New This Week: The Waybacks, Plants and Animals, Tony Trischka

Plus new Jazz Fest Live additions and much more.


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New Additions to the Catalog:

waybacks5th The Waybacks - Loaded CD - For The Waybacks, musical evolution is a way of life and a spectator sport. They're as uninhibited and unpredictable as the eclectic San Francisco Bay area that claims them, but their experiments are invariably sharp-witted and musically dazzling. They've been through changes for sure. Shake-ups even. Now configured as a four-piece with a full arsenal of acoustic and electric instruments, The Waybacks introduce Loaded, the boldest, rangiest and most exciting album of their career. Produced by Nashville bassist Byron House, the folky underpinnings are still there, but after years of playing a huge range of venues and festivals (including some major gigs with Grateful Dead founder Bob Weir) and reconfiguring themselves around the hot guitar of James Nash and the fiddle virtuosity of Warren Hood, The Waybacks are enjoying a refreshed repertoire one that's touched by Memphis soul, roadhouse boogie, Parisian swing, classical, vintage blue pop and much more. $16.99

plantsth Plants and Animals - Parc Avenue CD/Vinyl LP - This one's going to be one of the best of the year, eh? Parc Avenue is the hotly anticipated full length debut from Montreal trio Plants and Animals, a sprawling opus that owes as much to Nina Simone’s rockingest moments as it does to the epic sound of Canadian contemporaries Arcade Fire (whose Sarah Neufeld appears as a guest on the album). From classic seventies guitar tones to folky ballads and sea shanties-turned-post-rock, Parc Avenue is a monumental release in the sense of rock and roll re-invented. We love it! CD $14.99; 2-LP Vinyl $22.99

shaktidvdth John McLaughlin & Zakir Hussain - Remember Shakti: The Way of Beauty DVD - This 3-hour DVD is packed with performance footage, interviews, and magical music! It features a 60-minute documentary - "Timeless" - on the band, starting from the early 70's. John and Zakir speak about their beginnings and their era with L.Shankar and T.H. Vinayakram. Then there's 45 minutes of sound check footage with Remember Shakti from Paris 2004, as well as 55 minutes of the concert from Mumbai 2000. Also includes snippets of 2 Live Concerts, one featuring the original band from 1976 (Montreux Jazz Festival) as well as footage from Montreux Jazz 2004. $18.98

timo4th Tim O'Brien - Chameleon CD - IBMA and Grammy award winner Tim O'Brien is a singer of unusual clarity and originality, a self-taught multi-instrumentalist of rare ability, and an incisive songwriter who has made a lasting mark on Americana music. Chameleon is O'Brien's first since the simultaneous release of Cornbread Nation and Fiddler's Green in 2006, which won him a Grammy in the Best Traditional Folk category. $18.98


tt8th Tony Trischka - Territory CD - With fearless musical curiosity as the guiding force, Tony Trischka's Territory roams widely through the banjo's creative terrain. Twelve all-Trischka solo tracks explore a panorama of tunings, banjo sounds, and traditions. Nine selections partner Tony with fellow banjoists Pete Seeger, Mike Seeger, Bill Evans, Bill Keith, Bruce Molsky, and other guest artists to tap the creative potential of America's signature musical instrument. 62 minutes, 21 tracks, 32-page booklet, extensive notes, and photos. $16.98


troy42707thTroy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews - Live at Jazz Fest CDs (2004, 2006, 2007) - A Troy Andrews Jazz Fest show is a guaranteed funky good time! We have three past performances available, from the revelatory 2004 set recorded when Troy was just 17 years old, to the flamboyant and fiery funk of the past couple of years. Hearing these will make you want to pack your bags for NOLA immediately! 2004, 2006, and 2007 - $17.00 each


glovejazzth G. Love and Special Sauce - Live at Jazz Fest 2005 CD - Always fun and funky, G. Love brought his sweet show to Jazz Fest in 2005 and it is captured here for all to enjoy! Besides running through his hip original tunes that sway with bluesy swagger and rhythmic diversity, G is joined by harmonica legend Charlie Musselwhite on one song! Recorded 4.24.05, New Orleans, LA. $17.00


