Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Sean Bones - Rings -2009-
(Reggae, Ska)

From: NYC

One minute you're Sean Sullivan working a day job in New York City's fashion biz and playing guitar in an indie rock band called Sam Champion. Seemingly, the next moment you're sailing off to Jamaica to star in a movie with Nora Jones ('Wah Do Dem') and a record label is asking you to follow up your fun reggae-tinged solo single, 'Easy Street,' with a full album. Such has been the whirlwind year for Brooklyn-based Sullivan, who's about to be better known as Sean Bones. In 'Rings' Bones has put out an awesome album that seamlessly blends reggae, ska and Britpop. This album is so good I could not decide what songs to feature. Every song is good and this is a very honest, warm and funky album. Thought I would make the last post of the year one of the best records of the year. Enjoy! Cheers to more great music in 2010!

Sean Bones - Cry Cry Cry

Sean Bones - Smoke Rings

Sean Bones - Dancehall **Download**

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

White Rabbits - It's Frightening -2009-
(Alternative, Indie, Rock)

From: NYC

The White Rabbits are lead by dual vocalists, Greg Roberts (Guitar / Vox) and Steve Patterson (Piano / Vox), the 6 piece is rounded out by Alex Even (Guitar / Vox), Adam Russell (Bass), Matt “The Duck” Clark (Drums) and Jamie Levinson (Percussion). The White Rabbits refer to their music as "honky tonk calypso," and their cheerful blend of calypso, reggae and ska rhythms, plus secondhand music hall influences and big pop hooks, strongly recalls vintage Madness circa "Our House" and the moodier, more experimental side of the Specials. Awesome percussion, harmonies and some really dark playfully moody songwriting make It's Frightening a very nice listen. "Percussion Gun" is a really good track that is getting a lot of play in the iPod.

White Rabbits - Percussion Gun

White Rabbits - Rudie Fails

Monday, December 28, 2009

Jahcoustix and The Outsideplayers - Self Titled -2008-

From: Berlin, Germany

Jahcoustix is an up and coming star in the European reggae scene and has teamed up with The Outsideplayers on this live acoustic recording. This Cd is the product of a jam session recorded on an 8-track in the backyard of one of the locations on tour. This session included Uwe on percussions, and Matscher on a fender rhodes keyboard, an acoustic guitar and the voices of Jahcoustix, Olive and Miss Flint. Pretty nice organic roots/reggae feel. Get album from iTunes or click album art to purchase from Germany.

Jahcoustix & The Outsideplayers - Another Day

Jahcoustix & The Outsideplayers - End Of The Day

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Manu Chao - Baionarena -2009-
(World, Reggae, Ska, Rock)

From: Barcelona, Spain

Global star Manu Chao presents a double live album/DVD called "Baionarena" - recorded in France in 2008. With 33 total tracks, it features a variety of recent hits,older classics and rarities performed at Manu's standard level of high-energy raucousness along with tens of thousands of fans. Whether you saw Manu Chao headline Coachella, Austin City Limits or one of his many sold-out theater dates across the U.S. "Baionarena" will help recreate that amazing experience at home. Manu Chao and his band blast through their set at breakneck speed pausing only to give the audience the occasional chance to breathe. Chao is full of passion and energy and 'Baionarena' finds him and the boys at the top of their game.

Manu Chao - Mr. Bobby

Manu Chao - Bienvenida A Tijuana

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Nathan Maxwell & The Original Bunny Gang - White Rabbit -2009-
(Reggae, Folk, Acoustic)

From: Los Angeles, CA

There comes a time in his life when each and every man needs to express himself, and for Nathen Maxwell that time has come. For the past thirteen years Maxwell has been leaving his heart on stage as the bassist for the seminal Celtic rock band Flogging Molly, one of the biggest touring punk acts in the world. The tracks on 'White Rabbit' were written over the past ten years spanning from when Flogging Molly were playing weekend gigs until more recent days that have seen the act play over two hundred shows a year. 'White Rabbit' is a refreshingly stripped-down album that fully reconciles Maxwell’s love of rock, reggae and folk music into an honest collection of songs that will appeal as much to fans of Jack Johnson, Manu Chao, and Bob Marley as it will Flogging Molly and the Pogues. Really chill/mellow reggae album that can be enjoyed by fans of any type of music.

