Friday, December 28, 2012

TRACK OF THE DAY - Foxygen

Sunday, December 16, 2012

The Fiends - 2 albums



Artist:  The Fiends
Albums: In Scareo / Gravedigger
Release date:  1995 / 1998
Quality: mp3 CBR 320 / 192
Size:  62+80 MB



Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Del Moroccos (2009) -Blue Black Hair



Artist:   Del Moroccos
Albums: Blue Black Hair
Released: 2009
Quality: mp3 CBR 320
Size: 86 MB

”Knock the Ray-ettes and Link Wray together, with a blast of garage, a hit of late '50s black rock n' roll, dress 'em up like Johnny Cash, and you get a raucous, mean mix of "'50s garage". The members are veteran Chicago musicians from the rockabilly, surf, ska, jazz and R & B scenes, from bands including: Mighty Blue Kings, Jimmy Sutton's Four Charms, Deals Gone Bad, Cave Catt Sammy, The Stranger, Kevin O'Donnell's Quality 6, Reluctant Aquanauts and The Stacks. The Del Moroccos lead guitar player Jimmy Sutton, hand picked the line up for this relentless new sound. The Del Moroccos set list features choice selections of obscure, rockin' early independent record label songs and wild originals, capturing a sound that teeters somewhere between the 50's and 60's, and is performed with the emotion of early punk and mod revival. New on the scene, the Del Moroccos have shared the stage with SUN rocording artist Hayden Thompson, and the Queen of rockabilly, the legendary Wanda Jackson” ~ ©



Saturday, December 1, 2012

TRACK OF THE DAY - Arcturus

Various Artists (2012) -The Lemon Tape



"The mixtape, in its literal form, seems eerily obsolete. This website holds onto its visage like grim death, a point of pride among our legion. Those doomed to a world post-mixtape will exist in a sad world, one without hope springing eternal or the discovery of a band that would otherwise never hit our radar. It’s this inspirational well that The Lemon Tape is drawn from. Hell, just look at the hippie, happy cover art. It’s sunshine all over this cassette, coming straight from the unicorn and rainbow capital, Montreal. Shit! Quebec is not only seeking independence, it’s also stealing psych-pop from under the noses of capitalist Canadian swine! Oh, what joyous rays of subversion to be soaked in! The Lemon Tape is the world’s greatest mixtape, steeped in Montreal’s finest psychedelic purveyors. The lazy swoon of Brave Radar’s “A Spike” fueling a quick sprint across an overgrown field. The Capital of Plastic Daffodils pillaging 1960s Frisco and repurposing it with scratched sexuality on “Princess.” The Yesteryears tapping into a world where Jackie Browne stars Joan Baez rather than Pam Grier, the ferocity of drug trafficking replaced by a gigantic hookah soul-out. It’s all peace and love here, sugar."  (c) JSPICER


Thursday, November 29, 2012

Hipbone Slim and the Knee Tremblers (2012) -Go Hog Wild!



Artist:  Hipbone Slim And The Kneetremblers
Albums: Go Hog Wild!
Released:  2012
Quality: mp3 CBR 192
Size:  33 MB

”What can we say about this band? Other than it features three of Britain's most prominent and talented rock 'n' roll musicians, whose individual musical histories take in the best British garage, surf, trash, punk and beat bands of the last 20 years. The band is led by Sir Bald Diddley aka Hipbone Slim aka The Bald Bomber, who has been a leading world force in the field of surf and rock 'n' roll instrumentals for a decade or more. .”
~ ©

 



Sunday, November 25, 2012

Chat Noir - 4 albums



Artist:  Chat Noir
Albums:  Adoration / Decoupage / Difficult To See You / Weather Forecasting Stone
Released: 2006 / 2007 / 2008 / 2011
Quality: mp3 CBR 192 / 320
Size: 95 / 185 / 165 / 150 MB

A trio that starts from classic jazz to explore alternative music territories and sounds contaminated by different kind of musical genres. A trio which abolishes the traditional concept of leader and sideman, encouraging the acting of each member in a balanced way. A trio which, through its compositions, has the courage to express itself by a very personal language. The result is a choral and evocative music which distinguishes Chat Noir from the most jazz bands of our time.©


Thursday, November 22, 2012

Various Artists (2009) -Femmes De Paris & Gentlemen De Paris (4CD set)


 

