Turbine - Sounds in the Hall (live) CD - Breaking through the proverbial glass ceiling of the improvisational rock scene proves no easy feat for young bands. Burgeoning musicians lumped in the dare we say it, jamband realm, need to successfully marry a deep high-quality catalog of material, whimsical stage presence, diverse writing chops, virtuoso instrumentation, and a calendar containing upwards of 200 shows per year. Correction, breaking through the glass ceiling of the improvisational rock scene is damn near impossible.
But that doesn't mean it doesn't happen, and Brooklyn's Turbine would like to submit their CV. On their first official live release, Sounds in the Hall, as they have over the course of 8 songs checked off every single one of the preceding prerequisites. Comprised of carefully hand-picked selections of both Turbine classics and newer material, Sounds in the Hall covers all the bases, but the clear differentiating factor that sets Turbine far above the masses is their amazing penchant for writing memorable and distinctive songs across a variety of sounds and genres.
Grace Potter & the Nocturnals CD - Grace Potter and the Nocturnals are like a modern-day version of Tina Turner stroking the microphone in a spangled mini-dress while fronting the Rolling Stones circa Sticky Fingers. The proof is there for all to hear on the band's third album for Hollywood Records and marks an artistic breakthrough for a vital young band caught in the act of fulfilling its immense promise. Little wonder that Grace and her cohorts have chosen to title it, directly and emphatically, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. Album produced by Mark Batson (Jay-Z, Dr Dre, Alicia Keys).
Toots & the Maytals - Flip & Twist CD - The album features Toots singing, R&B ,funk ,gospel ,blues and country in his own inimitable Jamaican style. Toots the inventor of the word "reggae" was voted by Rolling Stone Magazine one of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time in 2009...when you hear "Flip & Twist" you will see why.
The Flaming Lips And Stardeath And White Dwarfs With Henry Rollins Doing Dark Side Of The Moon CD - The world's most predictably unpredictable band, The Flaming Lips, have teamed up with their Oklahoma City brethren, Stardeath And White Dwarfs to record their own unique take of Pink Floyd's 1973 classic album 'The Dark Side Of The Moon,' under the title of The Flaming Lips and Stardeath And White Dwarfs with Henry Rollins And Peaches. The collaborative project was recorded after several weeks of both bands touring the world together and mutually citing Pink Floyd as one of their favorite bands of all time and 'The Dark Side Of the Moon' as one of their primary influences.
The Black Keys - Brothers CD - Danger Mouse returned to co-produce 'Tighten Up' on 'Brothers,' but for the most part, the duo was on its own, spending ten days at the legendary Muscle Shoals studio in Alabama and coming up with the an even more intensely focused, deeply soulful set that includes a cover of Jerry Butler's 'Never Gonna Give You Up.' The performances are inventive and impassioned: Auerbach extends his vocal range to falsetto on the lead-off track 'Everlasting Light' and 'The Only One'; 'Howlin' For You' opens with a Gary Glitter-style drum riff and the chorus practically invites singing along. The tunes offer a surprising amount of lyrical candor and more than a little dark humor; the grooves alternate between ballsy swagger and bluesy rumination. The album reflects where Auerbach and Carney have been lately, most recently collaborating with a who's who of New York City MC's, including RZA, Q Tip, Mos Def and Raekwon on the 2009 BlakRoc super-session organized by hip-hop impresario and Black Keys fan Damon Dash. They've also pursued projects on their own, Auerbach with his solo 'Keep It Hid' album and tour, Carney with his band Drummer and its debut disc, 'Feels Good Together.' Their maturation didn't happen just in the studio, though. Carney admits, 'Dan and I grew up a lot as individuals and musicians prior to making this album. Our relationship was tested in many ways but at the end of the day, we're brothers, and I think these songs reflect that.'
Warren Haynes Presents the Benefit Concert Vol 3 (2 CDs) - Recorded live at the 13th Annual Christmas Jam in Asheville, Nc on December 21st, 2001 at the Asheville Civic Center. As with each previous benefit, all proceeds from this series of concerts and CD and DVD releases benefit the Habitat For Humanity, and international non-profit organization dedicated to building housing for those in need of shelter.
