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Beechwood To Release New LP ‘Songs From The Land Of Nod’

Beechwood SFTLONWhat happens when an anti-social petty thief, a male hustler and a delinquent runaway come together to join forces in the streets of NYC? One of two things, usually. Either the birth of a gang of misfit criminals, or a legendary rock & roll band. Luckily, for society’s sake, the latter has turned out to be true for Beechwood. The band are set to release their new studio album, Songs From the Land Of Nod, on January 26th 2018 via Alive Naturalsound Records, and the NYC street punks have now unveiled the video for their new single, I Don’t Wanna Be The One You Love.

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Left Lane Cruiser Claw Machine Wizard

Left Lane Cruiser

Claw Machine Wizard

Alive Naturalsound Records
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Rating: 3/5

 
 

 

 

Indiana based duo Left Lane Cruiser released their seventh studio album for Alive Naturalsound Records, Claw Machine Wizard, a few days ago, the latest full length follows on from their last album of new material, 2015’s Dirty Spliff Blues and their 2016 compilation, Beck In Black, and it sees the band return to being a duo, as opposed to the expanded line up that featured on their last full length of new material.

The title track kicks things off with a punked up blues number that boasts an infectious amped up distorted blues riff, and from this point in you’re in for a trip that has it’s origins in delta blues, but crucially it takes in additional influences along the way, there are elements of psyche and garage in the mix that are combined with a raw punk attitude to the delivery. Tracks such as Booga Chaka are closer to their blues origins whilst Still Rollin’ and Lately bring a touch of rock swagger to proceedings. But it’s not all swagger and boogie, Indigenous ushers in a sinister element, whilst Liquor Store closes Claw Machine Wizard in a suitably smoky and bourbon drenched manner.

Claw Machine Wizard is an album that will appeal to Left Lane Cruiser‘s established fanbase, and to those who have an appreciation for the bands that populate the roster of labels such as Abattoir Blues Records, their return to the stripped down approach that has been present on the majority of the albums is one that will be welcomed. Whilst there are moments on the album that don’t quite hit the mark this is largely an album that’s born of the blues and is delivered in a down and dirty manner, and the occasional misfire aside this is a another solid album from Left Lane Cruiser.

You can pre-order the limited edition starburst vinyl edition of Claw Machine Wizard here

Left Lane Cruiser Release ‘Claw Machine Wizard’ Album Today

Left Lane Cruiser Claw Machine WizardLeft Lane Cruiser have released their new album, Claw Machine Wizard, today on limited edition vinyl, CD, digital and streaming formats via Alive Naturalsound Records, the art on the album sleeve is a nod towards MC5’s Back In The USA and Dr. Feelgood‘s Down By The Jetty.

The limited edition starburst vinyl edition of Claw Machine Wizard can be ordered here

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Left Lane Cruiser To Release ‘Claw Machine Wizard’ Album

Left Lane Cruiser Claw Machine WizardLeft Lane Cruiser have announced the release of their next studio album, Claw Machine Wizard, their seventh for Alive Naturalsound Records. The new album is due to be released on the 19th May 2017, the band are currently on tour in the US and have now released the track Still Rollin’ from their latest full length for streaming.

You can stream the track Still Rollin’ from Claw Machine Wizard here

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Left Lane Cruiser Release Stream of ‘Booga Chaka’

Left Lane Cruiser Claw Machine WizardLeft Lane Cruiser have announced the release of their next studio album, Claw Machine Wizard, their seventh for Alive Naturalsound Records. The new album is due to be released on the 19th May 2017, the band are currently on tour in the US and have now released a second track from their latest full length for streaming.

You can stream the track Booga Chaka from Claw Machine Wizard here

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Left Lane Cruiser Announce Release Of ‘Claw Machine Wizard’ LP

Left Lane Cruiser Claw Machine WizardLeft Lane Cruiser have announced the release of their next studio album, Claw Machine Wizard, their seventh for Alive Naturalsound Records. The new album is due to be released on the 19th May 2017, the band are currently on tour in the US and have now released the title track from their latest full length for streaming.

You can stream the title track from Claw Machine Wizard here

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Mark Porkchop Holder’s New Album ‘Let It Slide’ Out Today

mark-porkchop-holder-lisGuitarist, singer, harmonica player, and songwriter Mark Porkchop Holder is a founding member of the seminal Tennessee punk-rock/blues band The Black Diamond Heavies. After more than a decade of struggling with depression and addiction, he has finally come back home to Tennessee and assembled a first rate power trio. His debut solo studio effort Let It Slide is a blistering blues album that marries both modern and traditional.

