Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce a newly remastered edition of the classic 1975 debut album by American Progressive Rock group Pavlov’s Dog. Formed in St. Louis in 1972, Pavlov’s Dog released this classic album in 1975 with a line-up of David Surkamp (Vocals, Guitar), David Hamilton (Keyboards), Doug Rayburn (Mellotron, Flute), Mike Safron (Drums, Percussion), Rick Stockton (Bass), Seigfried Carver (Violin, Vitar, Viola) and Steve Scorfina (Lead Guitar). A classic of the Progressive Rock genre, “Pampered Menial” has been newly remastered and the booklet fully restores the original album artwork and includes a new essay.
Prairie-raised, Vancouver-based songsmith Young has attracted far more attention in the UK than here. In fact, this, his third album, was released there back in the spring, and notched four-star reviews in Uncut and MOJO. That response is not too surprising, given that his brand of atmospheric melancholia fits easily alongside such faves of the Brits as Giant Sand and Jim White, with his voice occasionally sounding akin to Stuart Staples (Tindersticks). Unlike the earthy approach of prairie peer Corb Lund, Young is distinctly cerebral. It sounds like he spent more time reading existentialist philosophy and watching Wim Wenders movies than herding cattle. On first listen, Young’s dry and parched voice sounds a mite affected, but you’re soon drawn into his evocative soundscapes. Some vocal variety is provided by the lovely harmony singing of Samantha Parton (Be Good Tanyas) on such tracks as “Little Wind” and “Wanderlust,” while his backing band, the Tin Cup, acquit themselves well. Proceedings are occasionally too funereal (a couple of songs clock in at six minutes), but there’s no doubting Young’s lyrical skills.
Beneath These Fireworks is singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson’s sixth album in ten years. Born in Massachusetts and based in San Francisco, Nathanson has built a loyal and impassioned grassroots following over the last few years.
Comparisons to John Mayer, Howie Day and Jason Mraz notwithstanding, Nathanson has his own completely unique musical identity that includes a live show that literally has him taking unsuspecting audiences by storm. He knows how to entertain, and his performances take his recorded songs to a completely intense level.
The Moondoggies are among the latest bands to crop up from Seattle’s fertile, folk-inspired flowerbed, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Band of Horses and Blitzen Trapper. Adios, I’m a Ghost, the Everett, WA, quartet’s third full-length record and first for Sub Pop, covers a broad cross section of the ’60s folk, psychedelia, and ambient alt-country sounds that have come to redefine the region. After opening with a brief spell of woodsy fingerpicking, the band gets right into it on “Red Eye”, which turns the record’s soft opening on its ear with a full-bodied chunk of twangy rock and roll. From there, “Pride” revels in the haunting, backwoods folk of Fleet Foxes, “Start Me Over” channels Band of Horses’ big, pastoral power pop, and the echoed, ’70s groove of “A Lot To Give” screams My Morning Jacket.
Guitar maestro Todd Wolfe and the Todd Wolfe Band release their new album, “Miles To Go” (American Showplace Music), representing another music milestone in Todd’s storied career. The album’s ten tracks run the gamut from straight blues to post-classic rock, each featuring Wolfe’s uniquely rockin’ soulful vocals. Guest performers on Miles To Go (Wolfe’s fifth studio album, eighth total) include noteworthy blues harpist Steve Guyger and organ ace, John Ginty. The Todd Wolfe Band features Justine Gardner (bass, backing vocals); Roger Voss (drums, backing vocals); and Todd Wolfe (vocals, guitars). Yes, they’re a trio. And we’re pretty sure if you look in the dictionary under the word “tight,” you’ll see a photo of this band! Wolfe – formerly the guitarist in rock singer Sheryl Crow’s band for a five-year period – has truly arrived on his own terms, and as Miles To Go proves, creating quality music for the world to hear.