When the calendar flips to March, it feels like it’s only a matter of time until it’s socks and sandals and cargo shorts for this Rock Dad. So, I’m happy to bid farewell to February. It’s never been a kind month to me, personally. Especially since the dying days of the month dumped a metric fuckton of snow on us up here in Toronto. Blah blah blah, songs to keep you warm or some shit. But this music is the shit. In a good way.
First up, a band I found many years ago. Long enough ago that I purchased their album from a band member via Paypal and email, before Spotify existed. Black Books is an Austin-based uh, rock band? They self-describe their genre cheekily as ‘cosmic cowboy shoegaze.’ It does fit. They’re releasing an EP today named Cheer Up and you have to listen to it.
Singer/songwriter/producer Mk.gee has dropped a new single cz. It’s just the sort of lo-fi alt-soul beat something that I like. More at the links
Any CBC listener is familiar with radio host, rapper and DJ, Odario Williams. He has a new track called Low Light.
Have a listen and look below.
The Bobby Lees are a garage rock band from Woodstock, NY. They’re releasing their upcoming Jon Spencer (of the Blues Explosion and Boss Hog) produced album in May. They’ll be supporting the album with a long tour, so get acquainted with the band via their first single, Guttermilk.
Black Books photo by Matt Bender
Odario photo by unknown
The Bobby Lees photo by unknown
Mk.gee photo by Clare Gillen