CD Reviews

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Michael Messer's Mitra - Call of the Blues

Now, here we have that genuinely rare thing - a total original of wondrous cross-continental music that makes you pinch yourself and ask why it hasn't been done before. Messer is a UK resonator/blues/slide guitar master with a positive pedigree in acoustic blues. For Michael Messer's Mitra, he has teamed up with two young Indian musicians...
 
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Nashville Season 4 Soundtrack Vol. 1

As if to reinforce the notion that the music is still the centerpiece of the show, the Nashville Season 4 soundtrack features a generous helping of 17 songs. As Hayden Panettiere’s character Juliette Barnes falls further into destructive post-partum psychosis, her character’s storyline takes a back seat. Mirroring the situation, she has only one solo number on the album.
 
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Tiny Ruins - Hurtling Through

It’s been little over a year since we last heard from the breathtaking Hollie Fullbrook and the Tiny Ruins crew. The band’s second full length Brightly Painted One was well received, and rightly so. Haunting melodies and deeply involved lyricism marked Tiny Ruins as one of the best acts to harness the power of dark folk. After spending the time since that release touring non-stop, Fullbrook has...
 
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You Am I - Porridge and Hotsauce

you-am-iIf you’ve released ten albums, you’re either doing something right or you’ve deluded yourself into thinking you are. In You Am I’s case it’s the former, with all but their debut charting top twenty in Australia, three of them at number one. The legendary Sydney rockers have now stretched their recording history from 1993 to 2015, some twenty-two years, and have...
 
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DMA'S - Hills End

After a wildly successful 2015 Sydney’s own DMA’S have announced the release of their debut album Hills End. The hotly anticipated record was announced by the band on social media this morning, which will be released on Friday February 26, 2016 through I Oh You. The record will also be released by indie lables Mom+Pop and Infectious in North America and Europe respectively.
 
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My Politic - Self-titled

It all began back in 2003 when Nick Pankey and Kaston Guffey met in the small town of Ozark, Missouri and played in several bands before forming My Politic in 2007. They recorded their first album. "A Few Words I Couldn't Find Yesterday" in 2008. After playing for years in the Springfield, MO area they decided to move to Boston, MA and try their luck on the East...
 
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George A. Paul’s Last Minute Music CD Gift Guide

If you've been procrastinating and still need some help on what to get the music enthusiast on your Christmas shopping list, read below for some suggestions. They can probably be found at many major retailers. For fans of The Beatles and their solo work: Artist: Paul McCartney. Titles: "Tug of War," "Pipes of Peace" - Deluxe Editions (Concord)...
 
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Cosmo’s Midnight - Moments

Beers. Hits of the snooze button. Puppies. Consecutive days off work. Some things just come better in pairs. And this year, the twins of Cosmo’s Midnight have certainly gone out of their way to confirm that. The Sydney beatmaking duo premiered their first live performance at OutsideIn Festival this September, playing a set of almost exclusively self-grown tracks; released...
 
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Wafia - XXIX

Ever have one of those days where you just want to get home, slump onto the couch and not move for a good couple of hours? Whether it be a shitty day at work, spending way too many hours in the library at uni or you’ve just been up since an ungodly hour in the morning, don’t fret, there is a remedy. Dreamy beat maker Wafia is here with her luscious...
 
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George A Paul's Last Minute Music DVD Gift Guide

With only a handful of days left to buy gifts for the music enthusiast on your Christmas list, here are some rock, pop and country DVD title suggestions to help speed up the process. Check Best Buy, Target and Walmart for ship-to-store options. Artist: Lady Antebellum. Title: Wheels Up Tour (Eagle Rock Entertainment). The lowdown: Filmed this past summer at Irvine...
 
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Robert Kinsler's Music DVD Gift Guide - Part 2

Whether you are looking for that last minute gift for a favorite music fan or simply thinking ahead to how you plan to spend your gift cards, there are a number of new titles now available on DVD and Blu-ray that will satisfy a variety of tastes. Artist: The Who. Title: Live in Hyde Park (Eagle Rock Entertainment). You might like if you enjoy: The Who...
 
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Cloves - XIII

It is not hard to mistake the mature voice behind Melbourne-via-London’s newest singer as being older than her age of 19 years. Hauntingly soothing, the songstress croons bittersweet tales of complicated young love in a way that is beyond her years. Truly spoken from the heart, Cloves’ blues-drenched vocals are the main event in her debut EP of soft, melancholy stories.
 
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Jaala - Hard Hold

After being dubbed one of 2015’s best new music finds, the Melbourne four-piece Jaala continue to show us why on their debut album Hard Hold. A roller coaster ride of sonic and emotional dips, dives and discoveries, their experimental bedroom punk will have a [hard] hold on you from the get-go! Recorded over one week with Paul Bender from Hiatus...
 
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Peruvian Drums and Sexy Saxomaphones, Squarehead is a Dark Instrumental Tempest

To be completely honest instrumental music hasn’t always been a fancy of mine. Unless there are words for me to get wrong or phonetically sing to, there wasn’t enough appeal. Lately that opinion has changed thanks to a few Aussie bands likesleepmakeswaves and Majora. Sometimes lyrics can be a distraction, and the true magic of a tune lies in the instruments. And...
 
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Pete Scobell – Walkin A Wire

Not many people just walk into Nashville and record an album good enough to deserve an immediate spot on the charts. Vocalist/guitarist Pete Scobell has done just that, though, with Walkin A Wire. Though he’s been playing music for his entire life, it wasn’t until he hooked up with Wynonna Judd and her husband Cactus Moser that Scobell found...
 
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