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The Lumineers - Live @ VIP Club, Barboza, USA, 23-07-2012
The Lumineers are an American folk rock band, based in Denver, Colorado. The band consists of founding members and songwriters Wesley Schultz (lead vocals, guitar) and Jeremiah Fraites (drums, percussion, vocals). Neyla Pekarek (cello, vocals) joined the band in 2010 after responding to a Craigslist ad. Two additional fulltime members Stelth Ulvang (piano), and Ben Wahamaki (bass), were added in 2012.Their self-titled debut album was released on Dualtone Records on April 3, 2012, eventually peaking at number 2 on the Billboard 200 chart in January 2013. (from Wikipedia)
Classy Girls
Ain't Nobody's Problem
Dead Sea
Flowers In Your Hair
Boots Of Spanish Leather
Big Parade
Stubborn Love
Flapper Girl
Slow It Down


The Lumineers – The Lumineers (2012)

The Lumineers, a folk-rock trio out of Denver, Colorado, deliver an acoustic-based Americana sound that touches a lot of stylistic bases, from folk to gospel to heartland rock and the narrative end of country, all with interesting rhythmic twists and turns. The band had its beginnings in 2002 when Jeremiah Fraites lost his 19-year-old brother Josh to a drug overdose. Fraites and his brother’s best friend, Wesley Schultz, turned to music to deal with the sorrow of it, and were soon writing songs and gigging together in the New York area as a duo. After relocating to Denver, the pair met classically trained multi-instrumentalist Neyla Pekarek after placing a Craigslist ad for a cellist, and things clicked for the trio, who began playing open mikes at the Meadowlark, a basement club where local songwriters gathered, developing a fresh sound that defies tight classification, although front porch Americana might cover it — with a touch of gospel stomp tossed in. The Lumineers released a demo EP in 2009, following it with an eponymous EP in 2011. A proper first album, again simply called The Lumineers, appeared from Dualtone Records in 2012.


Rodriguez – Searching for Sugar Man [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] (2012)

In the documentary Searching for Sugar Man, director Malik Bendjelloul looks back at two music fans’ quest in the early ’90s to learn the fate of ’70s singer/songwriter Rodriguez (born Sixto Diaz Rodriguez to Mexican immigrant parents in Detroit), musically accompanied by the Searching for Sugar Man soundtrack that collects tracks from his two albums. Growing up in South Africa, record retailer Stephen “Sugar” Segerman and music journalist Craig Bartholomew had a very different relationship with Rodriguez than folks in his native U.S.; while debut Cold Fact and follow-up Coming from Reality (released on the short-lived Sussex label in 1970 and 1971, respectively) attracted critical praise from the few press outlets they reached, commercially they went nowhere, seemingly dooming the artist to obscurity. But against all odds, a bootleg recording of Cold Fact made its way to South Africa, just as the stronghold of apartheid was growing, and Rodriguez’s anti-establishment storytelling, filtered through a psychedelia-tinged folk-rock lens, connected deeply with black Africans as well as liberal young Afrikaners. As word of mouth about the singer/songwriter spread, he became a South African sensation (naturally helped along when the government banned his records), eventually going not just platinum but also finding listeners holding him in the same artistic esteem as Bob Dylan and the Beatles. It wasn’t until the late ’90s that the artist — rumored to have committed suicide years before — would learn of his overseas fame, sparking a string of live dates abroad and awakening stateside interest. The Searching for Sugar Man soundtrack rolls together songs from Cold Fact (featuring kaleidoscopic production by Dennis Coffey and Mike Theodore) and Coming from Reality, focusing on the most iconic songs in the Rodriguez discography, not only showing that the lyrics resonate decades later but reminding listeners of the transformative power of music. Signature song and nickname “Sugar Man,” which listeners may recognize as being sampled by Nas and Large Professor, is a piercing ode to drugs that elevates its simple lyrics with a trippy arrangement, opening with percussive, flamenco-like guitar and spacy Moog, and swelling with paranoid strings before drifting out to the ether. Conversely “I Think of You,” which also reached audiences decades later thanks to a cover by Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., shows Rodriguez’s romantic side as he breezily reflects on a sweetheart. But his bread and butter are gritty tales of city life, whether calling out the signs of social corruption (“Gun sales are soaring, housewives find life boring/Divorce the only answer, smoking causes cancer/The system’s gonna fall soon, to an angry young tune/And that’s a concrete cold fact”) with “This Is Not a Song, It’s an Outburst: Or, The Establishment Blues”; encountering runaways on the side of the road on “Inner City Blues” (his own composition, not to be confused with the Marvin Gaye song); or verbally eviscerating hipsters at a dive bar in the Arthur Lee-meets-”Rocky Raccoon”-styled “A Most Disgusting Song.” Three bonus tracks that Rodriguez recorded with Coffey and Theodore in 1972 and which first appeared on the At His Best bootleg, including the vibrantly orchestrated artistic autobiography “Can’t Get Away,” are also collected here. Whether moved by the documentary or simply interested in a one-disc anthology of Rodriguez’s work, the Searching for Sugar Man soundtrack is a thoughtfully curated celebration of this devastatingly underrated artist




