Frank Zappa - 200 Motels DVD - An image of how 'life on the road' was for rock bands 40 years ago, starring Frank Zappa.
Available for the first time on DVD, Frank Zappa's 200 Motels is a cult classic. The story, scattered with performances by the Mothers of Invention and the Royal Symphony Orchestra, is a plotless tale of life on the road for touring musicians. Originally shot on video and restored here, 200 Motels is a surrealistic nonstop visual extravaganza starring Frank Zappa and the Mothers, Ringo Starr and Who drummer Keith Moon. Includes bonus commentary from Director and script writer Tony Palmer.
* Commentary from Director Tony Palmer
* 8 page booklet
* Remastered from original tapes. DVD: $18.98
Stanton Moore - Groove Alchemy CD or DVD - Hudson Music and Stanton Moore are thrilled to announce the release of the Groove Alchemy DVD, a complete method for developing a massive vocabulary of grooves in various funk-based styles, along with a historical overview of some of the key grooves in the development of funk. Says Moore: "Groove Alchemy reflects the program that I have put myself through to improve my own funk and groove playing. It s a groove boot camp that will vastly increase your knowledge of classic grooves and more importantly, will also ignite your imagination and make you a funkier and more creative drummer." On the 3-hour Groove Alchemy DVD, Stanton presents a historical overview of some of the most important drum grooves in history, showing the basic elements and conceptual development of each groove. He then shows you how to learn from the past and develop your own complete vocabulary for creating new funk grooves and patterns on the drumset. Starting with an in-depth study of the James Brown drummers (especially Clyde Stubblefield and Jabo Starks) and Joseph Zigaboo Modeliste of the Meters, Groove Alchemy goes far beyond a mere history lesson by applying Stanton's concepts for making your own playing more creative, musical, and funky. Topics include using variation and style combination to create new grooves, using rhythmic structures and clave ideas for advanced drum set vocabulary, hi-hat concepts, getting creative with backbeat grooves, a look at how to develop swing and shuffle grooves, and more. Intercut with the educational segments, Stanton s trio also performs new tracks from their latest CD (also called Groove Alchemy, Telarc Records), showing how many of the grooves discussed are applied directly to the music. Bonus features include slow-motion segments of key grooves.
CD $18.98, DVD $29.99
Jeff Beck - Emotion & Commotion CD - Jeff Beck returns with an eclectic mix of tracks that find the guitar virtuoso accompanied by a handpicked cast of talented musicians, as well as several songs accompanied by a 64-piece orchestra. Rhino unleashes the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's restless genius with EMOTION & COMMOTION.
Beck recorded EMOTION & COMMOTION late last year at Sarm Studios in London with award-winning producers Steve Lipson and Trevor Horn. To create the album s diverse sound, Beck used a number of musicians, including appearances by frequent collaborators Vinnie Colaiuta (drums), Jason Rebello (keyboards), and Tal Wilkenfeld (bass). The album also includes contributions from a trio of singers: Imelda May ('Lilac Wine'), Olivia Safe ('Elegy For Dunkirk'), and Grammy-winner Joss Stone ('I Put A Spell On You' and 'There s No Other Me').
