The Blind Boys of Alabama - Live in New Orleans DVD - In the spring of 2008 the Blind Boys of Alabama headed to New Orleans to play a sold-out show at the iconic Crescent City club Tipitina's. The city, of course, was the focus of the band's latest CD, Down in New Orleans, and on that very special night the Blind Boys invited some of their favorite musicians to play with them: Dr. John, Susan Tedeschi, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Henry Butler, and Marva Wright.
The set list contained new and old favorites - selections from Down in New Orleans like "Free at Last" and "Down by the Riverside," as well as songs from the Blind Boys' four Grammy Award-winning albums, including the timeless "Amazing Grace" and "People Get Ready." The packed crowd went wild, and an unforgettable and historic show was preserved for posterity in this one-of-a-kind DVD.
This disc presents the full concert performance of 16 songs along with memorable bonus material: the full-length TV show The Making of Down in New Orleans, which first aired on BET and the "Free at Last" music video, also filmed in New Orleans. $19.99
Bloodkin - Baby, They Told Us We Would Rise Again CD - This collection of songs is a stripped down rock & roll record that harkens back to the days where songs were recorded in a single take and relied on the raw energy of 5 guys playing together in a room.
An excerpt from Patterson Hood's (Drive-By Truckers) liner notes: "Bloodkin has been through the fire and persevered and come out the other side better and stronger than I ever thought they'd be. They have landed on the best line up of players they've ever had and seem to have gained a control of their demons that two years ago would have seemed beyond impossible. Instead of packing it in and going home (or dying) they pulled themselves up and made their greatest album in a quarter of a century. Life affirming Rock and Roll in the grandest tradition. This is music to LIVE with and it don't get any better than that." $14.98
JJ Cale - Roll On CD - Roll On follows Cale's Grammy-winning, gold-certified 2006 album with Eric Clapton, The Road to Escondido. The title track features a previously unreleased collaboration with Clapton. Cale wrote and produced all twelve songs on Roll On. Cale has brought us many classic songs over the years including: After Midnight, Call Me the Breeze, Travelin' Light and Cocaine.$16.98
Quicksilver Messenger Service - Live at the Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, 1967 CD - This recording while being a single disc contains many highlights including superb versions of You Don't Love Me and A Fool For You.
While not radically different from the set of the 4th of February although shorter the set does include Gold and Silver, Walkin' Blues, I Hear You Knocking and All Night Worker and shows the band were flexible and able to put together a set that highlighted their musical dexterity and also their choice of material although the performances are different. $18.98
20 Years of Weird: Flaming Lips 1986-2006 CD - It is a predominantly live compilation, recorded throughout the career of the Flaming Lips (between 1986 and 2003), though the first three tracks are recorded in the studio. These are: the introduction by Wayne Coyne, "Free Radicals" from At War with the Mystics and "Enthusiasm for Life Defeats Existential Fear", a previously unavailable track.
Some notable tracks contained on this compilation are "Shine on Sweet Jesus", a track recorded live with a short lived line-up which included Jonathan Donahue (of Mercury Rev), and current Flaming Lips producer Dave Fridmann, also of Mercury Rev. There is also a cover of Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love" (sung with the lyrics "Whole Lotta Satan"), which is played before "Cant Stop the Spring". The track "Sleeping on the Roof" is a live recording from the Flaming Lips' "Parking Lot Experiments" in 1996, where the band got some of their fans to play pre-recorded tapes (of music by the band) in their car stereos simultaneously. $6.99
John Butler Trio - Live at Twist & Shout CD - Recorded live at Denver indie record store Twist & Shout, this is rare a must-have collection for fans of John Butler! $11.98
Old Crow Medicne Show - Eutaw CD - OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW fans rejoice - we now have the 2001 studio recording EUTAW, previously only available through the band's website and at shows! Eutaw contains the tracks "Raise A Ruckus" and "Down Home Girl," which are fan favorites and are still played regularly live. $15.98
Trey Anatasio - Orignal Boardwalk Style (Live in Atlantic City) CD - Recorded live December 30-31, 2006, at The House Of Blues, Atlantic City, NJ
Proceeds from "Original Boardwalk Style" benefit the Seven Below Arts Initiative, established to foster artistic development and support arts education in the state of Vermont. The program offers residencies for visual artists at The Barn, a uniquely restored property on 65 acres in Vermont that previously served as the recording studio for Phish, Trey, and many others. The residences are designed to provide artists with a peaceful, inspiring, and supportive living and working environment. While at The Barn, each artists leads an educational activity for local children or adults interested in the visual arts. $16.00
Trey Anastasio - 18 Steps CD - 18 Steps began as the accompanying bonus mini-album to Trey Anastasio's Bar 17 release, consisting of the cutting room floor material that never made it onto Bar 17. Originally bundled free to every customer who ordered Bar 17, what began as a simple bonus CD of outtake material soon became regarded by many fans as a complete record in its own right. In response, 18 Steps is now available as its own record, previously available only through Trey's online store via his own Rubber Jungle Records. Featuring studio versions of fan-favorite live material such as "Dark And Down" and "Low," 18 Steps also boasts unique acoustic snippets never before released or played live such as "In Spirals," "Agnes" and "Rose Alone." In hindsight, 18 Steps is more than just extra material from the Bar 17 sessions, it completes the picture that Bar 17 started. In fact, Shine completes the trilogy as much of the material from all three albums was written during the same time period. For a complete view of Trey's mindset and musical career from 2004-2006, all three albums must be taken into consideration. $14.00
March 3 - Phish - The Clifford Ball (7 DVD box set) $79 (pre-order)
Alison Brown - The Company You Keep CD
The Boston Horns - Shibuya Gumbo CD
March 10 - Toubab Krewe - Live at the Orange Peel CD
Fareed Haque & the Flat Earth Ensemble - Flat Planet CD
March 17 - Return to Forever DVD
Les Claypool - Of Fungi & Foe CD
John Brown's Body - Re-Amplify CD
MGMT- Time to Pretend CD
Old School Freight Train - Six Years CD
Dubconscious - NonViolent CD - Recorded at Tree Sound Studios with Grammy Award winner Robert Hannon (Engineer, Album of the Year, Outkast - Speakerboxxx/The Love Below), NonViolent is the bands most exciting and accomplished work to date. In partnership with sts9's 1320 records, DubConscious plans to support conservation of world resources by planning a green release for both digital and hard copy of the album. The physical CD's are sans plastic wrap, packaged with recycled cardboard, and printed with soy based ink. These green release initiatives are a reflection of the band's passionate desire to make a positive difference. $12.99
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit CD - Isbell is a former member of the Drive-By Truckers and this is his second solo release (his first release with his band The 400 Unit). The 400 Unit is Derry deBorja (keyboards), Jimbo Hart (bass) and Browan Lollar (guitar). Matt Pence (Centro-matic/South San Gabriel) lends his talents as co-producer, drummer and engineer.
The album was recorded at the renowned FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, AL. Isbell, who Details Magazine calls "one of America's best young songwriters," is following in the tradition of American songwriters who have recorded in North Alabama. Much like Arthur Alexander, Eddie Hinton and Spooner Oldham, Isbell mixes a soulful vocal style with songs that are passionate and unrepentant in their sense of place and direct in their stubborn Southerness. $15.98
Video of the Week:
Slightly Stoopid - False Rhythms Slightly Stoopid perform the song "False Rhythms" from the album Slightly Not Stoned Enough To Eat Breakfast Yet Stoopid at the Fox Theatre in Boulder, CO 2-8-09.
Thanks for reading, and have a great week!