Bedouine – Bedouine Deluxe Edition 2017

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Azniv Korkejian is literally a world-traveling musician. The singer/songwriter was born in Syria, moved to Saudi Arabia as a child, and later moved to America, where she lived in Boston and Houston before settling in LA.
She studied sound design and has done quite a bit of work in Southern California in the arena of dialogue editing. A quick IMDB search reveals that she has dialogue edited for shows like “Preachers’ Daughters” and “Ultimate Soldier Challenge.”
For her self-titled debut album as Bedouine , she’s joined by a very impressive cast. The album was produced by Gus Seyffert and features guitarist Smokey Hormel (who are both known for working with Beck and Norah Jones), it was mixed by Thom Monahan (Vetiver, Devendra Banhart),…

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…and Matthew E White is releasing it on his Spacebomb label. It’s got gorgeous string arrangements by Spacebomb’s co-owner and in-house arranger Trey Pollard, who also lent his talents to Matthew, Natalie Prass, Foxygen, and more. As you may expect from a team like that, the album hearkens back to ’60s and ’70s songwriting, and has a real smooth, calm feel to it.

Though she’s lived everywhere, it’s appropriate that she ended up in LA, a breeding ground for a lot of music like this in the ’60s (The Byrds, Linda Ronstadt, John Phillips, Tim Buckley, etc). If you like that stuff, you’ll probably find that Azniv does a lot of justice to that sound. Early highlight one of these day’s is so instantly familiar and instantly pleasing, that you’ll be checking to make sure it’s not a cover from that era. (It’s not.) solitary daughter has a spoken word/poetry feel to it, like Leonard Cohen or the trippier side of Paul Simon. “Summer Cold” embraces dark, queasy melodies, almost sounding like a psych-folk singer covering Billie Holiday. Songs like that prove that Bedouine is anything but a one-trick pony.

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The Underhill Family Orchestra – Tell Me That You Love Me 2018

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It’s the first week of May and it’s approaching 90 degrees here in New York City. After a bitter winter, the entire city is humming with joy and excitement. It’s been a real treat seeing the smiles on everyone’s faces and the bright colors on everyone’s bodies. It’s the perfect time to throw on The Underhill Family Orchestra’s new album Tell Me That You Love Me. The Mobile-based collective has an intense and irresistable chemistry. The songs on this album are full of chemical reactions that are a pleasure to be hold. Truly, the album is a testament to the power of people working together.

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The recording process marked a first for the band—working with a producer, Los Angeles-based Noah Shain, who helped the group realize its musical vision. “It was wonderful. It’s like you’re adding another person to the band,” says Laney. “You’re saying ‘Hey, what do you think about this?’ to someone whose only vested interest is making a record. We were okay letting him take the reins. Noah is a drummer, and he was able to help out with Joe and Roy, who are already militant about how they work together,” he laughs. “They’re an amazing rhythm section, they’re so smart and are a really important part of our sound, and Noah picked up on that right away,” he adds. “It was a unique experience, and we were grateful.”

Opening track “Oak Holler” is a three-minute introduction to the timbre of the album; the anthem firmly plants the band’s flag in a landscape of harmony crafted through diversity and features all of the band members’ voices swirling at its conclusion. “That’s a super real Underhill moment,” recalls Laney. “There’s something visceral about a group of people singing the same words.” At the end of the album version of track “When The Trumpet Sounds,” Joelle’s grandmother, Maw Maw Ida, recounts the story of the day before her husband’s death. “She was telling us an embattled but sentimental story, and I saw so much art in that. When we were tracking the vocals with Noah in Los Angeles, he asked us how we wanted to end the song and I set the phone down and played that clip. Joelle was in tears, Noah was quiet, it was a nice moment for all of us,” says Laney. “I saw this vision I had for the track really affect people.” The song was a therapeutic one to write and employs religious imagery to illustrate a call to reunite with a loved one, an idea that lends itself to not only the literal, but to the metaphysical as well.

