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New Releases ~ March 29, 2019


Billie Eilish: When We All Fall Asleep, WHERE Do We Go?
is the debut album from Billie Eilish and includes ‘When The Party’s Over’, ‘You Should See Me In A Crown’ and ‘Bury A Friend’. The album follows 2017’s Don’t Smile At Me EP which peaked at #14 on the Billboard Top 200 chart.



Steve Earle: Guy
Steve Earle was nineteen and had just hitchhiked from San Antonio to Nashville in 1974. Back then if you wanted to be where the best songwriters were you had to be in there. Guy Clark had moved to Nashville and if you were from Texas, Guy Clark was king. Flash forward more than forty years. In the fall of 2018, Steve and The Dukes went into House Of Blues studio in Nashville and recorded GUY in six days. ‘I wanted it to sound live… When you’ve got a catalog like Guy’s and you’re only doing sixteen tracks, you know each one is going to be strong.’ Earle and his current, perhaps best-ever Dukes lineup, take on these songs with a spirit of reverent glee and invention. But in the end Guy leads the listener back to it’s beginning, namely Guy Clark, which is what any good ‘tribute’ should do. Guy is a saga of friendship, it’s ups and downs, what endures. We are lucky that Earle remembers and honors these things, because like old friends, Guy is a diamond.



Son Volt: Union
On Union, Son Volt’s present and past mingle into strong confluence. The thirteen songs written by founder Jay Farrar confront our turbulent politics and articulate the clarity and comfort music can offer in the tumult. The country and blues sounds explored by Son Volt on it’s last two records (2013’s Honky Tonk and 2017’s Notes of Blue) linger in the grooves of Union. But this record nods to many other mile markers along the band’s 25-year path. Some tunes offer a powerful return to the ringing lyrical clarity of 2005’s Okemah and the Melody of Riot and 2007’s The Search. Others harken back to the freewheeling poetic melodicism of 1994’s Trace and 1997’s Straightaways.



Mekons: Deserted
Emboldened by a sold-out tour and a surge of interest in the States after the release of the documentary Revenge of The Mekons, Mekons retreated to the fringes of Joshua Tree National Park and popular culture to record their new album Deserted.
The long-running, genre-hopping, impossible-to-kill British folk-punk collective summoned the forces of magic, fear and superstition for an album of shifting sand Sturm und Drang. It is at once a distorted howl into the emptiness of space as well as a quiet submission to the shimmering allure of a mirage. The heat and endless horizon can lead to madness or clarity, and while there is relief when the sun goes down you know the deep chill is not far off.



