My Morning Jacket- Circuital ALBUM REVIEW

February 26, 2017 by · 25 Comments
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Listen: http://theneedledrop.com/2011/04/my-morning-jacket-circuital/

My Morning Jacket’s latest album was a two-part surprise for me. First, I was happy to hear how alive and ambitious the first half of this album was. Not only are the hooks and instrumentation strong, but the band seems equally comfortable saying something beautiful or funny with their lyrics.

But the second shocker was when the latter half of this record pulled the rug out from under me with some pretty underwhelming songwriting and vocal deliveries. While it’s nice to have some familiar reference points on this album–which show up in some tried and true chord progressions and melodies–My Morning Jacket doesn’t exactly refurbish these ideas in a very exciting way.

I am literally split on this album. Some points really seduce me, but others make me feel like the steam just ran out halfway through. Dang!

What do you think of this album? Love it? Hate it? Why? What should I review next, too?

5/10

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FAV TRACKS: CIRCUITAL, WONDERFUL (WAY I FEEL), OUTTA MY SYSTEM

LEAST FAV: HOLDIN ON TO BLACK METAL

MY MORNING JACKET- CIRCUITAL

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John Cleary – Some Funky Jam – Tipitina – Gloucester Blues Festival 2008

February 19, 2017 by · 14 Comments
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Gloucester International Rhythm & Blues Festival
Kings Square
July 2008

Jon Cleary and The Absolute Monster Gentlemen

Band info – www.joncleary.com

‘Jon Cleary is the ninth wonder of the world.’ Bonnie Raitt Keyboard player with Bonnie Raitt touring with his own American band – a salty-sweet voice, masterful piano skills, and a knack for coupling infectious grooves with melodic hooks and sharp lyrics. Born in Kent, but moved to New Orleans when he was 17 and quickly gained the respect of the local music community and has worked with Taj Mahal, B.B. King, and Ryan Adams amongst many.

Gloucester Blues Festival is one of the most important UK blues festivals with dozens of events featuring artists from the UK, USA and Europe.

Gloucester Blues Festival – http://www.gloucesterblues.co.uk/
Likal – http://www.likal.com

Likal love to hear about all events (gigs, sports, anything) in Gloucestershire, esp Gloucester , Cheltenham , Cirencester , Stroud and Tewkesbury, so we can come and film them.

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Blues History: CD Review Sonny Boy Williamson II

February 12, 2017 by · Leave a Comment
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Sonny Boy Williamson: His Best:

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Big Joe Turner – Shake, Rattle & Roll

February 5, 2017 by · 25 Comments
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Master ‘shout blues’ artist Big Joe Turner marks another high point of his career here with “Shake, Rattle & Roll.”

Although Bill Haley’s later sanitized version became a top rock-n-roller hit, it’s said many folks sought out Turner’s version instead.

A pivotal figure in popularizing blues, jazz, classic R&B, and rock and roll, Turner’s career lasted from the 1920’s busking on the streets of Kansas City through the 1980’s at the most lauded jazz festivals in America and Europe.

See more at:
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Zac Brown Band – Toes (Video)

January 29, 2017 by · 25 Comments
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© 2009 WMG
Toes (Video)

Duration : 0:4:53

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Nomfusi and the Lucky Charms “Ingoma Yam” – Salmon Arm’s Roots & Blues Festival

January 22, 2017 by · 6 Comments
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It’s what you’ve come to expect at Roots and Blues – awe-inspiring world artists whose performances and words fill the air with such honesty and intimacy that they leave your heart full. Such is the power and presence of Nomfusi, a petite South Africa woman with larger than life vocals and an inner light that shines brighter than a supernova.

Nomfusi was born in the township of KwaZhakele in the Eastern Cape, a beautiful but poverty-stricken province in rural South Africa. Her single mother, Kwazibani (translated to “Who knows?” in English) raised her while her father languished in jail for twenty-one years. A domestic worker by day, Kwazibani was also a sangoma (African medicine woman) with a penchant for music.

Nomfusi would accompany her mother over weekends to sangoma rituals (Intlombe) where they would dance and sing for hours. People soon noticed that, just as Kwazibani had special gifts for healing, the little girl too, had an enormous gift. “I was a very hyperactive kid, a real performer. I would sing, dance and drum for hours.” She fondly recalls, “One of my earliest memories is my mum playing the drum for me.”

Sadly, in 1998, Kwazibani died of AIDS. Summoning¬†super-hero strength that helped to transform her broken heart into a calling that emanates joy and hope in all of her songs, Nomfusi turned her personal tragedy into a message of love that will engulf you. Described as a refreshing blend of Sophiatown (African jazz from the 60’s) and classic Motown, Nomfusi’s live performances are earning her a following throughout her homeland and on the international circuit. She has been invited for appearances at many prestigious festivals in North America and Europe in 2010 which will, no doubt, further expand her fan base to epic proportions. As Nomfusi shines her light and message of love on the world, soon millions will be listening. Salmon Arm’s 18th Annual Roots and Blues Festival.

Visit www.rootsandblues.ca for more information regarding our next event in August! British Columbia

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Asking for additional blues artists along the lines of Stevie Ray Vaughn or Jimmy Thackeray and the Drivers.?

January 15, 2017 by · 11 Comments
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Trying to build my library of blues music along the lines of their style. No list is too small. Thank you.

The Jeff Healey Band
Jimmie Lee Vaughn
Jonny Lang
ZZ Top
Robin Trower
Gary Moore
Ry Cooder
Me


Big K.R.I.T.- 4evaNaDay ALBUM REVIEW

January 8, 2017 by · 25 Comments
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Listen: http://theneedledrop.com/2012/03/big-k-r-i-t-4evanaday/

Mississippi rapper Big K.R.I.T. drops another monstrous free album, making 4evaNaDay the third installment in a winning streak of consistent and high-quality digital releases.

What do you think of this album? Love it? Hate it? Why? What should I review next, eh?

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FAV TRACKS: 1986, BOOBIE MILES, 4EVANADAY, ME AND MY OLD SCHOOL, PACKAGE STORE

LEAST FAV TRACK: SKY CLUB

BIG K.R.I.T.- 4EVANADAY / SELF-RELEASED / 2012 / HIP HOP, SOUTHERN HIP HOP, POP RAP, CONSCIOUS HIP HOP

8/10 http://theneedledrop.com/loved-list-2012/

Y’all know this is just my opinion, right?

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Rebecca Black – Friday (OFFICIAL VIDEO)

January 1, 2017 by · 25 Comments
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Rebecca Black – “Friday” Single NOW ON ITUNES !
Rebecca Black Single and ringtone “Friday” Available now
http://arkmusicfactory.com/page/store-1

Official Twitter: http://twitter.com/REBECCAFANCLUB

Now Available on iTunes.

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Why do you consider these people/bands to be blues bands?

December 25, 2016 by · 21 Comments
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Don’t get me wrong, these are great musicians. However, they don’t belong in the blues category.

Led Zepplin
The Doors
The Rolling Stones
Jimi Hendrix
Cream
AC/DC
ZZ Top

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