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