Saturday, May 9, 2009



Moby Grape - 20 Granite Creek 1971

Posted: 09 May 2009 09:28 AM PDT

Up next are US rock band "Moby Grape". They did many albums and "20 Granite Creek" is their fifth one and is probably their rarest as I can't see it being posted yet. Two members of the band were formerly associated with 'Jefferson Airplane" - Skip Spence (Drummer) & Matthew Katz (ex-manager). These guys are very good and the wiki link should keep most of you reading for a while and learning more

Geordie - Don't Be Fooled By The Name 1974

Posted: 09 May 2009 09:28 AM PDT

Now for those 'AC/DC' fans out there folks. "Brain Johnston" was the lead vocalist in this UK rock band "Geordie", before joining the great Ang-us in the early 80's after the great Bon Scott passed on. And before he somehow changed his voice to a high pitched whine, he really does sound very good here folks. "Don't Be Fooled By The Name" contains 4 bonus tracks and my favorite track is the last

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Let’s Get Excited - Alesha Dixon

Posted: 09 May 2009 04:00 AM PDT

Album: The Alesha Show Genre: Pop Dance Writers: Alesha Dixon, Sean Hall, Todd Herfindal, Thaddis Harrell Released: May, 2009 Support This Artist. Download Her Music Now!!!   Let’s Get Excited is the third single in being released from the second studio album of Alesha Dixon. The song is available since this Monday. However it has gotten the 48 position on UK [...]

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Wicked Celtics: hilarious "I Don't Wanna Hear Your Band" video

Posted: 09 May 2009 01:19 PM PDT

The Sounds go "Crossing The Rubicon" on new album, MP3

Posted: 09 May 2009 10:02 AM PDT

Empire Of The Sun: Hong Kong Blondes Remix, photo hunt game

Posted: 09 May 2009 07:39 AM PDT

Cedar Hill Refugees: "Pale Imperfect Diamond" album review

Posted: 08 May 2009 11:02 PM PDT

Whatever happened to: Catherine?

Posted: 08 May 2009 10:09 PM PDT

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Step Ya Shoe Game Up! Nike Air Max 95 Sabertooth

Posted: 09 May 2009 03:45 PM PDT

Along with the Nike Big Nike - Wolverine we just featured, you can also pick up this pair of Nike Air Max 95's now at Proper.They are inspired by the Sabretooth character, and sport the exact colors we're using to seeing him wear in the Marvel Comic Books. They sport a colorful upper consisting of orange, burgundy, black, and white. They will break your pockets though, as they are going for $160.

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Serious Sam Barrett - Close To Home

Posted: 09 May 2009 05:50 AM PDT

I first wrote about Sam here. Since that time he’s been on a successful UK tour and has also now finished recording his second album, close to home. Not actually out for another couple of months or so on Leeds’ yadig records, it’s an album of original and traditional songs mostly about Yorkshire, Sam’s home county, but unless you know before listening which are the traditional tracks you would never guess as Sam’s music is a complete nod towards that sound . Well, perhaps apart from Lonely night at JoJo’s, a song about wanting to be anywhere but JoJo’s in London’s Soho district where it’s full of posing, coke snorting networking types only there to try and look cool pretending to dig the latest scene. Living in Brighton I know exactly the type he means, they’re normally the ones talking all the way through the gig louder than anyone else.

Lay a white rose, which incidentally is the emblem of Yorkshire is a brilliant fast paced start to the album all played majestically on his twelve string guitar, Stella, in which Sam tries to sum up what it was like being brought up in Yorkshire and his pride of being so, he succeeds. The pace slows a little for The Lullaby Of Leeds of which Sam says “As much as I adore folk and roots music I adore Buddy Holly and The Ramones too. I tried to write a pop song that people could sing along to” Well with the extremely catchy chorus “she’s the kinda girl I’d like to sing to, she’s the kinda girl that I’m bound to cling to, she’s the kinda trouble that i like to get into and I hope she’d like to get into me” it definitely has you singing along that’s for sure, great stuff and a highlight of the album for me along with the afore mentioned Lonely night at JoJo’s.

