The Revivalists – City of Sound (2012)

The Revivalists seem to be the next up-and-coming rock ‘n’ roll band from the Crescent City. Their live shows have an inviting energy, and they have a new recording, City of Sound, that combines the energy of their concerts with studio touches courtesy of the band and producer Ben Ellman (Galactic, Trombone Shorty, Gypsyphonic Disko, New Orleans Klezmer All-Stars). The album has a dirty sound to it, with a grungy distortion in the tracks that gives them a greater power and depth. It allows instruments to sound like things they aren’t, with horns sounding like synthesizers and vice versa. Is it live or looping when the lead track, “When I’m Able,” features a repeated single-note guitar riff and four-note horn riff?There are great rock moments when the band raves up a song with extended guitar freak-outs, but it’s not afraid to slow down or quiet down. The eerie “Pretty Photo” is ethereal, and “Upright” is ominously desperate, and they reflect the modus operandi of this fine album. City of Sound is full of ethereal moments but it remains energetic, down and dirty.

mp3 160 kbps | 53 MB | UL

Freakwater – Thinking of You (2005)

Surprises abound on the first release in six years from Chicago’s Freakwater. Though the Appalachian-style harmonies of Catherine Irwin and Janet Beveridge Bean remain the heart of the band’s sound, Thinking of You extends the sonic range well beyond purism or revivalism. With the backing of labelmates Califone and an eclectic group of supporting musicians, the arrangements employ everything from a bass clarinet solo on “Buckets of Oil” to a musical saw on “Jack the Knife” (no relation to Mack) to a pump organ on the country waltz of “Cricket vs. Ant.” While “Jewel” sounds like it might have come from the early songbook of Dolly Parton, the closing “Hi Ho Silver” could pass as a druggy ballad from the ’70s Rolling Stones. Following solo albums by Irwin and Bean, both singer-songwriters have brought strong material (maybe their strongest to date) and fresh inspiration back to the Freakwater table.

mp3 VBR~187 kbps | 70 MB | UL

Ex- Cult – Ex-Cult (2012)

2012 release from the Memphis Indie Punk rockers. In early 2011, five people joined forces to start a Punk Rock band. They each came from different scenes: Hardcore, Psychedelic, and various flavors of Indie Pop. Following the release of two killer singles under the name Sex Cult, they were faced with a lawsuit from a similarly named and very aggressive techno label in New York City. So Sex Cult became Ex-Cult. Playing a series of house parties and gigs in dive bars, Ex-Cult honed their sound: a Punk Rock sweet spot that incorporates angular Post-Punk, flying saucer fuzz guitar, snotty vocals and bash-your-head-in energy. A show at SXSW caught the attention of indie wonderkind Ty Segall, and the two began making plans to record in San Francisco. This is the end result: a debut album that takes the living energy of their show and crams it onto the grooves of an LP.

mp3 192 kbps | 47 MB | UL

Mud Morganfield – Son of the Seventh Son (2012)

Severn Records presents Mud Morganfield’s Son Of The Seventh Son, the first national release by the eldest son of Muddy Waters. Mud Morganfield proves to be a chip off the old block with a powerful 12 song set of mostly original tunes in the classic Chicago blues style. Joining Mud are a top notch cast of backing musicians that includes Billy Flynn, Rick Kreher, Barrelhouse Chuck, E. G. McDaniel, Kenny Smith, Harmonica Hinds and producer/harp Bob Corritore. Mud’s powerful voice can summon up the spirit in a way that is all but lost in today’s contemporary blues world, and he and his powerful band will make you remember why you fell in love with the blues in the first place.

FLAC + Covers | 371 MB | UL | TB