Monday, February 28, 2011

Sahg II

Hello all.  Today, I'm going to introduce many of you to a rockin' Norwegian band, and you're going to wonder why you've never heard of them before.  Sahg is a hard-rockin' 4-piece who released their debut, appropriately titled, Sahg I, in 2006.  They've released a total of 3 albums.

This is my favorite of the albums.  It's got a little something for everyone.  Mighty riffs, awesome vocals, and a thundering metal groove.  Definitely check these guys out. 

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

It's the Bongjam

This one was a rare find.  I had heard "Bongjam" a couple times a long time ago, and found the mp3 on Kazaa or Napster or something back in the early days.  Then a few months back I found this one used for next to nothin', and realized that it was a legitimate release.  6 tracks, including a couple different mixes from the Pushing the Salmanilla Envelope, the "Bongjam", and an acoustic song.  If you like Jimmie's Chicken Shack older stuff, definitely give this one a try.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Zaphire Oktalogue

Zaphire Oktalogue released their self titled debut in 2008.  This is a very interesting album, and I have been throwing in my mix for the past few months.  Good bluesy weirdness that is wild to listen to.  I had a rough time trying to get information regarding these guys, but I did find out that they are now playing under the name Okta Logue.  They have a new album called Ballad of a Burden, which I could find no where.  I may be ordering that one soon and I can comment on it then.

For now, All That Is Heavy had a good write up with the cd.  "Zaphire Oktalogue, 3 friends, between 15 and 20, mix up their different tastes and abilities to make their own incisive kind of progressive music. Playing for nearly a year, their music combines energetic Blues-Rock with pieces of overflowing Post Rock , drifty and danceable parts with huge atmospheric influences, crosses Weird Folk elements with a psychedelical 60s flair and has always an intensive sense for melodies and a dash of pop. On their debut album, they present their individual sound, created by Philip Meloi´s hypnotical avant guitar play, the high voltage drum rhythms by Robert Herz and the sensitive melodic lines by bass and singer Benno Herz. In only one year they have found their very own sound."

Friday, February 18, 2011

Jimmie's Chicken Shack

I've had a bout with some nostalgia the past couple weeks and I dug this awesome album out of my collection.  It had been way too long since I've listened to this one.  Jimmie's Chicken Shack burst onto the scene and faded out almost as quickly.  They are still recording some albums, but none have been able to hold a candle to this one (in my humble opinion).  Pushing the Salmanilla Envelope is chock full of catchy licks, groovy riffs, and some very unique vocals.

When I first heard them circa 1998, this album did not leave my cd player for several months.  This album has a little something for everyone.  They had released a couple previous albums that definitely showed some promise, and this is their first major label release.  It included some previously recorded tracks, redone with much better production.  Their follow up, Bring Your Own Stereo, had a few good tracks, but overall it was tough to follow this excellent album.

Keep an eye out for their Bongjam EP.  I'll post it soon.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Chris Cornell

This is a 2006 recording of an acoustic Chris Cornell show.  This is a freakin' must for any fan of Cornell's amazing voice!  I love the cover of Redemption Song and Thank You.  He's touring this year with an acoustic solo show.  The scalpers at my nearest venue wiped the tickets out before they even went on sale to the public.  Oh well, at least I've got this bad ass bootleg.