Tuesday, November 10, 2009

New Music Releases – November 10, 2009

Lots of great stuff this week including the Pixies Minotaur (Deluxe Edition) (17-disc box set), pre-orders for the Miles Davis The Complete Columbia Album Collection, AC/DC ‘s Backtracks (2CD & DVD box set), Billie Holiday’s The Complete Commodore and Decca Masters (3-CD box set), Ella Fitzgerald’s Twelve Nights in Hollywood (remastered 4-CD box set) and R.E.M. ‘s Live At The Olympia (4-LP 2-CD DVD limited edition).

Look for new music by 50 Cent, Bon Jovi, Tori Amos, Switchfoot, Wilco, Rickie Lee Jones, Dashboard Confessional, Snow Patrol, Robbie Williams, Robyn Hitchcock and Michelle Branch (just to name a few). Additionally, there are some awesome reissues including: King Crimson - In the Court of the Crimson King (remastered with bonus disc), Echo & The Bunnymen - Live at the Royal Albert Hall, Grant Lee Phillips, the Yardbirds, Stephen Stills and Porcupine Tree. Also look for remastered Rolling Stones albums, a release from Jerry Garcia, Jackson 5 - I Want You Back! Unreleased Masters and music from the 2012 Soundtrack.

Buy New Vinyl Here!

