Posts by date : March 2012

Dr. John – Locked Down (2012)

Posted by Zorn on March 31, 2012 with No Commentsas

The collaboration between the New Orleans legend and the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach is inspired, with the younger garage-bluesman placing the 71-year-old’s blues and fire in a perfectly retro-modern frame. No differently to the Black Keys, 21st-century production techniques make sounds as old as the hills seem box-fresh. But no one makes music like this: the Night Tripper rampages inimitably through swamp blues, voodoo funk and Afrobeat, with his trademark piano. Vocals veer from soulful cries of “Can I get a witness?” to narratives about crack houses, but this is more than just a retro retool. The slow response to Hurricane Katrina is assaulted with fury on Revolution, which surveys a landscape of homeless children, raped women and “religious delusions”, and concludes that “rebellion, revolution, is the final solution”. It all powers along on tunes from his top drawer, from the instantly funky title track to the irresistible grooves of Ice Age and redemptive soul of God’s Sure Good. Terrific stuff.

Flac | 264 MB | DF | TB

June Star – Slow Dance (2012)

Posted by Zorn on March 31, 2012 with No Commentsas

This is the seventh studio album by genre defining alt. country band June Star, with the only constant in that time being Andrew Grimm, songwriter, guitarist and classic alt. country singer. All of those recordings have been of an incredibly high quality, (although as yet I’ve been unable to track down a copy of ‘Shift, engage and initiate’) with plenty of diversity of tempos within the fairly loose alt. Country/rock genre.For this recording the band consisted of Andrew Grimm on Guitars and Vocals, David Hadley, Pedal Steel, Timothy Bracken, Guitar, Bass, Backing Vocals and at times Drums,  Mike Ward on Keyboards, with the production being courtesy of the band.

mp3 320 kbps | 100 MB  | TB | DF

Grayson Capps – Best Of Grayson Capps: A Love Song For Bobby Long (2011)

Posted by Zorn on March 31, 2012 with No Commentsas

A literate and impassioned songwriter whose song characters are often caught barely hanging on at the edges of American life, Grayson Capps is a bit like a New Orleans version of Tom Waits, albeit more of a roots rocker in actual musical execution. Capps was born April 17, 1967, in Opelika, Alabama, the son of a Baptist preacher and an Auburn University student. After his birth, both of his parents ended up being teachers in Brewton, Alabama. They moved to Fairhope, Alabama when Capps was in the seventh grade, and it was there that he developed a lifelong fascination with theater, eventually earning a partial scholarship to Tulane University in New Orleans to study acting, graduating with a B.F.A. in 1989. But acting wasn’t the only thing Capps studied at Tulane.

mp3 320 kbps | 171 MB | DF

Ray Wylie Hubbard – The Grifter’s Hymnal (2012)

Posted by Zorn on March 28, 2012 with No Commentsas

Ray Wylie Hubbard‘s got a bad case of Richard Thompson syndrome: uniformly excellent recordings that make the craft of songwriting appear so effortless as to fool the average poet-strummer into thinking that a conversation with a silver-tongued devil is all it takes. Hubbard knows that’s not true, but he’s willing to play along. At a […]

Marissa Nadler – Discography (2004-2009)

Posted by Zorn on March 27, 2012 with No Comments
in folk

2004 – Ballads Of Living And Dying 2005 – The Saga Of Mayflower May 2007 – Songs III. Bird On The Water 2009 – Little Hells Flac | 929 MB | DF1 | DF2 | DF3 | DF4

The Hobart Brothers & Lil’ Sis Hobart – At Least We Have Each Other (2012)

Posted by Zorn on March 26, 2012 with No Commentsas

A collaboration featuring acclaimed singer-songwriters Jon Dee Graham, Freedy Johnston and Susan Cowsill. Freedy Johnston is a New York City-based singer-songwriter. Having scored several minor hits since the early 1990s, Johnston’s songs are often about troubled loners, and cover topics like heartbreak, alienation and disappointment. Known for the craftsmanship of his songs, he has been […]

Loudon Wainwright III – Older Than My Old Man Now (2012)

Posted by Zorn on March 26, 2012 with No Commentsas

No less than 5 generations of Wainwrights make contributions to this new album with duets with Rufus, Martha, Lucy Wainwright Roche, Lexie Kelly Wainwright, Suzzy Roche, along with other esteemed guests John Scofield, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and Dame Edna Everage.As his new album’s title relates, Loudon Wainwright III is Older Than My Old Man Now […]

Hope And Social – Cotton Wool And Knotted Wood (2012)

Posted by Zorn on March 26, 2012 with No Comments
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This little album started life as a live set for our Winter Warmer gig at the Georgian Theatre in Richmond, North Yorkshire, December 2011. We’d decided to re-arrange some of our songs for a more stripped down acoustic feel but, as usual, we all got a little over-excited and started gathering instruments to re-arrange the […]

