среда, 16 августа 2017 г.

Third Quadrant - Layered

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 1988
Time: 43:01
Size: 99,0 MB
Label: Mellow Records
Styles: Progressive Rock/Neo Prog
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
1.Listen to the Sky - 6:56
2.Dreamtime - 5:31
3.With Wings and Sails - 9:53
4.Chicken Run - 6:07
5.Famulus - 7:32
6.Bloodbath - 7:00

For about 5 years nothing have been heard around Third Quadrant and the band was fairly considered dead, but in 1988 they returned with a new cassette album under the title ''Layered''.The official core has been reduced to a trio, as bassist Chris Palin was no more part of the band, and bass duties were provided by Dave Forster.This would have propably remained another very rare album by Third Quadrant, as a few hundred copies were pressed, if it wasn't for the team of Mellow Records, which reissued the album in 1993 on CD.
Soundwise Third Quadrant have not changed much compared to their debut, playing a laid-back Neo Prog with spacey overtones and a discreet New Wave vibe in the vocal parts, building their ideas on electrocacoustic changes reminiscent of YES and spacey keyboard textures in a style closer to PINK FLOYD.The music is quite accesible, often melancholic but always deeply atmospheric with balanced instrumentation, sensitive and clean vocals and a combination of cheerful rhythms and more elaborate synth-drenched textures.However their overall approach still holds strong similarities with the early explosion of the 80's New Wave of British Prog, even if they have adapted some evident New Wave stylings over the years.The material is quite interesting although far from trully exciting, not actually surpassing the quality of their debut for the most of its part.All these just before the ending, stunning instrumental ''Bloodbath'', where the prog influences of the group come fully on surface, offering propably the best track of the band in their early days.Dramatic, semi-symphonic Progressive Rock with PINK FLOYD, CAMEL and GENESIS touches, passing from atmospheric keyboard textures to rockier guitar moves to bombastic Classical-based Prog with a dominant, cinematic sound. The last track along deserves a warm place in the heart of any Neo Progger out there and it's the one that makes ''Layered'' slightly better than Third Quadrant's debut.Recommended to all fans of 80's Neo Prog and even Space Rock.

Layered

Altered Five Blues Band - Charmed & Dangerous

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2017
Time: 48:15
Size: 123,6 MB
Label: Blind Pig Records
Styles: Blues
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Charmed & Dangerous - 3:41
 2. Mint Condition - 3:21
 3. Three Forks - 4:04
 4. On My List to Quit - 3:24
 5. If Your Heart Went Public - 4:29
 6. Gonna Lose My Lady - 2:51
 7. Cookin' In My Kitchen - 4:15
 8. She's Still Crazy - 4:03
 9. Eighth Wonder - 4:17
10. Three Alarm Desire - 3:41
11. Small Talk - 3:26
12. Rotten - 3:52
13. Look What You Made Me Do - 2:46

Musicians:
Jeff Taylor -  Lead Vocals
Jeff Schroedl -  Guitar
Mark Solveson -  Bass
Raymond Tevich -  Keyboards?
Alan Arber -  Drums

