Tuesday, July 8, 2014

J.D. Wilkes (2012) -Kitchen Tapes [7"]

Artist: J.D. Wilkes
Albums: Kitchen Tapes 7”
Release date:  2012
Quality:  mp3 CBR 192
Size:  16 MB

“Armed with nothing more than a tape recorder, a banjo, and a kitchen table to sit at, JD Wilkes has crafted the ultimate LO-FI, Hillbilly listening experience!  Imagine it: 14 old-timey tunes, crammed onto a single 7" record and brought to you in glorious MONO!  (Insert dramatic echo.)
JD Wilkes' “Kitchen Tapes” features many classic tunes taught to him personally by the great Lee “Boy” Sexton, one of eastern KY's last surviving pre-bluegrass banjo players, and featured cameo musician in “Coal Miner's Daughter” and “Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus”.
Brought to you by The Pine Hill Haints' Jamie Barrier at Arkam Records, Florence AL.. www.jdwilkes.com   

Sunday, April 13, 2014

The Black Angels (2014) -Clear Lake Forest [EP]

Artist:  The Black Angels
Albums: Clear Lake Forest [EP] 
Released:  2014
Quality: mp3 CBR 320
Size: 64 MB

"After taking us through a journey to the acid-drenched Indigo Meadow in 2013, The Black Angels have set April 19th (Record Store Day) as the departure date for fans to travel to the Clear Lake Forest. Just in time to play their new tunes for the Angels’ own Psych Fest, the Austin psych revivalists have cut six new tracks of warbly, roaming rock ‘n’ roll.
It doesn’t take long for listeners to figure out if they’re fans of The Black Angels. Within a song or two, the Angels have laid clear their mission of kaleidoscopic Texas psych. You can turn up, tune in and drop out, or get the fuck off the voyage. On Clear Lake Forest, The Black Angels moved towards beats rooted in hip-hop. The result is a different kind of psych rock, digging in on the hi-hat opposed to riding the cymbal. With tonal organ textures, fuzzed-out guitar and Alex Maas’ washed out yelps, its signaturely Black Angelic, and thankfully so."© Matthew Stieb @ San Antonio Current

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Dead Combo (2014) -A Bunch of Meninos

Artist: Dead Combo
Albums: A Bunch Of Meninos
Release date:  2014
Quality:  mp3 CBR 320
Size:  102 MB

“Dead Combo are a one of a kind group. Their music is an eclectic combination of genres that range from portuguese Fado to Blues and Rock n'Roll, from Latin to african music. With just two members, their sound is minimalistic, but very smooth and engaging - the kind of sound you expect to hear on a Quentin Tarantino movie. They are multi-instrumentalists, and in the past have included in their songs instruments such as the cello, piano and horns. However, with a few exceptions, for this album they've sticked mainly to their guitars.” @ bubblews  

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Cult Of Dom Keller (2014) -The Second Bardo

Artist:  The Cult of Dom Keller
Albums: The Second Bardo 
Released:  2014
Quality: mp3 VBR
Size: 94 MB

"Cult of Dom Keller sound like they’ve fallen from the back of Ken Kesey’s legendary LSD loaded magic bus, down ‘n’ dirty slabs of fried freak beat are sumptuously decoded within a swamp infested heavy beatnik chassis, part acid laced shade wearing psyche and part heavy stoner goo, a wasted baby laced with hazy 60′s sourced keys and looping gridlocked riffs of mind expanding proportions".
© a giant leap

Friday, March 14, 2014

Various Artists (2014) -A Psych Tribute To The Doors

Artist:  various
Albums: A Psych Tribute To The Doors 
Released:  2014
Quality: mp3 CBR 320
Size: 137 MB

"I have to admit that at first I was a little skeptical when I heard about “A Psych Tribute to The Doors.” It seemed like it could have been all concept, but the execution might have fallen short. After listening to the whole CD I can say this is a tribute album that actually pays tribute to the band they’re covering.

I’ve never heard of any of the bands on the CD before, but each one has a completely different take on The Doors song they chose. They picked songs from throughout The Doors career and not just their psychedelic songs. Each band takes the songs to places The Doors might never have contemplated. The bands also exercise a lot of creativity and originality without ever completely abandoning The Doors road. There are signposts and markers for fans along the way, while each cover is quite different from The Doors original while still paying tribute to it.

