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Saturday, March 31, 2007

Low Stars - Mexico

Low Stars
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LOW STARS are singer-songwriters Chris Seefried, Dave Gibbs, Jeff Russo and Jude. Mexico is the perfect lazy summer day song.

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Saturday, March 24, 2007

Greg Laswell covers Girls Just Want To Have Fun

A very different cover of the 80's Cyndi Lauper tune

Girls Just Want To Have Fun
Greg Laswell
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Thursday, March 22, 2007

Marc Broussard - Home

Home (MP3)
Marc Broussard
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Marc is the son of Boogie Kings guitarist (and Louisiana Hall of Fame member) Ted Broussard. His upbringing in Lafayette, LA instilled in him an affinity for R&B alongside the Cajun trappings of southern Louisiana. Drawing vocal and stylistic influence from Otis Redding and Brian McKnight while bearing the gruff voice of a John Hiatt or a Dr. John, Broussard was barely 20 at the time of his first album's release. Though always a treat to hear him sing, nothing I have heard him record can compare to the energy and excitement of this track from his second album Carencro (named after Broussard's hometown of Carencro, Louisiana).

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80's Hits Stripped

Your Love (MP3)
The Outfield
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80's Hits Stripped is an ALL ACOUSTIC compilation of 80’s hit songs performed by the original artisits.

The majority of these acoustic interpretations are a bit slower or quieter than before and "No One Is to Blame," "Rebel Yell," "These Dreams," and “Heat Of The Moment” were all recorded live. The versions that deviate most include Berlin's "Metro," which speeds things up and Tommy Tutone's "867-5309/Jenny," which sounds rougher and more rugged than the original single, and Billy Squier's "Stroke," which makes a surprisingly successful segue from pop-metal to Delta blues. Then there are the voices, most of which (Colin Hay and Tommy Heath aside) sound as youthful as ever. On "Missing You," for instance, John Waite channels his twentysomething self with ease, while on "Our Lips Are Sealed," the Go-Go's Jane Wiedlin sounds downright girlish. Bottom line: If you liked these songs in the first place, you'll like 'em in the second.

Track List:
1. Rick Springfield - Jessie's Girl
2. Colin Hay of Men at Work - Down Under
3. The Outfield - Your Love
4. Berlin - The Metro
5. Howard Jones - No One Is To Blame (live)
6. Billy Idol - Rebel Yell (live)
7. The Motels - Only the Lonely
8. Tommy Tutone - 867-5309/Jenny
9. John Waite - Missing You
10. Heart - These Dreams (live)
11. Thomas Dolby - Blinded Me With Science
12. Naked Eyes - Promises, Promises
13. Asia - Heat of the Moment (live)
14. Jane Wiedlin of The Go-Gos - Our Lips Are Sealed
15. Billy Squier - The Stroke

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Good God! A Gospel Funk Hymnal

Is There Any Love
Trevor Dandy
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Good God! A Gospel Funk Hymnal is a compilation of mostly obscure gospel acts from the late 1960s and early 1970s. This is that era of gospel that gave us Andrea Crouch and the Disciples and crossover hits from the Staple Singers. Decidedly well after gospel's "Golden Age," this was a time when black gospel--which of course was the primary influence on soul music--was in turn itself influenced by soul and funk. These selections are exceptionally funky, and if you've never heard Trevor Dandy, Voices of Conquest or Preacher and the Saints before, you'll be more than glad when you have... --Mike McGonigal

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Candi Staton

He Called Me Baby
Candi Staton
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For far too long mega talent soul singer Candi Staton has been lacking a comprehensive collection of her prime Southern R&B material from her glory years, 1969-1973. While it's true that Staton's chart success continued in the disco era with "Young Hearts Run Free," from 1975, that music is in a different universe from her Muscle Shoals-period recording for Fame and other labels. This Astralwerks compilation contains 26 tracks from those hallowed years, when Staton's deep soul tomes rang up no less than 12 consecutive Billboard R&B hits, a pair of Grammy nominations, and a gold album. Like Aretha Franklin, Linda Jones, and Otis Redding, Staton's voice is the sound of emotion being ripped from the human heart and offered, bleeding and broken, pleading and yearning, to the listener. Collected here are her stunning "I'm Just a Prisoner (Of Good Loving), her amazing read of Redding's "That's How Strong My Love Is," the killer "I'm Another Man's Woman, Another Woman's Man," the definitive version of Tammy Wynette's "Stand By Your Man," "He Called Me Baby," "Sure As Sin," the stellar "Get It When I Want It," and the only version of "In the Ghetto" that matters. In all, while this could have easily been a double CD, all of the tracks here warrant their appearance: there isn't a mediocre one in the bunch, as evidenced further by the inclusion of "Heart on a String" "The Thanks I Get for Loving You," "Sweet Feeling," "Someone You Use," and "Love Chain," as well. Highly recommended.

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Ray Lamontagne - Till The Sun Turns Black

Listen to Lamontagne's acoustic cover of the Gnarls Barkley hit:

Ray Lamontagne
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Ray Lamontagne's new album is chock-full of beautiful melancholy

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Mat Kearney

Chad, this one is for your Cincinnati collection...

Chicago (Acoustic) - Mat Kearney
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Music For Babies

Baby Rock Records transforms timeless rock songs into instrumental lullabies for your baby.

Thom Yorke - The Eraser

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Great solo project from Radiohead frontman. "Black Swan" (track 4) is my current favorite.

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Thom Yorke plays accoustic version of The Clock

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