for October 23, 2015:
the fifth album from the country/pop music superstar. Storyteller includes the hit single ‘Smoke Break’. Carrie Underwood emerged from the promise of her 2005 American Idol win to become a true multi-format, multi-media superstar, spanning achievements in music, television, and film. A seven-time Grammy Award winner, she has amassed nearly 100 major honors, sold more than 56 million records worldwide, and recorded 21 #1 singles, 11 of which she co-wrote.
International superstar Andrea Bocelli returns with his eagerly awaited 2015 album Cinema. Cinema celebrates the greatest movie songs of all time and reunites a team of musical legends including David Foster, Humberto Gatica and Tony Renis who worked together on the trailblazing success of Bocelli’s Amore. Cinema marks Bocelli’s first new studio recording in two years.
Original soundtrack to the 2015 animated motion picture. The soundtrack was created with the help of movie director Steve Martino. Features new recordings of Vince Guaraldi classics “Linus And Lucy” and “Skating” as well as original music from Christophe Beck who brought us Frozen. Also features Meghan Trainor performing “Better When I’m Dancin'”.
For the first time in his career, Connick took a step outside his musical comfort zone to work in the studio with two “external” producers on this album – the acclaimed Eg White (Sam Smith, Adele, Florence And The Machine) and Butch Walker (Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Pink, Weezer). That Would Be Me was recorded in London with White and Nashville with Walker. The result is a carefully crafted record full of surprises and stirring musical conjurations, delivering 11 new songs and new insights into his artistry. That Would Be Me includes infectious gems like the White-produced “(I Like It When You) Smile,” which includes an impromptu-hand clap and Connick serving up a one-of-a-kind-scat-rap-of-a-vocal that heats up mid-song and never let’s down. Walker-helmed songs include the percolating “(I Think I) Love U A Little Bit,” the sultry/funky “Songwriter” and the catchy first single “(I Do) Like We Do.”
the 29th studio album by the legendary British singer/songwriter. Another Country was produced by Stewart and Kevin Savigar. Stewart stated that “Batman Superman Spiderman” was written about bedtime stories that he would tell his youngest son, Aiden Patrick Stewart, based around the three fictional superheroes. The album’s title track, “Another Country” was inspired by Stewart’s respect for the armed forces – a respect influenced by his birth occurring shortly before the end of the Second World War – and consequent musing on life in the armed forces, particularly regarding the emotions generated by being apart from loved ones. Recording sessions for the album took place at Stewart’s home, and were produced with Pro Tools.
Hailing from Atlanta, GA, T.I. is an artist that needs no introduction. After many successful years representing his hometown on a global stage, T.I. returns to his roots, and his previous name of TIP to signify his return to making music for the trap on T.I. EP. T.I. is a critically acclaimed musician with multiple Grammy, Billboard, ASCAP, BET, MTV awards, as well as multiple platinum and gold albums under his belt. Complete with features from Young Thug and Young Dro, Da’ Nic is sure to keep the streets lit while they wait for T.I.’s next full length album.
2015 release from the harpist, keyboardist, singer and songwriter. Divers is Newsom’s first album since 2010. Good heavens – five years go by – what can one do? Dive, listener, knowing that your next hour will be filled with diversions aplenty: a wheeling circuit of sci-fi sea-shanties and cavalier ballads, narrated from parts unknown; a family of polysemic song-sets; a paranomasaic Liederkreis of harmonic sympathies and knotted hierarchies; a fanfare of brazen puns and martial lullabies, blazing in sorrow and horseplay and love, in turns symphonic and spare, joined by Mellotrons and Marxophones and Moogs, clavichords and celestas and of course the harp, thrumming its threnodies of circadian invasions and avian irruptions and strange loops of Shepard-toned resonant-frequencies and something called goddamned Simulacreage. The music of Divers is a wonder of considered arrangements a taut line, threaded with the pearls of passed and passing times…a round, a chant, an incantation…a ray of light diverted eleven ways, into eleven songs that striate, in chromatic collusion, their simultaneous arc…a span that takes in lifetimes, but is immaculately sequenced for telescoped brevity. The music speeds with dissociative dread over montaged cityscapes; it hoofs with delight among the collaged quotations and sepia-toned codices of Popular Song; it ambles its carefree citational course through the public domain and down into the dustier corners of municipal parks, to lionize infamous airmen and anonymous Dutch Masters, to mourn pearl divers and Poorwills, and to elegize the ineluctable tragedy of relativity a tragedy of parochial time, anecdotal time, dubious time.
