Monday, November 30, 2009

Dub Fx - Everythinks A Ripple -2009-
(Trip-Hop, Psychedelic)

From: United Kingdom

Dub Fx is a seriously talented dude. He is the epitome of a one man band. This album is full of some pretty sick beats. He describes himself as "a schizahfrenic gemini beat-boxer performing live in the street with a loop-station and an effex unit...... coz thats what i am i guess.. The character of Dub FX consists of three different "personas." The singer is Benjamin, the deep voice is Monsoon, and the high voice is Lyric. Can you even imagine seeing something like this on the streets, CRAZY! Pick up this album HERE to enjoy a truly unique musical experience.

Dub Fx - Flow

Dub Fx - Intensions

Dub Fx - Love Someone

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Eleven Fingered Charlie - Never The Same -2007-
(Reggae, Rock, Jazz, Dub)

From: Austin, TX

Eleven Fingered Charlie is a tight 4 piece reggae band from believe it or not Texas. EFC's players are Travis Damron (vocals, guitars, ukulele), Chad Manes (bass), Dustin Hall (drums, percussion), Rodney Howell (tenor saxophone, keys). Eleven Fingered Charlie has formed a reggae style that fuses hints of surf and rock, as well as TX influenced blues and country. Above all else, EFC stresses a love for all things positive, like good music, good friends and good times with an understanding that life has it's moments of disparity. Eleven Fingered Charlie is determined to influence the world through the best medium they know how…music. In production on a brand new album which will be released early in 2010 so keep an eye and an ear on these guys.

Eleven Fingered Charlie - Poverty Dub

Eleven Fingered Charlie - Walking Along

Eleven Fingered Charlie - Running Back

Eleven Fingered Charlie - Little More

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Tom Morello: The Nightwatchman - Fabled City -2008-
(Rock, Folk, Acoustic)

From: Los Angeles, CA

The Nightwatchman is the alter ego of Tom Morello, guitarist with Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave. While Morello is best known for his hard rock fury and amazing pedal effects, as The Nightwatchman he performs as a solo acoustic singer and songwriter, playing self-penned songs that reflect his leftist political beliefs. On One Man Revolution, Morello's debut effort their was not much more than his unique voice and an acoustic guitar. On The Fabled City, Morello compliments his acoustic guitar with nice arrangements on piano, mandolin, cello and drums, as well as some backup vocals from System of a Down's Serj Tankian and Shooter Jennings. Pretty cool take on some modern protest music.

The Nightwatchman - The Fabled City

The Nightwatchman - Whatever It Takes

The Nightwatchman - The Lights Are On In Spidertown

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Stick Figure - Smoke Stack -2009-
(Reggae, Dub)

From: Duxbury, Massachusetts

Possessing a unique style of music that combines a creative blend of upbeat roots reggae with the reverberating echoes of dub, comes a man with no limit for his musical abilities. Stick Figure's music is written, recorded, and produced by Scott Woodruff. All of Stick Figure's songs are made by recording each instrument separately, layering several tracks on top of one another in unison. 'Smoke Stack' is full of irie vibes and is a sweet listen from start to finish. 'Smoke Stack' also has hit the #1 spot on the iTunes reggae chart. Scott has recently found his way to San Diego and formed a 4 piece live act and are currently recording their debut album, which should be out in early 2010. Awesome addition to any reggae lovers music collection. Grab the album HERE.

Stick Figure - Vibes Alive

Stick Figure - Hawaii Song

Stick Figure - Smoke Stack

Stick Figure - Folsom Prison Dub

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Julian Marley - Awake -2009-
(Reggae, Roots, Hip-Hop)

From: London, England

Julian "JuJu" Marley's 3rd studio album 'Awake' is by far his most polished effort to date. He has been blessed both by his father's great talent and legacy and by the unique perspective that comes with an upbringing in a multicultural community. Julian has devoted himself to a life in music, mastering a variety of instruments and writing songs that reflect his dedication to spiritual upliftment and social change. All of these skills are utilized on 'Awake'. Produced by Julian Marley and his Grammy Award-winning brothers, Stephen Marley and Damian Marley. Julian's roots-reggae sound is supported by the street-energy infusion of hip-hop, bubbling dancehall, and a smooth combination of R&B. It is pretty cool to have each of the Marley children taking their reggae in different directions and also collaborating with each other, as is the case with this very solid record.

