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Sullivan Fortner – Moments Preserved (2018) [FLAC]

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Release Name: Sullivan_Fortner-Moments_Preserved-CD-FLAC-2018-BOCKSCAR
Artist: Sullivan Fortner
Album: Moments Preserved
Genre: Jazz
Year: 2018
Tracks: 12
Duration: 00:47:52
Size: 235.76 MB

Three years after the release of Sullivan Fortner’s charming Impulse! Records debut, Aria, the 31-year-old New Orleans-bred pianist and composer returns with his enchanting sophomore effort, Moments Preserved, which finds him leading a sterling trio with bassist Ameen Saleem and drummer Jeremy “Bean” Clemons. Produced by Grammy-winning Brian Bacchus, Moments Preserved arrived at the end of a productive recording period; Fortner participated on six recording sessions in less than two months. Nevertheless, he hails Moments Preserved as one of the “most honest and emotionally direct” albums he’s made yet. While gathering tunes for the album, he reflected on many key life moments that have occurred since winning the 2008 Leonore Annenberg Arts Fellowship and the 2015 Cole Porter Fellowship. Those moments include concluding his eight-year tenure in Roy Hargrove’s band then emerging as a bandleader.

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Slaves – Beautiful Death (2018) [FLAC]

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Release Name: Slaves-Beautiful_Death-CD-FLAC-2018-FAiNT
Artist: Slaves
Album: Beautiful Death
Genre: Hardcore
Year: 2018
Tracks: 10
Duration: 00:37:33
Size: 263.16 MB

Beautiful Death is the third full-length studio album by American rock band Slaves, released on February 16, 2018, by The Orchard and SBG Records. The album serves as a follow-up to the band’s second studio album, Routine Breathing (2015) and is the group’s first release since their departure from Artery Recordings. It was produced by Erik Ron and was recorded at Grey Area Studios in Los Angeles, California.

The album was supported by its lead single, “I’d Rather See Your Star Explode”, which was released on January 20, 2017. The album produced four more singles, “True Colors”, “Patience Is the Virtue”, “I Know a Lot of Artists”, and “The Pact”. The band embarked on the Beautiful Death Tour in September and October 2017 in the United States.

As of February 21, 2018, the album has charted internationally in five countries on the iTunes Charts: the US (#5), Australia (#11), Canada (#22), Britain (#30) and Germany (#64).

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Ray Davies – Our Country: Americana Act II (2018) [FLAC]

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Release Name: Ray_Davies-Our_Country_Americana_Act_II-CD-FLAC-2018-THEVOiD
Artist: Ray Davies
Album: Our Country: Americana Act II
Genre: Rock
Year: 2018
Tracks: 19
Duration: 01:01:06
Size: 395.26 MB

The continuing story of The Kinks co-founder’s journeys through America, as depicted in his 2013 memoir Americana and 2017’s album of the same name, ‘Our Country: Americana Act II’ is a concept album borne from Davies’ vision of America – how it shaped him and evolved through the years. Like its predecessor, the album was recorded at the legendary Konk Studios in London with guitarist Bill Shanley and The Jayhawks once again serving as Davies’ backing band.

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Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (2009) [FLAC]

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Release Name: Phoenix-Wolfgang_Amadeus_Phoenix-CD-FLAC-2009-FAWN
Artist: Phoenix
Album: Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
Genre: Rock
Year: 2009
Tracks: 10
Duration: 00:36:23
Size: 239.83 MB

Realigned with Philippe Zdar, the half of Cassius who mixed United, Phoenix make adjustments on the polarizing characteristics of their second and third albums — the pokey and occasionally listless Alphabetical, the jagged and tune-deficient It’s Never Been Like That — with some of the most direct and enjoyable songs they’ve made to date. The two opening songs, the bopping “Lisztomania” and the buzzing “1901,” are so immediate and prone to habitual play that the remainder of the album is bound to be neglected. There is plenty to like beyond that point, including “Lasso,” which niftily alternates between a tangled rhythm and tight-spiral riffing, and the labyrinthine “Pt. 1” of “Love Like a Sunset,” which serves the same purpose as the extended instrumental passages on Roxy Music’s Avalon, at least until its rousing conclusion and shift into “Pt. 2.” Beyond containing the band’s best, most efficient songwriting, the album also stands apart from the first three studio albums by projecting a cool punch that is unforced. Vocalist Thomas Mars, more bright-eyed and youthful than ever, also sounds more a part of these songs, rather than coming across as a protruding element that clashes against the instruments. Maybe they’ve just hit their stride.

