Tuesday, May 25, 2010

New Music Releases - May 25, 2010

Adam Kesher - Challenging Nature
All Time Low - Straight To DVD [Live CD/DVD]
Andy Bell [Erasure] - Non-Stop
Bar-Kays - Too Hot to Sleep / Flying High on Your Love
Beach Fossils - Beach Fossils
Beth Nielsen Chapman - Back to Love
Bettye LaVette - Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook
Big Boi - Shutterbugg (vinyl)
Black Keys - Tighten Up/I Got Mine (vinyl)
Black Sunshine - Black Sunshine
Bobby Caldwell - Songs For Lovers Only Vol. 1
Born Ruffians - What to Say (vinyl)
Brooklyn Dreams - Brooklyn Dreams
Burton Cummings - Above the Ground (CD/DVD)
Caw! Caw! - Bummer Palace
Cheap Trick - Music of Cheap Trick (3 CDs)
Chick Corea - Solo Piano Improvisations / Children's Songs
Christina Aguilera - Not Myself Tonight (Eu Mixes)
Common - Go!: Common Classics
Corey Dargel - Someone Will Take Care of Me
Crystal Castles - Days Difference
Cure - Disintegration (digital remastered) (digital deluxe remastered edition)
Cute Lepers - Smart Accessories (vinyl)
D.M. Stith - Heavy Ghost: Appendices
Damien Jurado - Saint Bartlett (vinyl)
Daniel Johnston - Story of An Artist (6-disc box set)
David Cross - Bigger and Blackerer
Deftones - Diamond Eyes (vinyl)
Dionne Warwick - How Many Times Can We Say Goodbye / Friends In Love
Dogg Pound - Keep On Ridin'
Elephant Stone - The Glass Box EP
Ella Fitzgerald - Performance
Ellen Allien - dust (vinyl)
Eric Clapton - Behind the Sun (2 LPs)
Evelyn Champagne King - Get Loose
Fall - Bury! (vinyl)
Far - At Night We Live
First Aid Kit - Big Black And The Blue
First Class - Beach Baby: The Best of
Foreigner - Can't Slow Down
Fyfe Dangerfield - Fly Yellow Mood
Get Up Kids - Simple Science
God Help the Gir - Baby You're Blind
Grails - Black Tar Prophecies 1, 2 & 3 (vinyl)
Grails - Black Tar Prophecies 4 (vinyl)
Greg Ashley - Requiem Mass And Other Experiments (vinyl)
Grovesnor - Soft Return
Hank Williams III - Rebel Within (vinyl & CD)
Harlan T. Bobo - Sucker (vinyl)
Heartless Bastards - All This Time (vinyl reissue)
It's Alive - Human Resources
James Holden - DJ-Kicks (vinyl)
Jamie Drake - When I Was Yours
Jeremy Jay - Splash (vinyl)
Jimmy Somerville - Suddenly Last Summer
John Prine - In Person & On Stage (Preview)
Judas Priest - British Steel: 30th Anniversary: Deluxe Edition (2 CDs/1 DVD)
Judas Priest - Defenders of the Faith (2 LPs)
Judas Priest - Screaming for Vengeance (2 LPs)
Junip - The Rope and The Summit
Kansas - Music of Kansas (3 CDs)
Karen Elson - The Ghost Who Walks (vinyl)
Katrina & the Waves - Walking on Sunshine: 25th Anniversary (Single)
Keith Jarrett & Charlie Haden - Jasmine
Keller & The Keels - Thief
Keller Williams - Thief
Kim Richey - Wreck Your Wheels
Kool & the Gang - Very Best of-Live in Concert
Kris Kristofferson - Please Don't Tell Me How the Story Ends: 1968-72 (vinyl)
Krokus - Hoodoo
Kurt Vile - Square Shells EP (vinyl)
Laurel Aitken - You Got Me Rockin: Best of Blue Beat Years 60-64
Lee Dorsey - New Lee Dorsey
Leela James - My Soul
Lower Dens - I Get Nervous b/w Johnssong
Mahavishnu Orchestra - Birds of Fire (180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl) Ltd. Edition
Manatee - Indecision (vinyl)
Marc Almond - Open All Night (reissue with bonus CD)
Marc Anthony - Iconos
Marina And The Diamonds - The Family Jewels
Masterplan - Time To Be King
Micah P. Hinson - Micah P. Hinson & the Pioneer Saboteurs
Modern English - Soundtrack
Neverever - Angelic Swells (vinyl)
Ohio Players - Angel / Jass-Ay-Lay-Dee
Otis Rush - Stand the Test of Time
Peter Wolf Crier - Inter-Be (vinyl)
Piebald - Volume II
Plies - Goon Affiliated
Qua - Q&A
Rebbie Jackson - Centipede / Reaction
Rick Derringer - The Three Kings of the Blues
Rihanna - Rated R: Remixed
Robin Zander - Countryside Blvd.
Rolling Stones - Boxed (14-disc box set)
Secret Chiefs 3 - Vol. 1 - Satellite Supersonic
Shlohmo - Shlohmoshun Deluxe (vinyl)
Smashing Pumpkins - Teargarden By Kaleidyscope Vol. 1: Songs For A Sailor [EP]
Soft Machine - NDR Jazz Workshop, Germany, May 17, 1973 (CD/DVD)
Solvent - Subject To Shift (vinyl)
Stone Temple Pilots - Stone Temple Pilots (deluxe edition) (vinyl)
Tanya Tucker - Greatest Hits
Teenage Fanclub - Baby Lee (vinyl)
This Piano Plays Itself - As The House...
Tobacco - Maniac Meat (vinyl)
Tomorrows Bad Seeds - Sacred For Sale
Trampled By Turtles - Palomino (vinyl)
Transient Songs - Cave Syndrome
Truth & Salvage Co. - Truth & Salvage Co. (vinyl)
Twin Sister - Color Your Life (vinyl)
Ty Segall - Melted (vinyl)
Various Artists (as the John Hartford String Band) - Memories Of John
Various Artists - Be Yourself: Tribute to Graham Nash's Songs for Beginners (vinyl)
Various Artists - Get Down With the Philly Sound 3
Various Artists - Rough Guide to Scottish Folk
Various Artists - Sex and the City 2: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Various Artists - The Bobby Sheen Anthology 1958-1975
Various Artists - The Story Of British Folk
Various Artists - True Blood: Music From The HBO Original Series Volume 2
Villagers - Becoming a Jackal
Walking Sleep - Measures
Widespread Panic - Dirty Side Down (vinyl & CD)
Wild Nothing - Gemini
Will Young - Leave Right Now
Wynonna Judd - Love Heals (Cracker Barrel Exclusive)

