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Month: May 2012

Pull It Together is, at first listen, a refreshingly clear-eyed record from Shannon Stephens. It shrugs off layers of orchestration from past records, and instead Stephens assembles a crack band behind to create dusty, lean, and often blues-inspired foundations over which she lays her sweet vocals. And those vocals are at their absolute strongest here. She’s brimming with confidence here, and her voice is rangy and powerful as a result.Pull It Together is surely an album of the moment, one that does revel in personal hope and love while also tackling more pragmatic concerns, like economic hardship.The best example comes in “Faces Like Ours”, her duet with Bonnie “Prince” Billy.

Flac | 245 MB | DF | TB

With the impossibly winsome vocals of Karla Kane out front, The Corner Laughers‘ pop style is a tasty recipe indeed. Their 2012 release Poppy Seeds continues in their grand tradition. While the opening voice-and-ukulele of “Grasshopper Clock” suggests – if for a moment – a lighter-than-air confection, the clever melody unfolds gradually, revealing a quality that the British call an earwig. One listen and I defy you to get the melody out of your head. Thing is, if you are (as am I) a fan of intelligent pop, you won’t want to forget the melody; its place in your skull will be a welcome one.

mp3 VBR~257 kbps | 69 MB | DF | TB

If anyone were utterly qualified to write such a book, it would be John Doe and his longtime musical partner and ex-wife, Exene Cervenka.On the heels of the recent release of their first duet album, “John Doe and Exene Cervenka Singing and Playing,” the two express such a matter-of-fact, “accept life as it is” view that the founding members of X and its rootsy offshoot the Knitters often seem to have reached some level of enlightenment.Even though they divorced 15 years ago, Doe and Cervenka are still regarded in many quarters as the first couple of Los Angeles punk and roots-rock music as they move firmly but unconventionally through middle age alternately playing solo shows, periodic reunions with X and the Knitters and, as of a few years ago, outings as a duo.

Flac | 160 MB | DF | TB

Jason Serious’ latest album, Undercover Folk, consists of nine tunes that bring folk music into the 21st Century.  Serious is an amazingly talented songwriter.  Like Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, and the stellar folk talents that came before him, Serious can write a song that moves the listener in time and place.  He can evoke passion – from hope to hopelessness, from injustice to anger, from desire to love.   However. his is not protest music. It is music of, about and for the common man.Instrumental accompaniment is simple and traditional, yet eloquent and elegant. Guitar, violin, drums, horns, piano, banjo and violin all are sparingly applied.  The album also takes folk in an unexpected direction merely by Serious’ choice of sidemen to play with him.  The country-folk tinge is actually played primarily by Europeans.  It makes the music that much more inclusive and, quite frankly, beautiful.

mp3 320 kbps | 72 MB | DF

Iggy Pop release his 19th studio album.Album of mostly French cover songs.

01 – Et si tu n’existais pas
02 – La javanaise
03 – Everybody’s Talkin’
04 – I’m Going Away Smiling
05 – La vie en rose
06 – Les passantes
07 – Syracuse
08 – What Is This Thing Called Love
09 – Michelle
10 – Only The Lonely

mp3 VBR~224 kbps | 50 MB | DF

On her new album Hogan curates an ambitious and moving labor of love, mining the perfect intersection between classic pop, country and soul. She utilizes her incredible voice to interpret compositions penned for her by musical luminaries including M. Ward, Vic Chesnutt, Magnetic Fields, the Mekons’ Jon Langford, the Handsome Family, Bird, Freakwater’s Catherine Irwin, John Wesley Harding, Robbie Fulks, Gabriel Roth and Robyn Hitchcock.She is backed on the album by an absolutely all-star band consisting of R&B legends Booker T. Jones and James Gadson (Bill Withers, Beck) as well as talented young lions Gabe Roth (of Daptone Records, the Dap-Kings) and Scott Ligon.Kelly Hogan’s I Like To Keep Myself In Pain is the record of a lifetime by a beloved talent. From her time fronting acclaimed bands The Jody Grind and Rock*A*Teens, to her role as, what she proudly calls “the noble sideman” with artists such as Neko Case, Mavis Staples, Jakob Dylan and many others, it has all been leading directly to this moment, and this unforgettable new album.

mp3 320 kbps | 102 MB | DF

Leftover Salmon is a jam band from Boulder, Colorado, formed in 1989. Their unique blend of bluegrass, rock, country, and Cajun/Zydeco, which the band calls “Polyethnic Cajun Slamgrass”, has found favor with the jam band scene.

