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REDD-FAT-3211xThe Black Keys
ChulahomaChulahoma is a stopgap EP from the Black Keys, a collection of six covers of songs by cult bluesman Junior Kimbrough, whose 'Do the Rump' they covered on their 2002 debut, Big Come Up. Considering that this is the first time the blues-rock guitar-n-drums duo has devoted an album to nothing but straight-ahead blues songs, it wound seem logical that Chulahoma would be the bluesiest recording in their catalog, but the Black Keys aren't that simple. The six songs on this 28-minute EP are hardly replications of Kimbrough's gritty originals, nor do they have the dirty, punch-to-the-gut feel of any of the duo's three proper albums. Instead, this is the weirdest set of music the band has done to date, a trippy, murky excursion into territory that floats somewhere between the primal urgency of the duo's best work and the dark, moody psychedelia of late-'60s blues-rock. Take 'Have Mercy on Me' its winding, narcotic blues groove settles into a bed of droning organ and bongos, but the interplay between guitarist/vocalist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney prevents it from sounding as affected as psychedelia, while infusing it with a real sense of danger. That unsettling undercurrent flows throughout this brief EP, and it makes Chulahoma an album that's ideal for pitch-black nights, where the music can worm its way into your imagination and then run wild. That alone would make it a unique, noteworthy detour for the Black Keys, but when this is compared to Kimbrough's original recordings, it becomes an instructive listen since a side-by-side listen reveals how Auerbach drew inspiration from Kimbrough's stripped-down, idiosyncratic grooves and took it into some place entirely different. And while that might mean that Chulahoma doesn't necessarily sound like a kissing cousin to Kimbrough's originals, it does make it a greater, richer tribute than most cover albums, and it certainly proves that Auerbach's testimonial in the liner notes about how Junior Kimbrough changed his life is no lie.1 Keep Your Hands off Her
2 Have Mercy on Me
3 Work Me
4 Meet Me in the City
5 Nobody But You
6 My Mind Is Ramblin'$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
You Better Run: The Essential Junior KimbroughYou Better Run is a 12-track career spanning collection from the influential Mississippi blues legend Junior Kimbrough. Featuring his cream of the crop material and best known songs in Done Got Old, Meet Me in the City, You Better Run and title track All Night Long, if there's one place for the uninitiated and/or the Kimbrough diehard who wants to take in the entire breadth of the blues icon, this is it!1. Release Me
2. All Night Long
3. Meet Me In The City
4. You Better Run
5. Done Got Old
6. Sad Days Lonely Nights
7. Old Black Mattie
8. Most Things Haven't Worked Out
9. I'm Leaving You Baby
10. Keep On Braggin'
12. Nobody But You$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
First Recordings (Awaiting Repress)Junior Kimbrough is one of the most influential and original blues players in the past 50 years. Hailed by U2's Bono and Iggy Pop as a primal force in blues music, Junior never reached the mass audience that he deserved while alive, but his music endures and continues to be discovered by music fans from all walks of life.1. Lonesome Road
2. Feels So Good #1
3. Done Got Old
4. Meet Me In The City
5. Feels So Good #2
6. Feels So Bad$17.9910 Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Do The Rump!On Vinyl for the First Time!
In 1979, historian David Evans, a Professor of Music at the University of Memphis, chanced upon Junior Kimbrough playing at Ethel's Juke Joint in Holly Springs, Mississippi. The University had recently created its own small record label called High Water and he brought Kimbrough in to cut some sides, including his next single at the time titled, Keep Your Hands Off Her. The sides would be compiled for Junior's first full-length album, Do The Rump. The result has become hill country legend, and his band, featuring Calvin Jackson on drums (father to Cedric Burnside and one of the most rock steady drummers of all time), created a sound that launched a whole new generation of blues fans.1. Keep Your Hands Off Her