Music News & Notes

Roots Unveil ‘How I Got Over’ Cover Art

The Roots have unveiled the cover art for their forthcoming 11th album, ‘How I Got Over‘. The band are set to release the new album on June 22.

The album is set to feature guests John Legend and My Morning Jacket’s Jim James.

The album is also set to feature a sample track of Joanna Newsom’s “Book of Right-On“.


Ryan Adams Releases "Fully-Realized Sci-Fi Metal Concept Album" ORION

Ryan Adams' "first fully-realized sci-fi metal concept album" is here, according to an email newsletter. It is a real thing called ORION that was recorded in 2006 and features artwork by Away, aka Michel Langevin from real life metal band Voivod.

You can order ORION on limited edition clear vinyl at Ryan's website right now (http://store.pax.am). It comes with a download card and a poster. This album won't be released on CD.


Madden Lands Top Artist For Album Cover

GOOD CHARLOTTE's new album CARDIOLOGY will feature cover art from reclusive artist DANIEL MARTIN DIAZ after bassist BENJI MADDEN wrote to him and asked him to consider a commission.

The rocker was thrilled when his art idol replied - because he rarely accepts album cover jobs.

Madden says, "He's my favourite artist in the world. He does religion-based pop-surrealism. A lot of people approach him to design album covers, but he hasn't done one in over 10 years.

"I blindly emailed him... on his website. I told him that I was in a dark place during our last record, but that in the last two years I fell in love with music all over again.

"He came down and listened to some rough mixes and agreed to do it. It's my dream come true."



In anticipation of the June 1st release of the Hourglass anthologies and special packages, LAMB OF GOD and Epic Records are immediately making all of the Hourglass packages available for pre-order in 41 countries through www.lamb-of-god.com. The band is currently in the midst of a month long tour of Asia and Europe that has already visited India and Turkey, with stops still to be made in Russia, Israel, Greece and other cities in Eastern and Western Europe. The tour ends June 12th with a main stage appearance at the Download Festival in Donnington, England.