stoltz42305th Brian Stoltz - Live at Jazz Fest 2005 CD - One of the defining guitarists of New Orleans music! Brian Stoltz has come into his own unique musical world as of late, and his sublime, bluesy songs are captured with extra live vigor on this release! Recorded 4.23.05, New Orleans, LA. $17.00





bogjazzth Brotherhood of Groove - Live at Jazz Fest 2005 CD - As you can tell from the tracklist, this show simply smoked! With expansive, improvisational flights of funk, Brotherhood of Groove embodies the spirit and sound of Jazz Fest perfectly! Recorded 4.24.05, New Orleans, LA. $17.00



ssjazzth Slightly Stoopid - Live at Jazz Fest 2005 CD - It must have been a wild time at the fairgrounds when Slightly Stoopid took the stage! Delivering their energetic rasta-hip-hop-infused rock, the band gives it to the crowd good on this hour of power! Recorded 4.28.05, New Orleans, LA. $17.00




shugth Shuggie Otis - Inspiration Information CD - Inspiration Information, the brainchild of guitar prodigy Shuggie Otis, more than justifies the cult following garnered in the decades since its (largely ignored) 1974 release. Son of R&B legend Johnny Otis, Shuggie was a late-'60s celebrity due to his Super Session duets with Al Kooper. Opting out of arena rock - he supposedly refused an offer to join the Rolling Stones - the 19-year-old Otis spent three years in the studio generating this one-man opus. His multitracked rhythms recall the laid-back funk of the Meters embroidered with psychedelic filigree, and his voice resembles Allan Toussaint's. But in every other regard, this is singular, sexy music, dislocated in time. Also featured are four bonus cuts from the artist's 1971 set Freedom Flight, including "Strawberry Letter 23," which was later a hit for the Brothers Johnson. Unbelievably wonderful, criminally ignored! $12.99

dynath Charles Walker & The Dynamites - Kaboom! Vinyl LP - Vinyl edition of this must-have album! The Dynamites are 10 pieces of straight-up, badass deep funk and super soul! The band has quickly become a sensation in their hometown of Nashville, Tennessee. Right from their very first gig, a sold-out performance at local showcase club The Basement, The Dynamites began generating Super Soul Excitement with the funkiest band of players imaginable and a front man with the voice and experience to blow the roof off. These guys tore it up at Langerado this year! $12.99

Recent Releases You May Have Missed:

Electric Apricot - Quest For Festeroo Soundtrack (Les Claypool)


DeVotchKa - A Mad and Faithful Telling CD/LP Vinyl
Jarvis Humby - Assme the Position, It's...Jarvis Humby CD
Imagination Movers - Juice Box Heroes CD
Imagination Movers - Live at Jazz Fest 2006 CD
Cyro Baptista - Banquet of the Spirits CD
Composing The Beatles Songbook: Lennon and McCartney 1957 - 1965 DVD


New Releases Coming Soon:

April 1 - The Wood Brothers - Loaded CD (pre-order)
South Austin Jug Band - Strange Invitation CD (pre-order)
American Babies CD (Russo, Hamilton, Metger, etc) (pre-order)
 Ani DiFranco - Live at Babeville DVD (pre-order)

April 8 - Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey - Lil' Tae Rides Again CD
The Gibson Brothers - Iron & Diamonds CD

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

April 22 - Tea Leaf Green - Seeds Box Set (3 out-of-print albums re-released)

April 29 - Global Noize CD (DJ Logic, Denson, Popper, Worrell, Billy Martin, etc)
Bombadil - A Buzz, A Buzz CD
Portishead - Third CD

May 6 - The Brakes - Tale of Two Cities CD
Barenaked Ladies - Snack Time CD

May 13 - Electric Apricot - Quest For Festeroo DVD

June 10 - Railroad Earth - Amen Corner CD

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 - 

Latest News and Reviews:

Jammys Announced, tix on sale
Freekbass to Tour with Bootsy Collins
Bridge Finish CD, Hit The Road

Video of the Week:

Plants and Animals - "Good Friend"


Thanks for reading, and have a great week!

Bryan Rodgers