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Lord Huron – Vide Noir 2018

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Lord Huron have well and truly stepped up to the next level on their third outing. The heart-wrenching folk is still there, but this time it’s laced with questioning promise – and we are here for it.
Calling your third album vide noir is a bold move. Not only does it immediately present a needed translation, but once done so, presents you with one of humanities biggest fears – a black void.
So, how do Lord Huron approach such grandiose ideas? Rather spectacularly actually. The ethereal harp and choral vocals twinned gently plucked strings that ring in this third outing immediately project ideas that may sit on a station way out of reach, but it feels like Vide Noir isn’t supposed to be received this way.
While “Lost In Time and Space’” feels just like…

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…that – a wandering journey through the cosmos with an angelic soundtrack, instead, it, and the album after it offers you the opportunity to delve into what your life might pertain.

Though it does sit on the expected side of the sonic line for Lord Huron, it’s “Never Ever” where the engines really kick in. A distorted rollicking number that drives like a The Killers track, it has all the makings of an epic run and is just the beginning for Vide Noire.

The sound of “Never Ever” is swiftly followed up by the one-two of “Ancient Names (parts I & II)”. Which feature more pounding drums and determined instrumentation from the first part, but it’s the second part where the energy really comes through and Lord Huron feel like a beast unleashed.

While the folk-essence lies below and often comes through in its truest form, the developments are clear and passionately welcomed all across Vide Noir. Where a band like Mumford & Sons abandoned ship from their beginnings to a mixed result, it sounds like Lord Huron have managed to evolve forward incorporating electric elements in a major way without forfeiting any kind of integrity.

Father John Misty – God’s Favourite Customer 2018

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Father John Misty will release God’s Favorite Customer, his fourth album worldwide on June 1st, 2018 through Sub Pop, with the exception of Europe through Bella Union.

The 10 track effort features the previously released “Mr. Tillman,” along with highlights “Disappointing Diamonds Are the Rarest of Them All” and “Just Dumb Enough to Try.” God’s Favorite Customer was produced by Tillman and recorded with Jonathan Rado, Dave Cerminara, and Trevor Spencer and was written largely in New York between Summer 2016 and Winter 2017.

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Say Sue Me – Where We Were Together 2018

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Well who would of thought that probably the best indie pop album to be released this year would come from South Korea. Normally the likes of Glasgow and Australia are the best contenders to produce mighty fine indie pop but this gives the likes of Belle and Sebastian and Camera Obscura a cause to up there game .

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I really cant recommend this enough it really is solid from the start to the finish.

Califone – All My Friends Are Funeral Singers 2009

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So the other day i pulled this out from my collection only because i was sifting through it and thought ” shit i haven’t played these guys for what seems like years” So on the player it went and it still holds well ,

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I believe this is what Wilco would of sounded and developed into if they had the balls . if you haven’t came across these guys yet then i would highly recommend starting with this album . i know its not going to be everyone’s cup of tea but its a cup of tea that should be sipped .

 

The Delgados – Universal Audio 2004

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So last night i woke up at 02:43am and the first thing that came in to my head was The Delgados album ‘ Universal Audio ‘ What the fuck was all that about ? Any way i’am glad i it did , because i ventured down stairs and clattered about to pull if from my collection .

So in the CD player it goes headphones plugged in and coffee in hand i played it and instantly forgot how good this album was and clearly still is . It opens up with ‘ I Fought The Angels ‘ with a sparse and choppy guitar to start with and the amazing voice of Emma Pollock you get the feeling that its going to be dramatic .

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This is a more stripped down album that ‘Hate’ that i always thought was over produced but still clearly very good . Alun Woodward works well with Pollock on this album given the fact that there is less instruments to fight with . Girls of valour has a beach boys-esque running through the chorus while some other tracks like ‘bits of bone’ has a XTC vibe going through it .

Any way i still have no idea why the fuck i woke up with this on my mind and i aint digging around too much either to figure it out . so enjoy my album of the day .