Tim Bluhm: Sorta Surviving
For a moment, you could almost forget what year it was inside the Cash Cabin, the small sanctuary-turned-recording-studio Johnny Cash built roughly 40 years ago in Hendersonville, TN. The Man In Black’s frequent collaborators Dave Roe and Gene Chrisman were back at the bass and drums respectively, and tape was rolling as they counted in the Cash classic “I Still Miss Someone.” Tim Bluhm had to pinch himself.
“Recording in that space with those guys was like a dream come true for me,” says Bluhm. “The depth of knowledge they walk around with in their heads is amazing, and you know you can trust the musical choices they’re making because they have the experience to back it up. When they say, ‘This is what Merle would have done,’ it’s because they know firsthand.” While Bluhm may be best known for the breezy brand of West Coast roots and soul he helped pioneer with his band, The Mother Hips, his brilliant new solo album, Sorta Surviving, revels in his longtime love for classic country music. Recorded and mixed at the Cash Cabin under the guidance of Widespread Panic’s Dave Schools, the collection is earnestly authentic and utterly timeless, and it finds Bluhm backed by elder statesmen like Roe and Chrisman along with younger virtuosos like keyboardist Jason Crosby (Eric Clapton, Dave Matthews) and Jesse Aycock (Hard Working Americans, Elizabeth Cook). “The band brought a certain maturity and experience,” explains Schools. “Tim’s songwriting is so strong that it naturally suggests how to complement itself, but those guys really know how to play and still leave room for a great singer.” Indeed, the arrangements on the album are refined and elegant, yet still stripped-down and raw, enabling Bluhm’s warm, easygoing vocals to sit front-and-center as he weaves vivid tales of ordinary men and women facing down hard days and even harder nights. Mixing new originals and reimagined covers, the record pulls from a half-century of American music to craft a thoroughly modern love letter to a bygone era, one that showcases both Bluhm’s deft musical hand and his heartfelt reverence for the genre. “I’ve been a fan of classic country ever since I heard Merle Haggard sing,” reflects Bluhm. “I just admired his voice and storytelling so much, but I never made an album like this before because I figured it would take me at least 20 or 30 years to get good enough.” Bluhm discovered Haggard around the same time he co-founded the now-iconic Mother Hips, a band the San Francisco Chronicle has hailed as “one of the Bay Area’s most beloved live outfits.” The group began it’s journey at Chico State, where performing at frat parties quickly gave way to club shows, regional touring, and national buzz, and before Bluhm and his bandmates had even graduated, they were already signed to Rick Rubin’s American Recordings on the strength of their debut album, ‘Back To The Grotto.’ “When we signed with American, the label had just put out Johnny Cash’s first Rick Rubin-produced album, which was actually recorded at the Cash Cabin,” says Bluhm. “I got to meet and hang with Johnny a couple times back then, and after that, we opened for him at The Fillmore in San Francisco. I was so impressed with his presence. He definitely lived up to his legend in real life, and he made a big impression on me.” Over the ensuing two-and-a-half decades, the Hips would release nine more studio albums as they cemented their status as festival and critical favorites, sharing bills with everyone from Wilco and Widespread Panic to Lucinda Williams and The Black Crowes along the way. Rolling Stone called them “divinely inspired,” while Pitchfork praised their “rootsy mix of 70s rock and power pop,” and The New Yorker lauded their ability to “sing it sweet and play it dirty.” Ever-curious and wildly prolific, Bluhm simultaneously released a slew of his own solo and collaborative projects on the side. He toured for years as music director with Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers, teamed up with The Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann among others, and opened up Mission Bells Studio with fellow California favorite Jackie Greene and engineer Dave Simon-Baker. There, Bluhm produced albums for everyone from the Hips and Greene to Hot Buttered Rum and Little Wings in addition to hosting Phil Lesh, Josh Ritter, Rogue Wave, Los Lobos, Jonathan Richman, and more. As if that wasn’t enough to keep him busy, in 2007, Bluhm and the Hips launched the Hipnic, an intimate and immaculately-curated music festival that’s still held annually amongst the towering redwoods of Big Sur. Sorta Surviving marks Bluhm’s first collection recorded outside of California, but one listen and it’s clear that he’s equally at home in the pines of Tennessee. There’s a comfort to the performances, a subtle familiarity that radiates out like a warm invitation. “Most of the songs on this album are second or third takes,” says Schools. “That comes from experience and teamwork, but also from working in a great environment. It’s a palpable thing you feel when you’re working in the room where Johnny Cash wrote his autobiography and recorded some of the best work of his later years. We were definitely all a little nervous meeting for the first time, but we got comfortable real quick there.” The songs are character-driven, valuing the visceral over the cerebral, and Bluhm inhabits his narrators with a voice as tough and as pliable as worn-in leather. “It just felt natural for me to sing this way,” he explains. “It was a chance to put away the books and focus more on the everyday rather than the existential, a chance to pull out the guitar and really tell some stories.” Some of those stories come secondhand: the bluesy “Del Rio Dan” was first popularized by The Everly Brothers in the 1970’s, while the waltzing “Kern River” is a Merle Haggard favorite, and Johnny Cash’s “I Still Miss Someone” gets a melancholy makeover with a tip of the cap to Neil Young’s timeless take on “Oh Lonesome Me.” That the covers fit so seamlessly alongside Bluhm’s original material stands as a testament both to his gifts as a compelling storyteller and his playful way with words. The shuffling “Jesus Save A Singer” tackles struggle and redemption with a wry smile, while the stream-of-consciousness title track sardonically examines our instinct to perpetually press on, and the honky-tonking “Where I Parked My Mind” finds dark wit even in the depths of addiction. “There’s more humor in these songs than anything else I’ve written before,” says Bluhm, “but it’s all very tongue in cheek. That’s a country music tradition.” While tradition guided Bluhm throughout the project, he wasn’t beholden to it, frequently taking risks and pushing boundaries with his performances and arrangements. In the end, his goal wasn’t just to make a country-tinged record, but rather to craft narratives that could truly transport his listeners, that could breathe new life into stories forgotten and stories imagined, tales of dustbowl farmers and oil men and fugitive outlaws and traveling singers. “As a kid growing up in LA, I never even heard of country music,” reflects Bluhm, “but I remember flipping around the radio dial and coming across ‘The Gambler.’ It was a song that just completely transcended genre. It was no more ‘country’ than Mark Twain was ‘country.’ It was a simple, timeless story set to music, and that’s what I’ve ultimately aspired to make myself.”



White Denim: Side Effects
Coming to Mystic Theatre & Music Hall, Petaluma, CA on Tuesday, April 23, 8:30 PM

Side Effects sees White Denim unmasking the darker side of themes from their previous album, Performance. The bands 9th studio album, Side Effects includes the first studio recordings by their current touring roster a formidable lineup that is selling out shows on both sides of the Atlantic. As always, the album is heavy on musicianship, but it also marks a return to the wilder, weirder side of White Denim.

 

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Karen O & Danger Mouse: Lux Prima
Lux Prima is the debut album from Yeah Yeah Yeahs vocalist Karen O and acclaimed producer Danger Mouse. Includes the single, ‘Woman.’ The straightforward rock stomper puts the Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman’s vocals on display as she screams and croons. “‘Woman’ came like a bolt out of the blue when we were in the studio,” explains O. “We did a first pass where I was blurting unintelligible words and Danger Mouse and I were like ‘Dang! That was intense. What’s that word I keep saying? Woman.’ The atmosphere was volatile with it being just after the election. A lot of people felt helpless like you do when you’re a scared kid looking for assurance that everything is gonna be alright. I like to write songs that anyone can relate to but this one felt especially for the inner child in me that needed the bullies out there to know you don’t f*** with me. I’m a woman now and I’ll protect that inner girl in me from hell and high water.”