Artist:  various
Albums: Femmes De Paris & Gentlemen De Paris (4CD set)
Released:  2009
Quality: mp3 CBR 192
Size: 199 + 106 MB

”A treasure trove of female French pop from the 60s – packaged in a special case with a bonus male disc too! The 4CD package is a tremendous introduction to the hippest French pop sounds of the 60s – and goes way past the obvious stars of the time to include some cool girl singers who never got full exposure here on this side of the Atlantic. Some of the tracks on the set are versions of English-language hits, and others are original French numbers with a really hip, mod, go-go approach – very romping and groovy, with the sort of styles that are becoming the best-remembered from the time. The overall sound here is similar to some of France Gall's best work from the mid 60s – touched with traces of some of the Brit girl singers, but handled with some great instrumental touches that really make the tunes come alive. 4CD package features all 3 volumes of the Femmes De Paris series, plus a bonus disc of the Gentlemen De Paris set.”
~ ©


  

Saturday, November 10, 2012

The Peoples Temple (2012) -More For The Masses / Looter's Game



Artist:  The Peoples Temple
Albums: More For The Massses / Looter’s Game
Release date:  2012
Quality: mp3 VBR ~260
Size:  83+11 MB

”The People's Temple don't sound so much like a garage-rock band circa 2011 as they do a garage-rock band circa 1966. They aren't just vaguely reminiscent of Love or the Seeds or Out of Our Heads-era Stones, they're practically the spitting image, scuzzy and scrappy and, most of all, urgent. Though the sounds they mine may be familiar, they hit on the same quality that makes Nuggets-era rock'n'roll so exciting: that leave-it-on-the-line feeling that these guys are putting a summer's worth of lawnmowing money at risk to lay this racket dow. ©



Thursday, October 18, 2012

Various Artists -Rock Out Of This World Vol.1-3



Artist:   various
Albums:  Rock Out Of This World Vol.1-3
Released: n/a
Quality: mp3 CBR 320
Size: 82+86+84 MB  



Thursday, October 4, 2012

Mojo Juju (2012) -Mojo Juju



Artist:  Mojo Juju
Albums: Mojo Juju
Release date:  2012
Quality: mp3 CBR 320
Size:  124 MB

“After five years as founding member, songwriter and vocalist for notorious, seven piece noir punk/garage swing band ‘The Snake Oil Merchants’, a favourite on the Australian festival circuit, Melbourne artist Mojo Juju has made a bold departure from the big band and set out on her own.
Set to breakneck rhythms and hard-¬boiled stories from life on the road, Mojo Juju draws inspiration from the Jazz age, early blues and Latin American ‘Pachuco’ culture of the 1930’s and 1940’s.
Described as "Sleazy, jazzy, swingin’, rockin’ sass... and it all sounds so effortless" (Time Off), watch as Mojo Juju unveils a new posse of the slickest, suavest and deadliest guns on instruments yet.
Smooth, shiny & loaded with sin. The kind of music that could make a bishop kick a hole in a stained glass window. Mojo Juju sings songs that sound just like that night you can't quite remember, in that bar you swear you weren't at, with that girl you promise you've never met.”
  ©






Sunday, September 30, 2012

Tuba Skinny (2012) -Rag Band



Artist:  Tuba Skinny
Albums: Rag Band
Release date:  2012
Quality: mp3 CBR 320 
Size:  138  MB

“ It is apt that Tuba Skinny’s new release has the word “Rag” in it. The music here goes back beyond Dixieland to the early days of jazz when it was better known as “ragtime,” and those who played it called it “ragging” (or syncopating) the beat or song. It also indicated an informal, down-home take on the music. The seven member-strong Tuba Skinny collective definitely has that going for them. This is shake your booty with a cold-one in your hand music. Their take on rarely recorded songs such as the sly come-on “Papa’s Got Your Bath Water On” or Skip James’ cold-blooded murder ballad “Crow Jane” are poignant, yet fun. Occasionally, the beat wanders or not everyone is in tune, but the general energy and joy of the music makes the listener forget such anomalies. And kudos to Tuba Skinny for getting some of the great yet lesser-played songs of the New Orleans repertoire (particularly the Jelly Roll Morton tunes including “New Orleans Bump”) back into action.
Nobody needs to hear another version of “Muskrat Ramble” these days. The only problem with this recording is that sometimes it takes the informal too far. I like my music raw, but the audio quality of this disc sounds at times more like a field recording and less like a studio one. The music can always be heard, but sometimes the vocals are a little difficult to make out, and instruments that should be more prominent fall into the background. Again, that doesn’t take away from the overall feel of Rag Band. Put it on for your next party and see how low everybody can do the “New Orleans Bump.”
  ~ by David Kunian





