The Weekly RecommNeds: Prince Rupert’s Drops / The Amazing / Spirit Family Reunion

This turkey week, I’m thankful for the opening act. Always try to get there in time to see a little bit of ‘em, you just might discover your new favorite band! Plenty of room on the bandwagon for these three… for now, at least.

Prince Rupert’s Drops: Run Slow

Rare and special is the band that’s just as comfortable writing a catchy 2-minute ditty as playing a 9-minute jammed-out burner. But that’s just the kind of firefly in a bottle Prince Rupert’s Drops have captured on their debut. This is high-level psychedelica that plays well on repeat and begs the “if this is the debut, what’s the ceiling?” question. Perfect for the old Thanksgiving family freak out, should you and yours be so inclined.

Bandcamp: http://beyondbeyondisbeyondrecords.bandcamp.com/
Spotify: Prince Rupert’s Drops – Run Slow
Amazon: http://amzn.com/B009U4B6SC
Rhapsody: http://www.rhapsody.com/artist/prince-ruperts-drops/album/run-slow
(alas, not available on Rdio & MOG as far as I can tell{/sadface})

The Amazing: Gentle Stream

A bit bold in choice of name, but an equally bold bit of music making. Kind of an updated, indie Moody Blues thing with a dash of southern rock. Yes, there are flutes and acoustic guitars, but plenty of wide open down-and-dirty to match. The end result is a very unique, very addicting sound that grows and grows on you each go around. And, oh, that opening title track! Are they amazing? I’ll leave it to you to decide.

Spotify: The Amazing – Gentle Stream
MOG: https://mog.com/m#album/67450637
Amazon: http://amzn.com/B0080T81P4
Rhapsody: http://www.rhapsody.com/artist/the-amazing/album/gentle-stream/

Spirit Family Reunion: No Separation

Old timey music — bluegrass, jug band, gospel, country, et al. — gets a makeover every six months or so with an infinite number of new twists on the old sound. Then there’s folks like Brooklyn’s (yes, Brooklyn) Spirit Family Reunion that play it as it was intended to be played: gimmick and irony free and crackling with campfire authenticity. This is crowd-around-a-microphone, banjo-and-washboard, sing-from-the-soul music that’ll sound as good in 10 years or a 100 years as it does today.

Spotify: Spirit Family Reunion – No Separation
Bandcamp: http://spiritfamilyreunion.bandcamp.com/album/no-separation
(so indie, can’t find it anywhere else…)

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2 thoughts on “The Weekly RecommNeds: Prince Rupert’s Drops / The Amazing / Spirit Family Reunion

  1. Jeffrey Greenblatt Reply

    Love that Spirit Family Reunion record, caught them last Friday at The Merc and was really impressed.

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