Tim O’Brien Band
After many years navigating the outskirts of bluegrass and acoustic music, Tim O’Brien’s dusky, unmistakable vocal timbre and instrumental stylings have this time landed with two feet squarely back in bluegrass. Born in Wheeling, West Virginia, the Grammy winning singer/songwriter and multi instrumentalist grew up singing in church and school, and after seeing Doc Watson on TV, became a lifelong devotee of old time and bluegrass music. ‘Tim O’Brien Band’ is the coming together of a group of musicians perfectly aligned in intention and ability. Purposefully hack, the title is a nod to the nuts and bolts of trad bluegrass, and the singular energy a band such as this can conjure. Well known instrumentalists Mike Bub (bass), Shad Cobb (fiddle) and Patrick Sauber (banjo/guitar) bring the same team effort to the studio that O’Brien fans know from recent live performances, forging Tim’s song choice and delivery into something fluid and breathing.



Todd Snider: Cash Cabin Sessions, Vol. 3
After spending the last six years making rock albums, Todd Snider is going back to folk. Cash Cabin Sessions, Vol. 3 was recorded at Cash Cabin in Hendersonville, TN. Snider wrote the set of songs and played all the instruments on the record, displaying his growth as a musician and vocalist. Of the five songs on which Snider serves up his humorous brand of socio-political commentary, three are performed in the talking blues style. He even had his friends, Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires, contribute backing vocals on a few of the tracks. If Snider is anything, he is a true artist, and he reminds us of that on Cash Cabin Sessions, Vol. 3. At a point in time when the world has never been more complicated and confusing, with people getting louder and louder, Snider did a 180, went back to his roots as a folksinger, to a simpler, quieter form of expression; and it might be what the world is waiting to hear; a man, his guitar, and the truth.



Stephen Malkmus: Groove Denied
Following hot on the heels of 2018’s Sparkle Hard comes Groove Denied, the rejected album Stephen has been telling everyone about. Groove Denied was written in Berlin and Oregon between Malkmus’ soundtrack to the Netflix series Flaked and Sparkle Hard. It finds Stephen in a playful, exploratory mode – recorded by himself in Oregon; Malkmus plays bass, organ, drum machines, a Roland 2080 and a Memorymoog alongside other instruments interspersed with loops and vocal effects. His first album as a solo artist since 2001, Groove Denied is a fine companion to Sparkle Hard, echoing the experimentation (Auto-Tune, genre-dabbling) found there.



The Brian Jonestown Massacre
The Brian Jonestown Massacre burst into 2019 with the release of their 18th full-length album, just seven months after their last one, Something Else (AUK 043CD/LP). The self-titled, nine-track album is released on Anton Newcombe’s A Recordings, and it was recorded and produced at Anton’s Cobra Studio in Berlin. The album was originally going to be released in September of 2018, but due to a hugely successful global tour – taking in USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Europe – the release was delayed. Recorded in early 2018, the album features Sara Neidorf on drums, Heike Marie Radeker (LeVent) on bass, Hakon Adalsteinsson (BJM, Third Sound, Gunman, Holy Ghost) on guitar, and Anton Newcombe on multiple instruments. Also making a guest vocal appearance on “Tombes Oubliées” is Rike Bienert who has sung on previous BJM albums. The band performed songs from the album throughout the European leg of the 2018 tour. Anton Newcombe has been a very busy man over the past few years, having released four critically-acclaimed Brian Jonestown Massacre albums and an EP, one soundtrack album, and two albums with Tess Parks. All releases were fully recorded and produced at Anton’s studio. The Brian Jonestown Massacre track “Bon Bon” was used in the 2015 Palm D’Or winner Dheepan. Anton penned the soundtrack for Moon Dogs, a film directed by multi-BAFTA nominated Philip John (Svengali, Downton Abbey, Being Human).



Snarky Puppy: Immigrance
Immigrance, the new Snarky Puppy studio album, is all about movement. “The idea here is that everything is fluid, that everything is always moving and that we’re all in a constant state of immigration,” explains Michael League.



Jerry Garcia Band: Electric on the Eel
Six CD set. On August 29, 1987 Grateful Dead front man Jerry Garcia led both the Jerry Garcia Band and the Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band for performances at French’s Camp On The Eel River in Piercy, California. Garcia would bring the JGB back to the scenic venue on June 10, 1989 and on August 10, 1991 – now get ready for the spectacular Electric on the Eel set showcasing the Jerry Garcia Band’s electric sets from 8/29/1987, 6/10/1989, and 8/10/1991. The collection features several unreleased rarities including the seldom performed “See What Love Can Do”, “Twilight”, “Lazy Bones”, and “I Hope It Won’t Be This Way Always.” Other rarities from the release include “Everybody Needs Somebody to Love”, “Struggling Man”, “Lay Down Sally” and “You Never Can Tell [C’est La Vie]”.