Sunday, September 23, 2012

Those Poor Bastards (2012) -Behold The Abyss



Albums: Behold The Abyss
Release date:  2012
Quality: mp3 VBR
Size:  73 MB

“Tribulation Recording Company proudly presents its first ever album-novel set! The book (sold separately) is entitled "The Terrible Tale of Edgar Switchblade," and tells the story of a religiously obsessed and mentally disturbed bounty hunter born with cloven hooves. Together with his faithful horse Old Red, they befriend and destroy werewolves, ghosts, prostitutes and other strange creatures.
The accompanying album, "Behold The Abyss," explores the themes of the novel and expands upon several key events. The instrumentation is sparse, broken and filled right up to the brim with misery and ugliness.
When combined, the book and album present a brutal and hopeless picture of humankind's lonely pursuit of spiritual and earthly desires.” ©





Kinoco Hotel - two albums


Artist:   Kinoco Hotel
Albums:  Marianne No Yuutsu / Marianne No Koukotsu
Release date: 2010 / 2011
Quality: mp3 CBR 320
Size: 72 / 98 MB

Kinoco Hotel (キノコホテル) is an all-female Japanese indie rock quartet, inspired by the Group Sounds movement of the 60s, formed in 2007. Showcasing matching short “Sgt. Pepper”-esque military style dresses and knee high boots, their music can be classified as a mix of vintage psychedelic rock and post shibuya-kei.




Saturday, September 8, 2012

My Sleeping Karma (2012) -Soma



Albums: Soma
Release date:  October 2012
Quality: mp3 CBR 192
Size:  107 MB

”MY SLEEPING KARMA`s fourth alum "Soma" follows the band’s own individualistic and atmospheric path towards enlightenment. Following the meaning of the album title ("Soma" is the intoxicating drink of the gods), the instrumental Psychedelic Groove Rock of the German quartet enhances the consciousness in a truly hypnotic and bewitching manner. The multilayered compositions move skilfully between heavy rock riffs and enchanting melodic parts with a high level of calmness and beauty. "Soma" is visually complimented by Sebastian Jerke’s artwork that is filled with astonishing details and beauty.  "Soma" offers the perfect movie soundtrack to everybody’s own inner journey. Just be warned, you may never want to leave again!” . (c) My Sleeping Karma




Friday, September 7, 2012

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (2012) -Rattle Them Bones



Albums: Rattle Them Bones
Released:  2012
Quality: FLAC
Size:  334 MB

”Since hitting it big in the '90s during the swing revival, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy have stuck to their retro-guns while finding ways to explore new ground. To these ends, 2003's Save My Soul found the band delving into New Orleans rhythms and R&B, while 2009's How Big Can You Get?: The Music of Cab Calloway featured the music of the legendary Hi-De-Ho man. That album brought them deeper into a hardcore jazz sound and most likely helped them in signing with the Savoy Jazz label for 2012's similarly jazz-inflected Rattle Them Bones. Once again centered around the sweet and lyrical lead vocals of guitarist/songwriter Scotty Morris, the album features a mix of new material, jazz covers, and even an unexpected take on Randy Newman's "It's Lonely at the Top." These are crisply produced, urbane, and always swinging tunes that often have an old-school big-band sound. This impressive large ensemble sound comes via the longtime core rhythm section of pianist Joshua Levy, bassist Dirk Shumaker, and drummer Kurt Sodergren, as well as such featured players as trumpeter Glen "The Kid" Marhevka, and saxophonists Karl Hunter and Andy Rowley. With all arrangements by Levy, the band is also complemented by a bevy of stellar studio musicians who round out several cuts here. Also featured here is vocalist Meaghan Smith, who duets with Morris on the romantic midtempo ballad "It Only Took a Kiss." Longtime fans of the group’s neo-crooner jazz sound, as well as anybody who digs solidly crafted and always swinging traditional jazz and pop, should find much to enjoy here. ~ by Matt Collar, allmusic.com







Saturday, September 1, 2012

Various Artists -The In-Kraut:Hip Shaking Grooves Made In Germany 1966-1974 Vol.1-3



