ray lamontagne - jolene (live)
ray lamontagne is a singer/songwriter and his music can best be described as ryan adams meets otis redding. on december 6th he released a live ep entitled "live from bonnaroo 2005" via rca. if you like this track then i suggest checking out his debut full length "trouble" (rca, 2004). honestly, this is one of the best songs i've ever heard in my entire life.
ray lamontagne - jolene (live)
the vera violets - all of you
so i just got the latest album by the vera violets (previously known as drone dimension) "sunshine dust" in the mail yesterday and it rules. the band is a 3 piece based out of florida that should appeal to fans of all things psychedelic. the album comes out sometime this month on daydream delay but you can buy it now at tonevendor for a measly $7. it has 19 songs on it and runs about 75 minutes so you'll get your money's worth for sure. if you like dream pop, psych rock, brit pop or shoegazer music then you should definitely check these guys out. recommended if you like: my bloody valentine, the cure, brian jonestown massacre.
click here to download: the vera violets - all of you
two gallants - you losin' out
two gallants are a pair of guys that hail from san francisco and play a good mixture of indie rock and country/folk. last year they released their debut full length "the throes" by way of alive records. the album is pretty damn good and apparently someone over at saddle creek thought so too. the band recently signed with them and have a new full length entitled "what the toll tells" coming out next year on february 21st. today they released a 7" which has a single from the new album along with an exclusive b-side. if you'd like to hear the single..then check out gvb, he posted it earlier today. the track i'm offering is the opening song from "the throes" and also happens to be my favorite. recommended if you like: bob dylan, lullaby for the working class, modest mouse.
click here to download: two gallants - you losin' out
black rebel motorcycle club - mercy
on black rebel motorcycle club's latest album "howl" (rca records) the band decided to go in a slightly different direction. they lost most of their jamc influence (they still remind me of "stoned and dethroned") and went for a blues/gospel/folk sound that really works well for them. they also kicked their drummer out during the recording of the album and later invited him back after it was completed. regardless of the drama that circulated around the making of the record they still managed to create my favorite album of 2005. the track i'm posting is an outtake from the "howl" sessions that will later be released as a b-side on their next single. recommended if you like: love and rockets, spiritualized, the jesus and mary chain.
click here to download: black rebel motorcycle club - mercy
grateful dead - dupree's diamond blues (live)
i guess all my "indie cred" is gonna go out the window after this post but i really couldn't care less. i like the grateful dead and i'm not afraid to admit it. on november 1st their legendary "filmore west 1969" recordings were released as a 3 cd set via rhino records. it documents the dead when their live show was at it's best, turning almost every song into a 10+ minute jam. in related news if you haven't already heard..last week grateful dead merchandising made the live music archive remove over 3,000 of the dead's shows from their site so they can later be sold on sites like itunes. however i just got finished reading this article and due to fan petitions this decision has been overturned. way to go dead heads! recommended if you like: jethro tull, cream, stevie ray vaughan.
click here to download: grateful dead - dupree's diamond blues (live)