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Ruby Fray – Pith (2012)

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As the singer for Olympia, Washington’s frenzied noise rock quartet Christmas, Emily Beanblossom provides an ever-explosive presence. The quintessential frontwoman, her vocals soar, scream, and implode in a blurred meeting of danger and fun. With Pith, the debut of her solo project under the name Ruby Fray, Beanblossom dials back the fireworks and the screaming, but loses none of the intensity. Instead, the 12 tracks that make up Pith are a quietly eerie collection of backwoods Americana, dark freak folk, and gothy ballads, all rooted in the K Records tradition of homespun Northwestern indie pop. Though she’s aided by a plethora of Olympia musicians on Pith (members of LAKE, Angelo Spencer, bandmates from Christmas, and others all lend their talents) Beanblossom is clearly the epicenter of the songs at all points. Even in her duet with Calvin Johnson on the loopy jaunt of “Mint Ice Cream,” Beanblossom’s snaky vocal lines float above Johnson’s hazy baritone, pushing the song through its weird changes. “Northern Washington,” with its spooky murder ballad form and increasingly murky fidelity, kicks off the trend of subtle changes in style and feel that span Pith. Never seeming disjointed, Beanblossom swims from harmonizing with herself in a field hollar-meets-lo-fi-barbershop quartet on the a cappella “What’s All This Talk” to ghostly drones and creeped-out electronic gurgles on tracks like “Jandk” and “Penny.” The album becomes increasingly darker as it goes, the tunes on Pith’s second half blending into each other as a long unsettled symphony. At the center of all these songs is Beanblossom’s ceaselessly powerful voice, some campfire-in-a-horror-movie version of Neko Case sharing a brain with Joanna Newsom’s complex sense of melody but not her squeaky, polarizing vocal cords. When coupled with her ambitious songwriting and impeccable talent for setting a mood, Pith becomes a chillingly gorgeous collection of eerie moments and haunted atmospheres.

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Muddy Waters – Muddy Brass And The Blues / Can’t Get No Grindin’ (2011)

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Muddy, Brass And The Blues

1. Corine, Corina
2. Piney Brown Blues
3. Black Night
4. Trouble In Mind
5. Going Back To Memphis
6. Betty And Dupree
7. Sweet Little Angel
8. Take My Advice
9. Trouble

Can’t Get No Grindin’

11. Can’t Get No Grindin’ (What’s The Matter With The Meal)
12. Mother’s Bad Luck Child
13. Funky Butt
14. Sad Letter
15. Someday I’m Gonna Ketch You
16. Love Weapon
17. Garbage Man
18. After Hours
19. Whiskey Ain’t No Good

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Esthero – Everything Is Expensive (2012)

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Joseph Arthur – Junkyard Hearts [Repost@320] (2012)

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Two years after his sophomore effort Come To Where I m From, and proving that he s ever his own man, Joseph Arthur independently produced a series of four EPs under the collective name of Junkyard Hearts (I-IV) – which were never commercially offered except at his 2002 tour appearances.Now, a decade later, these rare […]

Red Steagall and the The Boys in the Bunkhouse – Dreamin’ Of… When The Grass Was Still Deep (2011)

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Maria McKee – Acoustic Tour 2006 (2006)

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Acoustic Tour 2006, Maria MCkeeshe decided to mix it up and go it alone; together with old friend & colleague Susan Otten in tow, she embarked upon an acoustic tour of Western Europe and a few select cities in the U.S, devising a setlist between them including the best of ‘Lone Justice’ and Maria’s solo […]