50 Cent - Before I Self Destruct
AC/DC - Backtracks (2CD & DVD box set)
Anne Hills - Points of View
Apse - Climb Up
Asobi Seksu - Rewolf (vinyl)
Bad Lieutenant - Never Cry Another Tear
Bellwether - Seven And Six
Ben Frost - By the Throat (vinyl)
Biffy Clyro - Only Revolutions
Big Kenny - The Quiet Times of a Rock and Roll Farm Boy
Bill Frisell - Good Dog, Happy Man (2-LP vinyl & CD)
Billie Holiday - The Complete Commodore and Decca Masters (3-CD box set)
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Live (live CD/DVD)
Bobby Birdman - New Moods (vinyl)
Bon Jovi - The Circle
Brant Bjork - Somera Sol (reissue)
Brazos - Phosphorescent Blues (vinyl)
Britney Spears - Britney Spears The Singles Collection
Caroline Herring - Golden Apples of the Sun
Cave In - EP
Chris Robinson - Chris Robinson and His Many Hand Band
Cindytalk - The Crackle of My Soul
Cobra Skulls - American Rubicon (vinyl)
Cribs - Ignore the Ignorant
D. Boon - D. Boon and Friends (reissue)
Dashboard Confessional - Alter the Ending (2-CDs) (vinyl)
Dead Meadow - David Peel Sessions
Detroit Cobras - The Original Recordings (reissue)
Devendra Banhart - What Will We Be (2-LP vinyl with bonus tracks)
DJ Rupture & Matt Shadetek - Solar Life Raft
Echo & The Bunnymen - Live at the Royal Albert Hall (reissue)
Echo & the Bunnymen - The Fountain
Ella Fitzgerald - Twelve Nights in Hollywood (remastered 4-CD box set)
Flyleaf - Memento Mori
Fray - The Fray
Fun - Aim and Ignite (vinyl)
Gabriel Yared - Amelia (soundtrack)
Gary Myrick - Language (reissue with bonus tracks)
Gary Myrick - Living in a Movie (reissue with bonus tracks)
Githead - Landing
Grant Lee Phillips - Ladies' Love Oracle (reissue)
Heather Masse - Bird Song
Hurricane Bells - Tonight Is the Ghost
Hyperstory - Hyperstory
J. Tillman - Year in the Kingdom (vinyl)
Jackson 5 - I Want You Back! Unreleased Masters
Jamie Cullum - The Pursuit
Jason Mraz - Jason Mraz's Beautiful Mess - Live On Earth (CD & DVD)
Javelin - Javelin (vinyl)
Jerry Garcia - The Jerry Garcia Collection, Vol. 2 Let It Rock
Katatonia - Night Is the New Day
Kevn Kinney's S.T.A.R. - Comin' Round Again (reissue)
Killers - Live at the Royal Albert Hall CD/DVD
King Crimson - In the Court of the Crimson King (remastered with bonus disc)
King Diamond - House of God (remastered)
King Diamond - Voodoo (remastered)
Lady Dottie And The Diamonds - Lady Dottie And The Diamonds (reissue)
Ladytron - Light & Magic (reissue)
Les Paul - The Inventor Great Guitar Instrumentals
Lissie - Why You Running EP
Little Girls - Concepts
Loch Lomond - Night Bats
Lupe Fiasco - Super Fiasco Bros
Luther Dickinson - Onward and Upward
Madison Violet - No Fool for Trying
Manu Chao - Baionarena (2-CD & DVD)
Melody Gardot - My One And Only Thrill (with bonus tracks)
Merzbow - 13 Japanese Birds Volume Eleven
Michelle Branch - Everything Comes and Goes
Midnight Masses - Rapture Ready, I Gazed at the Body
Miles Davis - The Complete Columbia Album Collection
Mr.Gnome - Heave Yer Skeleton
Nada Surf - Karmic EP (reissue with bonus tracks)
Nadja - Thaumogenesis (vinyl)
Neal Morse - So Many Roads
Nebula / Lowrider - Nebula / Lowrider Double EP (reissue)
New Monuments - New Monuments (vinyl)
Ola Podrida - Belly of the Lion
Omar Rodriguez Lopez - Xenophanes
Pants Yell! - Received Pronunciation (vinyl)
Pete Seeger - Live in 65
Philip Glass - Glass A Madrigal Opera
Pieta Brown - Shimmer
Pixies - Minotaur (Deluxe Edition) (17-disc box set)
Porcupine Tree - Up the Downstair (reissue)
Puscifier - C Is For (Please Insert Sophomoric Genitalia Reference Here)
Queen - Absolute Greatest (remastered)
R.E.M. - Live At The Olympia (4-LP 2-CD DVD limited edition)
Radian - Chimeric (vinyl)
Ray Davies - The Kinks Choral Collection
Rickie Lee Jones - Balm in Gilead
Robbie Williams - Reality Killed The Video Star
Robin Crutchfield - The Hidden Folk
Robyn Hitchcock - I Often Dream of Trains in New York (CD & DVD)
Rolling Stones - Flashpoint (remastered)
Rolling Stones - Live Licks (remastered)
Rolling Stones - Love You Live (remastered)
Rolling Stones - Still Life (remastered)
Rolling Stones - Stripped (remastered)
Saudade - Lookouts' Journal
Shirley Bassey - Performance
Sleep Whale - Houseboat
Snow Patrol - Up To Now
Stan Ridgway - Barbeque Babylon (reissue)
Stan Ridgway - Blood (Mark Ryden Piece) (reissue)
Stephen Stills - Stephen Stills (vinyl reissue)
Sunset - Gold Dissolves to Gray (vinyl)
Switchfoot - Hello Hurricane
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Higher Than the Stars EP (vinyl)
Tori Amos - Midwinter Graces (CD & DVD)
Tubes - Mondo Birthmark
Various Artists - 2012 Soundtrack
Various Artists - Ghana Special Modern High Life, Afro-Sounds & Ghanaian Blues, 1968-81
Various Artists - Pirate Radio (soundtrack)
Various Artists - Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of Guns N' Roses
Various artists - Saint Etienne Presents Songs for The Dog & Duck
Various Artists - Thai Beat A Go-Go, Vol. 1 (vinyl reissue)
Various Artists - The Harmonic Series A Compilation of Music Works in Just Intonation
Wale - Attention Deficit (vinyl)
Wilco - Being There (2-LP vinyl & CD)
Wu-Tang Clan - Wu-Tang Meets the Indie Culture Vol. 2- Enter the Dubstep
Wyclef Jean - From The Hut To The Projects To The Mansion [EP]
Yardbirds - Roger the Engineer (vinyl reissue)

Music News & Notes

Tom Petty Superhighway Tour & The Live Anthology

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers have launched The Superhighway Tour, a first of its kind online-only music experience that delivers 24 of the 48 tracks from the forthcoming Live Anthology as high-quality digital downloads and on-demand streams in advance of the Live Anthology's release. "Ticketholders" will receive an insider's view of those 24 tracks, through archived memorabilia reproduced on the site, new band commentary, classic reviews, and curated content from the Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers vaults. Fans will also be able to share their photos and stories from their favorite Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers shows. Then on the album's November 24 release, ticketholders will receive the remaining 24 tracks on The Live Anthology, thereby completing the digital album.