Chris Isaak - Beyond The Sun (2CD, 2011)
Beyond The Sun is a new album by Chris Isaak, released through Vanguard Records on October 18, 2011. It is a collection of songs originally released on Sun Records and recorded by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis. The record itself was recorded at Sun Studio, Memphis, Tennessee.

Chris Isaak's longstanding desire to musically salute his inspirations was fast-tracked when he read a 2000 interview with the great Sun Records producer Sam Phillips that appeared in the Oxford American. Near the end of the Q&A, Phillips was asked if any contemporary recording artists grabbed his attention. His response blew Chris away. "I don't keep up with the business like I used to," said Phillips, "but I love to listen to Chris Isaak. He's very talented, and his music is so damned honest. It's incredible." That pretty much sealed the deal for this Sun worshiper. The accurately titled Beyond the Sun, Chris Isaak's Vanguard Records debut is a self-described labor of love. Since he fell in love with his parents' 45s as a child in Stockton, California, this passionate writer/artist has been obsessed with the glory days of Memphis' Sun Studio and the visionary artists who got their starts there--including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis--all of them discovered and nurtured by Sam Phillips. Now, at long last, Isaak magically recaptures the transformative brilliance of the classic sides cut by these greats at Sun with Phillips during the mid-'50s, while also getting down to the nitty-gritty of his own deeply rooted musical identity.
01. Ring Of Fire
02. Trying To Get To You
03. I Forgot To Remember To Forget
04. Great Balls Of Fire
05. Can't Help Falling In Love
06. Dixie Fried
07. How's The World Treating You
08. It's Now Or Never
09. Miss Pearl
10. Live It Up
11. I Walk The Line
12. So Long I'm Gone
13. She's Not You
14. My Happiness

01. My Baby Left Me
02. Oh, Pretty Woman
03. Doin' The Best I Can
04. Your True Love
05. Crazy Arms
06. Lovely Loretta
07. Everybody's In The Mood
08. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry
09. Love Me
10. Doncha' Think It's Time
11. That Lucky Old Sun


Bonnie Raitt – Slipstream (2012)
01 Used to rule the world.
02 Right down the line.
03 Million miles.
04 You can’t fail me now.
05 Down to you.
06 Take my love with you.
07 Not cause I wanted to.
08 Ain’t gonna let you go.
09 Marriage made in Hollywood.
10 Split decision.
11 Standing in the doorway.
12 God only knows.

