Mancie, the Brooklyn-based garage/punk band whose EP Only the Wanted landed on the Now I’ve Heard Everything Best Albums of 2012 list, will be playing the release show for the brand new video for their song, Hey Brooklyn, tonight. Mancie features the insistent vocals of front woman Andrea Montgomery, smart songwriting and cover choices and lots of fuzz and reverb. In other words, 100% of your recommended daily allowance of pure unadulterated rock n roll.
Here are the second five albums in the Now I’ve Heard Everything Best of 2012 list; you’ll find the first part here.
Dayna Kurtz – Secret Canon, Vol. 1 – Moving a bit afield from the music she usually plays, Dayna Kurtz followed her instincts and recorded an album of mid-20th century jazz, blues and R&B songs that were not previously covered, plus one original that sounds right at home in that mix. Secret Canon, Vol. 1 is a virtuoso performance showing Danya’s emotive and vocal range and power. Highlights include the amazingly electric Do I Love You, Not the Only Fool in Town (the original by Dayna) and Take Me in Your Arms. Not considering this record even though it is outside the musical genres surveyed by Now I’ve Heard Everything would be like ignoring Einstein because one is not a fan of relativity.
Mancie – Only the Wanted: This Brooklyn based garage rock band self released this EP early this summer. It features the insistent vocals of front woman Andrea Montgomery, smart songwriting (and cover choices) and lots of fuzz and reverb. In other words, 100% of your recommended daily allowance of pure unadulterated rock n roll. There’s even one song that Borough President Marty Markowitz should consider declaring the national anthem of BK. Of course, it’s titled Hey, Brooklyn.
The Mastersons – Birds Fly South: The first record from the band fronted by husband and wife duo of Chris and Eleanor Masterson, Birds Fly South is a collection of 11 songs which range from rock to alt country to Americana. Lead vocals are split between Chris and Eleanor, but no matter who is singing lead, there’s plenty of harmony on these tracks. Highlights include Crash Test, a rocker with Chris and Eleanor sharing the lead and with some tasty pedal steel work, The Other Shoe, a song which features Eleanor’s violin front and center, the more Americana-ish Tell Me It’s Alright, which also has plenty of that great fiddle and the single, One Word More, a rocker with nice lead vocal from Chris. You can hear One Word More, Crash Test and The Other Shoe streaming here.
Chuck Prophet – Temple Beautiful: This year’s offering from the extremely talented but not well known enough Chuck Prophet is a tour of San Fransisco, Chuck’s adopted home town. This aural tour includes Willie Mays, a stripper, Jim Jones, a punk club created from an old synagogue and the Cain and Abel (right down to the murder) of porn films, the Mitchell brothers. And that’s just for starters. Musically, Chuck and his top notch band play rock meant to make you move and smile at the same time.
Megan Reilly – The Well: Megan and her band made up of top New York City musicians (James Mastro on guitar, Tony Maimone on bass and Steve Goulding on drums) play shimmering, atmospheric rock on which Megan uses her voice like an instrument. Megan had taken some time out from her musical career before recording The Well, but this record shows that she has returned at the top of her game. The standout track here is To Seal My Love, but this album is always memorable and sometimes haunting.