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So, last night was week 4 out of 5 of the Campfire Propaganda residency at The 5 Spot. Megan Palmer and Brian Wright were away, but great performances by guests Russell Thompson and Emma Berkey plus Darrin Bradbury, Nellie Clay, and Tim Easton. Love this town. Next week, Nellie Clay will be having her album release show - same time and place.
"Rise" (Radio Edit) by The Christians
We start things off with a brand new single from a British soul/pop band who had a string of hit songs in the late 80s and early 90s. The band have a new album called We. This single "Rise" can be had on iTunes with proceeds going to Syrian Refugee relief.
"Nothing Ever Lasts That Long" by The British IBM
We stay on the other side of the Atlantic with a song from a young Cambridge band who have a great indie/pop sound that I really dig. Catchy songs. I dig.
"The Frame" by Jon Latham
Last week at this time, Jon Latham was launching his new album Real Bad News. If you have not done so, go get you a copy. "The Frame" delivers a heart-breaking sad song with a side of well-written photography metaphors.
"Sea Glass" by Susan James
The title track from Susan James' latest album. Definitely one of my favorites of 2015.
"Hymn (Highland Version)" by Tom Schreck
Tom Schreck has just released an EP called The Added Glory which serves as a companion piece to his two full-length albums, Outsider (2009) and Save Your Glory (2014). Here we have a stripped-down version of one of Schreck's signature songs. A fully orchestrated version of the song appeared on Save Your Glory. This version features Tom Schreck on vocals, pennywhistle, and keyboard. I got to hear him do this song this past Monday at The Building - just him and his pennywhistle. Sublime. Get the EP at the usual on-line sources or come out to The Building this coming Monday and hear Tom and pick up a CD.
"Have Mercy Baby" by Eight O'Five Jive
Award-winning Nashville jump and jivers, Eight O'Five Jive are back in the shuffle - shaking things up with their swinging sounds.
"Sky" by Silverbird
Silverbird just recently released their full-length debut, called Pureland. Founder Tim Barr previously was part of Lana Del Rey's band. Silverbird has a wonderfully textured and rich sound.
"Lost at Sea" by Brian Carpenter and the Confessions
Philadelphia band Brian Carpenter and the Confessions released their album, The Far End of the World was released at the beginning of this month. Cited influences include filmmakers David Lynch, Wim Wenders, and Cormac McCarthy, and I can get behind that.