Filled With Sound

Blogged by Mike Greenblatt

Joan Armatrading, Beth McKee and Motel Mirrors kick off this month’s sound

So much sound this month, it’s hard to listen to anything else. When Joan Armatrading releases a new record, I sit up and take notice. John Wesley Harding sounds great doing other people’s material. Motel Mirrors are my favorite new band. Add jazz, a Pennsylvania power blues trio, the heavenly Beth McKee and some righteous jumpin’ rockabilly and we are, indeed, “Filled With Sound.”

Koko Mojo Records digs up the past and throws it in your face

Get ready all you hep-cats ‘cause there’s reason to celebrate. The good folks at England’s Koko Mojo Records have assembled the kind of compilations that are almost too delicious for words. But you don’t need words to get on down and dance your fool self crazy…which is exactly what I did!

Jazz-Rock Fusion, Hillbilly Boogie, Alligator Blues, Canadian Craziness, Louisiana History and a Living Legend

This month’s batch of sound takes us back to the swamps of 1950s Louisiana, modern-day Chicago, a certified legend in John Mayall, a rollicking debut from Big Shoes (made up of members of the bands of Bonnie Raitt, Etta James, Taj Mahal and Delbert McClinton) an outrageous Canadian septet, Living Fossil, and don’t forget the man they call Hristo.

The Best of the New Blues, Rock, Jazz CDs

The sound filling us up this month with blues, rock, jazz: Adam Ahuja will be the latest one-man band to rock your world. Six new faces come together to make a bold new jazz statement. Mama SpanX will spank you solid. Monk Lives. Jim Shaneberger protests like Dylan. And there’s a new British Invasion.