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Caitlin Cary – While You Weren t Looking (2002)

Posted by Zorn on August 31, 2012 with No Commentsas

ne would be hard pressed to find a more eagerly awaited or hugely hyped indie release in 2002 than Caitlin Cary’s While You Weren’t Looking. Being a former member of Whiskeytown and band mate of eccentric but prolific tantrum-prone media darling/ whipping boy Grammy nominee Ryan Adams requires a performer to carry more baggage than a camel caravan. While You Weren’t Looking proves Cary can carry the load and then some. The spotlight is on and she proves she belongs right in the center of its brightest illumination.There’s no point in being coy or making vacuous, clever Whiskeytown comparisons. While You Weren’t Looking is an outstanding musical declaration of Cary’s independence. Its strengths are Cary’s highly literate and emotionally rich (in a brainy Richard Thompson way) songwriting and her intimate, pure voice. With primary backing by former Whiskeytowners Mike Daly (guitars), Mike Santoro (bass), Cary’s husband Skillet Gilmore (drums), former Jayhawk Jen Gunderman (keyboards), and a smorgasborg of the Raleigh-Durham area’s finest players (Brian Dennis, Andy Church, Chris Stamey, Greg Readling, Tony Lamm, Lynn Blakey, Mitch Easter), the music is rootsy but rocking, highly melodic and moody, frequently involving deft tempo changes and subtle shifts of emphasis. There is the occasional suggestive Irish lilt.

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VA – A Tribute to Pixies (2012)

Posted by Zorn on August 31, 2012 with No Commentsas

Tracklist:

01. Superette – Touch Me
o2. Blood on the Wall – Mary Susan
03. Envelopes – Life on the Beach
04. La Sera – I Can t Keep You in My Mind
05. Grandaddy – Kim You Bore Me To Death
06. Duplodeck – A Good Man is Hard To Find
07. The Babies – Wild 2
08. PENS – Love Rules
09. Big Troubles – Misery
10. Kell Her – (I Hate it) When You Look at Me
11. Fanzine – Running Around
12. Coloracao Desbotada – Extenso Ambiente
13. Yuck – Cousin Corona

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Kevin Bowe & The Okemah Prophets – Natchez Trace (2012)

Posted by Zorn on August 31, 2012 with No Commentsas

Kevin Bowe and his band The Okemah Prophets, featuring Peter Anderson (The Honeydogs) and Steve Price (ELNo), will release Natchez Trace–his first full-length album of original material in over a decade. Natchez Trace is a sweeping panorama of Tom Petty-style hooks on tracks like “Haven’t You Heard,” along with some very inspired ballads. Bowe and Paul Westerberg (The Replacements) collaborated to write “Everybody Lies,” one of many great musical moments on the record. Also included are a blistering cover of John Lennon’s “I Found Out” alongside a hippie-riffic take on Spirit’s “Nature’s Way”.Natchez Trace draws you deep into its stark, haunting beauty, and the musical performances behind the songs make you take notice. Westerberg, Nels Kline (Wilco), The Meat Puppets, Johnny and Molly of Communist Daughter, Tim O’Reagan (The Jayhawks), Ben Lubeck (Farewell Milwaukee), Chuck Prophet, Freedy Johnston, and Phil Solem (The Rembrandts) all make stellar appearances. Scarlet Rivera (violinist on Bob Dylan’s Desire and his Rolling Thunder Revue tour) adds a gypsy hurricane flair to the track “In Too Deep”.

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The Walkabouts – Death Valley Days – Lost Songs & Rarities 1985-1995 (1996)

Posted by Zorn on August 31, 2012 with No Commentsas

Death Valley Days is a fragmentary collection reining in scattered tracks drawn from demos, B-sides, unreleased albums, compilations and tribute records, along with a few covers left off the domestic reissue of New West Motel. mp3 160 kbps | 84 MB | UJ | UL | TB

B.B. King – Makin’ Love Is Good For You (2000)

Posted by Zorn on August 31, 2012 with No Commentsas

On this thoroughly enjoyable outing, the elder blues statesman does not stray from the formula that made the Grammy-winning Blues on the Bayou such an artistic and commercial success. Recorded at Dockside Studios in Lafayette, Louisiana, and once again produced by B.B. himself, the disc features a similarly rough and tumble electric trad-blues style. The […]

VA – Behind Closed Doors: Where Country Meets Soul (2012)

Posted by Zorn on August 31, 2012 with No Commentsas

Tracklist: 01. Aaron Neville – The Grand Tour 02. Solomon Burke – He’ll Have to Go 03. Percy Sledge – Take Time to Know Her 04. Esther Phillips – I Saw Me 05. Moses & Joshua Dillard – My Elusive Dream 06. Ann Peebles – Hangin’ On 07. Bobby Sheen – My Shoes Keep Walking […]

Robert Cray Band – Nothin’ But Love (2012)

Posted by Zorn on August 30, 2012 with No Commentsas

Since becoming crown prince of the blues in the late 80s, Cray has won Grammies and played alongside 12-bar aristocrats such as BB King but has often seemed on cruise control. As a suited-up Mad Men cover shot suggests, he has his mojo back. Won’t Be Coming Home puts Cray in the driveway watching his […]