Access to the Superhighway Tour will be available to fans that purchase "tickets" from Ticketmaster.com or through the Superhighway Tour box office. Tickets for the entire 8-week Superhighway Tour are on sale now through Ticketmaster.com and TomPettySuperHighwayTour.com. The price of a Superhighway Tour ticket includes all 48 The Live Anthology digital tracks plus the 8-week online experience for $24.98 without any additional service fees. Downloads will be available in 256kbps MP3 or FLAC formats - fan's choice.

A FREE PREVIEW of the SuperHighway Tour is now available at www.tompettysuperhighwaytour.com and includes a FREE DOWNLOAD of a track from the 1981 run of shows at Los Angeles' Forum.

In other news:

The week of November 22nd Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers and Reprise Records will release The Live Anthology, a multiple-disc set of recordings drawn from thirty years of live performances. The collection brings together material from 1978-2007 culled from hundreds of hours of live concert recordings covering every era of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' tours and represents the best tracks as chosen by producers Tom Petty, Mike Campbell and Ryan Ulyate.

The release of The Live Anthology comes on the heels of two sold out tours, the Grammy winning documentary Runnin' Down A Dream (directed by Peter Bogdanovich), and a headline performance at the Super Bowl XLII halftime show. Now, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - one of rock and roll's greatest touring bands - will mark their unparalleled string of success with the release of this landmark collection of live recordings that is unlike anything previously available - the band's story told through the music alone.

The producers made no fixes or overdubs, letting the newly mixed original recordings showcase the invention, spontaneity, craft, and the musicianship that has made Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers among the most celebrated live performers of their time. Along with powerful interpretations of their own classic hits and originals, The Live Anthology features the band tackling some of their best-loved cover material, from classics to obscure beauties to unexpected adaptations. The theme from Goldfinger, the Zombies' "I Want You Back Again," the Grateful Dead's "Friend of the Devil," early Fleetwood Mac's "Oh Well," Booker T. and the MGs' "Green Onions," James Brown's "Good, Good Lovin'" and many more. Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers travel wide, paying their musical debts through song and showing just how confidently the band moves across genres and over time.

The Live Anthology will come in multiple configurations featuring artwork and packing by renowned contemporary artist Shepard Fairey (www.studionumberone.com, www.obeygiant.com). Included in the multiple configurations are, a 5CD collector's deluxe box set available only at Best Buy that will include a first-of-its-kind audio-only Blu-ray disc, a four CD set of 48 tracks, a 48 track digital album, a seven LP vinyl box set of 51 tracks and the entirely unique Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers Superhighway Tour (www.tompettysuperhighwaytour.com). The collector's deluxe package will be in Best Buy stores on November 22nd. All other configurations will be in stores and available online on November 24th.


Thrice Announce "Beggars" Vinyl Release

Thrice announces that the vinyl edition of their latest studio album, "Beggars" (Vagrant), will be available beginning December 15, 2009. The limited edition pressing of 2000 numbered pieces will include a full album download card and an autographed 24-page booklet with exclusive liner notes written by the band. The vinyl will be available in a variety of colors, each limited to 500 copies or fewer.


