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Bob Dylan’s Triplicate

April 21, 2017 Leave a comment

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In 2015, Bob Dylan released Shadows in the Night, an album of standards. Fans were a bit puzzled by the move, but Dylan later explained saying, “Now that I have lived them and lived through them I understand them better…These songs are cold and clear-sighted, there is a direct realism in them, faith in ordinary life.”

Now, Dylan is back with another standards collection titled Triplicate, a three-disc studio album featuring 30 recordings of classic American tunes. As Dylan’s website explains:

Triplicate showcases Dylan’s unique and much-lauded talents as a vocalist, arranger and bandleader on 30 compositions by some of music’s most lauded and influential songwriters. The Jack Frost-produced album is the 38th studio set from Bob Dylan and marks the first new music from the artist since Fallen Angels, which was released in early 2016.”

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Best of Old Crow Medicine Show

April 14, 2017 Leave a comment

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Twelve years ago, Old Crow Medicine Show dropped it’s debut album, O.C.M.S. Since then, the band has become one of the standout new roots acts, blending bluegrass and folk with punk rock energy.

The band recently released a collection with studio highlights and unreleased tracks. Songs include “Down Home Girl,” “I Hear Them All,” “Black-Haired Québécoise,” “Heart Up in the Sky,” and, of course, the platinum-selling, crowd singalong favorite, “Wagon Wheel.”

From Folk Radio U.K.:

“With a career stretching back to 1998, nine albums released, a pretty relentless gig schedule and countless festival appearances, Old Crow Medicine Show has been in the vanguard of developing a 21st Century take on old-time, string band music. The band has been recognised and honoured with induction into the Grand Ole Opry in 2013, and the 2014’s Remedy won the Grammy for Best Folk Album, so a “best of” album might be considered a little overdue. Between 2004 and 2008, the band recorded with Nettwerk Records. They released three albums, Old Crow Medicine Show (2004), often shortened to O.C.M.S., Big Iron World (2006) and Tennessee Pusher (2008) and it’s these albums that Nettwerk has been able to draw on for Best Of, along with an EP track from 2006 and two previously unreleased tracks.”

Tracklist:

01. Wagon Wheel
02. Tell It to Me
03. Down Home Girl
04. Alabama High-Test
05. Big Time in the Jungle
06. CC Rider
07. Take ‘Em Away
08. Humdinger
09. Fall On My Knees
10. My Good Gal
11. I Hear Them All
12. Caroline
13. Black-Haired Québécoise
14. Heart Up in the Sky

Gary Clark Jr. Live

April 7, 2017 Leave a comment
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Gary Clark Jr. kind of has to be seen to be appreciated. His studio albums are impressive, but until you’ve experienced his showmanship and impressive guitar chops live —even via YouTube videos— it’s hard to appreciate his immense talent.

 

Clark’s latest offering, Gary Clark Jr. Live North America 2016, showcases the artist at his finest, pulling emotion and masterful guitar work together into a raw and revealing collection of original material and cover songs, including Jimmy Reed’s “Honest I do” and Elmore James’ “My Baby’s Gone.” As All About Jazz reports:

 

“In its pure unadulterated emotional and sonic form, sans overdubs of any kind, the honest power of Clark and his band’s musicianship sheds a discernibly different light on the polished likes of the…studio work. [T]he guitarist/vocalist depicts how forcefully he can parlay this music in practiced, natural collaboration with guitarist Eric ‘King’ Zapata, bassist Johnny Bradley and drummer Johnny Radelat. And while the cacophonous closer, “Numb,” is a carryover from the prior double live release, it still sounds so close to the artist’s heart and soul; as such, it will be sure to satiate the appetites of the most ravenous guitar hero-worshipers.”

 

Tracklist
01. Grinder
02. The Healing
03. Our Love
04. Cold Blooded
05. When My Train Pulls In
06. Down To Ride
07. You Saved Me
08. Shake
09. Church
10. Honest I Do
11. My Baby’s Gone
12. Numb

ICYMI: Lady Gaga’s Superbowl Performance

February 6, 2017 Leave a comment

Happy 40th to Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours

February 4, 2017 Leave a comment

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by Raul

Rumours is Fleetwood Mac’s 11th studio album, but only the second with the Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks.

Recorded in California, the album contains memorable singles, “Go Your Own Way” “Dreams,” “Don’t Stop,” and “You Make Loving Fun.”

Rumours also topped both the U.S and U.K. charts as well as winning a GRAMMY for Album of the Year.

Jack White Goes Acoustic

October 7, 2016 Leave a comment

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Jack White, one of today’s highest profile rockstars, stepped away from the arena-rock sound he’s become famous for and went acoustic on his latest collection, Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016.

Spotlighting White’s songwriting and storytelling abilities, the record strips away all the glitz and showmanship, revealing a solid roots-rock singer-songwriter whose music stands easily on its own. It also brings to the surface a side of White that roots enthusiasts have seen glimpses of over the years and pulls the veil on all of the seemingly contradictory aspects of White and his music. As Pitchfork reports:

“Over the years, White has gamely pit bluesy authenticity against bullshit artistry; virtuosity against amateurism; punk credibility against Hollywood celebrity; small-business boosterism against Coca-Cola shilling. He’s a garage-rocker who’d rather chill on the front porch, a man who can write songs that fill football stadiums even though sports might just make him miserable.

Those paradoxical qualities have ultimately elevated White’s songbook above mere blues-rock revivalism. That tension is baked right into his music, where the scorching six-string pyrotechnics have routinely been hosed down by soothing sing-alongs. He’s an electric warrior and eccentric warbler, a Page and Plant in one perfect rock-star package. If he didn’t exist, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction committee would have to will him into existence.”

Led Zeppelin: BBC Complete

October 5, 2016 Leave a comment

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Nearly 50 years after its original release, Led Zeppelin’s BBC Sessions gets a royal reissue treatment in the form of a box set with a book, a numbered print, unreleased tracks and more.

Here’s the tracklist:

1. “Communication Breakdown” *
2. “What Is and What Should Never Be” *
3. “Dazed and Confused” *
4. “White Summer”
5. “What Is and What Should Never Be” *
6. “Communication Breakdown” *
7. “I Can’t Quit You Baby” *
8. “You Shook Me” *
9. “Sunshine Woman” *

* Previously Unreleased