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Amplified Heat - How Do You Like the Sound of That (CD) Cover Art Amplified Heat - How Do You Like the Sound of That (CD)



They're still doing that bluesy, boozy, off-the-cuff style of rock that jumps recklessly into this decade from 30 years past, bypassing most of the muckity muck in between. It's the sort of music that seems loud and out of control even when it's not. That's probably why it took a couple of listens before I realized how accomplished How Do You Like the Sound of That actually is. The Ortiz brothers still play like they're getting into a bar fight over the honor of a woman, which initially makes songs simpler than they actually are. But really, there's a sly depth to their playing, one that's an even mix of the more blues-centered style of their self titled EP and the raucous rock of In for the Sin. How do I like the sound of this? I like it plenty. Recommended for fans of dirty roadhouse rock 'n' roll.

It's like ZZ Top snorted a pound of PCP laced with gasoline, set all their equipment on fire then started playing their set and dared anyone in the bar to say shit about it.

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Amplified Heat - In for Sin (CD) Cover Art Amplified Heat - In for Sin (CD)



To put it as succinctly as possible In for Sin, is raucous. The band’s name is apt, as the record burns fast and bright. Like RPG, Amplified Heat capture the manic, almost-out-of-control energy of the MC5, but their direction is more rooted in 60s blues rock (think Orange Sunshine). It’s not often that you hear a studio album that has the energy of a live show, and although I’ve yet to see Amplified Heat, In for Sin strikes me as being one of those rarities. It’s a boilermaker of a disc, the kind that makes you stomp your foot, shake your head, and ask for more.

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Amplified Heat - Self Titled (CD) Cover Art Amplified Heat - Self Titled (CD)



Although Amplified Heat seems to exist in some eternal, adrenaline-soaked NOW, their roots can be traced back to ZZ Top, Cactus, good Mudhoney, and Jon Spencer. They'd be ideal on a bill with Bad Wizard, Hognose, Five Horse Johnson, and of course Dixie Witch. Hell yeah!

Amplified Heat perfectly melds energetic punk and fuzzy stoner rock for a sound that is white hot. Both of these genres are at their roots about being good ol' rock and roll, pure and simple, and Amplified Heat's groove-laden sound has all the goods to appeal to punk rockers as well as stonerheads. Thumping grooves catchy guitar riffs and unbridled attitude fuse into punch-packing rock music.

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Book of Knots, The - Self Titled (CD) Cover Art Book of Knots, The - Self Titled (CD)

Written by Tony Maimone (Pere Ubu, They Might Be Giants), Matthias Bossi (Skeleton Key), Carla Khilstedt (Tin Hat Trio, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum) and Joel Hamilton (JJ Paradise Players Club, Shiner) with appearances by John Langford (The Mekons), Jason Mills, Megan Reilly, Catherine Oberg, Norman Westberg (Swans), Dave Curran (Unsane), Matthew Waugh (Nil Cline) Alice Lee, Rev. VInce Anderson, and Brandon Seabrook.

The Book of Knots is a powerful, intricately crafted and unique CD that I immediately fell in love with. It has "epic rock masterpiece" written all over it. All of the songs have their own individual style and mood yet they flow together smoothly and effortlessly into a singular voyage. It's a similar type of journey to Pink Floyd's The Wall, but sounding more like a Desert Sessions record. If all of the folks behind Desert Sessions 9 & 10 got together with Meatjack to write a concept record I expect that it would sound a lot like The Book of Knots. This is a very high quality release in all aspects! Highly recommended!

The Book of Knots could be compared to bands like The Swans, but there is quite a bit more to it than that. The main bulk of this awesome CD is an orchestrated melodic noise fest of sorts- artistic and abstract at times, other times just pure genius. The guitar work is great and along with the stomping drums there is a thick base of tones for the band to stand on. Sometimes the vocals are strange and slammed through effects uneasy and other times very melodic or shouted in a demented trance. Well written melodic noise with strange samples and just plain great musicianship- and of course a good concept.

