May 27, 2013 - It Rock And Roll
 

Day: May 27, 2013

timAll over the map. Literally and metaphorically, that s the phrase that might best describe Devil’s Rope, the newest release from Tim Lee 3 on Cool Dog Sound. Following in the tradition of their first two full-length recordings 2008 s good2b3 and 2010 s sprawling double-wide Raucous Americanus TL3 traveled to 3 studios in 3 states to capture the 13 songs that comprise Devil’s Rope. That approach was appropriate considering the tunes were written in various locations, from south Georgia to Arizona and New Mexico, from Texas to principal songwriters Tim and Susan Bauer Lee’s east Tennessee home, and points in between. Recorded in Knoxville, Austin, and Tucson, the new record contains the same rock n roll stew that defined previous TL3 releases a heady mixture of power pop, garage rock, psychedelia, punk, blues, Americana, and swamp rock.

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micBefore veteran rocker Michael Stanley released The Ride, his eighth album in ten years, he gave the heads-up that this would be a different sounding record. Sure enough, The Ride contains several pleasant surprises but all in all there is one thing that long time fans won’t be surprised to discover…that Stanley has once again created a gem of an album.The Ride isn’t entirely immersed in the blues however. There are a few pop style tracks from more familiar Stanley territory including Michael Stanley“Lucky Again” and “I Can’t Wait.”  And then there is, in my opinion, the best song on the album and quite possibly one of the best songs that Stanley has ever recorded…”To Love Somebody.”  Stanley’s cover of this Bee Gee’s classic is my hands down favorite.  What begins as a stripped down version of the song with just Michael and a guitar, builds into a dramatic piece with powerful backing vocals provided by Don Dixon, resulting in an instant classic cover of…well, a classic.

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lLynn Miles is one of Canada’s most accomplished singer/songwriters. With twelve albums to her credit, the winner of multiple Canadian Folk Music Awards, and a 2003 Juno Award for Roots & Traditional Solo Album of the Year, she has certainly found her strength over time.
Through a career that has seen her move from Ottawa to Los Angeles and back again, with stops in Nashville and Austin, she has always written music with unbridled feeling and vulnerability. Miles has consistently been unflinching in putting herself out there. Now with her twelfth studio offering Downpour, the voice of her experience has truly elevated her songwriting to its richest depth of emotion.
While her melodies undulate between traditional country and folk roots, on Downpour, it’s her sensitivity to the human heart that pours itself directly into Miles’ music to make it stand out.
Her astute observations of life, its trials and triumphs, are the hallmark of sincerity in her music. The gritty honesty of her music never falters – neither does her unshakeable ability to make even the most melancholy lyrics sound as if they are brimming with hope and grace.
Lynn Miles is a musician in the rarest sense of the word, an unmistakable talent, an eye for both the subtle and sweet that can only be unearthed with experience.

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B002R76FOEWith vocals both unsettling and sublime, Rykarda Parasol beckons us to share her place overlooking the whistling, barren Texan plains at dusk in her promising debut release. Comparisons to PJ Harvey and Nick Cave are commonplace and inevitable, though Parasol lends a distinctly delicate quality to her weighty, blues-inspired compositions both lyrically and vocally. “Lullaby for Blacktail” and “How Does a Woman Fall?” showcase Parasol’s mastery of combining whisky-tinged masculine vocals with those more distant, soothing and feminine. A highlight is the haunting “Hannah Leah”, which serves as a creepy introduction to the album with swooning instrumentals as accompaniment. Perhaps the clearest example of Parasol’s penchant for the blues, and certainly the sultriest vocals, can be found in the Langston Hughes-inspired “Lonesome Place”, which chugs by as a ghost-train in the desert. If no other song induces chills, this will.

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andThe most remarkable track on the EP is the one that kicks it off, though. “The Trees Were Mistaken” is something new for Bird, and really quite good. It takes the looping technique he’s perfected over the years to a new level, throwing blankets of sound over a programmed beat, with dabs of pizzicato violin and splashes of electric guitar splattered across the surface. Bird joins the layers of texture with his voice, riding the song’s swelling pulse into a thorny den of oscillating violins and eerie whistling. The cover of Dylan’s Oh Sister is way cool .It’s a track that makes this compilation more notable than your average side release-in fact, Soldier On is exceptionally good for a quick collection of rarities, a must-have for fans and a genuine expansion of his range.

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badBad Braids (a.k.a. Megan Biscieglia) released her bewitching new full-length album, Supreme Parallel,via Austin-based indie label Haute Magie.

Band:

Megan Biscieglia- Guitar, Vocals, Toy Piano
Paul Christian- Guitar, Vocals, Cello, Drum, Singing Bowl
Mike Bruno- Banjo
Cameron Vance- Drum, Percussion
Jesse Sparhawk- Harp
April Heliotis- Vibraphone
April Heliotis- Flute 

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415XM8Q0RPLTracks:

01 Seven Drunken Nights.
02 The Galway Races.
03 The Irish Navy.
04 I Wish I Were Back In Liverpool.
05 Zoological Gardens.
06 Rising Of The Moon.
07 Whiskey On A Sunday.
08 The Dundee Weaver.
09 Seven Deadly Sins.
10 The Leavin’ Of Liverpool.
11 Maids When You’re Young Never Wed An Old Man.
12 Dirty Old Town.
13 Flop Eared Mule (Donkey Reel).
14 Black Velvet Band.
15 A Pub With No Beer.
16 Peggy Gordon.
17 Net Hauling Song.
18 Nancy Whiskey.
19 Instrumental Medley: Paddy’s Gone To France-Skylark.
20 Tibby Dunbar.
21 Go To Sea No More.

mp3 320 kbps | 146 MB | UL | TB

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