Some of the standouts for me were Elephant Stone opening the CD, ripping into “L.A. Woman” with a trippy, sitar influenced cover, Camera with a completely instrumental version of “People Are Strange,“ Sons of Hippies followed the lead of The Doors and layered “The Soft Parade” creating an aural texture quite unique and different from The Doors, Wall of Death accentuating the anthemic in “Light My Fire” to heights The Doors never took it to but which legend and rock ‘n’ roll history have taken it. The Raveonettes cover of “The End” that is totally unexpected and could make the song a top 40 hit.

I didn’t find one of the songs boring or an uninteresting experiment. If you want to take a chance that isn’t really taking a chance, get “A Psych Tribute to The Doors” I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with the original and creative take on The Doors. “A Psych Tribute to The Doors” comes in both CD and on vinyl. You can get it at Amazon or at Cleopatra Records.".
© examiner.com

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

JD Wilkes & The Dirt Daubers (2013) -Wild Moon

Artist: JD Wilkes & The Dirt Daubers
Albums: Wild Moon
Release date: 2013
Quality: mp3
CBR 320
Size: 88 MB  

“The Dirt Daubers were formed by Legendary Shack Shakers front man, artist, director and country punk pioneer J.D. Wilkes in 2009 with his wife Jessica. Wilkes’ “gothic preacher” persona and frantic blues harmonica whips ‘Wild Moon’ into a frenzy, trading lead vocal duties with his feminine foil. J.D. and Jessica are joined by electric guitarist Rod Hamdallah and drummer Preston Corn. Smoky baritone sax grooves are provided by Tom Waits’ sideman Ralph Carney, with piano played by Wilkes himself – delving deeper into the bluesy recesses of American music. Jessica emotes pained lyrics about life, love and loss on tunes like “No More My Love” and “Apples and Oranges,” while J.D. continues his southern storytelling style on “Angel Crown” and the title track. Says J.D., “The band might have come “down from the mountain” (only to land square in the Mississippi Delta!) but the heart and soul of the Dirt Daubers remain intact.” © the Dirty Daubers 



Monday, December 30, 2013

Salome No Kutibiru (2012) -Owari

Artist: Salome No Kutibiru 
Albums: Owari
Release date: 2012
Quality: mp3 CBR 320
Size: 108 MB

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

The Ding-Dongs (2013) -Rang Tang Ding Dong

Artist: The Ding-Dongs
Albums: Rang Tang Ding Dong
Release date:  2013
Quality:  mp3 CBR 224  
Size:  57 MB

“The Ding-Dongs are Mark Sultan and Bloodshot Bill, two heavyweights of rock’n'roll, old friends both hailing from Montreal . Bloodshot Bill has been wowing crowds across the world with his incredibly authentic (but not cheesy) rockabilly sounds as a one-man band and beyond. Mark Sultan (BBQ) has been touring incessantly with a soulful voice commandeering his own one-man band, based in chaos and RnR/RnB of the most sincere kind. Together as the Ding-Dongs, they make rock’n'roll of the highest caliber. The real shit.” @ marksultan.com  

P.S. Great thanks for the album to Nothing But Trash

Thursday, November 28, 2013

The Routers (2012) -A-Ooga!!! Stamp & Shake With The Routers

Artist: The Routers 
Albums: A-Ooga!!! Stamp & Shake With The Routers
Release date: 2012
Quality: mp3 CBR 320
Size: 142 MB

“Remembered by Mr. and Ms. Average Listener solely for their 1962 Top 20 instrumental "Let's Go (Pony)," the Routers rode that hit to record a surprising wealth of material in the early to mid-'60s, including four albums and numerous singles. This 27-track compilation lives up to the promise of its subtitle "The Best, The Rarest & the Unreleased," including their chart hits (they did have a mild one after "Let's Go (Pony)", "Sting Ray"), some singles that make their CD debut, and four previously unreleased tracks. "Let's Go (Pony)" was a simple but memorable tune built around crackling surf-ish guitar, soaring sax, and cheerleader-friendly clapping, yet they never did manage anything else as catchy, despite the era's top Hollywood session men playing on their records. While you've got to love liner notes that start off by declaring "it's fair to say that the Routers were never about high-minded cerebral matters," these largely instrumental tracks -- singing and chanting are periodically heard -- are mostly hasty if energetic throwaways, often sounding like a cross between a sports marching band and a rock & roll combo with one foot in R&B and the other in surf. They're kind of fun to party to if you're not demanding much, and capture the innocence of the Los Angeles rock scene at a time when few aspired to do anything more than enjoy themselves and sell records, but they're not very interesting. More interesting, to be blunt, are the extensive liner notes, which explain the Routers' tangled evolution and connections to key Hollywood session rockers, who were so tight that only one member of the band touring under the Routers' name actually played on the records. Oddly, however, they don't mention that two tracks, "Snap, Crackle, and Pop" and "Amoeba" were written by future Redbone leaders Pat and Lolly Vegas, or that one of the touring Routers, Scott Engel (who's seen in one of the photos), became star singer Scott Walker of the Walker Brothers. ~ by Richie Unterberger @ allmusic.com

