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Ready For Confetti is the 16th release in a celebrated career that spans 30+ years, and shows no signs of slowing down. Robert Earl Keen has toured extensively throughout most of his career, creating a loyal and extensive fan base. On any given night, the audience at a Robert Earl Keen show can be a mix of blue collar, white collar, young, middle aged, academic, honky tonk, hipster, city slicker, collegiate, socially conscious or socially inept. All are welcome and all gain something from the experience that keeps them coming back. Robert Earl Keen is a songwriter’s songwriter, who skillfully blends elements of folk, jazz, country, blues, rock, Texas swing and spoken word with his wry wit and penchant for satire. His songs make people laugh, cry, dance, sing and most importantly, think. Through all of this, the common thread that runs through Keen’s impressive body of work is the narrative. Robert Earl Keen is a master storyteller who stands side-by-side with the great storytellers of his era, in any genre. The sun-splashed title track, the swing-filled “Top Down,” the reggae-infused “Waves On The Ocean,” the venom-laced “The Road Goes On and On” and the country ballad “Paint The Town Beige” will confirm that Ready For Confetti is Robert Earl Keen in top form. Ready For Confetti was produced by Lloyd Maines (Dixie Chicks, Flatlanders), who also produced Keen’s critically acclaimed 2009 album The Rose Hotel (Lost Highway).

mp3 256 kbps | 83 MB | FSo

Ida Sand / vocals, piano & keyboards
Mattias Thorell / guitars
Thobias Gabrielsson / bass
Andres Hedlund / drums & percussion

Special Guests:
Raul Midón / vocals
Joe Sample / piano
Steve Gadd / drums
Nils Landgren / trombone
Magnus Lindgren / woodwinds
The ACT Jubilee Singers / backing vocals

Flac + Covers | 280 MB | FSo | WU

Rockpile were such a breath of fresh air when they appeared in 1980, it is hard to describe. The initial blast of punk had been co-opted into the more commercially appealing New Wave, and dinosaur stadium bands still ruled the world. Nick Lowe, Dave Edmunds, Billy Bremner, and Terry Williams – collectively known as Rockpile, made rock ‘n’ roll fun again.

The choice of Rockpile to play this prestigious jazz festival was a little daring, but the guys clearly relished the opportunity to play together. From the opening notes of “Sweet Little Lisa,” it’s on. The band’s signature sound was a mix of rockabilly, power pop, and good old rock ‘n’ roll, which they combine to perfection on this track. “Sweet Little Lisa” is one of four cuts from the 1979 Edmunds-credited Repeat When Necessary. The other three are stellar as well, including “Girls Talk” (written by Elvis Costello), the barn-burning “Crawling From The Wreckage” (written by Graham Parker), and “Queen Of Hearts” (which would prove to be a huge hit for Juice Newton later on).

mp3 320 kbps | 111 MB | FSo | WU

CD 1:
01. John “Cougar” Mellencamp & Al Cooper – Like A Rolling Stone
02. John “Cougar” Mellencamp & Al Cooper – Leopard Skin Pill Box
03. Stevie Wonder – Blowin’ In The Wind
04. George Thorogood – Wanted Man
05. Sophie B. Hawkins – I Want You
06. Lou Reed – Foot Of Pride
07. Pearl Jam – Masters Of War
08. Tracy Chapman – The Times They Are-A-Changin’
09. Johnny Cash & June Carter – It Ain’t Me Babe
10. Willie Nelson – What Was It You Wanted
11. Kris Kristofferson – I’ll Be Your Babe Tonight
12. Johnny Winter – Highway 61 Revisited
CD 2:
01. Ron Wood – Seven Days
02. Richie Havens – Just Like A Woman
03. The Clancy Brothers – When The Ship Comes In
04. Sinead O’Connor – Reciting Bob Marley
05. Neil Young – Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues
06. Neil Young – All Along The Watchtower
07. Chrissie Hynde – I Shall Be Released
08. Eric Clapton – Love Minus Zero
09. Eric Clapton – Don’t Think Twice
10. The O’Jays – Emotionally Yours
11. The Band – When I Paint My Masterpiece
CD 3:
01. Rosannah Cash & June Carter – You Ain’t Going Nowhere
02. George Harrison – If Not For You
03. George Harrison – Absolutely Sweet Marie
04. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – License To Kill
05. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Rainy Day Woman
06. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers & Roger McGuinn – Mr.Tambourine Man
07. Bob Dylan – Song To Woody
08. Bob Dylan – It’s Allright Ma
09. Bob Dylan Eric Clapton Tom Petty George Harrison & Roger McGuinn – My Backpages
10. Bob Dylan & The Entire Cast – Knockin’ on Heavens Door