Julian Marley - Boom Draw

Julian Marley - A Little Too Late (Ft. Stephen Marley)

Julian Marley - Stay With Me

Julian Marley - Things Ain't Cool

Monday, November 23, 2009

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - The Live Anthology -2009-
(Rock, Blues, Folk)

From: Gainesville, Florida

The Live Anthology is a multiple-disc set of recordings drawn from thirty years of live performances. The collection brings together material from 1978-2007 culled from hundreds of hours of live concert recordings covering every era of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' tours and represents the best tracks as chosen by producers Tom Petty, Mike Campbell and Ryan Ulyate. Showcased here is the invention, spontaneity, craft, and the musicianship that has made Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers among the most celebrated live performers of their time. This is one of the best sounding live albums I've ever heard and just a bad ass collection of originals and covers.

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Breakdown

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Mary Jane's Last Dance

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Runnin' Down A Dream

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Can't Hang - Ride The Lightrail -2009-
(Reggae, Rock, Punk)

From: Baltimore, Maryland

Can't Hang is Luke Mysko - Vocals, Steve Lynch - Guitar, Rob Eisenhut - Bass, and Alex Crowley - Drums. “Ride the Lightrail” is their 5th album release and has found the band in the midst of an incredible musical evolution. 10 years of touring the country have culminated in a diverse yet tight knit sound. Maintaining their roots while expanding their musicianship; reggae, punk and pop come together for the rock & roll party that is Can’t Hang! Check it out for yourself.

Can't Hang - Just For You

Can't Hang - 95

Can't Hang - Smile

Can't Hang - Strangers At Your Funeral

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Mishka - Guy With A Guitar -2009-

From: Bermuda

Guy With A Guitar is an acoustic journey through the music of Above The Bones with a couple of new tracks as well. Mishka is one of the most soulful musicians around and has the most amazing voice that instantly calms and puts any listener at ease in any surroundings. Good vibrations are in store here! This acoustic set (+1 full band track) truly lets you see the talent and uniqueness of this awesome artist.

Mishka - Stay By My Side

Mishka - Higher Heights

Mishka - Same Old Changes

Mishka - Guy With A Guitar

Current Swell - Protect Your Own -2009-
(Rock, Reggae)

From: Victoria, BC

Vancouver Island based band Current Swell is 4 guys on a mission. Scott Stanton, Davers Lang, Louis Sadava, and Chris Petersen have a unique style of music that is deeply rooted in folk and blues, reggae inspired, and rock driven. The musical recipe is equal parts prairie and coastal, blending a couple of acoustic guitars, a lap slide, harmonica, drums, bass, and 3 vocal mics. Protect Your Own shows that Current Swell has really begun to find their own distinctive sound and branch out and experiment with a grittier, bluesy sound. This is some "Swell" music!

Current Swell - All I Need

Current Swell - Cursed

Current Swell - Young and Able

Current Swell - Protect Your Own

Monday, November 16, 2009

Hoffmaestro & Chraa - The Storm -2008-
(Rock, Reggae, Ska)

From: Sweden

Hoffmaestro & Chraa is a "karateboogie" 10+ piece band from Stockholm, Sweden. It is a mixture of ska, reagge and rock that is a sonic mash-up somewhere in between The Cat Empire and Manu Chao. When the songs get going there is an amazing amount of energy, but they can slow it down as well as heard on the second half of the record. Unique sound, tons of energy and some really memorable tunes make these Swedes a must hear. "Highwayman" is epic!

