John Amadon – The Bursting Sheaf (2013)

johnThe Bursting Sheaf is the 4th album by Portland singer-songwriter John Amadon. The follow up to his critically acclaimed 2011 release Seven Stars, with the Bursting Sheaf Amadon gives listeners yet more of the exquisite pop craftsmanship, lyrical ingenuity, and musical prowess they have come to expect from him.

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mp3 320 kbps | 101 MB | UL

Hearts Of Oak – Used To It Now (2011)

hearts of oak hoesLife seems to be playing out more like a sappy country song these days. Since back from TX, there’s hardly been a day without a new verse… Despite that, trying to get back to more regular posts. And listening to this a lot lately. “Used To It Now,” the second album from Portland, Oregon’s Hearts Of Oak which is Nate Wallace and friends. Hearts of Oak is a hidden gem for anyone who likes genuine country music and americana. This album has some incredibly impressive songwriting and immediately makes you feel like you are listening to early Bob Dylan, Neil Young or Steve Earle. If you are a fan of songwriters like Ryan Bingham or John Prine you will love Hearts of Oak.

mp3 192 kbps | 63 MB | UL

The Slaughterhouse Chorus – The Slaughterhouse Chorus (2012)

slaThe Slaughterhouse Chorus is a blend of twangy, down-home hillbilly rock infused with a heavy dose of punk and a tinge of folk. (Not exactly what you’d expect from a band hailing from New York City.) If the Supersuckers fucked Larry And His Flask, or vice versa,The Slaughterhouse Chorus would be their illegitimate love child.
The band’s inaugural self-tilted EP is a 13-track hell-bound hayride through the heart of America via the streets of The Great Apple; and is just as unpredictable. The album sways seamlessly, yet purposefully, like “Amber Waves of Cocaine”, the opening track (which sets the stage for the ensuing managed mayhem). The following three songs, “A Month Without”, “Built for BBQ” and “Let’s Get Invisible” exude more country-esque qualities than punk, but “For God and Country” rekindles the rock ‘n’ roll fervor. “The Full Nelson” is nothing more than pure, unadulterated rock, replete with ample baby-makin’ guitar solos; which ironically segues into a grab-your-partner swing-type instrumental affectionately dubbed “All My Mistakes are Your Fault Tonight”.

mp3 128 kbps | 37 MB | UL

April Mae & the June Bugs – Boogie (2012)

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Americana under the influence of Jump Blues, Swing, & Rockabilly…Ba – ba – ba – Boogie! With a dab of N’awlins for extra spice! Smoke & honey vocals, Cigar Box Guitar, Upright Bass, Banjo, Washboard…servin’ up high energy & deep vintage vibes is our specialty.
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mp3 128 kbps | 45 MB | UL

Rock Candy Funk Party – We Want Groove (2013)

rockGuitarist Joe Bonamassa has added yet another side project to his already busy life. In addition to his amazingly successful solo career, Joe is the lead guitarist and part time vocalist for Black Country Communion, has done an album with vocalist Beth Hart and now, he has a funk band titled Rock Candy Funk Party.
The album, a slight nod to the Miles Davis album, We Want Miles, is a lesson in purity. These guys are not reinventing the funk wagon at all, quite the opposite. They are paying homage to a genre that has been all but forgotten in the American musical consciousness. They do it with mostly original music, one track, “Root Down (and Get It)” is a remake, the rest are original. Granted, funky rock candy party music is not for everyone. Still, this is good stuff for when you’re in that certain mood…you know when you need to get your groove on and you want to get funky. When that mood hits then this one will do the trick time and time again.

mp3 + Covers | 193 MB | UL | CL