Monday, August 2, 2010

New Music Releases ~ August 3, 2010

Here are the latest releases for this week.  Lot's to choose from - Collecting Vinyl Records Blog Picks Are In Red.

Arcade Fire - The Suburbs (vinyl)

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Atomic Rooster - Atomic Rooster
Autolux - Transit Transit
Bill Wyman's Bootleg Kings - Jump Jive and Wail - The Very Best Of
Billy Idol - Rebel Yell (Audio Fidelity)

Black Crowes - Croweology

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VINYL FORMAT. Limited to 5000 copies; on 180 gram vinyl triple gatefold! 'Releasing a compilation of acoustic material to mark the twentieth anniversary of their mutli-platinum selling debut Shake Your Money Maker, the Black Crowes - America's most viable rock 'n' roll band - are leaving fans with Croweology, the last piece of studio material before embarking on an extended hiatus in 2011. Recorded in Sunset Sound Studios in Los Angeles, California and produced by Paul Stacey, the collection of unreleased material, fan favorites and classics serves as an intimate portrait into the creative aspiration of the brothers Robinson. "Jealous Again," starts the recording in a pretty straight forward manner before "Share the Ride," off the 1996 release of Three Snakes and One Charm, is altered from its electric fury and transformed into a hand-clapping country romp. "Remedy" remains its traditional locomotive with the vocals of Mona and Charity accompanying the addition of wah-funk. Once the radio singles are off the plate, the oozing cool of the Black Crowes' cosmic-cowboy psychedelic brilliance comes into view. "Nonfiction" goes spacey before a blindsiding version of Southern Harmony's "Hotel Illness." Chris Robinson's harmonica on this track is particularly inspirational. The grass backbone of Luther Dickinson's guitar picking drives the dynamics of the acoustic numbers, while Rich Robinson holds steadfast, fat and firm. "Soul Singing" appears as the only track from the 2001 release of Lions, before the epic combination of "Ballad in Urgency" and a bombastic "Wiser Time" sends the recording into outer-space. But within the classics, there resides an unreleased gem dating back from 2005 and the buried writing sessions following the Black Crowes reunion. A beautiful interlude leads into "Cold Boy Smile" where Chris Robinson's vocals shine.

Disc two shines just as bright. The Shake Your Money Maker single "She Talks to Angels" leads into the first acoustic version of the colossal "My Morning Song." The foundation of Rich Robinson's lick acoustically is very similar to the Open-G blues pull of Jimmy Page's interpretation of "Traveling Riverside Blues," complete with the three-note walk-down. The band breaks the shed during the reprise with hand-claps and a sizzling piano. The sermon in the church of rock 'n' roll is full-blown. The moment in which the band returns to the chorus is a slice of salvation, bringing the faithless to their knees. "Downtown Money Waster" includes Appalachian fiddles and a burning banjo before opening up with the melancholy of "Good Friday." Luther Dickinson walks away with the leads on this number. "Thorn in My Pride," the By Your Side gem "Welcome to the Goodtimes" and "Girl from a Pawnshop" round out the mix. Croweology is capped with ballads starting with a Gram Parson's cover of "She." For Chris Robinson, Gram Parsons and the Flying Burrito Brothers 68-70 have been a common thread that has permeated his artistic influence throughout his catalog of the Black Crowes and his solo projects as well. A sorrowful "Bad Luck Blue Eyes" bids farewell to the bad boys of American rock 'n' roll, at least for now.' - Martin Halo /

Black Ryder - Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride
Bob Dylan - Original Album Classics (3 CDs)
Brandon Flowers - Crossfire / On The Floor (vinyl)
Buckcherry - All Night Long
Bun B - Trill O.G.
Candy Claws - Hidden Lands

Chicken Shack - From the Vaults

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Chris Barber, Kenny Ball & Mr. Acker Bilk - Best of Barber Ball & Bilk (3 CDs)
Crowded House - Intriguer (Vinyl)
Dash Rip Rock - Call of the Wild
David Dondero - # Zero with a Bullet (vinyl)
David Lee Roth - Eat 'Em and Smile
Dax Riggs - Say Goodnight to the World
Donovan Quinn & The 13th Month - Your Wicked Man
Dr. John And The Lower 911 - Tribal
El-P - Weareallgoingtoburninhellmegamixxx3
El Ten Eleven - El Ten Eleven (vinyl)
Ferraby Lionheart - The Jack of Hearts
Fleshwrought - Dementia/Dyslexia
Four Tet - Angel Echoes Remixes (vinyl)
Gaelic Storm - Cabbage
Gate - Republic of Sadness (vinyl)
Gloria Estefan - Original Album Classics (3 CDs)