Hoffmaestro & Chraa - Seize The Day

Hoffmaestro & Chraa - Highwayman

Hoffmaestro & Chraa - The Storm

Hoffmaestro & Chraa - Desperado

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Pete Francis & Barefoot Truth - Wake The Mountain E.P. -2009-
(Rock, Indie, Folk)

From: Massachusetts

Pete Francis of Dispatch fame and rising jam band upstarts Barefoot Truth have joined forces for a run of tour dates in 2009 and the release of this E.P. Rather than the traditional headliner/support billing, Francis and Barefoot Truth will perform as one band – playing an assortment of tunes from their respective catalogs and bringing a new energy to their already awesome tunes. This is a sweet pairing and the songs on the E.P. and the live shows really have a new identity and depth to them. Hopefully Pete and the boys from Barefoot Truth can give us more music somewhere down the line because the chemistry is definitely there. "Quinn the Eskimo" is a sweet cover track.

Pete Francis & Barefoot Truth - Go Ridin

Pete Francis & Barefoot Truth - Quinn the Eskimo **Download**

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Rob Sawyer - Stuff -2007-
(Rock, Reggae, Folk, Blues)

From: Melbourne

22 yr. old Rob Sawyer follows in the footsteps of recent Australian artists like Xavier Rudd, John Butler but also the guitar stylings of other notable guitarists like Jeff Lang and Tommy Emmanuel....and manages to tread a neat path between all, drawing upon a vast array of influences from folk and reggae music right through to roots and foot stomping blues. Rob is on another level as a guitarist, no joke, this guy can JAM. Love his reggae jams and "Unity" is an instant classic. Buy the album HERE.

Rob Sawyer - Beauty Artillery

Rob Sawyer - Unity

Rob Sawyer - I'm Wrong

Rob Sawyer - From The Heart

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Soulicitors - What You Need -2009-
(Reggae, Rock, Soul)

From: Edmonton, Alberta Canada

The Soulicitors are a five-piece Edmonton band, and just one of the fine up and coming Canadian reggae bands to be featured here in the coming weeks. The lineup is Joel Johnson (guitar, vocals) Kelly Callin (guitar, vocals) Maciek Pukowiec (Drums) Jake Feniak (Bass) Corey Burgess (Congas and aux percussion). Their sound is a unique blend of reggae, roots and soul music in the same vein as Bedouin Soundclash, which will appeal to a very wide audience. Pick up the album HERE.

The Soulicitors - No Play

The Soulicitors - Holdin Trees

The Working Title - Bone Island -2009-
(Alternative, Indie, Folk, Rock)

From: Charleston, SC

Bone Island is The Working Title's first full-length studio album since 2006's About-Face and marks the first album made without any of the original members, save for vocalist, lyricist, founder and songwriter Joel Hamilton. The new album for the most part is a dark, rough-edged roots-inspired indie rock effort. The Working Title and frontman Joel Hamilton aren't afraid to throw in some moody experimental rock as well (e.g. Followed & Wolf). Bone Island is full of haunting and dark tracks but it is not without its college-radio rockers and ambient, quirky laments as well as some really catchy choruses (e.g. Dead Inside).

The Working Title - Physical Love

The Working Title - Dead Inside

The Working Title - Followed

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

John Butler has new hair, a new band and a new album "April Uprising" on the way. The new band is Melbourne musician Nicky Bomba as the new drummer and percussionist. Nicky has been a prominent member of the Melbourne music scene with his band Bomba and is a prolific songwriter, performer and producer in his own right. Nicky was also the principle drummer on JBT’s five times platinum album ‘Sunrise Over Sea’. Sydney musician Byron Luiters will feature as the new bass player. Byron is a talented dynamic bassist who has been a member of the Sydney outfit Ray Mann Three. John, Nicky and Byron commenced recording of the new studio album earlier this month and are thrilled with progress so far. Had a chance to see some new live material earlier in the year and it was very good. Very pumped for some new material from JBT!

Johnny B jamming the Fender! Sweet!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Wilco - Wilco (The Album) -2009-
(Folk, Indie, Rock, Americana)

From: Chicago

Wilco is not a band to be pigeonholed. They change things up to fit whatever musical path they choose to pursue. Wilco has been on a constant journey of experimentation through the course of their 10 albums and on Wilco (The Album) we find them at their lazy best. A little bit more inviting and jangly than previous work, but Jeff Tweedy and company always put out quality material. Confident songwriting and excellent musicianship flow throughout the album. This is not the music of men trying to be cool, it is the work of some very good musicians unafraid to express mature music, which still manages to come out pretty damn cool. Standout tracks for me have been 'One Wing' and 'I'll Fight'.