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Phoenix – Alphabetical (2004) [FLAC]

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Release Name: Phoenix-Alphabetical-CD-FLAC-2004-FAWN
Artist: Phoenix
Album: Alphabetical
Genre: Rock
Year: 2004
Tracks: 10
Duration: 00:37:29
Size: 224.24 MB

Alphabetical is Phoenix’s second album, trailing their debut by nearly four years. It’s much less of a mishmash than its predecessor, basing itself around the group’s soft, cunningly arranged pop that occasionally reaches beyond ’70s AM and ’80s sophisti-pop to slip in discreet traces of hip-hop. During their time away, Phoenix became much more proficient as synthesists; certain moments on 2000’s United seemed to signal, “Here’s where we declare our love of country music,” or “Here’s the song where we try to sound exactly like Todd Rundgren.” This issue has been fixed; the seams that bind their inspirations are now less visible. They’re also much better songwriters now, but the lack of variation — in tempo and in sound — nearly wipes out the positives by leaving the album with a sluggishness. It’s particularly troublesome if you’re not in a very specific mood (not simply laid-back, but a kind of laid-back) and want to stay there for the duration of the listen. The album would’ve benefited from a song or two with the vigor of United’s “Too Young” and “If I Ever Feel Better” to break up the monotony; and tracks three through 11 are nowhere near the high level of tracks one and two, making the album drag all the more as it plays out. If not a qualified across-the-board improvement, Alphabetical is at least a good record by a group with plenty of unrealized potential. Perhaps they should stick to singles.

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Otep – Kult 45 (2018) [FLAC]

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Release Name: Otep-Kult_45-CD-FLAC-2018-BOCKSCAR
Artist: Otep
Album: Kult 45
Genre: Heavy Metal
Year: 2018
Tracks: 16
Duration: 01:13:25
Size: 389.03 MB

Proudly carrying the torch that artists like Zack de la Rocha, Woody Guthrie, Chuck D, System of a Down, and Kendrick Lamar lit up with their politically charged lyrics, the talented singer, rapper, poet, illustrator, author, and activist OTEP SHAMAYA has proven to be one of the prolific, loudest and most sincere voices in protest music! On KULT 45, the powerhouse eighth studio album, OTEP expertly fuses aggressive and pervasive metal molotovs, imbued with eruptive rapcore, that captivate the mind and body, not only with lyrically-embraced social enlightenment, but with poignant messages regarding the current political and cultural conditions in America. On hymns such as ‘Halt Right’ and ‘Molotov’, OTEP thrashes out with brute force and skillful pun, clearly calling out against the return of odiferous hate groups. With the more emotionally charged ‘Shelter In Place’ OTEP speaks out against school shootings and gun violence while also commending the strength and courage of survivors and the passion and devotion of the Parkland high school students who organized and set forth the MARCH FOR OUR LIVES movement. Later the album segues to a beautiful ballad called BRAVE that seductively beckons listeners to abandon their comfort zones and go after their dreams. “Things needed to be said and songs needed to be written without fear so to bravely reflect the times.” Shamaya explains that KULT 45 is the most authentic album OTEP has ever released. The album closes out with a cover of the classic song “Wake Up” – a tribute to the legends, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE.

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Mt. Joy – Mt. Joy (2018) [FLAC]

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Release Name: Mt._Joy-Mt._Joy-CD-FLAC-2018-FORSAKEN
Artist: Mt. Joy
Album: Mt. Joy
Genre: Rock
Year: 2018
Tracks: 13
Duration: 00:44:24
Size: 247.87 MB

The first full-length from Los Angeles’ Mt. Joy. In just over a year of being a band and after only releasing a few tracks, Mt. Joy has amassed over 10 million plays on Spotify after appearing on a few influential playlists. They also landed festival bookings at Lollapalooza, Newport Folk Festival, Made In America, SXSW, and Bonnaroo, as well as opening slots for The Head and the Heart, The Lone Bellow, Whitney, and The Revivalists in 2017. In 2018, they will tour with Neko Case as well as go on their own headlining tour supporting their self-titled debut album.

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Mike Zito – First Class Life (2018) [FLAC]

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Release Name: Mike_Zito-First_Class_Life-CD-FLAC-2018-BOCKSCAR
Artist: Mike Zito
Album: First Class Life
Genre: Blues
Year: 2018
Tracks: 11
Duration: 00:44:50
Size: 291.06 MB

2018 release. Blues-rock is a tightrope – and Mike Zito has never lost his footing. At times in his storied two-decade career, the Texas bandleader has rolled up the amps and rocked as hard as anyone. Yet his lifelong fascination with the blues has always reeled him back in. And now, having shaken the rafters with 2016’s acclaimed Make Blues Not War, First Class Life finds Mike diving deep into the only genre that can do justice to his hard-won true stories of hardship and redemption. “Make Blues was pretty extreme and rocking,” he reflects. “This time, I was definitely thinking more blues.” First Class Life is a fitting album title from a man who remembers the hard times. “The title track is a nod to where I’ve come from and where I’m at,” explains the songwriter whose promising early career was almost destroyed by addiction. “It’s a rags-to-riches story, and it’s certainly true. I grew up poor in St. Louis, and now I’m travelling the world to sing my songs. In the world of excess America, I may not look ‘rich’, but in my world, I most certainly am. I have a beautiful family, I’m clean and sober, and I get to play music.”

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Lazerbeak – Lava Bangers (2012) [FLAC]

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Release Name: Lazerbeak-Lava_Bangers-CD-FLAC-2012-FATHEAD
Artist: Lazerbeak
Album: Lava Bangers
Genre: Hip-Hop
Year: 2012
Tracks: 20
Duration: 00:38:47
Size: 243.33 MB

Lava Bangers is the second studio album by American hip hop producer Lazerbeak, a member of Minneapolis indie hip hop collective Doomtree. The album was released January 24, 2012 on Doomtree Records and features scratches from DJ Plain Ole Bill.

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