All I Want’s My Baby, A Bottle, and The Real Nasty

“She was bad, I was good,” explains Ryan Lucas, singer songwriter with the Real Nasty. The Real Nasty is real nasty. Their songs are about the finer things in life: Drinking, doing drugs, having sex, having sex while doing drugs and drinking – and the like. Far from lurid or obscene, they make it all sound very wholesome. And their guitars sound soo good.

The Real Nasty
“Baby and a Bottle” (download mp3)
from “Dirty Dollars”
“Baby And A Bottle” (play)
(Ninth Street Opus)
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It’s Raining Pop On Diego’s Umbrella

This ambitious and hilarious new single from San Francisco’s rising stars Diego’s Umbrella is like Gogol Bordello meets Queen (high praise, dears). “Richardson” is as pop as it is prog – a seamless conflagration of styles that emerges from their strange contraption as a power pop gem. Ridiculous, expansive, and beautiful.

Diego’s Umbrella
“Richardson – Single” (download mp3)
from “Richardson/Downtown – Single”
“Richardson” (play)
(Ninth Street Opus)
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Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion Paint “Target On Your Heart”

From husband and wife songmakin team Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion comes this delectably dark duet from the shadowy realms of el corazon. The ominously titled “Target on Your Heart” is off the Massachusetts duo’s brand new CD “Bright Examples” on Berkeley’s excellent Ninth Street Opus label. Very pretty folky rocky fare with effortless vocal harmonies and some really classy accompaniment. I dig it!

Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion
“Target on Your Heart” (download mp3)
from “Bright Examples”
(Ninth Street Opus)
“Target On Your Heart” (play)
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Cyndi Harvell Cuts In The “Middleman”

But enough about wolves! We turn now to wonderful singer-songwriter Cyndi Harvell, and her exceedingly skilled band. “Middleman” finds our Cyndi in a philosophical mood, and in great voice. The accompaniment is sublime – acoustic, electric and slide guitars snake around the vocal, as a playful clap track and lively drumming propel it all into pop-ness. A fine record, by an artist worthy of your attention.

Cyndi Harvell
“Middleman” (download mp3)
from “From the Echo”
“Middleman” (play)
(Ninth Street Opus)
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The Kin revisit “Change Is Gonna Come”

Here’s a labor of love from The Kin – an Aussie duo of very musical brothers. This is their expansive take on the 60’s Sam Cooke anthem.

The Kin
“Change Is Gonna Come” (download mp3)
from “Rondo Sessions (USA EP)”
(Ninth Street Opus)
Change Is Gonna Come (play)

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Cyndi Harvell – “Northbound”

There’s a quality about Cyndi Harvell’s voice that makes her this week’s MP3 Jackpot winner. Her song “Northbound” is intriguing. I’m sure you’ll want to see her perform live.

Cyndi Harvell
“Northbound” (download mp3)
from “From the Echo”
(Ninth Street Opus)
“Northbound” (play)

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Cyndi Harvell and her gr8 voice head Northbound

Here’s an interesting blend of sounds. Sweet country voice, banjo and slide guitars all stacked on top of a swaying trance inducing drum beat. Add some great lyrical content and you have Cyndi Harvell’s “Northbound.” Quite lovely. She’s on tour now, check her out.

Cyndi Harvell
“Northbound” (download mp3)
from “From the Echo”
(Ninth Street Opus)
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Cyndi Harvell – “Northbound”

Revisiting “Inner City Blues” w/ The Kin

The Kin, two Aussie brothers living in New York City, deliver a tastefully contemporized version of Marvin Gaye’s classic “Inner City Blues.” Makes me wanna holler.

The Kin
“Inner City Blues” (mp3)
from “Rondo Sessions (UK EP)”
(Ninth Street Opus)
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The Real Nasty sez “Leave It Alone”

Words of relationship wisdom from The Real Nasty. Based in San Francisco, these rootsy rockers¬† can be found playing their simple, stripped down rock n’ roll originals in nightspots up and down the north coast of California. An old school trio of bass drums and guitar, with minimal effects, solid craft, and good songs. Very refreshing.

The Real Nasty
“Leave It Alone” (download mp3)
from “Strangers and Friends”
(Ninth Street Opus)
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The Real Nasty- “Leave It Alone” mp3

Peering into Luce’s “Corner of the World”

Luce – “Corner of the World” mp3

In the grown-up pop department, we find San Francisco, CA based Luce holding forth from their “Corner Of The World.” It’s a song that any Jakob Dylan or Duncan Sheik would be proud to have in his book. Melancholy and poetic as any sad drunk grad student crying in the rain as his ex rolls by in someone else’s Prius, wrapped in lush, sweetly arranged instrumental work and radio-friendly production. More Godiva than Hershey’s, here is a rich pop confection that melts in your ears.

Luce
“Corner of the World” (mp3)
from “Corner of the World”
(Ninth Street Opus)

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