Angus And Julia Stone – Snow 2017

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t’s been three years since Sydney-born siblings Angus And Julia Stone’s released their self-titled album. Snowis a welcome return to serene sounds which stay true to the minimalist production of previous endeavours.
The title track kicks things off with an oxymoronic, sunny tinge to its tone. Call and response vocal techniques trickle through the album and take precedent in the first track, exploring failing relationships, as well as moving on from them; “Looking at the stars, I have you to myself / Standing here with you and thinking of someone else. / Blanket on my back, I’m cold, I’m cold again. / Smile in the snow, tryna find something to say”.
“Chateau” comprises of a melodic backdrop which later develops into an ethereal display of vocal layering which echoes Bon Iver’s “Calgary”. Young romance is the driving force behind the song as Angus Stone coos “we can go to the Chateau Marmont and dance in the hotel room […] / I don’t mind if you wanna go anywhere / I’ll take you there.”

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“Nothing Else” takes us back to the duo’s acoustic roots, with smooth harmonies and saccharine lyrics to boot, while pop ballad “Who Do You Think You Are” offers an accompaniment of guitars with a country twang (similar to those from “Yellow Brick Road” off their second album), and the smooth sheen of “Sylvester Stallone” finishes the full-length with peace and polish.

Lead tracks “Snow” and “Chateau” may create the most groundswell, but don’t neglect the rest of the album – even if some tracks take a little longer to really sink into your earbuds. They’re well worth the wait.

Hiss Golden Messenger – Hallelujah Anyhow 2017

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Hallelujah Anyhow is the latest studio album from Hiss Golden Messenger, out September 22 worldwide on Merge Records. Its ten new songs, penned by HGM principal M.C. Taylor, were recorded with Brad Cook, Phil Cook, Chris Boerner, Josh Kaufman, Darren Jessee, Michael Lewis, and Scott Hirsch. Alexandra Sauser-Monnig, Tift Merritt, Skylar Gudasz, Tamisha Waden, Mac McCaughan, and John Paul White provided vocal harmonies.

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“I see the dark clouds. I was designed to see them. They’re the same clouds of fear and destruction that have darkened the world since Revelations, just different actors. But this music is for hope. That’s the only thing I want to say about it. Love is the only way out. I’ve never been afraid of the darkness; it’s just a different kind of light. And if some days that belief comes harder than others, hallelujah anyhow.” —M.C. Taylor

Thanks to Merge Records for sending this promo out .

The National – Sleep Well Beast 2017

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So it has arrived and im happy the The National HQ sent me out a advanced copy . Seventh album from American indie rock band The National, due September 8, 2017. In an interview with Rolling Stone, lead singer Matt Berninger said that the album is “about marriage, and it’s about marriages falling apart. I’m happily married, and but it’s hard, marriage is hard and my wife and I are writing the lyrics together about our own struggles and it’s difficult to write, but it’s saving my marriage. Not saving my marriage, my marriage is healthy, but it’s good for everything! And so it’s gonna be a strange record, and I’m crazy about it.”

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and the only photo that actually turned out when i went to see them London

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Mojave 3 – spoon and rafter 2003

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Mojave 3 is a firm all time favourite here and a little bit of me always hopes that they return with more amazing music . Spoon and Rafter was released on 22 September 2003 in the UK, and a day later in the US. After the break up of Slowdive in 95 Neil Halstead formed the birth of Mojave 3 and released 5 amazing albums

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Lift To Experience – The Texas Jerusalem Crossroads 2017 (remix)

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Well i said to myself that i wasn’t going to purchase this AMAZING album AGAIN , But guess what i ? i did . How could i not purchase this , it is one of the greatest albums ever made by three dudes that make you feel that you just been hit head on by a train of wonderful noise .