Bonnie Raitt has announced that after a seven year absence from the music industry she will be releasing a new album. Revealing the news, the 12 track collection will hit shelves sometime this New Year and is entitled ‘Slipstream’.Four of the tracks were helmed by producer Joe Henry (Allen Toussaint, Solomon Burke) and showcase his own crew of musicians. Other guests include Bill Frisell, Al Anderson, Ireland’s Paul Brady and Maia Sharp.The album’s 12 tracks feature Raitt’s renditions of songs by Henry, Bob Dylan and Loudon Wainwright III and features a reggae-fied version of Gerry Rafferty’s “Right Down the Line.”"Hearing myself in this new setting, how deep and effortlessly it went down, really inspired me to start a new record,” Raitt says. “Working with Joe and his guys and then reuniting with mine really got my creative juices flowing again.”




Status Quo – Status Quo – Quid Pro Quo (2CD) (2011)
01. Two Way Traffic
02. Rock ‘n’ Roll ‘n’ You
03. Dust to Gold
04. Let’s Rock
05. Can’t See for Looking
06. Better Than That
07. Movin’ on
08. Leave a Little Light on
09. Anyway You Like It
10. Frozen Hero
11. Reality Cheque
12. The Winner
13. It’s All About You
14. My Old Ways
15. In the Army Now
01. Whatever You Want (Live 2010)
02. Down Down (Live 2010)
03. Don’t Drive My Car (Live 2010)
04. Hold You Back (Live 2010)
05. Pictures Of Matchstick Men (Live 2010)
06. Ice In The Sun (Live 2010)
07. Beginning Of The End (Live 2010)
08. Roll Over Lay Down (Live 2010)
09. Caroline (Live 2010)
10. Rockin All Over The World (Live 2010)


Zac Brown Band – Uncaged (2012)

Zac Brown is a country singer, songwriter, and bandleader, one of the brightest stars in a generation of performers set on changing the paradigm of the country music business. He’s also a record producer, record label head, and philanthropist set on making the world a better place for as many people as possible. With his winning combination of country, bluegrass, reggae, and Caribbean music, he appeals to country fans and jam band hippies, and could well cross over to lovers of world music and pop.
The Zac Brown Band’s third major-label studio album, Uncaged, is the first with new member percussionist Daniel de los Reyes, and features guest spots from Amos Lee and Trombone Shorty, as well as songs co-written with Jason Mraz and fellow Southern Ground artists Nic Cowan and Sonia Leigh. The album, conceived and recorded as a whole, and not just as a collection of songs, was tracked at various Southern studios in Atlanta; Nashville; Asheville, North Carolina; and Key West, Florida.

1. Jump Right In (3:02)
2. Uncaged (3:30)
3. Goodbye in Her Eyes (5:24)
4. The Wind (2:56)
5. Island Song (3:43)
6. Sweet Annie (4:39)
7. Natural Disaster (3:02)
8. Overnight (feat. Trombone Shorty) (4:44)
9. Lance’s Song (4:35)
10. Day That I Die (feat. Amos Lee) (4:53)
11. Last But Not Least (3:42)


In The Eye Of The Storm (1984)
01.- Had A Dream (Sleeping With The Enemy) (8:26)
02.- In Jeopardy (5:57)
03.- Lovers In The Wind (4:13)
04.- I'm Not Afraid (6:59)
Hai Hai (1987)
05.- London (4:12)
06.- You Make Me Love You (5:09)
07.- Who's Afraid (5:00)
08.- Land Ho (4:09)
Open The Door (2000)
09.- Showdown (5:19)
10.- Love Is A Thousand Times (3:29)
11.- Say Goodbye (3:57)
12.- For Every Man (4:44)


Dropkick Murphys – Signed and Sealed in Blood (2013)

