The JAC – Faux Pas

The JAC released their debut album in early august and therefore it’s about time to write a few words about this pop phenomenon. The man behind The JAC is Joe Algeri who plays every instrument on the album and has also recorded and mixed the whole thing. Previously Joe Algeri has also delivered great pop tracks with Jack & The Beanstalk and The Britannicas, but now it’s time for another solo adventure. Joe Algeri creating an album in his home studio without any kind of supervision certainly could lead to a catastprophe, but he is able to pull it off rather wonderfully. It’s not too all-over-the-place even though Faux Pas is a playful pop album where anything can happen. Actually things like 60’s pop, garage rock, punk pop, psych pop weirdness and all-around goofyness fit quite well under the same roof. The JAC also showcases a slightly grittier version of Joe Algeri, but it won’t be enough to banish the pop fans from his backyard. We can tolerate a bit of rock’n’roll, because Joe still has that great melodic sense. This is Truly Julie & Terry. Stream/buy the whole thing at http://joealgeri.bandcamp.com/.

The JAC at bandcamp
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Joseph Huber – Tongues Of Fire

I really need to start writing this blog again. I’ve been listening to a lot of great albums during the past few months, but have only written about a couple of them. One of the criminally neglected albums is Joseph Huber’s second solo album Tongues Of Fire. Joseph Huber used to play banjo and fiddle in The .357 String Band and he was also one of the songwriters (responsible for the wonderful The Days Engrave for example). I never got totally into the dark solo debut, but I’m definitely falling for Tongues Of Fire. Wonderful songwriting and a fair share of old-timey charm. Hello, Milwaukee and An Old Mountain Tune have been the biggest favourites so far. This one below is An Old Mountain Tune. Listen/buy at bandcamp or cdbaby or follow my path and ask your local record store to order a copy for you.

Joseph Huber at Bandcamp
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Binoculers – There Is Not Enough Space In The Dark

Moving on to Hamburg, Germany. Nadja Rüdebusch aka Binoculers has a new album There Is Not Enough Space In The Dark coming out november 2nd on Insular Music. I’ve been listening to it all week long and I really like it. Minimal, fragile folk music that easily finds it’s way into the core of my heart. How can something so minimal be so mesmerizing. This is the first outtake from the album. A lovely song and a beautiful video. This is Monsters.

Binoculers Website
Insular Music Website

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