Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Marc B. - The Yellow Jelly (EP) -2008-
(Acoustic, Reggae, Surf)

From: Orange County, CA

Marc B's music is made to mellow you out. His "Sublime-on-Marley" style is an honest representation of the laid back environment of the California coast. Marc was recently named as a nominee for Best Surf Artist at the upcoming Orange County Music Awards, standing alongside other nominees as The Offspring, Matt Costa, and The Vandals, all from OC. Now working with Oniric Records, Marc B has played with the likes of The White Buffalo, Matt Costa, The Dirty Heads, and others in such beachside locales like The US Open of SurfingHis single, 'The River' was featured in Pro Surfer Kelly Slater's 9th World Title video on for millions to see. Nice vibe throughout, very chill tunes.

Marc B. - The River

Marc B. - Democracy

Marc B. - Comin' Up

Neil Young - Le Noise -2010-

From: California

Neil Young's newest album Le Noise is a collaboration between the acclaimed rock icon and musician, songwriter, and producer Daniel Lanois, known for his work with U2, Bob Dylan, Peter Gabriel, Brian Eno and many others. Recorded in Lanois' home in the Silverlake area of Los Angeles, Le Noise features Young on acoustic and electric guitars with Lanois adding his trademark sonic textures, creating one of the most sonically arresting albums Young has ever recorded. No band, no overdubs, just ‘a man on a stool and me doing a nice job on the recording,’ as Lanois puts it. Le Noise may not be for everyone, but for Neil Young fans this is awsome. A very passionate and personal album where Neil shows the world that it is still possible to create new sounds even after 50 years of performing. Cheers Neil.

Neil Young - Walk With Me

Neil Young - Angry World

Neil Young - Peaceful Valley Boulevard

Friday, October 22, 2010

Matt Costa - Mobile Chateau -2010-
(Folk, Indie, Rock)

From: Huntington Beach, CA

This is not the sound of the Matt Costa you have heard before. Costa is known by most for his similarities to Jack Johnson's surf/folk style, but Mobile Chateau strays far from that and at times sounds like a long lost Beatles album. I don't think many were thinking that Matt Costa would make an album that showcases his 2010 take on 60's pop and psychedelia and while it is an extreme change of sounds for Costa this collection of songs is a real retro blast that pleases from start to finish.

Matt Costa - Johnny's Love Of Majik

Matt Costa - Mobile Chateau

Matt Costa - Can You Tell Me

Matt Costa - Drive

Monday, October 18, 2010

Toubab Krewe - TK2 -2010-
(Afro-Beat, Rock, Folk, Jam)

From: Asheville, North Carolina

Toubab Krewe, the instrumental rock quintet from Asheville, NC with a West African musical education, creates "the national music of a country with no name that appears on no map," so it's appropriate that their latest studio album TK2, will be released by Nat Geo Music. Toubab Krewe are Teal Brown (drums), Drew Heller (guitar), Justin Perkins (kora, kamel ngoni, guitar), David Pransky (bass) and Luke Quaranta (percussion). Swirling together a jam band attitude and rock and folk music with their training and love for West African music, Toubab Krewe make some incredibly unique tunes. TK2 is heavier on the rock side, showing off more of their famous live energy and jam band sensibilities throughout the entire album. Put the headphones on for an unreal listening experience. A truly original band and an awesome album.

Toubab Krewe - Holy Grail

Toubab Krewe - Area Code

Toubab Krewe - Gine Fare

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin - Let It Sway -2010-
(Indie, Pop)

From: Springfield, Missouri

Met at a Super Bowl party in 1999. Broncos vs. Falcons. Got the band name in 2000. Got a real singer in 2001. Can't remember anything in 2002. Parents and friends finally start liking us in 2003 or 2004. Broom 2005. First tour. Tom leaves the band for art school. Polyvinyl 2006. Our song is on The OC. The OC gets canceled. Boris Yeltsin dies 2007 and we play at his funeral in Moscow (66% true). Also in 2007: First Europe tour with Jakub. Mute Math/Cinematics tour. And Phil tries to kill John with a bar stool after a show. Pershing 2008. Jonathan briefly quits then rejoins the band. Maniac tour. 2009. We got 16 and Pregnant. Start recording LP3 with Walla and Beau. New album Let It Sway in August 2010.
I think that about sums it up in the bands own words. Ha Ha. Seriously these are some catchy, bouncy tunes. Quite an escape from previous records, but a very welcome addition to the collection.

SSLYBY - Back In The Saddle

SSLYBY - Sink/Let It Sway

SSLYBY - Made To Last

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Martin Jondo - Sky Rider -2010-
(Reggae, Pop)

From: Berlin, Germany

German reggae artist Martin Jondo got his start in 2002 when he joined future German reggae star Gentleman on tour, not as a musician but as a merchandiser selling T-shirts to the fans. Eventually, Gentleman took a chance on Jondo and brought him on-stage. When Jondo delivered his original composition "Rainbow Warrior," the crowd responded so positively that Gentleman gave his merchandiser his own spot in the show for the rest of the tour. Jondo has not looked back since. His newest album is a bit more rock and pop than previous LP's but Sky Rider is packed with a slew of upbeat and positive reggae/pop. Could only find the album for purchase in Europe. Sorry for the Euros, but I feel your pain believe me.

Martin Jondo - Mr. Sunshine

Martin Jondo - Golden Sun

Martin Jondo - Fast Forward

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Aloe Blacc - Good Things -2010-
(Soul, R&B, Hip-Hop)

From: Los Angeles

As a singer, rapper, multi-instrumentalist and producer, Blacc is an inventive experimenter, defying easy categorization. First discovered Blacc's music with the track 'I Need A Dollar' on the HBO show How To Make It In America and have been patiently awaiting his newest full length LP Good Things ever since. It was going to be hard to make an album full of tunes as good as Dollar, but Aloe Blacc has brought it with this effort. There are so many good retro soul sounding tunes throughout the album remniscent of classic soul artists like Curtis Mayfield or Marvin Gaye. Good Things marks a shift in methodology from personal to political for Aloe Blacc, who refers to the project as his report on present conditions the misappropriation of wealth, pillaging of resources, a universal lack of compassion, and the struggle to survive. You can catch Aloe Blacc touring So-Cal in early December.

Aloe Blacc - Miss Fortune

Aloe Blacc - Take Me Back

Aloe Blacc - If I

Aloe Blacc - I Need A Dollar

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Peter Wolf Crier - Inter-Be -2010-
(Indie, Folk, Pop)

From: Minneapolis

Music is a great thing people because you can find it in the most unlikely of places. On my flight home from Europe I heard Peter Wolf Crier on a Delta airlines radio station and it was so relaxing and soothing. Inter-Be is the debut album by Peter Wolf Crier, the Minneapolis-based duo of Peter Pisano and Brian Moen. The album was born on a single summer night when Pisano felt a torrent of creativity after what had felt, to him, like an endless dry spell. He shared the songs with Moen, and over the months that followed, at Moen's home, these rough tunes became what they are now: a confident collection of songs, but deceptive in that they sound like their very guts still reflect the thoughts of a doubtful man in transition. The tunes are melodic with sweet percussion and nice vocals. Nice find here. Thanks Delta.

Peter Wolf Crier - Hard As Nails

Peter Wolf Crier - Down Down Down

Peter Wolf Crier - Untitled 101