| Yama & the Karma Dusters – Up From the Sewers |
Yama and the Karma Dusters originally formed under the name Euphoria Blimpworks Band as a reaction to the Kent State massacre. This original moniker referenced the name of the
| commune many of the members lived on in Chicago. Now the combination of a communal origin and anti-establishment leanings may instantly conjure up folk-picking hippies, that's not exactly the direction the band swung. While there are a few acoustic gems on the album, its apparent how much the Chicago blues of their hometown and the early electric period of Dylan ultimately had on their sound. The lyrics skew to the protest fodder without becoming overly precious or whiny but it’s the band's ability to mix these tendencies with a guttural rock recorded in surprising fidelity that really make this one of the overlooked gems of the period. Unfortunately this reissue remains only on CD for the moment but its nice to have the songs back in print again regardless. |
[MP3] Yama and the Karma Dusters - Wouldn’t' it Be Funny
[MP3] Yama and the Karma Dusters - Evolution
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