Top Jam: “Carolina” by Royal Headache
From the first time I heard Royal Headache's lead singer, Shogun, open his mighty pipes I've contended he's a star, as in network TV performances, gossip mags and paparazzi, trapped in an indie-rockers body. Dude has a classic, soulful and scruffy voice like Rod Stewart, and in the right setting, like, say this video for the mid-tempo strummer, "Carolina," from the band's new album, High, out this Friday, it positively stuns.
Top Jam: “Do the Get Down” by Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
Some people find the incessant bragging of The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion to be off-putting. Like, we know you're the BLUES EXPLOSION, HOT DAMN, YOU TOLD US TEN TIMES ALREADY, AND WE WOULDN'T BE HERE IF WE DIDN'T WANT TO ROCK SO YOU CAN QUIT IT ALREADY.
Point taken, but, consider this: How many other acts with the audacity to claim their new record captures all of New York City, from disco and punk to the rent is too damn high, can actually pull off such a feat? THE ONE AND ONLY BLUES EXPLOSION.
Top Jam 2014: A Selection of the Year’s Best Albums and Tracks
Top jams need no rationale. Top jams are self evident, like our inalienable freedoms. Every once in a while, we need a reminder how precious these things can be. That's it. Hell, I shouldn't even need links and embeds. You should take one look at this list and exclaim, "Hot Damn! Those are some top jams!" And, for one moment, you and I will bond in all that was righteous in rock in 2014. Obnox, had the most righteous 2014, indeed.
Top Jam: “Learning Slowly” by Purling Hiss
Since the time Purling Hiss released their Drag City debut, Water on Mars, last year, there has been a steady stream of limited run reissues ...
Top Jam: “Do You” by Spoon
At their best, indie rock lifers, Spoon, make both the simple and the exquisite sound equally intuitive. And make no mistake about ...
Top Jam: “Fuckers” by Savages
From their outsanding debut album and their scorching live show, I knew the UK post-punk band, Savages, had loads of determination and I knew ...
Top Jam: “Hey Mr. Grey” by Bob Mould
Those who managed to catch Bob Mould during his 2013 tour where his set list spanned his career from early Husker Du songs, on to his '90s ...
Top Jam: “Not Time for the Blues” by the OBN IIIs
Are you still smarting from the limp effort at a single The Black Keys released yesterday? This track by the OBN IIIs, "No Time for the Blues," ...