Echobelly – Anarchy and Alchemy (2017) [WEB FLAC]

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Artist: Echobelly
Album: Anarchy and Alchemy
Genre: Rock
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 276 mb
Source: Digital Download
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

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Led by vocalist Sonya Aurora Madan, Echobelly fused the ironic, self-absorbed viewpoint of the Smiths with stylish Blondie posturing and a solid guitar crunch. Defiantly politically correct, the group cultivated a fair amount of praise within the British press at the beginning of their career, but as the Brit-pop craze of the mid-’90s wore on, the group was slowly eclipsed by such contemporaries as Elastica and Sleeper. Nevertheless, Echobelly earned a dedicated cult following in the U.S. and U.K., as well as a devoted fan base within Japan. Madan formed Echobelly circa 1992 with Glenn Johansson (guitar), Debbie Smith (guitar), Alex Keyser (bass), and Andy Henderson (drums). The group’s first single, “Bellyache,” was released in late 1993 to positive reviews from the U.K. weekly music press and managed to debut at number 15 on the indie charts. By early 1994, they broke the Top 40 with “I Can’t Imagine the World Without Me.” Everybody’s Got One, the band’s debut album, was released in the fall of 1994 to positive reviews and strong sales within the U.K.; it was released in the U.S. in the spring of 1995 to little attention. By the summer of 1995, British indie guitar music had overtaken the pop consciousness, and Echobelly were poised to break into the mainstream. Though the band was plagued by some behind-the-scenes problems — bassist Alex Keyser was replaced by James Harris after the recording of their second album, On — they didn’t quite manage to make the leap. “Great Things,” the first single from On, entered the charts at number 13, but each subsequent single, and the album itself, didn’t fare as well. Nevertheless, the group retained a strong following within Japan over the course of 1995, where they were considered superstars. In 1997, Echobelly issued Lustra. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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Alestorm – No Grave but the Sea [Deluxe Edition] (2017) [WEB FLAC]

Alestorm - No Grave but the Sea [Deluxe Edition] (2017) [WEB FLAC] Download

Artist: Alestorm
Album: No Grave but the Sea [Deluxe Edition]
Genre: Metal
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 675 mb
Source: Digital Download
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

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The one and only heavy metal pirates of ALESTORM are back, and they’ve brought with them their 5th full length album: “No Grave But The Sea”! So put on your eyepatch and let the rum flow freely for the unstoppable international party machine. No other band in the galaxy creates such epic modern symphonic folk metal anthems with endless hooks that will be stuck in your head until the heat death of the universe. Or in Alestorm’s own words…”Stupid songs about getting drunk and stealing treasure”. Twisted together with blistering harmonized guitar & keyboard solos, thunderous power metal majesty, and unrelenting modern metal riffing, “No Grave But The Sea” is nothing less than the perfect soundtrack to the most epic battle of your life. “A pirate’s life is simple; we drink and steal and kill!” So raise up your tankard into the sky for this brand new treasure of pirate metal!

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Chris Brown – Collection (2005-2015) [FLAC]

Chris Brown - Collection (2005-2015) [FLAC] Download

Artist: Chris Brown
Album: Collection
Genre: R&B
Year: 2005-2015
Size: ~ 5.12 GB
Source: CDs
Format: FLAC (tracks + .cue)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

Description:

In November 2005, Chris Brown’s Scott Storch-produced “Run It!” — a rewrite of Usher’s “Yeah!” — topped the Billboard Hot 100, making the 16-year-old singer the first male artist in over a decade to achieve the feat with a debut single. While there was nowhere to go but down, at least in terms of chart positions, the pop-oriented R&B vocalist was only getting started. By the end of the decade, he was one of the biggest active pop stars, with a clutch of Top Ten singles and platinum albums to his credit, along with constant comparisons to Michael Jackson and several acting roles on the side. His momentum slowed little when, in 2009, he pleaded guilty to assaulting girlfriend Rihanna — one of the year’s biggest celebrity news stories. His commercial clout remained, as his successive albums regularly topped the Billboard all-genre and R&B charts.