American Stories – Prelude (2012)

Posted by Zorn on March 25, 2012 with No Commentsas

Ongoing project of singer/songwriter Tim Nixon and drummer Jesse Rejewski since 2009. American Stories explores a more personal side to writing, expanding upon his politically charged lyrics of previous bands, taking a closer look at relationships, society, alienation and geographic locations. mp3 VBR~227 kbps | 80 MB | UL | DF

BettySoo & Doug Cox – Across the Borderline: More Lies (2012)

Posted by Zorn on March 25, 2012 with No Commentsas

Change is good. Sometimes, you just need a little shake-up to get things to how they always ought to have been. With Heat Sin Water Skin, BettySoo adds some welcome edge and grit to the heartbreaker ballads and bell-pure vocals she’s come to be known for.Teamed with seasoned producer Gurf Morlix (Lucinda Williams, Mary Gauthier, […]

Raul Malo – Around the World (2012)

Posted by Zorn on March 24, 2012 with No Commentsas

When it comes to serving up what the public craves, Raul Malo of the Mavericks knows it better than most. His wonderful, hugely distinctive baritone voice is able at a heartbeat, to stop you in your tracks. His ability to transform a song and shape it to suit himself has long made him a favourite […]

Grascals – Life Finds A Way (2012)

Posted by Zorn on March 21, 2012 with No Commentsas

Life Finds a Way implies a journey. From multiple IBMA Entertainer of the Year awards to multiple Grammy® nominations, the Grascals have had an epic one.Now they are back with the highly anticipated signature release that will remind fans why they love this group. From the classic “Sweet Baby James,” to the instrumental “Eleven Eleven,” […]

Holly Golightly feat. The Brokeoffs – Long Distance (2012)

Posted by Zorn on March 21, 2012 with No Commentsas

Holly Golightly has been around the music scene for nearly 20 years, releasing numerous albums as a solo artist, collaborating with others and more recently with her band The Brokeoffs. Off the radar of the major labels, she has managed to plough a furrow with a dedicated fanbase and a work rate that would put […]

Nels Andrews – Scrimshaw (2012)

Posted by Zorn on March 21, 2012 with No Commentsas

This is the third studio album from singer/songwriter Nels Andrews, with songs largely set in and around New York City, (his most recent roost since Albuquerque) until he found himself living in coastal California last summer. Scrimshaw is a masterful and organic progression from his 2008 Off Track Betting. It is as if he took […]

The Del Fuegos – Silver Star (2012)

Posted by Zorn on March 19, 2012 with No Commentsas

Kicking up a ruckus on the more garage-oriented side of the 1980s’ roots rock boom, the Del Fuegos were a four-piece band from Boston who (at least for a time) won critical favor and a loyal cult following at home and on the road for their passionate, no-frills style. Formed in 1980, the Del Fuegos […]

Samantha Martin & The Haggard – Samantha Martin & The Haggard (2012)

Posted by Zorn on March 19, 2012 with 1 Commentas

The first thing that hits you is the voice. Samantha Martin‘s is a force of nature, one of those voices that grabs you by the throat while causing the hairs on the back of your neck to tingle. The likes of her friend Serena Ryder and Janis Joplin come to mind as reference points. Martin […]

Eastbound Jesus – Holy Smokes (2012)

Posted by Zorn on March 14, 2012 with No Commentsas

Eastbound Jesus is a phenomenal new band. Holy Smokes! displays some fantastic talent both in the instrumentation and the lyrics. They have drawn from all corners of the musical landscape, at times that aforementioned bluegrass influence shines through right alongside some garage rock, jamband and straightforward country sounds.Present on the album are a guitar, bass, […]

Various Artists – God Damn, I Hate The Blues (2011)

Posted by Zorn on March 14, 2012 with No Commentsas

Kraak have just released the latest entry in the label’s ongoing split double 7″ single series titled God Damn, I Hate The Blues featuring Amen Dunes, Ignatz, Marissa Nadler, Nathan Bowles, Warm Climate, & Bridget Hayden. It’s easy to take the name of this compilation at face value as the haunting specter of the blues […]

Trampled by Turtles – Stars and Satellites (2012)

Posted by Zorn on March 14, 2012 with No Commentsas

Minnesota quintet Trampled By Turtles is what happens when members of various punk and rock bands get together to start a bluegrass group. Originally forming in 2003, the band channeled their punk-inspired energy into acoustic instrumentation—including acoustic guitar, banjo and fiddle—which resulted in 2010’s widely praised Palomino and a devoted live following. On April 10, […]

Shooter Jennings – Family Man (2012)

Posted by Zorn on March 11, 2012 with No Commentsas

The proud son of country legends Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter, Shooter says, “This album was really the first time that I took the creative process entirely in my own hands. I had formed a new band, The Triple Crown, after reuniting with an old friend Erik Deutsch, who plays keys in the band, and […]