New This Week: Burnin' Smyrnans, Annuals, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Jackie Greene

Plus Top 25 for March, Percy Hill video, and more

New Additions to the Catalog:

bs2th The Burnin' Smyrnans - Travel Along CD - Florida's finest funk and jam journeymen are back with their second album! Travel Along moves between rock, fusion, reggae, jazz, funk, and even more styles, creating an expansive, rewarding trip through this up-and-coming band's world. $14.00

jacob11th Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey - Lil Tae Rides Again CD/LP - Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey re-awakens with Lil Tae Rides Again, their most idiosyncratic album yet. The new recording - the band's fourth on Hyena Records and first studio effort in three years - will surprise even those predisposed to JFJO's mercurial nature. Electronic music eccentric Tae Meyulks was called upon to produce. He and JFJO tracked, arranged, mixed and mastered the album at his Tulsa studio over the course of 2007. Additionally during this period, founding members Brian Haas and Reed Mathis amicably parted ways with longtime drummer Jason Smart, filling the slot with 22-year old Josh Raymer. The 11 tracks on Lil Tae Rides Again find the Tulsa-based trio sculpting ambient soundscapes characterized by dreamlike atmospherics, minimalist melodies and subliminally diametrical themes. CD $11.98; LP Vinyl $16.98

tomshow2th The Tomorrow Show with Tom Snyder - John, Paul, Tom and Ringo (2 DVDs) - On April 25, 1975, John Lennon gave what was to be his last televised interview. As he spoke with Tom Snyder on The Tomorrow Show, no one suspected he was about to take an extended hiatus from public life. And no one could have predicted that Tom would rebroadcast the interview 5 years later - in memoriam, the day after Lennon's tragic death. This interview with John Lennon that re-aired on December 9, 1980 is one of three conversations Tom had with former members of The Beatles. Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr were enjoying solo career at the times of their interviews, and their comments provide further insight into the effects of Beatlemania on their lives. $22.00

yohimbedvdth Yohimbe Brothers - Freedom Now DVD - With Yohimbe Brothers, guitarist Vernon Reid (ex-Living Colour) joins forces with his New York buddy DJ Logic to create a fusion sound at the crossroads of funk, rap, psychedelic and Latino rhythms. This film, shot during a Banlieues Bleues 2005 concert, experiments with the image/sound relationship using a VJ technique in postproduction that consists of recreating the conditions of live multicam to treat each track with specific graphics, colorization, double exposure, distortions or typographic images. The first-ever Yohimbe Brothers DVD can be experienced as an exploration of the particular resonances between image and sound in the tradition of the great psychedelic trips of the 1960's and 70's. $19.99
wtc3th Woods Tea Company - The Passage CD - This is the 9th release of a Woods Tea Co. recording. In the fall of 2003 the Woods Tea Co. released a DVD titled "An Evening With The Woods Tea Co from the Vergennes Opera House." It was the last release of the Rusty, Mike, Howard & Chip quartet. At the beginning of 2006, plans were made to produce a new studio recording and some initial tracks were completed. In July 2006, Chip was hit by a truck while on his motorcycle near his home in New Hampshire and died in October. We managed during the next 10 months to sustain our schedule with numerous guest artists. On August 15, 2007 Rusty died of a sudden heart attack. Our founder and leader was taken from us and the process of grieving and surviving began again. It would have been easy to postpone this recording; instead we've used this project to focus on the future and allow the spirits of our late comrades to guide us. Chip appears on two tracks (Saratoga and December's Child). $14.00
jgreene4th Jackie Greene - Giving Up the Ghost CD - You may have seen this up-and-coming performer with Phil Lesh and Friends recently! Named "The Prince of Americana" by the New York Times, Jackie Greene is steeped in country, blues, jazz, rock and folk traditions, defying easy categorization. Performing live with a guitar and a harmonica rack, Greene has accelerated past initial cries of the new Dylan and has managed to forge a unique musical vision. With four distinctive albums under his belt, Greene's Giving Up The Ghost is an energetic showcase of folk, blues and rock that he has taken to another level. Produced by Steve Berlin (Los Lobos), Giving Up the Ghost also features collaborations with Larry Campbell (Bob Dylan), Mic Gillette (Tower of Power), Dave Hidalgo (Los Lobos), Phil Lesh (Grateful Dead), Pete Thomas (Elvis Costello) and others. $14.00

Also Available from Jackie Greene:
Broken Hearts, Dusty Roads DVD  $11.99
The DIG Years 2001-2005 CD  $16.99
American Myth CD  $16.99
Gone Wanderin' CD $15.99/LP $19.99
Rusty Nails CD  $15.99

annualsepth Annuals - Wet Zoo EP - This void-filling EP should get fans of this up-and-coming North Carolina band by until the next full-length! If you liked their first disc, you'll be super excited for the new album once you hear these tracks! All the emotional, celebratory, and heartbreaking elements are intact in this deeper sound. Features 3 new Annuals tracks, plus 2 tracks from their pop-rocking alter-ego, Sunfold (all the band members are the same)! $5.99

gibson2th The Gibson Brothers - Iron & Diamonds CD - With Iron & Diamonds, Eric and Leigh have taken their rightful place on the American jukebox. The Gibsons have made a conscious effort to co-write most of the songs on this album. By using their own band and a single microphone for their duet vocals, you hear exactly what you hear in a live show: a tight ensemble that plays to the song, toneful and nuanced lead and duet harmonies, and songs that can move you to tears or to the dance floor. $15.99

