Dusty's Cultural Curiosities

Song of the Week: Pearl Jam - "Mind Your Manners"

Seems like only yesterday I featured Pearl Jam on the cover of Creem magazine in the early '90s. Yet Eddie Vedder and his bandmates continue to inspire and show no pretentious rock silliness in their music or approach to their business. As this new song proves, they still bring the noise, heat, and passion; from their forthcoming album Lightning Bolt. And don't miss their upcoming fall tour.

Video of the Week: !!! - "Californiyeah"

Pining for Cali, filmed (and busted) in a hotel elevator in Japan, universal groove courtesy of the punk-dance outfit !!!'s (chk chk chk) latest longplayer (their fifth) entitled THR!!!ER. Get into the groove...

Artist of the Month: Lily & Madeleine

Rare that I'm this knocked out by a new act, single, or album, but this works on all three fronts. Lily & Madeleine, two young sisters (16 & 18-years old) from Indianapolis, are certainly deserving of a wider audience. (Trust me, it will happen.) So many wonderful moments on their debut, but you'll have to groove on these two videos -- one more below -- until their debut drops on October 29th, 2013 on Asthmatic Kitty Records. Read more »

Video of the Week: Pokey LaFarge - "Central Time"

Throwback Dust Bowl Americana party time with Pokey LaFarge! A little Jimmy Rogers, some Leon Redbone, and plenty of pomade. Debut album was produced by Ketch Secor of Old Crow Medicine Show and released by Jack White’s Third Man Records.

Song of the Week: Broken Anchor - "Canada"

Check out this catchy lo-fi pop-rock nugget -- from Austin Hartley-Leonard's outfit Broken Anchor's fresh debut Fresh Lemonade -- that'll have you humming along in no time. For fans of Matthew Sweet, The Posies, et al! Album drops on September 17th.

Song of the Week: Public Service Broadcast - "Theme from PSB"

In my humble opinion this UK outfit -- Public Service Broadcast -- has released one of the best albums of the 2013, top to bottom. And if you've been reading my columns you know I don't like many this year. Here's a remix from said LP. Listen, buy, share, engage!

Video of the Week: Anna Rose - "Beautiful World"

Not to be denied, NY-based singer-songwriter Anna Rose's sophomore album, Behold A Pale Horseis released today, August 6th. Here's one of our favorite songs and her latest video from that album. Catch her live tomorrow night, August 7th, at Bowery Electric

Discovered Gyrls

Allison Burnett, an LA-based filmmaker friend, may have discovered a new revenue stream for struggling musicians and a way for indie filmmakers to afford quality music. While he was plotting the production of his latest film Undiscovered Gyrl (image above), he decided he didn't want his budget to be consumed by the cost of music publishing and sync rights for well-known songs. Instead he invited female singer-songwriters not much older than the protagonist to submit tracks to be considered for his movie. Unbelievably, he did this reach-out on Craig's List and soon had a hundred songs to chose from. Here's Mr. Burnett's take on his unprecedented song-gathering process: Read more »

Song of the Week: Gary Numan - "I Am Dust"

This is the sound of the modern era; the brand new track from electronica pioneer and LA-based Gary Numan. AI is alive and well and coursing through the veins of all homo sapiens and proof that robots do dream. His 20th album Splinter (Songs From A Broken Mind) will be released in North America on October 15th and touring from August through November. 

Death of the Album, Pt. 2 - July Singles

"You Are In Love" - Shannon Whitworth: High Tide (EF Records)

Damn, playing a Gibson SG never looked or sounded so sexy! Before the press folks dropped her new album on me, I didn't know of this compelling singer-songwriter formerly with the North Carolina outfit The Biscuit Burners. This is my pick hit from her new effort. Collaborating with bassist Bill Reynolds of Band of Horses has given her a chiming folk-rock vibe on her third solo effort. And tours with the Tedeschi Trucks Band and Chris Isaak certainly helped inform her "new" sound. Read more »

Single of the Week: Tony Joe White - "The Gift"

"The Gift" - Tony Joe White: Hoodoo (Yep Roc)

Two notes, a pinch of natural distortion from an old tweed tube git-tar amplifier, a short harmonica solo, and plenty of boogie chillen groove and attitude. It sounds too simple a formula, but it's not. Need a master of the form to pull it off. Enter veteran roots-rocker Tony Joe White -- 70 years young -- of "Polk Salad Annie" fame who rocks it for 4 minutes and 23 seconds on this amazingly engaging track from his new CD due in September.

Single of the Week: Kings of Leon - "Supersoaker"

Back with a corker! The Brothers with a Cousin Followill get some summer rock and roll on their first single from their sixth album Mechanical Bull, due Sept. 24th.

Song of the Week: Willy Mason - "Talk Me Down"

"Talk Me Down" - Willy Mason: Carry On (Communion)

US singer-songwriter Willy adds some Tom Waits boho clanking -- courtesy of Hot Chip producer Dan Carey no doubt -- to this simple, evocative tune and it keeps things percolating along quite nicely. Sharing a label and sometimes touring stage with fellow new folk artists Mumford & Sons seems like a logical bookend. Good thing, too, as we need more music like this, all the time. Three albums in and it's safe to say that this young man is a musical marvel.

Gig of the Week: The Main Squeeze

"Mixed Up" The Main Squeeze

Hot! Hot! Hot! The Main Squeeze!!! One of my favorite new live bands and I haven't even seen them live...yet. Do not miss this funky fresh jam band tomorrow night, Thursday, July 11th at 8 pm at Brooklyn Bowl! This young Chicago-based quintet is making big waves on the festival circuit -- Bonnaroo, Electric Forest and EquifunkWatch this video and you'll know why. Get off of that thang!

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