Zebra: Karl Blau

Zebra: Karl Blau

Blau has been doing us right for over 10 years and I've always liked his stuff, but never been all that familiar. I recently listened to his newest, Zebra and was blown away. If it's not his best album by far, than he's making some really awesome stuff.

  • Pieta Brown's Mercury communicates a mood which is often missing in the American music landscape. Emmylou Harris and Nico Case have gone there now its time for Pieta Brown to take the wheel.

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  • A compilation overview of traditional Irish folk performed by various artists.

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  • Amazing Irish folk rock jam band... perfectly matched with toasting pint glasss.

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  • Oh how I love these scrappy UK lads. I get the idea that not only can they pluck a stringed instrument and harmonize in four parts.... but they can probably each throw a solid punch. Sounds great with Fleet Foxes and the Ave... Oh how I love these scrappy UK lads. I get the idea that not only can they pluck a stringed instrument and harmonize in four parts.... but they can probably each throw a solid punch. Sounds great with Fleet Foxes and the Avett Brothers.

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  • Lucinda reminds me of friend in San Francisco, the kind of person that just says it like it is, and nothing more, or less. Love that girl.

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  • Absolutely hilarious! If you love to laugh, watch Flight of the Conchords.

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  • Doing justice to Nisht Azoy is a tricky affair, not least because Black Ox Orkestar stand alone, making comparisons and associations nearly impossible. The use of gypsy melodies on the later Firewater albums also comes to mind. Ad... Doing justice to Nisht Azoy is a tricky affair, not least because Black Ox Orkestar stand alone, making comparisons and associations nearly impossible. The use of gypsy melodies on the later Firewater albums also comes to mind. Adopting and reinterpreting Jewish diasporic music, Black Ox Orkestar's second album moves through original songs, traditionals and compositions based on folk songs and ballads. The selections are masterful, as is the playing, whether eliciting joy with dance rhythms and singing or delving into slow, sad evocations of melancholy......

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  • Finally her new album is being released this week!

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  • Right about now you may be wondering why I'm recommending a person in lieu of there album. There's a couple reasons. A, she doesn't have a full length and her EP doesn't do her justice (but it's still dam good). B, i recommend her... Right about now you may be wondering why I'm recommending a person in lieu of there album. There's a couple reasons. A, she doesn't have a full length and her EP doesn't do her justice (but it's still dam good). B, i recommend her as a person because she's the new love my life. If you dig Neko Case or Cat Power, you're easily going to be into this girl.

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  • Joanna Newsom's newest LP and as always a great one. Have one on yourself and go pick this up at insound. You wont be dissapointed.

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  • I have been in love with her for over a decade. Tori Amos is an American pianist and singer-songwriter. Considered the top alternative rock performer to use a piano. My all time favorite songs: Crucify, Silent All These Years, C... I have been in love with her for over a decade. Tori Amos is an American pianist and singer-songwriter. Considered the top alternative rock performer to use a piano. My all time favorite songs: Crucify, Silent All These Years, Cornflake Girl, and 1000 Oceans.

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  • Two things. Yes i judge books by their cover and naturally buy music based on how it's presented. This is, without question, one of my favorite albums covers in a while. Secondly, Angie Hart and Bonnie Prince Billy were apparently... Two things. Yes i judge books by their cover and naturally buy music based on how it's presented. This is, without question, one of my favorite albums covers in a while. Secondly, Angie Hart and Bonnie Prince Billy were apparently created to sing together. There duet, in little bridges, is basically magical.

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  • Unfortunately, if it wasn't for his recent death, I would have never heard this album. I did hear it, and i love it - a lot! It's late 60s a reminiscent of the band, or I think, old Cat Stevens. Very cool

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  • Yes, this is Bonnie "Prince" Billy, even though it clearly says "Bonny Billy." It's him, live with a legendary bluegrass, folk group and it's all in stride. This one is super fun and you need it for the upcoming summer, no doubt.

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  • Don't get me wrong, Mr. Bojangles has easily been one of my all time favorite songs for longer than I can remember. However, thanks to a post on Aquarium Drunkard, I'm starting to explore some of his other stuff and it's blowing m... Don't get me wrong, Mr. Bojangles has easily been one of my all time favorite songs for longer than I can remember. However, thanks to a post on Aquarium Drunkard, I'm starting to explore some of his other stuff and it's blowing me away. Bravo sir, bravo!

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  • I'm not completely sure how I missed this one, cause it's completely up my alley. The Dave Rawlings Machine and his album, Friend of a Friend are the perfect kind of folk: Innovative, but true to the roots.

