for the week of August 14, 2015:
2015 release from the singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Midnight is Potter’s first solo album and her first release since she and her band The Nocturnals released The Lion The Beast And The Beat in 2012. Midnight was recorded and mixed at Barefoot Studios in Hollywood with producer Eric Valentine, whose own diverse discography-from Queens of the Stone Age to Nickel Creek-evidences a similarly adventurous spirit and openness to possibility. If Valentine’s studio work has a distinguishing characteristic, it’s his hard-hitting sonic signature, which is on display throughout Midnight’s dozen tracks. The core studio band consisted of Potter and Valentine on most of the instruments, with Burr on drums and percussion. In addition, members of Potter’s longtime band The Nocturnals: guitarists Scott Tournet and Benny Yurco and bassist Michael Libramento contributed to the sessions, as well as former tour-mates and friends including singer-songwriter Rayland Baxter, Audra Mae, Noelle Skaggs of Fitz & the Tantrums, Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips, and Nick Oliveri of Queens of the Stone Age.
Over the past few years, Vintage Trouble have wowed audiences across the globe by opening for The Rolling Stones in London’s Hyde Park, touring with legends like The Who and AC/DC, and playing sold-out headline shows worldwide. Now, on their first album for Blue Note Records, the Los Angeles-based foursome – singer Ty Taylor, guitarist Nalle Colt, bassist Rick Barrio Dill, and drummer Richard Danielson – channel the vitality and passion of their live show into a fresh and urgent take on guitar-powered rhythm & blues. Produced by Blue Note president and three-time Grammy Award-winner Don Was, 1 Hopeful Rd. Finds Vintage Trouble building off the groove-fueled sound that Yahoo! #once painted as ‘James Brown singing lead for Led Zeppelin’ and blending blues, soul, and riff-heavy rock & roll with joyfully gritty abandon. As heard on lead single ‘Run Like the River,’ 1 Hopeful Rd. #matches Vintage Trouble’s emotional intensity with a raw yet sophisticated musicianship that’s prompted the New York Times to name the band modern-day answer to Otis Redding and BBC Radio 6 to anoint them ‘the heirs of rhythm and blues.’
release from the Australian folk rock outfit. Singer/songwriters Donna Simpson, Vikki Thorn, and Josh Cunningham (along with bassist, Ben Franz and drummer, David Ross Macdonald) make up he Waifs. Their 2002 radio smash “London Still” was followed by a tour with Bob Dylan and ARIA Awards including Best Independent, and Best Blues And Roots Release. Each album they have recorded-from 1996’s self-titled debut to 2011’s acclaimed Temptation- has found The Waifs maturing as writers and performers. Beautiful You is their first new album in four years and features their trademark sound: a bit of Blues and Roots, a bit of Country, a bit of Jazz, anything really.
GoGo Juice is the new album from one of New Orleans’ premier musical ambassadors, Jon Cleary. Made in collaboration with multi-Grammy winning producer John Porter (B.B. King, Keb Mo, Ryan Adams, Los Lonely Boys) each one of the carefully crafted songs is a delicate balance of the smooth and the rough; instantly hooks over a set of sophisticated and soulful arrangements. The tracks were recorded over several days deep in the bayou country of Louisiana and subsequently honed in his studio in the old Bywater neighborhood of New Orleans. A blend of musical intelligence with direct, accessible pop simplicity that draws from tradition and yet is distinctively separate from it, these songs represent the many aspects of Cleary’s musical personality as a multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter.
Deluxe Edition includes bonus DVD. Formed in 1997, Soulfly has become a mainstay in contemporary heavy metal. Led by former Sepultura vocalist Max Cavalera, Soulfly has released 9 full-length albums with combined sales of over 1million records. Mixing many styles of metal with Brazilian tribal, world music and punk, Soulfly are known for crafting something completely unique in the modern heavy music landscape. Archangel, the band’s 10th full-length release, was recorded in the Spring of 2015 with Matt Hyde (Slayer, Children of Bodom, Deftones). Armed with Max Cavalera’s four-stringed guitars, unmistakable growl and instantly recognizable riffage, the muddy tones and constant rhythmic bounce of Soulfly has retained its gritty edge while pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in metal. In the studio is lead guitarist Marc Rizzo (who has been in Soulfly almost as long as Max was in Sepultura), bassist Tony Campos (Static X, Ministry, Prong) and Max’s 21 year-old son, Zyon, who splits his time between drumming in Lody Kong and Soulfly. Special appearances on Archangel by Todd Jones (Nails), Matt Young (King Parrot) and more!
for the week of August 7, 2015:
Considered “one of the great voices in contemporary popular music” (NPR), Iris DeMent has returned with an album unlike any other in her illustrious career. Featuring original music and melodies by Iris, The Trackless Woods (August 7) sets 18 poems by acclaimed 20th century Russian poet Anna Akhmatova to life. Hailed as one of Russia’s finest poets, Akhmatova survived the Bolshevik Revolution, both World Wars and Stalin. She lost family, friends and fellow writers to political killings and labor in the gulags. When Iris randomly stumbled upon Akhmatova’s work in a book of poetry a friend sent as a gift, she was immediately taken by the sorrow and burden of the poems, juxtaposed with Akhmatova’s lightness and transcendence in the face of inhumanity.”Anna’s gift of song is so strong, about alI I had to do was get really quiet and listen,” says Iris. After reading that first poem the melodies began pouring out of her, and before she even fully understood what was driving her, Iris was gathering musicians and friends, including co-producer Richard Bennett (Emmylou Harris, Neil Diamond, Steve Earle), to record The Trackless Woods in her living room over a five-day period.The result is a breathtaking pairing of piano and voice in Iris’ sui generis style with timeless melodies that are deeply rooted in the American South. The project also fulfilled a long yearned-for desire to connect with her adopted daughter’s culture and history. Iris and her husband adopted their daughter from Siberia in 2005, and she says “I’d never have made this record were it not for her.”
