Zero - Absolute Zero CD - The first ZERO recording, never released until now; it was the inception of the band's instrumental repertoire. The studio album was recorded in the early eighties and performed by Zero's founding members: Steve Kimock; guitar and bass; Greg Anton: drums and piano. Remastered by Brian Risner in 2011, the high-fidelity studio recording was the starting point for what was to become one of San Francisco's premier improvisational jazz/rock bands.
"The band revolves around two remarkable musicians; guitarist Steve Kimock and drummer Greg Anton, composers of the band's music and the sparkplugs driving the band's improvisational rock." ~ Joel Selvin, San Francisco Chronicle
The Mix - Live CD - John Kadlecik (Further), Melvin Seals (Jerry Garcia Band), Jeff Pevar (Ray Charles/CS&N), Kevin Rosen (Dark Star Orchestra), Greg Anton (Zero)...got together in 2003 and toured the country, writing songs and rocking out. This live compilation, recorded from San Francisco to Albuquerque, features original songs written by the band and extended guitar and organ jams from some of the best players on the rock and roll circuit in America.
Galactic - Another Side of Midnight: Live in New Orleans CD - As a follow-up to what may be the definitive New Orleans tribute album, Galactic present a live album that is both a continuation of the diverse musical worlds they explored on YA KAMAY, and a searing document from one of the great live bands of our time. Recorded at the legendary New Orleans club Tipitina s with a host of guests - some like Big Freedia carrying over from YA KA MAY, others like Cyril Neville and Trombone Shorty new to the crew The Other Side of Midnight: Live in New Orleans is an important summation of a band and its intense relationship with its fabled hometown. Only in New Orleans could a night this funky, sweaty and wild also be so profound.
BeatleJam - Live at the Keswick Theatre CD - UK pressing of this live album from the jam band supergroup consisting of Matt Abs (Govt Mule), Berry Oakley (Allman Brothers), Vince Welnick (Grateful Dead), Slick Aguilar (Jefferson Starship) and Johnny Neel (Govt Mule, Allman Brothers, Lonny Mack). Beatlejam are a sort of spin off from the successful US jam band Blue Floyd only this time its Beatles songs rather than the Pink Floyd, given the unique jam spin.
Zigaboo Modeliste - New Life CD - Legendary drummer Zigaboo Modeliste releases
his 4th solo album on his label JZM Records entitled New Life. With
elements of rock, funk, and blues on a timeless R&B base, this
record features the iconic drumming and celebratory songwriting style of
Zigaboo and his hometown of New Orleans. It also incorporates the
talents of several music icons including legendary arranger Wardell
Quezerque, saxophonist Norbert Stachel, and trumpeter Mic Gillet of
Tower of Power fame.
A key ingredient in the outstanding flavor of New Life is the musical
rapport these truly skilled artists created with Zigaboo. Musicians from
both New Orleans and the San Francisco Bay Area came together to create
a fun, upbeat album that is a notable addition to the New Orleans
musical tradition. Included in the star-studded lineup is guitarist
Shane Theriot (Neville Brothers, Madeleine Peyroux), master
percussionist Bill Summers (Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder), keyboardist
Eamonn Flynn (The Commitments), and organist Joe Krown (Gatemouth
Randall Bramblett & Geoff Achison - Jammin in the Attic CD - Every once in a while lightening strikes and, if you get lucky, it gets captured! That's what happened on 6/13/10 when this live performance at the legendary Eddie's Attic in Decatur, GA was recorded.
This CD is a wonderful example of what can happen when two great musicians and songwriters join forces. The dynamic duo alternate between Randall's songs and Geoff's original tunes, and the result is greater than the sum of the parts.
Check out how Achison's sensitive accompaniment enhances Bramblett's "Nobody's Problem" or how Randall's sax perfectly complements Geoff's "Rule the World." Oliver Wood of King Johnson adds scorching electric guitar licks to tunes like Achison's "Jungle" and Bramblett's "Get In Get Out," proving that with musicians of this caliber, more is definitely merrier! They are joined by:
Yonrico Scott - drums,
Ted Pecchio - bass,
Oliver Wood - electric guitar
Boyer & Talton - Cowboy Reunion 2010 CD - Cowboy is one of those bands that brings back strong memories of the 70s heyday of Capricorn Records. From playing on Gregg Allman's classic Laid Back and the follow-up live CD, The Gregg Allman Tour to creating masterpieces like "Please Be With Me," "Time Will Take Us,"and "All My Friends," they defined the laid-back, country soul of that time and place. Cowboy influenced everyone from Eric Clapton and Bonnie Bramblett to the Marshall Tucker Band, and the Southern Rock movement wouldn't have been the same without them. They not only recorded four albums for Capricorn, they also played on numerous other releases for other artists on the label.