Nathan Maxwell - By Your Side

Nathan Maxwell - Working for the Man

Monday, December 21, 2009

Broken Bells - The High Road -2009-
(Alternative, Experimental)


James Mercer lead singer of The Shins has teamed up with producer extraordinaire/one half of Gnarls Barkley Danger Mouse to form a sweet new band. The debut from Broken Bells (or whichever name they decide to go with) is due early next year. This is not just a "produced by Danger Mouse" one-off thing. Mercer and the Mouse are apparently in it for the long haul and already have plans extending past their first album. The debut album is scheduled to release on the March 9th 2010. "The High Road" is a cool as hell track and this new duo is now on my radar Big Time!
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Broken Bells - The High Road

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Cage The Elephant - Cage The Elephant -2008-
(Rock, Alternative)

From: Bowling Green, KY

Cage The Elephant is a Bowling Green, Kentucky-based five piece band consisting of Matt Shultz (vocals), his brother Brad (guitar) and their friends Daniel Titchenor (bass), Lincoln Parish (guitar) and Jared Champion (drums). The essence of Jimi Hendrix, Green Day, White Stripes and Kings of Leon, among others, fuels Cage’s libertine, over-the-top rock explosions. This is some untamed, raucous, and abrupt Rock n Roll. 'Ain't No Rest For The Wicked' and 'Back Against The Wall' are sweet tracks. These crazy kids have created music meant to be played loud so pump up the volume and enjoy!

Cage The Elephant - Ain't No Rest For The Wicked

Cage The Elephant - Back Against The Wall

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The Expos - Blackwater -2009-
(Reggae, Ska, Pop)

From: Ontario Canada

It is a pretty awesome time to be a music lover and to have the technology and ability to seek out and occasionally find a band and an album that blow you away. It is sometimes overwhelming to sort through all the music that is out there in every corner of the globe, but every once in awhile you are rewarded. The Expos are one of those rewards, bringing us some of the best and catchiest rocksteady reggae tunes around. Blackwater is one of those rare albums that doesn't just give us a couple good songs, but gives us a collection of classics. Each song has gotten better and better with each listen. The Expos push the limits of reggae far beyond most of their contemporaries with a lush art-pop agenda lurking in the background. The fabulous Expos are Reed Neagle - (Vocals, drums), Michel Verrier - (Vocals, organ), Christopher Shannon - (Bass), and Adam Pariselli - (Guitar). Discover this band now and sit back and enjoy. I know I am.
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The Expos - Dying Too Long

The Expos - Borders

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Tahuna Breaks - Black Brown & White -2009-
(Reggae, Funk, Soul)

From: Auckland, New Zealand

This tight 8 piece outfit out of Auckland is on their way to doing big things. They encompass all of the styles that are huge in NZ right now, which is James Brown style funk, Katchafire style reggae, and some Fat Freddy/Black Seeds style dub. Tahuna Breaks have always been a band built upon a simple philosophy- the love of music. With an open mind and an adventurous spirit, unafraid to mix genres and musical stylings- their ‘anything goes’ and sometimes unconventional approach is governed only by two criteria: passion and energy. Tight instrumentation and Ben Harper-esque vocals give this group a lot of listener appeal. Tahuna Breaks gets the party started so crank it up!
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Tahuna Breaks - Only You

Tahuna Breaks - Black Brown & White

Tahuna Breaks - Empower Me

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Sabotage Soundsystem - The Boto Machine Gun -2009-
(Reggae, Dub, Hip-Hop)

From: Kona, HI

Sabotage Soundsystem is the new project of Remy “Dub” DeRochemont and Kaleo Wassman of Pepper. The new venture for the duo culminates in music that has a decidedly laid-back rural island feel, while at the same time it is clear the two come into their own with influences and experiences that come from worldly travels, international exposure, and a long life on the road. As the title, The Boto Machine Gun implies, the new album is all at once dirty, sexy, and lethal. A guerrilla style recording, this weapon was built in people’s houses and garages on both sides of the sea, from Hawaii to SoCal. If your a fan of Pepper your gonna dig these tunes.
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Sabotage Soundsystem - Sabotage Boogie

Sabotage Soundsystem - Time

Friday, December 11, 2009

Bob Schneider - Lovely Creatures -2009-
(Rock, Folk, Americana)

From: Austin, TX

Bob Schneider is not new to this game. He has built his career as a working class musician and as a result has an institution of faithful followers all across the country with a mega-fan-base epicenter in Austin. There have been highs and lows throughout his brilliant career. Through it all he sustained and even flourished as an independent artist releasing five albums, hundreds of digital singles, and fronting three bands simultaneously. Yet, Schneider still continues to push himself in a multitude of creative directions now with the beguiling melodies of 'Lovely Creatures'. Undoubtedly, with 'Lovely Creatures,' Bob Schneider delivers the album that his fans have long wanted. Yearning choruses, sharp lyrics that are at times funny and alternately tragic, memorable melodies, and clever surprises all converge on 'Lovely Creatures' in an ear-friendly fashion that promises heavy rotation for devout fans and newly converted Schneider-philes.
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Bob Schneider - 40 Dogs (Like Romeo & Juliet)

Bob Schneider - Tarantula

Thursday, December 10, 2009

P-Nuckle - Stand Up -2009-
(Reggae, Rock, Hip-Hop, Punk)