Two CD edition. Gregg Allman is one of the most acclaimed, beloved, and awarded icons in rock and roll history. Although the Allman Brothers wrapped their 45-year career, Gregg shows no signs of slowing down. This marks his first-ever official solo BR release. This set includes 18 favorites such as “Whipping Post,” “Melissa,” and “Midnight Rider” plus exclusive interview footage.
Sleep paralysis plagues singer/songwriter Chelsea Wolfe, and that strange intersection of the conscious and the unconscious has inadvertently manifested itself within her work. Across the span of her first four albums, there is an underlying tension, a distorted and nebulous territory where dark shadows hover along the edges of the sublime and the graceful. But until now, Wolfe’s trials and tribulations with the boundaries between dreams and reality have only been a subconscious influence on her work. With her fifth album, Abyss, she deliberately confronts those boundaries and crafts a score to that realm she describes as the “hazy afterlife, an inverted thunderstorm, the dark backward, the abyss of time.”
Compromise is not a concept Cattle Decapitation is willing to entertain. Ever. Over the course of nineteen years and six full-lengths the San Diego quartet have more than proven this. Defining themselves as one of the most vital, brutal, and relentless forces in extreme music, with The Anthropocene Extinction they have delivered a volatile, apocalyptic beast that is as hideous as it is compelling. ‘I feel that something rare happens with our band in that we get better and better with each release rather than going in the opposite direction’ states vocalist Travis Ryan. ‘As we get older we feel we have less to lose, which is freeing, and we really want to go as far out on a limb as we can without losing the extremity that has always driven us.’
Sometimes, truth can’t be explained. But it can be felt, running wild through a song. “I don’t want to tame myself. I want to be wild,” says Langhorne Slim. THE SPIRIT MOVES marks his second with rock-solid band The Law, and the highly anticipated follow-up to 2012’s critically acclaimed The Way We Move which sold 30,000 units.
A live album event and posthumous tribute to the late bassist Charlie Haden, who passed away in 2014. It is a legacy recording of Haden in concert with the equally iconic pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba at the Blue Note in Tokyo in March of 2005. The two great musicians had been playing together for 20 years at the time of the recording, which features the Rubalcaba/Haden collaboration, “Nocturne.” Also included are liner notes written by Mr. Rubalcaba, Cameron-Haden, Charlie’s widow, and Ned Sublette.
Written and recorded during the downtime between a relentless touring schedule, ANOTHER ONE is an eight-track release that expands the arsenal of Mac’s already impressive catalog, showing the maturity of Mac’s progression as songwriter: it’s a bit more refined, a bit more sophisticated, but nonetheless retains the guts and soul of classic Mac.
from the Grammy-winning jazz singer. Dee Dee’s Feathers is her debut album for OKeh Records and is the first collaboration from Bridgewater and the Grammy- winning New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO), founded by artistic director and trumpeter Irvin Mayfield. Dee Dee’s Feathers is a modern vision of New Orleans and features traditional songs such as ”Big Chief,” ”St. James Infirmary” and ”What a Wonderful World” along with new compositions ”Congo Square” and ”C’est ici que je t’aime.” The album transports the listener through the historic New Orleans neighborhood of Treme. Over the course of a multi-faceted career spanning four decades, Bridgewater has ascended to the upper echelon of vocalists, putting her unique spin on standards, as well as taking intrepid leaps of faith in re-envisioning jazz classics. Ever the fearless voyager, explorer, pioneer and keeper of tradition, Dee Dee won the 2010 Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album for Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959): To Billie with Love from Dee Dee. Bridgewater’s career has always bridged musical genres. She was a member of the legendary Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Big Band, and throughout the ’70s, she performed with such jazz notables as Max Roach, Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon and Dizzy Gillespie.
We lost a good one last week, friends. The passing of our treaured pal Audrey Auld has been like a swift kick in the gut. Only 51 years old…Paul Libertore is a professional writer and put it much better than I could: www.marinij.com/obituaries/20150810/…
Save a spot for me Audrey!
If I could bring you anything
I’d bring a banquet for a king
Cheese and wine and fruit and pies
A taste of everything
I’d have baked you a cake
But the hacksaw didn’t fit the pan
I’d bring more than I could hold
In these two hands
If I could bring you anything
I’d bring a meadow full of flowers
Hummingbirds and dragonflies
No fences for miles
You’d lay on the grass
Feel the sun kiss your face
I’d bring the open sky
Erase time and place
If I could bring you anything
It would be peace of mind
An ocean of serenity
I’d bring love to the lonely
Afraid to ever love again
And beer for the innocent
To drown their sorrows in
If I could bring you anything
It would be Jesus Christ,
Whatever gets you through the life
Good whiskey for those
Who don’t believe any more
And pot for those who need
To think on it some more
But all I could bring
Was my guitar and these songs
Bread and roses for the wayward
Been hungry so long
I’ll take with me the memory
Of the day my life was changed
And the hope that when you leave this place
You never come back again
~Bread and Roses Audrey Auld
See you on the Avenue!