Jim Nelson

Turn Me On: St. Paul and the Broken Bones

Posted by Jim Nelson on 10 February 2017

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If this was the early 1970s, Birmingham, Alabama’s St. Paul And The Broken Bones — with their stylish, horn-powered, Otis Redding-cum-Al Green-meets-early-Chicago, can’t-get-it-outta-your-head soul music — would own the airwaves and we’d all know their name.

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Turn Me On: Mondo Cozmo

Posted by Jim Nelson on 2 December 2016

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It’s always great to hear new music that shakes you, that sorta knocks you off center a little, and makes the hair stand up on your goosebumps.

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Turn Me On: Passenger

Posted by Jim Nelson on 9 November 2016

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You know Mike Rosenberg gets asked every day. Every single day. Todos los días. In die una.

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Turn Me On: Dawes

Posted by Jim Nelson on 2 November 2016

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We’re all gonna die. Deal with it.

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Turn Me On: The Lemon Twigs

Posted by Jim Nelson on 4 October 2016

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As I sit here listening to and writing about this intriguing new band from Long Island, New York, The Lemon Twigs, I’m not really sure how to describe what I hear.

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Turn Me On: The Shelters

Posted by Jim Nelson on 2 September 2016

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Can you imagine? You’re a young band, playing a hometown gig and you look out from the stage to see seven, maybe eight faces looking back at you. There’s your girlfriend, your girlfriend’s mom, your girlfriend’s little brother, your next door neighbor, Tom Petty, your next door neighbor’s mom, the drummer’s girlfriend….

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Turn Me On: Catfish & The Bottlemen

Posted by Jim Nelson on 2 August 2016

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Somewhere in Sydney, Australia, there’s a busker who directly impacted the name of a rock band from a small Welsh seaside resort town. Years after the fact. This busker from Down Under, dubbed Catfish the Bottleman for the liquid-filled bottles that he used as an instrument, was pretty much the first musical memory of a very young Ryan Evan “Van” McCann, whose family had briefly travelled to Australia.

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Turn Me On: The Saint Johns

Posted by Jim Nelson on 14 June 2016

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At last, even vegetarians have a reason to celebrate Taco Tuesdays. Or at least one particular Taco Tuesday.

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Turn Me On: Darlingside

Posted by Jim Nelson on 27 May 2016

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Darlingside used to have a drummer. But he sort of got in the way. Not in the spatial sense of “got in the way”; rather, in the aural sense. Basically you had these crisp, air-tight, laser-locked voices—four of them, pretending to be one—struggling to appropriately comingle with the drums. No need for a caucus to tabulate that four voices beat a lone drummer every time, so after a 2012 self-released CD the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based band reduced its number by one.

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