Y La Bamba is the musical nom de plume of Luz Elena Mendoza. Menodza formed the group in 2006 in Portland, Oregon, and created an eclectic mix of folk, ethereal pop, and traditional Latin music. The daughter of immigrants from Michoacan, Mexico, she’s worked with an evolving cast of players on her records, however at the heart of Y La Bamba is Mendoza’s musical vision. Continue reading →
If the legendary soul singer and songwriter Marvin Gaye were still alive, he’d have turned 80 on April 2nd. On March 29, fans of the musician will get a bittersweet gift: Gaye’s lost album, You’re the Man, recorded in 1972.
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Tom Petty’s new two-disc collection, The Best of Everything: The Definitive Career Spanning Hits Collection 1976-2016 includes many of Petty’s best known songs. Songs like “Breakdown,” “Listen To Her Heart,” “Free Falling,” and dozens more. The Best of Everything includes solo Petty, Tom with the Heartbreakers, and Mudcrutch. Continue reading →
Texas Chicano soul music is given the spotlight on an excellent new collection of new music that celebrates the influence of soul and R&B on Latin music in the 50s and 60s.
Look at My Soul: The Latin Shade of Texas Soul pays tribute to the sounds of old with new recordings, produced and spearheaded by producer and musician Adrian Quesada, who has performed with Grupo Fantasma, Brownout, The Echocentrics, and other bands. Continue reading →
Singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and whistler Andrew Bird releases his finest work yet, My Finest Work Yet, on March 22nd. With violin as is his primary instrument, his finest work yet is the followup to 2017’s Echolocations: River, the second in a series of records he made primarily using field recordings. Continue reading →
Meat Puppets are back with their first new album since 2015, and it was recorded by the band’s original lineup of brothers Curt and Cris Kirkwood, and drummer Derek Bostrom. Continue reading →
Morrissey’s cover of “Back On The Chain Gang,” originally on Pretenders’ 1984 album, Learning To Crawl, is a bonus song that he released for the deluxe edition of his recent album, Low In High School. Pretenders once covered Morrissey’s “Everyday Is Like Sunday” on their 1994 Last of The Independents release. Continue reading →