FREE MP3 DOWNLOAD: La Coka Nostra’s “Malverde Market”

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La Coka Nostra will be releasing a new album next year called Masters Of The Dark Arts, to be released around May, but you can have an early preview right now.

The song is called “Malverde Market” (4.37mb), produced by Ill Bill, and it’s a legitimate upload, so have no fear. Then again, these guys are called La Coka Nostra, what you care? For a preview of the track, click this. The scenes shown are taken from the Alejandro Jodorowsky film Holy Mountain.

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REVIEW: Everlast’s “Songs Of The Ungrateful Living”

Photobucket When I started this album, there was a bit of hope. The guitar sounded a bit like how Tom Scott‘s cover of “Today” does, so I thought “okay, it’s still true to what Everlast has done in the last 10 years but still subliminally showing a hip-hop influence. Then the slide guitar comes in and I immediately think of Led Zeppelin‘s “Tangerine”. Then he starts to sing, and Everlast now sounds like a very scruffy bluesman, as if he has been through incredible pain and suffering, and music is his outlet. I like that, and the feel of the song (with the aforementioned references) encouraged me to hear more.

Unfortunately, things didn’t get better for me. Songs Of The Ungrateful Living (Martyr Inc.) is not a bad album, but it’s not something I would want to listen to repeatedly. It carries on the vibe he has been comfortable in since Whitey Ford Sings The Blues, so if you like that or what Kid Rock has become, or Uncle Cracker, you’ll like this. There’s even a song here that sounds like a continuation of “What It’s Like”, so that might help put this into radio rotation. That is, any radio stations left that would give Everlast and this album a shot.

Here’s what I did like. I liked the lyrics a lot as he reflects on what he has been through in his life and how he has become a survivor. I also liked the music he plays and is backed up by. There are subtle hip-hop references throughout, but this is not a hip-hop album at all, although by the time the album comes to a close with “Even God Don’t Know” and “A Change Is Gonna Come”, I hear the Everlast of yesteryear, but not a complete return.

I’ve been a fan of Everlast’s since “I Got The Knack”, loved all the work he did as being a part of Ice-T‘s Rhyme Syndicate way back when, enjoyed the first House Of Pain album. I liked it when he returned with the Whitey Ford vibe, and obviously an artist and person changes with time, which means his music is always evolving, or at least moving forward. To me, I hear Everlast staying true to his calling as an artist, but also doing the things that will make people remember what he became known for. People love “Jump Around” but there are arguably more who loved “What It’s Like”. He has gained a lot of fans since then, and they’re going to hear an album with a lot of emotion and strength. For me though, I find myself hearing it and wanting to play the executive producer role so I can suggest how it can be better. Some of these songs would have been nice if there was a response back from a woman, whether it’s meant to be the sensitive side to the story, or a rough and rugged woman ready to join or affirm Everlast’s life and musical journey. While it may not be an album for me, fans of his post-Whitey Ford work will welcome this in a big way, so to his grateful fans, here’s to Living.

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SOME STUFFS: House Of Pain return for 20th anniversary tour

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Everlast and Danny Boy O’Connor reunited as House Of Pain last year for a small amount of shows, and now they’re bringing things into 2011 with a tour.

The tour honors the 20th anniversary of their debut album on Tommy Boy Records. The promo photos do not show DJ Lethal and his image in the poster blocks out his face so it’s safe to assume he is not a part of this reunion (maybe Limp Bizkit plans to tour in 2011). Here are the dates for what they’re calling the He Who Breaks The Law tour, which will bring Big B, Slaine, and Sozay on the road as well:

3/15 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
3/16 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
3/17 – Las Vegas, NV @ TAO Nightclub
3/18 – Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues
3/19 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
3/22 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
3/23 – Dallas, TX @ South Side Music Hall
3/25 – Tyler, TX @ Clicks Billiards
3/26 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live Studio
3/27 – Corpus Christi, TX @ Brewster Street Ice House
3/28 – Baton Rouge, LA @ The Varsity Theatre
3/30 – Sebastian, FL @ Capt. Hiram’s Resort
3/31 – Orlando, FL @ Beacham Theater
4/01 – Miami Beach, FL @ LIV Nightclub
4/02 – St. Petersburg, FL @ The State Theatre
4/04 – Charlotte, NC @ Amos Southend
4/05 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
4/08 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
4/09 – Toronto, ON @ The Sound Academy
4/10 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
4/13 – Dekalb, IL @ Otto’s
4/15 – Chicago, IL @ Cubby Bear
4/16 – West Des Moines, IA @ Val Air Ballroom
4/17 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Cabooze

Future dates are in the works.

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