Artist:  various
Albums: The In-Kraut: Hip Shaking Grooves Made In Germany 1966-1974 Vol.1-3
Released:  2005 / 2006 / 2008
Quality: mp3 CBR 192 / 320
Size:  79+140+144 MB

”Marina Records proudly presents The In-Kraut - handpicked soul, beat, now sound, mod and soundtrack gems from Germany -- all recorded between 1966 and 1974. Among them many Kraut-pleasin' obscurities and long-forgotten nuggets that appear now for the very first time on CD. While the musical climate in Germany of the late '60s and early '70s was clearly dominated by horrible Schlagers, nevertheless, records of outstanding class were cut with Teutonic precision….  The guys behind these productions were usually slick jazz players and studio musicians from the tightest orchestras of the country. Somehow these middle-aged men knew how to move the Kraut and adapt their skills to the swinging sixties.
©



 


Friday, August 31, 2012

Christian Bland & The Revelators - 2 albums

Albums: The Lost Album / Pig Boat Blues
Released:  2011 / 2012
Quality: mp3 VBR ~ 250
Size:  64 / 84 MB

 “…It’s a colorful collage of vintage sounds, recalling innovators like Syd Barrett and the more sprawling sonic textures of the 13th Floor Elevators, but in a modern atmosphere…”
~ © Kristen Berry





Sunday, August 19, 2012

Various Artists -The Big Itch Volumes 1-8



Artist:  various
Albums: The Big Itch Volumes 1-8
Quality: mp3 CBR 192
Size:  62+67+61+64+54+63+62+61 MB

  An awesome compilation of rare garage, surf and rock’n’roll bands from the sixties.
 




Saturday, August 4, 2012

Pristine (2011) -Detoxing



Artist:  Pristine
Albums: Detoxing
Released:  2011
Quality: mp3 CBR 320
Size:  126 MB

”Pristine is a Norwegian, Psychedelic, Blues Rock band. Heidi Solheim is the captivating front woman, with her memorable long red hair and striking eyes. This band offers a significant sound, incorporating Soul, Funk, Blues and Rock. Their debut album, Detoxing, is full of passionate, Fusion songs.
The first, named “Damned If I Do” has heavy Jazz and Blues elements, including a catchy chorus. The atmospheric start includes a scratching dark organ sound, a basic hi hat beat and gradual building vocals, which results in a heavy climax, a climbing guitar solo, and an emotional vocal conclusion. However this comes to an abrupt stop halfway through; (musical stops like this can be extremely effective, as they are unexpected). While “Damned If I Do” and “You Don’t Know” are brilliant songs, the sudden stops are in danger of ruining the flow of the rhythm.
One of the stand out tracks is “Breaking Bad” as this song identifies the beauty of simplicity, and the wonder of Blues Rock at its best. The band sounds tight and powerful, providing catchy Blues riffs with strong female vocals. “Damage Is Done” is mainly a funk track that again highlights the talents of Heidi’s voice, as she elegantly switches from passionate Classic Blues Rock to emotional, soulful vocals. “The Last Day” is a soulful ballad, showing the versatility of Heidi’s enchanting voice; this slow paced reflective song really outlines the ease of her vocal delivery and her poetic, yet catchy lyrics. The albums self-titled song, “Detoxing,” shows the psychedelic features of this band, incorporating their influences of both Hendrix and Zeppelin.
This album is one to reach for on those lazy days, where you require passionate vocals, with uplifting Blues guitar riffs, interesting musical arrangements and varying Fusion genre songs to ease you into the day.”
~ © Blues Rock Review





