The Friday Refrain: A bit of what's new in music

Ack. That moment you bite into your oatmeal and momentarily forget you put walnuts in it. It's okay though, I've recovered. To the music!

THE LIST. dun dun dun dunnnnnnn.....

Give It A Try...

WV White, West Virginia White - Noisy rock with a Bright Eyes mixed with The Microphones to it. Part of me doesn't agree with that at all.

Saintseneca, Dark Arc

The Shivas, You Make Me Wanna Die - Distorted Surf-y Rock EP

Busman's Holiday, A Long Goodbye

Philip Parfitt, I Am Not The Man I Used To Be - This has that end of winter, will it ever end? feeling that people in my parts have going on right now. Let's just all wrap up in a blanket, light some candles or a fire and chill out. It'll melt. We'll be okay.

Pattern Is Movement, Pattern Is Movement

Ortolan, Covered in Black

Malachai, Beyond Ugly - Honestly, I put this in my maybe pile. But "The Love" is definitely worth a listen, and yet not representative of the album. I think I like this one shuffled rather than in order.

The Bamboos, Fever In The Road

Jamaica, Ventura - I liked the track "Rushmore." The vocalist has a T.Rex sound to his voice, but the background is not T.Rex so don't think that. More like palatable and good 80s.

Caught A Ghost, Human Nature - Need a little pick-me-up? Throw on this one. It's got that upbeat vintage sound to it.

For Something Different...

Sunday Driver, Flo - A lot of different elements in this music.

Leon Russell, Life Journey

La Dame Blanche, La Dame Blanche - Latin hip-hop and cumbia. So good.

Robert Cray Band, In My Soul

Bob Dylan Tribute/Cover Albums in the last two weeks

Bob Dylan in the 80's, Vol. 1, Various Artists

The Brothers & Sisters of Los Angeles, Dylan's Gospel

The Charlie Daniels Band, Off The Grid: Doin' It Dylan

Also, I think there is another one coming out in the next few weeks. Is this normal? Did I just not realize how many Dylan tribute/cover albums come out each year, or is there a surge. I also found one from February From Another World: A Tribute To Bob Dylan. I might need to do some research...

Speaking of Tributes...

Ronnie James Dio: This Is Your Life, Various Artists - including Motorhead, Anthrax, Tencious D, and Metallica.

Looking Into You: A Tribute To Jackson Browne, Various Artists

Songs I Liked This Week

"Wanted Me Gone," Josh Thompson, Turn It Up

"The Love," Malachai, Beyond Ugly

"Dwarven March," Pilgrim, Ii: Void Worship

Such a creative category listing this week, huh? I'm blaming the oatmeal incident, this Dylan tribute/cover craze and not sleeping much and planning my own music festival if I ever did one. Anyhoot. Have a good weekend and happy listening!

 Friday Refrain is a weekly post regarding what new releases have caught my ear for the week. I try to compile a pretty comprehensive list of releases of the week and see what is available for me to listen to on the web. This is just my non-scientific, highly-subjective, randomly-listened-to list of stuff from the week. Oh, and I don’t always listen to lyrics or look at album art/music videos, so appropriateness is left up to the listener