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Home Grown 9 CD

By offering a great variety of moods and musical styles, HG9 is a lengthy, stylish compilation.

Fiction20Down - Comfortable Fools CD

Fiction 20 Down displays tasteful chops and smoldering guitar in this twelve song studio release.

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Fiction 20 Down - Comforable Fools CDFiction 20 Down - Comfortable Fools CD - Baltimore-based Fiction 20 Down "merge reggae and rock like I have never heard before!"- Dubbed "the very definition of laid back", continues, "[F20D] is a delightful, upbeat, soothing rock fusion mix, with elements of R&B, reggae, and pure rock!" From the soaring vocal harmonies and cello accompaniment on "Rock Bottom Blue" to the epic rock storytelling of "Honor Echoes" to the hip-hop vocal and drum n' bass in "Gossip & Gunplay", Fiction 20 Down's "Comfortable Fools" LP exemplifies versatility, originality, and "their undeniable talent" - $9.99


Sufjan Stevens - The BQE CD/DVDSufjan Stevens - The BQE CD/DVD - Sufjan Stevens is proud to present The BQE, a cinematic suite inspired by the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway and the Hula-Hoop. Commissioned by Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), The BQE was originally performed in the Howard Gilman Opera House in celebration of the 25th anniversary Next Wave Festival in October of 2007. Comes as CD/DVD package. $18.98



Jorma Kaukonen - Rockpalast: West Coast Legends Vol 2 CDJorma Kaukonen - Rockpalast: West Coast Legends Vol 2 CD - A Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Jorma Kaukonen founded JEFFERSON AIRPLANE together with Paul Kantner and Marty Balin, as well as his own band, HOT TUNA, with which he tours to this day. He has always been more interested in blues and American roots music (blue grass) than in rock, which led him to move to California where he accompanied JANIS JOPLIN, among others, on guitar at her first minor shows in bars and small clubs. This Rockpalast show took place on November 29, 1980 at the Kleine Westfalenhalle in Dortmund, Germany and is finally available on CD! $11.98


Jack Johnson - En Concert CDJack Johnson - En Concert CD/DVD
-The 2008 world tour had a ton of special moments, and this CD represents some of the finest. From sharing the stage at Bonnaroo with Eddie Vedder, to leading a massive singalong at Bercy in Paris, to wowing a festival crowd at Outside Lands, to stepping onto the stage alone to close the show at Red Rocks. Longtime crowd favorites from Jack's catalog are interwoven with passages from some of Jack's own favorite songs (Do You Remember segues into a verse from Jimi Hendrix's "Remember"; Jack's "The Horizon Has Been Defeated" blends into Paul Simon's "Mother and Child Reunion" in front of a mainstage headlining crowd at Bonnaroo, and "Bubble Toes" dips into the Charles Wright classic "Express Yourself"). This deluxe DVD edition will feature both the film, and CD as well as an extended 60 page book of photos from the tour. All of Jack's profits from the 2008 tour, and this release will be going to fund the Kokua Hawaii Foundation and the Johnson Ohana Family trust which will provide continuing endowments to Jack's favorite environmental charities. CD $13.98 CD&DVD $29.98

Ivan Neville's New Orleans All Stars DVDIvan Neville's New Orleans All-Stars - Gettin' Funkier All The Time DVD
- This concert, recorded at Germany's famous Rockpalast festival in 2004, demonstrate that this all star outfit undoubtedly possess the musical pedigree to ensure the continued success of the Neville Brothers dynasty in the years to come. Son of Aaron, Ivan represents the new generation of New Orlean's legendary Neville Family. Here he fronts a stellar band comprising brother Ian and other up and coming musicians from the Crescent City. Ivan, who sings and plays bass guitar, announced his arrival as a major talent with the release of his critically acclaimed debut solo album in 1988 and which gave him two hit singles. Two years earlier he had played on The Rolling Stones' 'Dirty Work' album and he has since played with a string of superstars, including Keith Richards and Bonnie Raitt. Acclaimed by critics, Ivan looks set to become a major star on the music scene. $19.95


Flight of the Conchords - I Told You I Was Freaky CDFlight of the Conchords - I Told You I Was Freaky CD - I Told You I Was Freaky is, among a great many other things, a genre-tripping tour de force and includes songs from the second series of their popular and award-winning/nominated HBO TV show. $15.98



Coming Soon:

October 27 - String Cheese Incident - Trick or Treat (2 live CDs)
Gov't Mule - By A Thread CD
Bassnectar - Cozza Frenzy CD
Garage A Trois - Power Patriot CD
Squirrel Nut Zippers - Lost at Sea (live) CD
Jack Johnson - En Concert CD/DVD
Blind Boys of Alabama - Duets CD

November 3 - Mike Gordon - Inside In CD (re-release)
Dixie Bee Liners - Susanville CD
JJ Grey & Mofro - Choice Cuts (Vinyl)

Last Week:

Flaming Lips - Embryonic CDThe Flaming Lips - Embryonic - After lauded indie albums, The Flaming Lips debuted on Warner Bros. with 1991's Hit To Death In The Future Head. Transmissions From The Satellite Heart and Clouds Taste Metallic followed. 1999's TheSoft Bulletin topped numerous year-end best-of listsand helped rank the band among the most influential inthe world. 2002's Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots ranked #4 in Spin and #11 in NME on their end-of-yearlists, and won a Grammy. Most recently, the band's full length feature film and score album Christmas On Mars received critical acclaim at screenings across the country in 2008. CD, 2CD & DVD, 2LP & CD


