Monday, June 20, 2011

Dispatch - E.P. -2011-
(Indie, Folk, Reggae, Rock)

From: Boston

It’s been more than a decade now since we last heard new music from Dispatch. For fans, 10 years without new music from these indie reggae/rockers probably felt like 20 years. Well, the wait is over – Dispatch has released a six song E.P. and it features all of the group’s familiar trademarks. The six songs on the E.P. vary in tempo and feel as Chetro, Braddigan and Re-Pete trade off lead vocals and instruments. The boys don't miss a beat on these new recordings. They sound as good as they ever have on 'Con Man', 'Beto' and 'Broken American' and I can personally guarantee that they are still one of the best live bands in the world. So if you are one the many Dispatch fans who have been withering away since their last album, this E.P. will be a cool, refreshing collection of songs to tide you over until they release their full-length in 2012. Stay tuned for more from this amazing band. Click the cover art to purchase for only $4.99.

Dispatch - Con Man

Dispatch - Beto

Dispatch - Broken American

Other Lives - Tamer Animals -2011-
(Folk, Progressive, Rock)

From: Stillwater, Oklahoma

There’s no point in trying to unearth an obvious “single” in Other Lives’ second album, Tamer Animals. Here’s a better idea instead: succumb. Let every last song wash over you like proper long players once did, from the swift strings and pulsating horns. Other Lives are: Jesse Tabish (lead vocals, piano, guitar), Josh Onstott (bass, organ, backing vocals), Jonathon Mooney (piano, violin, guitar), Jenny Hsu (cello, piano, backing vocals) and Colby Owens (drums). Tamer Animals is a fantastic piece of art that has been sculpted by some very talented musicians. Other Lives has given us a beautiful album that only gets better with each listen. Click album art above to purchase for only $7.99. Enjoy!

Other Lives - For 12

Other Lives - Tamer Animals

Other Lives - Dust Bowl III

Stephen Marley - Revelation Pt. 1: The Root Of Life -2011-
(Reggae, Roots)

From: Jamaica

If you think you don't know the music of Stephen Marley, you do-you just don't realize it. A member of the celebrated Marley sibling group The Melody Makers since the age of seven, the Grammy winning producer, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist has also been the driving creative force behind the music of his brothers. Stephen Marley acts as the roots anchor for the clan on Revelation Part 1: The Root of Life. While Part 2 is planned as a more electric and future-minded affair, this first Revelation is a roots reggae-oriented effort. Think Father Bob's Uprising and you're close to the feel here, which goes from cool and woozy to stately and militant. Stephen has truly found his own voice plus his songwriting has grown with subtle imagery and rich storytelling. These are the reasons to return to the album, but familiarity is an equally strong point, and also its initial pull. Stone-cold grooves and socially conscious lyrics run rich in the Marley bloodline. Fans of the Marley family can rejoice with yet another album that keeps the legacy alive. Click album art above to purchase album.

Stephen Marley - Break Us Apart (Ft. Capleton)

Stephen Marley - Can't Keep I Down

Stephen Marley - She Knows No

Peter Goetz - Indian Summer -2011-
(Folk, Surf, Reggae, Rock)

From: Venice Beach

Goetz had the honor of collaborating with some of the most talented musicians across the globe while recording his first full-length album, "Indian Summer". Sessions in both Brazil and California have yielded a cross-cultural fusion of California soul, reggae and world beats. Goetz teamed up with an all-star cast of players: Jason Yates (Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, Citizen Cope), Dave Ralicke (Jack Johnson, Beck), Grecco Burratto (Sergio Mendes, Shakira) to name a few. While in Brazil, Goetz recorded two tracks with Arthur Maia and Sergio Chiavazzoli, both 15 year veterans of Gilberto Gil's band, Brazil's current minister of culture. The multi-talented Goetz has created a very chill album full of good vibes and catchy hooks. Click the album art to listen to the rest of the album or purchase.

Peter Goetz - Crystal Ball

Peter Goetz - Two To Tango

Peter Goetz - Freeflowing