Joseph Arthur & Peter Buck To Release Debut Album


Joseph Arthur and Peter Buck of R.E.M. fame will release their debut album, Arthur Buck, on June 15th, 2018 via New West Records.

The 11-song set was produced by Joseph Arthur and mixed by Tchad Blake (U2, Pearl Jam, The Black Keys) with all of its songs co-written by the duo.

In their rave review of the album, Uncut Magazine in the U.K. stated that the “Veterans sound renewed on the anthem-filled collaboration” and said of its lead off track, “Buck’s chiming acoustic pattern on ‘I Am The Moment’ echoes the sylvan glory of R.E.M.’s Out Of Time, setting up the LP’s prevailing theme of hopeful anticipation.”

NPR Music is streaming the entire album as a First Listen. They state, “They’re resolute and forward-looking, sunny and often sly wake-up calls that use a full complement of tricks — Oasis-style rock anthems, hip-hop pastiche, odd funk pockets — to lure listeners into the desired zone of expanded awareness.” Adding, ” When Arthur hits an important idea, Buck is there with his six-string highlighter to reinforce it. And when it’s time to translate the zenspeak, Buck lets his guitar do the talking – there are several absolutely thrilling eight-bar solo breaks here.” And “They cast the search for perspective as a kind of quest, and suggest that in a destabilized environment like this one, the first step in ‘being the change’ involves simply seeking a precious moment of clarity.”

Hear the album in full HERE.

The collaboration was established after the pair met up in Mexico near the end of 2017. They wrote eight songs in three days and on the fourth day, performed them for a handful of Baja locals near Buck’s home. Arthur says, “My first thought was, ‘Hey, I’ll get Peter to play acoustic guitar on some of the stuff I’m working on!’ So I started showing him songs. But he was like, ‘That’s cool. Now check this out.’ And he started playing chords and whatnot. So I put my guitar down and began singing over his changes, and it was magical. It was easy. And these great songs just started popping out.”

The two musicians have a history that stretches back decades; among other pairings, Arthur opened many shows for R.E.M. in the early 2000s, while Buck has backed Arthur on numerous occasions. Both Arthur and Buck have said that these songs differ from their other recording projects and while speaking with Rolling Stone, Buck said “It was really spontaneous and kind of magical in its own way, as [being in Mexico] we were kind of disconnected from everything.” Arthur added, “All of a sudden it was like I had this musical partner and friend, and that relieved the music of the burden of the self, if that makes sense.” Of his new bandmate, Buck stated, “Joe is going through that searching period we all go through in life. And those experiences he’s having make this a very forward-looking record, lyrically. The music has a questing kind of feel. We were making it up as we went along.


West Coast Beats: Indie Power Pop Band The Tiny Stills


Tiny Stills is a power pop band from Los Angeles influenced by Courtney Barnett, That Dog, and 90s/00s rock.  Their first album, Falling is like Flying was released in 2014 and was a direct response to the isolation and anxiety that comes from life changing events after front-person and founding member Kailynn West was held up at gunpoint.

It’s upbeat and pop-y melodies were born from a desire to make something that felt and sounded nothing like the she felt at the time – happy. Since then, West has been the nucleus of the project with a rotating cast of band members, but most recent lineup includes Harry Foster (bass), Zach Comtois (guitar), and Tony Thaxton (drums).

After a last minute lineup change left an opening on a national tour with Bayside’s Anthony Raneri and A.W. in 2015, front woman Kailynn West stepped in at the last minute to complete the tour as Tiny Stills and has been running ever since.



The band’s highly anticipated second album Laughing Into the Void, out now, is full of tattoo-worthy lyrics, brutal honesty, crunchy guitars and catchy melodies that help you remember that even the worst days have a silver lining- at least you’re not alone.

On the new album, front-woman Kailynn West shares: “We wanted to make a great power pop record that made us feel good – something that made us wanna dance when we felt like everything was going wrong. Whether that was by being really honest or just good guitar riff that we liked, we just wanted to be happy… Making this record was a really cathartic and freeing experience.”






