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VA – Artist’s Choice: Lucinda Williams – Music That Matters to Her (2003)

Posted by on February 28, 2013 with No Commentsas

lucLucinda Williams is really an ideal candidate for Hear Music’s Artist’s Choice, and this collection has to be one of the strongest in the entire series. In her own work, Williams offers a winning and sometimes complex combination of passion, perfectionist tendencies, and poetic intelligence. Similarly, her 16 eclectic choices on this disc provide the same overall balance of wit, charm, craft, and passion, with different qualities predominating from song to song and artist to artist. While many of the participants in the Artist’s Choice series choose to reintroduce us to old standards which were a part of their early creative development, Williams brings a connoisseur’s ear to her assignment, and while she pays homage to a few artist from earlier decades, she selects nothing prior to the ’60s (with the exception of Chet Baker’s version of “My Funny Valentine,” which she heard in her parents’ home when she was growing up). Many of her choices come from recordings of the last five to six years. Better yet, none of them are obvious or predictable.

01. The Band – It Makes No Difference
02. Paul Westerberg – Good Day
03. Patty Griffin – Mary
04. Anne McCue – These Things
05. Tex Perkins – To Us
06. Gregg Allman – These Days
07. Yo La Tengo – Tears Are in Your Eyes
08. Leonard Cohen – Famous Blue Raincoat
09. Nina Simone – Don’t Explain
10. John Coltrane ‎ – Say It (Over and Over Again)
11. Ryan Adams – Sylvia Plath
12. Chuck Prophet – No Other Love
13. Judy Collins – La Chanson des Vieux Amants
14. Ron Sexsmith – April After All
15. Chet Baker – My Funny Valentine
16. Joгo Gilberto – Eclipse

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Alcoa – Bone & Marrow (2013)

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alcoaLead vocalist and solo artist for Alcoa is no stranger to the limelight and the music scene; Derek Archambault has spent the last four years touring with his punk/progressive hardcore band Defeater. But with the decision to finally record this full length album, it really showcases his talents as a songwriter and performer as well and lets him finally get these songs out for people to hear.The album has some great sounding intricate songs like ‘Rilke’, ‘Lucky Me’ and ‘Family Tree’ all utilising every sound aspect of the whole album. As acoustic guitars power through, lap guitars add a different feel, lead guitars add more layers and the slow emotive voice of Derek, all of which blends well and works together. The country style feel to all of these songs really shine through and show off the Tennessee musical style. Slower songs like ‘Cab Rides and Cigarettes’ and ‘Whiskey and Wine’ let Derek show off his lyrical skills as he sings “I heal my wounds with whiskey and wine” showing off his emotional and vulnerable side.It’s a great album and from what I hear on this album a lot of Derek’s fans who follow his band Defeater will be certainly impressed by this effort. With the sound of a soothing voice with an acoustic guitar, lap guitar and banjo, he utilises all the aspects and brings together some great sounding songs. For any fans of Defeater, Frank Turner or The Gaslight Anthem then you should check this out as you’ll certainly be impressed.

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VA – Artist’s Choice: Norah Jones – Music That Matters to Her (2004)

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noSpend an hour with Norah Jones’ record collection. We caught up with Norah Jones in New York City where she took some time to sit down and talk to us about the musical influences in her life – the songs she heard in the car when she was a kid, the importance of Ray Charles, and why she loves the sound of Levon Helm’s voice.

01. What Would I Do Without You – Ray Charles
02. What A Little Moonlight Can Do – Billie Holiday
03. I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know – Donny Hathaway
04. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down – The Band
05. Can I Sleep In Your Arms – Willie Nelson
06. I Still Miss Someone – Johnny Cash
07. Fruits Of My Labor – Lucinda Williams
08. I Just Want To Make Love To You – Etta James
09. Today I Sing The Blues – Aretha Franklin
10. Slick Chick (On The Mellow Side) – Dinah Washington
11. Whatever Lola Wants (Lola Gets) – Sarah Vaughan
12. I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl – Nina Simone
13. Lovesick Blues – Hank Williams
14. Dear Someone – Gillian Welch

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Kicca & Intrigo – Senso Contrario (2012)

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Kicca – vocals, tambourine, hand claps, background vocals Oscar Marchioni – Fender Rhodes piano, triangle, hand claps, background vocals Salah Khaili – drums, background vocals Herve Samb – electric guitar Bertrand Luzignant – trumpet, trombone Cedric Ricard – tenor saxophone mp3 320 kbps | 113 MB | UL | CL

Donovan Wolfington – Stop Breathing (2013)

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New Orleans based Donovan Wolfington are debuting their first full length record, “Stop Breathing” coming Spring 2013. The record features 32 minutes of angst-filled, nostalgic punk and emo with a dash of 90’s rock spread across 10 blistering new tracks, presenting a sound that is the perfect blend of throwback loyalty and forward thinking ingenuity. […]

Hadden Sayers – Rolling Soul (2013)

Posted by on February 27, 2013 with No Commentsas

Sin City Soul and Blues Festival artist Ruthie Foster can be credited with bringing Hadden Sayers out of retirement. Sayers, a successful musician in the Houston area with a lot of promise, was burnt out on the music scene after a string of deals gone bad and the overall erosion of the business. After much […]

Big Joe Turner – Free And Easy (2013)

