The Living Eyes – Ways To Make A Living

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they are continuing the australian invasion in the very best of ways, marrying snotty garage, melodic diy pop and lo-fi punk rock into one hell of a catchy fucking single–WAYS TO MAKE A LIVING, out now on ANTI FADE RECORDS, a label that you incidentally ought to check out now, LIVINGS EYES’ new 7 inch combines the classic guitar riffs of the 13th Floor Elevators and Kinks with the bounce of Ty Segall and The Oh Sees…….
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Billy Gibbons & Co – Oh Well

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Just days after the announcement of a new Fleetwood Mac tribute album, fans can hear the first offering. ZZ Top‘s Billy Gibbons fronts a group that slows down and swampifies the 1969 hit ‘Oh Well.’
No one will accuse Gibbons, Matt Sweeney and Blake Mills of being intimidated by the already bluesy rock song. Their version is an original, born from the mud of Mississippi Delta.
This new power trio stretch a two or three minute cut (original version) to nearly five minutes of rootsy rambling with bare bones percussion and organ garnish. Gibbons is a burly behemoth on vocals, which don’t begin until almost 90 seconds into the song.
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Shovels & Rope – O’ Be Joyful

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Shovels & Rope is a Charleston, South Carolina-based duo consisting of Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent. They perform as an energetic two-piece band, stirring up a righteous racket with two old guitars, a handful of harmonicas, the occasional keyboard, and a junkyard drum kit harvested from an actual garbage heap and adorned with tambourines, flowers and kitchen rags.

The songs are the deadliest arrows in this bands quiver. Raw and imagined, effortless and insightful, the pair’s panoramic songwriting and raucous performances drive Shovels & Rope’s newest release O’ Be Joyful. Recorded in the twosome’s house, backyard and van, as well as various motel rooms across America, the 11-song set offers a compelling encapsulation of Hearst and Trent’s unique approach, channeling their creative chemistry.
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Styx – Boat On The River

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Styx’ 1979 album Cornerstone yielded their only No. 1 hit, the DeYoung ballad “Babe.” By early 1980, “Babe” had become the band’s biggest international hit and first million-selling single, reaching number six in the United Kingdom. The album also included the No. 26 DeYoung hit “Why Me” and “Borrowed Time,” which was co-written with Shaw, plus Shaw’s “Boat on the River”, which was a hit in most of Europe. The popularity of the album helped win the band a People’s Choice Award for Best New Song in 1980. At the 22nd Grammy Awards, Styx received a nomination for Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group, and Cornerstone’s engineers Gary Loizzo and Rob Kingsland were nominated for a Grammy for Best Engineered Recording.
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