Chris BrownBrown came from a small Virginia town called Tappahannock. Like a lot of kids born during the mid- to late ’80s, he was initially into his parents’ favorite music but eventually fell under the spell of hip-hop. Around the time he reached puberty, he discovered his singing ability and switched his focus away from MC’ing. A move to New York led to being discovered by Tina Davis, a Def Jam A&R executive who became the singer’s manager shortly after losing her position to the Sony-BMG merger. The Jive label, due in part to its track record with younger artists who had established longevity (like Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake), won the bidding war for Brown and lined up several production and songwriting heavyweights, including Jermaine Dupri, Bryan-Michael Cox, Dre & Vidal, Sean Garrett, and Storch, for his self-titled first album. An immediate Top Ten hit when it was released in 2005, Chris Brown not only featured the number one “Run It!” but two other Top Ten singles in “Yo (Excuse Me Miss)” and “Say Goodbye.” Exclusive, released in 2007 and a bit of a departure from the squeaky-clean image displayed throughout the debut, was even more successful, featuring the number one single “Kiss Kiss” and two other Top Five hits. Yet another Top Five hit came with “No Air,” a duet with Jordin Sparks that appeared on Sparks’ own self-titled album.
Graffiti In March 2009, Brown was charged with felonious assault of Rihanna — an altercation that had prevented his then-girlfriend from taking the stage at the Grammy Awards. Brown was scheduled to perform as well, but he did not appear and maintained a low profile for several months. A fairly substantial backlash resulted in Brown’s songs being pulled from rotation on several radio stations. Ultimately, however, it had little bearing on the progress of his music and acting careers; the week prior to the December release of his third album, Graffiti, the single “I Can Transform Ya” was well on its way to reaching the Top 20 of the Hot 100, and his acting roles — which had already included spots in Stomp the Yard and a recurring role on The O.C. — hadn’t shown any sign of drying up. Graffiti fell considerably short of gold-selling status, but it was nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of Best Contemporary R&B Album, and the Tank collaboration, “Take My Time,” was nominated for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.
F.A.M.E. Weeks after the 2011 Grammy Awards ceremony, Brown released his fourth album, F.A.M.E., which already had four singles on the charts. That album topped the Billboard 200 and the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop charts, and it also took the 2012 Grammy for Best R&B Album. During the ceremony, he performed a medley of “Beautiful People” (off F.A.M.E.) and “Turn Up the Music,” the latter of which previewed Fortune, his fifth album, released in May 2012 and an immediate chart-topper in the U.S. Brown toured Asia, Europe, and Africa during the rest of the year, and prepped his sixth album. A sequence of several singles that began with “Fine China” preceded X, released in September 2014, two weeks after he pleaded guilty to simple assault (for an altercation with a man, which had occurred the previous October). Less inspired by European dance-pop and more R&B-oriented than his previous release, the album included contributions from Lil Wayne, R. Kelly, Usher, Rick Ross, and Brandy, among many others. Four of its singles peaked within the R&B Top 10. Only five months after the release of X, Brown and Tyga, who had previously teamed up for one of those singles — “Loyal,” as well as the earlier “Deuces” — teamed up for Fan of a Fan: The Album. By the end of 2015, Brown released Royalty, his seventh proper album, which was propped up by the Top 20 pop hit “Back to Sleep.” The following year, “Grass Ain’t Greener” and “Party” preceded their early-2017 parent album, Heartbreak on a Full Moon.

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!!! (Chk Chk Chk) – Collection (1999-2017) [FLAC]

!!! (Chk Chk Chk) - Collection (1999-2017) [FLAC] Download

Artist: !!! (Chk Chk Chk)
Album: Collection
Genre: Punk
Year: 1999-2017
Size: ~ 7.23 GB
Source: CDs, Digital download
Format: FLAC (tracks + .cue / tracks)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

Description:

!!!, which can be pronounced by repeating any one-syllable percussive sound three times (e.g., “chk chk chk”), formed in 1996 after the demise of the Yah Mos; while on tour, members of that post-hardcore act envisioned forming a band oriented toward danceable music, and once they returned to their native Sacramento, California, they turned the concept into an actual group. The band quickly became an eight-member ensemble: Nic Offer on vocals, Mario Andreoni on guitar, Justin van der Volgen on bass, Dan Gorman on trumpet and percussion, Tyler Pope on guitar, Allan Wilson on saxophone and percussion, Mikel Gius on drums, and Jason Racine on percussion.

