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.

thanks for the submission Zach .

Actual Wolf – Faded Days 2017

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Based in Oakland, CA, but born and raised in Minnesota’s Mesabi Iron Range – the same fertile region as Bob Dylan – indie folk-rocker Actual Wolf (Eric Pollard) shines brightly on his national debut Faded Days. Lush and expansive, it conjures the classic cosmic country albums of the past with it’s layered vocals and sweeping choruses. The album plays out like a vintage record store find, with a care to storytelling and payoff choruses that are in scarce supply these days.

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Album highlights include the Springsteen-esque “Be My Love,” which segues into the hazy vintage Neil Young & Crazy Horse vibe of the first single, “Baby Please.” “Little Runaway” is a classic rock radio cut (if you grew up in the ’70s, that is) and the wistful title track speaks of lost opportunities and old relationships, with the chorus asking “Can you still get high?” Dividing his days between music and being one of the leading extract/hash makers in the Northern California Bay Area (working for a boutique provider growing rare/hard-to-cultivate cannabis strains), Actual Wolf is the latest addition to the Red House Records’ artist roster. Actual Wolf has cultivated, cut and cured these songs with the same patience as that of a grower. The album is subtly informed by that breadth of different atmospheres as much as it is richly colored by the array of collaborators: Jeremy Hanson (Tapes ‘n Tapes, Tungsten), Jake Hanson (Gramma’s Boyfriend; 12 Rods; Alaska), Steve Garrington (Low, the Erik Berry Duo), Ditch Kurtz (a pedal steel guitarist from Nashville), with additional vocals by Al Church.

massive thank you to Red House Records .

Micah P Hinson – Presents The Holy Strangers 2017

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Micah P. Hinson’s new album “Presents The Holy Strangers” is described by the artist as being a “modern folk opera.” Telling the story of a war time family, going from birth to love, to marriage and children, to war and betrayal, murder to suicide – spanning all of the strange and glorious places life can lead. We follow their story, we see their decisions, we see their faults and their beauty. We live with them, we die with them.

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Two years in the making, Micah wrote and recorded The Holy Strangers in Denison, Texas, incorporating ancient reel to reels, analogue keyboards, old Tascam and Yamaha desks. The recording only entered the digital realm once pre-mastering took place.
Split across two pieces of vinyl, the 14 tracks which make up The Holy Strangers are at times sparse and haunting; at other times luscious, maybe even euphoric. From the Johnny Cash-style country single “Lover’s Lane,” to the album’s broad, spoken-word centrepiece “Micah Book One”, The Holy Strangers covers a lot of ground over the course of its hour long running time, appealing to both long-time fans and new ones alike

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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Skyway Man – Seen Comin’ From A Mighty Eye 2017

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To fully appreciate James Wallace (a.k.a. skyway man ), it helps to understand his background. The auteur is the ultimate Nashville outsider having worked with his hometown Richmond, Virginia’s Spacebomb collective and his own alternative — some might say experimental — folksy naked light band among other under-the-radar projects over the past decade. Along the way he’s picked up some high profile fans in the form of Alabama Shakes’ frontwoman Brittany Howard, but in Nashville he can be seen as a provocateur; a guy unafraid to push boundaries that transform pop into art. He continues that endeavor under his newest alias, Skyway Man.
It’s as good a name as any to lead a collective of nearly 20 musicians who have contributed to……his debut under this moniker. By any measure, Seen Comin’ from a Mighty Eye is an audacious example of what his press release calls “folk futurism.” The song cycle’s concepts are largely too obtuse to easily untangle, but the lyrics are sung in the first person and seem in part to be about living in a dystopian society.

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Wallace’s sweet, boyish voice makes even extended tracks like the wordy, nine-plus minute “Wires (Donny Angel and the Opening Wide)” go down easy, even if inscrutable lyrics such as “And if your sky catches fire ‘cause the tank crushed the car with the family inside/ and you fly from reason like sparks or rocks that you kick down the street with your heels while you’re waiting for the community van that takes you and your bag someplace that you’ve never been before”… phew … are a mouthful to unravel.