The Hourglass packages include:

Hourglass: Vol 1 – The Underground Years
13 of the most choice Lamb of God songs from their early years. Culled from their first album Burn The Priest, their debut as Lamb of God, New American Gospel, and the album that put them on the map, As The Palaces Burn.

Hourglass: Vol 2 – The Epic Years
13 of the most choice Lamb of God songs from their career on Epic Records to this point. Both Grammy nominated songs “Redneck” and “Set To Fail” are surrounded by fan favorite anthems and crushing riffs from Ashes Of The Wake to Sacrament to 2009’s #2 debut Wrath.

Hourglass: The 3 CD Anthology
The ultimate Lamb of God retrospective. 44 tracks on 3 CDs. Vol 1 and 2 join Vol 3 containing 18 rare or never heard before songs. Included are Japanese issued bonus tracks, multiple rehearsal demos, along side the 8 songs recorded prior to Burn The Priest.

Hourglass: The Vinyl Box Set
All 6 Lamb of God Studio albums for the first time on 180 Gram vinyl in a Linen-wrapped collectors box. Includes Burn The Priest, New American Gospel, As The Palaces Burn, Ashes of the Wake, Sacrament, and Wrath.

Hourglass: The USB Box Set
All 6 Lamb of God studio albums on individual USB drives in a cigarette box shaped collectors package. Includes Burn The Priest, New American Gospel, As The Palaces Burn, Ashes of the Wake, Sacrament, and Wrath.

Hourglass: The Deluxe Set
The collectors set including The 3 CD Anthology, The Vinyl Box set, The USB Box Set, and a Linen bound 144 page book of the art of Lamb of God as created by K3n Adams including designs for tour passes, albums, t-shirts, and his commentary on them.

Hourglass: The Super Deluxe Set
The limited edition definitive collectors set including The 3 CD Anthology, The Vinyl Box Set, The USB set, the Book, a Mark Morton Signature Series Jackson Dominion D2, A 4’x6’ Pure American metal Flag, an Hourglass sticker, and a signed 8×10 in a personalized Lamb of God Coffin Case.


Rolling Stones's Exile on Main Street tops UK chart

The Rolling Stones have scored their first UK number one album for 16 years with a re-release of their classic LP Exile On Main Street.

The album, which was first released in 1972, has been reissued with previously unheard tracks. Their last number one album was 1994's Voodoo Lounge.

Exile On Main Street has been dusted off to tie in with the release of a documentary about the making of the album, which includes tracks such as Tumbling Dice and Rocks Off.

David Joseph, chairman of the Stones's label Universal Music UK, said: "It's quite a result for an album from 1972 to be back at number one. It proves the Stones's music is as powerful today as when it was created."


The Rolling Stones 1969-1974 - The Mick Taylor Years Coming To DVD

Sometimes regarded as the period in which The Rolling Stones recorded the finest music of their career, the years during which Mick Taylor was the fifth Stone remain the band's "Golden Age." Notably, on albums "Let It Bleed," "Sticky Fingers" and "Exile On Main Street" the Stones' sound changed as they developed new ideas and were informed by a range of new influences. But crucially it was Taylor's sophisticated blues and jazz licks that gave The Rolling Stones an added dimension between 1969 and 1974 - one they lacked both before and afterward. The film "The Rolling Stones 1969-1974 - The Mick Taylor Years" tells the behind the scenes story of this hugely productive era for the group. The film will be released on DVD on July 27.

Featuring interviews with Taylor himself and further contributions from his old boss, John Mayall; author and group colleague, Robert Greenfield; Village Voice music editor, Robert Christgau; Stones session musicians, Al Perkins and Bill Plummer; highly regarded UK music critic, Barney Hoskyns and many others. The program also includes liberal performance footage of The Stones, archive footage and interviews, numerous seldom seen photographs and a host of other features.

Extras include:

•'Meet Mick' - John Mayall and music historian Alan Clayson tell the Mick Taylor story, prior to his entry into The Rolling Stones.
•Contributor Biographies
•Beyond DVD section


Elvis Presley's Record Collection Up For Auction

Elvis Presley's first record collection will be auctioned on Thursday at the U.K.'s Fame Bureau Auction House.

The collection of vinyl records was given by Presley to his guitarist, manager and friend Scotty Moore in 1968, when Presley asked Moore to transfer the records to reel-to-reel tapes.

The 26-record collection includes classics by Ray Charles, Sammy Davis Jr., Carl Perkins, Fats Domino, and the Billy Vaughn Orchestra.

