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  • James Leg - Below The Belt (CD)

    18,00

    Keyboard player and howler John Wesley Myers,aka James Leg,(Black Diamond Heavies,The Immortal Lee County Killers,Cut In The Hill Gang) is back with a new brew of punk-ass blues. The son of a Texas preacher,raised in the South on gospel music,James Leg has cut his new album in Chattanooga,Cincinnati,and Detroit,with a little help from his friends (Andy Jody,Johnny Walker,Left Lane Cruiser,Jim Diamond and others). ”Below The Belt” is a record that hits where it matters : Straight to your heart,and down to your pelvis. It’s the kind of music that ain’t pretty but makes you feel good. Rock n’ roll all night long!

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  • Left Lane Cruiser - Dirty Spliff Blues (LP)

    22,00

    A Speaker-shredding blues with no redemption from this voodoo hillbilly punk combo Classic Rock Blues Dirty Spliff Blues” is Left Lane Cruiser’s 5th album for Alive Naturalsound, and the first one as a trio.

    The blues-driven rock n roll noise combo, now firmly headed by slide guitarist and lead vocalist Freddy J IV (aka Joe Evans), with Joe Bent on bass and skateboard (yes, he uses his skateboard as an instrument), and with Pete Dio on drums and assorted trash, delivers another primal high voltage take on the boogie and Hill Country blues. Specializing in a raw hillbilly punk-blues style that roars like a modal, tweaking chainsaw, Left Lane Cruiser began as a two-piece band comprised of Frederick Joe Evans IV on slide guitar and Brenn Beck on drums. The pair came out of Fort Wayne, Indiana but their sound had the swampy feel of North Mississippi hill country blues à la Junior Kimbrough and R.L. Burnside, with a good dose of snarling garage punk tossed into the mix. A self-released album, Gettin Down on It, was released on the group s own Hillgrass Bluebilly Records in 2006, and the following year, they signed to Alive Records. Bring Yo Ass to the Table appeared from the imprint in 2008, followed by All You Can Eat in 2009 and Junkyard Speed Ball in 2011. The song ”Waynedale” from the All You Can Eat album was featured on episode 8, season 3 of the acclaimed television series ”Breaking Bad”. Teaming with James Leg, keyboardist with Black Diamond Heavies, the band released Painkillers in 2012, which also featured guest spots from bassist Jim Diamond and blues harpist Harmonica Shah. Rock Them Back to Hell! followed in 2013. Quotes : ”A combination of reverence toward the progenitors of the blues and a spirit of pure enjoyment that is rare to find.” WYMA / Left Lane Cruiser isn’t a traditional country blues band. The Indiana duo might well have influences from the Mississippi area, but what they do with them is fresh and coruscating.” – Classic Rock Magazine / ”When reduced to its basic elements, the music is all rock n roll. And when played with such conviction as Left Lane Cruiser displays, it doesn t get much better. Exclaim / ”Rock Them Back to Hell! consists of ten original songs of rousing sonic mastery. This is arguably their best album to date…. one of those rare albums that are outstanding from start to finish.” – No Depression / ”Blues as attitude more than ritual.” – Rock & Rap Confidential

    / If you can remember how you felt while vibrating to the likes of R.L. Burnside, T-Model Ford, and Jon Spencer, you have a good read on Left Lane Cruiser.

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  • Left Lane Cruiser - Dirty Spliff Blues (CD)

    18,00

    A Speaker-shredding blues with no redemption from this voodoo hillbilly punk combo Classic Rock Blues Dirty Spliff Blues” is Left Lane Cruiser’s 5th album for Alive Naturalsound, and the first one as a trio.

    The blues-driven rock n roll noise combo, now firmly headed by slide guitarist and lead vocalist Freddy J IV (aka Joe Evans), with Joe Bent on bass and skateboard (yes, he uses his skateboard as an instrument), and with Pete Dio on drums and assorted trash, delivers another primal high voltage take on the boogie and Hill Country blues. Specializing in a raw hillbilly punk-blues style that roars like a modal, tweaking chainsaw, Left Lane Cruiser began as a two-piece band comprised of Frederick Joe Evans IV on slide guitar and Brenn Beck on drums. The pair came out of Fort Wayne, Indiana but their sound had the swampy feel of North Mississippi hill country blues à la Junior Kimbrough and R.L. Burnside, with a good dose of snarling garage punk tossed into the mix. A self-released album, Gettin Down on It, was released on the group s own Hillgrass Bluebilly Records in 2006, and the following year, they signed to Alive Records. Bring Yo Ass to the Table appeared from the imprint in 2008, followed by All You Can Eat in 2009 and Junkyard Speed Ball in 2011. The song ”Waynedale” from the All You Can Eat album was featured on episode 8, season 3 of the acclaimed television series ”Breaking Bad”. Teaming with James Leg, keyboardist with Black Diamond Heavies, the band released Painkillers in 2012, which also featured guest spots from bassist Jim Diamond and blues harpist Harmonica Shah. Rock Them Back to Hell! followed in 2013. Quotes : ”A combination of reverence toward the progenitors of the blues and a spirit of pure enjoyment that is rare to find.” WYMA / Left Lane Cruiser isn’t a traditional country blues band. The Indiana duo might well have influences from the Mississippi area, but what they do with them is fresh and coruscating.” – Classic Rock Magazine / ”When reduced to its basic elements, the music is all rock n roll. And when played with such conviction as Left Lane Cruiser displays, it doesn t get much better. Exclaim / ”Rock Them Back to Hell! consists of ten original songs of rousing sonic mastery. This is arguably their best album to date…. one of those rare albums that are outstanding from start to finish.” – No Depression / ”Blues as attitude more than ritual.” – Rock & Rap Confidential