Alison Krauss and Union Station – Every Time You Say Goodbye (1992)

Posted by Zorn on August 30, 2012 with No Commentsas

Over the course of her first albums, including her fourth, 1992’s Every Time You Say Goodbye, Alison Krauss probably did more than any of her contemporaries to attract mainstream-country attention to bluegrass. A traditionalist might say this is because Krauss and her band, Union Station, offer a kind of “bluegrass-lite” that’s cut with pop sensibility, […]

Blues Blend – One More Turn (2012)

Posted by Zorn on August 30, 2012 with No Commentsas

With their 5th studio album One More Turn Blues Blend are presenting a breathtaking, versatile masterpiece: 60s soul, bluegrass, americana, jazz ballads, Chicago- and New Orleans Blues. Those who join this great panorama will be enchanted by the emotionality, the delight in playing and the pure pleasure and passion for blues and rootsmusic which is […]

Royal Southern Brotherhood – Royal Southern Brotherhood (2012)

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Cyril Neville – vocals, percussion Devon Allman – vocals, guitar Mike Zito – vocals, guitar Charlie Wooton – bass Yonrico Scott – drums mp3 320 kbps | 119 MB | UJ | UL | TB

Allison Moorer – The Duel (2004)

Posted by Zorn on August 30, 2012 with No Commentsas

Once upon a time, Allison Moorer was a country artist who sang for a major record label. It might be easy then, to see her switch to Sugar Hill as a back-to-the-basics move, a reconnection with her country roots. Moorer, however, isn’t that predictable, and The Duel — while many things — isn’t country. In […]

Jaime Regan – Winterborn (2012)

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Matchbox Twenty – North (2012)

Posted by Zorn on August 30, 2012 with No Comments
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The first strains of opener “Parade”, on Matchbox Twenty’s new release North, call to mind the best moments of 1996’s Yourself or Someone Like You: acoustic guitars behind Rob Thomas’s always-heartbroken voice, which stretches out over the most poignant moments. mp3 320 kbps | 101 MB | UJ | UL | TB

Mark Knopfler – Privateering (2012)

Posted by Zorn on August 29, 2012 with No Commentsas

New 2CD release from the British guitarist, songwriter, producer and former Dire Straits leader. Privateering is Knopfler’s first double album, each song an original. They cover a wide range of locations and characters from both sides of the Atlantic and move through a number of genres which include several new Blues originals. The album is […]

Lynyrd Skynyrd – Last of a Dyin’ Breed (2012)

Posted by Zorn on August 29, 2012 with No Commentsas

Legendary rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd releases a fiery slice of Southern style guitar rock heaven in Last of a Dyin’ Breed. This is the kind of record guaranteed to feed the needs of the multi-generational Skynyrd Nation, and continue the renewed vigor the band exhibited with their previous album, 2009’s God & Guns. For the […]

Billy Joe Shaver – Live from Austin, TX (2012)

Posted by Zorn on August 29, 2012 with No Commentsas

This is Austin City Limits show from 1984 presented Billy Joe and his then-22-year-old guitar-wizard son Eddy. Tracklist: 1. Ride Me Down Easy 2. I Been to Georgia On a Fast Train 3. Willy the Wandering Gypsy and Me 4. Black Rose 5. Woman Is the Wonder of the World 6. Love You Til the […]

Tin Hat Trio – The Rain Is a Handsome Animal (2012)

Posted by Zorn on August 29, 2012 with No Commentsas

The San Francisco-based quartet Tin Hat isn’t in itself a new project. Formed in in 1997 as Tin Hat Trio and then rechristened Tin Hat in 2004, the outfit had five albums under its belts prior to recording the song cycle the rain is a handsome animal. What separates the new release from the others, […]

The Doors – L.A. Woman: The Workshop Sessions (2012)

Posted by Zorn on August 28, 2012 with No Comments
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Tracklist: 1. The Changeling (Alternate Version) 2. Love Her Madly (Alternate Version) 3. Cars Hiss By My Window (Alternate Version) 4. L.A. Woman (Alternate Version) 5. The WASP (Texas Radio And The Big Beat) (Alternate Version) 6. Been Down So Long (Alternate Version) 7. Riders On The Storm (Alternate Version) 8. She Smells So Nice […]

Patterson Hood – Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance (2012)

Posted by Zorn on August 26, 2012 with No Commentsas

Patterson Hood, one return with his third solo album, Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance, due out in September 2012. The songs on the album began in the form of a novel Hood was working on, a fictional but semi-autobiographical account of a dark time in the singer’s late twenties. The book remained unfinished, but […]

Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz / John Zorn – Abraxas: The Book of Angels, Vol. 19 (Tzadik,2012)

Posted by Zorn on August 10, 2012 with No Commentsas

The 19th installment in John Zorn’s Masada Book 2: The Book of Angels is a doozy. As with the rest of the series, these are Zorn pieces given to an extraordinary talent (or set of talents) to perform, re-imagine, or demolish, and acoustic/electric bassist and oudist Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz has done all three with his […]