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Month: July 2018

The Flaming Lips – Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 (Deluxe Edition) (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

The Flaming Lips – Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 (Deluxe Edition) (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz  | Time – 03:43:48 minutes | 3,67 GB | Genre: Alternative, Indie Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Warner Bros.

Warner Bros. Music will issue a Flaming Lips greatest hits in June, which will be available both on vinyl and as a set. Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 will include singles, B-sides, outtakes and previously unreleased tracks, with audio remastered from the original tape source by Dave Fridmann. While the triple-CD deluxe boasts a massive 52 tracks, the single vinyl LP edition is a extremely condensed 11-track affair.

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The Bacon Brothers – The Bacon Brothers (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

The Bacon Brothers – The Bacon Brothers (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz  | Time – 42:38 minutes | 493 MB | Genre: Country
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © MRI

Most people would agree that there’s nothing stronger, more durable and occasionally, even more volatile, than the bond between brothers. And when that bond includes the common goal of making music, the results often offer reason for an audience to sit up and take notice. There have been any number of examples in music’s modern era the Everly Brothers, the Beach Boys, the Kinks and Oasis to name but a few. Not that it’s easy or even agreeable, but there is common cause, and that’s generally enough to ensure there’s passion and purpose in its creation.

So while casual observers may be awed by their Hollywood credentials, critics have been quick to note that the brothers -Michael on vocals, guitar and cello and Kevin on vocals, guitar and percussion along with the band that’s been with them since the beginning Paul Guzzone (bass, backing vocals), Joe Mennonna (keyboards, accordion), Ira Siegel (lead guitar, mandolin and backing vocals) and Frank Vilardi (drums) eschew any hint of glitz and glamour in favor of an ethic gleaned from the hard lessons that come as a result of determination and drive.

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Sullivan Fortner – Moments Preserved (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Sullivan Fortner – Moments Preserved (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 51:55 minutes | 969 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Booklet, Front Cover | © Impulse!

Three years after the release of Sullivan Fortner’s charming Impulse! Records debut, Aria, the 31-year-old New Orleans-bred pianist and composer returns with his enchanting sophomore effort, Moments Preserved, which finds him leading a sterling trio with bassist Ameen Saleem and drummer Jeremy “Bean” Clemons. Produced by Grammy-winning Brian Bacchus, Moments Preserved arrived at the end of a productive recording period; Fortner participated on six recording sessions in less than two months. Nevertheless, he hails Moments Preserved as one of the “most honest and emotionally direct” albums he’s made yet. While gathering tunes for the album, he reflected on many key life moments that have occurred since winning the 2008 Leonore Annenberg Arts Fellowship and the 2015 Cole Porter Fellowship. Those moments include concluding his eight-year tenure in Roy Hargrove’s band then emerging as a bandleader.

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Steve Hill – The One Man Blues Rock Band (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Steve Hill – The One Man Blues Rock Band (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz  | Time – 01:08:59 minutes | 722 MB | Genre: Blues Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Manhaton Records

When it comes to one-man bands, guitarist and singer extraordinaire Steve Hill has no limits. Anything goes. He is the true exponent of a one-man band. Steve performs standing up while singing and playing guitar, his feet playing bass drum, snare drum, hi-hats and with a drum stick fused to the head of his trusty guitar, any other percussion within reach.

MULTI-JUNO AWARD WINNER FOR “BLUES ALBUM OF THE YEAR”, 2016 MAPLE BLUES AWARD WINNER FOR “ELECTRIC ACT OF THE YEAR”, “GUITARIST OF THE YEAR” AND “ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR”

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Steve Cropper – Playin My Thang (1981/2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Steve Cropper – Playin My Thang (1981/2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz  | Time – 34:57 minutes | 1,27 GB | Genre: Blues, Soul, Funk
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Geffen Records

Steve Cropper is best known as session guitarist for Stax Records and part of Booker T. & The MG’s. He’s played besides people like Otis Redding, Sam & Dave and Wilson Pickett. He also features in both Blues Brothers movies as ‘The Colonel’. And he co-wrote “In The Midnight Hour” and “Sittin’ On The Dock Of The Bay”. Whoa! Having played such an important role as sideman to lots of Southern Soul stars, it’s no surprise this solo album isn’t gonna blow your speakers. But this second Steve Cropper solo album is an album well worth checking out.

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Status Quo – The Last Night of the Electrics (Live) (2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Status Quo – The Last Night of the Electrics (Live) (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 01:34:07 minutes | 1,83 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © earMUSIC

British rock legends Status Quo will commemorate an emotional moment in the band’s history with The Last Night of the Electrics, a live set culled from last December’s London stop on what’s being billed as the group’s last major tour.

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Ruff As Stone – Put Your Smile On (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Ruff As Stone – Put Your Smile On (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz  | Time – 40:41 minutes | 489 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download |  © Bosworth Recorded Music

Ruff as Stone, a London based four piece supergroup, came together after what began as a simple jam session one afternoon in 2009 quickly turned into a writing session, as whole songs started to take shape in no time at all, leaving the group with no doubt that they had something special.
Their music has evolved into a powerful mix of rock and soul, unapologetically influenced by the 70s. This is no pastiche, rather a respectful nod to a time that they all experienced, recorded organically – together as a band.

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Speedy Ortiz – Twerp Verse (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Speedy Ortiz – Twerp Verse (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 35:32 minutes | 785 MB | Genre: Indie Rock, Alternative, Shoegaze
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Carpark

Necessary brattiness” is the motto in Speedy Ortiz’s dauntless new collection of songs, “Twerp Verse.” The follow-up to 2015’s “Foil Deer,” the band’s latest indie rock missive is prompted by a tidal wave of voices, no longer silent on the hurt they’ve endured from society’s margins. But like many of these truth-tellers, songwriter, guitarist and singer Sadie Dupuis scales the careful line between what she calls being “outrageous and practical” in order to be heard at all.

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Soul Asylum – Live from Liberty Lunch, Austin, TX, December 3, 1992 (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Soul Asylum – Live from Liberty Lunch, Austin, TX, December 3, 1992 (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz  | Time – 01:10:36 minutes | 2,82 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Columbia – Legacy

The previously unreleased performance of the American rock band Soul Asylum, recorded in the legendary Liberty Lunch live performance venue in Austin, just a few months after the release of their breakthrough album “Grave Dancers Union”.

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Shawn Mendes – Shawn Mendes (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Shawn Mendes – Shawn Mendes (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz  | Time – 44:08 minutes | 530 MB | Genre: Pop
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Island Records

It only took Shawn Mendes three years to realize his pop dreams. After catching a wave of fame on Vine, he steered it into solo stardom with two chart-topping albums, a world tour, and a sold-out show at Madison Square Garden. Then, the Toronto-area native got right to work on his third album, an adventurous voyage of texture and tempo, with songwriting support from pop heavyweights like Ed Sheeran, Julia Michaels, and John Mayer. Lyrically, he’s still the same Shawn—brooding, broken, heart on his sleeve—but age and experience have emboldened him; heartbreak is no longer a curb on his powers, but his creative fuel. With a skillful balance of poise and risk-taking, he explores slick funk (“Particular Taste”), soulful piano ballads (“Perfectly Wrong”), and Kings of Leon-inspired pop-rock (“In My Blood”), showing us just how much he’s capable of.

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