Saturday, January 24, 2009



Bullfrog - High In Spirits 1977

Posted: 24 Jan 2009 07:57 PM CST

And this German hard rock band "Bullfrog" might also suit most of your palettes, especially if you have taken to the band melodic "Jane". This album features on heavyrockspectacular blog, but unless you are invited to read it, you won't get it. Rock on folks. 01. High In Spirit (3:18) 02. Feelin' Alright (6:05) 03. Be Yourself (3:17) 04. Roll'n Again (3:39) 05. Free Spirit (2:55) 06. A

Sassafras - Wheelin' 'n' Dealin' 1975

Posted: 24 Jan 2009 07:56 PM CST

And keeping in the fell good mood, here is my second album from the entertainingly addictive "Sassafras" with 'Wheelin' N Dealin'". Rock on folks. Rock on. 01. Wheelin' 'N' Dealin' (5:25) 02. Highway Skies (5:09) 03. Hamburg Song (5:49) 04. Moonshine (3:48) 05. Peanut Man (2:44) 06. Box Car Hobo (4:56) 07. Ohio (7:42) 08. Soul Destroyer (3:38)

Nutz - Live Cutz 1977

Posted: 24 Jan 2009 07:55 PM CST

I'm gonna crank it again with another rocking good album by UK hard rock band "Nutz". This was their final album from 1977 and happens to be live. Really. Yeah really. 01. Seeing Is Believing (6:42) 02. Loser (3:50) 03. Pushed Around (4:13) 04. You Better Watch Out (6:44) 05. RSD (4:03) 06. Joke (3:25) 07. Can Be Loved (2:40) 08. Wallbanger (9:08) 09. Knife Edge (3:09)

Rosie Thomas - Only With Laughter Can You Win 2003

Posted: 24 Jan 2009 04:00 AM CST

The next album by the enchanting US singer/songwriter "Rosie Thomas" is my first present of the New Year for IMI. It is another album that I have tracked down for her off their wishlist and it is a pleasure to offer her such a lovely sounding musician. And what a joy it is to know that someone else has an excellent ear for talent also. Sit back & let life wash away your woes folks, because 'Only

Miles From India - A Celebration of the Music of Miles Davis 2008

Posted: 24 Jan 2009 03:13 AM CST

Up next is a "Miles Davis" Tribute album requested by Beb before Xmas, who incidently requested the 'Gasper Lawal' album. It features two dozen musicians spanning the globe, in an historical account of this jazz genius' work reflected in an Indo-Jazz fusion. I hope this is what you were looking Beb. Enjoy folks. Disc 1 01. Spanish Key (19:46) 02. All Blues (9:23) 03. IFE (Fast) (8:43) 04. In

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Distance – Repercussions (Planet Mu/Inertia)

Posted: 24 Jan 2009 02:32 AM CST

Distance - Repercussions

Distance is one of the few dubstep producers that are still experimenting with his sounds, he's not pushing the genre too far, but his sounds are well thought out and executed. His new album, Repercussions is a slow burner, happy to plod along, not unlike some of Skreams great early works, creating a percussive journey that could draw comparisons to Shackleton, which is not a bad thing. Distance evades the copyist tag though, there's still enough originality here to make this really interesting.

Greg Sanders uses industrial and metal influences within his tracks, that's not saying everything is set to overload, quite the contrary, one of his greatest assets is his restraint. The sounds he uses fit his influences, the ambient moods, with contrasting abrasive sounds, but he uses these sounds so sparingly there is still space between the sounds, allowing the tracks to breath, happy to be propelled by the sparseness, the sharp snares, the percussive rhythm, creating a perfect blend of all the components. His metal influences really shine through on the final track Skeleton Grin, but still showing his restraint, never letting it get chaotic.

Distance has produced a heavy album, working outside the predictable, proving that this producer will have longevity. There is a second disc included here, of all his releases from his own label, Chestplate. Investigate this, its not your usual dubstep fodder.

Wayne Stronell

Various Artists – Rinse 06 Mixed By Plastician (Rinse/Inertia)

Posted: 24 Jan 2009 02:28 AM CST

Plastician - Rinse 06

Next in the Rinse mix series is by Plastician, and its not going to harm its growing reputation for cutting edge mixes, solidly aimed at the dancefloor, it delivers.