    / If you can remember how you felt while vibrating to the likes of R.L. Burnside, T-Model Ford, and Jon Spencer, you have a good read on Left Lane Cruiser.

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  • Swamp Dogg - White Man Made Me Do It (LP)

    20,00

    Vinyl includes download. The White Man Made Me Do It is Swamp Dogg’s new album, and his first soul record in decades. Over the course of 14 songs, and with the help of a cast of veteran soul greats, the idiosyncratic performer re-captures the spirit of his 70’s cult recordings. The White Man Made Me Do It mixes classic Southern soul grooves with pointed, poignant lyrics, reflecting upon race, love, and money. As usual Swamp demonstrates his savage sense of humor and his instinctive aversion to hypocrisy. Swamp Dogg is currently in the midst of a resurgence of interest in his work, coinciding with a new series of remastered reissues of his vintage albums, along with a selection of some of his most noteworthy production projects, including cult-classic releases by Doris Duke, Irma Thomas, Charlie Whitehead (aka Raw Spitt), Z.Z. Hill, Lightnin’ Slim, Wolfmoon and Sandra Phillips, all currently available on Alive Naturalsound.

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  • Thomas Irma - In Between Tears (Limited Pink Vinyl) (LP)

    18,00

    In the wake of 1969’s devastating Hurricane Camille, New Orleans soul queen Irma Thomas abandoned the Gulf Coast in favor of the West Coast, settling in Los Angeles and largely forsaking her singing career in favor of the relative stability of retail work. Thomas finally resurfaced in 1973 with a series of little-noticed singles on the Fungus label that teamed her with producer Jerry Swamp Dogg” Williams and guitarist Duane Allman — the resulting LP In Between Tears remains a lost classic that captures deep soul at its most poignant and resonant, couching Thomas’ deeply affecting vocals in earthy arrangements that emphasize the singer’s gospel roots. The sass and vivacity of Thomas’ earliest singles is long gone, replaced by the world-weary melancholy of a woman struggling simply to hold on. Songs like ”Wish Someone Would Care,” ”These Four Walls,” and the title cut evoke life and love in the margins with uncommon accuracy and sympathy, galvanized by the most intensely intimate performances of Thomas’ career. (Shanachie’s 1993 release Turn My World Around includes two additional tracks from the same sessions that yielded In Between Tears, but features ”rebuilt” performances that supplement the original vocals, piano, and guitar with new backing tracks — a must-avoid for purists.)”

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  • Left Lane Cruiser & James Leg - Painkillers (LP)

    18,00

    In case you wondered whatever became of the tradition of the blues jam, it was alive and kicking for a few days in Detroit when raw and rootsy guitar-and-drum duo Left Lane Cruiser headed into a recording studio with James Leg, the keyboard player and vocal howler from the Black Diamond Heavies, to lay down a set of high-octane cover tunes. Producer Jim Diamond sat in on bass and Harmonica Shah stopped by to blow some harp, and the result is Painkillers, a loud and rowdy collection of bluesy wailing for the 21st century. Like plenty of bands on the punk-blues axis, both Left Lane Cruiser and James Leg approach their music with the ferocity of a starving dog that’s been tossed a bloody steak, and if you’re looking for anything approaching subtlety, Painkillers is not for you. But the musicians on this date all seem to be on the same page — they want to get loud and boogie like they’re expecting to be taken to jail in the morning, and for a makeshift band, these performances are surprisingly tight and emphatic. Leg’s trademark Tom Waits with a sore throat” growl is as over-the top as it’s always been, but in this context, it suits the material just fine, and his swirling organ and thickly distorted electric piano are rich and satisfying, while the manic slide guitar of Frederick ”Joe” Evans IV and hard-stomping drumming of Brenn Beck are as greasy as a good burger and just as tasty. Diamond’s rock-solid bass work and full-bodied engineering is just the right icing on this particular cake, as are the primal harp blasts from Harmonica Shah, and if the set list — a list of blues and blues-rock standards ranging from Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker to the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin — isn’t especially imaginative, these guys attack like the best sort of bar band, and the version of Bob Seger’s ”Come to Poppa” suggests they were embracing the Detroit experience to the fullest. Painkillers suggests an overdriven, punk-infused variation on Canned Heat’s old formula, and if they’re never going to get to cut an album with John Lee Hooker, at least they have the good sense to see that their boogie isn’t endless, and for 35 minutes, this is a house party worth a visi”