A great fun track on the album is The Yorkshire Tup which is apparantly about a massive sheep that seem to be commonplace in Addingham, the part of Yorkshire where Sam was brought up but please don’t let me give you the impression that you need to be from Yorkshire or even know where Yorkshire is to enjoy these brilliant songs because you don’t. I’m not from the Mississippi delta but can still dig the blues from and about that region. It’s the story’s, the passion and the remarkable playing that brings these songs to life. Basically, anyone who is a fan of old folk/blues that was made yesteryear like Charlie Patton, any of the blind boys Mctell, Johnson etc, or the skiffle of Lonnie Donegan will love Sam’s music. For a more modern day comparison perhaps look towards the like of Charlie Parr. There’s a late night drinking feel to this album, I could imagine sitting in a remote Yorkshire pub with the huge sheep roaming around, a few locals singing into the early hours drinking some local ale and maintaining all that is traditional about this kind of music, singing and playing the way they are meant to be done. I love those kind of nights which are sadly less and less frequent now many of these pubs and areas have become weekend homes for the rich. Perhaps there’s still a few in Yorkshire, who know? Sam? I know there’s still some of these places in Ireland where I’m certain Sam’s music would go down a treat.

There’s enough croakiness in Sam’s voice to suggest he’s drank plenty of whisky in his time and had a few late nights but unlike those fakers at JoJo’s, Sam is the real deal, he’s serious.

Some guest musicians on this album worth checking out are Pistol Pete Carlill and David Broad. Both from Yorkshire and can often be seen playing alongside Sam.

For now no downloads available but you can listen to a couple of tracks in the music player until I get permission to put one or two up perhaps nearer or just after the official release. I will also let you’s know when the album is released but for now there’s a few tracks you can grab from Sam’s website too. Enjoy.


 Al’s Song - Serious Sam Barrett : Play Now | Play in Popup


 The Lullaby of Leeds - Serious Sam Barrett: Play Now | Play in Popup

Song of the Night: “Angel Full Of Bourbon”

Posted: 08 May 2009 06:28 PM PDT

Photo: Brennan Cavanaugh 2006

So just started listening to M Shanghai String Band - and despite the name, I am not sure if they have any real Asian influences, but I can say that they are definitely a string band.  They are described as an alternative bluegrass band and I have to say they might need a bit of acoustic and honky tonk to round out that synopsis!  A little backstory of this project:

The M SHANGHAI STRING BAND of Brooklyn, New York, started in 2002 as a monthly show in the basement of a local Chinese restaurant, the M Shanghai Bistro. Locals began to call the band “M Shanghai”. The name stuck. The crowds grew. Their debut album, “Up From the Ground Below” (20 songs recorded in one day in the restaurant’s dining room) set the mission in motion…

Current release is the third album by this Brooklyn troupe and it is entitled “The Mapmaker’s Daughter” and is full of everything the below description boasts:

timeless original music played with a sense of abandon, captured completely live.

Enjoy my track of the night “Angel Full of Bourbon” with it’s harmonica and acoustic beauty.  Just to show the diversity, enjoy a bonus of “Muleskin Girl” with it’s true string band extravaganza!

The Mapmaker's DaughterM Shanghai String Band
“Angel Full of Bourbon” (mp3)
from “The Mapmaker’s Daughter”

“Muleskin Girl” (mp3)
from “The Mapmaker’s Daughter”
(Red Parlor Entertainment Group)

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Visit them on MySpace or their Website for more info and music - you can also purchase on iTunes and Amazon.


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MP3 Minute: Prabir and the Substitutes “Who Is Going To Love You”

Posted: 09 May 2009 12:55 PM PDT

from Richmond, Virginia just last month released their EP Hello, a follow up to last year’s debut LP. The quintet play driving and energetic power-pop with psychedelic guitar riffs nodding to an old school classic rock era. We’ve got “Who’s Going to Love You?”, Hello’s lead off track for download now.prabir-sarah-walor

“Who’s Going to Love You?” starts of a bit mellow with a slick riff as front man Prabir sings “I fell asleep on my own, just like I did the night before. But I’m not afraid to let you know, I still love you.” It’s a lilting pop gem of love and longing, perfect for a gorgeous sunny day like today. Download “Who’s Going to Love You?”, burn a mix CD and chill outside soaking up some rays. Saturday wasn’t meant for anything less.

Prabir and the Substitutes - “Who’s Going to Love You?”

You can pick up Hello, or any other albums, now.

Tour Dates:
May 16 - Tanner's Creek / Norfolk, Va.
May 21 - DC9 / Washington DC
May 28 - JJ's Bohemia / Chattanooga #
May 29 - The Basement / Nashville #
May 30 - Al's / Lexington
Jun 05 - Gold West Cafe / Baltimore
Jun 06 - Fontanas / New York City
Jun 09 - The Canal Club / Richmond, Virginia ^
Jun 26 - Mid City Grill / Fort Wayne, In. *
Jul 09 - Taphouse / Norfolk, Va. *

# w/ the Hotpipes
^ w/ Ted Leo
* w/ The Orange Opera

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MP3 Minute: Regina Spektor “Laughing With”

Posted: 09 May 2009 07:00 AM PDT

regina-farNot much of the world has been hearing from the lovely and uber-talented Ms. Regina Spektor these days, aside from guesting on Ben Folds‘ new record and performing a few scattered concerts since she’s been holed up working on a new record to the delight of pretty much everyone everywhere. Warner Brothers Records will be releasing Spektor’s new album, titled Far, on June 23rd.