Tom Russell: October in the Railroad Earth
Singer-songwriter, painter, and essayist Tom Russell describes the songs and sound as: “Jack Kerouac meets Johnny Cash… in Bakersfield.” There are ten new original Tom Russell songs, including the title song from the Irish film Small Engine Repair, featuring Bill Kirchen on lead electric guitar and Eliza Gilkyson singing backup. The GRAMMY-Award winning Texmaniacs appear on Isadore Gonzalez, a track about a Mexican cowboy who died in England during Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. A wonderful ride from stories through time and space from an American treasure.



The Cinematic Orchestra: To Believe
The release of their fourth studio album, To Believe, in March 2019, is the next step in a process of constant evolution. Born out of the band’s latest formation, it’s a creative partnership between founder Jason Swinscoe and longtime friend and collaborator Dom Smith, along with an extended family of regular bandmates and collaborators. Guided by a communal spirit, the changing members are consistent with their ethos, where no individual ego takes precedence. Guest vocalists on To Believe include the art-soul singer Moses Sumney, legendary UK rapper Roots Manuva, longtime vocal collaborator Heidi Vogel and many more. To Believe is the product of a long period of gestation, a reflection of the kind of album they wanted to make – the kind of album, that is, they’ve always made: deep, textured, and layered with meaning. With artwork by The Designers Republic™ (Aphex Twin) and mixed by 15 time Grammy Winner Tom Elmhirst, at the legendary Electric Lady studio built by Jimi Hendrix, it’s a masterful return that stands as their most definitive statement as a group. Surveying the musical landscape of 2019, it’s easy to forget how The Cinematic Orchestra have helped to shape it. They’ve long bridged deep-thinking jazz, a soundtrack sensibility and electronic music into new shapes, starting with their 1999 debut, Motion. They’ve forged a path for acts like Floating Points, Kamasi Washington, Ólafur Arnalds and BADBADNOTGOOD, artists who blur different disciplines together to carve out their own new niches. In this sense, the band’s recorded absence is less a break than an embrace of it’s unique relationship with space, with kinship, with dissent, of course with art and sound, but most of all, with one another.



The Faint: Egowork
The Faint’s long-awaited new album, Egowerk, is set to release on March 15, 2019. Made up of vocalist Todd Fink, drummer Clark Baechle, keyboardist Graham Ulicny, and guitarist and bassist Michael “Dapose” Dappen, the group that ignited an electro-pop-punk movement is back with an 11-track deep-dive into themes on modern society, the internet, and ego – specifically social media and it’s dark effects. Opener “Child Asleep” echoes well-loved Faint singles from the Danse Macabre days, with rapidfire techno beats that sear so hot, your forehead will break into a sweat regardless of proximity to a dance floor. And though the synths should sound familiar to any Faint follower, the song’s monotone message is at once classic and current: “If I was wise, I would see I’m a child still asleep.” Elaborating further, Todd says, “It would be amazing if I could wake up from the world that I think I’m awake in already. If there’s a better way of understanding life, I’d love to be privy to it. You see the wisdom of all Gurus in the East, and you know they’re not bothered by this or that. They’ve attained something, and the rest of us are just kind of banging into stuff, trying to figure out what to do with our lives.” It’s been four years since The Faint dropped a proper studio album, and more than two decades since they first tore onto the Midwest scene, alongside area staples Cursive and Bright Eyes, with anxious electro-pop-punk anthems that meshed doomsday themes with thudding dance-floor hooks. The group began to construct Egowerk shortly after releasing their 2016 career-spanning record, CAPSULE:1999-2016, with Baechle making frequent trips back to Omaha from his new home in Philadelphia to mix the record. The band made a unanimous decision to self-produce the entire record, making it unique and far more involved than any of their past work. Despite The Faint’s nihilistic musings on Egowerk, Fink and Baechle remain optimistic that things can improve if society is willing to absorb dueling perspectives. “The more you learn about any issue, any issue at all, the more you understand that it’s more complicated than you think, ” Fink says. “I’d like to see people less convinced that they’re right about everything all the time. I guess I think we’ll figure it out as time goes on.”