Let It Slide is available from today on all formats via Alive Naturalsound Records here

The limited edition staburst vinyl edition of Let It Slide can be purchased here

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Mark Porkchop Holder

Let It Slide

Alive Naturalsound Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

Guitarist, singer, harmonica player and songwriter Mark Porkchop Holder is a founding member of the seminal Tennessee punk rock blues band The Black Diamond Heavies, now he is stepping out on his own and will be releasing his debut solo album, Let It Slide, on the 10th February on all formats via Alive Naturalsound Records. Mark Porchop Holder delivers a heady dose of traditional blues that is refracted though a lens of garage and rock influences, that is delivered with a punk sneer. Let It Slide forms part of the worldwide resurgence of blues music, this movement is one that acknowledges it’s roots, but drags blues kicking and screaming into the modern age.

Let It Slide kicks off with the title track, this brief excerpt of traditional slide guitar fades into Disappearing, an upbeat blues rocker that opens the album in fine style, My Black Name ups the pace and brings a fuzzy mix of swamp rock, slide guitar and garage to Let It Slide. From here on in it’s a road trip through a blues hinterland, Headlights is a tale of late night empty roads under big skies that eases into the more traditional blues of 38, a track that indicates that Mark Porkchop Holder has 61 less problems than Jay Z. The title track reprises with some down and dirty primitive roadhouse blues and Stagger Lee takes the album into a darker more distorted place whilst Stranger leads you out into the desert with a discordant country twang. Let It Slide ends with a rip roaring reworking of Baby Please Don’t Go, a version that differs from the traditional and rock reworkings by boasting a fuzzier heavier vibe than any other version that I’ve heard of this blues standard.

Let It Slide reminds me of The Rolling Stones in places, but back in the mists of time when they were in their blues inspired prime, there are also elements of the pub rock scene that was a precursor to punk, alongside some impressive slabs of blues that veer towards the traditional. This is a blues album at it’s core, but it’s one that incorporates contemporary influences to make this an impressive solo release, if you have any love for the modern grass roots blues acts such as Bones Shake and The Glass Phantoms, or the better known works that have resulted from Jon Spencer and Jack White‘s numerous outings, then Let It Slide is an album that you need in your life.

Let It Slide can be pre-ordered on limited edition vinyl, CD and digital formats here

Mark Porckchop Holder Streams New Track From Debut Solo LP

mark-porkchop-holder-lisGuitarist, singer, harmonica player, and songwriter Mark Porkchop Holder is a founding member of the seminal Tennessee punk rock blues band The Black Diamond Heavies. His debut solo studio effort, Let It Slide, is a blistering blues album that marries both modern and traditional. Mark Porkchop Holder‘s Let It Slide will be available February 10th on limited edition vinyl, CD, digital and streaming formats via Alive Naturalsound Records.
 
The extremely limited edition starburst vinyl edition of Let It Slide can be pre-ordered here
 
You can stream the track Disappearing here
 
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Datura 4

Hairy Mountain

Alive Naturalsound Records
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Rating: 3/5

 
 

 

 

Westerm Australia’s Datura4 is the brainchild of Dom Mariani, the former frontman of The Stems and DM3, and Greg Hitchcock, who was previously in You Am I and New Christs, the quartets line up is completed by drummer Warren Hall and bassist Stu Loasby. Datura4 have released their sophomore album, Hairy Mountain, it was released at the end of October via Alive Naturalsound Recordings and it follows on from their acclaimed debut album, Demon Blues.

Hairy Mountain is a mixture of some seriously laid back fuzz drenched psyche, trashy rock ‘n roll, primitive garage rock and dirty blues, this approach is exemplified by the title track but that’s not the end of the story. The album maintains it’s primitive roots throughout, but it also incorporates a sleazy rock ‘n roll charm, alongside an influence from the bourbon drenched rock ‘n roll that hails from the southern side of the United States. After nine tracks of heady substance influenced psyche the album ends with a mellower acoustic feel, Broken Path brings the album to an unexpectedly slow burning close. Hairy Mountain’ is ten solid tracks celebrating an unbridled joy for the kind of primitve rock ‘’n’’ roll that emerged from the 1960’s and 1970’s. This is an album that acknowledges the influences they’ve accumulated from their previous bands, but it’s also a move on from their former outfits. 