Posted by on February 27, 2013 with No Commentsas

Tracks: 01. Honeysuckle Rose (2:47) 02. Love Me (2:41) 03. Ain’t Misbehavin’ (3:28) 04. Sweet Georgia Brown (4:28) 05. Rosetta (2:42) 06. I’m Crazy ’bout My Baby (3:11) 07. I’m In A World Of Trouble (7:25) 08. Ready For The River (3:06) 09. Isn’t It Romantic (3:03) 10. No Idea (3:41) 11. Feel So Fine […]

Eamon O’Leary – Old Clump (2013)

Posted by on February 27, 2013 with 1 Commentas

Tracks: 1. Among the Blessed 2. Another Man About Town 3. Like a Dime 4. Traveling Companion 5. Sweet William 6. Hard by the Road 7. High Hills 8. Row House 9. Greatcoat 10. When the Dead Arose mp3 VBR~221 kbps | 66 MB| UL | CL

Chris Duarte Group – My Soul Alone (2013)

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An impressive and fiery Texas blues guitarist, Chris Duarte’s latest album, My Soul Alone, was recorded at Prairie Sun Studios in Cotati, California with Aaron Haggerty on drums and Steve Evans on bass; Mads Tolling adds violin on one track (the final cut, “Carelessness”). Earlier in his career, Duarte was often compared to fellow Texas […]

Benoit Pioulard – Hymnal (2013)

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The overlapping layers of symbology on Benoit Pioulard’s latest disc, Hymnal, shroud everything in an Earl Grey mystic fog. First, though the project title scans as a name, it’s a nom de guerre for American-born London resident Thomas Meluch. Though retained as signposts more than religious initiations, the disc is filled with Catholic ritual references. […]

Josh Rouse – The Happiness Waltz (2013)

Posted by on February 26, 2013 with No Commentsas

Sonically, The Happiness Waltz takes a trip back into Rouse’s early-2000’s period, a time when so many of his longtime fans really came on board. A number of the new tracks could easily find a home on the AM radio of the late 1970’s, nestled between some of the biggest songs of the day. Lyrically, […]

Heidi Talbot – Angels Without Wings (2013)

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Heidi Talbot was born in Ireland, became a folk star in the USA as a member of the Irish-American band Cherish the Ladies, and now lives in Scotland, where she is married to the celebrated fiddler and multi-instrumentalist John McCusker. With a background like that, it’s hardly surprising she should develop a style that switches […]

Lotte Kestner – Bluebird Of Happiness (2013)

Posted by on February 26, 2013 with No Commentsas

Lotte Kestner is the solo project of Trespassers William vocalist Anna-Lynne Williams. The Bluebird Of Happiness was recorded over the course of a year by Williams in a handful of bedrooms, as she transported her home studio from a number of locations around Seattle and nearby island Vashon. While retaining the delicate, intimate sound of […]

Son Volt – Honky Tonk (2013)

Posted by on February 26, 2013 with No Commentsas

 Son Volt, to release their first album in four years, Honky Tonk, on Rounder Records. The follow-up to 2009’s American Central Dust, Honky Tonk showcases a more acoustic- based side of Son Volt, in the tradition of classic Bakersfield honky tonk music.Farrar credits his time jamming on pedal steel with St. Louis band Colonel Ford […]

The Shotgun Brothers Band – Have Fun. (2013)

Posted by on February 26, 2013 with No Commentsas

The Shotgun Brothers Band is a unique blend of musical styles and sounds. Ranging from hard-driving, Bluegrass-inspired Rock, to Psychedelic electric instrumentation, to Vocal and lyric driven Americana, and everything between. There’s a certain nod the pioneers of jamming, the Grateful Dead, but swirled together with so many different influences, that nearly every song falls […]

Ruthie Foster – Keep It Burning (2013)

Posted by on February 25, 2013 with No Commentsas

Tracks:  1. Don’t Get Too Comfortable 2. Truth (Funk Version) 3. Welcome Home (Live) 4. Aim For The Heart (Live) mp3 320 kbps | 42 MB | UL

Fat Harry & Fuzzy Licks – Hard Lovin Man (2013)

Posted by on February 25, 2013 with No Commentsas

Tracks: 01. Hard Lovin’ Man 02. Slippin’ & Slidin’ 03. Jealous Man 04. Silicon Woman 05. Don’t Know You That Well (feat. Henry Oden) 06. Sweet Home Abudaldah 07. Tell Me Your Plan 08. As the Year Go Passing By (feat. Preston Shannon) 09. No One Wants to be the First to Cry 10. It’s […]

VA – Reason to Believe: The Songs of Tim Hardin (2013)

Posted by on February 25, 2013 with No Comments
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Tracks: 1. The Phoenix Foundation – Don’t Make Promises You Can’t Keep 2. The Sand Band – Reason to Believe 3. Mark Lanegan – Red Balloon 4. Diagrams – Part of the Wind 5. The Magnetic North – It’s Hard to Believe in Love for Long 6. Alela Diane – How Can We Hang On […]

Dolly Varden – For A While (2013)

Posted by on February 25, 2013 with No Commentsas

“The band has just made what strikes many listeners as one of the best records of a distinguished career” – Chicago Tribune “A set of songs that’s worthy of contention for album of the year, even though the year’s just barely begun” – Country Standard Time mp3 320 kbps | 97 MB | UL

Green on Red – Gas Food Lodging & Green On Red (2003)

Posted by on February 25, 2013 with No Commentsas

When Green on Red, the self-titled CD in this two-title reissue, was released in 1982, the originally Arizona-based Green on Red were bracketed with Los Angeles’ Paisley Underground clique, then spearheaded by Dream Syndicate, Rain Parade, and the Bangles. Green on Red were always a little wilder. Though cheaply produced, Green on Red is a […]