Cian Nugent: Night Fiction
Last week I featured three marvelous ladies, so it’s only fair that I hit on some inventive singer-songwriter offerings from the gents. First up is Cian Nugent, the normally-instrumental Irish guitarist who makes his debut as a guy-who-also-sings on his latest album Night Fiction out on Woodsist. One of the nice things about this one is that Nugent meets us halfway so that there are still plenty of lovely instrumental passages in here that serve as a nice contrast to his vocals, that are in the Kurt Vile/Steve Gunn style somewhere between spoken/droned/moaned/sung. There is
a natural ease to this music, some played solo, some with a rocking full band, it’s got legs and gets to where it needs to, but no rush … no rush.
Aidan Knight: Each Other
Sometimes an album grabs you from the start and sometimes it takes its time creeping up on you. Each Other, the new release from Aidan Knight is in the latter category, revealing its goodies at its own pace. Hailing from Victoria, Canada, Knight follows in the footsteps of many of his fellow indie-rocking countrymen, building up simple songs into orchestral pieces with horns and synthesizers. Yet, each track maintains a very intimate feel, quiet and moody. Next time you’re snowed in, give Each Other a listen.
Walter Martin: Arts & Leisure
Finally, a bit of fun. I mean, music is supposed to be fun, right? Every once in a while, at least. On his newest solo effort, Arts & Leisure, Walter Martin of The Walkmen sets the tone right off with “Jobs I Had Before I Got Rich and Famous,” which is aptly described by its title: playful, tongue-in-cheek and quite entertaining. The rest of the album more or less maintains the spirit of the opening track. These are highly lovable, highly listenable songs, perfect for singing along or dancing along to for listeners of all ages.
Celebrate trumpeter/vocalist Jennifer Hartswick’s birthday with audio or video featuring 10 collaborations (out of 27 total) with Umphrey’s McGee.
Guitarist John Mayer showed off his quick wit in the middle of “Your Body Is A Wonderland” when he addressed those in Grateful Dead t-shirts and who want to hear the trio.
Watch the members of Metallica discuss Phish’s repeat-free, 13-show run at Madison Square Garden.
Grateful Dead tribute act Dark Star Orchestra focuses on the Northeast to end 2017.
Read a review and view a photo gallery of Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’s recent TajMo performance in Central Park in New York City.
JamBase Editorial Director Scott Bernstein looks back at The Great Went, Phish’s second major festival, which began 20 years ago today.