track on the Japanese album). My favorites include “The Gravedigger’s Song”, “Bleeding Muddy Water”, “St. Louis Elegy”, “Phantasmagoria Blues”, and “Leviathan.” The songs have a great sound to them that’s unique, resonant, and sometimes haunting. While I did not buy the entire album, I did pick off the songs I liked, and it launched me into a hunt for more songs. That’s what led me to “Head.”

“Head” is a song by Mark Lanegan on his 2004 album Bubblegum. Also released as Mark Lanegan Band, this song is by far my favorite. It’s upbeat, catchy, and a great song for any playlist. It’s alternative rock that fits in with a lot of musical styles. Mix it with some Nine Inch Nails, AC/DC, whatever floats your boat. There’s a lot of musicians listed for the album, so for more details check out wikipedia.

If you liked that, you might also like “Hit the City” and “Wedding Dress” which are also on the album.

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Max Reebo Pick of the Week: “Number with No Name”

February 25, 2019 at 7:25 am | Posted in Max Reebo Pick of the Week, Music, Regular Feature | Leave a comment

Max Reebo’s pick this week is “Number with No Name” by Ben Harper and Relentless7 from their album White Lies for Dark Times.

Relentless7 was formed in 2008 by singer and guitarist Ben Harper with Jason Mozersky on guitar, Jesse Ingalls on bass and Jordan Richardson on drums. Their first album White Lies for Dark Times was released in 2009. Outside of Relentless7, Ben Harper has done several albums, sometimes by himself and others with different backing bands.

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