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Marty Monsta is having a Nude Party with Joan Osborne and Delta Spirit

Marty Blackmore

It’s that time of week again when I pull up some of the new albums that have featured in my recent reading and listening; in my local park a lone saxophone player was leaning back on some old familiar tunes one evening, so I introduced myself…he’s a Kiwi living in Melbourne and has some new music coming out shortly that I hope to introduce!

But now we  have Delta Spirit’s new album What Is There to get into. The band are from Long Beach, California, and are these days a lot different in their music than the debut album Ode To Sunshine, 2008 ( a beauty), my introduction to the group, which I would describe as being Americana/alt country!

Lead by Matt Vasquez, this is their first album since 2014, when tensions in the band caused a hiatus; now we have an indie pop band giving us lots of melodies, lyrics from the heart dealing with nostalgia, reflection and sentiment….the members have all kept up playing, so now reunited and friends again, they have produced a big, feel good sound.

Here’s "How Bout It" with a video shot with scenes from 30 USA cities and  "It Ain’t Easy" 

Well I missed their first album but boy am I enjoying The Nude Party’s second album Midnight Manor just released. Described as a cross section of 1967 hitting the Stones, Velvet Underground and more, this is kick ass good time music by a band that at times sounds as though they are not quite taking themselves seriously!

But hey, we all need to do that sometimes, particularly in 2020, and just party!

60’s, 70’s Rock n Roll….love it. Grab "Lonely Heather" and "Thirsty Drinking Blues" and SMILE!

Joan Osborne on her tenth album Trouble And Strife with 10 original songs addresses the crazy, chaotic times we are living in and how music has an important role to play.

I have been a fan of this lady for years across a number of albums, and always admired her fiercely independent approach, great song interpretations (check out her Bob Dylan songs) and use of gospel, blues, roots rock, country, funk, and the seven time Grammy nominee drops all of these into the mix on her new album!

Based in Brooklyn, USA do not get in the way of Joan Osborne’s new mission to expose corruption wherever she sees it….so listen to "Panama" and "Hands Off". 

Go the music!





Written By: Marty Blackmore Marty Blackmore is from Melbourne, originally from Invercargill, where he had a record store in the 70’s. Then, 120 record stores in Australia and New Zealand during 80’s and 90’s (well he was the GM). Currently rewired, plays in a Duo and a Band, loves finding new interesting artists and music in Blues, Americana, Country, Soul and Singer/Songwriter.