Wilco - One Wing

Wilco - You Never Know

Wilco - I'll Fight

The Holdup - Stay Gold -2009-
(Rock, Reggae)

From: San Jose, CA

The Holdup are Tyler Scurti (Lead Guitar), Danny Flores (Drums) , Mike Garmany (Lead Vocals), Kyle Christensen (Bass), Nick Santana (Keyboards). They play a style very similar to Cali-Reggae/Rock veterans Slightly Stoopid and Pepper. The Holdup combines surf reggae/rock melodies with catchy lyrics to create a sound destined to be heard over the airwaves. Stay Gold is simply a fun summer party album that is filled with big beats and free flowing rhymes about all the pleasures in life. Let 'The Chronic Song' take a hold of you and you'll instantly see the appeal of these youngsters.

The Holdup - The Chronic Song

The Holdup - Good Times

The Holdup - One Cruel World

The Holdup - Selfish Man

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Langhorne Slim - Be Set Free -2009-
(Folk, Rock, Blues, Soul)

From: NYC

It is said that the most endearing and standout qualities of Slim's live shows is the sureness that one is always entering a genuine Gospel-like musical experience. Be Set Free seems to have captured this charisma and spirit. Their are "tug at the heart-strings" moments and "raise a drink" foot stomping/blues vibes throughout with hallelujah choruses, lush string arrangements and the musical talents of drummer Malachi DeLorenzo and new bassist Jeff Ratner. Entertaining lyrics and strong vocals propel the album. For those looking for something not to mellow and and with quite a bit of variety - much better than most of the singer-songwriter stuff coming out these days. The upbeat "Say Yes" and the bluesy rocker "For A Little While" are standout cuts.

Langhorne Slim - Back To The Wild

Langhorne Slim - Say Yes

Langhorne Slim - Be Set Free

Langhorne Slim - For A Little While

MGMT - Oracular Spectacular -2008-
(Indie, Electronic, Pop, Rock)

From: NYC

MGMT consists of multi-instrumentalists Andrew VanWyngarden (vocals, guitar, keyboards, drums) and Ben Goldwasser (vocals, keyboards, synths, drums), both alumni of Wesleyan University. The duo play a very unpredictable, psychedelic electro-pop/rock. At times sounding like Bowie, Floyd and The Flaming Lips (e.g. Time To Pretend) with good reason because behind the scenes is Lips producer Dave Fridmann, taking and molding the catchy as hell daydream rock of MGMT into an intergalactic musical odyssey. Not the kind of music that usually grabs me but catchy tunes are catchy tunes man.

MGMT - Time To Pretend

MGMT - Weekend Wars

MGMT - Kids

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

The Droge & Summers Blend - Volume One -2009-
(Folk, Rock, Indie)

From: Vashon, Washington

First heard this song in the movie Zombieland and thought it sounded really cool and went so good with the movie. And after many more listens it has grown on me even more. Two of the Lucky Ones is performed by the newly married couple of Pete Droge and Elaine Summers. They are long time collaborators, but this is the first time they are putting out their own BLEND of music. Beautiful harmonies and instrumentation.

The Droge & Summers Blend - Two of the Lucky Ones

Monday, November 2, 2009

The Beautiful Girls - Don't Wait (Single) -2009-
(Rock, Reggae, Indie)

From: Australia

The Beautiful Girls are finally back with Don't Wait the first single off of their upcoming May 2010 release. Don't Wait continues to build upon the rock sound which TBG showcased on their last album Ziggurats. Lead man Mat McHugh is ready to step away from touring his acoustic solo act, which was fantastic and is now ready to plug back in the electric with TBG. "We were always going to do another T.B.G. album," says McHugh, "the band now have a definite sense of direction and we are working-on from where we were at." Don't Wait is a sweet track and a great peek at the ever evolving sound of The Beautiful Girls.

The Beautiful Girls - Don't Wait