1. Mama Don't Allow - Alvin Youngblood Hart
2. Devil Got My Woman - Alvin Youngblood Hart, John Popper
3. That Sign On My Door - Danny Barnes, Edwin McCain, Jimmy Herring, John Popper, Oteil Burbridge
4. Alone - Danny Barnes, Edwin McCain, Jimmy Herring, John Popper, Oteil Burbridge
5. Broken Hearts and Auto Parts - Drivin' N Cryin'
6. Fly Me Courageous - Audley Freed, Drivin' N Cryin'
7. Straight To Hell - Audley Freed, Drivin' N Cryin', Edwin McCain
8. Carolina Blues - Blues Traveler
9. Slow Change - Blues Traveler
10. Mountains Win Again - Blues Traveler, Warren Haynes
11. New York Prophesie - Blues Traveler
1. Loose Lucy - Phil & Friends
2. Tennessee Jed - Phil & Friends
3. Nght of a Thousand Stars - Phil & Friends
4. Blind Man In the Dark - Dave Schools, Gov't Mule, Rob Barraco
5. Sco-Mule - Gov't Mule, Oteil Burbridge, Rob Barraco
6. Almost Cut My Hair - Dave Schools, Gov't Mule, Rob Barraco, Robert Randolph [Pedal Steel/Guitar]
7. Masters of War - Warren Haynes
8. Rockin' In the Free World - Audley Freed, Dave Schools, Gov't Mule, Kevn Kinney, Rob Barraco
Jack Johnson - To the Sea CD - The fifth studio album from the acclaimed singer/songwriter. The album was produced by Robert Carranza, Jack Johnson, and his bandmates Merlo Podlewski, Zach Gill and Adam Topol. To The Sea features guest appearances from the likes of G. Love, and Paula Fuga. The album was recorded at the Mango Tree Studio in Hawaii, and the Solar Powered Plastic Plant in LA using 100% solar power.
Blue Floyd - The Adventure Begins CD - Blue Floyd is Allen Woody (Gov't Mule/Allman Bros) Matt Abts (Gov't Mule/Dickey Betts Band) Marc Ford (Black Crowes/Burning Tree) Johnny Neel (Allman Bros) and Berry Oakley Jr(Robby Krierger/Bloodline) Through the crucible of a pioneering, improvisational / blues collaboration by an eclectic mix of acclaimed contemporary musician -Blue Floyd endeavors to deconstruct the classic compositions of the legendary Pink Floyd.
Johnny Winter - Live at the Fillmore East 1970 CD - The other live album from Johnny Winter And, 1971 s Live Johnny Winter And , has always ranked as one of the high points of Johnny s discography, but we d stack this 66-minute set up against that record (which was in part composed of other Fillmore East performances) any day of the week. In fact, when you hear Johnny and Rick Derringer trading off lead after lead, you may well be reminded of a bluesier, harder-edged Allman Brothers, with Johnny as Duane and Derringer as Dickey Betts with the McCoys rhythm section. In other words, folks, this is some of the most ferocious blues-rock ever laid down on stage.
Derek Trucks Band - X2: Joyful Noise & Soul Serenade (2 CDs) -Two full, original albums packaged together at one great price!
Gov't Mule - Life Before Insanity & Dose (2 CDs) - 2 CD set containing a pair of albums from the American Rock trio: Dose (1998) and Life Before Insanity (2000). The rise in the fortunes of Gov't Mule, led by guitarist Warren Haynes, is well known and they have fast become one of the leading exponents in the U.S. Jam Band scene.
June 22 - Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey - Stay Gold CD
Derek Trucks Band - Roadsongs (2 CD)
Perpetual Groove - Honey Cuts EP CD - Honey Cuts presents three out takes from the Heal sessions - Space Paranoids, Cairo, and The Noise. While all three tracks were in contention to be featured on Heal, the band ultimately decided the tracks were better left off the release as they did not "fit" the overall timeless quality of the compositions contained within Heal. All three tracks feature a subtle infusion of the live show, including loops and effects that were absent from the songs released on the full album. The title of the EP is taken from the song "Honey Cuts" which is actually featured on Heal.
