The New Mendicants – Into The Lime

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The New Mendicants members are Joe Pernice, Norman Blake, Mike Belitsky. I’m not sure do I need to write more. Those names already tell you that this is wonderful music. Of course there is that one problem. Norman Blake doesn’t sing much lead vocals. Not that there’s anything wrong with the other option. I’m a huge Joe Pernice fan and almost everything he has done with the Pernice Brothers and Scud Mountain Boys means the world to me. However, Norman Blake means the world plus all other alternative universes that neither scientists or scifi nerds haven’t even found or imagined yet.

Into The Lime isn’t the new Grand Prix, The World Won’t End or Massachusetts, but it doesn’t need to be. Sure they both have written some greater songs in the past, but telling these guys that they could have worked on the songs a while longer to make them even greater, would be like telling Elvis in the 50s that maybe you should work on that hip thing you do on stage, it just isn’t working. That was then. This is now. And they still sound amazing. Into the Lime is a beautiful pop record. Especially from the sixth song If You Only Knew Her to 9th song Out Of The Lime it’s just heavenly and I’m crying like a baby. When Norman starts singing By The Time It Gets Dark, a tissue isn’t enough, I need a damn bucket or my tears will cause water damage to the apartment. I’m loving this if we agree that there’s only 9 songs on the album. That last song is just awful or maybe I’m a narrow-minded fool. Could go either way. I would personally bet on me being a fool.

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Party Dolls – Love Wars Baby

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Last friday, I split the work day between Party Dolls and Tedo Stone. First four hours of Party Dolls and then four hours of Tedo Stone. I came to two conclusions. 1.) This new Party Dolls album Love Wars Baby is just magnificent 2.) I really didn’t pay enough attention to Tedo Stone last year. Good Go Bad is a very good album and I don’t think I even mentioned it here.

Party Dolls is a new project that contains members from The District Attorneys, Tedo Stone and Crooked Fingers. The District Attorneys album Slowburner was a big hit in 2012. Well maybe not in the world, but it was a hit in my head. It was one of the big surprises of 2012 and took the #11 place on my albums of the year list. The District Attorneys frontman Drew Beskin is also the main songwriter on this project and he has again written some fantastic songs. Love Wars Baby will be released on 14th of February by This Is American Music. Valentine’s Day sure is a good release date for an intimate and brutally honest album that was written after a bad break-up. This is Kindly Leave from Love Wars Baby.


 

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Video of the Day #141: Sonik

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Ville Härkönen is a great singer and a great songwriter… and even more importantly.. a really lovely guy. He also has a new band called Sonik that recently released this acoustic studio live video for their song Kyynisyyden kyy. I’ve listened to several times during the past week and I think it’s gorgeous. Judge yourself by hitting that play button below. This is Sonik and Kyynisyyden kyy.

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