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  • Right now, at this very second, this is my favorite album ever. I know that doesn't mean much, but this is one of the more passionate, timeless new albums I've heard in a very long time.

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  • Though following up Ambivalence seems impossible, Bibio manages to follow though with a good album -- not life changing, but really good. It's more back to the simple folk pop roots, and that's totally okay.

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  • Bred from Texas, Jesse Woods is a garage folk extraordinaire., with a twang for making lo-fi folk universally appealing.

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  • Nico's Chelsea Girl (1967) was not her debut solo effort. The album is an introspective with a longing for dreams and love.

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  • I'm pretty sure that trouble would be had in classifying this New York duo into anyone particular genre of music. So, we'll just call it a folk, electronic, rock, experimental band. This album is my first introduction to the band,... I'm pretty sure that trouble would be had in classifying this New York duo into anyone particular genre of music. So, we'll just call it a folk, electronic, rock, experimental band. This album is my first introduction to the band, and im awed and slightly confused, but in a really, really good way. This one is fun.

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  • Yeah, tha Bazan. David. You know, Pedro the Lion. Even though I'm not sure what's the difference between Bazan in Pedro and Bazan in Bazan, but his new record works on so many levels. It's folky, fun in the way I always loved Pedr... Yeah, tha Bazan. David. You know, Pedro the Lion. Even though I'm not sure what's the difference between Bazan in Pedro and Bazan in Bazan, but his new record works on so many levels. It's folky, fun in the way I always loved Pedro the Lion, but it seems to have progressed in a way that is much easier to listen to.

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  • Perhaps the most famous of Hendrix's releases, he was at his PRIME when they recorded this version of Purple Haze. "When Jimi Hendrix walked onto the stage at Monterey he was relatively unknown in the United States. When he wal... Perhaps the most famous of Hendrix's releases, he was at his PRIME when they recorded this version of Purple Haze. "When Jimi Hendrix walked onto the stage at Monterey he was relatively unknown in the United States. When he walked off the stage, popular music had been completely transformed. The American debut of the Jimi Hendrix Experience at Monterey isn't just the most exciting live rock concert ever recorded; it's also one of the most significant moments in the history of modern American music. Hendrix took the music world completely by storm and turned it on its head. His influence today is greater than ever, 41 years after the fact. Days after the mind-boggling "set the guitar on fire" stunt, Hendrix was a household word. The set kicks off fast and hard with Killing Floor, one wonders how Mitch Mitchell (drums) could keep up without injuring himself. Next up, Foxey Lady, soon to be a standard. The treatment of Bob Dylan's beautiful ballad, Like A Rolling Stone, is compelling and soulful. Rock Me Baby is simply beyond belief; it throws off heat like a jet engine. A hard-edged version of Hey Joe comes next; it's blues all right, but psychedelic blues. By the time Hendrix gets to Can You See Me? it's clear that he and his cronies are all settled down and solidly in the groove, this one speeds past like a bullet. The Wind Cries Mary is handled gently and carefully, it's a great song and provides a welcome break from the mayhem. Purple Haze has never sounded ruder, more demented, and incoherent - it is riveting. If you have any imagination at all, think about what this music must have sounded like to people who'd been nursed on The Platters, The Four Freshmen, and The Beach Boys. We are now completely accustomed to the influence Hendrix has had and it's easy to forget that when this was recorded what Hendrix was doing wasn't merely new, it was earth shattering. As to the closer, Wild Thing, I remember the Troggs version, sort of a frat house crowd pleaser. Hendrix takes it into the stratosphere; in many ways it's the highlight of the performance. Burning the guitar was theatrical genius, really, after you've just invaded the greatest nation on earth and conquered it in one night, what else is there to do?" Review by El Lagarto Courtesy of Amazon.com

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  • Cinammon Girl, The Needle and the Damage Done, SUGAR MOUNTAIN, After the Gold Rush, Tonight's the Night - this album is QUITE the collection of some of Young's best hits. "In addition to the mellow songs, there are some loude... Cinammon Girl, The Needle and the Damage Done, SUGAR MOUNTAIN, After the Gold Rush, Tonight's the Night - this album is QUITE the collection of some of Young's best hits. "In addition to the mellow songs, there are some louder, electric ones that are incredible as well, with Cinnamon Girl and Like a Hurricane being good examples. This album definitely has the 'live' thing going for it, and when you hear these cuts you won't settle for the studio versions anymore - it's cool to hear Neil connect with the audience - "When I get big, I'm gonna get an electric guitar. When I get real big". I kid you not - there is not a dud on the album. It is just incredible, and capable of providing pleasure worth orders of magnitude more than its price. I actually am typing this review because I would love to think someone bought this album as a result of it and enjoyed it as much as I have over the years (in CD format now, of course!)" Review by David Benditt Courtesy of Amazon.com