From: Denver, CO

Denver's P-Nuckle is Chris LaPlante, Dave Jackson, Ty Tamaru, Edison George, Oj Manzanares, and Justin Spahlinger. They play a mix of all the styles listed above, but the pure reggae/hip-hop songs on Stand Up e.g. 'Opressor Man' & 'No Justice' really shine. The album flows very nicely with the exception of two Blink 182 style punk songs that just do not seem to fit in with the rest of the tracks. However these Nuckleheads have created a collection of tunes that you can crank up and enjoy or just have playing in the background to mellow out to. Enjoying all of the featured songs down below.
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P-Nuckle - Love To Love Her

P-Nuckle - Oppressor Man

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

The Black Seeds - Live Vol. 1 -2009-
(Reggae, Funk, Soul, Dub)

From: Wellington, New Zealand

The Black Seeds long awaited, first ever live album has been finally released. Available on iTunes in mp3 format and U.S. release dates for physical copies will be soon. This awesome live CD includes 12 live tracks recorded in venues around the world. The Black Seeds produce a boundary-crossing fusion of funk, dub, afro-beat and soul, mixed with vintage reggae. What has set them apart is their ability to layer supremely infectious grooves and melodies over undiluted roots music. Onstage, the raw energy and spirit created at their live shows is seeing them gain a worldwide reputation. Their dynamic live performances effortlessly glide between big-beat funk and deep roots-reggae, which is all clearly on display on this great live disc.

The Black Seeds - Cool Me Down

The Black Seeds - The Answer

The Black Seeds - The Prince

The Black Seeds - Send A Message

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Soul Majestic - Better World -2009-
(Reggae, Dub)

From: Santa Cruz, CA

'Better World' is the highly anticipated third album released by Santa Cruz reggae band Soul Majestic. This is feel good reggae for a new GREEN world. 'Better World' is full of sweet grooving tracks with fluid lead guitar, tasty horns & keys, beautiful background harmonies and alternating male and female lead vocals. The lyrics address social issues, hard living and triumphant life. These 13 diverse tracks include collaborations with Sly and Robbie, Tony Moses and Trinidad’s Queen Omega. Soul Majestic’s mission is to raise awareness of global interconnectedness, and show how people’s actions impact one another and the earth. With that intention, they have created a truly uplifting album with the finger on the pulse of people simply looking to make a Better World.
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Soul Majestic - Better World

Soul Majestic - Blue Mountain

Monday, December 7, 2009

The Tallest Man On Earth - Shallow Grave -2008-
(Acoustic, Folk, Blues)

From: Sweden

The Tallest Man On Earth is actually a normal sized guy named Kristian Matsson from Dalarna, Sweden. Mr. Matsson is a natural born songwriter whose music flows unforced and effortless and sounds eerily similar to pre-electric Dylan. Matsson with nimble guitar work and his rough nasally vocals is able to transcend Dylan comparisons and as you listen to each song on 'Shallow Grave' it’s hard to shake the feeling that nobody else but him could ever play this collection of songs. The Tallest Man On Earth has created an album that is folky, earthy, and real & has managed to break away from the typical "New-Dylan" folksingers. Click album art to purchase the album.

The Tallest Man On Earth - I Won't Be Found

The Tallest Man On Earth - Pistol Dreams

Friday, December 4, 2009

Pacific Dub - Fire Eye -2009-
(Reggae, Dub, Rock)

From: Huntington Beach, CA

Pacific Dub is a young band out of Huntington Beach that in the past 12 months has made a big splash on the reggae/rock scene with the release of this debut album and a spot at the West Beach Music Festival in Santa Barbara. Pacific Dub is Bryce Klemer (Lead Guitar), Colton Place (Vocals, Guitar), Ryan Naglich (Bass), David Delaney (Drums, Vocals). There is no doubting a strong Rebelution influence running through-out the album’s ten tracks, but the band does what it does very well and that is powerful, creative, guitar driven reggae/rock. Interested to see if Pacific Dub can seperate themselves from the Rebelution/Slightly Stoopid influenced pack of bands. Click the album art to purchase this CD.

Pacific Dub - Sundown

Pacific Dub - Utica

Pacific Dub - Jumpship

Pacific Dub - Fire Eye

Natty - Man Like I -2008-
(Reggae, Alternative, Roots)

From: London

With his acoustic soul-reggae grooves and laidback vibes, Natty is being billed the UK's version of Jack Johnson, but this talented 24-year-old is a product of north London and his fusion of social commentary and pop is closer to 80s UK ska acts than JJ. Bouncy and catchy melodies blend well with Natty's mix of lyrical depth. 'Man Like I' is a soulful and at times upbeat debut album full of summertime grooves. Standout track so far is 'Cold Town'.

Natty - July

Natty - Cold Town

Natty - Bedroom Eyes

Thursday, December 3, 2009

John Butler Trio - One Way Road (Single) -2009-
(Rock, Folk, Indie, Roots)

The first single from 'April Uprising'. This four track single is available tomorrow Dec. 4th. Sweet track and video. Very excited for all the upcoming JBT material in the coming months.
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John Butler Trio - One Way Road

John Butler Trio - I'm Ready

John Butler Trio - One Way Road