Joe Henry | Bloom (Video)

By DDR | Their Bated Breath So happy to hear new Joe Henry music. He’d just recently talked about his Stage 4 prostate cancer diagnosis at a concert. To me, he’s a hidden American treasure. He’s been that his entire career. And he’s a songwriting master, deserved of the same realm as Bob Dylan and Bruce…

OK, Computer, Boot Up Kid A

By DDR | Their Bated Breath Quick Radiohead story … The celebration of the 20th anniversary of the band’s record OK Computer (and the subsequent OK Computer OKNOTOK 1997-2017 remastered release) made me think back to when I first heard Radiohead and why, despite the legendary status of the LP, I listen to their other albums more ……

Future Islands | Ran

The 4AD-signed band Future Islands and their charismatic lead singer, Samuel Herring, are following up the smash hit LP Singles (2014) with a new single entitled “Ran”, the first song streaming from off the upcoming 12-song record The Far Field. The single should have Future Island fans dancing like Herring, above, like his memorable performance of…

The Music I’m Listening To Now

By David D. Robbins Jr. Artist: Tei Shi What: A new single “Keep Running” Info: Continuing a trend from female artists in 2016, Tei Shi is decidely taking this track into a pop direction and it sounds terrific. I love this conceptual twist between running away from a relationship and time. Listen to the song…

David Bowie | No Plan, the Last Video

And the posthumous David Bowie surprises keep coming, this time appropriately on what would have been the artist’s 70th birthday. A plaintive, reflective music video for “No Plan” was posted on the official Bowie YouTube page, directed by Tom Hingston. The song is apparently one of three of the last Bowie compositions (that had not appeared…

Dirty Projectors | Little Bubble (Video)

A new video for the song “Little Bubble” from Dirty Projector’s creator Dave Longstreth, with directorial assistance from Adam Newport-Berra. It’s the second track released by Longstreth since September’s single stream of “Keep Your Name”. The main lyric, “We had out own little bubble for awhile”, seems like a elegiac note at a romance’s end, or I’m…

Happy 70th to Poet Patti Smith

Happy 70th birthday to poetic badass and musical legend Patti Smith. “Birdland” is one of my favorite all-time songs. I could listen to it every day. I always wait for the wonderful, sad escapist verse where Patti belts out “where I am not human …” and the exquisite way she sings “a” in “It’s a…

TBB’s Best 25 Albums of 2016

25. OLGA BELL Album: Tempo About: I love artists who can experiment with their sound on each record but the music always remains true to her voice. 24. CHOCOLATE GENIUS Album: Truth Vs. Beauty About: One of the few artists where it honestly pisses me off more people don’t know his work. Man doesn’t make bad records.…