To complement the innovative tones he coaxes from his guitar, Beck recorded with a 64-piece orchestra on songs that range from Puccini's immortal aria 'Nessun Dorma' and Elegy For Dunkirk from the film Atonement to 'Somewhere Over The Rainbow' from The Wizard Of Oz and Jeff Buckley's interpretation of 'Corpus Christi Carol.' $18.98
Trampled By Turtles - PalominoCD - With a sound that s a bracing hybrid of classic American songwriting, bluegrass and folk, this is forceful acoustic music from the land of ice and snow of dark winters, isolation and numbing cold delivered at breakneck pace with the fervor of religion. Without press or radio support or a national release until now, TxT continue to play to sold-out venues nationwide; with 2010 bringing the band for the first time to SxSW, Stagecoach Fest, High Sierra Fest, Wakarusa, DelFest (Bluegrass legend Del McCourey's festival) and more. They re even getting their own star at legendary Minneapolis club First Avenue, where they can regularly sell out two consecutive nights at the 1600-capacity venue. With Palomino, TxT have harnessed their considerable power and are ready to share it with the world. $12.98
MGMT - Congratulations CD - Congratulations unlocks a new musical world whirling in its own space/time grid infused with hints of music from the past five decades. Produced by MGMT and Sonic Boom (Spacemen 3, E.A.R., Spectrum), Congratulations features Andrew Vanwyngarden and Ben Goldwasser, MGMT's core duo, performing with Matt Asti (bass, backing vocals), Will Berman (drums, backing vocals), and James Richardson (guitar, backing vocals), the band's live line-up. Congratulations is the successor to MGMT's Oracular Spectacular, the 2008 debut album. Soulful and complex, Congratulations is a surprising and delightful quantum step forward in MGMT's ongoing pop revolution. $11.98
Scythian - Live Vol 2 CD - Scythian (sith-ee-yin) is a charismatic group of first generation immigrants (comprised of brothers and friends), whose music ranges from Gypsy to Celtic with Klezmer and rock in between. The band is widely known for their intense, high-energy shows and dynamic crowd interaction. The band members are all classically trained, but thrive on the adrenaline rush of high-voltage, energetic music. Matching this love of energy with the classical precision embodied in the music of their ancestry, this self-proclaimed "Immigrant Road Show" produces a unique experience which grabs the attention of everyone within earshot. $15
April 20 -
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue - Backatown CD
Ozomatli - Fire Away CD
Infamous String Dusters - Things That Fly CD
Grateful Dead - Crimson, White & Indigo: July 7, 1989, JFK Stadium, Philadelphia (3CD/DVD)
Xavier Rudd & Izintaba - Koonyum Sun CD
April 27 - The New Deal - Live: Toronto, 7.16.2009 CD
Mushroom - Naked, Stoned & Stabbed CD
Turtle Soup CD - Turtle Soup is a tasty original blend of rock, funk and trance with Latin and world music accents.
Based in NJ, their unique sound, upbeat songs and explosive musicality have audiences in the Northeast US coming back for more. Every year, they donate a 4-hour set for charity at the New Jersey Marathon (sometimes to crowds over 10,000 strong), and now Turtle Soup's signature style is growing quicker than ever in the tight-knit music festival community.
Critics also approve with glowing reviews and awards. Turtle Soup was named "New Groove of the Month" at jambands.com, and they've won "Top Jam Band" and "Top Groove Band" at the Asbury Music Awards for several years in a row. Their self-titled CD was mastered by the double Grammy Award Winner, Tom Ruff. CD reviews favorably compare them to classics such as Santana, The Grateful Dead and The Who, while at the same time recognizing them as torch-bearers for a new generation. $12
John Butler Trio - April Uprising CD - The album finds the multi-platinum Australian artist with a new line up. Recorded at The Compound, Butler's self-built studio in the heart of his hometown of Fremantle, Western Australia, April Uprising is the followup to 2007's critically acclaimed and globally successful release, Grand National. This album yielded a number one US Triple A single, 'Better Than,' and rave reviews for its sophisticated mix of guitar stylings, hip hop beats and intelligent, socially conscious lyrics. The release also attracted a global audience and found the former busker-turned-international-recording-and-touring artist appearing at music fests worldwide performing as the John Butler Trio.
April Uprising, is Butler's most focused, diverse and accessible album to date, has already yielded a number one radio song on the Australian charts with its first single, 'One Way Road.'
Dr Dog - Shame Shame Shame CD - Dr. Dog having evolved from a band whose primary creative outlet was the album-making process into one that favored the energy of their live performances, they knew they wanted to document the new dynamic they had developed on the road. Producer Rob Schnapf (Beck, Elliott Smith) was brought in to help peel back the intricate arrangements of last album Fate to reveal the raw immediacy of a tight five-man unit honing their craft. $16.98
Delta Moon - Hellbound Train CD - Delta Moon is a renowned, nationally touring blues-rock band. In 2008, The American Roots Music Association named Delta Moon lead singer Tom Gray as Blues Songwriter of the Year. His songs have been recorded by Cyndi Lauper, Manfred Mann, Carlene Carter and Bonnie Bramlett, to name a few. In the 1980's, his rock band, The Brains, recorded two albums for Mercury Records. $13.99
Kaki King - Junior CD/DVD - Singer & guitarist extraordinaire, Kaki King, has spent the past decade gathering critical acclaim and fan admiration for her unparalleled guitar skills. Not only is she the first ever female named a "Guitar God" by Rolling Stone, but she also received a Golden Globe nomination for her contribution to the musical score of Sean Penn's 2007 film, Into the Wild. That same year, King appeared in August Rush as the protagonists guitar double, performed on the Foo Fighters' Grammy(r) winning album, Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace, as well as opened for them during their Australia tour. This collection of songs delivers twists-and-turns: lyrically from exuberance and anger to heartbreaking melancholy; and sonically from experimental pieces to accessible pop. While the dazzling musicianship King has been renowned for still remains, Junior showcases her further maturation as a well-rounded artist, demonstrated by the humbling vocals displayed on this recording.
