Introducing The Company Stores…

The Company Stores are my favorite local band. They are very well known and beloved in Charleston, WV. With their recent set at Mountain Stage, I think/hope the band is poised for a national break-through soon. Their lovely, eclectic new album, Little Lights, has quickly become a favorite of mine.

Lead singer-songwriter Casey Litz’s lilting, robust voice at times reminds me of Rhiannen Giddens, Natalie Merchant, and Heartless Bastards’ Erika Wennerstrom, but their genre-bending, self-described “Hill Hop” sound–a mix of clangy Appalachian folk fiddles, swirling psychedelic rock guitars, big band brass, and occasional splashes of classical piano–is incomparable.

Standout tracks are “Fall From Heaven,” “Nightingale,” “Optimistic,” and “Shenandoah Fall,” but the album is fantastic in it’s entirety.

The Company Stores Official Site

Todrick Hall: Straight Outta Oz

Todrick Hall calls his album, Straight Outta Oz, “Lemonade meets Wizard of Oz” (replete with its own visual album), so of course I love it! You can watch the visual album in its glorious entirety on Youtube and listen on Spotify. Local Kanawha Co. library card holders can also download it for free on Hoopla.

Todrick Hall Official Site

Buy @ Amazon

The Definitive Leonard Cohen Cover

Allison Crowe’s definitive Leonard Cohen cover, “Hallelujah,” and her haunting choral rendition of Cohen’s “Famous Blue Raincoat” are featured on the Muruch.com Presents Allison Crowe album.

Allison Crowe Official Site

Tori Amos: New Song “Flicker”

Composed for the Netflix documentary, Audrie & Daisy, Tori Amos’ new song, “Flicker,” is perhaps her strongest, most poignant track in the past 20 years.



As she did in her classics “Silent All These Years,” “Me and a Gun,” “Past the Mission,” and “Butterfly,” Tori again weaves metaphorical lyrics decrying sexual assault (as well as rape apologists and victim blamers) with her lilting soprano and a lovely piano melody. You can stream the song via Spotify below and watch an interview with Tori about the song’s creation…



A portion of the proceeds for “Flicker” benefit RAINN, so please buy the track to support my favorite charity.

Buy Mp3 @ Amazon

Tori Amos Official Site

Amanda Palmer’s New All-Star Song “On the Door”

Is there an electro-comedy genre? If not, Amanda Palmer & Brendan MacLean just invented it. Their new song about concert guestlists, “On the Door,” weaves an electro-dance chorus with comedic answering machine messages from various celebrities including Neil Gaiman, Sarah Silverman, Patton Oswalt, Craig Ferguson.

It’s strange and funny and I love it. You can download the pay what you want (incl. free) mp3 at Bandcamp.

Amanda Palmer & co. “On the Door” (mp3 download page)