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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Mark Pountney - Mark II


Liverpudlian Mark Pountney's sophomore album, the aptly titled "Mark II" released earlier this year, is a splendid collection of various tunes with an amazing 60's vibe. On this record, Mark managed to capture the spirit and the sound of the sixties like no one else. 

Here is what Mark told yours truly about this record : "My first band was called the Yarbles (a reference from the film A Clockwork Orange) this later changed to the Marbles. The line up included Edgar Summertyme on bass (The Stairs, Paul Weller, St Etienne) and, for a short time, Russell Pritchard  (The Zutons and now with Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds). 


The songs I wrote and performed, at that time, now appear on "Mark II". Studio time was expensive back then so we only cut a few demos. I thought the songs still had some mileage so began re-recording them last year. I'm not with a band at the moment so I played all of the instruments myself and also took care of the recording and production. 

So "Mark II" was like taking care of unfinished business. It helped me improve my musicianship and technical skills.The album covers for "Mark I" and "Mark II" were designed by my Dad, Derrick."


As far as plans for the future are concerned Mark adds: "The last couple of years have been important - particularly in terms of recording.  I hope to put an album out each year. I'm half way through "Mark III". This will be a blend of the Powerpop and the Americana styles and will bring things more up to date. I have around 200 songs and there are still a few from the early days that I'd like to revisit."

The CD is on heavy rotation here at the Rat house and it seems I just can't get enough of this Beatle-esque pop. So there is only one advice I can give to all the viewers of this blog: go and buy this brilliant record!

Purchase it here: http://www.markpountney.com/

Mark's facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/markpountneymusic

The video of the opening track "Tell me why":

Monday, August 31, 2015

The Breakers - The Breakers


The Breakers - The Breakers (2011)
In WAV - Scans are included

  1. Start The Show  
  2. The Jerry Lee Symptoms  
  3. Rainy Day  
  4. Riot Act  
  5. If You Please  
  6. New York City  
  7. Soulfire  
  8. If You Need Someone  
  9. Baby Blue  
10. Union Street  
11. Temptations  
12. Forever's A Long Time Gone

The Breakers of Copenhagen, Denmark were signed by Little Steven Van Zandt in 2008. The Breakers harken back to when the Rolling Stones, Small Faces, and Yardbirds were Rock and Roll dance bands inspired by the Soul music of Motown, Memphis, and Muscle Shoals.
During the Spring of 2010, The Breakers recorded their third album with Little Steven in NYC. Van Zandt produced the self-titled record and co-wrote several songs. Bob Clearmountain mixed the album.

http://netkups.com/?d=20db5e7d5d06a

Sunday, August 30, 2015

The Mandates - "In The Back Of Your Heart" LP


The Mandates is a fabulous Calgary based rock'n'roll outfit including BRADY: guitar, vocals/ MATT: guitar, vocals /JIMMY - bass /WARREN - drums. 



Fast rhythms and sweet melodies is what defines the electrified pop/punk/glam of the quartet that has come up with its Sophomore full length effort, "In The Back Of Your Heart" a while ago on TAKEN BY SURPRISE records. 




On their new album, The Mandates blast through 11 new tracks of fresh-sounding, exhuberant rock and roll that sounds like it's being played for the fun of it. 

From the first chords of the opening track "Something Wrong" till the last notes of "I got my eyes (in the back of your mind)" it is obvious that the endlessly gigging has made the band tighter than ever and The Mandates have become an unstoppable rock and roll machine churning out an impressive collection of instant hits that will appeal to every fan of The Exploding Hearts, The Dead Boys, The Ramones or The Boys!




Purchase it HERE: - http://www.takenbysurprise.net/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=7&products_id=1778



or HERE : http://mandates.bandcamp.com/music

Friday, August 28, 2015

The Motors - Approved By The Motors


The Motors - Approved By The Motors
In Wav - Scans are included

Airport  
Mammma Rock'n Roller  
Forget About You  
Do You Mind  
You Beat The Hell Outta Me  
Breathless  
Soul Redeemer  
Dreaming Your Life Away  
Sensation  
Today

The Motors debuted in early 1977 with Garvey, McMaster, guitarist Rob Hendry, and drummer Ricky Slaughter, but Hendry was soon replaced by Bram Tchaikovsky later in 1977. The Motors made 2 well-received albums with this lineup, 1 (1977) and Approved by The Motors (1978), and had some chart success in the UK with the singles 'Dancing the Night Away', 'Airport', 'Forget About You', before Bram Tchaikovsky left to go solo later in 1978, with Slaughter also leaving soon after. Bassist Martin Ace and drummer Terry Williams (both formerly of Man, and Williams also from Rockpile) were brought in as replacements and The Motors continued, releasing The Tenement Steps in 1980. But the group disbanded for good by 1982.

http://netkups.com/?d=15c0ab5d98ed6






Tuesday, August 25, 2015

BRAM TCHAIKOVSKY - THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING


BRAM TCHAIKOVSKY - THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING
In Flac - Scans are included

1 Let's Dance  
2 Mr. President  
3 Missfortune  
4 Hollywood Nightmare  
5 Pressure  
6 The Russians Are Coming  
7 Heartache  
8 Letter From The U.S.A.  
9 Can't Give You Reasons  
10 Jeux Sans Frontires (Game With No Rules)  
11 New York Paranoia