With all of their original Capricorn albums out of print, for many years Cowboy fans had nothing but memories of the original band and their scratchy old vinyl LPs to remind them of this underrated supergroup. However, on December 17th, 2010, that all changed when Cowboy played their first show in years at the Capitol Theater in Macon, Georgia. It was an extraordinary night full of love and laughter and memories with this wonderful band as they played at a level that few achieve. The set list flowed from one hit into the next and the playing and singing was heartfelt and passionate - as homecomings should be. Cowboy Reunion 2010 features great playing, great harmony vocals, and one of the most impressive songwriting catalogs of any band around. Trust us when we say that no Cowboy fan should be without this disc!
May 10 : Warren Haynes - Man in Motion CD - Warren Haynes continues to be one of the most lauded straight-ahead rock lead guitarists performing today. But with his latest album his superior vocals are also at the forefront. Haynes' bold and emotive delivery, shimmering with his smoky vibrato is not to be missed. The album features Ivan Neville on organ and background vocals, Ian McLagan on piano, Ruthie Foster on background vocals, George Porter Jr. on bass and Ron Holloway on saxophone. The album was recorded live in studio to capture all of the emotion, passion and spontaneity at Willie Nelson's Pedernales Studios on two-inch tape with vintage tube microphones. Beyond his solo work, Warren Haynes is also known as the front-man for GOV'T MULE and vocalist and guitarist for THE ALLMAN BROTHERS and THE DEAD.
Blast From the Past:
Lake Trout - Alone at Last -Live with DJ Who CD - There's something very hypnotic about Lake Trout. Like Zen masters repeating a secret mantra on the road to spiritual enlightenment, they build their music one phrase at a time. Example: "Little Things In Different Places." Opening with a clean, understated guitar riff that comes around every four beats, the track takes shape with the soft strum of a rhythm guitar joined by the ethereal textures of a flute as they wash across the soundscape together like waves crashing to the beach - rhythmic and soothing. Forget about easy listening though - way too much edge here. Contrasting the dreamy poly-patterns, a manic, hyped up drum beat races from zero to warp speed in a pitter patter nanosecond. And that's just for starters. Sax, turntable scratch and signal processed vocals and are among the endless assortment of sounds floating in and out of the mix. Call it 'trance-jam.' Part techno, part industrial, with a hint of jazz and a dash of funk, Lake Trout has a loopish, layered approach, sonically engineered to seduce the subconscious mind with a kaleidoscope of swirling audio patterns. The kicker: Lake Trout's sound is not some recording engineer's gadget box trickery. These guys do it live. -Alone At Last, Live with DJ WHO- shows just how tasty fresh Lake Trout can be. - MrLee
Released in 2000
Live Phish - Manchester NH 10/26/2010 (3 CDs) - From Phish's acclaimed 2010 summer tour. This show was originally released during Phish's 2010 Summer Tour (unmastered) and was available only through the band's online store. We chose the best of the summer, fully-remastered them and are making them available for the first time to retail in a limited release of 500.
Dub Is A Weapon - Vaporized CD - "It can't be done, man!" That's what Dave Hahn, mastermind behind Dub Is A Weapon, heard when he fi rst fl oated the idea of a live dub group, as he and his mates listened to some prime 1960s King Tubby cuts in the band van. "Everyone seemed to think you could only do dub in the studio," Hahn recalls. Hahn set out to prove them wrong, with skills learned live and on the road, and with help from a Jamaican beatnik percussionist (who recorded with Bob Marley), an old high school friend, and young upstarts from the Brooklyn scene. Together they've honed their live take on the genre's spaced-out grooves, a sound felt in full force on Vaporized. Read our review of this CD here.
Garage A Trois - Always Be Happy, But Stay Evil CD - "Garage A Trois skew grittier and more psychedelic with the current lineup, combining heavy-riff distortion with a rough-and-tumble funk delirium." The New York Times. Garage A Trois features Seattle-based saxophonics master Skerik, Brooklyn-based sound-sculptor/keysman Marco Benevento, punk rock vibraphone hero Mike Dillon and New Orleans funky drummer/beat master Stanton Moore. As has become the band s primary focus in its current incarnation, a laser sharp focus was given to capturing Garage A Trois sinewy, fourth-dimensional, polychromatic instrumental songwriting. A massive draw in clubs and festivals around the U.S., this latest recorded output from Garage A Trois will only help fuel the fire for a growing legion of fans amassing around the most dangerous instrumental band on the scene today.
Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit - Here We Rest CD - Here We Rest is the second album from Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, and Isbell s third. Their 2009 self-titled debut received high praise from the press, including Rolling Stone, Spin, Paste, Details, Washington Post and many more. Blurt gave the album at 10 out of 10 rating and said, From the playing to the arrangements to the lyrical depth of emotion on display, not to mention the rich Southern soul vibe coaxed from the if-walls-could-talk confines of Muscle Shoals Fame Studios, this eponymous platter is a scorcher. An Alabama native, Isbell comes from a tradition of Southern music. His thoughtful songwriting and warm, soulful voice are genuine, natural abilities that shine through in his songs, which blossom with the 400 Unit - keyboardist Derry deBorja, guitarist Browan Lollar, drummer Chad Gamble and bassist Jimbo Hart.
Rebirth Brass Band - Rebirth of New Orleans CD - Brand new release by New Orleans' most recognized brass band. These guys tour the world bringing their funky street sounds to admiring crowds. Eleven newly-recorded tunes that celebrate the music that makes New Orleans great.
Eric Lindell - Cazadero CD - He produced his debut album, Bring It Back, in 1996, and in 1999 he won the John Lennon Songwriting Competition with his original piece "Kelly Ann." That same year, Lindell decided to move to New Orleans to pursue music in a different location. The move was a beneficial one, as Lindell soon hooked up with Galactic's Stanton Moore and begin playing shows around town, frequently enlisting drummers Johnny Vidocovich and Harold Brown (from War) to sit in. He issued a self-released, self-titled record in 2002, but the following year saw him move to Sparco Records, where he released both Piety Street Session and EP Volume 1. Tragic Magic followed in 2005 and sparked serious interest from Alligator Records, which released Change in the Weather in 2006 and Low on Cash, Rich in Love in 2008. Lindell continued his prolific output with 2009's Gulf Coast Highway, another album of blue-eyed soul and confident guitar work. Cazadero is hot off the press and ready to enjoy!
John Mancini Band - Sun King CD - Sun King draws its influences from reggae, afro pop and funk, to soul and classic rock. Produced in Baltimore, MD, with Chris Bentley (acclaimed for his work with The Bridge), John Mancini Band's follow-up to their 2009 debut, JMB, will please lovers of classic songwriting and extended instrumental grooves. Just over 50 minutes in length, Sun King has tight hooks, lush arrangements and surprising lyrics throughout.
Bootsy - Tha Funk Capital of the World CD - Rock & Roll Hall Of Famer and legendary bassist Bootsy Collins, known worldwide for pioneering funk music with James Brown and Parliament Funkadelic, releases his first new album in four years, Tha Funk Capitol of the World! Collins collaborated with fellow P-Funkers George Clinton and Bernie Worrell on the record, along with an all-star lineup of musicians and cultural luminaries including rappers Snoop Dogg, Chuck D, and Ice Cube; actor Samuel L. Jackson; banjo phenom Bela Fleck; the Rev. Al Sharpton; scholar Dr. Cornell West; and guitarists Buckethead and Catfish Collins - Bootsy's late brother. Engineered in part by Dan Monti (Guns n Roses, Metallica), the album also features a tribute to Garry Shider, the late guitarist and musical director of the P-Funk All-Stars.
Younger Brother - Vaccine CD - The core trio of Simon Posford, Benji Vaughan and Rou Campbell are royalty on the international trance scene, revered for their mind-bending solo DJ-ing, as well as various offshoot projects, but most of all for the bold, progressive music they make together as Younger Brother. With their new album, Vaccine, they're all set to cross over into the mainstream, with a collection of expansive, anthemic songs real songs, molded according to their own unique digital process which warrant radio airplay just as much as dance floor action.
Younger Brother's third album, recorded with it s U.S. band lineup (Marc Brownstein/Disco Biscuits, Joe Russo/ Furthur, Tommy Hamilton/Brothers Past), is the boldest chapter in their story to date: Vaccine sounds like no other record ever made, marrying top-quality, stadium-size songcraft to pulsing beats and sound palette of full-tilt electronic music. It's a remarkable album, which variously may echo Nick Drake, Talk Talk, Kraftwerk, or even Coldplay, but never sounds like anything but itself.
Scarlet>Fire Steal Your Face Ts for MEN & WOMEN - Our friend Taylor Swope has created another uniquely awesome Tshirt design! We have different versions for the guys and gals. Officially licensed by the Grateful Dead.
AND we've added her popular Calaveras Day of the Dead Steal Your Face T's in kids sizes! 2T, 4T & 5-6T
May 20-22 - The Hangout - Gulf Shores, AL
May 27-29 - Groverfest - Ferguson, NC
June 3-5 - Smilefest Reunion - Pinnacle, NC *
June 9-12 - Bonnaroo - Manchester, TN
June 15-18 - IfdaKamp - Kiel, WI
*Look for the Home Grown Music Booth at this event!
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