Norah Jones – Covers (2012)

Tracks:

01. Sleepless Nights (4:15)
02. I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight (3:18)
03. Jesus, Etc. (Live at the Living Room) (3:45)
04. Sweet Dreams (feat. Norah Jones) (3:18)
05. Cry, Cry, Cry (Live at the Living Room) (3:14)
06. Picture In a Frame (3:35)
07. Hands On the Wheel (Live in Austin) (4:18)
08. She (Live 2004: Audio) (4:30)
09. My Blue Heaven (2:22)
10. Peace (3:53)

m4a 256 kbps | 72 MB | UL | TB

Mary Coughlan – Red Blues (2002)

The great Irish jazz blues singer, Mary Coughlan demands virtuoso, spare support that lets her work her phrases until they ring with character. She is one of the world’s greatest blues jazz vocalists of modern times, but is still very much underrated. Her voice has a unique jazz and blues-inflected timbre with a gorgeous Irish lilt to it. Her phrasing is immaculate, and her voice has a passion and sincerity that is a joy to hear. This lady knows through personal experience exactly what she is singing and talking about. She is a lady who cares about humanity, and is never afraid to voice her opinion.

mp3 320 kbps | 113 MB | UL

Charlie Louvin – Charlie Louvin (2007)

What’s terrific about this album is the sound of Charlie Louvin’s voice. Weathered and worn by his 79 years, its fragility underscores the humanity in the morality plays he favors, like the gentle pledge of faith “The Christian Life.” What’s disappointing is its lack of imagination. Despite the presence of skilled contemporary songwriters like Elvis Costello and Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, the only new tune is “Ira,” Louvin’s tribute to his late, high-tenor-singing brother. As the Louvin Brothers, Charlie and Ira took shape-note-based close-harmony singing to the pinnacle of country music in the 1940s and ’50s, earning a place in the Country Music Hall of Fame. On these dozen songs, Louvin’s joined on vocals by George Jones, Alex McManus of Bright Eyes, Will Oldham, Bobby Bare, Tom T. Hall, Tweedy, Costello, and others, with Marty Stuart on mandolin and a crack studio band including Chris Scruggs of BR-549 and angelic vocalist Dianne Berry. Bare and Berry manage to make magic with Louvin; the rest do their best with chestnuts like “Kneeling Drunkard’s Plea” and “Worried Man Blues,” although Jones’s voice is, sadly, ravaged, and the bursts of guitar feedback on the Louvins classic “Great Atomic Power” are absurd. Nonetheless, this album is a welcome return for a country pioneer after a 10-year hiatus from recording. –Ted Drozdowski

mp3 256 kbps | 74 MB | UL

Krystle Warren & The Faculty – Love Songs: A Time You May Embrace (2012)

On Love Songs: A Time You May Embrace, Warren is once again joined by her talented backing band, The Faculty, and she cites such diverse influences as Dusty Springfield, Paul Simon, Bill Withers, and Donny Hathaway.

mp3 320 kbps | 94 MB | UL | TB

Ana Egge – Out Past The Lights (2005)

With her fourth album, Out Past the Lights, Brooklyn-based, New Mexico-reared singer/songwriter Ana Egge puts her age-defying pipes on display, sounding a couple decades older than her actual age of 28. Her rich, distinct voice and knack for songcraft is visualized with the help of producer Jason Mercer, who offers a sparse presentation for the countrified, pedal steel-steered keeper “Apple Tree” and the threadbare folk of “Stone Bone.” Fuller instrumentation — specifically the inclusion of Shane Endsley’s trumpet — bodes well for “Motorcycle” and “Straight to My Head,” but the album’s peak is “Wedding Dress,” which wraps all of the pain of love breaking down up in a once-celebrated garment. Although it has a number of delicate moments on the surface (like “Sailor” and the succinctly magical “Victoria”), Out Past the Lights is resilient just the same.

mp3 320 kbps | 91 MB | UL

The Lee Boys – Testify (2012)

The third release from the sacred steel ensemble. This family group consists of three brothers, Alvin Lee (guitar), Derrick Lee and Keith Lee (vocals) along with their three nephews, Roosevelt Collier (pedal steel guitar), Alvin Cordy Jr. (7-string bass) and Earl Walker (drums). “Sacred steel” is a type of music rooted in Gospel, but infused with rhythm and blues, jazz, rock, funk, hip-hop, country and African music driven by the pedal steel guitar. Testify features 11 tracks of new songs along with fan favorites from their live show.Stellar production, expanded instrumentation, and a slew of special guests result in a captivating mix of gospel, rock and R&B that will surely appeal to the most discerning music fan. Guest players include: Warren Haynes on vocals and lead guitar; Jimmy Herring on lead guitar; female vocalist Gia Wyre; Matt Slocum on organ, piano, and keyboards; Nate Worth on percussion; and producer/engineer/mixer Matt Grondin on electric and acoustic guitar, keyboards, backing vocals. Horns were arranged by Mark Mullins.

mp3 160 kbps | 70 MB | UL

Deadstring Brothers – Starving Winter Report (2006)

If you like The Flying Burrito Bros, and the Burritofied Stones material that followed, you are sure to love this cd. Other influences would include Dylan and maybe even a touch of Counting Crows. Terrific vocals, even if the lead does sound a bit Mick Jaggerish at times.

mp3 224 kbps | 63 MB | UL

Ruby Fray – Pith (2012)

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.

mp3 320 kbps | 104 MB | UL

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

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

mp3 320 kbps | 157 MB | UL | TB

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

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 recordings are being reissued as a two-CD set as part of Real World Records newly-launched Gold series. These half-forgotten gems demand your attention, with 19 compelling tracks that showcase a man at the peak of his substantial artistic powers. Always a gifted painter as well as a musician, Joseph also designed the artwork of this very covetable package.Co-produced with Ben Findlay, and mixed by Tchad Blake, this release showcases a unique and prolific talent at a critical point in his career.

mp3 320 kbps | 197 MB | UL

Maria McKee – Acoustic Tour 2006 (2006)

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 work as well as some choice covers.

mp3 VBR~167 kbps | 77 MB | UL

Aerosmith – Music From Another Dimension! (2012)

Music From Another Dimension!  presents Aerosmith in ferociously fine form and at the peak of their powers. They’re the only band of their stature with all-original members who are playing better than they ever have before. The album abounds with one highlight after another, including “Out Go The Lights,” “Oh Yeah,” “Luv XXX,” “We All Fall Down,” “Street Jesus” and “Can t Stop Loving You,” on which Tyler duets with Carrie Underwood. The album also includes “Freedom Fighter” which features Johnny Depp on backing vocals.

mp3 320 kbps | 161 MB  | TB

Michael McDermott – Hit Me Back (2012)

Michael McDermott’s music, like Springsteen’s and Van Morrison’s, helped me to find a part of myself that wasn’t lost, as I had feared, but only misplaced. That’s why we love the ones who are really good at it, I think: because they give us back ourselves, all dusted and shined up, and they do it with a smile….Michael McDermott is one of the best songwriters in the world and possibly the greatest undiscovered rock and roll talent of the last 20 years.”

-Stephen King

mp3 320 kbps | 167 MB | UL | TB