Kicking off with one of his own tracks, with a distinctive eastern influence, blending effortlessly into Thugged Out 9 by Darkstar, which contains Backward by Kode9 & Space Ape, or is a rework of this track? Hard to tell as its not credited on the tracklisting. Next is Fick, an average Skream track, in my eyes not really delivering lately, but works well in the mix. Jakes & Joker roll in with crazed synth lines, showing why they are becoming the darlings of both the dubstep and wonky scenes of late. Plastician then drops his remix of Guilty by Kosheen, breaking the track down to predictable bass and synth pad stabs and washes, the vocal adding to the intensity nicely. Crissy Criss & Maniac add more synth action, while Benny Page & Zero G add a touch of 8bit madness to the mix, a great track. Joker next, doing no wrong, Plastician dropping an Uncle Sam acappella that works a treat, and then his own The Clouds, which is an unusual mix of r'n'b and ambience. A better Skream track, 10 Bit Dreams, much more up to form, when Skream gets it right, it sounds great. More Maniac and Crissy Criss followed by DJ Narrows, Ed Solo, Plastician, K Rio and Babylon Systems, that sound as if they are all using the same sound palette, which for me is wearing a little thin… Moving through much of the same from Benny Page, Jakes, Sukh Knight, Skream and Crissy Criss, its not till Plastician drops two of his own tracks, Walk In The Carpark and Thoughts that the sound changes, taking us back to the land of the rising sun to great effect, again utilizing an Uncle Sam vocal really well.

As with so much dubstep, the major flaw seems to be that such a similar palette of sound is used by many artists, not really delivering the diversity I crave, but saying that, I still believe a set like this would sound amazing in a club through a sound system that could do it justice, mixes of this caliber not always transferring well to the lounge room.

Wayne Stronell

Bombastic Music

Bombastic Music

Empty Bottles, Broken Hearts

Posted: 24 Jan 2009 09:52 PM CST

Empty Bottles, Broken Hearts Vinyl re-issue of their 1998 album. First run on marbled black and white vinyl. Track Listings: 1. I Want A Lot Now (So Come On) 2. Dancin' Shoes 3. 18 Wheels 4. 18 Wheels 5. Left Hand Right Hand 6. Ready For More 7. Cradle To The Grave 8. Dear Hearts 9. Hey Sailor 10. Johnny Thunders 11. Stars In Her Eyes 12. Another Round On You 13. Every Shitty Thing

The Murder City Devils

Posted: 24 Jan 2009 09:50 PM CST

The Murder City Devils The Murder City Devils: Dann Gallucci (vocals, guitar, mellotron); Nate Manny (vocals, guitar); Derek Fudesco (vocals, bass); Coady Willis (vocals, drums); Spencer Moody (vocals); Leslie Hardy (organ, keyboards). Additional personnel: Ron Heathman (guitar); Kim Warnick (background vocals). Recorded at Robert Lang Studios, Shoreline, Washington. --Muze Track Listings: 1.

Halo Wars / Game O.S.T. [SOUNDTRACK]

Posted: 24 Jan 2009 09:48 PM CST

Halo Wars / Game O.S.T. [SOUNDTRACK] "Halo Wars" is a strategy game based on the legendary "Halo" universe. The "Halo Wars" original game soundtrack will immerse listeners in a sweeping sonic soundscape of ear candy that's nothing less than sublime. 2 disc set that includes bonus dvd with 9 additional tracks, exclusive 5.1 surround mixes, behind the scene video and cinematic trailers

Something to Write Home About [LIMITED EDITION]

Posted: 24 Jan 2009 09:46 PM CST

Something to Write Home About [LIMITED EDITION] Kansas City's Get Up Kids play melodic, pop-inflected emo similar to the Promise Ring and Braid. After nearly a decade of touring and a multitude of releases, the band broke up to pursue other projects. Singer Matt Pryor formed The New Amsterdams and recently released a solo project. Bassist Rob Pop is now a member of Spoon, and brothers Rob and

March of the Zapotec (Dig) [EP]

Posted: 24 Jan 2009 09:44 PM CST

March of the Zapotec (Dig) [EP] For the past year, Beirut has alternated between touring in support of 2007's much-lauded The Flying Club Cup and writing a wealth of new material. With no sense of a release in mind, bandleader Zach Condon recorded in any style that struck his fancy. Some early discussions about recording material for a film being shot in Mexico morphed into a new idea: What