Musically, the twisted but melodic tunes encompass a variety of sounds, including but not limited to colorful psychedelic rock, lighter Beatles-styled pop, and a skewed Nilsson/Donovan chamber style that, even with multi-tracked instrumentation, including creative use of horns and string arrangements, stays frothy and generally bubbly. A sunlit prog-folksy instrumental titled “The Dedication of Giant Rock” splits the album in two pieces, giving the listener a break from having to scrutinize the lyrically dense songs.

Those more dedicated to the Wallace cause can spend the necessary effort disentangling the concept, but even for those who take a pass on that task, this is an impressive, bold, and ambitious 53-minute work. Wallace is clearly talented and you can tell he’s referring to himself, and perhaps the creation of this four-sided opus, when he sings “Visions and the sound of my blood/ have been keeping me awake at night.” – American Songwriter

Roadkill Ghost Choir – False Youth Etcetera , Vol 1 2017

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Roadkill Ghost Choir are an indie rock band whose music combines the languid but emotionally charged approach of indie rock with a Southern gothic undertow, articulated through the voices of banjo and pedal steel guitar. Roadkill Ghost Choir were formed by lead vocalist and songwriter Andrew Shepard in in DeLand, Florida in 2011; Shepard had been booked to play a solo show at a local club, but soon decided he preferred to have a band for the occasion. Shepard rounded up a backing combo from his friends and siblings: guitarist Stephen Gaza was in a band called Introduction to Sunshine, Andrew’s brothers Zach Shepard (bass) and Maxx Shepard (drums) had worked with the Quiet Men, as did pedal steel and banjo man Kiffy Meyer, and Joe Davoli on keys and trumpet had played in the group Loud Valley. The musicians were pleased with the show and decided to continue working together, and Roadkill Ghost Choir were born. The band earned a reputation in Florida and began touring throughout the South and East Coast, and in 2013, the group released a Kickstarter-funded EP, Quiet Light. The EP received enthusiastic reviews, and as positive word of mouth began to spread, Roadkill Ghost Choir began landing bigger and better bookings, including appearances at the Austin City Limits and Governor’s Ball festivals, and a spot on The Late Show with David Letterman. in 2013, Roadkill Ghost Choir began work on their first full-length album, though not long after the sessions were finished the group was pared down to a quintet by the departure of Joe Davoli. In the summer of 2014, the band released In Tongues and set out for more touring, including appearances at the Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza festivals.

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Hurray For The Riff Raff – The Navigator 2017

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Well the arrival of the new Hurray For The Riff Raff “The Navigator” Four days before the release date has made me a little happy to say the least . This Bronx beauty really knows her shit an avid campaigner for woman’s rights and a avid believer in just do the right fucking thing .

Living In The City track opens up and you just know this is my track for the spring months ahead and possibly right in to the summer its powerful and upbeat with a vibe that will clearly lift you up .  I Am going to declare this a Siding With The Insane Stereo LAW  that each day should start with “Living In The City”

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I have been a huge fan of HFTRR since the self release “It Don’t Mean I Don’t Love You” and i knew from then that this band is going to do well , and everything after that release has always been ,solid and worth every listen .

Father John Misty – Pure Comedy 2017

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Well it has arrived the advance Father John Misty “Pure Comedy” and i have to state that this album is much better than “I Love You, Honeybear” that album really let me down in a way that i never want to hear anything from it again . i tried so hard to get in to it but it seemed to escape me , And i have spoke to so many folks that say it either great , or bad nobody ever states that its OK (marmite album) .

Anyway back to Pure Comedy Josh Tillman wrote the majority of this back in 2015 and recorded all vocals and basic tracking on to tape with no more than two takes . this was recorded at the same studios The Beach Boys called home .

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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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Cali In A Cup doesn’t appear on this album .