2. I Feel Good, Little Girl
3. You Better Run
4. Im So Glad Trouble Dont Last Always
5. Done Got Old
6. Please Dont Leave Me Baby
7. Come On and Go with Me
8. Do the Rump!
9. I Want to Know Whats Wrong with You
10. Nobody But You Baby
11. Too Late Baby
12. My Mama Done Told Me
13. Walk with Me$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
All Night Long1. Work Me Baby
2. Do the Romp!
3. Stay All Night
4. Meet Me in the City
5. You Better Run
6. Done Got Old
7. All Night Long
8. I Feel Alright
9. Nobody but You
10. Slow Lightnin$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Meet Me In The CityOriginally released in 1999 and featuring many of Junior Kimbrough's most celebrated songs, Meet Me In The City is being re-released as part of Fat Possum's 25th Anniversary reissue series.1. Meet Me In The City
2. Done Got Old
3. Baby Please Don't Leave Me
4. Lonesome Road
5. Junior's Place
6. I Feel Alright
7. All Night Long
8. Nobody But You$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-JAG-7611xThe Cave Singers
The Cave Singers spend a good deal of time beyond the darkened edges of Seattle, in the mist and mystic, among the wolves and redwoods. And their songs, at least on record, have always been like beautiful, faded grayscale photos of this hinterland. Now, these photos are injected with hot blood and technicolor, a ferocity and bite weve yet to see from the band.
By all accounts, No Witch is The Cave Singers rock record. Laid to tape with dark wizard producer Randall Dunn (Black Mountain, Sunn O))), Boris), No Witch is grander and more lush than The Cave Singers previous efforts. Its also a nervier, scrappier affair: greasy guitars buck and rear up; Eastern-influenced blues snake through songs; gospel choirs rise up like tidal waves.
There are big, grinning nods to Beggars Banquet-era Stones, the best of Mellencamp (Clever Creatures) and the juke joint legends of Mississippi like Junior Kimbrough and R.L. Burnside (Black Leaf and No Prosecution If We Bail). Of course, its all filtered through that particular, magical Cave Singers formula: Pete Quirks reedy, behind-the-beat delivery and existential wordplay, Derek Fudescos lyrical guitar runs and drummer Marty Lunds no nonsense rhythms.1.Gifts and the Raft
7.All Land Crabs and Divinity
13.No Prosecution If We Bail
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Dead FingersTaylor Hollingsworth and Kate Taylor singing together is a match made in heaven. You might know Taylor from previous solo albums or bands but most likely from Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band. He was the guitar player who also wrote and sang Snake Hill and Air Mattress on the album Outer South. If youve seen Maria Taylor play then you have most likely seen Kate in her band either playing keys, drums, or bass, and most importantly, harmonizing the soft beautiful background melodies. Nowadays, Kate and Taylor have joined forces in the band Dead Fingers.
In a time when guy-girl duos are becoming quite popular, this one is not just some gimmick, however perfect the timing and package may be. In fact, this Alabama duo are recently married and the two just recorded their first self titled full-length with Bruce Watson (RL Burnside, Junior Kimbrough , AA Bondy), and it is being released on Big Legal Mess/Fat Possum Records.
While showing a wide range of styles, ranging from duet styled songs like those of John Prine and Iris DeMent, X, or Lee Hazelwood and Ann Margaret, to straight up great classic rock bands like the Stones, Beatles, or even Traveling Wilburys, this band should find a nice home with fans of more current duos like She and Him, Jenny and Johnny and Civil Wars.1. Closet Full of Bones
2. Another Planet
3. 4 Stone Coaches
4. Hold On To
5. Ring Around Saturn
6. Please Don't Let Me Go
7. Against The River
8. On My Way
9. Lost In Mississippi
10. Never Be My Man
11. Wheels and Gasoline$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Shiver + ShakeShiver + Shake was recorded and produced by esteemed Seattle producer Rick Parashar (Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains, Blind Melon) at London Bridge Studio.
""Cold Feet Killer" is one of the first and oldest My Goodness songs," singer/guitarist Joel Schneider explains to Purevolume.com. "I actually wrote the majority of the music on acoustic guitar before the band got its start. In a way it was one of the first few songs that ended up inspiring the creation of My Goodness."
