New Music Friday – The Bats

Jangle-rock band The Bats just released The Deep Set, their 11th studio album. Never heard of them? Well, it’s your lucky day then.

Here’s “No Trace”:

Love and kisses.


I Haz Regrettes

Well, at least I haz The Regrettes in my list of new music. The band is an LA-based punk outfit, and their sound is definitely punky with a 60’s garage-band twist. The new album, Feel Your Feelings Fool! is streaming on Spotify.  Here’s a taste:

“A Living Human Girl”


Love and kisses.

Upcoming – Tift Merritt

I’ve been a fair-to-middlin’ fan of Tift Merritt’s for awhile, never really grabbing on, even though I like her. It really is inexplicable, especially when I listen to her excellent 2004 album, Tambourine, which featured both Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench.

Her latest, Stitch of the World will be released on the Yep Roc label at the end of the month, and this lovely little song is out in the cloud for preview.

“Love Soldiers On”


Love and kisses.


Best of 2016 – A Final Barrage of Tunes

This is one final barrage of goodness from 2016. Looking forward to another year of good tunes coming up, so happy, tuneful 2017!

Rogue Wave – “California Bride”

case/lang/viers – “Best Kept Secret”

Radiohead – “Burn the Witch”

M. Ward – “Confession”

Jeff Beck – “Right Now”

Cullen Omori – “Cinnamon”

Love and kisses!

Best of 2016 -Amos Lee

Holiday break is over.  Let’s get back to it, folks.

In a world where lesser talents (like Mr. Kardashian) get most of the attention, guys like Amos Lee (real name: Ryan Anthony Massaro) keep building and plugging away.  Since 2005, the guy has released 6 albums, had songs placed in films and television shows, and has supported tours for Merle Haggard, Bob Dylan, and Norah Jones. He tours as a solo as well, mostly in clubs and cozy theaters. Not bad for a former second grade teacher.

Here’s “Vaporize” from his 2016 album, Spirit.

Love and kisses.

Best of 2016 – Lissie

I know I posted a couple of Lissie’s releases from My Wild West, so I want to include her in the best of 2016.  Lissie recorded this album after she gave up living in California to return to her midwest roots.  Here’s an autobiographical take on life in Hollywood.

Her official video is interesting, with footage included from her attempt to become an actual Hollywood star, so the song provides a soundtrack.

I don’t think she failed, even though she returned home. Like it says in her lyric, “And if it hurts, it means you’ll grow.” It’s never a fail if you learn a valuable life lesson.

Love and kisses.