The first track released from Far is “Laughing With”, a moody piano driven cut with a theme centering around God: no one laughs at him in times of trouble but he’s probably got a great sense of humor at a cocktail party telling jokes. Spektor sings, “No one’s laughing at god when they’re starving or freezing or poor” and later recounts, “but god could be funny at a cocktail party while listening to a good goddamn joke.”

Regina Spektor - “Laughing With”

The dual views of god, regardless of your own views on the subject of god, is an interesting concept, yet the song falls a bit flat. It’s neither a “Samson” nor a “Fidelity” nor a “Hotel Song”. Sure, it may not be fair to compare it to the latter two as it’s just Spektor and her piano without all the bells and whistles, but I’ve come to expect a little bit more from Spektor. While good for a filler track on Far, here’s hoping she’s got shinier gems for June 23rd.

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Bibio – Ovals & Emeralds (Mush)

Posted: 09 May 2009 02:45 AM PDT


West Midlands, UK-based electronic producer Stephen Wilkinson has previously released three albums as Bibio, with his combination of treated electronic drones, field recordings and folk influences calling to mind the similarly pastoral likes of Boards Of Canada. He’s also something of a prolific guy, this latest six track EP (his last release for Mush before signing to Warp) emerging just a couple of months after his preceding third album ‘Vignetting The Compost’. While that aforementioned album showed Wilkinson’s use of folk elements in full evidence however, ‘Ovals & Emeralds’ is a considerably more deconstructed affair. In this case, Wilkinson’s predominant focus is on working with detuned and electronically treated vinyl sources, resulting in a beatless collection of tracks that sound sepia-toned, as if they were beamed in from some other age. Opening track ‘Oval Emerald Vertigo’ offers up a good taste of this approach, sending what sounds like a loop of vintage soul strings rolling against disorienting layers of vinyl drag and delayed-out harmonics, the resulting woozy psychedelic fusion at points calling to mind an ice-cream van slowing down.

By contrast, ‘The Death Of A Trapeze Artist’ sees blurry, phased out piano elements slowly giving way to delicate treated guitar textures and wafting harmonic ambience, before ‘Carosello Elitticco’ sees some of the familiar folk-derived elements returning to the foreground as feathery, plucked acoustic guitar notes spiral against a beatific backdrop of gentle flutes and sampled birdsong, a melodic aesthetic that also spills over into ‘Six String Marenghi’, shortly before things waft out into shimmering synthetic ambience. It’s the seven minute long ‘Polycoulrophon’ that really offers up the strangest trip here, with looped and detuned flute samples gradually accelerating at dizzying speed, only to get sucked down into a black hole of filtering, the resulting eerie ambient wander amidst spooky, dubbed-out textures and spiraling, melodic notes only being broken as proceedings rise back out through a wash of glistening vibraphone melodics. File this one under ‘repeat listening’ – indeed, ‘Ovals & Emeralds’ needs to be given time to reveal its full detail.

Simon Whetham – Understory (Trente Oiseaux)

Posted: 09 May 2009 02:45 AM PDT


Simon Whethams Understory holds a number of listenings: it is a sense of a travel document, the journey into the Brazilian rainforest, arrival is documented, the vista and inhabitants are revealed and the interaction of the technological is brought to an implicit recognition for the listener. The environmental sense of the music: bringing the Amazon into your room, rendering its life immediate and relevant and contextualising its continued existence as an ethical and moral imperative. The sonic sculpture approach to the nature of the record, the manner of the recording and the concepts of music and the disguise of the wrought within the presentation of the natural. All presented without the guise of the naturalist or rainforest sounds 'source' concepts betraying a simple romantic version of the interaction.

Simon Whetham is in a sense curated by a set of guiding principles, along with a kinship with Robin Rimbaud (Scanner) and to a degree that this album is co-created by the Mamori sound project, run by Francisco Lopez. In this reading the album holds a deep ecology both in a sound sense and in terms of its orientation towards content.

"In my work I attempt to bring the listener's attention to sounds not normally noticed. It is easy to miss, or dismiss, beautiful and strange sounds that constantly surround us …we are unable to close our ears, such is the power of sound."

Understory, being that level between the forest floor and the canopy, whether taken as metaphor or direct description, is essentially the attention Simon Whetham draws our ears towards, it will not, to echo the words of Gill Scott Heron, give you sex appeal, but this quiet revolution is definitely alive.