Gov't Mule - Mulennium (remastered)

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Horseback -The Invisible Mountain
JJ - JJ No. 2 (reissue)
Julio Iglesias - Original Album Classics (3 CDs)
Katie Melua - The House
Kem - Intimacy

Kinks - Something Else (2 LPs)(Vinyl)

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LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening (vinyl)
La Roux - Sidetracked
Lady Gaga - The Cherrytree Sessions EP
Lady Gaga - The Remix (vinyl)
Level 42 - Living It Up (4-CD box set)
Lloyd Miller & The Heliocentrics - Lloyd Miller & The Heliocentrics
Lonnie Donnegan - Puttin' On The Style (Expanded Edition)
Lonnie Donnegan - Sundown (Expanded Edition)
Los Lobos - Tin Can Trust
Loudness - Best of Loudness 8688: Atlantic Years
Love Language - Libraries [vinyl]
Magic Numbers - The Runaway (2-CD edition)
Manhattans - Black Tie / Love Talk

Metallica - Reload (4 LPs @ 45 RPM)(Vinyl)

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VINYL FORMAT. This limited DELUXE EDITION features the album spread out over four 180 gram pieces of vinyl, mastered at 45 RPM! "Reload is Metallica's second experimental album and it's meant to be the ideal follow up to Load. But I consider them as twins, as a double CD, since these two albums have the same sound, similar covers, identical artwork and even similar disposition of the tracks . . . The opening single 'Fuel' has become a true classic. I think it's Metallica's most innovative song: speed riffs, impeccable guitar work, excellent backing vocals, powerful chorus and amazing drums. Lyrics deal with high speed, fuel, fire, gasoline, engines, adrenaline . . . The third track has a slow evil rhythm and great demoniac effects: Kirk's guitar sounds like a howling cat! Really good. On the following track, a familiar horn intro brings us six years back: another 'Unforgiven'! This single is one of my favorite songs of all time. This one is played on a special Fender Telecaster that gives it an amazing sound. All guitars are perfectly harmonized and effected. As in the first 'Unforgiven,' there are some strings before the chorus. 'The Unforgiven II' shares some elements with the first version: the horn intro, the main guitar melody [now in the background] and the lines "What I've felt, what I've known," "So I dub thee unforgiven," "Never free, never me." But it is totally different from 'The Unforgiven': it has a different mood, it is more open, it is a true heavy ballad." -

Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band - Where The Messengers Meet (vinyl)
Night Horse - Perdition Hymns (vinyl)
On/Fennesz - Something That Has Form & Something That Does Not
Patti Smith - Original Album Classics (3 CDs)
Poison Arrows - Newfound Resolutions
Queens Of The Stone Age - Rated R - Deluxe Edition
Rickie Lee Jones - Flying Cowboys (Audio Fidelity)
Ryan Star - 11:59
Sage Francis - Best of Times (vinyl)

School of Seven Bells - Disconnect From Desire (vinyl)

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VINYL FORMAT. 'Disconnect from Desire, the eagerly anticipated sophomore album from Brooklyn's dreamscape "nu-gaze" trio School of Seven Bells, was produced by the band's Benjamin Curtis and was recorded in their home studio. Heavily influenced by the pioneering 80's band The Cocteau Twins, Curtis and twin sisters Alejandra and Claudia Deheza created densely textured, atmospheric aural excursions for their acclaimed debut 2008 Alpinisms, a sound that the band expands upon with Desire. "We realized something else about our music," reflects Curtis, "which is that there's this heavy quality to it, this powerful quality that we weren't really aware of because we were just writing at home. Going out and playing every night and discovering that, we got really inspired." Lead track "Babelonia" mixes mesmerizing electronic rhythms, Curtis' chiming two-chord guitar riffs and the Deheza's ethereal vocals for a stiff elixir of propulsive power, a sound that straddles gracefully lithe motion and arena-sized aural fireworks. New single "Windstorm" has a sweeping, cinematic scope, near-chanting vocals building and intertwining with buzzing synths and darting guitar lines. "From the start, we knew we wanted to make a record that connected on more of a direct and personal level than we ever had before," says Curtis. "It's a complete account of our lives this past year, and it's crazy how taking an honest look at yourself can tell you the most about the world around you."' - Direct Current Music