A Sound Recommendation: Alt Rockers Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son


Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son are an Alt-Rock/Punk band from New Jersey, who utilizes catchy choruses, loud guitars, and insightful lyrics in their energetic and explosive live show.

The band was formed in December 2010 under the name “Seventh Son” in East Brunswick, NJ by Mahoney, Jon Alba, and Drew Agey. Originally intended for a single show, the band quickly caught on locally and began to play the New Jersey rock circuit.

The alt-punk rockers released their self-titled album in March.  Check out the album’s first single “Empty Passenger Seats.

On the record, Bobby Mahoney shares, “We went into the studio last summer with a handful of new songs, and some new ideas for a few older tunes, with the goal of capturing a clear example of what we do as a band. I wanted the songs to speak for themselves, and to convey our live energy, and I think we were successful. We loved writing and playing these songs, and I think you can hear that on the record.”



New Music From Canadian Chanteuse Jill Barber


Jill Barber has become renowned for writing songs that evoke feelings of a bygone era.

At first listen, what sets Jill Barber apart is her distinctive voice. But it’s her ability to write an immediately memorable song that has made her one of Canada’s most recognizable artists.

Barber released the video for “Mercy,” the second single from her upcoming album  Metaphora out on June 22, 2018.


The song was inspired by a weekend spent with a friend struggling with depression. It’s a  reminder that “if you’re loved you’re not alone,” she stated. “There are people that are standing with you and want to see you get better. It’s really a love song but also I’m trying to add my voice to a growing chorus of voices trying to remove stigma from mental illness, trying to put it out there in the world so we can all be more connected to one another.”
6/18 – Winnipeg, MB – Winnipeg Jazz Festival
6/28 – Montreal, QC – Le Gesu
8/4 – Kaslo Bay Park, BC – Kaslo International Jazz Festival
9/22 – Chicago, IL – Schubas Tavern
9/24  –  New York, NY – Rockwood Music Hall
9/25 –  New York, NY – Rockwood Music Hall
9/26 – Boston, MA – Regatta Bar
9/28 – Ottawa, ON – Ottawa National Arts Centre Theatre
9/29 – Knowlton, QC – Theatre Lac-Brome
10/9 – Fredericton, NB – Playhouse Theatre
10/11 – Charlottetown, PEI – Confederation Centre
10/12 – Truro, NS – Marigold Cultural Centre
10/13 – Halifax, NS – Rebecca Cohn Auditorium
10/16 -Toronto, ON – Roy Thompson Hall
10/18 – Gravenhust, ON – Peter’s Players
10/19 – London, ON –  Aeolian Hall
10/20 – London, ON –  Aeolian Hall
10/24 – Saskatoon, SK – Broadway Theatre
10/25 – Regina, SK – The Exchange
10/26 – Calgary, AB – Bella Concert Hall
10/27 – Edmonton, AB – Triffo Theatre
11/1 – Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre
11/2 – Campbell River, BC – Tidemark Theatre
11/3 – Victoria, BC  – Capital Ballroom



A Sound Recommendation: The National Reserve


For nearly half a decade, The National Reserve has spent its Friday nights lighting it up at a Brooklyn bar, winning over barflies with epic sets and a remarkable breadth of songcraft and showmanship.

Now, with their stunning new Ramseur Records debut album, MOTEL LA GRANGE, the band has crafted a rich and raucous collection that instantly places them among Americana’s finest – its force, directness, and performance not unlike some lost recording unearthed from the golden age of 70s rock ‘n’ roll.

Founded and fronted by singer-guitarist Sean Walsh, The National Reserve mine an archetypal musical seam, marrying gutbucket R&B, Laurel Canyon lyricism, New Orleans funk workouts, late night soul, and boozy rock ‘n’ roll to create their own timeless brand of American music. The National Reserve is now planning to bring all the fun and fire of their fervent Friday night sets to the rest of the world, reminding one and all of the simple beauty of a great American bar band – two guitars, organ, bass and drums rocking out in the corner, singing their songs to soundtrack the night.



AngloFiles: Liverpool’s Barney Goodall


A multi-instrumentalist and producer, Barney Goodall began music lessons at a relatively young age; “Probably because my parents were sick of me thrashing my dad’s acoustic guitar to pieces without knowing how to play it.”