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The band set out to create a brand new mix of “The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads” with engineer Matt Pence 15 years after its original release. The album was originally recorded live to tape, and Matt Pence was able to mix from those original recordings and capture the energy of the three musicians playing together in the room.
… If there was ever a case of an album being ‘ahead of its time’ this probably is it. Akin to Slint’s Spiderland in many ways, lift to experience ‘s the texas jerusalem crossroads came seemingly out of nowheresville middle-America (Denton, Texas in this case) and only made a small ripple at the time, the summer of 2001. The band disappeared shortly after, satisfied with their contribution (even if critically and commercially it wasn’t…

…an overwhelming success at the time) but also citing an interest in their solo careers – most notably, lead guitarist/vocalist Josh T. Pearson’s – and a changed world post-9/11. To date, last year’s appearance at Guy Garvey’s Meltdown Festival at the Royal Festival Hall remains their only live performance since.

It’s fascinating looking back on critics’ initial response to The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads years later. In general, no one could deny the band’s ambition in taking on such a ‘big concept’ 90-minute record about the biblical end of the world taking place in Texas (rather than Jerusalem’s actual location in Israel), but there’s a resistance to those same religious allegories and questions Pearson mulls over this 90-minute epic, coupled with the band’s own meta-self-referential plot within the tale. For the uninitiated, The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads begins with “the Angel of the Lord” appearing in front of the band one dark Texan night, prophesising the end of the world is coming and they must “lead the children of Israel to the Promise Land” which turns out to be in Texas. Across the next 90 minutes, Pearson wrestles with his specifically American-Christian struggles with forming a successful band with “a smash hit” as he negotiates with God himself in ‘Waiting’.

On that summary, it’s perhaps understandable that initial audiences weren’t really sure how seriously to take Lift to Experience’s debut (and only) full-length record. Were they actually speaking from a privileged religious point of view – the album certainly isn’t an outright criticism of Christianity – are they in fact as arrogant as they suggest in ‘These Are the Days’? – “So all you haircut bands, doing headstands/thinking you’ll turn the world upside down/Put your guitars up over your shoulders/A new sort of experience is taking over /’cos we’re simply the best band in the whole damn land/and Texas Is The Reason.” – is this meta-fictional narrative just simply pompous and pretentious?

Similarly, by the summer of 2001, musically, audiences would now be fairly used to the epic “post-rock” record. The beginning of this millennium was a pretty incredible time for music considering what was coming just around the corner. Bands who at the end of the previous century had posited themselves as outsiders prophesying, if not maybe the end of the world, certainly a catastrophic change to it, were already releasing big ‘statement’ albums – Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s Lift Yr. Skinny Fists…, Explosions in the Sky’s Those Who Tell the Truth… – while other already gloomy bands changed their established style post Y2K to point to the huge imminent technological changes, both in their music and what it means to us, on its way – Radiohead’s Kid A, Fugazi’s The Argument, Unwound’s Leaves Turn Inside You; however all these bands removed themselves from their art’s focus. While there is no way any of these artists knew exactly what was coming – which fellow Texans Explosions in the Sky found out the particularly hard way – there seemed a general trend in 2000 and 2001 that something was coming.

There are many comparisons to be made between then and now. At the beginning of the millennium, George W. Bush has been sworn in on a wave of right-wing populism after eight years of controversial liberalism, scaring everyone out of their late Nineties stupor into a decade defined by war which would carry on into the next presidency. If in 2001 The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads risked being sanctimonious, 2017’s collective doom-mongering makes this album suddenly very relevant indeed – just when we thought white, American privilege couldn’t surprise us any further they go ahead and elect a fascist.

It also helps that we as an audience are now much more smart to Pearson’s intentions. Given his tremendous solo career in the subsequent time, we are familiar with his wry sense of humour and very real religious and spiritual considerations. Equally, we now live in a very changed world both socially (well, kind of) and musically 15 years on where meta-fictional concept double-albums – such as Fucked Up’s David Comes to Life – is now not such an alien concept in indie music.