2015 release from multi-platinum selling, Grammy Award-nominated recording artist Dave Gahan (Depeche Mode), along with musical partner Soulsavers. Entitled Angels & Ghosts, this is the collaborators’ second album, following their critically-acclaimed 2012 release The Light the Dead See. The album boasts nine original tracks, all written by Dave Gahan and Soulsavers. An evolution from their first album, Angels & Ghosts proves to be a markedly stronger and more hard-hitting body of work. Listeners can expect to be led through an aural mix of dark, brooding sounds, elements inspired by gospel and blues, and the stark beauty that has become a signature of Dave and Soulsavers’ works. Dave Gahan’s emotionally powerful voice has never sounded better, and drives the album forward over a landscape of meticulously crafted instrumentation.
two CD collection. Unfaithful Music & Soundtrack Album is a compilation underscoring Elvis Costello’s memoir Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink, compiled and sequenced by Costello himself to offer the deepest emotional connection of the themes and stories of his book. This 38-track set contains a selection of hits and Costello’s favorite songs, including two previously-unreleased titles; ‘April 5th’ – written and recorded with Rosanne Cash, Kris Kristofferson and John Leventhal – and one of Costello’s earliest solo recordings, ‘I Can t Turn It Off’ from 1975.
With bristling energy, unflagging virtuosity and lyrics that cut to the core of human hope and willpower, Walter Trout’s album, Battle Scars, chronicles his horrific battle with liver failure. But the 12-song set captures the international guitar hero, on a new high – playing and singing at the peak of his abilities, infusing even his darkest numbers with creative joy that sweeps like a beacon. Battle Scars is Trout’s 18th album released by the Netherlands-based Provogue label and his 42nd overall, counting his pre-solo-career recordings as a member of the historic groups: Canned Heat and John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers.
Method To My Madness finds Tommy Castro And The Painkillers at their very best. It is instantly a career-defining highlight in a lifetime full of them. From the opening one-two punch of everyman anthems Common Ground and Shine A Light to the full-tilt energy of the title track to the searing, deep soul ballad Died And Gone To Heaven, Tommy and the band are firing on all cylinders. From the bayou rock of “Got A Lot” and the atmospheric, autobiographical “Ride” to the reinvented version of the Clarence Carter hit “I’m Qualified” and the emotional cover of B.B. King’s “Bad Luck”, Tommy Castro And The Painkillers continue to break new ground while simultaneously having an incredible amount of fun.
Forging influences from folk and punk to jazz and Broadway musicals with pop-leaning melodic sensibilities, Shawn Mullins crafts memorable, affecting tunes that cross many genres on his all new album, My Stupid Heart. Throughout the record, the Grammy nominated, platinum selling artist, deftly balances songs of suffering – from the title tune and “Go and Fall,” to the powerful, yet subtle social commentary of “Ferguson” – with songs such as “Roll on By,” which strikes an upbeat note of hope.
Original soundtrack to the 2015 film. Laurie Anderson was recently commissioned by the European TV network Arte to create a feature film-her first in 30 years. Her response was a personal essay entitled Heart of a Dog, a work encompassing joy and heartbreak and remembering and forgetting, at the heart of which is a lament for her late beloved dog Lolabelle. The Nonesuch album is the full audio recording of the film, including all music and spoken text. Heart of a Dog has been shown at the Telluride, Venice, and Toronto Film Festivals to critical praise, with the New York Times calling it a “philosophically astute, emotionally charged meditation on death, love, art and dogs.”
for October 16, 2015:
2015 release from the Americana singer, songwriter, guitarist and author. Produced by Ritter and Trina Shoemaker (Queens of the Stone Age, Emmylou Harris), Sermon On the Rocks was recorded in two weeks at The Parlor Recording Studio in New Orleans. It is Josh’s most confident, freewheeling record to date. “I wanted to make something grand. I wanted it to swing hard. I wanted to peek through deaths keyhole. I wanted my monster to run.” -Josh Ritter. Over the course of his acclaimed career, Ritter has released seven full-length albums, including his most recent, 2013’s The Beast In It’s Tracks, which debuted at #22 on the Billboard 200 and #8 on the Top Rock Albums chart.