Me and Guiliani Down by the School Yard!!! spent their first few years developing their groove-oriented, post-punk-indebted sound while playing local house parties. At the same time, Offer, Pope, and van der Volgen were in a dub-inflected instrumental outfit called Out Hud. After releasing a 7″ on Hopscotch and a split single with Out Hud in 1998, the two bands issued a split full-length, a 1999 release jointly sponsored by Gold Standards Laboratories (a Sacramento label) and Zum (a San Francisco zine). After extensive touring of the States, !!! released a self-titled album on GSL in December 2000. Soon after, the band reentered the studio and recorded enough material for a follow-up. Some members moved to New York, but the group remained intact and active as it booked regional tours. In 2003, the band issued Me and Giuliani Down by the School Yard (A True Story), its first release — a ringing, hypnotic single nine minutes in length — for Touch & Go. It set the tone for 2004’s politically charged Louden Up Now, mixed to bold effect by Maurice Fulton. The relatively lighthearted Myth Takes and Strange Weather, Isn’t It? (their first for new label Warp) were the band’s third and fourth albums, released respectively in March 2007 and August 2010.
Thr!!!er Before their next album, there were some major personnel shifts, as longtime member Pope departed and was replaced by bassist Rafael Cohen, and drummer Paul Quattrone joined. The group’s fifth album, Thr!!!er, was released in April of 2013 and featured production by Spoon’s Jim Eno and vocals from Sonia Moore, a onetime backing vocalist for MC Hammer. They followed it up with an EP of remixes, R!M!X!S, later that year. To prep for the next album, Offer retreated to his N.Y.C. bedroom studio, working with Cohen and eventually finishing 40 songs. They cut it down to the best 30 and hit studios in N.Y.C., Los Angeles, and Austin to record them with help from Eno again, as well as Chris Coady and Patrick Ford, though most of the album was self-produced by the band. As If was released by Warp in October of 2015.
Shake the Shudder!!!’s next album was hatched in a practice space in Barcelona, where they began working out songs during lengthy recorded jam sessions before heading back to their N.Y.C. studio with Patrick Ford, where the core group of Offer, Cohen, Quattrone, Andreoni, and Gorman was augmented by a host of guest artists like Lea Lea, Meah Pace, Nicole Fayu, Cameron Mesirow, and Molly Schnick. The songs began to come together in late 2016 when the band, unnerved and inspired by the political climate, decided to head back to the studio, strip the nearly finished tracks down to the basics, and essentially start over. They recorded 17 songs in four days, then sent them to producers Joakim, Phil Moffa, and Matt Wiggins to give them extra dancefloor punch. The resulting record, 2017’s Shake the Shudder, was the band’s slickest and most focused to date.

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Caspian – Collection (2005-2016) [FLAC]

Caspian - Collection (2005-2016) [FLAC] Download

Artist: Caspian
Album: Collection
Genre: Rock
Year: 2005-2016
Size: ~ 2.63 GB
Source: CDs, Digital download
Format: FLAC (image + .cue / tracks)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

Description:

Formed in 2004, Massachusetts post-rockers Caspian soon made a big enough name for themselves that by the onset of 2005, they were opening for scene legends Mono. Made up of members Philip Jamieson (guitars, keyboards, samples), Calvin Joss (guitar, glockenspiel), Chris Friedrich (bass), Joe Vickers (drums) and — since 2007 — Erin Burke-Morgan, Caspian released their first EP, You Are the Conductor, in late 2005. That was followed by a handful of regional and national tours, culminating in a deal with Dopamine Records, which would then release the group’s first full-length endeavor, The Four Trees, in 2007. Their second LP, the critically acclaimed Tertia, saw the light of day in the latter half of 2009, and was followed by a pair of European tours, a North American tour, and even a pair of shows in China. In 2011, the band headed back into the studio to begin work on their third long-player. The resulting Waking Season was produced by Matt Bayles and received glowing praise from both the fans and the press, with Spin magazine going so far as to call it “the Best Post-Rock Album of the Year.” The following three years proved to be tumultuous for the group, with the 2013 death of founding bassist Chris Friedrich casting a shadow over their recent success, but Caspian’s tenacity ultimately won out, and in 2015 they released their long-awaited fourth studio outing Dust & Disquiet.