Signed and Sealed in Blood is the forthcoming eighth studio album by the Dropkick Murphys.
The album is due for release on January 8, 2013 on the band’s Born & Bred Records label. The album’s title comes from the lyrics of the first single, “Rose Tattoo”. The album is their second with producer Ted Hutt (Gaslight Anthem, Old Crow Medicine Show), which was recorded at Boston’s Q Division studios and mixed by Joe Chiccarelli.
Where Going Out in Style told the story of a fict- ional character named Cornelius Larkin — complete with an obituary written by Michael Patrick MacDonald for the liner notes — “Signed…” has no such constraints. “This is just the opposite of that,” bassist Ken Casey explains, “just us having fun and making the most catchy, singalong kind of songs we can. It’s not that the last album wasn’t fun. It was. ‘Going Out in Style’ is one of the records I’m most proud of, of anything we’ve done. But it gave me a couple migraines along the way, getting through that because everything was so connected. This time we cut loose.” But he does feel that “Signed…” is also “almost a continuation of (‘Going Out in Style’), in a musical sense. There’s an upbeat, party vibe to it. A lot of these songs, we were having such a good time writing them and just enjoying the writing process. It’s the quickest we’ve released an album, ever, after another.”

The group has been previewing some of the new songs during its Halfway To St. Patrick’s Day U.S. tour, which wraps up September 21, 2012 in Boston. Casey describes the final track, “End of the Night,” as “the closing time, kind of loser’s anthem, about people who don’t want to go home.” The album also features a holiday song called “The Seasons Upon Us,” which Casey promises “is definitely not some cheesy Christmas tune. It’s about a dysfunctional family.”

1.“The Boys Are Back”
2.“Prisoner’s Song”
3.“Rose Tattoo” – 5:07
5.“Jimmy Collin’s Wake”
6.“The Season’s Upon Us” – 4:03
7.“The Battle Rages On”
8.“Don’t Tear Us Apart”
9.“My Hero”
10.“Out on the Town”
11.“Out of our Heads”
12.“End of the Night”


Jimmy Cliff – Rebirth (2012)

If the reggae legend’s 2004 effort Black Magic was like Frank Sinatra or Tony Bennett’s Duets albums –late-era, star-filled, and somewhat flat — Rebirth is Jimmy Cliff‘s American Recordings (Johnny Cash) or Praise & Blame (Tom Jones), where a veteran artist goes raw and relights the fire with the help of a kindred spirit/knowing producer. For Cash and Jones, it was Rick Rubin and Ethan Johns respectively, while here it’s a bit of a surprise with Rancid frontman and Clash devotee Tim Armstrong delivering something well above the expected punky reggae party. “Guns of Brixton” is a natural, and Cliff’s take on Rancid’s “Ruby Soho” is a ska recreation to behold, but when the sometimes poptacular reggae singer dons a wild, Lee “Scratch” Perry persona for the carnival song “Bang” …(“I came into this life, I came in with a bang/I’m living my life, I live it with a bang”), deep reggae fan Armstrong knows what to do, surrounding his man Upsetter-style with a whirling dervish of ska while adding a searing guitar solo as well. When the singer gets nostalgic on “Reggae Music” (“1962, Orange Street, Kingston Jamaica/I sang my song for Leslie Kong, he said…”) the backing track is alive with that roots based magic and one drop power, yet Cliff’s the one who seals the deal here and throughout the album, performing like a young buck while packing his years and wisdom into the songwriting. On that front, there’s the Occupy Movement theme “World Upside Down” and the powerful single “One More”, while the sweetness comes from the sentimental “Ship Is Sailing”, a nautical metaphor so warm it could be slipped into a Jimmy Buffett set easily, even as the tinkling keyboards honor reggae legend Jackie Mittoo, thus nominating Armstrong‘s loving recreation as one of the most loved. It’s a return to form and just what fans of Cliff’s early work could ask for, but it’s vital too, putting it on the man’s top shelf, somewhere in the vicinity of The Harder They Come soundtrack and Wonderful World, Beautiful People.