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Book of Knots, The - The Book of Knots (T-shirt) Cover Art Book of Knots, The - The Book of Knots (T-shirt)



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Cardinale - 31:13 (CD) Cover Art Cardinale - 31:13 (CD)



Austin, Texas’ Cardinale take a ballsy step out of the gate with their debut, 31:13. After all, it’s not everyday when a new band (they formed in early 2005) has the audacity to make you judge them on one 31 minute, 13 second song. But hey, they pull it off. This isn’t one long rock jam; rather, Cardinale is of the Isis and Neurosis school of sonic bludgeoning. While the style of those two groups is noticeable, this four-piece steps ahead of the like-minded groups that have seemingly sprouted up overnight by keeping this influence more conceptual than direct. For instance, there’s also a good bit of sludgey grind, a la Deadbird or Kylesa, to counterbalance the more melodic sections. And “31:13” has plenty of peaks and valleys as it evolves. They don’t settle into one groove for too long, and the passages never really wear out their welcome. Nor does the song as a whole. Cardinale took a risk with 31:13 and it paid off. For that, this one’s recommended.

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Dixie Witch - Smoke & Mirrors (Black) (LP) Cover Art Dixie Witch - Smoke & Mirrors (Black) (LP)

Limited edition of only 250 copies on black 180 gram vinyl in a deluxe gatefold sleeve!

With Smoke and Mirrors, the three-piece have managed to get a professional studio polish with the energy of their live performances (thanks to Joel Hamilton of Player’s Club/Book of Knots fame). The punch of Trinidad Leal’s drumming and Curt Christenson’s bass playing creates the perfect rhythm support for guitarist Clayton Mills. The overall sound is thick and balanced the way the band sounds live. Dixie Witch again lay down some raucous southern grooves.

Straight up '70s influenced groove laden heavy southern rock.

This one is going to blow some heads for sure with a production that finally suits such a fantastic band. The songs are solid and the playing is top notch.

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Dixie Witch - Smoke & Mirrors (Clear) (LP) Cover Art Dixie Witch - Smoke & Mirrors (Clear) (LP)

Limited edition of only 250 copies on clear 180 gram vinyl in a deluxe gatefold sleeve!

With Smoke and Mirrors, the three-piece have managed to get a professional studio polish with the energy of their live performances (thanks to Joel Hamilton of Player’s Club/Book of Knots fame). The punch of Trinidad Leal’s drumming and Curt Christenson’s bass playing creates the perfect rhythm support for guitarist Clayton Mills. The overall sound is thick and balanced the way the band sounds live. Dixie Witch again lay down some raucous southern grooves.

Straight up '70s influenced groove laden heavy southern rock.

This one is going to blow some heads for sure with a production that finally suits such a fantastic band. The songs are solid and the playing is top notch.

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Dixie Witch - Smoke & Mirrors (Swirl) (LP) Cover Art Dixie Witch - Smoke & Mirrors (Swirl) (LP)

Limited edition of only 500 copies on swirl colored vinyl in a deluxe gatefold sleeve!

With Smoke and Mirrors, the three-piece have managed to get a professional studio polish with the energy of their live performances (thanks to Joel Hamilton of Player’s Club/Book of Knots fame). The punch of Trinidad Leal’s drumming and Curt Christenson’s bass playing creates the perfect rhythm support for guitarist Clayton Mills. The overall sound is thick and balanced the way the band sounds live. Dixie Witch again lay down some raucous southern grooves.

Straight up '70s influenced groove laden heavy southern rock.

This one is going to blow some heads for sure with a production that finally suits such a fantastic band. The songs are solid and the playing is top notch.

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Hognose - El Sombrero (CD) Cover Art Hognose - El Sombrero (CD)



There's nothing like it when a good band gets better and avoids the "sophomore slump." It's proof that the debut wasn't a fluke, and all the things you dug about the first album are reinforced, stronger than ever. That's the case with Hognose's El Sombrero where you can take your pick of great songs. Hognose's sound is a strong combination of riffs and hooks, all drenched in Texas boogie. Hognose are getting better and better, and El Sombrero is the proof.

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