He comes from a musical family – his uncle, Howard Goodall is a well-known classical and music theatre composer, as well as being responsible for a plethora of theme tunes for popular UK television shows that have embedded themselves into the popular vernacular, including Blackadder, Red Dwarf and QI.

Though he began playing in bands from the age of 11, it wasn’t until he reached his late teens that he began taking music more seriously, and began writing his own material.

When I was in school, I was massively into Muse and that kind of alternative rock stuff,” he says. “But then I got more into the likes of Radiohead, Prince, Bowie, Nick Cave, Tori Amos. I really started to identify with the music. I think it was the sophistication of those artists.

“That’s when I started writing more seriously. I toyed around with different genres. I wrote a lot of songs in different styles – there was a lot of experimenting. It’s only with Aporia that I think I’ve found my own sound.”

He lists numerous influences in addition to those he already mentioned; Tom Waits, Tears For Fears, Miles Davis and Kurt Weil among them.

The most obvious influence, though, is undeniably Scott Walker; “I think his late 60s solo albums, where he was using the old song style, a lot of that is quite orchestral and crooning. It definitely informed my singing style. Lyrically, he’s quite impressionistic, painting pictures in your mind, which is part of how I approach lyrics.”

Goodall’s music encourages his audience to be curious about the things that they may not have otherwise been curious about – but it is as musical as it is intellectual, and he delivers his message in the most agreeable of ways.

I would hope it is as thought provoking as it is entertaining. I’m not one for being instantly gratifying so to speak, but I wouldn’t place myself in the John Cage crowd either. Hopefully the sound is somewhere in between.”

Perhaps this is where his Prince and Tears For Fears influences come in – his music is instantly danceable as much as it is thought provoking. “I like grooves,” he says. “I like to have that as a setting or structure to place my own thing on top of. I wouldn’t call it dance music, but I think there is space for a more refined, sophisticated sound that can use the dance as a vehicle.”

That isn’t to say he necessarily has his eyes on being a pop star, but it shows the potential for his appeal.

I want to be in a position where I can write and record what I want, and play to appreciative audiences, and be able to make a living. If you’re not being listened to it’s difficult to say it has much value. It’s hard to be artistically valid if it doesn’t necessarily exist to anyone else.”




West Coast Beats: The Dark Pop Of Zosia


Zosia is many things. She is a singer, producer and songwriter. She is a dark-pop lyricist inspired by the philosophies of Isaac Asimov and Pythagoras. She is the spirit of her grandmother also named Zosia, a seamstress who fled Poland during World War II for a better life. Los Angeles based Zosia (born Anneke Lada) began writing songs at the age of nine. As she matured into her teens and early twenties, she began honing in her own philosophy, one that reflected her growing need to create a sense of meaning.

With a diverse set of influences, today Zosia creates alternative electro-pop with elements of trip hop, rock and alternative R&B. Using her strong vocals and cinematic synths, Zosia has built a world of her own filled with strength and knowing. With lyrics focusing on overcoming depression, anxiety and finding fulfillment, the songwriter explores solutions in her intricately introspective music.

Zosia’s debut single entitled ‘Water’ released in fall 2017 received critical acclaim and was lauded by Live Nation’s One’s To Watch as “a bold entrance into the music scene.” Her highly anticipated upcoming single ‘Overthrown‘ is a stunningly poignant product of her frustration with society’s treatment of sexual assault victims.

‘Overthrown’ perfectly articulates the songwriter’s pent-up thoughts and emotions through layered vocals, honest lyricism and ethereal synths. ‘Overthrown’ was written to encourage others to change their perception of victims, to help each other heal and understand that abuse doesn’t have to be a permanent scar or lifelong struggle. Zosia confides, “As a victim myself, I have spent my life battling shame and issues of self worth. I was depressed and angry for ever other victim who has faced and will face this sort of dismissal of their pain.” Zosia has succeeded in composing a beautifully raw anthem that embodies the range of emotions that so many women deal with on a daily basis. “We don’t have to be either vulnerable or strong; vulnerability is just another form of strength” explains Zosia.