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  • A Must have for Cheap trick fans (ooh and look how cute they look!) "This is the album that broke Cheap Trick wide open in the U.S. Sure, there's a Complete Budokan version available, but 1} It's a bit pricey, and 2) unless yo... A Must have for Cheap trick fans (ooh and look how cute they look!) "This is the album that broke Cheap Trick wide open in the U.S. Sure, there's a Complete Budokan version available, but 1} It's a bit pricey, and 2) unless you were at that concert in Japan, then a couple of omitted songs and a re-arranged track order is inconciquential. This version, is the version I REMEMBER, and the one most of you'll remember too. All the great songs are here, "I Want You To Want Me", "Surrender", "Clock Strikes Ten (On A Saturday Night), and more. The price is right on this version too! I can only afford so many BOX SETS, ANTHOLOGY's, and LIMITED EDITIONS. Cheap Trick Live At Budokan isn't something I want put up because I'm collecting it, it's something I want to play, and play, and play. RECOMMENDATION: Buy this version. It has been digitally remastered and has a superior sound quality. You'll remember this version track by track. The price is affordable. And best of all, you'll have FUN! " Review by Michael G. King "skyyking" (LOUISVILLE, KY United States) Courtesy of Amazon.com

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  • The Who was/were/are one of my favorites. I was fortunate enough to work at their record label in the late 70's and heard them play in small rooms for promotional functions...but I gotta tell you in the 90's I paid HUGE BUCKS ($... The Who was/were/are one of my favorites. I was fortunate enough to work at their record label in the late 70's and heard them play in small rooms for promotional functions...but I gotta tell you in the 90's I paid HUGE BUCKS ($250) to see them at the LA Forum and they sounded even better than they had in those small rooms 15 years earlier. You can never tire of The Who! I think my favorite track on here is "Magic Bus"... "One of the reasons "Leeds" is prized among Who collectors is that it is one of the best-recorded; the mix is superbly equalized among all three instruments and Daltrey's vocals, and Townshend's guitar sounds especially full-bodied and wet. The performance is one of the tightest and note-perfect of that period--without losing any of its heat or raw power--and the audience is amazingly quiet and respectful, which almost gives the show a "live in the studio" quality. A comparison with "Live At The Isle Of Wight", the only other complete Moon-era performance of "Tommy", is in order: although both shows are extraordinary, "Leeds" is superior for the above reasons (although "Wight" offers arguably better versions of "Young Man Blues" and "We're Not Gonna Take It/See Me Feel Me"). " Review by Michael Topper, courtesy of Amazon.com

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  • The track listing on this record beats all the other albums if you ask me...it's got: Sweet Jane, We're gonna have a real good time, Heroin, Waiting for The Man, Rock 'n Roll...and the list goes on. "As far as Velvet Undergr... The track listing on this record beats all the other albums if you ask me...it's got: Sweet Jane, We're gonna have a real good time, Heroin, Waiting for The Man, Rock 'n Roll...and the list goes on. "As far as Velvet Underground live material, I had only heard Live at Max's Kansas City, which I love, so I expected more of the same from the 1969 material, fidelity wise, before I heard this. Surprise! The 1969 series is an enormous step up in quality and the performances are even better. 1969 used to be one volume and it should be still; there is no difference in the liner notes or packaging but there is now a volume 1 and volume 2. Having said this, if you must buy one of these volumes, this is the one. They are both great, but this one rocks more, has a better song selection and a longer running time. It may be blasphemy to say, but I think the versions of What Goes On and Beginning To See The Light here are better than the studio recordings. Check this out! You won't be disappointed. " Review by lawgiver4feh

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  • This amazing album is kind of like a double edged sword. I also get so happy when I hear Stevie Ray, but laced with a heavy heart due to his untimely demise. Especially because I was working for the Music Distributor and set up... This amazing album is kind of like a double edged sword. I also get so happy when I hear Stevie Ray, but laced with a heavy heart due to his untimely demise. Especially because I was working for the Music Distributor and set up the conference and helicopter transportation on which he was killed. I remember the next day - the shock, the sadness, the inability to accept what had happened. I have to admit I never was fully aware of the rare talent Stevie Ray possessed and am saddened that I never saw him live - or alive - and once he passed that that was the time that I fell in love with his spirit and the music he created. A sucker for horns of all kinds, half way through the album the band is joined by a complete horn section, keyboardist, second drummer, and a female singer Angela Strehli sits in for one song. Here they play tributes to other blues artists like Guitar Slim, Albert King and Albert Collins. This album is MAGIC.

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