Thursday, August 2, 2012

Les Triaboliques (2009) -Rivermudtwilight

Albums: Rivermudtwilight
Released:  2009
Quality: mp3 CBR 320
Size:  129 MB

”Les Triaboliques are Ben Mandelson, Lu Edmonds, and Justin Adams—guitar players who began their popular music careers during the British punk era playing with bands like Magazine and The Dammed, or in the case of Adams, as sideman for people like Sinead O'Connor. They are the first to admit that American music of the twentieth century was the first and major influence on their music, but unlike others their musical voyage didn't stop there.
Perhaps it's only fitting that Justin Adams has become well known for his work with the Tuareg nomad band Tinariwen just as he, Edmonds, and Mandelson have been musical and literal nomads. Wandering the world from Siberia to North Africa and stops in between, each of them has absorbed a variety of influences that has broadened their musical horizons far beyond what we normally find in popular music. It seems only natural these three wanderers would eventually end up together when the winds blew them back home to Great Britain—where they all originally hail from—pooling their talents and experiences to make this recording.
The eleven tracks on the disc not only represent their multiple influences, but also the huge variety of instruments that each of them have taken up. Brilliantly, what they've decided to do is not wed an instrument to its country of origin—i.e. have an oud solely play Turkish music—but have used them where they fit best and feel most appropriate irrespective of an individual piece of music's background. Naturally, some of the results might sound a little startling to your ears, especially until you get used to the sounds of the various instruments, but if you can put aside any preconceived notions on how a song is supposed to sound you're in for some delightful surprises..”
~ READ FULL REVEW






Sunday, July 22, 2012

Vibravoid (2012) -Gravity Zero



Artist:  Vibravoid
Albums: Gravity Zero
Released:  2012
Quality: mp3 CBR 320
Size:  171 MB

”…For the uninitiated, the band, helmed by guitarist/vocalist Christian Koch, have a mission statement that consists of bringing the great era of ’60′s and early ’70′s psychedelic rock into the present. In doing this, they are eager to draw a line in the sand between their brand of psychedelia and that which comes under the varying labels of heavy psych/stoner/doom rock. Although no stranger to lengthy live jams and improvisations of their own (check out their awesome live version of Can’s Mother Sky on youtube), Vibravoid place a strong emphasis on song craft, either of their own design, or interpretations of classic psych covers from the past. Zero Gravity contains three such covers, all previously released by the band but exceedingly hard to get hold of, plus eight originals (two of which are CD-only bonus tracks) across almost 60 minutes of music. Most of the tracks are relatively short, with the album bookended by a couple of excellent extended pieces.”   READ FULL REVIEW








Thursday, July 12, 2012

Left Lane Cruiser & James Leg (2012) -Painkillers



Artist:  Left Lane Cruiser & James Leg
Albums: Painkillers
Released:  2012
Quality: mp3 CBR 320
Size:  83 MB

”In case you wondered whatever became of the tradition of the blues jam, it was alive and kicking for a few days in Detroit when raw and rootsy guitar-and-drum duo Left Lane Cruiser headed into a recording studio with James Leg, the keyboard player and vocal howler from the Black Diamond Heavies, to lay down a set of high-octane cover tunes. Producer Jim Diamond sat in on bass and Harmonica Shah stopped by to blow some harp, and the result is Painkillers, a loud and rowdy collection of bluesy wailing for the 21st century. Like plenty of bands on the punk-blues axis, both Left Lane Cruiser and James Leg approach their music with the ferocity of a starving dog that's been tossed a bloody steak, and if you're looking for anything approaching subtlety, Painkillers is not for you. But the musicians on this date all seem to be on the same page -- they want to get loud and boogie like they're expecting to be taken to jail in the morning, and for a makeshift band, these performances are surprisingly tight and emphatic. Leg's trademark "Tom Waits with a sore throat" growl is as over-the top as it's always been, but in this context, it suits the material just fine, and his swirling organ and thickly distorted electric piano are rich and satisfying, while the manic slide guitar of Frederick "Joe" Evans IV and hard-stomping drumming of Brenn Beck are as greasy as a good burger and just as tasty. Diamond's rock-solid bass work and full-bodied engineering is just the right icing on this particular cake, as are the primal harp blasts from Harmonica Shah, and if the set list -- a list of blues and blues-rock standards ranging from Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker to the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin -- isn't especially imaginative, these guys attack like the best sort of bar band, and the version of Bob Seger's "Come to Poppa" suggests they were embracing the Detroit experience to the fullest. Painkillers suggests an overdriven, punk-infused variation on Canned Heat's old formula, and if they're never going to get to cut an album with John Lee Hooker, at least they have the good sense to see that their boogie isn't endless, and for 35 minutes, this is a house party worth a visit.” ~ Mark Deming at allmusic.com



Saturday, July 7, 2012

Various Artists (2009) -Psych Funk 101: 1968-1975



Artist:   various
Album: Psych Funk 101: 1968-1975 A Global Psychedelic Funk Curriculum
Released: 2009
Quality: mp3CBR 192
Size: 104 MB


