Tuesday, January 25, 2011

AMOS LEE on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno on January 26th



January 25th, 2011 — New York, NY — Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Amos Lee will make a series of upcoming television and radio appearances over the next month as he rides a wave of critical praise for his brand-new album Mission Bell, which is out today on Blue Note Records. Lee will appear on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno on January 26th and The Ellen DeGeneres Show on January 28th. Also on the 28th, Lee will be featured on NPR’s “World Café” program, which will broadcast a performance by and interview with Lee that can be heard on more than 200 stations nationwide. Additionally, Lee will appear on PBS’s Tavis Smiley on February 1st, The Late Show With David Letterman on February 16th, and The Early Show on February 18th. Yesterday, Lee was featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered.”

Purchase his new album here amoslee.com

Mission Bell, the highly anticipated fourth album from the Philadelphia-based singer and songwriter, has already spawned a radio hit, “Windows Are Rolled Down,” which was released digitally in November. The track is currently No. 11 at AAA radio and has remained on the chart for nine weeks with airplay on more than 75 stations.

Three tracks from Mission Bell will be made available as free downloads this week. “Windows Are Rolled Down” will be available at more than 8,000 U.S. stores as a Starbucks Pick of the Week iTunes download beginning January 26th, iTunes will feature “Violin” as their free “Discovery Download” selection for the week of January 25th through the 31st, and “El Camino” will be Amazon MP3’s “Free Country Song of Week” beginning January 25th.

Lee is currently on the road for his 2011 U.S. headlining tour in support of Mission Bell, which includes a performance for NPR’s Mountain Stage live music program, broadcast from Charleston, West Virginia, on April 24th. (Please visit Amos Lee’s show page for tour dates). When the tour concludes on April 29th, Lee will travel to Louisiana to perform on the Gentilly Stage at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on April 30th. Please visit the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival page for more information.

Produced by Calexico’s Joey Burns, Mission Bell is Lee’s richest and most fully formed recording to date, displaying an array of emotions unified by his eclectic taste and distinctive vocals. With a remarkable set of guests — including Lucinda Williams, Willie Nelson, Iron & Wine’s Sam Beam, Priscilla Ahn, Pieta Brown, and James Gadson — and the musical backing of Calexico, the album marks the arrival of Lee as a mature artist who continues to explore his musical and thematic interests.

New Music Releases - January 25, 2011

Wow! Here we have biggest music release in months with many fantastic reissues and vinyl record releases. I highly recommend Wanda Jackson's Jack White produced covers album, Iron & Wine's' Kiss Each Other Clean,' Deerhoof's 'Deerhoof Vs. Evil' and Amos Lee's 'Mission Bell'; just for starters.

As always, CVR Blog picks are in red:

