How many guitar straps does Martin think I can possibly use? I get that a lot of the emails are just auto-sends with whatever is on sale but still.
Amazon informs me that some Walter Trout tracks I bought from them in 2006 are now up in the Cloud if I want to snag. I long ago ripped tracks off the CD for my mp3 player and then again for my phone so I am not sure what I am supposed to do with the Cloud versions. It may just be a way to introduce their new auto-rip feature. Any physical CD you buy from them with a certain logo also gets you and immediate digital version to download. Most of the indie sites I buy from have been doing that for years now. Welcome to the 21st century Amazon.
The best thing in my mailbox lately?
Kit’s Awesome Vid of the Day
The Record Company - On the Move
Some new and some nearly new tunes in the juke this week with Semi-Twang - The Wrong Side of the Tracks, Wires in the Walls – In the Rain, Debbie Davies – Done Sold Everything, Skyla Burrell Band – Bottom of my Heart, and finally the Hickman Dalton Gang with Whiskey Rain – just because I can.
The featured vid earlier this week was Traps from Black Music by the Dark Horses. They seem to be somewhat of a performance art kinda band so I will likely watch their vids and forego snagging the tunes but if you like that kind of music expression you should check them out on their facebook page or follow them on Twitter @darkhorsesmusic.
The featured vid right now (grin) is a live acoustic version of Ashes to Ashes from Peter Parcek 3. You all should snag Peter’s facebook page not only for the blues music he and his band play but also for his articles and stories about guitar players and blues musicians.
Also – added shiny new track Turn me Loose from The Record Company to the jukebox. The guys are offering it as a free download so you all go snag it while I make a pot of coffee. Ummm, coffee.
Kicking off the week o’reviewing is Arc & Stones, the debut EP from Brooklyn band Arc & Stones. The guys are Dan Pellarin (vocals), Ben Cramer (guitar), Joe Doino (drums) and Eddy Bayes (bass). I had the cool video for Silence up in the featured spot last month but I’ve popped it into the review for anyone that missed it the first time around.
My favorite track is She’s Mine because it’s loud.
No, seriously. It has slamming drums, gritty fuzzy guitars and a growl-y vocal delivery. Kind of like ’70′s ZZ Top with a little bit of Mr John Lee Hooker thrown in for fun. Oh, and did I mention it was LOUD?!
Rise is not quite as raw but it is still a good rock tune while Let Me Down seems a little out of place, not because it is quiet and mellow but because it sounds like it needs to be played acoustic on your front porch. It is a nice track, just different. Say Goodbye starts off all warm and cozy then explodes into another hard rocking number:
This is a great EP and you all should go and buy it now. Yes now. Or tomorrow when it releases. Hey, it is a couple of bucks and you get awesome music from a new band. There is no bad in this. Well, except for the waiting until tomorrow part.
Arc & Stones releases tomorrow, Feb 12, 2013 and is available in digital format from Amazon and Bandcamp. You can also check out the band on their facebook page or on their website and follow them on Twitter @ArcAndStones
Okay, I have moved my album review for this week to what I am really hoping is Friday. Scooter has flipped days and nights again and if Kahuna didn’t tell me what day it was I would be completely lost.
A few old and a few new tracks in the jukebox this week. I’m still annoyed the Takers broke up and no one told me. Then Devon and Chad went and made a new band (Snakehealers) and again no one told me.
The Bart Walker Band – Left Turn, Snakehealers – Roadside, Joshua Black Wilkins – Late Night Talks, The Delta Routine – Oh, No , Tyler Walker Band – Maybe We Were Wrong, and some Eden Burning with If You Want Me ’cause coffee alone is just not enough this morning.
So I am finally playing Dragon Age Awakenings and I just…see I am playing a mage. I have another mage in the party. We both have enough healing magic that everywhere we step should burst into glorious, bubbly life. I have (at last count) enough healing poultices and injury kits to open my own hospital – and yet, every stupid NPC we come across has an injury and instead of my being able to heal it they just die.
Seriously Bioware? I can bring my entire party back from the dead but I can’t set a broken leg before the dude dies?
Shiny new tracks in the juke this week by Nick and the Ovorols - Try Me, Todd Dorigo - Alive, Cobalt Cranes – Head in the Clouds, Bobby Long – Devil Moon, and Josephine Oniyama – Portrait. I also have older track from Frank Turner called The Road.
Brooklyn-based Arc & Stones are in the featured video spot this week with Silence, from their soon-to-be released EP, Arc & Stones.
Brewed Southern Pecan coffee this morning. The house smells like pecan pie.
New tracks in the jukebox this week. I’ve also posted links to all the jukebox songs within the post for anyone pulling the blog on feed. Unless it says differently these are all linked from Soundcloud.
Precious Bryant passed away this weekend. The Music Maker Relief Foundation has a nice article about her on their website. Check out Fool Me Good from her 2002 release of the same title over in the jukebox.
The featured vid this week is Green Lights by Eastern Rift off their new EP Left of the Mark. You can check out more stuff from the band on their Facebook page or over on their Reverbnation page.
Stacey from the official SXSW site listed over a hundred more bands added to the 2013 line up. She also included a link to the list of around 1000 bands scheduled to perform this year. I noticed Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires, BOY and Frank Turner on the latest addition.
Tony Porter from Music That Isn’t Bad reviewed The Amends new release, What We Could Be.
Ninebullets.net put up the December podcast, while Charlie, Mike and Bryan added posts with their best albums of the year.
Ryan Bingham tossed up a new video because he knows I get twitchy if I go too long with nothing from him on the blog.
That’s pretty much it for this week. I’ve had a cold so I mainly listened to some new music, played Skylanders and coughed. If you have a post from your blog you want added to the list just shoot me an email (guitarkit at gmail.com) or leave your post addy in a comment below.