The Moons – Fables of History (2012)

moons copySounds of the ’60s and ’70s never seem to fade despite pundits quickly writing off many a band’s failed attempts to emulate said era. Last year saw Toy Horses pull it off and this year it looks like The Moons could do just that. Despite their first album, Life On Earth, sliding under the radar somewhat more than it deserved, Andy Croft’s band returns with their second ’60s possessed studio LP Fables Of History produced by Stan Kybert, whose previous work with Oasis is apparent on a number of tracks.
Having already been previewed as Bradley Wiggins’ personal soundtrack to his Tour de France victory and road tested supporting Beady Eye, the listener can expect a more than refined recording. The Moons evoke ’60s psychedelia as soon as the opening track fires up and they’re proud of it. Andy asserted “We look to our icons to craft the perfect story.” The album is a tough monkey to identify as it dabbles its toes in both the vintage and contemporary, but if you mix equal portions of The Arctic Monkeys, The Kinks, Kaiser Chiefs, The Beatles and Paul Weller then you’re not far off the mark. This may sound as though they’ve overdone it with the earmarking but they pulled off each track, making each and every one their own.

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Pigbag – Year Of The Pigbag (2013)

PIGPigbag, the short-lived U.K. funk-infused post-punk act best known for its jam “Papa’s Got a Brand New Pigbag,” returns this March with Year of the Pigbag, the first new record in three decades from the newly reformulated act.The genre-straddling band, originally active from 1980 to 1983, reunited in 2011 with a new lineup featuring original members Chris Lee (trumpet), Ollie Moore (saxes) and Kofi Adu (drums) for a one-off show in London. The trio, supplemented by five new members “who shared their vision of fusing African grooves, jazz, Latin, funk and dance beats into a heady new cocktail,” have now recorded their third album.
The nine-track Year of the Pigbag will be released March 25 on Sugar Shack Records. The label calls the record “a nonstop dance party of the highest order with echoes of the JBs, Fela Kuti and Sun Ra’s Arkestra yet entirely different and their own unique creation.”

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Tamara Kaboutchek – Full Moon Doll (2010)


01.The Fly And The Ant
02.I Won’t Tell You
03.Between Two Fires
04.Deep Inside The Mind
05.Save Your Skin
06.Heaven Inside
07.Tiny Funny Phobias
08.Some Crazy Things
09.Full Moon Doll
10.My Own Galaxy
11.Follow The Crow
12.Glass Of Wine
13.Suave Mama

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Merle Haggard & Leona Williams – Old Loves Never Die (2001)

lThis superb release is an album in two halves, the first ten tracks feature both Leona Williams and Merle Haggard performing duets and the remaining eighteen are just Leona.Bear Family Records have done their usual excellent production job with Old Loves Never Die, showcasing the broad talents of two of country music’s most talented artistes and also giving the listener plenty of information within the sleeve notes.
Having been married during the period 1978 to 1984 had brought these two great song writers and performers together, indeed during that period Leona was to write two superb songs that were to become massive hits for Merle Haggard, Someday When Things Are Good and You Take Me For Granted, both of which are included on this release.
Old Loves Never Die is an album for country music fans young and old, quite simply a master class in how to compose and deliver traditional country music. A mammoth twenty-eight tracks of pure pleasure.

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Joe Giddings – All Themes Considered (2012)

jJoe Giddings is a producing, arranging, song/jingle writing, film scoring musician. He has a CD out in 2003 on Notlame records called “All the People Some of the Time” under the moniker ‘The JTG Implosion’. It too is power-pop/pomp å la The Raspberries, Jellyfish, Queen, Cheap Trick, Fountains of Wayne, The Beatles, and his previous band, Star Collector- from Atlanta.

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Josh Slone – Josh Slone & Coaltown (2011)



• Cruz Hardwick – Tenor (Vocal)
• Gerald Evans – Fiddle
• John Vandiver – Mandolin
• Josh Sloane & Coaltown – Guitar, Producer, Vocals
• Kim Gardner – Dobro
• Kris Rasnake – Banjo
• Matt DeSpain – Dobro
• Ollie Risner – Banjo
• Otis Lynn Dillon – Baritone (Vocal), Mixing
• Robert Maynard – Bass, Mixing
• Ron Stewart – Fiddle
• Thomas Patrick – Tenor (Vocal), Vocal Harmony

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Adam Green & Binki Shapiro – Adam Green & Binki Shapiro (2013)

adAdam Green & Binki Shapiro are technically a supergroup – he’s one half of Mouldy Peaches, she’s one third of Little Joy – and they’ve recorded a record of cutesy psychedellia that reaches out to anyone at romantic rock bottom. Sure, all music is lovesick but these ten tracks are laced with more schadenfreude than Aidan Moffat’s divorce proceedings.Green and Shapiro’s hippy guitar sound gels perfectly with their lyrics that snipe at couples caught in freefall. It’s like an angrier, updated Nancy & Lee, with ‘Casanova’ taking a hazy country tune and letting Shapiro sing over it like she’s defending herself on a stalking charge (”Don’t want the wrong person holding me/Why are you always finding/New ways of wasting my time/Why are you always hiding/Am I not supposed to look you in the eye”). The self-hate clashes so comically with the music it’s like listening to a Flight of the Conchords track, the psychedelic harmonies and surf rock guitar adding a cosy but warped little touch.

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Big Harp – Chain Letters (2013)

biFor the follow up to their 2010 White Hat, Chris Senseney and Stefanie Drootin-Senseney, the husband and wife duo known as Big Harp, had two choices: pursue the rough and rural acoustic edges of their studio debut or delve further into the more raw, electric charge that accompanied their live shows. Chain Letters, the pair’s January 22 album on Saddle Creek, clearly indicates they went with Option B. “We were sitting around in a bedroom playing really loud with no drums, just kind of trusting that it was going to make sense once we put it all together” says Chris. “Hopefully we landed closer to mid-’70’s Iggy Pop than Leonard Cohen this time.” The Senseney’s may not have fully achieved their dream sound of “Cohen fronting The Pixies” — the mellow folk heart of songs like “Bar All The Doors” surfaces now and then — but the freewheeling Chain Letters is shot through with grit and tension, Stefanie’s prominent fuzz bass lines and Chris’ loose-limbed baritone driving tracks like the ragged, wall-of-sound epic “You Can’t Save ’em All”.

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