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Boogie Husters - Boogie Hustlers CD - On their third album, the Boogie Hustlers have once again found a way to seamlessly merge various genres of music into a sound that is uniquely their own. Strikingly different from the band's previous album True Colors, their newest self-titled release Boogie Hustlers is a bare bones, back to basics, beautiful blend of classic soul and rock n' roll teamingwith emotional, heartfelt songs about love and life. From the driving road anthem "9 Deep" to the mellow masterpiece "Down the Line", this eclectic album proves to be their best yet. $12
Shpongle - Live from the Roadhouse 2008 DVD - As an artist, it's always good to challenge yourself... and the thought of translating all the complex layers in a shpongle album into a live show with a band gave me a panic attack... and still does! Pretty early on I realized the secret would be to bring in musicians far better than ourselves... and lots of them! Two weeks before the show the band had never even met each other, even though I had recorded some of them individually in my studio for previous Shpongle albums. We all rehearsed in a darkened room, with no air or daylight, getting to know each other by smell alone... and perhaps sound. Reams of manuscript paper littered the floor, everyone wore ear plugs, and all I could think was "What the hell am I doing?" . We didn't know if we would ever repeat the performance, so recorded it for posterity... Surely only an idiot would actually release their first ever gig though, right? We hope you like it... it was made with love, sweat and laughter.... Welcome to Shpongleland! $16.98
Buckethead & Friend - Enter the Chicken (re-release) - The ever mysterious and amazingly talented guitarist and theme park manager Buckethead has opened the doors to his famed Bucketheadland once again, and this time he has asked his friends to help him provide the thrills and chills to his guests. Complete with brand new bonus track Shen Chi, Enter the Chicken is ready to take listeners on another sonic loop. Also on board are the vocal performances from many of today's brightest musical talents including Saul Williams, Efrem Schulz (Death By Stereo), Maura Davis, Azam Ali (300 Soundtrack) and Serj Tankian himself. These artists as well as the others that are featured on the album were hand picked by Tankian and Buckethead to ensure that each song takes the listener on a unique musical voyage. The 12-track adventure is filled with sonic twists and turns that will leave listener's ears delighted and their mouths overflowing with enthusiastic comments. $11.98
January 12 - Vampire Weekend - Contra CD
January 19 - Danny Barnes - Pizza Box CD
Blakroc - Blakroc CD - The brainchild of The Black Keys and Damon Dash. Produced by and featuring The Black Keys, BlakRoc also hosts a star-studded line up including Mos Def, Q-Tip, RZA, Ol' Dirty Bastard, Raekwon, Ludacris, Pharoahe Monch, Jim Jones, NOE, Nicole Wray and Billy Danze. Of the album, The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach said 'no samples were used on the record, it's all live instruments and live vocals. $14.98
Live from Bonnaroo 2008 DVD - Designed to reflect the breadth and diversity of the Bonnaroo experience, the DVD features exclusive performances and backstage footage of artists such as Metallica, Pearl Jam, Jack Johnson, The Raconteurs, Tegan and Sarah, Against Me!, My Morning Jacket, Les Claypool, Broken Social Scene, Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings, among many others. Sam Erickson (My Morning Jacket, Dave Matthews) and 44 Pictures directed the program, which features exclusive packaging and artwork . The audio was engineered from Bonnaroo's pristine master soundboard recordings and remixed in stereo and 5.1 surround sound. $17.98
Bootsy Collins - Christmas is 4 Ever CD - Funk legend Bootsy Collins spices up Christmas time with his first holiday album, Christmas Is 4 Ever, boasting nine "Bootsyized" yuletide classics along with four brand-new holiday songs. Bootsy is joined by Snoop Dogg, who raps on the new song "Happy Holidaze," and Charlie Daniels, who provides fiddle and background vocals for the holiday standard "Sleigh Ride" (which also features vocals by Ohio Players lead singer Sugarfoot). Other guests include Bobby Womack, the late Roger Troutman (Zapp), and former James Brown collaborators Fred Wesley, Bobby Byrd, and MC Danny Ray, as well as former Parliament/Funkadelic members Blackbyrd McKnight and Bernie Worrell. $7.98
Bootsy Collins - Be With You DVD - A tribute to Mr James Brown, Mr Bobby Byrd and Roger Troutman. Now Glory Be Come Funk with Me.
April 15-17, 2010 - Wanee Music Festival - Live Oak, FL
April 22-25, 2010 - Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival - Pittsboro, NC
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The 9th Annual HGMN Year End Awards (and staff picks)
STUDIO ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Zach Deputy - Sunshine Read our interview with Zach where he discusses the making of Sunshine. For those not familiar, Deputy's truck and all his musical gear were stolen the day before he was to go in the studio to record this CD!
LIVE ALBUM OF THE YEAR: The Station - Speed of Sound - Live at Marley's offers two plus hours of ambitious, genre-bending rock and roll. The songs are characterized by incredibly strong guitar work, energetic, effusive lyrics, and a stark mixture of musical styles ranging from progressive rock and horn-driven funk, to spacey jams that remain sharp and on point. Read our full review.
DVD OF THE YEAR: SOJA - Live in Hawaii - In January of 2008, SOJA returned to Hawai'i for their third tour of the islands, accompanied by award winning filmmaker Marc Carlini, and a five man camera crew. Carlini captured performances in Honolulu, Kona, Maui, & Kaua'i; as well as behind the scenes footage featuring the beautiful landscape of Hawai'i, its lifestyle, culture, and experience through the eyes of SOJA. View trailer.
CUSTOMER'S CHOICE: Retail: New Monsoon - Live Customer's orders spoke and they bought the most of this double live CD from the hard working road warriors New Monsoon.
NEW HGMN BAND OF THE YEAR: Three Legged Fox The young PA quartet made the biggest impression with our staffers in 2009.
HGMN HALL OF FAME: STS9 joins The Motet, Umphrey's McGee, The Recipe, Deep Banana Blackout, The Big Wu, Acoustic Syndicate, The Disco Biscuits & Keller Williams in this select list of bands that have helped define HGMN over the years.
HG REPS OF THE YEAR: Traci Tuttle (Freemont, NH) & Cassandra Chalkley (Marlbrough, NH)
HGMN JAMcaster OF THE YEAR: Endless Boundaries on WBZC, DJ=Jaybird
Congrats to all the winners and thanks for making 2009 a year to remember!
HGMN Staff's Favorites of 2009:
Memory Tapes - Seek Magic
J. Evan Wade:
Albums: Toubab Krewe - Live at the Orange Peel
Thanks for reading, and have a great week!
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