This week the listening list is coming to you from our Director of Marketing, Benjy Kantor. Here’s what he can’t stop spinning:
1) Dusty Springfield, “Dusty In Memphis.” I’ve been a fan of the Memphis sound, Stax, Sun, etc, for a number of years (the Stax Museum of American Soul Music in Memphis is one of my favorite places in the world), but I hadn’t invested time in Dusty until recently. Great stuff. Here’s a video of Dusty bringing some serious soul on the BBC.
2) Garrison Starr, “Amateur.” Newest album from an artist whose been touring professionally for almost 20 years. About my age, and more singer-songwritery now than some of her rock past, I really dug this one. Playing at Passim in July.
3)Joy Kills Sorrow, “Darkness Sure Becomes This City.” Great album from another frequent Passim visitor. Even better to see live.
4) Lake Street Dive,”Lake Street Dive.” Like a jazzier, poppier Joy Kills Sorrow. Makes sense, as they share an upright bassist in Bridget Kearney. Simply fantastic to see live. At Passim July 8th, two shows.
5) Connor Garvey, “Where Ocean Meets Land” - unassuming, sweetheart, down to earth, nice guy. BRILLIANT songwriter. I can see him writing hits for himself or others.
and a bonus 6th:
Glen Hansard, “Rhythm and Repose” - the latest album from the man behind “Once” and the Swell Season and the Frames. He’s the one responsible for bringing Josh Ritter to Ireland, where Glen has been a star for many years. Unbelievable live. This album is an extension of his last 2 or 3 — similar sound, and I love every second of it.