Andy Statman: Monroe Bus
Andy Statman further explores the subterranean caverns of American roots music on ‘Monroe Bus’, tapping deeper into the sources that have energized his playing for nearly 50 years. The 2013 NEA National Heritage Fellow and Grammy nominee has become a near-legendary figure in modern bluegrass and string music. From the sublime to the surreal, his ever-changing repertoire is a challenge and a delight to his audience and to fellow musicians. Monroe Bus was originally conceived to be a collection of interpretations and improvisations on the instrumentals of Bill Monroe. Statman says ‘Bill’s music had a tremendous influence on me when I started out as a mandolin player, and has continued to do so ever since… As the project progressed, I found myself writing my own tunes, inspired by some of Monroe’s musical ideas. Some melodies more closely reflect the master’s influence; others go to other places, but still bear that influence. During the mixing, it once again became clear to me how the music one plays and writes is a reflection of the life a person lives”.
For Andy, Bill Monroe’s music was an ongoing conscious synthesis of the music he heard and his life experience. These tunes were written and played in the same spirit, reflecting his experiences and those of his fellow musicians on these sessions. He brought back Grammy nominated fiddler Michael Cleveland, who contributed mightily to his last CD, Superstring Theory, along with veteran trio members Jim Whitney (bass) and Larry Eagle (drums). Completing the core group, and also significantly expanding the aural palette of the ensemble, is Glenn Patscha (keyboards), who was a member of the New York Americana group Ollabelle and who most recently toured the country in Ry Cooder’s band. Michael Daves (acoustic guitar) rounds out the group on three of the tracks.

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New Releases ~ March 8, 2019

Here are some New Releases :


Joni 75: A Birthday Celebration
An incredible array of artists and musicians honor one of the world’s most revered artists, Joni Mitchell, on her 75th birthday on Joni 75: A Birthday Celebration. The all-star tribute salutes Mitchell as a boundary-breaking artist highlighting her songs throughout her career. Featured performers include Brandi Carlile, Glen Hansard, Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones, Chaka Khan, Diana Krall, Kris Kristofferson, Los Lobos with La Marisoul, Cesar Castro & Xochi Flores, Graham Nash, Seal, James Taylor, and Rufus Wainwright.



Patty Griffin
Patty Griffin represents an extraordinary new chapter for this incomparable singer-songwriter and immediately stands among the most deeply personal recordings of her remarkable two-decade career. The album – which follows 2015’s Grammy Award-nominated Servant Of Love – collects songs written during and in the aftermath of a profound personal crisis, several years in which she battled – and ultimately defeated – cancer just as a similar and equally insidious disease metastasized into the American body politic. Yet as always, like very few others, Griffin’s power lies in how, as Holly Gleason in the Martha’s Vineyard Gazette observed, ‘her songs seem to freeze life and truth in amber.’ It’s in how Griffin can express the strikingly intimate while never making it about herself, all wrapped in sparse arrangements that breathe an incomparable force and import into her songcraft.



Weezer: The Teal Album
The Teal Album is the ultimate covers collection with songs from TOTO, Tears For Fears, Eurythmics, A-Ha, The Turtles, Black Sabbath, Electric Light Orchestra, TLC, Michael Jackson & Ben E. King.



Maren Morris: Girl
the second major label studio album by singer Maren Morris. Lead single “Girl” was called “an upbeat, optimistic single with a strutting, indie-rock guitar sound” by Rolling Stone. Morris co-wrote the song with Sarah Aarons, who worked on “The Middle”, and Greg Kurstin. Maren has released four studio albums. Her 2015 extended play, Maren Morris, charted on two Billboard charts. Her major label debut album, Hero, reached #5 on the Billboard 200 chart and #1 on the Top Country Albums chart.



David Gray: Gold In A Brass Age
Gold In A Brass Age was produced by Ben DeVries, son of producer and soundtrack composer Marius. The album finds Gray in renewed creative form and arrives just ahead of a run of headline shows in the US and UK. Gold In A Brass Age is defined by an intuitive approach from Gray, exploring new electronic textures and sound palettes, along with new production techniques in the process. David began writing Gold In A Brass Age in 2016 and it was recorded over several months between tours, including a 50 date US tour and a co-headline tour with Alison Krauss in 2017. Using a cut and paste approach to the arrangement of songs, the album’s atmospheric and experimental undertones are evident throughout.



Dido: Still On My Mind
One of the biggest selling UK artists of all time, Dido returns with her 5th studio album “Still On My Mind”. The long-awaited fifth overall album from Dido, following on from 2013’s Girl Who Got Away. The new album will show Dido’s love of hip-hop and folky roots. Much of Still On My Mind was written and recorded in England as “a result of the fruitful and incredibly natural production/songwriting partnership” with brother Rollo, who contributed extensively to all of her previous releases. Still On My Mind wafts in like a beautiful breeze, a chilled out tumble of sadness and joy, melancholy and bliss. That familiar voice is fully present, soft, intimate and delightfully conversational, caressing melodies over a subtle flow of beats, with an aching catch that tugs at the heart strings. She was the girl who got away. But after five years of silence, Dido is back.



Flight of the Conchords: LIVE in London
Two CD live release. In October of 2018, ten years after the launch of their hit HBO series, musical comedians Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement returned to HBO for the all-new comedy special. Live in London was taped before a live audience at the Eventim Apollo and featured the Conchords performing songs from the sold-out UK and Ireland edition of Flight of the Conchords Sing Flight of the Conchords Tour.



Butt-Naked Amanda Palmer: There Will Be No Intermission
Amanda says this is the most personal and painfully vulnerable album she has ever made and her songwriting has climbed up a few notches. This is the most honest record she has ever written, and was fueled by everything that was going on around her to dig deeper, try harder, and be less afraid. Included on There Will Be No Intermission are some songs that have been longtime live favorites, like Amanda’s cover of Dillie Keane’s “Look Mummy, No Hands,” as well as more recent releases like a tribute to Judy Blume on her 80th birthday. Other songs tackle abortion, cancer, motherhood, and politics. Amanda has shared a new song, “Drowning in the Sound,” which you can listen to below. It’s chorus pays tribute to Prince and Ani DiFranco, two of Amanda’s musical idols



Meat Puppets: Dusty Notes
The legendary Meat Puppets have reunited and put together an album of new music. The album, Dusty Notes, will be available March 8th via Megaforce records. Includes the single “Warranty”. Fans of the golden SST age of American punk and of these cowpunk trailblazers will be thrilled to welcome this: the first album by the original Meat Puppets lineup since 1995. Curt and Chris Kirkwood have reunited with drummer Derrick Bostrom, and you’ll also hear keyboardist Ron Stabinsky and Curt’s son Elmo (on guitar) here. Get this now (on CD or vinyl) so you’ll know these tunes by the time you see ’em on tour later this year: “Warranty,” “Nine Pins,” “Unfrozen Memory,” “The Great Awakening,” “Outflow,” the title track and more! Megaforce.



Tom Harrell: Infinity
When pianist Bill Charlap featured Tom Harrell at a recent gig with his trio at New York’s Jazz Standard, he summarized the trumpeter’s genius as concisely as anyone could. “It is our honor and privilege,” he announced, “To share the bandstand with a man who is a living, breathing melody.” For this latest HighNote release, featuring a razor-sharp quintet with saxophonist Mark Turner and guitarist Charles Altura, Harrell & company combine complex compositions, seductive rhythms, advanced harmonic concepts, vibrant solos and sheer inspiration in an album which transcends the jazz idiom. This is perhaps Harrell’s most imaginative recording to-date, with the scoring for the piano-less, tenor sax and guitar front line ensemble sui generis among his work.



Leo Bud Welch: The Angels in Heaven Done Signed My Name
Leo Bud Welch, the deceased delta bluesman, spent his life honing his musical craft. The Mississippi native and 30-year lumberjack performed as a gospel singer in his small hometown for years before he made his first record when he was in his seventies. The influence of the region he called home, his years of musicianship, and his well lived life blended together to create music that was as unique as he was. The stunning posthumous album, The Angels in Heaven Done Signed My Name, was produced by Dan Auerbach at his Easy Eye Sound studios in Nashville, Tennessee just before Leo’s death in December of 2017 and also features performances by the late Richard Swift.



The Coathangers: The Devil You Know
In their early years, Atlanta trio The Coathangers were very much of the classic punk ethos-the band was a live entity, and the records were a document of the charisma and chaos projected from stage. But after 12 years of relentlessly touring on a steady flow of EPs and LPs, The Coathangers finally took a moment to recalibrate before diving into the creation of their sixth studio album The Devil You Know. The band regrouped to make an album that captures all the vitality of their early years while honing their individual strengths into new communal achievements. It’s a record that takes their established takes on vitriolic punk, playful house-party anthems, and heartworn ballads and melds them into a new sound that retains all their former live show glories while revealing a new level of songwriting and nuance. “The writing process was done with an open heart,” says guitarist/vocalist Julia Kugel. “Everything that came before had to go away. And we started there, at ground zero.” With each album, you could hear the individual songwriters honing their style. But with The Devil You Know, it feels like we’re hearing the first Coathangers record written as a true unit.


New Releases ~ March 1, 2019

Here are some New Releases :


Hozier
Wasteland, Baby! Is the follow up LP to Hozier’s 2014 critically acclaimed self-titled debut album. With a phenomenal reception by critics worldwide, the album was also a commercial success, reaching Top 10 chart positions in Ireland, UK, United States, Canada, Australia, Denmark, and Greece. The album included this first worldwide hit, ‘Take Me To Church,’ that a nomination for Song of the Year and the 2015 Grammy Awards.



Tom Petty: The Best Of Everything – The Definitive Career Spanning Hits Collection



WEEZER
Weezer (The Black Album) was produced by TV On The Radio’s Dave Sitek, with whom the band worked for the first time. The album’s songs were entirely written on piano by frontman Rivers Cuomo for the first time in Weezer history, creating some of the most satisfyingly awesome songs in the entire hits-filled Weezer catalog. With band members switching up instruments in the studio, and choruses filtered through Sitek’s own encyclopedic musical references of everything from Gorillaz to Can to Pink Floyd, Weezer (The Black Album) is the bold next step in the winning streak of acclaimed albums they’ve released since 2014.



Steve Poltz: Shine On
A true musical iconoclast, Steve Poltz has done it all. Born in Nova Scotia but associated with his years in San Diego, California, Poltz has co-written an iconic, multiplatinum single (“You Were Meant For Me” with then girlfriend Jewel), signed to a major label (he chafed under the restrictions) and created a career as a songwriter, humorist and and collaborator with a fervid following. Now based in Nashville, TN; Poltz has, for the first time in two decades, decided to partner with a label, Compass Records. Bookended by songs inspired as a response to a mass shooting, SHINE ON, produced by Will Kimbrough, is Poltz at his most searching and insightful, with the wry, slightly skewed world-view that has endeared him to so many.



