July 2012 - It Rock And Roll
 

Month: July 2012

“Mr. Nick and the Dirty Tricks have been preserving the brand of blues and soul that they revere with an authentic approach. The new CD captures their enthusiasm perfectly! Great performances by the band and their special guests with witty and fresh songwriting equals a CD that any fan of blues, soul and roots music would be excited to hear!”
~ Nick Moss – 16 time Blues Music Award nominee

mp3 320 kbps | 89 MB | UJ

The Division of Labour’ is the long-anticipated seventh album
from Naevus. Four years in the making, The Division of Labour is
the most sharply focused Naevus thus far, uniting the classic
acoustic guitar-based sound of Naevus with slabs of post-punk
(‘Idiots’), searing stabs of guitar noise (‘Hobo Placing’),
psychedelic introspection (‘Donkey’s Trough’) and even a glimpse
of the drum machine-based sound of the earliest Naevus
recordings (‘Song in Suspension ‘). Performed and produced
solely by Naevus founder Lloyd James, and featuring
compositional contributions from Raffaele Cerroni (Mushroom’s
Patience), Hunter Barr (KnifeLadder), Ben McLees (This is Radio
Silence) and Propergol Y Colargol. The most accomplished Naevus
album to date, an immaculate production that unites Lloyd
James’s lyrical introspection with carefully crafted minimalist
songwriting to create a unique and rewarding listening
experience.

mp3 320 kbps | 100 MB | UJ

The Wandering is a supergroup of 5 traditionally minded artists who have migrated to or have origins in the Deep South; they were assembled by guitarist Luther Dickinson. He is the only male member. The others are all established artists: guitarist Shannon McNally, upright bassist Amy LaVere, banjo prodigy Valerie June, and fife player and drummer (and Rising Star Fife & Drum Band leader) Sharde Thomas.

mp3 320 kbps | 84 MB | UJ

New project from singer/songwriter and North Mississippi All Stars band member. Just three days after the death of his father, Memphis (and Muscle Shoals and Miami) music legend Jim Dickinson, Luther Dickinson opened the doors to the family’s Zebra Ranch studio in Independence, Mississippi and recorded Onward and Upward, an album of gospel songs and hymns over the course of a few hours. Luther was joined by an ad hoc group dubbed The Sons of Mudboy (an homage to his late father s influential rock band Mudboy and the Neutrons) who were all close to Dickinson the elder and wished to address his loss in a musical way.

Flac | 212 MB | UJ

This is essentially songs from the Electrical Storm and Rooms Of The Magnificent albums, but with completely new arrangements and feel. More in the vein of Today Wonder, for those of you who are familiar with Ed’s back catalogue.This is the 2CD “special tour edition”. The second disc is a complete live rendering of the Today Wonder album, recorded in Sydney in February 2011, with Mark Dawson.

Musicians on disc 1:
Ed Kuepper – vocals and guitar
Mark Dawson – drums and forks
Robert Knaggs – celli
Joshua Watson – violins, bells and bowls
Sir Alfonso – m88 and metabo extractor

Musicians on disc 2:
Ed Kuepper – vocals and guitar
Mark Dawson – drums and forks

mp3 320 kbps | 280 MB | UJ1 | UJ2 | UL1 | UL2

“Anna Wayland is a talented and dynamic young songwriter whose influences range from blues, jazz, rock, world music and more. Her debut recording is a dark and heavy gothic masterpiece that takes us from death to love and back again. Produced by Mat Dennis and mixed by the great Alain Johannes it features Adrian Harpham on drums and plenty of AnnaÕs ripping guitar work. Wanderlust is an intense and personal first CD from this dynamic and charismatic artist who is taking songwriting back to its roots with honesty, imagination, intelligence and passion.”-Tzadik

Flac + Covers | 315 MB | UJ | UL

Ignition contains 15 tracks from Shoes’ three founding members and songwriters: bassist-vocalist John Murphy, guitarist-vocalist Jeff Murphy, and guitarist-vocalist Gary Klebe, plus longtime stage drummer John Richardson. Self-produced and released on the band’s own Black Vinyl Records, Ignition not only carries on Shoes’ cult-heroic tradition of edibly tuneful, harmony-honeycombed guitar pop; it ventures intriguingly beyond those comfortable (though undeniably rewarding) borders as well.

mp3 320 kbps | 125 MB | UL | UJ

If Gangstagrass’s “Long Hard Times To Come” hadn’t been used so effectively as the theme song to the excellent TV series Justified, the idea of fusing hip-hop and bluegrass might seem ridiculous. But what makes Gangstagrass mastermind Rench (a Brooklyn, NY native) different from those who previously have attempted to combine banjos and break beats is a clear respect for musicians on both sides of the divide. The common ground is rhythm, and drawing from the one-chord drive of Dock Boggs’s “Sugar Baby” and “Country Blues” surprisingly makes perfect sense as a vehicle for a skilled MC. Certainly, getting Kool Keith on a track (“Western”) lends more credibility than, say, Kid Rock, and credibility is Rench’s primary concern. It’s hard to tell on early impressions whether Rappalachia is a game-changer though. American music is always at its best when black and white forms are blended more subtly, and this album largely smacks of a shotgun wedding. At the same time, it’s a bold vision of a potential future, and it’s inevitable that others will begin honing this album’s rough edges to forge a new sound.

