August seems to always come with a slight twinge of melancholy that we've now entered the third and final real month of summer. Oh, sure there can be some balmy beach days in early September, but for the most part this time of year is when you want to make good on summer-fun plans. Along with this pursuit of one more perfect beach day comes a new batch of music releases from various corners of the globe. While hometown New York City counts for half of what's reviewed here, there are still two others hailing from continents ranging over the most extreme northern and southern locales.
There is a distinctive quality to the rock and roll that rises out of New York City. From 50's era “doo wop” through the late 70's punk rock and beyond, the feel and vibe of building front stoops, electric guitars, subway cars and crowded bars all permeate it's sound. Blues-rockers New York Junk evoke all of that and more on their latest record “Dreaming,” which is out now on Tarbeach Records. Recorded at Golden HIVE Studio in Prague, Czech Republic at the end of 2019, it was mixed and mastered in February 2020.The 'B” Girls. That band toured with The Clash, The Ramones, The Dead Boys and Blondie, and Cynthia also provided back-up vocals on Stiv Bators' “Disconnected” and Blondie’s “Auto American.” Similarly, drummer Gary Barnett's roots trace back to legendary NYC clubs like CBGB's, playing significant shows there in the mid-70's.