the eighth studio album by alternative rock band Coheed and Cambria. Following the conceptual double album, The Afterman: Ascension and Descension, released in 2012 and 2013 respectively, The Color Before the Sun is the first non-conceptual album the band has released, making it the only Coheed and Cambria album to not be a part of The Amory Wars storyline. The band released a live acoustic version of “Atlas” in August 2014. Includes the first single “You Got Spirit, Kid”, released in July 2015. Coheed and Cambria, from Nyack, New York, formed in 1995. The group’s music incorporates aspects of progressive rock, pop, heavy metal, and post-hardcore.
The soundtrack to the award-winning documentary about the family at the heart of country music. There is a stream that courses through American roots music. It’s source is in the Appalachian foothills in a place called Maces Spring, Virginia. It was there that A.P. Carter, his wife Sara and his sister-in-law Maybelle began their careers as three of the earliest stars of country music. From their earliest days as Victor recording artists to their international success via the phenomenon of Border Radio, the Original Carter Family made their mark on the history of American recorded music. Beth Harrington’s documentary about this saga has played festivals and won awards and accolades across the globe. Omnivore Recordings, in conjunction with Harrington, is proud to present the soundtrack to this very important film: The Winding Stream-The Carters, The Cashes And The Course Of Country Music. With original tracks from the iconic Original Carter Family, through performances by legends George Jones and Johnny Cash, and into the present with John Prine and Rosanne Cash, The Winding Stream sends listeners on an audio journey through the history of the music we now know as “country,” how it came to be, and how it endures today. With liner notes from Harrington, pictures from the John Carter Cash archives, and mastering/restoration from multiple Grammy® winner Michael Graves (whose most recent win was for his work on Omnivore’s Hank Williams The Garden Spot Programs, 1950), this CD and Digital release is a must for those who know, who love and who want to learn more about this truly American musical genre, it’s origins and it’s legacy. Take a ride back to the future on The Winding Stream.
two CD live release from the two-time Grammy winning folk/blues artist. February 6, 2015, Kauai, Hawaii: Under a 6000 sq. Ft. pavilion, Taj Mahal assembled a score of musicians next to lapping waves of the Pacific. Some were friends from the Hula Blues Band, others, jazz legends who, like himself, are at the top of their game. Two sold-out concerts packed with ecstatic audiences who swayed, danced and rocked out with that sweet, powerful aloha spirit brought yet another wonder. The acoustics of the open tent pitched there next to the ocean, created an extraordinary sound quality. The recordings were terrific! Two CDs are necessary to share the harmony of those events. So what will you hear? Taj’s powerful voice, old-school country blues with R&B, reggae, calypso, jazz riffs on vibes, steel and flute, rockin’ 12 strings and ukulele, four-part voice harmony, all Hawaiian laced.
for October 9, 2015:
A Blues Hall of Fame inductee and four-time Blues Music Award winner, Joe Lewis Walker celebrates a career that exceeds a half a century. His new album cements his legacy as a prolific torchbearer for the blues. His time out – Joe has brought on Paul Nelson to produce his album which was recorded at his famed Chop Shop studio on the east coast. Nelson is a Grammy winning guitarist/producer who was rock/blues legend Johnny Winter’s guitarist, and who also appears as guest guitarist on two tracks on Everybody Wants A Piece. A true powerhouse guitar virtuoso, unique singer and prolific songwriter, he has toured extensively throughout his career, performed at the world’s most renowned music festivals, and earned a legion of dedicated fans.
Jake’s career skyrocketed when his cover of While My Guitar Gently Weeps went viral on YouTube with more than 13 million views. In the years since the YouTube clip aired, Jake has released 10 domestic albums and collaborated with an array of artists that include Yo-Yo Ma, Jimmy Buffett, Bette Midler, Jack Johnson, Ziggy Marley, Michael McDonald, Bela Fleck and The Flecktones, and Tommy Emmanuel. He s played at Bonnaroo, SXSW, the Playboy Jazz Festival, Fuji Rock Festival, the influential TED conference and along the way has earned comparisons to musical innovators such as Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis.
