Well, it’s been a while since I posted anything on my list. I thought this might happen, but I thought it would have happened several times and not just one extended break. I know it coincided with the continuous grass cutting that I’ve had to do.
So, let’s try to finish this list.
This is Day 9 of my “New Rotations: Albums” list! These are albums that are still in my listening rotation beyond what I would consider to be a normal run on my music player. They are post influence forming, but are awesome nonetheless! They should have been deleted long ago to make room for other new music, yet I like them so much, I break my own rules for this music.
Angela Perley and The Howlin’ Moons put out a brilliant album in 2016 called “Homemade Vision.”
That album received much airplay on my shows as well as other programs on WHFR and I selected it for my 2016 Philby Album List https://philmaq.com/philbys/2016-philby-album-award-winners/, and several songs made my “Hot 100 Songs of 2016” https://philmaq.com/philbys/2016-philby-song-award-winners/ including the Song of the Year winner, “White Doves!”
I have seen the band several times in the past couple of years which has always included a trip to Ohio, because that’s where the band is located and typically plays a lot of gigs in their home state. Angela plays guitar and saw (?!) as well as handling main vocals. Her voice is very distinctive and has a style like many of the easily recognizable rock artists.
The rest of the Howlin’ Moons consists of guitar shredder Chris Connor and bass phenom Billy Zehnal. For the three times I have seen the band, they have had a “drummer du jour.” Surprisingly, it didn’t affect their performances, which is amazing considering all of the starts and stops that their songs have. On “Hey Kid,” Jeff Martin handled the beat.
The album starts off with a somewhat autobiographical song called “Athens.” It also bookends the album with a short instrumental reprise. It is probably the most mature approach the band had done up until then. But don’t worry. From that opening song, the band contains a whole slew of rock songs!
I’m guessing that “George Stone” is a somewhat true story because the character delivers the “Hey Kid” line of the album’s title. “Milk in the Fridge,” “Hurricane” and my favorite, “Bad Reputation” keep the album rocking with an energy that rock albums require, or don’t call it rock! In the middle of all these high energy songs is the one that the band identifies with and gets its name from, “Howlin” at the Moon.”
The songs are tight, with searing guitar solos, clever lyrics, and big choruses! It’s easy to see why I stay hooked!
Now some extra info on my list. I thought “Hey Kid” was older than it was. I had no idea that it was released in 2014 or I would have made it eligible for my Philbys last year. That’s one of the problems that I keep highlighting about independent releases. Release dates are sometimes vague. So for that reason, I think I will consider it for this year’s list.
So, I will pick another number 9….
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The List so far:
Day 8: “Arrivals and Departures” by Phil Ayoub: https://philmaq.com/2018/05/day-8-of-new-rotation-albums-list-arrival-and-departures-by-phil-ayoub/
Day 7: “Get Well” by Birth of Joy: https://philmaq.com/2018/05/day-7-of-new-rotation-albums-list-get-well-by-birth-of-joy/
Day 6: “Out From the Door” by Dylan McDonald and The Avians: https://philmaq.com/2018/05/day-6-of-new-rotation-albums-list-out-from-the-door-by-dylan-mcdonald-and-the-avians/
Day 5: “All Your Favorite Bands” by Dawes: https://philmaq.com/2018/05/day-5-of-new-rotations-list-all-your-favorite-bands-by-dawes/
Day 4: “Revolutions” by The Liquid Scene: https://philmaq.com/2018/05/day-4-of-new-rotations-list-revolutions-by-the-liquid-scene/
Day 3: “Vandenberg’s MoonKings” by Vandenberg’s MoonKings: https://philmaq.com/2018/05/day-3-vandenbergs-moonkings-by-vandenbergs-moonkings/
Day 2: “So Long, It’s Been Good to Know You” by Phil Lee: https://philmaq.com/2018/04/day-2-of-new-rotations-list-so-long-its-been-good-to-know-you-by-phil-lee/
Day 1: “Brill Bruisers” by The New Pornographers: https://philmaq.com/2018/04/day-1-of-new-rotations-list-brill-brusiers-by-the-new-pornographers/
New Rotation List Introduction: https://philmaq.com/2018/04/phils-maqs-ten-rotation-albums-new-introduction/