Sim Redmond Band - Open the Door CD - Since their inception over ten years ago, the Sim Redmond Band has been steadily on the rise, forging new ground in roots music. Traveling around the globe, playing with the likes of moe., the Neville Brothers, the Wailers, Jimmy Cliff, and Habib Koite, in some of the most beautiful venues in the U.S. and Japan, the world has taken notice. SRB's unique blend of roots-rock, Afro-Carribean, and reggae music continues to spread like wild fire. They are based in Ithaca, NY but their magnetic pole is Africa, particularly the sounds eminating from West & South Africa. This magnetic pole has served as a pivot for the Sim Redmond Band to spring into straight rock grooves and pumping reggae. The vocal teamwork of Sim Redmond, Jen Middaugh, and Nate Silas Richardson creates a male/female chemistry that is rare and beautiful. Lyrically, they explore dreams, truth, and matters of the heart. The music of the Sim Redmond Band has reached the hearts of people all around the world. They have toured extensively, selling over 10 thousand records in the U.S and over to 20,000 in Japan, where SRB has toured numerous times.
Eric Lindell - Between Motion and Rest CD or LP+CD - You want some mellow-yet-swinging, good time southern rock? Look no further than BODEGA, which suggests a marriage of Elvin Bishop and the Allman Brothers, spiced by gentle horn jabs and boasting the most sensual guitar tone you'll hear all year. - Blurt Magazine
Making his latest record, Between Motion and Rest, was so much fun for Eric, as he has been friends with this group of musicians for many years. The title of this album, Between Motion and Rest was inspired and based off the original song LUCKY LUCKY, by Peter Joseph Burtt. Peter is a very good friend of Eric's, and one of his favorite musicians and songwriters. The song really resonated with Eric, and they couldn't wait to record it! This track (and the rest of the record) features another one of his good friends and life long musical companions, Jake Brown. They grew up playing music together, along with Adam Theis and Peter Smith, two of the other players on this session. This album also features tracks with some of Eric's other long time friends Ivan Neville, Chris Arenas and Thomas Johnson from New Orleans, and Jacksonville's finest, Joe Cohen.
Dickey Betts - Altanta's Burning Down/Great Southern CD - Digitally remastered two-fer containing a pair of albums from the Southern Rock legend on one disc: Dickey Betts & Great Southern (1977) and Atlanta's Burning Down (1978). With the revived interest is all things "Southern" and the fast expanding "Jam Band" scene this timely re-issue illustrates what a superb guitarist Betts is. He has just announced that he has retired from the road after all these years and these two albums remain fine testament to the mans outstanding guitar skills. 15 tracks.
moe. - Smash Hits Vol 1 CD - This new moe. album features: Spine of a Dog, Yodelittle, Saint Augustine, Mexico, Rebubula, Buster, Captain America, Okayalright, Tailspin, and first ever studio recording of Seat of my Pants. From ideas brewed in Buffalo basements and lyrics conjured up along miles of the lower 48, to sounds bouncing off trees from a stage in the Sierra Nevada, these 10 songs dot the map of the 20 years of music in the making for moe. With seven of the tracks recently re-recorded, this anthology will round out the studio collections of many seasoned fans, and is a good introduction, as Chuck Garvey puts it, "for first-time listeners or people who want their first taste of the breadth of our catalog."
June 10-13 Bonnaroo - Manchester, TN
Harmony Festival - Santa Rosa, CA
8th Annual Nor-east'r Music & Art Festival - Mio, MI
June 17-19 Harry's Hoe Down 2010 - Starks, ME
July 2-4 Nateva - Oxford, ME
July 8-11 All Good 14 - Masontown, WV
July 15-17 Camp Bisco 9 - Mariaville, NY
Video of the Week:
Grace Potter - Tiny Light (acoustic)
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