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Liquid Laughter Lounge Quartet - 3 albums

Albums: Yonder...Chickens Get Lonely / Liquid Laughter Lounge Quartet / May You Always Live With Laughter 
Released:  1999 / 2001 / 2004
Quality: mp3 VBR / CBR 320
Size: 73 / 70 / 100 MB

"The Liquid Laughter Lounge Quartet plays cocktail music, a bitter-sweet liquid concoction that sticks in your throat leaving an aftertaste that is somewhere between pretty and pretty ugly. These four gentlemen of Freiburg borrow, alienate and counterfeit country and western, Rockabilly, an immense blues rendered with austere arrangements and an emotive and often hysterical voice. Anyone who finds themselves thinking about David Lynch films has hit the nail squarely on the head. With upright bass, drums. guitar a voice and a suitcase stuffed with sounds, Liquid Laughter Lounge Quartet are just as much a part of the furniture as the dilapidated sofa in the corner at The Heartbreak Hotel. And, the music matches the decor: pretty but also quick to unsettle and in places somewhat divergent and diffused, its contours washed smooth in deep swathes of red and blue. Ghosts whisper to rockabilly skeletons; this sotto voce country and western accompanied by a besotted Brian Ferryesque refrain. The far-flung and two-left-footed tango receives a jolt and a wry blues shuffle is danced until the glasses become stuck to the tabletops. The ice has long melted and the drink now tastes more bitter than sweet- just like the memories. Lyrics about angels, drugs, strange neighbours, forgetting and disappearance are morbid yet tender. The songs often hang in the air in much the same way a photograph from better days hangs on the wall.".


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Fuzz Manta (2013) -The Stonewolf

Artist:  Fuzz Manta
Albums: The Stonewolf
Released:  2013
Quality: mp3 CBR 320
Size: 145 MB

”It is an understatement that the new album from Danish band Fuzz Manta is captivating! After several listenings after “The Stonewolf” I can only congratulate the quartet have matured and knew refine his compositions that combine sounds big heavy rock, psychedelic atmo-spheres and especially beautiful vintage flights truly original. I think the group has reached a new milestone with this fourth LP since their last album “Vortex Memplex” including the production of its centerpiece: the title – “The Stonewolf”, a piece of more than 34 minutes agglomerates several subsets to prog / retro rock / heavy psych and kraut in a cheerful tone swarming maelstrom of creativity and groove. There is also all boosted energy on tracks like “My Baby in Vain” or “Mind Reader” on which the riffs and the voice of Freddy Lene still do wonders. Highly recommended!”  -  (c)

Monday, September 16, 2013

Left Lane Cruiser (2013) -Rock Them Back To Hell

Albums: Rock Them Back To Hell
Release date:  2013
Quality:  mp3 CBR 320  
Size:  100 MB

“Freddy J. IV and Brenn Beck of Indiana’s roots rock and hillbilly blues duo Left Lane Cruiser are back with a follow-up to their 2011 release “Junkyard Speed Ball,” titled “Rock Them Back to Hell!” Still on Alive Records, this brand new full-length by Left Lane Cruiser consists of ten original songs of rousing sonic mastery. With Brenn’s dynamic drumming on his kit, along with the peculiar clank n’ bang of his occasional trash percussion, and with Freddy’s wildly nimble finger-pickin’ and dirty note progressions on his guitar, and of course his smoky, boozy stream of dirty-throated vocals, they especially rock the hell out of you on this one.” REAF THE FULL REVIEW