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The Dandy Warhols – Collection (1995-2012) [FLAC]

The Dandy Warhols - Collection (1995-2012) [FLAC] Download

Artist: The Dandy Warhols
Album: Collection
Genre: Alternative
Year: 1995-2012
Size: ~ 3.81 GB
Source: CDs
Format: FLAC (tracks + .cue)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

Description:

The psychedelic alternative quartet the Dandy Warhols formed in Portland, Oregon in 1994. Initially, the band invited comparisons to influences the Velvet Underground and Ride, but their cool, detached demeanors and knack for melody also provided America with an answer to Brit-pop. The Dandy Warhols were founded by Courtney Taylor (vocals, guitar), Zia McCabe (keyboards), Peter Holmstrom (guitar), and Eric Hedford (drums), who signed on with the independent label Tim/Kerr shortly after their formation. In 1995, the Dandies released their debut, Dandy’s Rule OK?, and while other rock bands may be a bit hesitant to spell out their influences, the Dandy Warhols decided to openly advertise it, as the album contained such song titles as “Lou Weed” and “Ride.”
The Dandy Warhols Come Down Capitol signed the group the same year, but the Dandys’ new label rejected a second album they submitted (claiming it didn’t have any “hits”). Disappointed but undeterred, the group reunited once more with the producer of their debut album, Tony Lash, and came up with Dandy Warhols Come Down, issued in 1997. While the album didn’t exactly establish the group as a household name, it did prove to be an underground fave, especially in Europe, where the group became the toast of the critics and enjoyed more substantial commercial success. The single “Not If You Were the Last Junkie on Earth” received modest attention, for which a promo video was filmed by renowned celebrity photographer David LaChapelle. As the band’s popularity began to increase, Hedford left the band to take up DJing in Portland, and Taylor’s cousin Brent DeBoer stepped in to play drums. In 2000, the band issued its third full-length, Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia. “Bohemian Like You” was a hit in the UK and on American college radio, going on to become one of their most iconic songs. Two summers later, founding member Peter Holmstrom married his longtime girlfriend and took her maiden name of Loew. Taylor also got a name change when he opted to go by Courtney Taylor-Taylor after an interviewer misinterpreted the pronunciation.
Welcome to the Monkey House Within months, Taylor-Taylor, Loew, McCabe, and DeBoer were back in the studio for a fourth album. Welcome to the Monkey House (2003), a tribute to Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.’s book of short stories, featured collaborations with Nile Rodgers, Duran Duran’s Nick Rhodes, and Evan Dando. The Dandy Warhols were also personally asked by David Bowie to be the opening act for his fall 2003 A Reality tour. That album spawned another hit for the band, the synth-disco jam, “We Used To Be Friends.” Though the band was relatively quiet during 2004, they remained prominent thanks to the fascinating documentary Dig!, which chronicled the love-hate relationship between the Dandy Warhols and the Brian Jonestown Massacre. The group returned with new music in 2005, when the uneven Odditorium or Warlords of Mars arrived that fall. Three years later, the Dandy Warhols released their sixth album, the return-to-form Earth to the Dandy Warhols, in both digital and physical formats on their own Beat the World label; the album also featured collaborations with Mark Knopfler and the Heartbreakers’ Mike Campbell. In 2009, the band decided to release a reworking of Monkey House titled The Dandy Warhols Are Sound, which, according to the band, presented their original vision of the 2003 album. 2010 saw big changes for the group, as they split with Capitol Records and released a greatest-hits from that era, which included a new track, “This Is the Tide,” the first Dandy’s song featuring DeBoer on vocals. The Dandies continued their maturation in sound with their ninth album, 2012’s This Machine. In 2013, the band rang in the 13th anniversary of their break-out third album, Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia, by reissuing a deluxe version of the LP and heading out on the road to perform the album live. The tour resulted in the band’s first-ever live album, Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia Live at the Wonder. A second live recording, Live at the X-Ray Cafe, was released by Voodoo Doughnut for Record Store Day in 2016. The EP captured their eighth gig ever from 1994. That same year, their growth continued on their ninth studio album, the patient and pastoral Distortland.

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Kris Berry – Berry Street (2017) [CD FLAC]

Kris Berry - Berry Street (2017) [CD FLAC] Download

Artist: Kris Berry
Album: Berry Street
Genre: Pop
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 294 mb
Source: CD
Format: FLAC (tracks + .cue)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

Description:

In search of the sound for the new album, Berry merged gospel, soul, hip-hop, and her love for the nineties in a most sensual way. Berry Street, in many ways, is a harmonic configuration of most of her childhood; ghetto blaster on her shoulder; Southern Gospel from recollections of Sunday school hymns. The echo of Nina Simone on grandma’s radio, as well as the imprint of an ever-eclectic message from Wyclef Jean to Tracey Chapman. A “personal, rhythmic, soulful and modern take on the nineties” – inspired by a wide range of artists and a cross-genre perspective. Think Staple Singers, Bobbie Gentry, Eryka Badu and Quadron.

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