Tommy Castro: Killin’ It LIVE
One of the most popular roots music acts in the world keeps one of the busiest live performance schedules in all of music. Killin’ It – Live is the band’s first live release, and one their legion of fans have been asking for. A soul-satisfying romp with blustery blues, gritty R&B and hard-charging roadhouse rock, the set list includes fan favorites from throughout Tommy’s career.



Durand Jones & The Indications: American Love Call



Branford Marsalis: The Secret Between the Shadow and the Soul
The Secret Between the Shadow and the Soul finds the celebrated ensemble at a new peak, addressing a kaleidoscope of moods with inspiration and group commitment. The quartet that saxophonist Branford Marsalis has led for the past three decades has always been a model of daring, no-apologies artistry, of ever-widening musical horizons and deepening collective identity. With like-minded support from pianist Joey Calderazzo, bassist Eric Revis and drummer Justin Faulkner, the band has long been a model of how to sustain and enlarge a musical outlook that is both historically and stylistically inclusive. Successive recordings have revealed new plateaus, and The Secret Between the Shadow and the Soul, the band’s first since 2016’s acclaimed Upward Spiral with guest Kurt Elling, captures a new emphasis on both how to express and how to document the music.



Yola: Walk Through Fire



Dream Theater: Distance Over Time
Dream Theater return to their roots combining heavy progressive music with epic melodies that will thrill their legion of fans across the world. Two time Grammy nominated with over 15 million records worldwide. For this record, the band approached things a little differently. For the first time, the members lived, wrote and recorded together at the secluded Yonderbarn studios in Monticello, NY over the course of four months. For Distance Over time, the band wanted to return to their roots and produce a more organic record. Despite these changes, Dream Theater uphold their unique signature of combining metallic aggression and progressive scope, putting it in a frame of tighter, more concise song writing. Distance Over Time might deal with difficult topics, but it also reflects the spirit, joy and passion that Dream Theater put into making this album.



Claypool Lennon Delirium: South Of Reality
South Of Reality, The Claypool Lennon Delirium’s epic sophomore album might be just the antidote this sick world needs. Music so potent it could repel an asteroid impact from space, these seasoned warriors of psychedelia have crafted timeless songs that may as well be chiseled in stone. The monolithic dream team’s new record was produced by Les Claypool and Sean Lennon themselves, and engineered and mixed by Les Claypool at his own Rancho Relaxo studio in Sonoma County, California.



John Mayall: Nobody Told Me
the new studio album from Blues Hall of Fame member, John Mayall, boasts an impressive and diverse list of guest guitarists, all personal favorites of Mayall’s including Todd Rundgren, Little Steven Van Zandt of The E Street Band, Alex Lifeson from Rush, Joe Bonamassa, Larry McCray and Carolyn Wonderland who will be joining the band on tour. Also, on hand are Mayall’s dynamic Chicago rhythm section of Greg Rzab on bass guitar and Jay Davenport on drums, along with Billy Watts (Lucinda Williams) on rhythm guitar and Mayall’s regular horn section, moonlighting from their day job in The Late Show with Conan O’Brien’s house band. – The album was produced by Mayall and Forty Below Records founder Eric Corne at The Foo Fighters’ Studio 606 on the same legendary Sound City Neve console his one-time protégés from Fleetwood Mac used to record the best-selling Rumors album. John Mayall TITLE: Nobody Told Me Label: Forty Below



Santana: In Search of Mona Lisa
In Search of Mona Lisa is the 2019 five-track EP from the legendary Santana. It came to fruition after Carlos Santana’s interaction with the Mona Lisa painting at the Louvre in Paris, France. After this encounter, Mona Lisa inspired Carlos Santana to create the songs featured on this EP. The songs are produced by Narada Michael Walden and Carlos Santana.



Gary Clark Jr: On This Land
On This Land, the Grammy Award-winning maverick channels his signature sense of soul from the crossroads of rock ‘n’ roll, blues, jazz, hip-hop, reggae and punk. Clark’s most accomplished songwriting and virtuosic performances to date; This Land delivers socially relevant, transcendentally ambitious, and musically rich declaration as unapologetic, undeniable, and unique as he is. He emerges with a body of work that is dynamic in every sense, embodying an ever-evolving sound that transformed him into an artistic force anointed by everyone from President Barack Obama to the late Prince.


New Releases ~ Feb 15, 2019

Here are some New Releases :


Cardi B ! Invasion Of Privacy is RIAA Gold certified – making Cardi B the first female artist to achieve a Gold certified album on the day of it’s release. The record-breaking album was heralded by surprise releases, “Be Careful” and “Drip” featuring Migos. The album also features a blockbuster line-up of appearances including Chance The Rapper, SZA, Migos, Kehlani, Bad Bunny, J Balvin, and YG.