Jam On Guitars CDVarious Artists - Jam On Guitars CD - The Jam Band Culture has produced some of the most inventive and diverse music that the rock genre has seen in a long time. Influences from blues to folk to jazz and back to hard rock are intertwined, combined and refined. The guitar has been the instrument that all this musical abundance is built around. Magnatude records has captured performances by some of the leading lights in this field. "Jam On Guitars" illustrates the fact that it's not about technique. It is about substance.Steve Morse, Jake Cinninger, Alex Skolnick and Michael Lee Firkins join an outstanding line up of players. $17.98


James McMurtry Live in EuropeJames McMurtry - Live in Europe CD/DVD - Two disc (CD/DVD) live release from the acclaimed singer/songwriter. In early 2009, James McMurtry traveled overseas for his first European tour. The guys played for enthusiastic crowds in Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, The Netherlands, Scotland, and Belgium. Joining McMurtry's band on keyboards for the tour was the legendary Ian McLagan (who also played on McMurtry's latest studio album, Just Us Kids). McMurtry combined the best recordings from the Amsterdam and Geislingen concerts to create Live in Europe. The live album includes a bonus DVD featuring live video performances from the Amsterdam show. This marks the first time fans have been able to purchase video footage of McMurtry live in concert. $15.98

Blind Boys of Alabama - Enlightenment CDBlind Boys of Alabama - Enlightenment CD - The Blind Boys of Alabama are a gospel group from Alabama that first formed at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind in 1939. Releases by the group in recent years have been favorites at the Grammy Awards they won the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album every year between 2002 to 2005. The Blind Boys of Alabama were inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2007. The tracks on this album were recorded by The Blind Boys of Alabama during their tenure at Jewel-Paula Records in Shreveport during the 80's. $12.99

Upcoming Events:

November 13-15 - *Bear Creek Music & Art Festival - Live Oak, FL

* Look for the HGMN booth at this event

Video of the Week:

Flight of the Chochords - You Don't Have to Be a Prostitute (from I Told You I Was Freaky)

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Fiction 20 Down

"Fiction 20 Down is a delightful, upbeat, soothing rock fusion mix, with elements of hip-hop, reggae, and pure rock!"

Led by Jordan Lally's inspired lyrics and impassioned vocals & rhythm guitar, Justin Berdeguez's incomparable lead guitar , DJ Fritzges's reggae-induced bass, and Andre Toney's soulful, rock-steady drum work, Fiction 20 Down have come together to forge a truly original rock music brew that's rocking live audiences."If you want to see a great live band, Fiction 20 Down is where it's at!" ( The band has conquered nationally renowned stages up and down the East Coast and as far west as Ohio, opening for MTV acts like EVE 6 & Jimmie's Chicken Shack and national touring bands like Badfish & Groundation along the way. Fiction 20 Down has played college campuses from the University of Maryland to Framingham State in Massachusetts, as well as independent music showcases like the Millennium Music Conference in Harrisburg, PA (for which the band's song "Wind Me Down" was selected to appear on the MMC Compilation CD).

Beyond the stage, F20D (as fans affectionately call the band) has conquered the radio & television as well. In addition to live on-air performances and interviews on college, commercial and internet radio outlets, F20D is in rotation at upwards of 40 college radio stations from Buffalo's WBNY down to Savannah, GA's WRFS and is featured on internet radio giant Pandora. The band is in rotation on large regional commercial radio like Baltimore's famed WTMD 89.7FM & 98 ROCK FM and in addition, Fiction 20 Down's hit "Wake Up" was featured on XM Satellite Radio's "The Radar Report" for up and coming international artists! F20D has also made appearances on a variety of regional television shows from New York's "Poughkeepsie Live" to Delaware and New Jersey's "The Tim Qualls Show"!

To call Fiction 20 Down prolific songwriters would be an understatement to say the least. With the addition of the "Comfortable Fools" LP in 2009, Fiction 20 Down has now released three full-length albums in only two short years - all recorded & produced by F20D front man Jordan Lally out of his Reveler Recording Studio. praised the 2007 F20D debut "Down n' Out + Up n' Rising" as "one of those precious albums where all twelve tracks must be listened to before putting the CD away." Their follow-up album - 2008's "Welcome to the Grassroots" - was touted by Denmark's Glimmer of Whimsy music blog as "a pleasure to listen to" and "addictive," Suzie Mudd of Music Monthly added "I love it!" and Sam Sessa of the Baltimore Sun wrote simply, "[Fiction 20 Down] is good enough to be true." And how about the latest "Comfortable Fools" LP? says, "Fiction 20 Down creates well crafted songs with an infectious spirit and an impressive lyrical, effervescent quality" and adds "Fiction 20 Down merge rock and reggae like I have never heard before... they are the real deal and Comfortable Fools is one freshly cool LP."

In only two short years, Fiction 20 Down have amassed a rock resume most bands only aspire to: live shows up and down the East Coast with stops in some of the nation's premier live music venues and festivals; commercial, college & internet radio rotation; live radio interviews & performances; three full-length albums all garnering critical praise; and lastly, but most importantly, a loyal and ever-growing grassroots fan following. With all this behind them, Fiction 20 Down is only getting started. Be sure to check out F20D live on tour in a town near you and stay tuned for a brand new album due in 2010!  Find out for yourself why Fiction 20 Down is truly "an undeniable talent" (

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