Flac + Covers | 922 MB | WU1 | WU2 | WU3 | WU4

Of Nick Lowe, NPR once observed, ”Few musicians get better with age, Nick Lowe is an exception.” While it’s undeniable that his last album garnered Lowe the best reviews — dubbed ”utterly fantastic,” by The Village Voice — of his career and his best one-week sales in the Soundscan era, there is little doubt that he has always been at the forefront of modern music. Be it his production work with The Damned, Elvis Costello, The Pretenders or his stone-classic solo albums Jesus of Cool or Labour of Lust, Nick has always set the standard for smart, switchblade-sharp pop music. His latest album The Old Magic continues Lowe’s late-career evolution with arguably his best collection yet. Amidst urbanely insistent grooves (”Sensitive Man”), and spare-yet-imposing shuffles (”Checkout Time”), The Old Magic features three exceptional Lowe ballads – album opener ”Stoplight Roses,” ”House for Sale” and ”I Read A Lot.” As is his custom, Lowe also peppers the album with three covers — by Elvis Costello, Tom T. Hall and Jeff West — that fit seamlessly with his originals. The Old Magic might be the album title equivalent of calling your shot, but for Nick Lowe it seems more a simple statement of fact.

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1. Love The One You’re With (3:48)

2. Our House (3:44)

3. Deja Vu (4:07)

4. Almost Cut My Hair (5:30)

5. Long Time Gone (4:25)

6. Guinnevere (4:33)

7. Southbound Train (3:40)

8. Wind On The Water (3:44)

9. Helplessly Hoping (3:57)

10. Maya (Original Composition)

mp3 VBR~223 kbps | 72 MB | FSo

“Herbie Hancock is one of the last giants of jazz. The pianist and composer at the prolific career has never hit stylistic barriers, dealing with equal success in jazz, rock, pop, electro and even . They reinvented the great albums of pop standards, with the participation of world stars such as Santana, Sting, Christina Aguilera, Pink. It is this versatility and never quenched the thirst of music that appeals from an early age the singer Swedish Viktoria Tolstoy. This tribute crystallized precisely in 2004 when she shared the stage with the master and Wayne Shorter. a memorable dinner ensued, marking the beginning of a friendship between the Swedish and mentor. faced with bloated catalog of the pianist, Tosltoy chose to remove the “tubes” of Hancock and focus on securities of different periods, with the pride of the period left to funky ’80s (“I Thought It Was You “” Give It All Your Heart “), plus some classics like” Butterfly “and” Naima, “the theme of Coltrane taken brilliantly by Hancock in 2002. Driven by the beautiful tone and voice of Tolstoy’s elastic, these securities are transcended by the expert work done by Nils Landgren-level arrangements. note also the beautiful and solid colors developed by the faithful pianist Viktoria, Jokob Karlzon and brass parts played and arranged by Magnus Lindgren. “

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This duet between trumpeter Sei Miguel and Pedro Gomes on guitar is something unique. Both are minimalists, but while Miguel using his trumpet mainly in a traditional and voiced mode, Gomes extracts sweet acoustic sounds or extremely harsh electric sounds from his guitar.

