Monthly Archives: January 2011

Carta Marina – “End Of An Era” [ALBUM REVIEW]

End of an Era Cover Art

http://cartamarina.bandcamp.com/

Chicago & Illinois as a whole, What needs to be said about its street cred in the world of music over the years home to Wilco, Andrew Bird, The Smashing Pumpkins , John Prine, Miles Davis,  Eddie Vedder was originally from Evanston, Illinois. RATM guitar master Tom Morello from Libertyville, Illinois. And an entire Blog could and probably is devoted to what Chicago Blues has given to the world.

Out of that amazing lineage comes Carta Marina –

consisting of

Chris Reehoff – Guitar, Glockenspiel
Justin Shields – Keys
Jeff Palac – Vox, Bass, Guitar, Harmonica
Rick Gladkowski – Drums

Anthemic, Spacey, Touching, At times Raw is just some of the ways their collective sound could be described along with many more adjective’s. But I’ll leave that to each individual set of ears who has the pleasure of listening to their album End Of An Era. Recorded live @ Uptown Recording. It’s so refreshing to hear a band at the top of their game being able to track live and nail each song with energy and precision. Strong and melodic vocals from singer Jeff, Which at no point over the course of the 9 tracks does he grate on the listener, Instead by the end your ready to press play again to hear his soaring refrain of Arcadia also featuring some great interweaving guitar lines by Chris. Not to leave out the Rhythms provided by Rick who has power and accuracy with every hit. Never over indulgent he creates a solid frame for the melodies and textures to live and breathe. Textures enhanced by subtle delays, reverbs and the perfect licks and phrases of keys man Justin and sounding at times like Garth Hudson if he was let go through The Edge’s FX setup.

The album can be purchased from the bands Bandcamp site with some great extras for those who are inclined to help a band by parting with those few extra dollars.

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Freepoint Crew – “FIN” [VIDEO]

Sick hiphop group from Finland bringing this video to you. The track, “FIN”, talks about what it’s like to come from Finland and has a bumpin’ beat to nod your head to. Check out more from the Freepoint Crew here

Peter Doran – Sleepless Street [ALBUM]

Sleepless Street Cover Art

Location : Ireland

This his 2nd album was captured at a number of fine recording facilities throughout Ireland, Europe and America. making this a truly global album in every sense of the word. with great performances and lyrics, this album is an instant hit with listeners. with stand out tracks like The Composer, Sleepless Street & opening track Hunter’s Sketches.

Photography by Luke Danniells

Check out more from Peter @ http://www.peterdoran.com/ including Livestream gigs and video diary of album recording

MOVITS! – Fel Del Av Gården [VIDEO]

You don’t even need to understand a lick of Swedish to enjoy this uplifting rhythm from MOVITS! Their range of genre in their music brings an exciting feeling that you can’t help but dance to. Enjoy this really fun video mixing hiphop with swing with pop. And also check out more music by MOVITS! here

The New Motels – “My Radio” [VIDEO]

Rockin’ out some fun tunes from the Philadelphia area are The New Motels with their music video for “My Radio”. They have a very relaxed airy feel, incorporating folk and pop to their indie rock style, makes it great music to just kick back and enjoy some tunes. Visit their website for more music.

Dot KILLIN IT again – 2 New Tracks

First of all I’ve gotta give it up to Dot for giving away so much free music, sometimes everyday, but the quality of his stuff is amazing, and it keeps getting better every time! I hear Dot’s also working on some videos right now, which I think will finally show just how dirty he is to everybody. Can’t wait for that.

Here’s two new free ones from Dot. Check out his facebook for the download links.

Dot – “Talking Bout (Sucka MC)”

Dot – “All Aboard (Promo)”

Boards of Canada – “Dayvan Cowboy” [VIDEO]

Sick mellow feeling from this Scottish electronic duo of brothers, Mike Sandison and Marcus Eoin. This video for “Dayvan Cowboy” happens to be their first official music videos. To hear more from Boards Of Canada click here.

Random Abiladeze & Ruby Ibarra – “Kitchen Raps” [VIDEO]

These two are incredible lyricists and their flow, together on one track, is just brilliant. By far the best female hiphop artist I’ve ever heard since Lauryn Hill. Please enjoy their “Kitchen Raps” and check out more by Random Abiladeze and Ruby Ibarra.

Introducing… The Nico Blues [FREE DOWNLOAD]

Another great album given away for FREE by the guys of The Nico Blues from New York and New Jersey. If you’re a classic alternative indie rock lover than don’t hesitate to download “Blame the Boredom, Blame the Basements” and show some love by donating to keep their sound alive! Please enjoy their album opener, ‘Three’s A Crowd”.

Ratatat – Neckbrace [MUSIC]

Kickin’ electronic rock track with a wildly trippy music video by Ratatat. He is currently holding his world tour with the next show being on Jan. 19th at The San Francisco Beth House in Wellington, New Zealand. Followed by visiting Australia and finishing with Mexico. Check out more of his music here and enjoy, ‘Neckbrace’.