Limited Edition Deluxe version includes bonus DVD Featuring Kaki King's stunning 2008 solo performance at the Berkeley Church in Toronto, alongside a collection of Kaki's music videos from the past decade. $17.98
Martin Sexton - Sugarcoating CD - Sugarcoating, Martin Sexton's new studio album finds this one-of-a-kind writer/artist doing what he does best: locating larger truths within the specific details of the life he's living. "I write from personal experience -- my own hang-ups and quirks, good times and bad times," he acknowledges. "That keeps it real."
With Sugarcoating, Sexton may well have made his defining record. It is an unquestionable high point for this modern-day troubadour who headlines premiere venues across the country, oversees his label KTR and derives great satisfaction from livin the life he has made for himself. These are the fruits of a combination of rarefied talent, fierce determination, and work. $13.99
Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings - I Learned the Hard Way CD / LP - Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings are already well known as one of the most exciting acts in the nation for both their explosive live shows and their prolific output of gritty studio recordings. Their breakout release, 100 Days, 100 Nights, sold over 150,000 copies worldwide. This Spring the band will release I Learned the Hard Way, their fourth full-length on Brooklyn's independent Daptone Records. The record marks a bold step forward for a band who almost single handedly stewarded today's return of soul music to its more traditional sound.
Produced by Bosco Mann and recorded on an Ampex eight-track tape machine by Gabriel Roth in Daptone Records' House of Soul studios, the record drips with a warmth and spontaneity rarely found since the golden days of Muscle Shoals and Stax. Sharon's raw power, rhythmic swagger, moaning soulfulness, and melodic command set her firmly alongside Tina Turner, James Brown, Mavis Staples, and Aretha as a fixture in the canon of soul music. From the lush Philly-Soul fanfare that ushers in "The Game Gets Old" at the top of the record, to the stripped down Sam Cooke-style "Mama Don't Like My Man" at the tail, the Dap-Kings dance seamlessly through both the most crafted and simple arrangements with subtlety and discipline. I Learned the Hard Way is the "Daptone Sound" at its best. CD $14.98, LP $15.98
Karl Denson's Tiny Universe - Live at JazzFest 2005 CD - Professionally recorded live at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival May 1, 2005. Click on CD cover to see set lists and hear track samples. $17
Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown - Live at JazzFest 2004 & 2005 (2 CDs) - Professionally recorded at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. These were Brown's last two appearances at the event before passing away in September 2005. He is best known for his work as a blues musician, but embraced other styles of music, having "spent his career fighting purism by synthesizing old blues, country, jazz, Cajun music and R&B styles" (NY Times). He was an acclaimed multi-instrumentalist, who played an array of musical instruments such as guitar, fiddle, mandolin, viola as well as harmonica and drums. He won a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album in 1982 for his album, Alright Again! (2 CDs $23)
Eric Lindell - Live at JazzFest 2005 CD - Professionally recorded at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival April 23, 2005. "Unquestionably one of the hottest things at last years New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival....
impressive super slinky guitar tone....
classic blues and r&b origins with a taste of country twang....
bound to win over roots music fans for years to come." -Guitar Player Magazine. CD$17
*April 15-17 - Wanee Music Festival - Live Oak, FL
April 16-18 - Coachella - Indio, CA
April 22-25 - Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival - Pittsboro, NC
April 23-25 - Some Kind of Jam 5 - Schuylkill Haven, PA
May 14-16 - The Hangout Beach, Music & Arts Festival - Gulf Shores, AL
May 28-30 - StrangeCreek - Greenfield, MA
* Look for the HGMN Booth at this event!
Video of the Week:
Stanton Moore - Groove Alchemy
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