For 15 years, Altered Five Blues Band has been winning audiences with a swaggering stomp of bruising, barrelhouse grit. According to Downbeat magazine, frontman Jeff Taylor “sings powerfully” and “Jeff Schroedl’s live-wire guitar reaches the high bar of mixed invention and fluidity.” Blues Bytes magazine declares the group features “the funkiest rhythm section outside of Memphis.”
For its fourth album, Charmed & Dangerous, the Milwaukee-based quintet joins forces with Blind Pig Records, one of the world’s premiere blues labels. Produced by multi-Grammy-winner Tom Hambridge, and featuring guests on harmonica and backing vocals, the 13 tracks of original, contemporary blues prove worthy of the recent groundswell of acclaim. The group’s third album, Cryin’ Mercy, reached #3 in the iTunes blues store, hit #1 on the Roots Music Report blues album chart, and won “Best Self-Released CD” at the 2015 International Blues Challenge. The band was also named “Blues Artist of the Year” at the 2014 WAMI Award Show, and was recently asked to contribute a track (“Tightrope”) to a Stevie Ray Vaughan tribute album being released in the fall of 2017.
Charmed & Dangerous delivers blood-pumping blues with a fiery mix of deft songwriting and simmering musicianship. Taylor’s smoldering baritone howls in the opening title track, and breaths fire-and-brimstone on cuts like “On My List to Quit” and “Three Alarm Desire.” The soul-drenched “Eighth Wonder” and scrapyard shuffle “Mint Condition” showcase A5’s songcraft, while “Cookin’ In Your Kitchen” and “If Your Heart Went Public” prove you can still rattle the rafters with pure, stone-cold slow blues. The album’s third track, “Three Forks,” was inspired by legendary Delta bluesman Robert Johnson and features music, adapted with permission, from the seminal classic “Crossroads.” Hambridge also plays drums on all 13 tracks, adding even more energy and authenticity to the record. ?
From day one, Altered Five dared to be different. The quintet formed in 2002 and earned a reputation for its inventive arrangements and distinctive sound. Isthmus magazine called the band “a rising blues unit” and OnMilwaukee.com declared, “The group delivers the element of surprise.”
Within a few years, Altered Five caught the ear of Cold Wind Records and, in 2008, signed a recording contract with the Minneapolis blues label. The debut album featured the band’s penchant for putting an earthy spin on numbers; the aptly titled Bluesified included roadhouse versions of ten popular songs. The group performed live on three television morning shows and honed its sound playing regular club, festival, and concert dates.
???In the ensuing years, Altered Five turned its attention to recording and performing its own material, and the 2012 release of Gotta Earn It drew rave reviews. Barrelhouse Blues called it “a great and powerful recording,” Downbeat commended its “solid songs,” Living Blues called the band “a tight, unified talent” and Big City Rhythm & Blues called A5 “Hands down, one of the best newer blues/R&B bands.”
The band’s third album, entitled Cryin’ Mercy, delivered the next chapter in Altered Five’s musical odyssey. The 11-song set is a fierce collection of original, contemporary blues fused with vintage soul, and the debut release for OmniVibe Records. With Hambridge at the helm, the band hit on all cylinders. “JT” Taylor’s powerful voice anchors the sound and drives home the message in songs like the roaring opener “Demon Woman”; the stinging strut of “Stay Outta My Business,” the vivacious shuffle “I’m in Deep,” the soul-soaked ballad “Find My Wings,” and sassy ”Counterfeit Lover.”  The album earned the band two Blues Blast Award nominations and five WAMI Award nominations, including Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, and Song of the Year (“Find My Wings”). “Find My Wings” also made it to the finals of the International Songwriting Competition.
Bassist Mark Solveson anchors the rock-solid rhythm section with drummer Alan Arber, who joined the band in 2017,  and Raymond Tevich melds his crafty keyboard work to top off the group's signature sound. It’s been said that “the blues is a feeling,” so when the Minneapolis Star Tribune states that the band is a “righteous blast,” you know they play it right.
Ripping up the Midwest band scene for over a decade... Jeff Schroedl's stiletto guitar licks slice around Jeff Taylor's strong, gravelly voice.'' --Living Blues
An outstanding blues and soul band... barrel-chested frontman Jeff Taylor's voice sounds like it was lifted off an old Stax 45.'' --Minneapolis Star Tribune
Explosive, hard driving blue collar rockin blues....muscular blues mixed with vintage soul designed to showcase the mighty vocals of frontman Jeff 'JT' Taylor --No Depression

Charmed & Dangerous

понедельник, 14 августа 2017 г.

Egidio Juke Ingala Band - Game's Over

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2007
Time: 50:22
Size: 116,0 MB
Label: Kayman Records
Styles: Blues
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. You Took Me Out - 4:09
 2. Next Time - 4:22
 3. Worried All The Time - 4:18
 4. Frankie & Johnny - 3:29
 5. Game's Over - 3:57
 6. Namaste' - 3:59
 7. Hurry Hurry - 3:12
 8. Shine - 3:22
 9. I Had A Girl - 5:23
10. Squeeze Me - 5:21
11. I'm Wrong - 4:41
12. Sunshine - 4:04

This record represents the fifth official recording for Egidio overall. Game’s Over is comprised of twelve songs, including ten original compositions and two classics covers by Tiny Grimes (Frankie and Johnny) and Pee Wee Crayton (Hurry Hurry), and all twelve songs have been stamped with Egidio's distinctive harp style that draws his inspiration from the Chicago school but add elements of jump Blues and rock 'n' roll into the mix have come up with an exciting new style of West Coast Blues.  The lineup of musicians includes the guitarist Alberto Colombo, Alberto Marsico on piano, Walter Tosin on double bass and Gio Rossi on drums.

Game's Over

суббота, 12 августа 2017 г.

Lew Jetton & 61 South - Palestine Blues

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2017
Time: 37:39
Size: 89,0 MB
Label: CSR
Styles: Blues/Blues Rock
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Will I Go to Hell - 4:10
 2. Oh, My My - 3:03
 3. For the Pain - 4:18
 4. Mexico - 5:08
 5. Sold Us Out - 3:43
 6. Drinking Again - 3:58
 7. Don't Need No Devil - 4:07
 8. Christ Have Mercy - 3:53
 9. Drama - 2:47
10. Bout Time - 2:27

Very original. Very dark. Think Gary Clark Jr meets Townes Van Zandt. This is real deal blues focusing on today's problems so many in our country face: joblessness, depression, alcoholism, opiod abuse, struggles between the holy and the profance....
Lew Jetton & 61 South are multi-time "picks to click" on XM-Sirius Bluesville for a reason. They are very original and now, with their latest release, cutting edge, too. Their last release, Rain, spent more than 6 months on the Roots Music Report's Contemporary Blues Charts with radio airplay world wide. Palestine Blues takes it to a whole new level,
Palestine Blues, the new album from Lew Jetton & 61 South is a personally poignant and sometimes brutal memoir of a 10 year period in Jetton's life which included struggles with alcohol, drugs, depression, joblessness, frustration and a spiritual tug of war.
“Palestine is the community in which I live but it's also a place of historic significance for being sacred, while at the same time, a place of conflict. That's kind of where I have been for years. I know a lot of blues which is happy and uplifting. This is not. I'm OK with that. I wanted it to be real blues, in the emotional sense and that's what Palestine Blues is. VERY real Blues” Lew Jetton
Palestine Blues is pure emotion. Recorded three piece for the most part with just Lew on guitar, with bass and drums, so the essence of the songs could show through. No posing. No image over substance. Just the raw feeling, so you really can feel the frustration, the helplessness, the anger, the sadness, that so many are dealing with these days.

Palestine Blues

понедельник, 7 августа 2017 г.

U-Melt - The I's Mind

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2006
Time: 72:39
Size: 166,7 MB
Label: Self Released
Styles: Rock
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
1.Air -  5:43
2.Escape -  8:11
3.415 - 11:56
4.Sequel - 10:27
5.Go -  6:12
6.Cloud Box -  7:55
7.Different Things -  9:32
8.Ernest Funknine - 12:39