13th Floor Elevators - Easter Everywhere (2 CDs)
Acrylics - Lives and Treasure
Alex Nackman - This Revolution
Aloha - The Great Communicators, The Interpreters, The Nonbelievers (reissue) (vinyl)
Amos Lee - Mission Bell (vinyl)
Andre Afram Asmar - Harmonic Emergency
Annie Haslam - Annie in Wonderland (Remastered & Bonus Tracks)
Apex Manor - Year of Magical Drinking
Architects UK - Here & Now
Ben + Vespers - Honors
Bing Crosby & Rosemary Clooney - Radio Sessions (2 CDs)
Bing Crosby - Bing Sings the Sinatra Songbook
Bing Crosby - Essential Early Recordings
Bing Crosby - Southern Memoir
Blaqstarr - The Divine
Bob Wayne - Outlaw Carnie
Bobby Darin - Mighty Mighty Man (2 CDs)
Boz Scaggs - Playlist: The Very Best of
Break Science - Further Than Our Eyes Can See
Bridget St. John - Ask Me No Questions (vinyl)
Brown Recluse - Evening Tapestry
Bruce Lamont - Feral Songs For The Epic Decline
Bruekke - The Loft
Bull Thieves - Bull Thieves
CREEP - “Days” 12" (vinyl)
Canned Heat - Canned Heat (vinyl)
Caroline - Verdugo Hills
Carrie Elkin - Call It My Garden
Chain and the Gang - "Cry, Cry, Cry Over You" b/w "Snakes on a Plane" 7''
Charles Bradley - No Time for Dreaming (vinyl)
Chikita Violenta - Tre3s
Cleared - Cleared (vinyl)
Cloud Nothings - Cloud Nothings (vinyl)
Cold Snap - Perfection
Cold War Kids - Mine Is Yours (vinyl)
Com Truise - Cyanide Sisters EP
Corinne Bailey Rae - The Love [EP]
Crass - Feeding of the 5000 (remastered with bonus tracks)
Crass - Stations of the Crass (remastered with bonus tracks)
Dala - Everyone Is Someone
David Berkeley - Some Kind of Cure
David Guetta - One More Love
Death - Spiritual, Mental, Physical
Deerhoof & Physical Forms - Hoofdriver (vinyl)
Deerhoof - Deerhoof vs. Evil (vinyl)|
Defiled - In Crisis
Deitrick Haddon - Church On The Moon
Delicate Steve - Wondervisions
Destroyer - Kaputt (vinyl)
Duchess Leo – Golden Gray
Duke Garwood: Dreamboatsafari
Dustin Edge - Calm [EP]
Edwin Starr - Clean
Ensemble - Excerpts
Epstein - Sealess See (vinyl)|
Eric & Magill - All Those I Know
Esther Phillips - Here's Esther Are You Ready / Good Black Is Hard
Esther Phillips - You've Come a Long Way Baby / All About Esther
Eva Cassidy - Simply Eva
Exray’s - Exray’s
Feed Me - Big Adventure
Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr. - Very Best of Rat Pack
Frankie Laine - I Believe (2 CDs)
Freddie King - Bonanza of Instrumentals (vinyl)
Freddie King - Let's Hide Away / Dance Away With Freddie King (vinyl)
Fujiya & Miyagi - Ventriloquizzing (vinyl)
Funeral Party - Golden Age of Knowhere
Funeral Party - Live at the BBC
Gaddabouts - The Gaddabouts
Gang Gang Dance - Kamakura
Gang of Four - Content (vinyl)
Gaslight Anthem - Tumbling Dice / She Loves You (vinyl)
Get Up Kids - There Are Rules (vinyl)
Ghost Heart - The Tunnel
Grand Magus - Hammer of the North
Greater Pacific - Rainfall
Grouplove - Grouplove
Harvey Milk - Small Turn of Human Kindness
I Was a King - Old Friends
Ike Turner - Rock-a-Bucket (2 CDs)
Iron & Wine - Kiss Each Other Clean
James Vincent McMorrow - Early in the Morning
Joe Nichols - Greatest Hits
John Renbourn - Palermo Snow
John Vanderslice - White Wilderness (vinyl)|
Johnny McEvoy - The Story: Definitive Collection (2 CDs)
Jon Anderson & Rick Wakeman - Living Tree
Josh Ritter - The Animal Years (reissue)
LCD Soundsystem: London Sessions
Lake - "You Are Alone" b/w "Higher Than Merry" 7''
Lake - 2 Songs (vinyl)
Led Bib - Bring Your Own | CD MP3
Leroy Carr - When Sun Goes Down 1934-41 With Scrapper Blackwell (4 CDs)
Lia Ices - Grown Unknown (vinyl)|
Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam - Spanish Fly (reissue)(vinyl)
Little Comets - In Search of Elusive Little Comets
Lori McKenna - Lorraine
Los Chicharrons - Roots Of Life
Lou Rawls - Playlist: THe Very Best of
Louis Prima - Rarities & Hits! a Centennial Celebration
Lynn Miles - Fall for Beauty
Mangum - The Visitation
Marlena Shaw - Take a Bite
Matthew Friedberger - Napoleonette (vinyl)
Mean Creek - Hemophiliac [EP]
Metal Mountains - Golden Trees
Michael Chapman - