Melaena projects a quiet power that, like her music, patiently draws you into her spiraling orbit, rather than shouting for your attention.Read More
"I play music to help me process stuff through the act of playing, and that’s a big part of making this record."Read More
"There are horizons that I want to meet as a guitar player, creating scapes and taking people far out with the guitar playing."Read More
Our buddies at Desert & Denim asked us to create a playlist in anticipation of the sweet times we'll be having in just a few short weeks, meeting like-minded folks in Joshua Tree for a renegade trade show like no other. We were happy to oblige.
Nothing says comfort like some nasty 70s-style country-boogie on your turntable. With Okey Dokey, Nashville trio Natural Child scratches a big old rock n roll itch on the back-side of 2016.
This record stands confidently in its all its greazy glory with thick buttery organ, deep grooves, wending guitars, and just enough synth to keep it sexy. And like all the best bands carrying the country-rock mantle past the half-century mark, their themes run refreshingly current. Natural Child revels in calling bullshit on the special ironies of modern American life, from big brother paranoia in “NSA Blues” to the fraught intersection of spirituality and commerce on “transcendental meditation.”
Okey Dokey is the band’s 6th album but the first on their own label (Natural Child Music) and it shows – they poured some sophisticated funk into their sound with the addition of the organ, tighter vocals, and a willingness to slow down and settle into a layered groove. They are a touring band by design and between their tales of road glory (read: sex, drugs, broken ribs) they’re smart enough to learn along the way and fold nuggets of sonic wisdom back into their music.
There's a delicious chill in the air, so it’s time for some new moves. This month I’m working with a crisp attitude, a renewed sense of self worth, a new beat in my chest … maybe it has to do with the sweaters.
We're in a new music golden age. A lot of my favorite new sounds are reworking and twisting what came before them, doubling-back, and weaving themselves into the fabric of our music landscape. We’re in a beautiful place in music, revering Bob Dylan’s lyrical genius, remember Phil Chess’ immeasurable contributions to the American musical experience, and looking clear-eyed to the future with all the mojo and reverb we've got.
1. Natural Child – NSA Blues
2. Alvin Robinson – Something You Got
3. Betty Davis – Your Mama Wants Ya Back
4. Witch – Smiling Face
5. Courtney Barnett – New Speedway Boogie (Grateful Dead)
6. Devendra Banhart – Fig In Leather
7. Simone Rubi – When I’m Down
8. White Cloud – All Cried Out
9. Bob Dylan & The Band – All You Have To Do
10. Allah-Las – Strange Heat
11. Ike & Tina Turner – Come Together
12. The Jesters – Peter Gunn
13. Etta James – W.O.M.A.N.
14. Bobby Charles & The Band – Down South In New Orleans
15. Dale Hawkins – Everglades
16. Betty Harris – Cry To Me
The ghosts of all my LA fantasies live in this record. Calico Review is pure sunshine melancholia.Read More
In these sweaty-sunburnt-sandy asphalt days, we deserve all the simple pleasures: iced coffee, cool breezes, and music that elevates us from the heat and also revels in it. Your songs for the summer need to give you that summer FEELING. Make you want to dig a little deeper, push through the swelter, and totally celebrate yourself.Read More
It’s August and there’s a good possibility you’ll find yourself outdoors late at night, howling at the moon and talking about the stuff of life that unfolds at 2am. For these nights, keep Mississippi John Hurt tucked in your back pocket.Read More
Brunch just wouldn't be right without a soundtrack. That's why we're keeping the weekend vibes flowing with this funky playlist, inspired by our latest Nativen Stories Interview with the soulful and eclectic, Ori Cosentino.Read More
This stunning collection of unearthed “Cosmic American Music,” is pulled from a moment in Americana where the 60s were rolling into the 70s, rock & country were in a prolonged kiss, and Gram Parsons was a melancholy cosmic cowboy struggling to break through in a genre he had conceived.Read More
The magic of this record is the balance between intimacy and infinity – it soundtracks the moment when waking slips into dreaming and our imaginations unfurl.Read More
Standing in the moon shadow of a 100 million year old rock formation in the high desert, a calm sensation washes over you, as you truly realize just how insignificant you are in space and time, and how freeing that feels.Read More
Leave Me Alone is the debut album from Hinds, a quartet of Spanish gals with heavy guitars, big feelings, and tons of reverb. It’s top-notch slacker beach rock with a beer in one hand and a cig in the other.Read More
In a match made in Nashville heaven, country queen Loretta Lynn came barreling into the 21st century with Jack White in the producer’s seat, crafting together an absolutely essential record.Read More
Michael Hurley may be the greatest American singer-songwriter you’ve never heard of. He has released music in every one of the last six decades. Let’s let that sink in for a moment.Read More
Man, these January nights are long. I want some music to keep me warm, rev me up, and keep me company - it's time to get back to the studio and get that nose to the grindstone.Read More
It's December and I'm thinking about Allen Toussaint. I'm thinking about the cradle of American music - wrapped in the swaddling clothes of New Orleans and laid in the manger of the Mississippi Delta.Read More