Thursday, May 3, 2018

I'm Excited pt. 2: New Music from Old Favorites

At the end of July, The Special Pillow will release a new album called Sleeping Weird. Listen to the new song "Hudson River Dreamboat" here. It features Steven Levi on cornet and Sue Garner (Fish & Roses, The Scene Is Now) on sax.  

Special Pillow singer/songwriter Dan Cuddy was a member of Hypnolovewheel, and singer/violinist Katie Gentile was in the band Run On. The Special Pillow's guitarist Peter Stuart was in NYC garage rock bands The Tryfles and The Headless Horsemen, and has played with Richard Lloyd. Eric Cohen recently replaced Hypnolovewheel's Peter Walsh as The Special Pillow's drummer. Cohen played with Fly Ashtray and pHoaming Edison. There's a lot of NYC and Hoboken talent in The Special Pillow.

Here is one of my favorite Special Pillow songs, "You Can Do It (Just Don't Do It Wrong)".

Hypnolovewheel was a band I loved dearly, and I was very happy when Hypnolovewheel guitarist Stephen Hunking reunited with Dan Cuddy a few years ago in the XL Kings. I plan to post some Hypnolovewheel soon.

Meanwhile, new albums are coming this month from Carla Bozulich, and from Thalia Zedek's trio E. Listen to E and buy the records here. Listen to (and read about, and order) Quieter by Carla Bozulich here.

A new album by Pete Donnelly of The Figgs called Phases of the Moon is out now. Listen to his original songs and his covers of Erik Satie, Thelonious Monk, Ornette Coleman, and Oscar Pettiford. You can buy it from CD Baby or from Pete's website.  Mike Gent of The Figgs has a jangly new digital single called "Buck/Stipe" on Bandcamp.

Tropical Fuck Storm (with Gareth and Fiona from The Drones) have just released their debut album A Laughing Death In Meatspace, and you can listen to it here. It's kinda expensive to buy if you don't live in Australia, but Juno has the Tropical Fuck Storm singles (each of which has a non-LP b-side with TFS covering a different Australian band).

Last but not least, Swervedriver has almost finished their next album! You can help fund it on Pledge Music.


  1. jonder,
    Never heard of any of the bands/artists you wrote about execpt Monk & Coleman but "Hudson River Dreamboat" is excellent! Thanks!

    1. I'm glad you like it, Rexx! I'm looking forward to the new album. Check out some more Special Pillow: