Red Bull & Hennessy by Jenny Lewis


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Another blogger Crazy Classic Rock recently noted that it’s been slim pickings for rock albums in the 2010s, and I would agree with that assessment.  I’ll get back to that discussion when I publish my best of the decade lists. The lead single Red Bull & Hennessy from Jenny Lewis’ upcoming album was a pleasant surprise. I like the rock sound, thumping drums, piano, and the closing guitar solo works like a dream. Her vocal has been compared to Carole King and Stevie Nicks. To me, the lyrics suggest freedom and the open road, I could imagine listening while on a long drive. Singer-songwriter Lewis has spared no expense and is supported on the album by Beck, Ringo Starr, Don Was (bass player of the 1980s funk-rock band Was Not Was), Benmont Tench (keyboardist of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), respected session drummer Jim Keltner, and under-fire singer-songwriter Ryan Adams, who was recently forced to pull his new album and tour amid claims of sexual abuse. I was hesitant if I should boycott with Adams’ involvement. But I thought would be unfair to Lewis if I refused to share. Hopefully, like me, you can separate the controversy from the music. Jenny Lewis is best known as the lead singer and rhythm guitarist for the indie rock band Rilo Kiley (which I am unfamiliar). Her latest album On The Line is released under her own name and is out March 22.




Time Rider by Chromatics



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The story of the upcoming(?) album Dear Tommy is fascinating and exasperating if you are a fan. Johnny Jewel has been talking about the record since December 2014. Word is 15,000 CDs and 10,000 vinyl copies were destroyed by Johnny in 2016. He wasn’t satisfied with the music. Could there be a copy or two hidden somewhere he forgot to smash to bits?
On a positive note, the band have announced their first tour in five years that kicks off in the US on April 30th. Promoting a new album on the tour is a possibility. We will have to wait and see. Hope you enjoy the new song which is one of my favorites of 2019. Nice and dreamy, as you’d expect from Chromatics.