Organic Progressive Groove.... U-Melt has forged a unique sound that combines infectious dance grooves with captivating compositions, soulful lyrics and virtuosic chops.
If there is one band poised to explode on the scene, it is certainly the trailblazing quartet from New York City, U-Melt. Thanks in part to relentless touring up and down the East Coast for the past three years, U-Melt has forged a unique sound that combines infectious dance grooves with captivating compositions, soulful lyrics and virtuosic chops. After branching out to the Midwest with great success, they are ready to share their organic progressive groove with the rest of the nation.
In only its third summer of existence, U-Melt has already performed at some of the country’s premier festivals, including appearances at Gathering of the Vibes, 10,000 Lakes Festival, Summer Camp, Camp Creek, and moe.’s Snoe.down Winter Music Festival, as well as an upcoming multi-set performance at this year’s moe.down. Based on mesmerizing playing and word of mouth, U-Melt has quickly earned a reputation for creating high energy dance parties and epic late-night performances. From an already legendary overnight set at Strangefolk’s 9th Annual Garden of Eden Festival (in which no member of the band left the stage for more than 7 hours), to brilliantly covering the Pink Floyd album “Wish You Were Here” in its entirety during their all night performance at the Stonehenge Music Festival, U-Melt always has something special planned for their fans, and has built a strong following among festival goers. In fact, U-Melt’s reputation helped them beat out thousands of bands in an on-line “Voting Booth” contest for their performance slot at this year’s 10,000 Lakes Festival, providing the band the opportunity to perform in front of thousands of live music fans in a brand new market.
In February of 2006, U-Melt was honored by Jambands.com with their coveted “New Groove of the Month” award. In his feature on the band, Jambands.com and Relix Magazine writer Mike Greenhaus declares, "Since first linking up in 2003, U-Melt has blossomed into one of the jam-scene's hardest working acts, barnstorming high-profile festivals,...and performing upwards of 300 shows in just under three years. Commanding a clear understanding of the jamband blueprint, U-Melt's varied live show is a throwback to the improvisational bands of yore, stocked with zany covers and high energy segues." U-Melt’s music has also been praised by the likes of Richard Gehr of the Village Voice, Jambase.com, Glide Magazine, State of Mind Music Magazine, KyndMusic.com, Earvolution.com and The Independent, just to name a few. Recently, U-Melt was asked by Relix Magazine and the other Jammys producers to perform a special late-night show at New York City’s B.B. King’s Blues Club as part of the Official Jammys After Party, providing U-Melt with a chance to bring their late-night dance party to a room full of hometown fans, Jammys performers, and new faces.
U-Melt has had the good fortune of having many incredible musicians join them on stage during their shows, including Al Schnier, Rob Derhak and Vinnie Amico of moe.; Jake Cinninger of Umphrey’s McGee; Jon Trafton, Russ Lawton, Erik Glocker, Luke “Patchen” Montgomery and Don Scott of Strangefolk; Rob Somerville of Deep Banana Blackout; Ed Palermo; Gordon Stone; and members of Perpetual Groove, Brothers Past, Max Creek and The Bridge.
In the summer of 2004, U-Melt released their critically acclaimed debut studio album “The Unbelievable Meltdown” to an excited and rapidly growing fan-base. The album appeared on numerous top ten lists and continues to receive airplay in many markets nationwide, including the heavy rotation of the songs “Schizophrenia” and “The Eternal Groove” on the Sirius Jam On 17 station. U-Melt is currently putting the final touches on their eagerly anticipated sophomore release entitled “The I’s Mind” which will be released on September 30th, 2006.
U-Melt is: Adam Bendy (Bass, Vocals), Zac Lasher (Keyboards, Synthesizers & Vocals), George Miller (Drums & Vocals) and Rob Salzer (Guitar & Vocals).

The I's Mind

Kalaban - Edge of Infinity

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2017
Time: 63:46
Size: 146,3 MB
Label: Wiztunes
Styles: Progressive Rock/Symphonic Prog
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
1.God Is An Avon Lady -  9:00
2.Berlin - 13:45
3.Fields Of Night -  7:10
4.Opus Octopus - 31:14
5.Dusky Loch -  2:35

The name Kalaban is from a concept found in Frank Herbert's book, "The Dosadi Experiment". It is spelled "Caleban" in that volume. Please see the Kalaban history page for a complete explanation of our band name origin and intent. Our name does not come from Shakespeare's character "Caliban" (in his play, "The Tempest").

Edge of Infinity

воскресенье, 6 августа 2017 г.

Grand Mal - Bad Timing

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2003
Time: 40:49
Size: 94,0 MB
Label: Arena Rock
Styles: Alternative Rock, Indie Rock
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. 1st Round K.O. - 3:01
 2. Bad Timing - 2:55
 3. Quicksilver - 4:28
 4. Old Fashioned - 4:42
 5. Disaster Film - 4:47
 6. Duty Free - 3:21
 7. Get Lost - 3:54
 8. Flowin' Tide - 1:08
 9. Black Aura - 3:58
10. Lay Right Down - 4:09
11. Steal It Back - 4:21

For  Grand   Mal's  third full-length,  Bad   Timing , the band works with its rock & roll strut and campy appeal for a divine garage rock romp. It's obvious that these New York City boys worship the sexy rule of 1970s rock gods -- David Bowie, Mick Jagger, MC5 -- but they're not entirely consumed by such an image either.  Grand   Mal  is strict in defining its own brand of rock & roll on this record, and producer Dave Fridmann (the Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev, Mogwai) keeps  Grand   Mal  in line. While B.R.M.C. turns up the amp all the way,  Grand   Mal  sticks to a lower volume to allow  Bad   Timing  to simply arrive. Songs like "Old Fashioned" and "1st Round K.O. offer a subtle swagger, whereas "Get Lost" and the gospel-tinged "Black Aura" tame the band's ambitious playing style for something more inviting.  Grand   Mal  isn't going for anything bombastic with  Bad   Timing , but it's a good dose, a healthy spoonful of new millennium indie rock.

Bad Timing