Steve Berlin/Mixing, Organ, Percussion
Jason Carter/Fiddle
Jerry Cavagnaro/Accordion, Harmonica
Drew Emmitt/Composer, Fiddle, Group Member, Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Electric), Mandola, Mandolin, Vocals
Asher Fulero/Organ, Piano
Benny Galloway/Composer
Greg Garrison/Bass (Acoustic), Bass (Electric), Composer, Group Member, Guitar (Acoustic), Vocals
Vince Herman/Composer, Group Member, Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Electric), Mandolin, Vocals
Wally Ingram/Percussion
Jose Martinez/Cardboard Box, Drums, Group Member, Percussion
Bill McKay/Clavinet, Organ, Piano
Andy Thorn/Banjo, Composer, Electric Banjo, Group Member, Guitar, Vocals

mp3 160 kbps | 55 MB | DF

For his first all-instrumental album, slide guitar master Sonny Landreth assembled an extraordinary group of musicians that included guest guitarists Joe Satriani and Eric Johnson, steel drum legend Robert Greenidge and members of the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra directed by Maestro Mariusz Smolij. With elements from many different musical influences – Rock, Blues, Classical, Zydeco, Country, Jazz and Reggae – Landreth’s melodic and harmonically rich compositions shift seamlessly and astonishingly to make this his most diverse and adventurous work to date.

mp3 320 kbps | 107 MB | DF

A mainstay of the New England club circuit for the past decade, Ryan Montbleau left his veteran band behind and headed for New Orleans to record For Higher (May 15), a soulful and swinging collection of his own songs peppered with chestnuts from R+B icons Bill Withers, Curtis Mayfield and Eddie Hinton. An invitation a few years ago to write for Crescent City rising star Trombone Shorty inspired Montbleau to journey to the town he describes as “deep, dark and beautiful” and, with help and guidance from  producer Ben Ellman (Galactic), assembled studio sessions with a stellar line up of sidemen (or, as Montbleau calls them, “badasses”) including Ivan Neville on keys, Anders Osborne on guitar, drummer Simon Lott, and Meters bassist George Porter, Jr. The result is a loose and funky exploration that feels like a natural progression for Montbleau — and sounds like a whole lot of fun. “This is a totally different record than I’ve ever made,” he says. “Every single person, kind of to my amazement, got into it. They listened to every playback, and they were high-fiving each other. They were great.”

mp3 320 kbps | 100 MB | DF

What We Saw From The Cheap Seats was recorded over an eight week period during the summer of 2011 in Los Angeles. Spektor wrote each of the 11 tracks on the album. She arrived at the session with a collection of new compositions, but others were pulled from earlier periods. She and Elizondo fleshed out instrumentation and sought to make each of the songs stand alone sonically. Most of the songs were recorded live with Spektor on piano and vocals, while additional instrumentation was added to these original takes. Of working with Spektor, Elizondo says Regina Spektor is that rare artist that continues to surprise. Just when you think you have her figured out, she knocks you out with something completely different. It s that spirit that drives this record. Each song takes you on a journey that only Regina is capable of providing.

mp3 32o kbps | 80 MB | DF

Ashmatic Kitty artist Shannon Stephens, who years back was in the band Marzuki with Sufjan Stevens, first came to our attention in 2010 with the long awaited release of her self titled debut. This was originally due to be released in 1999 but coincided with an epiphany for Stephens. Quite simpy, she decided, family life with her husband, daughter and vegetable patch in Seattle was far more important than travelling across the US from radio studio to venue hawking the darn thing.Stephens is now back in 2012 with a third album Pull It Together, which is more expansive than her debut, which was largely acoustic guitar and vocal. Here there’s more of a band feel, with Sufjan Stevens band members Jeff Fielder and James McAlister involved along with some notable collaborators including Athmatic Kitty label mate DM Stith, and Bonnie Prince Billy.

mp3 320 kbps | 107 MB | DF

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