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American Royalty


American Royalty – [Matchstick] + [I’ve Been Fighting For You]

American Royalty

American Royalty are Los Angeleos based psychedelic-blues rockers

American Royalty – Matchstick:

I guess I should tell you upfront that this track has a bit of a build up, sixty seconds of ongoing pleasant piano riffs, but if you can handle then your ears surely will be rewarded with the wonderful changing of pace. That change of pace is the psychedelic electronic frenzy that seems to play a huge influence on the brand of alternative rock made by American Royalty. It’s true that I could sit here all day trying to list genres that this unique band might encompass, but if I were to pick two from the crowd they’d have to be electronic and blues. Makes for a hell-of-a combination as is clearly evident by the head spinning Matchstick. (I mean come on! Did you hear that breakdown?!) However, this is far from the only note worthy track made by American Royalty. I’d easily recommend any of the three songs found on the band’s latest record Matchstick EP. I know three doesn’t seem like much but we’re talking about three completely solid individual jams, and at $1 a piece that sounds like a steal. American Royalty know how to set the bar real high and I can not wait until I can see what these guys do with a full album. I also highly recommend giving the bonus track I’ve Been Fighting For You a listen.

BONUS: American Royalty – I’ve Been Fighting For You:

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Song of the Day! The Dead Weather – The Difference Between Us

The Dead Weather bring us their wonderful collaboration from Nashville, Tennessee

Ok, so what if The Difference Between Us isn’t the newest song to come out, but it does not change the fact that it is an excellent song by a band consisting of an alternative rock dream team- Alison Mosshart (of The Kills), Jack White (of The White Stripes and The Raconteurs), Dean Fertita (of Queens of the Stone Age) and Jack Lawrence (of The Raconteurs and The Greenhornes). The Dead Weather released their second and latest album Sea of Cowards nearly a year ago this time and it still holds the same pristine value to me now as it did then. The album excels in dishing out bluesy grunge rock that just hits you hard and not to mention amazing vocals that switch between Mosshart and Mr. White. After countless spins in my car’s CD player and tons of scrobbles through Itunes it was rather easy to come to the conclusion that Sea of Cowards was one of the best albums of 2010. I could easily go track by track listening without issue, in fact I enjoy the songs that much more when I listen to the album front to back. If you haven’t had the chance to listen to Sea of Cowards then stop what your doing and go find a copy, you will absolutely not regret it.

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Song of the Day! The Kills – The Future Starts Slow

The Kills slowly bring us the future from the UK.

EDIT: Seems The Kills record company has taken down Blood Pressures from soundcloud. I will post a secondary link ASAP.

EDIT#2: Well apparently Blood Pressures is no longer available to stream on any service via web. Domino Records has decided to take down the album from all streaming services.

Edit#3: Well i’m not going to leave you hanging high and dry. You guys will have to settle with the equally awesome track Satellite while I wait for Domino Records to take their boot of my face.

The Kills – Satellite


What a hell of a way to kick off a new album! The Kills new album Blood Pressures drops today and what better way the celebrate then to share the album’s brilliant opening track with everyone. This song is dripping with that signature sound I have come to love and associate with The Kills so much. The Future Starts Slow is all about never giving up on the one you care about no matter how hard you have to struggle to keep yourselves afloat. The new album is full of tracks that analyze the dark corners of  relationships and the complex twists and turns encountered as we try to please one another. I have had to joy of being able to listen through all of Blood Pressures and I am very very pleased to say The Kills have a released a solid piece of art that rivals their amazing 2008 albumMidnight Boom. The more I listen, the more it grows and it maybe too early to say but I have a feeling this an album I will associate with “Best of 2011” at some point in my life.


Song of the Day! Adele – Rolling In the Deep

Adele gives us her signature soul out of Britain

[UPDATE: Adele grow way beyond the bounds of soundcloud so here is a link to the video:]

Whoa! Move over Florence, Adele is here to claim her title as the best female British singer in today’s musical market. You can just feel the soul and passion flowing out of Adele as she belts out beautiful notes over foot stomping beats in Rolling In the Deep. This is the kind of song that has the ability to transcend genere and excite people of all walks of life. This stuff usually isn’t my cup of tea but after this glorious tune I’m down to see if all the hype is true for Adele’s latest album 21, which was released earlier in January. I hope songs like this will inspire more artist to look back at earlier genres, such as the blues and soul, to influence their future music.

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Song of The Day! The Black Keys – Sinister Kid

The Black Keys have sure showed everyone what some heart and blues can do in todays over-saturated music market. Walking away with 3 Grammy awards is a a pretty big way to set yourself out from the crowd. I do rather hope, though, people are already aware of the bounty of amazing songs present on Brothers. Sinister Kid is one of those album tracks you probably haven’t gotten around to hearing, so do yourself a favor and take a listen this song about a demented youth.