Dale Watson: Call Me Lucky
Over the last three decades, honky-tonk legend Dale Watson has carried the torch for pure country music. A fixture of the Austin, TX, music scene for years, Watson has a new home base, Memphis, TN and recorded all but one song on his new Red House Records elease, CALL ME LUCKY, at historic Sam Phillips Recording studio in Memphis. The album features some of city’s finest as well as Dale’s longtime band, His Lone Stars, and includes a horn section on some of the tracks. With nods to the Man in Black and Hank, Watson pays homage to the greats and proves he’s the real deal.



Elvis Presley’s The Best Of The ’68 Comeback Special is a new companion album to “Elvis All-Star Tribute,” NBC’s upcoming star-studded special celebrating “The King of Rock ‘N’ Roll’s” unforgettable 1968 television special.



Galactic: Already Ready Already
For over 20 years, Ben Ellman, Robert Mercurio, Stanton Moore, Jeff Raines, and Rich Vogel have been exploring the seemingly limitless musical possibilities born out of their work together as Galactic. Over those years, the seminal New Orleans band has consistently pushed artistic boundaries on the road and in the studio, approaching their music with open ears and drawing on inspiration as much from the sounds bubbling up from their city’s streets as they do from each other.



Hayes Carll: What It Is
What It Is – Hayes Carll – On What It Is, the Houston, TX troubadour Hayes Carll is leaving the past behind. “I want to dig in so this life doesn’t just pass me by. The more engaged I am the more meaning it all has. I want that to be reflected in the work,” Carll says. The new album covers a broad range of topics both timely and constant; the desire to bridge the country’s political divide, the ups and downs of relationships, and the challenge to stay present in your life as it goes by. What It Is continues the artistic risk-taking initiated by 2016’s Lovers and Leavers; his voice is strong and assured, and his songwriting as truthful as ever.



Colin Linden & Luther Dickinson: Amour
Amour is the first collaboration between famed Colin Linden (Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, ABC’s hit TV show “Nashville)” and Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars, Black Crowes). It is made up of a collection of classic love songs from Americana, featuring vocalists from Nashville. Both Linden and Dickinson are true veterans of Roots music having played with and produced the biggest names in the business while displaying the mantle of countless awards and accolades to reflect that. Amour was recorded and produced by Colin Linden with the intention of warming hearts everywhere and truly expressing the passion of Americana.



Marley’s Ghost: Travelin’ Shoes
With a dozen albums to date Seattle-based Marley’s Ghost survey a broad scope of Americana and acoustic music, refusing to confine themselves to any singular niche. Their aptly named Travelin’ Shoes veers down a similar path with 12-songs offering an assured selection of traditional gospel tunes, each delivered with the rich, dynamic, vibrant instrumentation and tightly locked communal harmonies that have been integral elements in Marley’s Ghost’s m.o. for well over 30 years.
Produced by acclaimed virtuoso Larry Campbell (Bob Dylan, Levon Helm), who was previously behind the boards for their highly acclaimed 2016 album The Woodstock Sessions, Travelin’ Shoes is a joyous and surprisingly diverse set of songs, a celebratory salute to the finest traditions of American music. From the compelling, banjo-plucking, back porch delivery of the title track, the crisp, Caribbean flavor of “Run Come See Jerusalem,” and the festive sing-alongs “Hear Jerusalem Moan” and “So Happy I’ll Be,” to the goodtime feel of “Someday” and the upward gaze and chorus of clapping that informs “You Can’t Stand Alone,” it’s an album that will have even the most confirmed skeptics, cynics and agnostics sharing in the sentiment.



Mavis Staples: LIVE in London
Mavis Staples has been a soul and gospel music legend for more than 50 years. Her work fronting the legendary Staples Singers defined the sound of politically-committed soul and influenced generations of musicians. As a solo artist in her own right, she has helped to define much of what is righteous and soulful in American music. There are few people who can claim to have been performing as long as Mavis Staples, let alone to her standards. This album captures her live at the Union Chapel in London with her band performing some of the greatest songs from her musical catalog, while celebrating her 79th birthday.



Ryan Bingham: American Love Song
American Love Song finds Bingham honing his creativity on two distinct levels, the personal and the cultural. The record is co-produced with Charlie Sexton, the superb Austin guitarist who has played for years in Bob Dylan’s touring band. American Love Song was recorded at Arlyn Studios and Public Hi-Fi in Austin with additional recording at Matter Music/Stella Sound in Los Angeles.



Tedeschi Trucks Band: Signs
Signs is the fourth studio release from Tedeschi Trucks Band and offers another outstanding example of their ability to expand musical boundaries in ways that only a rare caliber of musician can achieve. Signs showcases the band at their best – combining inventive musicality and provocative lyrics across eleven original tracks, running the gamut from uplifting soulful anthems, to bittersweet ballads and driving rock and roll. The album was recorded at Derek and Susan’s home studio, Swamp Raga, on two-inch analogue tape giving it a warmth and richness that recalls the ambience of the best vintage recordings.

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