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Skinny Molly – Haywire Riot [Repost@320] (2013)

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If you are going to play Southern rock with big balls and a booze and sex sodden sound it probably helps if you and your bandmates are alumni of the best bands to come out of the area. Mike Estes comes from Lynrd Skynrd and Jay Johnson was with Blackfoot and the Southern Rock Allstars so I guess that covers that side of things.The album positively sizzles with the sort of teeth-clenched Southern vocal and the band belt out some truly great sounding Southern rock that could be from the likes of Skynrd or The Allman Brothers but the songs are strong and individual and they manage to move into their own space away from those greats.. From the clanging opening to ‘If You Don’t Care’ and through ‘Too Bad To Be True’ they tear it up with real joy and fire but when they slow down on tracks like ‘Devil In The Bottle’ – this one could be Skynrd or Steve Earle at their best – they sem to crank the intensity and the story telling up more than just a notch. The opening line of ‘Two Good Wheels’ – “Well I got three good chords and two good wheels” – is one of the best Country lines I have heard in years and the number really hums with the feel of a man who is just hanging on for all he is worth.

mp3 320kbps + Covers | 90 MB | UL

Air Traffic Controller – Nordo (2012)

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A band’s bio shouldn’t color one’s reception of the music too much, but you’ll be forgiven for grinning ear to ear while listening to the Bleu-produced second record from this Boston six-piece, imagining songwriter Dave Munro working in the US Navy as an actual air traffic controller and dreaming up brilliant little pop ditties while trying to land planes. It’s a more interesting back story than a dusty bibliophile trying to affix fiddle to fiction like, say, Colin Meloy, whose vocals, and songwriting in the Decemberists this record calls to mind. “Hurry Hurry” would be the most immediately engaging song in that more famous band’s recent catalog. It’s a skipping lark of martial snares and lyrical storytelling prowess. “If You Build It” is another instantly likable run through the bucolic fields of indie chamber-pop. On “You Know Me,” bass and banjo player Casey Sullivan shares lead duty for a mid-tempo hand-clap spin on a brightly glowing Ferris wheel of musical romance. For the gently ascending “Blame,” the band enlists a 40-piece orchestra with triumphant brass. It’s a lot of pieces to keep in the air, but Munro and company are in control.

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The Sky Is Blue – The Slow Dance Of The Infinite Stars (2012)

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The Temptations – Cloud Nine + Puzzle People (1986)

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Part of Motown’s European remastering series of its classic albums, this single-CD compilation of the two LPs Cloud Nine and Puzzle People runs circles around any existing domestic CD of either title for sound quality. Representing much of the group’s output for the year 1969, the two albums show the group advancing in the face […]

Pilgrims’ Way – Wayside Courtesies (2011)

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“Jaunty” is the word which immediately springs to mind when listening to the debut album from Stockport trio Pilgrims’ Way. The most striking element is the versatile voice of Lucy Wright, equally adept at handling a haunting ballad as a spritely knees-up.Taking their name from a Peter Bellamy setting of a Rudyard Kipling poem (as […]

John K.Samson – Provincial (2012)

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The result is this collection of evocative songs, an album that fits beside Bruce Springsteen s Nebraska, Sun Kil Moon s Ghosts Of The Great Highway, Mountain Goats Tallahassee. While the teenage craving of “Cruise Night” recalls the Cars, “Stop Error” invokes Bach; for “When I Write my Master s Thesis, ” Samson s inspiration […]

Castle Face and Friends – The Velvet Underground & Nico (2012)

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Full album cover of the classic Velvet Underground record, featuring reimaginations by Kelley Stoltz, Warm Soda, Ty Segall, Blasted Canyons (featuring Jeremy Cox of Royal Baths), White Fence, The Fresh & Onlys, Burnt Ones, The Mallard, Here Comes the Here Comes, K Dylan Edrich, and Thee Oh Sees!!! mp3 160 kbps | 117 MB | […]

Tom Brislin – Hurry Up And Smell The Roses (2012)

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Recommended if You Like: Ben Folds Gotye Sufjan Stevens mp3 160 kbps | 58 MB | UL

Bert Jansch – Heartbreak [30th Anniversary Edition] (2012)

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The newly remastered 30th anniversary edition of Jansch’s long out-of-print 1982 album Heartbreak has just been released by Omnivore Recordings, and is a marvelous tribute to the artist. In 1982, I was not yet hip to Jansch, so this release is basically brand new to me. One thing about the music of Jansch is that […]