Musically, The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads speaks for itself. It is a tour-de-force in musicianship and songwriting, especially impressive for a three-piece. For 90 minutes, the world really does sound like its ending as this trio blast through sonic explosions on their respective instruments, move to delicate, reverb-soaked moments of sorrow and back again over the course of this double album. Another big reason for the record’s underrating at the time is the very valid argument of its sketchy production – hence the real reason for the re-mastering. While the original is still impressive, there often lacks a clarity between each member’s input and layering from the Cocteau Twins’ original mix, which thankfully has now been fixed by Matt Pence (Jens Lekman, Yuck, True Widow) so that the guitars shimmer, the bass rumbles and the drums explode.

With that in mind, along with America’s current climate, there is no reason why The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads shouldn’t finally find its place in indie-rock music’s canon. It is a stunning singular work, hugely visual and symbolic like a great film or novel that highlighting individual tracks is kinda empty when it so clearly should be enjoyed as a whole. Let’s just hope the Angel of the Lord’s prophecies doesn’t come true.

Richmond Fontaine – Thirteen Cities 2016

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The complete Tucson sessions including seven extra tracks.
2007: the snap-pocket shirts, sideburns, literary leanings and pedal steels of alt-country are simply memories from the ’90s. Movement hero and harbinger Jeff Tweedy has led Wilco far from the decade-old roots rock rusticisms of Being There, finding purchase in experimental landscapes dotted with the detritus of modern living. Many have forgotten that Ryan Adams once fronted a marvelous alt-country band called Whiskeytown, as the bedheaded man-child jettisons off into the pop star stratosphere, bouncing from rock to pop to punk to country (again). Not so for Richmond Fontaine, who are led by archetypal old-school-styled alt-country hero Willy Vlautin.

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The intelligent and slightly shaggy Vlautin, who has published a successful novel (and whose voice contains the perfect blend of fragility and gravel for this type of fare), writes smart songs — poetic weepers that ride strains of deep twang and pedal steel and lash sweet pop melodicism to country intonations.

For their seventh album, Thirteen Cities, the Portland, OR band headed into the deserts of Tucson to work for the third time in a row with J.D. Foster, who is known for producing Calexico and Richard Buckner. Calexico pitch in significantly with horns on the euphoric, sprightly pop-country of the opener, “Moving Back Home #2.” Elsewhere, on the busily titled “$87 and a Guilty Conscience That Gets Worse the Longer I Go,” sweet cries of pedal steel trail the mini sketches of Vlautin’s narrator, who witnesses enough suffering and depravity (a near-death boxing match, a tractor-trailer crash, a teenage runaway in a sexual tryst) to spur him into the kind of deeply beautiful and downtrodden existential crisis that was once Tweedy’s stock-in-trade (e.g. “Far, Far Away” from Being There). By the time one gets to “Capsized,” whose down-by-luck narrator drifts, sells his possessions, and estranges himself from all palpable life, you begin to get the sense that the deeper Vlautin plunges his characters into despair, the brighter the twinkle of exultation in his eye. But all would be for naught if he didn’t breathe rare life into these literary tales with melodies that often take breathtaking little turns and swoops.

With Thirteen Cities, Richmond Fontaine employ varnished beauty to exceed the already high-water marks set by 2004’s Post to Wire and 2005’s The Fitzgerald.

Woods Album Of The Day

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Woods is a American folk rock band hailing from the mighty Brooklyn they formed  back in 2005 i think , But hey i could be wrong . i first came across this band back in 2014 when they released “with light and with love” that is a stunning album . Jeremy Earl has a voice like no other at the first moment of hearing it, i kind of made me  a little uneasy and thinking that this dude really isn’t at ease . But you end up hooked on his vocals and lyrics . Woods latest release ” City Sun Eater In The River Of Light” that was released in 2016 has been a firm favourite here and time to share with you .

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Ezra Furman And The Harpoons  – Inside The Human Body 2008

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Well we have published our best songs of the year and our best albums of the year alongside Grievous Angel Promotions best of  the year list . So we are heading back to 2008 for a classic album by Ezra Furman & The Harpoons – Inside The Human Body .