2015 album from the acclaimed Grammy-winning musician/composer/producer/entrepreneur. With The Song of the Banjo, her first album since 2009, Alison Brown plants another flag in her journey of musical exploration. As one of today’s finest progressive 5-string banjo players, the 2015 IBMA Distinguished Achievement Award/2014 United States Artist Fellowship recipient and Compass Records co-founder mixes seven masterful originals with six surprising covers of pop and rock classics from the ’70s and ’80s, boldly going where no banjo album has gone before. For their mission, Brown and her co-producer, husband, label co-founder and bassist Garry West have assembled an equally unconventional all-star ensemble, including Indigo Girls’ Amy Ray and Emily Saliers, Keb’ Mo’, Colin Hay, uke master Jake Shimabukuro, legendary studio drummer Steve Gadd, fiddler Stuart Duncan, Irish phenom guitarist John Doyle, bassist Todd Phillips, guitarist Jim Oblon, Dobro player Rob Ickes and pianists Will Barrow, Joe Davidian and John Jarvis. Combining stunning virtuosity and unerring taste, Brown, with her signature model Prucha banjo creates a roots rainbow of folk, jazz, pop, Celtic, classical, Latin and Americana. Dynamic, introspective and even romantic, The Song of the Banjo is an album for people who didn’t know they liked the banjo. For banjo lovers, Alison Brown’s 2015 CD rekindles that affair.
EP from the alt-rock/indie favorites. Florasongs is a collection of rare and unreleased tracks from the sessions that produced their acclaimed seventh studio album, What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World, which came out in January, 2015. The group’s songs range from upbeat pop to instrumentally lush ballads, and often employ instruments like the accordion, Hammond organ, Wurlitzer organ, and upright bass. In its lyrics, the band eschews the introspection common to modern rock, instead favoring a storytelling approach, as evidenced in many songs in their catalog. Since their formation in 2000, they’ve become one of the most respected American bands of the millennium alongside other critical darlings like Arcade Fire.
two CD set that contains a 32 page booklet with synopsis and complete lyrics. Exclusive bonus tracks sung by Tori featured on this recording! This recording shines a light on Tori Amos’ distinctive and powerful songwriting, performed by The Light Princess stellar London cast and recorded entirely as a studio album. With music and lyrics by Tori Amos and book and lyrics by Samuel Adamson and suggested by a story by George MacDonald, Amos weaves her delicately crafted music throughout the narrative, with Adamson poignantly telling the story of a young woman facing her fears. Amos and Adamson take this fairytale about grief, rebellion and love and create a one-of-a-kind musical that has been embraced by audiences and critics alike. The role of Althea, the light princess, is sung by Rosalie Craig. The New York Times raved, In its leading lady, Rosalie Craig, a star is born. Craig received an Evening Standard Award and a Laurence Olivier Award nomination for her moving performance. She can be heard on the cast album alongside the rest of the original cast including Nick Hendrix, Amy Booth-Steel, Kane Oliver Parry, Hal Fowler and Clive Rowe, among others. The album is produced by Amos and features Martin Lowe conducting with orchestrations by long time Amos contributor John Philip Shenale, as well as vocal arrangements and additional orchestrations by Amos and Lowe.
from the award-winning singer/songwriter. Recorded at Sheik’s very own Sneaky Studios in Garrison, New York, this album marks his first production of original material, not attached to a theater production, since 2006’s White Limousine. NPR Music said, “The Songs from the new album, Legerdemain, feel full-circle; intimate and contemplative. Telling complicated little stories via spare lyrics and subtle studio wizardry, these songs beautifully balance Sheik’s pop know-how and his theatrical impulses.”
The album was coproduced by Toby and Bobby Pinson and contains 10 tracks. 35 MPH Town includes musical assistance from Mica Roberts, Brandy Clark, and Shane McAnally. In the words of The Dixie Chicks, “Fuck Toby Keith!”
the sixth album from West Coast rapper and actor. The Documentary 2 is the sequel to his debut album, The Documentary, which was released in 2005. The album includes guest appearances from Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, Dr. Dre, Drake, Kanye West, Keyshia Cole, Busta Rhymes, DJ Quik, YG, and others. Includes the single “100” featuring Drake.