Robert Ellis

Robert Ellis @ Songbyrd - 4/4/2019

Robert Ellis @ Songbyrd - 4/4/2019

Robert Ellis, once regarded as a canny Texas troubadour in Country and winsome rock, has adopted a fully formed persona in his current record as the “Texas Piano Man,” resplendent in an all-white tuxedo tinkling the ivories. He and his four-piece band, dressed stoically in all black suits, took their Texas Piano Man tour to the packed basement of the Songbyrd Music House and Record Café.


Episode 403: Robert Ellis's 'Texas Piano Man'

Episode 403: Robert Ellis's 'Texas Piano Man'

If Robert Ellis’s self-titled 2016 album announced him to the world as a songwriting force to be reckoned with, then is new LP Texas Piano Man makes the case that he is the stuff of legend. Swapping his six strings for eighty-eight keys, Ellis’s latest finds him pairing his trademark gut-wrenching honesty and melodic sophistication with the panache of late 70’s pop rock (think Elton John and Leon Russel), and the result is undeniably the best album of his career.

Tune in to the this latest episode of Discologist as we dive deep into this rock and roll masterpiece and try to come back with some of it’s truth’s on the other side.


Best Of 2017: Kevin's List

Best Of 2017: Kevin's List

After the impossible highs that were reached in music in 2016, the question of how that could be topped would always weigh heavy on 2017, but nobody could have really predicted the year that was. Our nation, our home, shifted at long last towards the deep-seeded hatred, misogyny, and generalized loathing that had always hid just underneath the surface of our communities, our entertainment, our ART. Turns out that for many, the American way was a freeway to self-destruction, and in 2017 all lanes were suddenly open.


Episode 325: If All I Was Was Black - Mavis Staples

Episode 325: If All I Was Was Black - Mavis Staples

Mavis Staples, one of the greatest voices of this generation, or any, is back with a powerful new LP If All I Was Was Black. Continuing in her collaboration with Wilco's Jeff Tweedy in the production chair, the civil-rights icon is going back to her Chicago blues roots and delivering a powerful statement on racism in America in 2017.

PLUS! Robert Ellis and Courtney Hartman have teamed up for an album celebrating the music of John Hartford, and the iconic first single is just as exquisite as you would expect.


Best Albums Of 2016

Best Albums Of 2016

2016 will go down in history as the year that we lost an inordinate amount our friends and maybe even lost ourselves, but through it all we had music. 

We've talked enough this year, so here's our Top 25 Album Of 2016 as determined by science. 

For the quick fix hit the list to the right. For a more in depth take, links to listen, and links to interviews with many of the artists, please enjoy the gallery below. 

We'll see you in 2017 everyone. We love you. 

- Kevin, Paul, Carrie, Patrick, Eduardo, Matt, Mauricio...and Gus. 


Best of 2016: Kevin's Take

Best of 2016: Kevin's Take

One of my favorite quotes of all time can be attributed to one Hunter S. Thompson:

"When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro."
Fear and Loathing at the Superbowl, Rolling Stone #155

The simple wisdom of that rallying cry has driven myself and so many other creative people I know for as long as I can remember, but never so much as in 2016, because, let me tell ya: SHIT. GOT. WEIRD.

From the death of David Bowie right out of the gate right up to the potential death of our democracy and all of the outrageous pit-stops along the way, 2016 delivered chaos in a way that no other year has in my forty-four years of existence.

It also delivered music.

So much legitimately great music in fact that it's almost pointless to parse any of this into a list when all of it struck to the core of different parts of what makes us human, and did so in a way that we haven't seen before, and likely won't see again for years to come.

Would I trade any of this awesome for maybe a little less chaos? Not a chance. But man alive, do we have great GREAT music to chew on for the next few decades now.

So here you go. A little order to the chaos. It's ultimately as meaningless as anything else I suppose, but to me, these are the things that meant everything in 2016. 


Episode 193: Robert Ellis

Episode 193: Robert Ellis

With 2011's Photograph and 2014's The Lights From The Chemical Plant, Robert Ellis established himself as one best singer-songwriters working today. 

Robert Ellis, his third major release (and one of the best albums of 2016) builds on that foundation, but refuses to be constrained to any genre, country or otherwise. 

On a recent visit to Washington, DC, Robert stopped by the basement to talk about his new album, life on the road and how great songwriting beats all. 

You deserve this podcast. You earned it. 


Episode 190: Modern Baseball - Holy Ghost

Episode 190: Modern Baseball - Holy Ghost

It’s sad and shameful that in 2016 that bands like Screaming Females, Modern Baseball, and Speedy Ortiz have to set up a hotline for fans to call if they’re at a show and find themselves being touched or treated inappropriately, and yet here we are talking about our collective inability to not be f@#-ups... again. Dammit.

And speaking of Modern Baseball…

The Philadelphia emo-punks have spent the past few years building a devoted (that’s putting it mildly) following and on their latest LP, Holy Ghost, they just may have hit the big time.  Is the world ready for Category 5 feels-a-cane? We’re aiming to find out.

PLUS! Robert Ellis’ excellent self-titled LP is here and we’ve got one of its finest moments for you to put in your ear-holes…and your heart.

Trust us. We may actually know what we’re doing. 


2012 Newport Folk Festival Preview - DAY ONE

2011 was a huge year for the Newport Folk Festival. By playing fast and loose with the "folk" part of its name, the organizers put together a stellar lineup that joined artists both old and new in a giant celebration of music, and the payoff was that for the first time in the festivals HISTORY it SOLD OUT! So how do you follow up what many consider to be the best year in the festivals history?

GO BIGGER of course.

This year heavyweights like of My Morning Jacket, Alabama Shakes, Dawes, The Head and The Heart, Conor Oberst and JACKSON FREAKING BROWNE sit on top of the bill - not to mention WILCO if you want to throw in the fests expansion to include a Friday night show. But you already know this. Again this year, you bought up every last ticket to be had. You're already planning on seeing Punch Brothers, Tune-yards, and Charles Bradley. You've got your run of Deer Tick, Sharon Van Etten and Iron and Wine mapped out down to the minute. But that's just one side of the weekend. 

In a large part it is the smaller bands that make this festival. Newcomers, oldcomers...it doesn't matter. These are artists that might float under the general publics radar, but its safe to say, nobody makes it to the Newport stage without good reason. With that in mind, here's a few of the "little guys" that we think are well worth your time checking out this weekend when you get the chance. 

 

BROWN BIRD

Last years Salt for Salt was one of the more criminally underrated releases, but you wouldn’t know it by the performance that this duo delivered 2011’s Newport Folk Festival. With a sound that lies somewhere between a darker vision of American, prog rock and METAL (yes you read that right), they stunned the crowd at the Alex and Ani tent in 2011. This year the group makes the well deserved move up to the main stage, so make sure you get there early, because our money is on David [Lamb] and MorganEve [Swain] to provide one of the most talked about sets of the weekend. No pressure guys.