The Giving Tree Band - Great Possessions CD - The Giving Tree Band's Great Possessions mirrors the timeless qualities of the folk-rock greats without sparing the quality arrangements and production of modern indie rock. Dubbed by the Chicago Sun-Times as "the greenest of albums," this 18-song collection augments its natural sound with carbon-neutral production: 100% solar-powered recording sessions, 100% recycled paperboard case, and biodegradable shrink wrap. $15.99
Jonah Smith - Lights On CD - Images of love, war, natural disaster and political awakening weave through Jonah Smith's new album, Lights On. Its stories travel from country to city as we are taken from a lone man ice fishing in Cabin Fever to Brooklyn for a New Year's Eve celebration in the song Mrs. Cooper.
Sonically, there is more consistency than Smith is likely to admit; he pulls from the deep well of American Blues and many of its offshoots: Soul, Country, and Folk to name a few. Essentially, he is a songwriter with the voice of a soul singer. $10.99
Boulder Acoustic Society - Punchline CD - The new full-length CD from the Boulder Acoustic Society is the new wave of acoustic Mountain Music: a combination of many traditional folk styles through a contemporary lens, all wrapped up in the band's virtuosic playing. Punchline also comes in an amazing, one-of-a-kind 3D stereoscope package. You gotta see it to believe it! $15.99
Wayne Krantz - Krantz, Carlock, Lefebvre CD - The boldly inventive improvisations of guitarist Wayne Krantz have long held a fascination for fans of dynamic, uncompromised music. Ex-Sideman with Steely Dan, Donald Fagen, Michael Brecker , Billy Cobham and many others, Krantz has focused on live performance for nearly two decades, holding down a residency at New York City's 55 Bar. Now, with Krantz Carlock Lefebvre, he is returning to a recording studio to document his own music for the first time in over fifteen years .
Krantz Carlock Lefebvre features Krantz as one-third of a longstanding trio that also includes virtuoso drummer Keith Carlock (Sting, Steely Dan, James Taylor) and bassist extraordinaire Tim Lefebvre (Chris Botti, Uri Caine), which was first convened in 1997. "Giving this band a voice in the context of a studio is a big deal for us," Krantz says. "Everything we've ever released together has been some kind of live album. Now we have the clarity and concision of the studio along for the ride." Cut live in the studio and then augmented by overdubs, the result is Krantz's most personal statement yet, more strongly rooted in composition while still rich with the improvisational nuances that make his live performances so riveting. Get ready for one of strongest musical statement of the year. $15.99
September 1 - Rodrigo y Gabriella - 11:11 CD
Black Crowes - Before the Frost, Until the Freeze CD
Drive By Truckers - The Fine Print CD
Yonder Mt String Band - The Show CD
Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey - One Day in Brooklyn CD
September 8 - Phish - Joy CD
September 15 - Karl Denson's Tiny Universe - Brother's Keeper CD
Kyle Hollingsworth - Then There's Now CD
Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers - Levitate CD
The Dynamites featuring Charles Walker - Burn it Down CD
Last Week's Additions:
Cadillac Jones - Rhythm Method CD - SPECIAL OFFER - buy Rhythm Method and get CJ's - The Big Takedown free! You'll be prompted during checkout if Rhythm Method is in your basket.
Rhythm Method, the fourth album from Cadillac Jones, finds the band tracing a steady pulse through funk's past and future. The record starts on the band's own front stoop with "Reynoldstown," an homage to one of Atlanta's oldest urban neighborhoods. Closing the door behind them, Cadillac spends the first half of the album exploring grooves of the early '60s. Blazing organs and punctuated horn lines run roughshod over tight drumbeats and the comforting tone of a Fender p-bass. At the album's midway point, the band shifts gears into darker territory. The combination of club beats and organic keyboards of the title track "Rhythm Method" literally melt into the otherworldly funk odyssey of Volcano Sunday, which in turn catapults the listener into afro beat grooves and Moog-heavy jams. By the end of the record Cadillac Jones returns home; the same band but with a decidedly different outlook, encapsulated by the electronic comfort food of the closing track "Wonderbread." Ultimately "Rhythm Method" unleashes the band from its conceptual moorings of albums past and puts it back where it's most comfortable-all over the funk/jazz map. $10.99
Cyro Baptista - Infinito CD - INFINITO is the highly anticipated follow up to the critically acclaimed self titled debut album by Cyro's newest project - BANQUET OF THE SPIRITS. As you know, this project includes three of the fastest rising stars in the "downtown music" scene: Brian Marsella on keyboards and melodica (Beat The Donkey & Matisyahu), Shanir Blumenkanz on bass and oud (Pharaoh's Daughter) and Tim Keiper on drumset (Beat The Donkey & Vieux Farka Toure) make up the core band. $15.98
Jerry Garcia "Frames" Tshirt (Medium-XXL) - This Jerry Garcia T-shirt features a series of photographs from the 1970's. This period highlighted an exciting pallette of musical genres including Country, Folk, and Funk. In addition to his work in the Grateful Dead, Jerry found time to work with Merl Saunders, Legion of Mary, and The Jerry Garcia Band. Click image for larger picture. $19.99
August 28-30 - NedFest - Nederland, CO
August 28-30 - Summerdance - Nelson Ledges, OH
August 29 - Long Beach Funk Festival - Long Beach, CA
September 4-6 - The Get Down - Chapel Hill, NC
September 18-19 - Let it Roll - Ghent, NY
October 10-11 - 4th Annual Joshua Tree Roots Music Festival - Joshua Tree, CA
November 13-15 - *Bear Creek Music & Art Festival - Live Oak, FL
* Look for the HGMN booth at this event
Video of the Week:
The Giving Tree Band records the world's first GREEN album! News feature.
The Giving Tree Band "Red Leaves" HD Music Video
Thanks for reading, go see some live music and have a great week.
- Lee Crumpton