Consisting of Schneider and drummer Andy Lum, My Goodness formed in Seattle in 2008 and quickly took the Northwest by storm with their feverish concoction of blues-infused rock. The duo spent years honing their songwriting and playing to growing crowds with bands like Bosnian Rainbows, The Thermals, The Cave Singers and Augustines; all of which has led to this pivotal, career defining moment, the release of their new album, Shiver + Shake.
My Goodness' connection to the Seattle music they grew up on is strikingly audible. Bands from Nirvana and Soundgarden, to bands from the early 00s Seattle scene such as Botch, Blood Brothers, Murder City Devils and Harkonen were on heavy rotation for Schneider and Lum throughout their formative years. Dig deeper still and you find them tapping into a rich seam of blues, old and new - from Muddy Waters through Junior Kimbrough and RL Burnside to the musical sass of Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. Though a very different prospect, the energy, intensity and attitude of hardcore and the groove of the blues feeds into everything My Goodness does. Ultimately it's all rock music though. Big throbbing rock music.
In the spring of 2014, My Goodness enlisted the help of friend and local Seattle musician Cody Votalato (The Blood Brothers, Jaguar Love) who joined them as a part time member on bass guitar for their first full U.S. tour. Votalato will continue performing live with the band when possible.
- Music Connection1. Shiver + Shake
2. Sweet Tooth
3. Back Again
4. Pay No Mind
5. Hangin' On
6. Check Your Bones
7. Cold Feet Killer
8. Letter To The Sun
10. Say You're Gone
11. C'mon Doll
12. Lost In The Soul
13. Hot Sweat$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Pushing My LuckRobert Belfour's sophomore effort for Fat Possum -- at 63, he is one of the youngest artists on the roster and is by far the most polished, if the Delta blues can ever really be called that -- proves his debut was indeed only a beginning.
In stark contrast to his labelmates, Belfour strictly plays acoustic blues, but he plays them with the same dark, trancelike feel of Junior Kimbrough, haunting spookiness of Fred McDowell, rhythmic intensity of John Lee Hooker, and sprawling drawl of Lightnin' Hopkins. Ted Gainey aids Belfour on a drum kit.
While the first album was all of a piece, and everything but the vocal seemed to be recorded at the same level (and even then, Belfour couldn't always be understood among the ringing guitars and shuffling drums), Pushin' My Luck is nervier, a bit more edgy. Belfour's truly nearly unbelievable singing is a bit more in the foreground, enough to add to the hypnotic repetition in his music, while the drums -- played no more elaborately than Meg White's in the White Stripes -- are mixed just a tad higher, bringing it extremely close to the punch this stuff has when played in front of a live audience.
Fans of Kimbrough's guitar playing -- or Ali Farka Toure's, for that matter -- will be instantly drawn to the polyrhythmic, droning chords and ambling, elegantly raw, slippery fills that Belfour plays, whether it's on Hill Stomp, the title track, I Got My Eyes on You, Sweet Brown Sugar, or I'm Gonna Leave, which closes the set. The vibe is the same everywhere; this is deep, hot Mississippi blues full of a slow, steamy, writhing sexual vibe; twisted soul; and a sense of foreboding mystery that cannot be mentioned, let alone explained.
This is the first great blues record of 2003 and if it isn't nominated for the W.C. Handy Award, the damned foundation should be disbanded on the basis of deafness. I hope this guy lives to be a 100 and makes a record every year he's on this planet. Forget everything you just read: This record is amazing; just buy it.
- Thom Jurek (All Music Guide)1. Hill Stomp
2. Breaking My Heart
3. Pushin' My Luck
4. Go Ahead On
5. You Got Me Crying
6. I Got My Eyes On You
7. Sweet Brown Sugar
8. Stayed Awake
9. Crazy Ways
10. I'm Gonna Leave You
$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Most Things Haven't Worked Out1. Lonesome Road
2. I'm in Love
3. Everywhere I Go
4. Burn in Hell
5. Most Things Haven't Worked Out
6. Leave Her Alone
7. I Love Ya Baby
8. I'm Leaving You Baby$17.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now