s/t[engl] ”What we do is a secret, what we do is a hoax,” sings The Toxics on their debut album. There were no secrets or hoaxes in the making of the album but there were a lot of changes. The Toxics is the love child of the singer Jens Hortling and the guitarist Ilkka Luttinen. It had always been a trio playing primitive garage rock. But in the years 2016 and 2017 the band had to reinvent itself. First they drafted a new guitarist Juha Laine and then they started to make a record. The sound of that record would be different from the old Toxics and not only because they brought a bass to the line up. The first album has escaped from the garage towards more nuanced spaces. There’s pub rock, power pop and influences from 1960’s garage rock. Hortling’s voice and Luttinen’s guitar are recognizable but other than that the band sounds new. In the year 2017 The Toxics have five members. Hortling sings, Luttinen and Laine play guitar, Ari-Pekka Heinola is on bass and Riku Korhonen on drums. The song on which they sing about secrets and hoaxes is called: Secret. The Toxics may have stumbled but they never fell. They believe in the power of rock. Mastered by Tim Warren.
- 01. Blackie And The Moonlight Serenader - Elton Two Step
02. Shirley & Alphee Bergeron & The Veteran Playboys - Fais Do Do
03. The Cajun Trio Plus One - La Bonne Cord, Mauvais Yo Yo
04. Alphee Bergeron - Lover's Blues
05. Lawrence Walker - Lena Mae
06. Lee Sonnier And His Acadian All Stars - Along The River
07. Lawrence Walker - The Unlucky Waltz
08. Louisiana Lannis - Muscadine Eyes
09. Lawrence Walker & His Wandering Aces - Keep your Hand Off It
10. Vin Bruce - Big Texas
11. The Cajun Trio - La Cravate
12. Jay Stutes - Mariez Vous Donc Jamais
13. Shirley & Alphee Bergeron & The Veteran Playboys - Quel Etoile
14. Blackie And The Moonlight Serenaders - La Robe Barre
CAJUN STOMP 2[engl] The long awaited Cajun Stomps Volume 2 is now available! Houserocking collection of cajun party killers from the 50s & 60s.
- 01. LAWRENCE WALKER “Allons Rock and Roll”
02. THE RAMBLING ACES “Two Steps de Vieux Temps”
03. FRANCHIE MARTIN & EDDIE SHULER’S RELIEVERS “Boogie Woogie Tout le Temps”
04. JAY STUTES AND THE ALL SUGAR BEE’S “Coming Home”
05. ADAM HEBERT AND THE COUNTRY PLAYBOYS “Open The Door”
06. ADAM HEBERT AND THE COUNTRY PLAYBOYS “North Side Door”
07. CLEVELAND CROCHET AND HIS BAND OF SUGAR BEE’S “Hound Dog Baby”
08. BADEAUX AND THE LOUISIANA ACES “The Back Door”
09. LAWRENCE WALKER “Opelousas Two Steps”
10. CLEVELAND CROCHET AND HIS BAND OF SUGAR BEE’S “Sweet Thing”
11. THE CAJUN TRIO “Cajun Twist ‘Le Tortillage’”
12. NATHAN ABSHIRE AND HIS PINE GROVE BOYS “Lemonade Song”
13. NATHAN ABSHIRE AND HIS PINE GROVE BOYS “Pine Grove Blues”
14. JAY STUTES & CLEVELAND CROCHET SUGAR BEE’S “Midnight Blues”
CAJUN STOMPS[engl] Once the intro to opener “Human” gives way to its fully-realized sonic purpose, it’s obvious that Harlan T. Bobo’s fourth proper album, A History of Violence, is quite different from his previous body of work. The classic historical emotional heft of a songwriter trying to make sense of life’s chaos, think mid-70s Lou Reed, especially Coney Island Baby, is a thread that can be heard running through the album’s mid-tempo tracks like “Human” and the miniature literary tragedy that is “Nadine”. The punchier tracks on the album, like “Spiders”, might conjure very early Green On Red, what X’s mid-80s output could have been, or even the roots-rock tendencies of overlooked genius, Cass McCombs. A History of Violence still highlights Bobo’s whiskey-and-cigarette-informed vocal style, and on the more intimate tracks, it’s a distorted ear candy that warbles into increasingly sunken, uncomfortable places, like that of the songwriter with which comparisons have followed Bobo throughout his career: the late Leonard Cohen. But there is a richer canvas on which to work this time out, not to mention a decidedly heavier and darker one. The album was recorded in Memphis with Doug Easley, who has previously worked with Cat Power, Pavement, Wilco, Sonic Youth, Jon Spencer, and Jeff Buckley. Bobo also brought in Steve Selvidge (The Hold Steady, Bash & Pop) on bass and Jeff “Bunny” Dutton (Action Family) on guitar, along with regular contributors Jeff Bouck (Polyphonic Spree) and Brendan Spangler (Viva l’American Death Ray). The result is a naturally dynamic album that seems equally at home with howling guitars and heavy bass lines as it does with haunting piano and humble pleas. A History of Violence is Bobo’s most complex -- and complete -- album to date.
WALTER DANIELS & JESUS & THE GROUPIES
Weapons Nature Provided[engl] Jesus & The Groupies are a stripped down duo that use the Delta blues & punk music as part of the recipe that brings some serious electric boogie to the stage and to their recordings. Formed by Marco Butcher (vocals, guitars & drums) and Luis Tissot (guitars, drums & loops), Jesus & The Groupies have released a bunch of singles from various European labels as well as two previous albums: "Black Heart Industry" and "Hot Chicks & Bad DJs". For "Weapons Nature Provided," their blazing third album, the duo decided to take it a step further and invite the punk master of blues, the boss of a unique harmonica and singing style, the legendary Walter Daniels to get on board! Adding their magic touch along the way, "Weapons Nature Provided" was blessed with a dream team cast of artists: Texacalla Jones (Tex & The Horseheads), Mike Mariconda (Devil Dogs & Raunch Hands), Chet Weise (The Immortal Lee County Killers), plus Gary Lindsey, Greg Justus, and David Duet. This jaw-dropping ensemble brings you a dangerous, slick, and controversial, boogie supreme slice of wax that will provide some swank and swagger to your stereo.
Memories From a Shit Hole[engl] “Memories From a Sh*t Hole” is the Whodunit’s 4th album. Recorded and produced by Jim Diamond himself! 13 songs full of Jeffrey Lee Pierce and Lux Interior’s ghosts as well as The New Christs, Nomads, James Leg and Tow Wait’s influences. Garage anthems, pure punk songs, tortured boogie blues tunes, that’s Whodunit!