Hairy Mountain is an album that incorporates all the suspiciously hazy elements of the bands that emerged from the garages, but it combines it with some seriously accomplished rock and this makes for a fine hybrid of styles. Australia seems to encourage bands the blend garage and psyche with other influences, like the oz outfits before them, such as The Lime Spiders, The Cosmic Psychos and The Vines, Datura4 have taken the garage formula and incorporated other styles to make a unique album of psyche influenced rock.

Hairy Mountain can be ordered on all formats, including the hand mixed starburst vinyl edition, here

Mark Porkchop Holder To Release New Solo Album ‘Let It Slide’

mark-porkchop-holder-lisGuitarist, singer, harmonica player, and songwriter Mark Porkchop Holder is a founding member of the seminal Tennessee punk rock blues band The Black Diamond Heavies. His will be releasing his debut solo album, Let It Slide, early next year, it promises to be a blistering blues album that marries both the modern and the traditional.
 
Let It Slide will be available February 10th on all formats via Alive Naturalsound Records.
 
You can stream the track My Black Name here
 
 

Jack Lee’s ‘Bigger Than Life’ To Be Released On 25th November

jack-lee-btlLegendary singer/songwriter Jack Lee has been on the radar of rock fans since the late ’70s, when he formed the iconic power pop band The Nerves, alongside Paul Collins and Peter Case. His songs have been covered by a multitude of artists, including the legendary power pop hit Hanging On The Telephone that has been covered by Blondie and L7, but fans have found his solo work very hard to come by prior to this release. Bigger Than Life is a double album filled with 23 memorable songs, all reissued for the first time since the 1980s, and showcasing the incredible songwriting of this reclusive pop genius. Jack Lee‘s Bigger Than Life will be available this Friday, November 25th on limited edition hand-mixed starburst vinyl and CD formats via Alive Naturalsound Records.
 
You can order Bigger Than Life on starburst vinyl here and on cd here
 

Jack Lee To Release ‘Bigger Than Life’ On November 25th

jack-lee-btlLegendary singer songwriter Jack Lee has been on the radar of rock fans since the late 1970’s, when he formed the iconic power pop band The Nerves, alongside Paul Collins and Peter Case. His songs have been covered by a multitude of artists, including Blondie, Suzy Quatro, L7 and Cat Power, but fans have found his solo work very hard to come by prior to this release. Bigger Than Life is a double album filled with 23 memorable songs, all reissued for the first time since the 1980s, and showcasing the incredible songwriting craft of this reclusive pop genius.
 
Ahead of the release of this anthology the track Come Back And Stay can streamed here
 
You can pre-order Bigger Than Life on ltd edition starburst vinyl here and CD here
 

Datura4 To Release Their Latest Studio Album ‘Hairy Mountain’ 

datura4-hmRock ‘n’ roll fans, please welcome Hairy Mountain, the second album from West Australia’’s Datura4. Building upon the “‘guitars-to-infinity’” approach of Datura4’‘s acclaimed debut LP ‘Demon Blues’, ‘Hairy Mountain’ is ten solid tracks celebrating an unbridled joy for rock ‘’n’’ roll, with a nod to the spiritual presence of their hairy Oz Rock forefathers. Hairy Mountain is the culmination of a lifetime of musical archaeology and the ongoing search for the never ending riff. Datura4‘s Hairy Mountain will be available on limited hand mixed starburst vinyl, CD and digital formats on October 28th via Alive Naturalsound Records.
 
The limited edition starburst vinyl of Hairy Mountain can be ordered here
 

Jack Lee To Release ‘Bigger Than Life’ Anthology

jack-lee-btlLegendary singer songwriter Jack Lee has been on the radar of rock fans since the late ’70s, when he formed the iconic power pop band The Nerves, alongside Paul Collins and Peter Case. His songs have been covered by a multitude of artists, including Blondie, L7 and Suzi Quatro, but fans have found his solo work very hard to come by prior to this release. Bigger Than Life is a double album filled with 23 memorable songs, all reissued for the first time since the 1980s, and showcasing the incredible songwriting of this reclusive pop genius. Jack Lee‘s Bigger Than Life will be available November 25th on limited edition coloured vinyl and CD formats via Alive Naturalsound Records, their website can be viewed here
 
The trailer for Bigger Than Life can be viewed below

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Radio Moscow

Live! In California

Alive Natutalsound Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Before playing Live! In California I’d advise you to acclimatise yourself for a spot of time travel, this record takes you back through time to the era when psychedelia had started to develop a harder age, but before those bands became the bloated rock dinosaurs that punk arose as a reaction against. Radio Moscow are a trio from Iowa that formed back in 2003, they have previously issued four full length studio albums prior to Live! In California ‘s release. This album cherry picks songs from their back catalogue, but they don’t just reproduce them, this is clearly a band who thrive in a live environment and the arrangements are subtly different from the studio versions.

