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U-Melt - Perfect World CD- Brilliantly capturing U-Melt's amazing ability to shatter musical boundaries and transcend genre classification, Perfect World will capture your imagination and commune with the existential part of your soul that responds to mind-expanding music played by a band whose creativity knows no limits. Consisting of 10 road tested tracks, the carefully crafted music and philosophical lyrics shows off U-Melt's inimitable skill in its finest form. It is a rare band indeed that can navigate the intricate twists and progressive rock turns of "Panacea," "Question Matters" and "Elysian Fields," offer up the eminently danceable riffs of "Pura Vida" and "Clear Light" and gorgeously imbue the title track with a warily optimistic idealism. The inescapable rock and roll energy and dance grooves of U-Melt's Perfect World will move your psyche as well as your feet. $12.98
Bearquarium CD - With their unique blend of afro-percussive rhythms, fiery horn lines, funky dance grooves and soulful vocals, this eight-piece ensemble stands out as a breath of fresh air amongst your run-of-the-mill funk bands. Bearquarium blurs the line between meticulous song craft and cohesive improv, with daring layers of poly-rhythms, textured timbres and colorful soul. As we enter a new decade, it is no wonder Bearquarium's progressive sound is considered a "scene cornerstone for years to come" (Seven Days VT). $12
Carolina Chocolate Drops - Genuine Negro Jig CD - The Carolina Chocolate Drops are as much about revelation as revival. On its Nonesuch debut, Genuine Negro Jig, the trio brings exuberance, humor, virtuosity and an infectious acoustic groove to its exploration of a near-forgotten brand of banjo-driven string-band music originating more than a century ago in the foothills of North Carolina, the Piedmont region where band members Rhiannon Giddens and Justin Robinson were raised. In this rural area, musicians, both black and white, once shared and swapped tunes. Over the decades, the importance of the African-American role in string-band music was diminished, its sound and significance co-opted by minstrel shows and segregated by record labels. CCD -- under the tutelage of nonagenarian fiddler player Joe Thompson, one of the last surviving Piedmont musicians - have reclaimed the old-time songs, making them vital and fresh for right now, reasserting in the process the African roots of the banjo. $15.98
Hot Tuna - Double Dose (2CD) - Expanded two CD edition of this 1978 album including bonus material. Hot Tuna was an offshoot of Jefferson Airplane formed by charter members Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady. Double Dose was originally issued as a two-record set on Grunt Records. Previously issued import CDs have been trimmed to a single disc, eliminating one of the essential tracks to make things fit. This Deluxe Edition not only restores the album to its original full length and sequencing order, but adds 27 minutes of rare interviews with the members of the band. 23.98
March 3 - Cornmeal - Live in Chicago CD
March 16 - The Disco Biscuits - Planet Anthem CD
Evie Ladin - Float Downstream CD - Solo debut CD featuring kicking old-time banjo in new settings, with catchy, ripe original stories and gorgeous production. "She's got a voice that draws you in, a groove on the banjo that won't quit" says producer Mike Marshall. Ladin is also the leader of the popular female old-timey group, The Stairwell Sisters. $11.99
Backyard Tire Fire - Good to Be CD - Good To Be was recorded in luxurious, hand-tooled analog with Los Lobos Steve Berlin producing. With their fifth full-length disc, Backyard Tire Fire have achieved one of those big-time, long-haul records that matter far more than the sum of its considerable parts and not via grandiose, larger-than-life lyrical imagery but through blue-collar, common sense miniatures that remind us of the simple beauty present in mundane, daily, person-to-person experience. Which is NOT to say that Good To Be is yet another one of those one-dimensional, granola-rootsy, rustic Americana takes on post-Uncle Tupelo barn-board rock; there is a taste of that, to be sure, but Anderson & Co. have spread the stylistic court with a rich, ever-expanding palette of aural rock n roll colors and textures that tap into bouncy, Kinks-meet-Squeeze Brit pop-rock, Tom Petty-styled Southern rock, Beatle-esque majesty, intimate balladry, chiming folk-rock and heartland/populist chest-pounders. Bearing a consistent message of empathy, humanity and hope, Good to Be is a triumph of Anderson s own thirteen year journey as a rock and roller. $12.98
April 15-17, 2010 - Wanee Music Festival - Live Oak, FL
April 22-25, 2010 - Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival - Pittsboro, NC
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