Todd Kessler and the New Folk
Album: Sea Fever
If you watch NBC’s program, The Voice, you may be familiar with Todd Kessler, who appeared on season three of the show. I haven’t seen any of The Voice—not because of a holier-than-thou refusal to watch mainstream programs, but because I don’t have a television at school.
The return of Grammy nominated Shiny Toy Guns’ with the late October release ” III” enjoys the eloquent resurfacing of vocalist Carah Faye Charnow, and after the somewhat lackluster reception by early fans of “Season of Poison”, this new groove is cohesive, alluring and perhaps haunting. (more…)
Toadies – Play.Rock.Music. – Kirtland Records
Remember Toadies? Ya know, they had that song “Possum Kingdom,” and it was a big hit on Modern Rock radio back in 1995? You couldn’t avoid it, and it had all the benchmarks of a radio smash; a catchy chorus, airtight production, and mysterious lyrics that, from the outside, seemed like some variety of love song. Of course, it was much darker than that, alluding to vampirism over a decade before the Twilight Saga would create a money-printing business for all things blood-sucking. It would be their last taste of Billboard success, however, and it wasn’t long before Toadies were a distant memory to the mainstream set. Their next album was blocked from release by their label, Interscope, and in 2001, they disbanded; another piece of rubbish in the one-hit grunge bin.
Late in the decade, however, they reemerged on the small Dallas label, Kirtland Records, and have made something of a miraculous comeback, and Play.Rock.Music. is the latest in a recent surge of releases. If your only knowledge of these guys comes from the song “Possum Kingdom,” then your expectations are sure to be dashed the minute you press “Play.” (more…)