THE JOE PERRY PROJECT: More Tour Dates Announced

AEROSMITH guitarist Joe Perry's solo band, dubbed THE JOE PERRY PROJECT, has scheduled the following dates:

Nov. 10 - The Fillmore at Irving Plaza - New York, NY
Nov. 11 - Starland Ballroom - Sayreville, NJ
Nov. 13 - Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom - Hampton Beach, NH
Nov. 14 - House of Blues - Boston, MA
Nov. 15 - Northern Lights - Clifton Park, NY
Nov. 18 - House of Blues - Chicago, IL
Nov. 19 - The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor - Windsor, ON
Nov. 21 - Fantasy Springs Resort Casino - Indio, CA
Nov. 23 - House of Blues - Anaheim, CA
Nov. 24 - House of Blues (Sunset Strip) - West Hollywood, CA
Nov. 25 - The Fillmore - San Francisco, CA
Nov. 27 - Mesa Arts Center - Mesa, AZ
Nov. 28 - House of Blues - Las Vegas, NV
Dec. 02 - House of Blues - Orlando, FL
Dec. 09 - Toads Place - New Haven, CT
Dec. 11 - The Chance Theater - Poughkeepsie, NY

Perry's fifth solo album, "Have Guitar, Will Travel", was released on October 6 via Roman Records. The hard driving, ten-song, in your face, collection features Perry's trademark rock and blues ferocity, as well as the CD's first single, the blazing "We've Got A Long Way To Go". Recorded this past spring at the BoneYard, Perry's state-of-the-art home studio, where AEROSMITH's "Honkin' On Bobo" and "Just Push Play" were recorded, "Have Guitar, Will Travel" is entirely written and produced by Perry.

Still as scorching hot on guitar as he is preternaturally cool in his persona, "Have Guitar, Will Travel" is a departure for Perry in that the CD was conceived as a band recording. From start to finish it took only forty-seven days to complete. "Making this record in such a short period of time gave us a chance to capture an energy and flow that was very different from the last record," said Perry. "The way the players came together at a time when I had the music and lyrics in my head ready to go was pure synchronicity. The last record rocked, but this one rocks and then some. I'm really proud of it."

"We've Got A Long Way To Go", the CDs first single, showcases the voice of a young German singer known as Hagen, found completely by chance on YouTube by Joe's wife Billie. "I first called him from Cleveland when I went to perform at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame jam with Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Ron Wood, Flea and METALLICA," said Perry. "It took several minutes to convince him that it wasn't a prank call, but a true invitation to audition to sing on the CD." Hagen mans the microphone for five tracks, while Perry sings lead on four. The remaining tenth song is an instrumental entitled "Wooden Ships".


QUEEN Drummer Talks About Possible Collaboration With ADAM LAMBERT

In a November 6 interview on the "BBC Breakfast" show, QUEEN drummer Roger Taylor talked about the possibility of a future collaboration with "American Idol" runner-up Adam Lambert. "We did play in the finale of 'American Idol' with the two final guys, one of whom is . . . Adam," he said. "He didn't actually win, he only got 49 million votes, I think, but he is one of the most phenomenal singers and I think at some point in the future we’d love to — Brian [May, guitar] and I — would like to do something with him maybe. It may happen — we might do something with him in the future. He is phenomenally talented. He has one of the greatest voices I've ever heard."

According to ContactMusic.com, Lambert dismissed rumors he will front QUEEN as he wants to carve out a career in his own right. He said, "They've never actually offered me anything. They expressed interest in working together, but just said they'd like to have a meaningful conversation, and that's it. It could have meant they wanted me to come to dinner with them, it could have meant they wanted to talk about the meaning of life.

"I don't know if joining the band permanently is in the cards for me right now. They're legends; I'm just the new kid on the block."

May told Rolling Stone magazine about Lambert, "There wasn't really a quiet moment to talk, but (Roger Taylor, QUEEN drummer) and I are definitely hoping to have a meaningful conversation with him at some point. It's not like we, as QUEEN, would rush into coalescing with another singer just like that. It isn't that easy. But I'd certainly like to work with Adam. That is one amazing instrument he has there."

Gene Simmons, who along with KISS performed with Lambert on their 1975 classic "Rock And Roll All Nite" was less impressed by Lambert, saying, "Respectfully, I don't think Adam is a rock singer. He sounds much more convincing singing ballads and Broadway shows. His voice doesn't seem to have a 'rock quality.' But, I'm sure he's going to do just fine."


