SONG: Beck

“Heart Is A Drum”

Been loving this track from Beck’s latest album and it’s got such a perfect vibe for this cloudy, misty morning.


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SONG: Bahamas

“All The Time”

I’m so so excited for a new album from Canadian musician Afie Jurvanen aka Bahamas. The album, Bahamas Is Afie, will be out late August. “All The Time” is a dynamic track with a lot of fuzzy guitar sounds and a delightful hook… can’t wait to get my hands on the entire album! Bahamas will play Great Scott in Allston on September 13th.


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TPS Sessions: Jemima James

The music scene on Martha’s Vineyard sure does slow down in the offseason, but we find ways to keep busy! Over the winter, I asked some local musicians to record a bit of music and conversation with me at Phil daRosa‘s Oak Bluffs studio – The Print Shop. I also reached out to some local photographers to come by and capture these in-studio interviews. We’re calling the recordings “TPS Sessions” and I hope you enjoy them!

jemima smile

jemima singIt was a honor to have Jemima James join me in the studio to talk about her 40-year songwriting career and play a few tunes from her latest album, Nothing New. Scroll down a little further for clips from our conversation.

“It’s You”

“Nothing New”

“Golden Boy”

jess and jemima

jemima talkingOn Nothing New, Jemima has her sons Willy & Sam Mason playing bass and drums respectively. A slew of other island musicians joined in too, including Kate Taylor, Brad Tucker, Wes Nagy, Geordie Gude, Charlie Esposito, and Nina Violet.


Jemima tells me about her music roots:

A bit about the band she recorded her album with:

TONIGHT at Featherstone Center for the Arts, it’s the Jemima James Variety Show with MANY special guests performing outdoors from 6:30 – 8:30pm (kid and pet friendly!).

And be looking forward to a new release from Jemima in the near future…this fall she plans to record another album of some older songs she’s reworked and a few that are completely new.

Hear Nothing New on bandcamp
Jemima on Facebook

photos by Anthony Esposito
audio recorded by Phil daRosa
at The Print Shop, Oak Bluffs


group shotJemima James, Jess Phaneuf and Phil daRosa

More from TPS Sessions, coming soon!

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NEW: Robert Plant


I’m completely floored by this track. Robert Plant has managed to maintain what makes him legendary while sounding very contemporary. This could be a Radiohead track… you hear it? Man, it’s so killer. I’m psyched to hear more from the album, Lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar, out in August.

Robert Plant

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NEW: The New Pornographers

“Brill Bruisers”

Brill Bruisers is probably the album I’m most excited about this year. Neko Case, A.C. Newman, Dan Bejar, Kathryn Calder and friends are the band The New Pornographers – one of those bands that I want to tell everyone about. I don’t know what it is about Canadian musicians but I just dig em the most! The title track to this album sounds FLIPPING PHENOMENAL and I’m dying to hear more:

The album comes out in August!
The New Pornographers

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SONG: The Shins

“So Now What”

The other day my friend admitted the soundtrack to the movie Garden State was life-changing for her. Will Zach Braff deliver again with his new film & soundtrack? Wish I Was Here is a film that Braff wrote with his brother and it comes out next month. The soundtrack features Paul Simon, Bon Iver, Cat Power, Coldplay and this new tune from The Shins:

Wish I Was Here
Garden State

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LOCAL: Ross Livermore Band


“Work Song”

Like so many other up-and-coming acts, the Ross Livermore Band believes a lot of their strength lies in their live performance. So they’ve decided to offer us a little taste of that experience each month, for an entire year. Every month, this Boston-based band has been offering a free download of a live recording and along with it, a polished music video. A treat for the ears and eyes!

Some of these singles are cover songs, done with a unique flavor that’s all their own. Others, like this one, are written by the band and really showcase their energetic, FUN vibe. Seems like “Work Song” is a pretty fitting track for this time of year, when we’re all getting swept away in another busy summer season…

Check out MANY more videos from RLB HERE!
Ross Livermore Band
RLB On Facebook

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