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If Ezra Furman’s first album was his The Times They Are A-Changin’, his second is his Highway 61 Revisited. More amped up this time around and more band-oriented than before, instead of acting like an expansion to add flair to songs that Furman wrote on his acoustic, the Harpoons are an integral background component. Along with the band tightening and improving as musicians, Furman has also matured slightly. His yelp isn’t quite as untamed as it was on the first go, possibly because he’s gained control of pitch with practice, or perhaps because it doesn’t seem as outrageous in context with the more crazed numbers. “Big Deal” starts out with an infuriated spittle-infused scream “In a trance in France I learned to dance!” before exploding into a frenetic, Frank Black meets Stiff Little Fingers punk nuke. Yes, punk. The punky aesthetic that filled the lyrics of “Banging Down the Doors” (evident by the introductory line, “This song’s about a whore I knew in Chicago!”) has bled into the music on a few songs here, and with the tempo raised, Furman blazes through his lines like an auctioneer, squeaking out “They put me in a cage and they put me on-stage and they told me I could never go home/The government paid for a place in the shade and then my mouth began to foam” at a mile-a-minute pace. It’s a new angle showcasing the awkward adolescent turned aggressive anarchist, and the rockin’ numbers rock accordingly, proving that the Boston-bred boys can branch out and competently conquer other genres when they put their minds to it, even when tackling the antithesis of folk. But Furman is always at his best when he slows down and connects on an intimate level. “Springfield, IL,” “Weak Knees,” “The World Is Alive,” and especially the innocent Neil Young-ish chamber organ gem “If I Was a Baby” could have fit the earnestly enduring mold of his last album. A mature outing with the awkwardness subdued, all the boyish charm and lyrical finesse that made Ezra Furman & the Harpoons’ freshman Minty Fresh release a success is evident, and many of these timeless tunes could be classics if they ever made their way into the mainstream.

 

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As far as concept Album’s go this one is up there as probably the best for a certain kind of genre at least . Three musicians coming out of Denton Texas with a noise you would think that the Band was at least five plus . With help from Robin Guthrie of the Cocteau Twins they managed to blend that sound of “My Bloody Valentine” while still holding down that fresh Alt/country sound .

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With a front man like this Josh T Pearson controlled croon and the Gift of arranging these songs into something majestic with a touch of Armageddon chucked in . The Texas Jerusalem Crossroads touches on awkward religious theories that will be evident when you listen to this Masterpiece .

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Here is an Album that MUST be in your record collection , and when the soul needs to be woke up this is the only Album you should grab .

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Ryan Adams – easy tiger 2014

slow it the fuck down dude should of been the title to this album , but only Ryan Adams could of nailed it in two words “easy tiger” . Ryan Adams really had no choice but to make a professional alt/country rock album . this is the style that Adams is best at .Since he has a well known reputation of being consistently unpredictable .

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you could never say that Adams is the work shy type of performer easy tiger is his 9th release up to that point . i don’t have a bad word about this album apart from when he shouts “guitar solo” on the catchy track of halloweenhead its always a cringe moment but i can put up with that .

 

the kid carsons

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Well siding with the insane stereo have been after this release for a while now and we can gladly say its here , and as soon as it landed on the desk it went straight on the player with a smile .  the bother and sister duo morgan and chad  have delivered one hell of an album here with the tuneful harmonies and heartfelt songs .

this self titled album opens up with “i try” and it confirms with the vocals  and other instruments that its going to be an emotional ride playing this. With a line from the song stating “another plan to fall apart”  with a harvest moon round your neck, this has depth and leaves you thinking about the song .

the kid carsons album is what alt/country is about for us at siding with the insane stereo , it has depth , conviction and full of emotion its polished with bright jangly guitars on songs like “the weight” and with the most effective lap steel playing i have heard in a long time . so we are kinda keeping fingers crossed that “cosmic americana” and “grievous angel promotions” continue there amazing work and bring these guys to the untied kingdom .

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