It also includes an authenticated letter by Moore, which states, "Elvis left me the briefcase with the records and asked me to mail the tape back to his house in Memphis. I made a safety copy for myself and kept the records and tape in my studio in Nashville. Elvis never asked for the records to be returned."

The Fame Bureau's James Wilkinson, tells the U.K.'s Mirror, "These records really were the birth of rock 'n' roll because they influenced Elvis in his very early days."

The collection is expected to earn as much as $187,500.


Phil Spector Releases New Album From Jail Cell
It's his first in 30 years...

Music producer Phil Spector, who is serving a prison sentence for murder, has released his first new studio album since 30 years.

Spector recorded ‘Out Of My Chelle’ with his wife, Rachelle, before he was imprisoned.

The producer, famed for his pioneering Wall of Sound recording technique, said his wife was “fantastic” on the record.

‘Out Of My Chelle’ will be available from June 8 as a digital download.


Kiss Announces U.S. Tour

Kiss has announced a summer tour of the U.S. which will include stops in 28 cities. The Hottest Show on Earth will showcase the many hits from their 37-year career along with songs from their latest album, 2009's Sonic Boom.

The tour is being produced by Live Nation and opens on July 23 in Cheyenne, WY, running through September 24 in Phoenix, AZ. Tickets for some shows go on sale on June 4 at LiveNation.com; however, Citi cardmembers can get presale tickets on June 2 through their Private Pass program. Dr. Pepper is sponsoring the tour.

Paul Stanley told Reuters that the group isn't concerned about the current state of the economy. "The bands that have to worry about the recession are the ones who don't give their money's worth to the audience. If you come to see us, your money will blind you and deafen you and pummel you."

The tour schedule:

•07/23 - Cheyenne, WY - Cheyenne Frontier Days
•07/24 - Minot, ND - North Dakota State Fair
•07/29 - Pittsburgh, PA - First Niagara Pavilion
•07/30 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center
•07/31 - Hershey, PA - Hershey Park Stadium
•08/06 - Philadelphia, PA - Susquehanna Bank Center
•08/07 - Boston, MA - Comcast Center
•08/09 - Indianapolis, IN - Indiana State Fairgrounds
•08/13 - Buffalo, NY - Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
•08/14 - Wantagh, NY - Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
•08/15 - Scranton, PA - Toyota Pavilion
•08/19 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena
•08/20 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
•08/21 - Washington DC - Jiffy Lube Live
•08/27 - Virginia Beach, VA - Virginia Beach Amphitheater
•08/28 - Charlotte, NC - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
•08/29 - Raleigh, NC - Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek
•09/02 - Milwaukee, WI - Marcus Amphitheatre
•09/03 - Chicago, IL - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
•09/04 - St. Paul, MN - Minnesota State Fair
•09/10 - Toronto, ON - Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
•09/11 - Detroit, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
•09/12 - Cleveland, OH - Blossom Music Center
•09/17 - Houston, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
•09/18 - Dallas, TX - Pizza Hut Park
•09/19 - San Antonio, TX - AT&T Center
•09/22 - Sandy, UT - Rio Tinto Stadium
•09/24 - Phoenix, AZ - Cricket Wireless Pavilion

Vinyl Sales Continue to Rise!

From the British Newspaper The Telegraph:

Sales of old-fashioned albums rose by more than five per cent last year, figures from the Official UK Charts Company showed.

CD sales have fallen by a fifth over the same period, leading to some manufacturers threatening to halt their production.

Despite accounting for less than one per cent of music purchases, American sales of vinyl topped almost three million, an increase of a million records. Music website Amazon.co.uk said it had more than 250,000 vinyl albums in stock to meet the growing demand. Internet search engine Yahoo meanwhile, has reported a 210 per cent increase in searches of the phrase "blank cassette tapes" and a 110 per cent rise in users seeking “music cassette tapes”.

The new trend is believed to have originated from New York teenagers, leading to a boom in record player and turntable sales. Most vinyl records bought over the past 10 years were by DJs and dance music fans, but recently more rock and country music albums have been sold.

Some of the most popular records include music from Florence and the Machine and The Courteeners and re-released Jimi Hendrix and The Red Hot Chili Pepper albums.

Music experts said that vinyl sales figures could be even higher because official British statistics do not include sales from smaller record shops and albums sold at concerts. British sales of seven-inch records peaked in 1979, with 89 million copies sold, but as CDs became more popular they slumped to less than 180,000 in 2001. Last year sales rose to 223,000.