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Live albums can be disappointing affairs, few capture the atmosphere or sound of a concert accurately, Live! In California is not one of those albums, this release proudly boasts having no overdubs and it is a perfect snapshot of a band live. Radio Moscow sound amazing live, the album is full on wall of histrionic guitars, rumbling bass and precise drums, it’s even more impressive when you consider there are only three of them. The band are perfectly synchronised and you get the impression that a fair bit of improvisation takes place, it’s a credit to their musicianship and live chemistry that you can’t tell when this occurs. The production on the album is absolutely crystal clear and the mix is perfect. Whether you’ll enjoy this will depend whether you’re a fan of late 60s and early 70s proto rock and psychedelia, and if you are then you will love this album.

Radio Moscow transport you back through a time warp to somewhere around 1970, this is rock influenced by the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Cream and Blue Cheer. This is a band that sounds like it’s members are making the music they love, yes it’s retro, very retro, everything from the bands appearance through to the sleeve art timestamps this album firmly in the late 60’s or early 70’s. if you play this album to someone I guarantee you that they will think it’s from way back when. Radio Moscow do what they do so well that I find myself not caring that there is nothing contemporary about this band whatsoever, they are unashamedly living in the past and they sound like they like it there.

Radio Moscow are about to embark on a European tour throughout July and August, tour dates can be found here

Live! in California is released on the 8th July 2016 and can be ordered here 

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Left Lane Cruiser

Beck In Black

Alive Naturalsound Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

The trashed-out punk blues duo Left Lane Cruiser have now been around for more than a decade, they are comprised of Freddy J IV on vocals and slide guitar and Pete Dio on drums. They were formed in Fort Wayne, Indiana, or Hades depending on who you ask, Left Lane Cruiser play a trashy mix of blues, punk and bluegrass that reeks of intoxification, they have previously recorded tracks with titles like Dirty Spliff Blues, sadly that song isn’t included on this collection, but you can practically smell the smoke and bourbon that has doubtless informed this album.

Left Lane Cruiser bandI have noticed the blues punk scene has been gaining momentum on both sides of the Atlantic and Left Lane Cruiser are one the pioneers of this burgeoning movement. There’s a good chance you will have unknowingly heard their music before now, it has featured in many hit television series, including Banshee, Breaking Bad, and Nashville. Beck In Black is a collection of songs from Left Lane Cruiser‘s first albums for Alive Naturalsound Records. It was originally released in spring 2016 as an exclusive Metallic Gold Vinyl pressing for Record Store Day, and will now be available on July 8th 2016 on CD and digital formats for the first time, alongside their earlier material there are an additional six previously unreleased songs.

The album opens with one of the new tracks, a mean and moody cover of Hoyt Axton‘s The Pusher, it is followed by my favourite track from the collection, The Circus, this is a swirling dervish of blues punk that is deeply addictive and features some exquisite slide guitar work. The album has a distinct bluegrass feel throughout but it is merged with garage and punk influences that are incorporated seamlessly into the mix to make a truly unique sound that anyone who enjoys the trashy side of garage and punk should investigate.

The download of Beck In Black can be ordered from the usual sources and the CD can be ordered here

Left Lane Cruiser To Release Beck In Black On July 8th

Left Lane Cruiser BIBTrashed-out punk blues duo Left Lane Cruiser has been making records for over a decade, and along with their music being featured in many hit television series such as Banshee, Breaking Bad, and Nashville, they have been receiving critical acclaim. They have toured relentlessly over the years, sharing the stage with artists such as Robert Balfour, T Model Ford, Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, Bob Log III and many others. Beck In Black is a collection of songs from Left Lane Cruiser‘s first albums for Alive. It was originally released this spring as an exclusive Metallic Gold Vinyl pressing for Record Store Day, and will now be available on July 8th on CD and digital formats for the first time, with an additional six previously unreleased songs, including an awesome cover of Hoyt Axton‘s classic The Pusher.
 

You can pre-order the download from iTunes and the vinyl can be ordered here