Dark Was the Night

Posted: 24 Jan 2009 09:42 PM CST

Dark Was the Night On the occasion of WORLD AIDS DAY today, December 1st a press announcement was made with the complete list of participating artists and cover art for the upcoming 4AD release Dark Was The Night. Dark Was The Night will be released on February 17th, 2009. Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National produced the album, and John Carlin, the founder of the Red Hot Organization was


Posted: 24 Jan 2009 09:39 PM CST

Wish The debut solo album from one of Broadway's most prolific new generation leading ladies. Sutton Foster has wowed audiences since her star turn in Thoroughly Modern Millie, for which she won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical. Since then, she has continued to light up the stage year after year, starring in Little Women - The Musical, The Drowsy Chaperone, Young Frankenstein, and

Hold Time

Posted: 24 Jan 2009 09:37 PM CST

Hold Time Although he's been compared to everyone from John Fahey to Tom Waits to Howe Gelb, with "Hold Time", it's clear that M. Ward, with his brilliant guitar playing and innate sense of melody, is one of those rare and special talents who defy comparison and compartmentalization. His deft guitar picking, bar room piano, and voice like drizzled honey make him a huge favorite of music critics

Years of Refusal

Posted: 24 Jan 2009 09:35 PM CST

Years of Refusal Morrissey will release "Years of Refusal" in the US February 17, 2009 on Attack/Lost Highway. "Years of Refusal" will be Morrissey's first studio album since 2006's UK #1 "Ringleader of the Tormentors". In February, Morrissey will begin the US leg of his world tour that includes rare intimate club dates. The late Jerry Finn, who previously worked on 2004's critical and

Snob's Music

Snob's Music

Lonesome Lake: A Change Of Heart, A Change Of Season- Album Review

Posted: 24 Jan 2009 12:03 PM CST

Whatever happened to: Folk Implosion?

Posted: 24 Jan 2009 12:41 AM CST



Marvin Gaye - What's Going On Samples

Posted: 24 Jan 2009 02:00 PM PST

Marvin Gaye's 1971 LP What's Going On yielded quite a few classic songs, and the title track might be my personal favorite. Today, we're gonna focus on eight songs that sampled the aforementioned title track. Stay tuned for posts on "Inner City Blues" and the "Trouble Man" soundtrack.

Marvin Gaye - What's Going On

Curt Cazal of JVC Force - Sirocalot

Jungle Brothers - What's Going On

Three Times Dope - Increase The Peace (What's Going On)

Divine Styler - Word Power

Big Daddy Kane - W.G.O.N.R.S.

Geto Boys - Six Feet Deep

Keith Murray - Whut's Happenin'

Sound Providers - Get Down (Instrumental)

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--Roy Johnson

North Vs South (Carolina) 1994-2001

Posted: 24 Jan 2009 06:00 AM PST

Obscure and dope hip hop from North Carolina, and South Carolina. It's a showdown where no-one comes out on top. Every track hits. You can hear both east coast and southern influences in the music here. Sista One & Guava Don start things off right and Ten Up brings the wagon home in style. This mix is pretty cohesive beginning to end so I hope y'all like it as much as I do. It has been on rewind for days.

01. (03:59) sista one & guava don - ruler of the world (north carolina 1997)
02. (04:53) south click - g-ride (south carolina 1995)
03. (04:06) hurricane - a made man (north carolina 1997)
04. (04:22) cosmosis - black lamb (south carolina 1997)
05. (03:39) agony, o'dogg & bleak ali - young, black & restless (north carolina 1997)
06. (05:15) c.o.a. & aleem the czar - metropolis (south carolina 1997)
07. (03:19) sun dula - sun prodigy (north carolina 1997)
08. (05:16) mental dimension - shades of rage (north carolina 1996)
09. (04:03) embassy unit - capture (north carolina 1998)
10. (02:45) da phlayva - triple threat power (south carolina 1994)
11. (03:52) minds of the hood - 12 gauge bounce (south carolina 1994)
12. (03:21) south click - who got da funk (south carolina 1995)
13. (02:13) l.o.c. - 28 gramz (south carolina 1998)
14. (06:27) kojak & the blakk dynasty - too bad (north carolina 1997)
15. (04:17) ten up - untouched territory (north carolina 2001)

This has got to be one of my favorite recent compilations so take note and tune in!