We have also rounded out our Boards of Canada collection now that WARP has switched distribution:

Trans-Canada Highway EP  $9.99
The Campfire Headphase CD  $14.99
Geogaddi CD  $14.99
Music Has The Right To Children CD  $14.99
Twoism CD  $14.99
In A Beautiful Place Out In The Country EP  $6.99

Due to a manufacturing error, the vinyl release of DeVotchKa's A Mad And Faithful Telling has been moved to June 18. We apologize for any inconvenience, and you may still pre-order the album.

Recent Releases You May Have Missed:

SOJA - Get Wiser Live DVD
The Wood Brothers - Loaded CD
South Austin Jug Band - Strange Invitation CD
Various Artists - Funky Kidz CD
American Babies CD
The Black Keys - Attack & Release CD/Vinyl LP
Ani DiFranco - Live At Babeville DVD
Unwed Sailor - Little Wars CD
Steel Pulse - Door of No Return DVD
Some Things Should Never Be Digital T-Shirt

New Releases Coming Soon:

April 15 - The Dixie Bee-Liners - Ripe CD (pre-order)
Yonder Mountain String Band - Mountain Tracks Vol. 5 (2 CDs) (pre-order)
Widespread Panic - Free Somehow Vinyl LP (pre-order)
Robert Walter - Cure All CD (pre-order)

April 22 - Tea Leaf Green - Seeds Box Set (pre-order)
Flight of the Conchords CD (pre-order)
Wetlands Preserved: The Story of an Activist Rock Club DVD (pre-order)

April 29 - Global Noize CD (DJ Logic, Denson, Popper, Worrell, Billy Martin, etc)
Bombadil - A Buzz, A Buzz CD
Portishead - Third CD
Zappa Plays Zappa - Live Multi-DVD/CD sets
Jamie Lidell - Jim CD

May 6 - The Brakes - Tale of Two Cities CD
The Brew - Back to the Woods CD (pre-order)

May 13 - Electric Apricot - Quest For Festeroo DVD

May 20 - John McLaughlin - Meeting of the Minds DVD
John McLaughlin - Floating Point CD

May 27 - moe. - Warts and All Vol. 6 (3 CDs)
Ozric Tentacles - Sunrise Festival CD/DVD

June 10 - Railroad Earth - Amen Corner CD

July 22 - Dr. Dog - Fate CD/LP

Latest News and Reviews:

Caribou - Cat's Cradle show review
Lotus - Higher Ground show review
Belated ECHO Project Photo Gallery
Umphrey's & STS9 Tour

Top 25 Sellers For March 2008:

1- Bonerama - Bringing It Home
2- Grace Potter - Original Soul
3- Entrain - Just A Matter of Time
4- Derek Trucks Band - Live at Georgia Theatre
5- Ryan Montbleau - Patience On Friday
6- Various Artists - Home Grown 7
7- Xavier Rudd - Good Spirit DVD
8- Allman Brothers Band - Jazz Fest 2007
9- SOJA - Peace In A Time Of War
10- Various Artists - Home Grown 5
11- The Black Crowes - Warpaint
12- Phish - The White Tape
13- Ryan Montbleau Band - One Fine Color
14- Peter Rowan - Crucial Country
15- Xavier Rudd - Good Spirit CD
16- moe. - Sticks and Stones
17- New Monsoon - V
18- ekoostik Hookah - Under Full Sail: It All Comes Together
19- The Disco Biscuits - Trance Fusion Radio 1
20- Donna the Buffalo - self-titled
21- Laura Reed and Deep Pocket - Soul:Music
22- The New Mastersounds - Live at La Cova
23- Sound Tribe Sector Nine - Artifact
24- Bassnectar - Mesmerizing the Ultra
25- The Disco Biscuits - Progressions DVD

Staff Picks:

Bryan: Ani DiFranco - Live at Babeville DVD
Lee: Various Artists - Funky Kidz
Robie: The Wood Brothers - Loaded
Sherry: The Burnin' Smyrnans - Travel Along
Trevor: The Burnin' Smyrnans - Travel Along

Upcoming Festivals:

Shakori Hills - 4/17 - 4/20 - Silk Hope, NC - 
Camp Jam - 4/18 - 4/20 - Lacochee, FL - 
McDowell Mountain Fest - 4/25 - 4/26 - Scottsdale, AZ -

Video of the Week:

Percy Hill Live at Rochester Opera House Rochester, NH. 9/22/02

Thanks for reading, and have a great week!

Bryan Rodgers