I guess it’s time that I do a real Monday Mixteen with real comments with each songs. Because you’ve missed The Ghost’s commentary. Or at least that’s what I’m deluding myself into believing.
- Jessie Frye, “Honey”
What better way to start the playlist than with a sweet pop song from Ms. Frye. Get it? Sweet, like honey is? OK, that was cheesy.
- Dark Rooms, “I Get Distracted”
The Ghost has admittedly been slow to jump on the Dark Rooms bandwagon, but the groove on this song has me running to catch up with everyone else.
- The Venetian Sailors, “Can’t Let Go”
The band’s debut full length album, La La Language, is a unique beast. The album cannot be neatly contained in one musical category. Elements of pop, rock, country, and more can be found throughout the album. Yes, the album has an eclectic feel, but it never feels disjointed. That’s likely due to lead singer (and songwriter) Robbie Saunders. His distinctive voice and ability to craft intelligent yet catchy tunes creates a sense of cohesion to this intriguing collection of sounds and songs.
- Blue, the Misfit, “21 Gun Salute”
On paper, this song (like much of Blue’s new album) should not work. Blue’s hyper delivery against the slow, melancholy beats seem too odd a pairing to be successful. The theory might be that Blue’s new album wouldn’t work, but in actually, Blue is proving himself to be the area’s most interesting and innovative rapper. This album isn’t next-level; it’s the level beyond that.
- Panic Volcanic, “Flesh Is Faith”
Half of me feels compelled to write something intelligent to discuss the merit of the band’s new album, Speak Your Evil. Instead, I’m gonna let the music lover half of me rule and enjoy rocking out to this.
- Hall Johnson, “City Lights”
At this stage, Hall Johnson is best known for the Dallas Observer article that showed how the band has garnered an unusually large number of streams on Spotify. This is particularly unusual since the band hasn’t played any live shows. Yes, Hall Johnson seems to have found a rather unorthodox means of gathering attention in the area. It’s worth noting, however, that Hall Johnson has some solid songs that are worthy of attention. Now iff only The Ghost’s playlists could gather as many listens as Hall Johnson.
- Henry the Archer, “Pillow People”
Hand Drawn Records has gotten plenty of attention for their state of the art record production plant in Addison. That’s impressive and all, but in the end, a record label is only as good as the acts it represents. Fortunately, they’ve got a strong roster of talent, not the least of which is Henry the Archer.
- Bree & The Fellas, “I Know You Love Me”
Smooth. Jazzy. Oh yeah…
- Toadies, “Take Me Alive”
The Ghost has heard music critics call the new Toadies album a return to the sound of Rubberneck. To be honest, the comparisons do not sound accurate. The Lower Side of Uptown is its own creature, but I will say that there’s an urgency to these new songs that hasn’t been seen since Toadies reunited back in 2009 for No Deliverance. That counts for something, right?
- LEV, “Search Party”
In case you were looking for more local pop music in this playlist, it’s right here. No need to bring out a search party. Get it? Sometimes I kill myself. Other times, I’m probably making people want to kill me.
- Jean Caffeine, “Winterland (Talking Blues)”
Based on what I’ve seen of Miss Caffeine, I’m not sure she was born when The Human League hit it big, much less the 1970’s artists mentioned in this narrative song. Still, it’s a charming tale of musical nostalgia. And for the record, I’d be excited if Patti Smith’s mom wrote back to me as well.
- Ireland, “Distraction”
Her full name is Ireland Casteel, though she goes by only her first name on Spotify. This young singer-songwriter has a sweetness in her voice that makes her quite a compelling listen.
- Jibe, “Release”
Alright Jibe, enough teasing. Release the album already!!!
- Meach Pango, “Curfew”
I first reviewed the band almost a year ago. At the time, I said of their music that it was a little rough, and their records needed a stronger producer. I could also sense that there was a fun quality to this band that would translate well live. The Ghost still has not been able to see Meach Pango live yet, but the batch of songs on Fresh Fruit has all the fun I remembered of them, plus the production quality is much improved. I suspect you’ll be hearing me (and others) talk more about the band in the upcoming months.
- Ron Bultongez, “Juliet”
My thanks to Droo D’Anna (of Droo’s Peace Crush) for recommending I check out Mr. Bultongez. His soulful and expressive voice breathes an intensity into his already well written lyrics. I’ve been listening to his debut EP Thank You PLANO quite a bit, but right now I’m thinking I should be thanking Plano for producing this great talent.
- Old 97’s, “All Who Wander”
If you told me in high school that Rhett Miller would open for Edie Brickell, I’m not sure I would have believed it. I certainly would have never imagined that Rhett would become the lead singer of a band that would become a big enough deal that Edie Brickell & New Bohemians would open for HIM. Yet almost 25 years later, it’s about to happen. I’ll be at Bomb Factory this Saturday for what’s sure to be an amazing show!