U2's Spider-Man Musical Still Expected To Open In 2010

The musical adaption of Spider-Man, which includes music by U2, is still expected to open in 2010 despite funding fears. Producers and financial supporters met on Friday and are understood to have secured full financial backing for the project.

The big-budget production had been due to open next February at the Hilton Theater in New York City. But work on the musical was halted earlier this year in order to control cash flow issues, reports Variety.

It is now thought that the musical won't open until at least next April. Meanwhile, Reeve Carney, star of forthcoming movie The Tempest, has been cast as lead character Peter Parker. He joins a cast which already includes Alan Cumming and Evan Rachel Wood.

Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark includes lyrics and music written by U2 singer Bono and guitarist The Edge.


Blackheart Records Xmas compilation, "A Blackheart Christmas"

A Blackheart Christmas is now available to pre-order on vinyl (and available now on CD and MP3) from Joan Jett's Blackheart Records. This includes tracks by Cute Lepers, Girl In A Coma, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Thommy Price featuring Nefertiti Bones, Kenny Laguna, The Dollyrots, and The Vacancies.

1. Blue Christmas - Girl In A Coma
2. The Elf Song - The Vacancies
3. Santa Baby - The Dollyrots
4. Little Drummer Boy - Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
5. Christmas is the Time to Say I Love You - The Cute Lepers
6. Father Christmas - The Vacancies
7. I'll Be Home For Christmas - Girl In A Coma
8. Winter Wonderland - Thommy Price, feat. Neferitti Jones
9. Home For Christmas - Kenny Laguna
10. All I Ever Want (Under the Christmas Tree) - The Cute Lepers
11. Silent Night - The Blackhearts featuring special guests

This Date In Music History-November 10


Dave Loggins (1947)
Greg Lake - Emerson, Lake & Palmer/King Crimson (1948)
Bram Tchaikovsky - Motors (1949)
Donna Fargo (1949)
Ronnie Hammond - Atlanta Rhythm Section (1950)
Midge Ure - Ultravox (1953)
Mario Cipollina - Huey Lewis and the News (1954)
Chris Joyce - Simply Red (1957)
Frank Maudsley - A Flock Of Seagulls (1958)
Steve Mackey - Pulp (1966)
Andrew Vowles - Mushroom/Massive Attack (1967)
Derry Brownson - EMF (1970)
Warren G (1970)
Jacqueline Abbott - The Beautiful South (1973)
Jim Adkins - Jimmy Eat World (1975)
Eve (1978)
Drew McConnell - Babyshambles (1978)
Chris Joannon - Silverchair (1979)

They Are Missed:

Born today in 1941, Kyu Sakamoto, (1963 #1 & "Sukiyaki," the first ever Japanese US #1). Killed in a plane crash on 12th August 1985.

Ronnie Dyson ("Why Can't I Touch You") died of heart failure and lung disease in 1990.

Session guitarist Tommy Tedesco died of lung cancer in 1997 (age 67). Described by "Guitar Player" magazine as the most recorded guitarist in history recording with The Beach Boys, Everly Brothers, The Supremes, The Monkees, The Association, Barbra Streisand, Elvis Presley, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Zappa, Sam Cooke, Cher, and Nancy and Frank Sinatra. And played on many TV themes including Bonanza, The Twilight Zone, M*A*S*H and Batman.

England's original shock rocker, Screaming Lord Sutch, was born in 1940. His band was the proving ground for young guitarists like Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, and Ritchie Blackmore. Died June 16, 1999

Keyboard player Johnny Griffith died in 2002. Had been a member of the Motown records house band, played on Marvin Gaye's "Heard It Through The Grapevine."


In 1955, Elvis Presley attended the fourth Country Music Disc Jockey Convention in Nashville Tennessee. Back at his hotel Mae Boren Axton played him a demo of a new song she had written with Tommy Durden called "Heartbreak Hotel."

A Billboard article in 1958 noted Dick Clark's "phenomenal" rapport with his teenage audience and advertisers see him as "one of the hottest merchandising and promotional properties" on the tube. The article points out that Beechnut gum's sales have gone up 100 percent since becoming an "American Bandstand" sponsor.