mp3 320 kbps | 69 MB | FSo

John Doe is one of modern music’s most authentic & enduring songwriters. A keystone of the legendary LA punk rock band X, the Chicago Tribune called him, “punk rock’s golden throat.” While touring with X over the last 30 years, Doe also cultivated his own career as a solo artist, diving head-first into alt country, folk, and gut-wrenching rock’n'roll. His latest record is Keeper, the glass-half-full counterpart to 2007′s emotionally damaged A Year in the Wilderness. Keeper was recorded over six months with hit-making producer/mixer Dave Way and features performances from legends and friends alike. Patty Griffin, Don Was, Smokey Hormel and Steve Berlin take star turns along with great performances from Cindy Wasserman and Jill Sobule. Doe says of the process, “Pieces of sadness exists in everything but it doesn’t have to be the only thing. I finally figured out how to write a love song where the people actually get loved.” This is a record by a veteran artist who has come back from the brink with his arms full of fast and beautiful songs.

mp3 VBR~228 kbps | 71 MB | FSe

Five-CD limited-edition box set, issued in time for the 30th anniversary of the Austrian chamber-music festival. “Edition Lockenhaus” returns long out-of-print titles to the catalogue, with some of the finest musicians of the New Series, including Gidon Kremer, Kim Kashkashian, Heinz Holliger, Thomas Zehetmair, Thomas Demenga, Robert Levin, Eduard Brunner and many more. Gidon Kremer: “The artistic atmosphere in Lockenhaus soon has everybody speaking on the same wavelength.” The set opens with previously unreleased recordings – from 2001 and 2008 – with Sir Simon Rattle and Roman Kofman conducting Kremerata Baltica in revelatory performances of Richard Strauss’s “Metamorphosen” and Olivier Messiaen’s “Trois petites Liturgies de la Présence Divine”: the committed interpretations convey the spirit of Lockenhaus. Discs two through five focus on music of César Franck, André Caplet, Francis Poulenc, Leos Janácek, Igor Stravinsky, Dmitri Shostakovich and Erwin Schulhoff.

mp3 224 kbps | 475 MB | FSo

Myron Sharvan brings some of the most talented musicians in North America together to create this powerful Blues Rock CD. James Anderson, Phil Brown (Little Feat), Jimmy “Z” Zavala (Eurythmics, Tom Petty, Rod Stewart), Bruce Bowland, Clark Findley & Leigh Woods.

mp3 VBR~217 kbps | 55 MB | FSo | WU

Track List:

01.  Beyond And Before (4:58)
02.  I See You (6:54)
03.  Yesterday And Today (2:53)
04.  Looking Around (4:05)
05.  Harold Land (5:45)
06.  Every Little Thing (5:46)
07.  Sweetness (4:35)
08.  Survival (6:23)

Flac | 315 MB | FSo | WU

Eric Löhrer : guitares

Didier Malherbe : doudouk, saxo soprano


WavPack (image+.cue) + log | 378 MB | FSo | WU

Country Road: An Acoustic Tribute to James Taylor expertly captures the unforgettable tunes of Sweet Baby James in a totally acoustic format, reworking the classic sounds of perhaps the most reknown singer/songwriter of rock’s golden years, an artist who has persistently created music that resonates within the soul, melodies that are destined for the eternal, songs that strike deep chords in everyone’s heart.Delightfully arranged with acoustic guitar, mandolin, fiddle and 5-string banjo by some of the most talented musicians recording today, Country Road is a stunning rendition of the introspective and intelligent harmonies that are the backbone of Taylor’s striking personal ballads and immersive love songs. A subtle blending of the blues and folk styles inherent in Taylor’s music, this album offers an endless journey brimming with masterful and playful recreations of your favorite tunes.