”With a growing interest in -- to use a term very loosely -- "world music" and all its very permutations, heralded in part by the work of Luaka Bop and series like Ethiopiques, it makes sense that the compilation Psych-Funk 101: 1968-1975 A Global Psychedelic Funk Curriculum was sold on the Stones Throw website. Madlib and brother Oh No have both put out compilations sampling various countries' records (Indian, for the former, and Turkish, Greek, Italian, and Lebanese funk for the latter), and the underground funk scene has certainly gained a strong following in metropolises worldwide. And the compilation, put out by World Psychedelic Funk Classics, for its own part, should help inform the discussion of psychedelic funk (or, as the liner notes point out, the related but unique genre funky psychedelia), as it provides a very interesting and in-depth look at how English and American musical traditions made their way into the rest of the world. Despite its title, however, and informative liner notes, Psych-Funk 101 is not a primer in the genre, as the majority of the artists included are obscure, even in their own countries, and none of the songs have been reissued before. Still, musicians like South Korean guitarist Shin Jung Hyun ("The Man Who Must Leave") and Italian composer Armando Sciascia ("Circuito Chiuso") are both included, along with recognized artists like Ennio Morricone, Mulatu Astatke, and Omar Khorshid, doing work that may be less recognizable (Morricone, for example, as part of the Group, or Il Gruppo di Improvvisione Nuova Consonanza, the experimental composers circle of the '70s, and playing trumpet on the noise-and-effects-driven "The Feed-Back"). There are a couple of unfortunate missteps here -- Staff Carpenborg & the Electric Corona sound exactly like their name: slipshod, and the nearly two-minute introductory tack-on of Strauss' "Also Sprach Zarathustra" before Metin H Alatli's otherwise satisfying "Mevlana Boyle Dede" is completely pointless, to the point of detraction -- but the compilation is still one of the better ones out there. The tracks are funky and experimental and cool enough to appeal to a music fan looking for new sounds, but obscure enough to teach even a seasoned crate-digger a couple of things.” ~Marisa Brown, allmusic.com









Friday, July 6, 2012

John Surman (2012) -Saltash Bells



Artist:  John Surman
Albums: Saltash Bells
Released:  2012
Quality: FLAC (tracks)
Size:  303 MB

”…Saltash Bells is Surman's first solo recording since 1995's A Biography of the Rev. Absalom Dawe, though he's been far from inactive, releasing the quartet-based Brewster's Rooster (2009) and Rain on the Window (2008)—a sublime duo set with organist Howard Moody recorded at Ultern Kirke in Oslo, where Surman now resides with wife/singer Karin Krog—in addition to two non-ECM recordings: Cuneiforms's marvelous archival find, Flashpoint: NDR Jazz Workshop—April '69 (2011), and the large-ensemble The Rainbow Band Sessions (Losen, 2011).



 Credits for Surman's previous one-man efforts cited them taking place during the course of a month; Saltash Bells, in contrast, was recorded over just two days in 2009 and one more in 2011. Surman adds tenor saxophone, and alto and contrabass clarinets to his core arsenal of soprano and baritone saxophones, bass clarinet and synthesizers...even harmonica, for the first time, on the epic "Sailing Westwards," gently layered so seamlessly with his synth patterns as to feel like a unified voice.

 Loops, synthesizer sequences and multi-tracked horns suggest preconception, but in Surman's sphere these remain a means of using improvisation to create further improvisational contexts, whether it's building foundations or soaring over them, as he does towards the end of "Sailing Westwards," his soprano responding to the various layers that combine to shape this hypnotic closer of cinematic proportions.

Saltash Bells is not all layered constructs, however. The pensive "Glass Flower" features Surman a capella on bass clarinet, while baritone saxophone is the sole voice on "Ælfwin." Elsewhere, "Triachordum" is a trio baritone piece, Surman's improvisational voice adding the shifting vertical harmony to two horns separated by fifths throughout, even as he fashions melodies in the moment over the course of nearly four minutes. Surman's soprano saxophone on "Dark Reflections" seems to be on a course that orbits around a series of shifting lines more buried in the mix, while baritone and soprano saxophones evoke both lyricism and unrelenting pulse on "The Crooked Inn."