Sam Cooke suffered minor eye injuries in an auto accident near Marion, Arkansas in 1958, a crash which took the life of his driver, Edward Cunningham and also injured singer Lou Rawls.

Gregg Allman got a guitar for his 13th birthday in 1960. He and his 14 year-old brother Duane will learn to play the instrument by listening to blues records and in a year will form their first group, the Kings. Other groups include the Allman Joys and Hourglass before the Allman Brothers Band was put together in 1969.

In 1966, the English newspapers break the news that there will be no more Beatles tours. They were right.

The Moody Blues released the epic cut "Nights in White Satin" in 1967.

Also in 1967, the Beatles filmed three promotional films for their new single "Hello Goodbye" at the Saville Theatre in London. Each of the three film clips featured different costumes and Beatle antics. In the first film they wear their "Sgt. Pepper" uniforms, for the second The Beatles are wearing everyday clothes, the third film clip features shots from the first two films, plus additional shots of The Beatles (especially John) doing the twist. A Musician's Union ban on lip-sync broadcasts prevented the film being used on British television.

Led Zeppelin II was certified gold in 1969.

Elvis Presley's last feature film, "Change Of Habit" opened in 1969.

"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" by Gene Autry received a gold record in 1969. Interestingly, the song had been released 20 years earlier.

'Live/Dead,' the first of many live albums by the Grateful Dead was released in 1969. Compiled from concerts recorded in their hometown of San Francisco between January 26th and March 2nd, 1969, it remains one of their career highlights.

David Essex's "Rock On" was released in 1973.

Elton John started a eight-week run at #1 on the US album chart in 1973 with "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," the singers third US #1.

Former lead singer with the Temptations Eddie Kendricks started a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart in 1973 with "Keep On Truckin."

The Edmund Fitzgerald sank in Lake Superior in 1975 and became the subject of Gordon Lightfoot's song, "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald."

Even though MTV is still years away, Queen filmed the video for “Bohemian Rhapsody” in 1975. The song, aided by the video, goes to #1 in the U.K.

The Clash's second album "Give 'Em Enough Rope," was released in England on CBS Records in 1978. It will soon be their first US album release on Epic Records.

The Eagles went to #1 on the US singles chart in 1979 with "Heartache Tonight," the group's 5th and final US #1 hit.

Bruce Springsteen's Live 1975-1985 box set hit stores in 1986.

Mariah Carey started a three week run at #1 on the US singles chart in 1990 with "Love Takes Time," her second US #1.

Vanilla Ice started a 16-week run at #1 on the US album chart with "To The Extreme." Yes, that's right- 16 weeks! It got that bad in that year, thank gooodness for grunge.

In 1992, aSt. Louis judge found Guns 'n' Roses lead singer Axl Rose guilty of assault and property damage in connection with a riot at a 1991 concert at St. Louis' Riverport Amphitheatre. Rose's sentence was suspended and he was put on probation. Rose was also ordered to pay $10,000 each to 5 charities.

Bruce Springsteen released Tracks in 1998, a 56 song box set featuring demos, unreleased recordings and outtakes, from Springsteen's previous albums. The set debuts at #27 on the Billboard album chart.

Eminem was at #1 on the US album chart in 2002 with the "8 Mile Soundtrack."

Carrie Underwood was at #1 on the US album chart in 2007 with "Carnival Ride."

In 2008, Coldplay were declared the biggest-selling act of 2008 at the World Music Awards held in Monaco. The band picked up the prize – along with the Rock Act Of The Year award – after their current album 'Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends' topped charts around the globe. Other winners at the awards included Leona Lewis for Best Pop Female – and Best New Artist, Amy Winehouse was the winner in the Female Pop/Rock award, while Alicia Keys was named best in the R&B category. Lil' Wayne bagged the Hip-Hop/Rap Artist award, while Akon was declared the Biggest Internet Artist Of The Year.

Switchfoot rolled out "Hello Hurricane" in 2009. The album is inspired by the group’s ’05 work with Habitat For Humanity in Baton Rouge.