Secondhand Serenade - Hear Me Now
Shapes and Sizes - Candle to Your Eyes
Squeeze - Spot the Difference
Steve Poltz - Dreamhouse (vinyl)
Tages - Studio Album Plus
Tammar - I Live Here Now
Trentemoller - Even Though You're With Another Girl: Remixes (vinyl)
Various Artists - Book a Trip: Psych Pop Sounds of Capitol Records
Various Artists - Middle Men (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Various Artists - Next Stop Soweto Vol. 3: Giants, Ministers And Makers- Jazz In South Aftrica 1963-1984 (vinyl)
Various Artists - The Kids Are All Right
Versus - On the Ones and Threes 2-LP (vinyl)
Vic Chesnutt - About to Choke (vinyl reissue)
Votum - Metafiction

Wavves - King of the Beach (vinyl)

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VINYL FORMAT. 'Wavves returns with a new album this summer. After all the fuss of the last couple of years, it's great to see Nathan Williams and co. getting back to showing us the fruits of his studio work. The album is called King of the Beach . . . Unlike Wavves' previously released material, recorded in haphazard bursts on Williams' laptop, King of the Beach was toiled over for three months at Sweet Tea Recording, a world-renowned studio in Oxford, Mississippi. Sweet Tea is also the home of Dennis Herring, producer of the last two Modest Mouse albums, and the man who dismantled and re-assembled the sound on this record. "There was a conscious effort going into this that I didn't want to make the same record again. I already made the same record twice, with the same fucking cover art," says Williams. "It wasn't overbearing, but I didn't want to recreate something I'd done. I wanted to make something bigger, something stronger." Although you may think King of the Beach is somewhat appropriately titled, Williams says the album name isn't meant to be ironic or a self-deprecating joke. It's a declaration. "Without sounding cheesy, we all wanted to make something inspiring," says Williams. "It's the type of thing where you have this much, but you could have more, so go get it." We get the feeling this is going to be one hell of a comeback album.' - Gavin Riley / Strange Glue

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New Jazz Releases - August 3, 2010

Alex Brown - Pianist
Andre Previn & David Rose - Secret Songs For Young Lovers
Augie's Side Effect - About Time
Benny Goodman - Ultimate Big Band Collection
Charles Mingus - Original Album Classics
Chris Connor - Sings Ballards Of The Sad Cafe
Dean Martin - Sings The Hits
Debbie Reynolds - Love Is A Simple Thing
Freddy Cole - Freddy Cole Sings Mr. B
Gabor Sazbo - In Budapest Live (1974)
Hirth Martinez - Teenage Hirth
Jackiem Joyner - Jackiem Joyner
John Coltrane - Trane's Comin
John Helliwell - Creme Anglaise
Larkin's Jazz - Larkins Jazz
Lena Horne - Bewitched
Les Sabler - Crescent Shores
Lester Teddy Wilson Young - Prez & Teddy: The Great Recordings
Louis Armstrong - Absolutely Essential 3 CD Collection
Mike Westbrook - Fine 'N' Yellow
Miles Davis - King Of Blue
Miles Davis - Original Album Classics
Miles Davis - Walkin Cookin Relaxin Workin & Steami
Nick Rosen - Into The Sky
Nina Simone - Family, Friends, French Lessons
Paul Hardcastle - Paul Hardcastle 1983-09
Stanley Clarke - Rock Pebbles & Sand/Let Me Know You
Stephane Grappelli & Django Reinhardt - With The Quintet Of The Hot Club Of France
Steve Turre - Delicious And Delightful
Tim Bowman - Collection
Tubby Hayes - Voodoo Session

Kenny Burrell - Kenny Burrell & John Coltrane (JVC XRCD )

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