mp3 VBR~234 kbps | 80 MB | FSo | WU

Little Feat is an American rock band formed by singer-songwriter, lead vocalist and guitarist Lowell George and keyboardist Bill Payne in 1969 in Los Angeles. Although the band has undergone several changes in its lineup, the music remains an eclectic blend of rock and roll, blues, R&B, boogie, country, folk, gospel, soul, funk and jazz fusion influences.
This collection includes the original Little Feat, during years while Lowell George was alive. Lowell was a member of Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention. Payne had auditioned for the Mothers, but had not joined. They formed Little Feat along with former Mothers’ bassist Roy Estrada and drummer Richie Hayward from George’s previous band, the Factory. The name of the band came from a comment made by Mothers’ drummer Jimmy Carl Black about Lowell’s “little feet.” The spelling of “feat” was an homage to The Beatles.
There are three legends about the genesis of Little Feat. One has it that George showed Zappa his song “Willin’,” and that Zappa fired him from the Mothers of Invention, because he felt that George was too talented to merely be a member of his band, and told him he ought to go away and form his own band.
While touring in support of his solo album in June 1979, at the age of 34, George collapsed in his hotel room in Arlington, Virginia. An autopsy determined the cause of death was a heart attack, although it is considered likely that George’s excess weight, (formerly chronic) drug usage, and the strain of touring contributed to his condition.
The surviving members finished and released Down on the Farm before disbanding in 1979. The band was revived in the late 1980s and continued actively performing. The following eight albums represent the recordings of Little Feat up until the time of his death. (Lowell George, 1945 – 1979).

mp3 VBR~235 kbps | 466 MB | WU1 | WU2 | WU3 | WU4 | WU5

An intimate, unpredictable journey that will leave listeners dazzled and amazed, inspired as equally by Bach, Brahms, and Messiaen as by Monk, Tristano, Corea, and Hancock.

mp3 320 kbps | 141 MB | FSo | WU

Pay attention to the dates in the title of The Best of Morphine 1992-1995. That chronological spread means it’s not a career-spanning best-of, but only covers their early career, with nothing from their final albums for the DreamWorks label. That acknowledged, this is a decent overview of the first part of their discography, with most of the tracks hailing from their Good, Cure for Pain, and Yes albums (there’s just one from B-Sides & Otherwise). For Morphine fans who have kept up with all those prior releases, the main point of interest will be the three previously unreleased tracks. All of them are in the sultry jazz-noir-blues-rock typical of the band’s output, with “Jack and Tina” rumbling along for eight-and-a-half minutes. It’s disappointing, though, that there’s absolutely nothing in the liner notes to indicate when those previously unissued items were done and why they remained in the closet. For that matter, strictly speaking “Sexy Christmas Baby Mine” isn’t previously unreleased, having come out as a vinyl 45 rpm on the For Singles Only label. As another bonus, there’s an enhanced video of “Shame,” taken from a live Atlanta TV show.

mp3 320 kbps | 156 MB | FSo | WU

Two CD collection from the Soul vocalist. Candi Staton’s recording’s for Fame Records are some of the most essential moments in Southern Soul’s history. For the first time ever all 48 of the tracks she made for Rick Hall’s label between 1969 and 1974 are together in one place. 22 have never been on CD before and 12 are previously unreleased. This collection contains 12 R&B chart hits, four of which went Top 10, including her peerless version of Tammy Wynette’s ‘Stand By Your Man’. We have also included every track from her three albums released on Fame. Kent Records.

mp3 128 kbps | 65 MB | FSo | WU


1 – Tracy Nelson – What Good Can Drinkin’ Do
2 – Tad Robinson – Move Over
3 – Etta James – Ball and Chain
4 – Otis Clay – Piece of My Heart
5 – Lonnie Brooks – Maybe
6 – Lu Ann Barton – One Good Man
7 – Paul Black – Down On Me
8 – Koko Taylor – Get It While You Can
9 – Willie Kent – Trouble In Mind
10 – Lynn Jordan – Turtle Blues
11 – Cathy Richardson – Try (Just A Little Bit Harder)
12 – Sly Johnson – Me & Bobby McGee
13 – Taj Mahal – Mercedes Benz

mp3 160 kbps | 67 MB | FSo | WU