Rufus Wainwright – Out Of The Game (2012)
01 – Out of the Game
02 – Jericho
03 – Rashida
04 – Barbara
05 – Welcome to the Ball
06 – Montauk
07 – Bitter Tears
08 – Respectable Dive
09 – Perfect Man
10 – Sometimes You Need
11 – Song of You
12 – Candles


Tedeschi Trucks Band – Everybody’s Talkin’ (2012)
On May 22, Tedeschi Trucks Band will release Everybody’s Talkin‘, their sophomore album in their second full year as a band. The uplifting, energy-packed double-disc set by the 11-piece ensemble led by husband-wife team Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi that recently marked their first anniversary with a Grammy win for their debut album Revelator.
TTB shows off a stunning rate of musical progress on Everybody’s Talkin’, eleven tracks selected from a year’s worth of concerts from around the globe plus one new track (“Nobody’s Free”). The performances—a hearty blend of originals and spirited covers of rock, R&B and even gospel classics—capture the group’s roots- rich musical mix, laced with Truck’s signature slide-guitar sound and fronted by Tedeschi’s pliant, honey-to-husky voice (as well as her own gritty guitar-work). The collection also includes all of the joyful, spontaneous energy that has helped TTB build a growing circle of fans and earned them an unprecedented string of triumphs in just the past few months.

1. Everybody’s Talkin’ (5:31)
2. Midnight in Harlem (Swamp Raga Intro with Little Martha) (10:23)
3. Learn How to Love (9:27)
4. Bound for Glory (12:53)
5. Rollin’ and Tumblin’ (4:41)
6. Nobody’s Free (10:24)
7. Darling Be Home Soon (10:04)

1. That Did It (7:58)
2. Uptight (15:32)
3. Love Has Something Else to Say (with Kissing My Love) (11:06)
4. Wade in the Winter (8:24)


Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue (2011)TVRip
01. Slippery Lips
02. Suburbia
03. Orleans & Claiborne
04. On Your Way Down
05. Hurricane Season
06. Where Y' At
07. Blackbird Special
08. Right to Complain
09. Let's Get It On
10. Neph
11. Sunny Side of the Street
12. Fellin' Funky
13. The Saints
14. One Night Only
15. Something Beautiful


Trombone Shorty – For True (2011)

01. Buckjump (feat. The Rebirth Brass Band & 5th Ward Weebie) (Andrews, Ballard) 4:03
02. Encore (feat. Warren Haynes) ( Andrews, Dozier) 4:03
03. For True (Andrews, Ballard) 2:53
04. Do to Me (feat. Jeff Beck) (Andrews, Montbleau) 4:37
05. Lagniappe (Part 1) (Andrews, Oestreicher, Slaughter) 1:09
06. The Craziest Thing (Andrews, Harris) 3:19
07. Dumaine St. (Andrews) 2:37
08. Mrs. Orleans (feat. Kid Rock) (Andrews, Ritchie, Stevenson) 3:21
09. Nervis (feat. Cyril Neville & Ivan Neville) (Andrews, Neville) 3:09
10. Roses (Andrews, Montbleau) 3:02
11. Big 12 (Andrews) 3:22
12. Unc (Andrews) 2:54
13. Then There Was You (feat. Ledisi) (Andrews, Ramsey, Rideout, Sanders, Young) 4:33
14. Lagniappe (Part 2) (Andrews, Oestreicher, Slaughter) 1:37


Trombone Shorty (feat. Allen Toussaint, Lenny Kravitz) – Backatown (2010)
1. Hurricane Season 3:20
2. On Your Way Down 3:36 (feat. Allen Toussaint)
3. Quiet As Kept 3:04
4. Something Beautiful 3:41 (feat. Lenny Kravitz)
5. Backatown 2:47
6. Right To Complain 2:55 (feat. Marc Broussard)
7. Neph 3:02
8. Suburbia 3:19
9. In The 6th 3:16
10. One Night Only (The March) 2:48
11. Where Y’At 2:59
12. Fallin’ 3:45
13. The Cure 3:39
14. 928 Horn Jam 0:55


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