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TROUBLE IN THE WIND – SLIDE ROCK – ALBUM REVIEW

Slide rock

If you’re going to be singing about heartbreak, which Trouble in the Wind does generously on their new release Slide Rock, you’d better have a voice that can sell it.

4-PACK ALBUM REVIEW: HOCUS, MRS.HENRY, SUBSURFER AND OLD MAN WIZARD

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Four records were sent to me last year that I listened to a lot and really wanted to write about before the ball dropped but, for one reason or another, just wasn’t able to make it happen. The new year equals a new effort towards time management along with a promise to finish what I start. Cheers!

DARIUS DEGHER – COYOTE CANTOS – ALBUM REVIEW

Darius Degher Coyote Cantos

It’s easy to see why Coyote Cantos was nominated for Best Local Recording at this year’s San Diego Music Awards. The CD has a warm tone that gives Degher’s poetry a chance to breathe underneath the cadence of the band. And if you just let it play a few times over while going through your day, the songs broaden, and the layers of these cantos shine.

EL MONTE SLIM – IF I COULD JUST BREAK EVEN – ALBUM REVIEW

El Monte Slim

El Monte Slim’s If I Could Just Break Even is honky tonk for the every man. The hard-working, doing-the-best-to-get-by attitude the title forecasts, is the discourse the album is built on.

LITTLE HURRICANE HANDS OUT A COLLECTION OF CLASSY COVERS

Stay Classy

Stay Classy’s ten songs create an opportunity for the band to take mild liberty on a handful of diverse, but also recognizable, material. It pulls the curtain back on the foundation of Little Hurricane. Though the dirty blues vibe is strong, and remains their calling card throughout, the covers give them a chance to dip their toes in some otherwise uncharted territory.

PAUL CANNON BAND – HOMEGROWN – ALBUM REVIEW

Homegrown

The happy-go-lucky, jingle-jangle acoustic guitar singalong “Homegrown’” casts Cannon in the role of hippie minstrel, sending out positive, grateful vibrations to America’s finest city.

BOY KING – MASTER – ALBUM REVIEW

Boy King

Boy King’s new album, Master, is a face full of fuzzed out power chord guitar grinds, hammering back beats, and a wailing blast furnace lead vocal. With a respectful nod to early Sabbath and Zeppelin, Boy King conjures up a punishing three-piece rock sound loaded with punk rock boldness.

THE MIDNIGHT PINE – AWAKE NOW – ALBUM REVIEW

Midnight Pine

The Midnight Pine’s album, Awake Now, takes the lyrics from Al Howard (The Heavy Guilt, The Black Sands) and uses them to create a sparse backdrop for the ethereal musings of lead singer Shelbi Bennett. Bennett’s soft spoken vocals are sensual and innocent, drifting through generations of sounds with absolutely no shtick or pretension. Although only 21 years old, Bennett’s voice carries a timeless quality in its delivery and performance that reaches into distinctive eras and captivates the ear upon first listen.

TOP 5 ALBUMS OF 2012

2012

Locally, this year has been one to remember in the way of new music. It’s no easy task to nail down a Top 5, but these records definitely deserve the high praise. Here’s our Top 5 San Diego Albums of the Year.

BLACK MARKET III – SONGS THAT SHAKE THE CAGE – ALBUM REVIEW

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The new release from Black Market III, Songs That Shake The Cage, features Scottie Blinn powering through an album of mostly covers with a gritty growl, creating a rough and tumble landscape for his three piece band to ride rough shod over. Usually an album of covers is enough to stop me from giving it more than a listen, but “Mad Dog” Blinn grabs these songs by the throat and chokes the truth out of them.

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