I lost the hearing in my right ear suddenly and painlessly. As I sat on the couch at my mother's house, I got the sensation that water had dripped in my ear, but I could not shake it out. Vertigo followed. Then in the following days, sporadic stabbing violent pain, accompanied by aural hallucinations and electric shock sensations. I sensed it was something terrible, irreversible, but I wanted to believe the countless doctors who assured me that it was just a blockage that would rectify itself.
Michelle Malone knows how to exceed expectations and her latest effort, Stronger Than You Think, is no exception. Kicking butt right off the bat with the bluesy “Stomping Ground,” this talented artist lays it down from beat one, with excellent and varied guitar work.
Here’s an intimate acoustic video of Jonny Polonsky’s “Lay Down Your Arms,” from his recent album The Other Side of Midnight. Gravel-voiced Polonsky pleads for detente and his nakedly acoustic performance is a fitting accompaniment. Written and performed entirely by Polonsky and mixed by longtime Lynch collaborator/engineer, Dean Hurley at David Lynch’s Asymmetrical Studios, Jonny Polonsky’s The Other Side of Midnight is 35 minutes of strange and beautiful, melodic, sci-fi bliss.
Have you ever listened to an album and felt an instant connection? For me, Jonathan Edwards’Tomorrow’s Child is an instant old friend. Edwards' sweetly gentle voice and magnificently crafted lyrics and melodies wrap around like a favorite sweater.
Here’s “Easy On Me” by Runner Of The Woods, from the upcoming release Thirsty Valley, due out July 10. A trippy and laid back testament to a simpler time and place, the song contains hints of the Eagles and Willie Nelson woven into a steady ramble. “Easy On Me” draws you into the vision and there’s no reason not to give in.