Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Blurry Blue Mountain features newly written material as well as reworked songs from previous records. This album is a fusion of country, psychedelic rock, jazz, blues and more which has marked the alt-country movement since its inception. It opens with Gelb's rumination on age in "Fields of Green," and then moves into the piano-based ballad "Chunk of Coal." In "Monk Mountain," a cool psychedelic ode to Thelonius Monk, Gelb gives us some of the most penetrating guitar lines and provides the album with its strongest track. Later, Gelb falls into a countrified canter in the revisted "Lucky Star Love" (previously known as "Loving Cup" and "Blanket of Stars"). And on "Time Flies," Gelb creates a piano bar atmosphere and a Tom Waits-like persona. The rockabilly "Ride the Rail," the swamp boogie "Brand New Swamp Thing" and the raucous reappearing "Thin Line Man" break up the otherwise sleepy drone of the album.
Blurry Blue Mountain, although long and sometimes wearisome, is an enjoyable listen. And, even though, Gelb has purposefully excluded himself from the titles of "Godfather" or "Forefather" of the alt-country movement, it is easy to hear his nonconformity and eccentricity on Blurry Blue Mountain -- all of which helped to create the genre we know today.
Purchase Blurry Blue Mountain
Giant Sand - Monk's Mountain by The Big Beat
Giant Sand "Chunk Of Coal" by FIRE RECORDS
Friday, December 17, 2010
To my surprise, Bird In The Tangle is a great alt-country album scattered with steel guitars, banjoes, and guitars. The album opens with three extremely different tracks that showcase Detar's songwriting talents. The opening track,"Empty House On A Famous Hill" is melancholy and lonesome with a mournful pedal steel. The hot-blooded "The Devil's Gotta Earn" gets your foot stomping as well as your attention. And, in the somber "It's Only The Night," the strings add to the sadness.
Bird In The Tangle isn't monotonous or monotone. The album is constantly moving from the simple and earnest like "A Miner's Prayer" to the bluegrass influenced "Cocaine, Whiskey And Heroin" to a raw country-rocker "We're Broken But We'll Never Be Alone."
It's this variety that makes Bird In The Tangle a compelling album. It is an album worth a listen. Plus, it's free so I recommend you check it out. What's it gonna hurt? If you like what you hear, Detar offers upgraded packages that include T-shirts, autographed vinyls and limited edition posters.
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Thursday, December 16, 2010
Download "Tree By The River"
Tree By The River - Iron & Wine by aibrean
Monday, December 13, 2010
The Wild Hunt has been included on many, if not all, of the Best Albums lists of 2010, and it's easy to see why. While listening to the record you can't help but notice the Dylan-esque style of songwriting and vocals as well as his intricate fingerpicking. The album's sparse and sterile setting emphasizes his complicated finger-work and his crackling sometimes growling voice. The songs on The Wild Hunt have different tones and evoke different feelings, like the exuberance of "The King of Spain," the darkness of "Love is All," and the edginess of "You're Going Back." The simplicity also highlights the English as second language lyrics which at times can be awkward yet poetic.
The Tallest Man on Earth is truly a modern day troubadour and The Wild Hunt has made this apparent. His lyricism, melodies, and tricky fingerpicking hold the audience captive and wanting more. Matsson's innate musical abilities have given the world a genuine master of the craft.
Purchase The Wild Hunt
The Tallest Man On Earth - King of Spain by Diogo Martins
Burden of Tomorrow — The Tallest Man on Earth by tomshone
The Tallest man on Earth - You're Going Back by VanderMusie
Love is All by Lorenzenaar
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Projector is a wonderfully composed album of indie-pop songs. Each track has a catchy melody, pretty harmonies, and a lot of finger-picking on the acoustic guitar. And, the lyrics are interesting tales about love and life made more believable by Damphier's humble and earnest vocals.
Projector is a first-rate album with fantastic songs from start to finish. But, it isn't just the songs; the cover art is impressive too. The artwork and the packaging for each limited edition copy is laboriously hand-made which is a task that could only be accomplished with a great amount of respect and love for the art.
06 Going Back In Time by aibrean
03 Polar Opposites by aibrean
05 Speak Your Language (Don't Forget To Write) by aibrean
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Wye Oak - Civilian by aibrean
1. "Two Small Deaths"
2. "The Alter"
3. "Holy Holy"
4. "Dogs Eyes"
8. "Hot as Day"
9. "We Were Wealth"
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Each song on Poison & Wine has a simple and sparse quality highlighting their gorgeous vocals. However, the title track is the strongest and most popular of the four-song offering. Its haunting melody, sad lyrics, and the interchanging, heart-rending vocals develop a story that creates true empathy.
The Civil Wars will be releasing their first full-length album, Barton Hollow (Sensibility Music), on February 1, 2011. It follows a highly successful live album that has been downloaded over 90,000 times and Poison & Wine which has garnered The Civil Wars great praise; however, I have no doubt that Barton Hollow could surpass both.
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Purchase Poison & Wine EP
Monday, December 6, 2010
Wolves opens with "Golden," a brilliant up-tempo, honky-tonk heartbreak that includes an electric guitar, fiddle and steel guitar. The next song, "A Long, Cold Night in Minneapolis" is a forlorn glory with its fiddle and harmonica and shows Simonett at his lyrical best. "House of Glory" is a straight roots rock track that has a blistering electric guitar solo and is reminiscent of a Trampled by Turtles' tune with its fast pace and backing vocals. Finally, "New Orleans" is a sonically revamped version of the Trampled by Turtles’ acoustic original.
If Wolves is any indication of what can be expected of their first album, then prepare to be blown away because Dead Man Winter is definitely not dead, dull or boring, but lively and electrifying. And since Dave Simonett is no longer on tour with Trampled by Turtles, Dead Man Winter is now in the process of recording their first album and performing in and round Minnesota.
Purchase Dead Man Winter's EP Wolves
Wolves - Dead Man Winter by aibrean
Thursday, December 2, 2010
- Deadmalls and Nightfalls, Frontier Ruckus
- Harlem River Blues, Justin Townes Earle
- Sigh No More, Mumford & Sons
- God Willin' & the Creek Don't Rise, Ray LaMontagne & the Pariah Dogs
- Palomino, Trampled by Turtles
- Thistled Spring, Horse Feathers
- Suburban Nature, Sarah Jaffe
- I Speak Because I Can, Laura Marling
- Gorilla Manor, Local Natives
- Messenger, Joe Pug