Dusty's Cultural Curiosities

Song of the Week: Black Sabbath - "God is Dead?"

Black Sabbath -- Ozzy, Bill Ward, Tony Iommi are back! Along with Rage Against the Machine drummer Brad Wilk and producer Rick Rubin. New album 13 drops in June.

Song of the Week: Treetop Flyers - "Things Will Change"

Terrific folk-rock tune from the Treetop Flyers' forthcoming debut album The Mountain Moves. Listen and share...

Hell Yes, Bob Kidney Has the Blues - 4 Decades On!

Kidney Brothers: Coal Tattoo (Hearpen)

Having grown up and worshipped from afar, forced to do so after I moved to NYC, there are few bands still playing live -- four decades later -- worthy of my unbridled accolades and devotion but so it is with the heady agro-blues of 15-60-75 AKA The Numbers Band. If you dig music and happen to hail from Northeast Ohio, you know what I'm talking about. Having followed their entire career, I can proudly boast that I'm one of their biggest fans. Yet, it's no leap of faith or youthful nostalgia.

If you've seen them live, regardless of the decade, then you know the passion and verve that the brothers Kidney -- singer/guitarist Bob and harpist/sax/keyboardist/vocalist Jack -- share with their audience, regardless of the size, every single time they take the stage.  Read more »

Best of March Music - Rock, Soul, Jazz

"Ingenue" Atoms for Peace: Amok (XL Recordings)

Thom Yorke, Flea, long time Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, session drummer Joey Waronker, and percussionist Mauro Refosco have conjured up some heady experimental rock and electronica juju on this album of Radiohead-like alt-dance and fragmented rock tunes. Much of what I hear on this album had its roots in Radiohead's Amnesiac -- vague lyrics, off-kilter rhythms, Yorke's falsetto vocal phrases. Get your groove on, like Thom does in the video above. Read more »

Video of the Week: Foxygen

Watch this snappy retro-forward tune -- "San Francisco" -- from the duo Foxygen. It's from their debut We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic (Jagjaguwar) and way worth the effort.

Video of the Week: Brendan Benson

"Happy Most of the Time" from one of my favorite pop rocker's last album What Kind of World. Directed by Myke Adams, it stars the youngest Brendan Benson fans on the planet.

Video of the Week: David Bowie

Here's the second single -- "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)" -- from the forthcoming Bowie album, The Next Day (Columbia) to be released on March 12th. Dig Tilda Swinton and the rest of the cast. Top notch job by director Floria Sigismondi. Enjoy.

The Jim & Buddy Show

Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale
Thursday, February 21, 2013
The Bowery Ballroom, NYC

Some music needs to be heard in concert to be fully appreciated. No amount of spin doctoring by journalists or peer pressure from fanatical fans can justify an act unless one catches said act live. Best to let the music do the talking in a live music venue and judge said act accordingly. And so it was, again, last night at Bowery Ballroom where Jim Lauderdale and Buddy Miller performed a well-crafted, expertly executed set of Americana music that was exhilarating, entertaining, and well, just plan fun. Read more »

Happy Valentine's Day - The Sway Machinery

Happy Valentine's Day from one of our favorite Brooklyn-based bands The Sway Machinery; limited FREE DOWNLOAD sneak peak from their forthcoming EP MONSTERS OF THE ANCIENT WORLD.

Amor de Días - Video of the Week!

Here's the official music video for "Jean's Waving" by Amor de Días, the long-term collaboration between Alasdair MacLean (The Clientele) and Lupe Núñez-Fernández (Pipas), and directed by Grant Wilkinson. They've just released their sophomore album The House at Sea.

Best of January Music - Concerts, Leftovers, Prince

"Ode to the Summer" Syd Arthur On and On (Harvest)

Prog is back! This young U.K.-based quartet -- guitar, violin, bass, drums -- borrows more from Gentle Giant than from the sound of its hometown of Canterbury, i.e., bands such as Caravan, Soft Machine, Egg, or Gong. I've not enjoyed a progressive rock record this much since I first fell in love with the art-prog of Hatfield & the North -- thanks, Harvey! -- back in the '70s and more recently the psych-prog of Porcupine Tree and the metal-prog of Mars Volta. Well played, lads. Read more »

The Mr. Gray Show - Comic Conned - Episode 2

Agent BJ, Sky Windu, and the ever-floating Mr. Gray scour New York ComicCon 2012 for the elusive "William." But who is "William" and why is Mr. Gray hellbent on finding him? And why is producer Marvin Felber stalking actor RICHARD KIND? Tune in to find out more... Music by Ralph Carney and Jonathan Sherrill. MrGrayShow.com.

New David Bowie Song!

"Where Are We Now?" (click link to buy) was produced by the artist's longtime cohort Tony Visconti. The Next Day will be available in Australia on March 8, in the US on March 12 and in the rest of the world on March 11th. Pre-order deluxe version (3 bonus tracks).

Best 12 Albums for 2012

Wasn't easy to whittle this list down to 10, let alone 11, so I picked 12 for 12-12-12. A few of these selections were last minute additions that knocked two other picks out of top spots. Moreover, I decided to include twelve more picks at the end of my selections to show what else was being considered.

Nada Surf The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy (Barsuk)

I've not seen this album on any critics' year-end lists (aside from my managing editor Steve's list, obviously). Not sure why, because Nada Surf released a timeless collection of alt pop-rock songs. This is songwriting 101 -- verse, chorus, verse, bridge. If there is a better pop-rock band in America, let me know. Twenty years in and no sign of lazy rock star bullshit, just plenty of great chiming guitar riffs and hooky-as-hell tunes. Album of the year. Read more »

Thankful For Some Tasty New Rock Music!

Happy Thanksgiving. It's been a terrific month for mining new music. I caught an advance screening of Led Zeppelin's new concert movie at MoMA (and their press conference), discovered what may be my favorite album of the year, and found inspiring young musicians sharing their chops and muses with the world. With the holidays around the corner, here are some early suggestions for music very much worth sharing with friends, lovers, bosses, and family.  Read more »

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