Due to the cold war of the time, the original title had to be changed to "Pressure" when it was released in the USA. The track list was also modified and a new artwork elaborated.  Production wise, this record is better that "Strange Man, Changed Man", unfortunately as far as the songwriting is concerned, it's a bit of a disappointment though. Got this a while back from PPC, so all the credit goes to Angelo.

http://netkups.com/?d=5f191ced267c5




Sunday, August 23, 2015

The Vikings - The Best Head Ever


The Vikings - The Best Head Ever
In Wav - Scans are included

1-1 Rock All
1-2 Surrender
1-3 Savage
1-4 Just Head
1-5 My Friend's Little Sister
1-6 No Limp Dick
1-7 Let Her Dance
1-8 Cool To Rock
1-9 Four Eyes
1-10 Let's Go
1-11 Push & Stomp
1-12 5, 4, 3, 2 Baby You're The One
1-13 Bad To Be Good
1-14 Summer Of Hate
1-15 Tonight
1-16 The Fly
1-17 Stop It
1-18 Hard Knox High
1-19 Strikeout King
1-20 First Time
1-21 High Time
1-22 Good Head
1-23 Next Big Thing
1-24 Wannamaker

The Vikings "Live Head"
2-1 Savage
2-2 Hosebag
2-3 Next Big Thing
2-4 Rock All
2-5 High Time
2-6 Good Head
2-7 Tonight
2-8 My Friend's Little Sister
2-9 Surrender
2-10 No Limp Dick
2-11 First Time

THE VIKINGS featured Crazy Stevie Baise (THE DEVIL DOGS) vocals/bass, Knut "Euroboy" Schreiner (TURBONEGRO) lead guitar, Thomas "Happy Tom" Seltzer (TURBONEGRO) drums, & Morten Henrikson (THE YUM YUMS) vocals/ guitar. They released one of the greatest LP's of the 1990's, "Go Berserk", plus 2 singles, & 1 e.p. This remastered 2-disc set collects all their releases plus an incredibly rare live show on disc 2. THE VIKINGS only played live maybe a dozen times! THE VIKINGS do it all! Everything from the power-pop boldness of "Tonight", the raunch of "Rock All", to the crudeness of "Savage".

https://mega.co.nz/#!v4cyxaKQ!VpW_5Wm4-ejaUWb4O2bNxO_574xBWxXPN8Jt8Zm0iJE

Special thanks to Joey R.A. Mone for this rocking contribution.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

The Motors - 1


The Motors - 1
In WAV - Scans are included

1. Dancing The Night Away
2. Freeze
3. Cold Love
4. Phoney Heaven
5. Bring In The Morning Light
6. Emergency
7. Whiskey And Wine
8. Summertime (Is Calling)
9. Be What You Gotta Be (Bonus Track)
10. Dancing The Night Away (7" Version)
11. You Beat The Hell Out Of Me (7" Single Version)
12. Cold Love (Usa 7" Remix)

Formed from the ashes of Pub Rock stalwarts Ducks Deluxe, The Motors were one of those bands very difficult to classify – not Punk, too heavy for New Wave too pop for Heavy Metal, too loud for pop and too ugly to be pop stars! Whatever the tag they wrote some great songs and scored some chart hits in the process not least with the Top Ten "Airport” and the Top 20 "Forget About You”. "You Beat The Hell Out Of Me” was a great stomper and "Be What You Got To Be” gave more than a nod to the Punk explosion of the day. Strong, well crafted and well played SONGS!

http://netkups.com/?d=535577d1805e5

James Leg - Below The Belt out on September 4th via Alive Naturalsound Records.


John Wesley Myers, aka James Leg, is not exactly your average singer. As a matter of fact, he likes to describe himself as a "growler, a shouter, a composer, and a Fender Rhodes finger-fucker". 


The son of a Texas preacher, raised in the South on gospel music, James Leg (Black Diamond Heavies, The Immortal Lee County Killers, Cut In The Hill Gang) has cut his sophomore solo album , the aptly titled "Below The Belt", at Masonic Sounds Studio in Dayton, Kentucky. The album was mixed by renowned producer/engineer Jim Diamond at Ghetto Recorders in Detroit.

The album opens with "Dirty South" a mean rocker driven by a menacing organ riff. "Casa de Fuego" is a great follow up with mariachi like horns and its tequila flavoured atmosphere."Up Above My Head" is a soulful gospel rendition of Sister Rosetta Tharpe's song.


And this track, more than any other, makes you wonder if Leg's music greatly reflects his torments being torn apart between his religious upbringing and the "devil's music" (i.e. rock'n'roll) he is now playing and preaching to the masses.

The devil's music is still ALIVE and James leg is its ultimate preacher. The one who's going to hit you where it hurts: "Below The Belt"



James Leg's Below The Belt will be released on limited vinyl, CD and digital formats on September 4th via Alive Naturalsound Records.

PURCHASE IT HEREhttp://www.alive-records.com/artist/james-leg/





BELOW THE BELT TRACK LISTING:

01. Dirty South
02. Casa De Fuego
03. Up Above My Head
04. Drink It Away
05. October 3rd
06. Glass Jaw
07. Can't Stop Thinking About It
08. A Forest
09. Disappearing
10. What More