Saltash Bells is an intended reference to Surman's birthplace in Tavistock, a scenic location on the River Tavy, which runs through West Devon to the English Channel. Sounds of church bells and seagulls echoing over the landscape are but two touchstones that imbue the charmingly pastoral Saltash Bells, an album that confirms you can take the man out of the place but you can't take the place out of the man.“ John Kelman, allaboutjazz.com









Sunday, July 1, 2012

Robert and the Roboters - 4 albums



Albums: Faroese Islands… / Wilde Orchidee / Caniche Royal / Beate
Released:  2000 / 2003 / 2005 / 2009
Quality: mp3 CBR 320
Size:  75 / 111 / 116 / 116 MB

Dresden's Robert and the Roboters merge a little surf, some traditional European melody stylings, go-go keys, unusual beats, and creative arranging. While it's definitely a sidetrip for a surf fan, it is nonetheless an enjoyable music with  fine instros to capture your attention.




Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Orca Team - 2 albums



Artist:  Orca Team
Albums: Let It Go / Restraint
Released:  2010 / 2012
Quality: m4a VBR ~ 224 / mp3 VBR ~224
Size:  40 / 50 MB

”Orca Team is a 1960s Post Punk Beach Party from the confusing waters of the Pacific Northwest. They make the music of a punk  trio if everyone in the band decided to keep their volume low and their tones clean. Each song is short, sung with a lonesome croon, equipped with a melodic bass line, and drenched in reverb. Influences include The Flamingos, Pylon, Jan & Dean and The Smiths”   ©

 








Saturday, June 16, 2012

Dirty Dozen Brass Band (2012) -Twenty Dozen



Album: Twenty Dozen
Released:  2012
Quality: mp3 CBR 320
Size:  121 MB

” In their prime, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band successfully mixed together R&B with the instrumentation of a New Orleans brass band. Featuring Kirk Joseph on sousaphone playing with the agility of an electric bassist, the group revitalized the brass band tradition, opening up the repertoire and inspiring some younger groups to imitate its boldness. Generally featuring five horns (two trumpets, one trombone, and two saxes) along with the sousaphone, a snare drummer, and a bass drummer, the DDBB were innovative in their own way, making fine recordings for Rounder, Columbia, and the George Wein Collection (the latter released through Concord). Guest artists have included Dr. John, Dizzy Gillespie, and Danny Barker. the DDBB re-emerged in 1999 with John Medeski as their producer, and many called the group's Buck Jump release a return to classic form. The group then returned in 2002 with yet another surprising album, Medicated Magic. Two years later, the band made its Artemis label debut with Funeral for a Friend. In 2006, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the DDBB issued their most ambitious album to date, What's Going On, a wide-ranging musical tour de force that was a track-for-track remake of Marvin Gaye's classic 1971 album. In addition to the DDBB, it also featured the talents of many musicians from the Crescent City. The album was not so much a response to Hurricane Katrina itself, but to the subsequent treatment of New Orleanians by the city government and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). In 2011, the group issued My Feet Can't Fail Me Now, a further extrapolation on Crescent City traditions wedded to hip-hop, modern R&B, funk, and rock. In the spring of 2012, DDBB issued the more traditional Twenty Dozen, their debut offering for Savoy Jazz.”    ~ Scott Yanow, allmusic.com

 



Monday, June 4, 2012

The Cubical (2009) -Come Sing These Crippled Tunes



Artist:  The Cubical
Album: Come Sing These Crippled Tunes
Released:  2009
Quality: mp3 CBR 256
Size:  78MB

”The Cubical's gritty, growly swamp blues has already earned some attention in circles where people place a premium on gritty, growly swamp blues. It really is quite a striking sound, and certainly if you're a fan of gruff, grumbling vocals a la Tom Waits and Captain Beefheart, and you like your rock'n'roll primal and pounding, then you will definitely go a bundle on this lot. They're vaguely in that blues-rock ballpark occupied by fellow Scousers the Coral and the Zutons, only straighter and less psychedelic, like the original punks on the legendary Nuggets compilation. Dan Wilson, the son of an army sergeant and a performer prone to "stalking the stage like a malevolent tramp begging for the crowd's attention as if asking for change and a spare ciggy" according to one innocent bystander, has a voice that fits perfectly in this setting, and its only drawback is its distinctiveness – the low, menacing way in which he chooses to grumble and roar is so obviously reminiscent of Waits/Don Van Vliet it can often sound as much like an affectionate homage as a straight pastiche.”   ~ read the full review by Paul Lester, The Guardian