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  • Left Lane Cruiser - All You Can Eat!! (Purple Vinyl) (LP)

    18,00

    Left Lane Cruiser is the duo of singer/guitarist Freddie J. Evans IV and drummer Brenn Beck, from Fort Wayne, IN, and their music not surprisingly recalls that of the White Stripes, another twosome with the same instrumentation. Like the White Stripes, Evans and Beck are self-consciously primitive in their approach, and they are equally mannered in their effect. The main difference is that Left Lane Cruiser is more of a blues act. Beck stomps on his drums, and Evans plays familiar loud, heavy riffs on his electric guitar while howling into what sounds like a microphone not intended to handle vocals, such that his singing comes off distorted, even when he isn’t yelling. For only two musicians, they make quite a racket, but their relentlessness can be enervating unless one really has a taste for it.

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  • Left Lane Cruiser - Rock Them Back to Hell! (LP)

    20,00

    Left Lane Cruiser may be from Fort Wayne, Indiana but they sound like a couple of unhinged punk hillbillies raised on the North Mississippi hill country blues of R.L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough. A two-piece band comprised of Frederick Joe” Evans IV on slide guitar and vocals and Bren Beck on drums and anything else he can bang on, they may cruise the same sort of modal North Mississippi blues territory but, with screamed and distorted vocals pushed through what sounds like a shorted-out karaoke mike, they also sound like a lo-fi swampy version of the Stooges, full of rampaging insistence and impatience. Rock Them Back to Hell! is hardly a change of form for a band that calls what it does ”voodoo hillbilly punk blues” and approaches things with a frenzied roar that makes paint curl and shake its ass. From the first track, ”Zombie Blocked,” clear through to the last, ”Righteous,” Evans sings like he’s gargling cigarette butts and ashes on the midnight train to nowhere, while Beck pounds out rhythms that could make cement crack. This is what Left Lane Cruiser do, stomping across the sonic landscape like they want to shear off every blade of grass. It’s refreshing, really, and uncomplicated — stomp and scream like life depended on it. There’s clarity in that”

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  • Left Lane Cruiser - Rock Them Back to Hell! (CD)

    18,00

    Left Lane Cruiser may be from Fort Wayne, Indiana but they sound like a couple of unhinged punk hillbillies raised on the North Mississippi hill country blues of R.L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough. A two-piece band comprised of Frederick Joe” Evans IV on slide guitar and vocals and Bren Beck on drums and anything else he can bang on, they may cruise the same sort of modal North Mississippi blues territory but, with screamed and distorted vocals pushed through what sounds like a shorted-out karaoke mike, they also sound like a lo-fi swampy version of the Stooges, full of rampaging insistence and impatience. Rock Them Back to Hell! is hardly a change of form for a band that calls what it does ”voodoo hillbilly punk blues” and approaches things with a frenzied roar that makes paint curl and shake its ass. From the first track, ”Zombie Blocked,” clear through to the last, ”Righteous,” Evans sings like he’s gargling cigarette butts and ashes on the midnight train to nowhere, while Beck pounds out rhythms that could make cement crack. This is what Left Lane Cruiser do, stomping across the sonic landscape like they want to shear off every blade of grass. It’s refreshing, really, and uncomplicated — stomp and scream like life depended on it. There’s clarity in that.”

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  • Williams Andre - Life (CD)

    18,00

    ”Andre Williams may not be the hardest working man in show business, but he could be the most tireless; Life is the third full-length album he’s released in 2012, and the eleventh since he returned to active duty in 1998 with the outrageous comeback set Silky. Williams was just shy of 76 years of age when Life hit the streets, making his prolific studio habits all the more remarkable, and if Williams is sounding a little more grounded than he did on Silky or The Black Godfather, he’s still a tough, funky, jive talker who can draw some potent, guitar-based funk from the band of Detroit indie stalwarts who back him up. Matthew Smith produced Life, co-wrote most of the songs with Williams, and anchors the backing band (along with Jim Diamond on bass and David Shettler on drums), and the results are lean, greasy, early-’70s-style tunes with a subtle but potent psychedelic undercurrent, and they give Williams an effective backdrop as he declaims on his troubles with women, cash, and animal-haters, as well as singing the praises of high heels (Andre sounds like the most lascivious senior citizen alive as he murmurs his way through ”Heels”). Williams also reveals he hasn’t forgotten his days as a young R&B shouter on ”It’s Only You That I Love” (if he has to cheat some of the high notes, the phrasing is just as it should be), and he leads the band through a hard-charging remake of his classic ”Shake a Tail Feather” that rocks with a steady roll. And as America deals with a contentious presidential campaign, Williams delivers a rueful but darkly funny bit of political commentary with ”Blame It On Obama,” in which the embattled head of the executive branch is made to take the fall for everything from troubles on the farm to wives who won’t behave. Life is a fair distance from a masterpiece, but from a guy who has been making records for 57 years and will probably be cutting more sessions until the day he dies, it’s a solid and entertaining set of R&B that shows this man has more than his share of tales to tell, and can still hold the audience in his hand when he steps up to the mike. Would that we could all sound as cool this far into retirement age.”

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