mp3 VBR~224 kbps | 98 MB | UJ

Posthumous collection from the legendary Memphis producer and musician. I’m Just Dead, I’m Not Gone is a reflection of Dickinson’s lifelong affinity for songs that have style, substance and, are at the same time, truthful. The blues roots of his art is present in songs from the Furry Lewis and Sleepy John Estes catalogs along with tracks emblematic of Jim’s career-long relationship with folk and soul music, all which he alchemically transformed into sanctified rock ‘n’ roll in the barrel house tradition. Dickinson is very much alive on these incendiary tracks reaffirming the prescient contention that gives this remarkable set its title.

mp3 320 kbps | 74 MB | UJ | UL

 This terrific recording is brimming over with gorgeous female vocals and harmonies, exceptional playing and some excellent songs, all on a beautiful country/western swing album from a band that hails from Birmingham, England! They have their own natural style within the country music field that confirms they come to this music courtesy of their own enthusiasm and feel rather than as copyists, with every song that they tackle on the album having an air of believeability. The band is made up of Hannah Johnson on lead vocals and mandolin, her sister Sophie on lead electric and acoustic guitars as well as harmony vocals, with dad Stewart playing steel guitar, pedal steel, banjo and dobro. Don’t run away with the idea that this is just another ‘family band’ novelty album though. All three are extraordinarily gifted musicians with an expertise on everything they choose to play that few can better. On this recording the sound is rounded out by Eamon McLoughlin’s tremendous fiddle playing and harmony vocals, Danny   McCormack on piano and Dean Beresford on drums with John Potter on double bass laying a really solid foundation.

mp3 320 kbps | 107 MB | UL | UJ

Cheyenne Kimball, the singer who launched her career on America’s Most Talented Kid and thereby gave Gloriana a little bit of a marquee draw, left the country-pop group in 2011, leaving the band as a trio of Rachel Reinert, Mike Gossin, and Tom Gossin — a lineup that can’t help but recall such currently popular trios as the Band Perry and Lady Antebellum. In particular, the sweet sound of the latter echoes throughout Gloriana’s A Thousand Miles Left Behind, the group’s sophomore set and first without Kimball. Perhaps the three-piece harmonies aren’t quite as lush as those on their eponymous 2009 album but the overall sound has been brightened and streamlined, all the better to emphasize the group’s irrepressible good cheer. Producer Matt Serletic — best known for his chart-topping work with Matchbox Twenty, Rob Thomas, and Collective Soul — is back on board and he keeps proceedings bright and clear, using backwoods instrumentation like banjos and harmonicas as mere rural flair on what at its core is a melodic adult pop album. As insistent as the sound is, the songs take some time to ease their way into memory; they don’t grab and hold — not even the stomping rocking country — but they’re ingratiating in their cozy comfort. Some of this plays as a little calculated — there’s not much need for a group as fuzzy as Gloriana to indulge in a bit of patented patriotism like “Soldier Song” — but that crowd-pleasing instinct is integral to the appeal of A Thousand Miles Left Behind: this is a group that knows how to hit its marks, following the script with precision and without a wasted gesture. They may not dazzle but they get the job done.

mp3 320 kbps | 102 MB | UJ

Chan Marshall (AKA Cat Power) performed and produced the album Sun, the first full-length Cat Power record since 2008′s Jukebox, and the first album of original material since 2006′s The Greatest, will be out September 4 through Matador.

mp3 320 kbps | 114 MB | UJ

The Blue Grass Boogiemen are releasing on the CRS (Continental) label a new album, Hits of Hank Williams, originally commissioned by Starsound. The Boogiemen announce:
… Ever since we started playing together, Hank’s songs have been an integral part of our repertoire… to say the least, we love his music, on and off stage, and we’re convinced… that the world can never have too many albums with Hank’s songs, whether they’re well-known hits or not.

mp3 VBR~187 kbps | 57 MB | UJ

“Blackout,” the debut album from English rocker and one-man band Hank Haint, has recently been made available by Voodoo Rhythm Records. As first albums go, Hank Haint’s “Blackout” is really something, a take no prisoners effort, uncompromising and unpretensious, with eleven solid originals and two well-chosen covers, and a sound comprised of wave after wave of outsider garage punk, indie noise rock, and raw anti-folk.

mp3 320 kbps | 77 MB | UJ

For fans of early 80′s new wave pop, Whitejacket‘s Hollows And Rounds will be pleasing to the mind. You will hear all of the pop rock treats that influenced those bands back then, including The Beatles, The Byrds, The Hollies, and eventually became some incredible music of not only the early 80′s, but the indie pop movement in the early 90′s as well. The intro to “Single Seagull” seems to play between The Beatles’ “Blackbird” and Led Zeppelin‘s “Bron-Y-Aur” a bit, but it’s not so much copying or borrowing from different songs or styles, but capturing and being able to interpret it differently to a new generation, or for those who loved them the first time around.

mp3 VBR~224 kbps | 60 MB | UJ

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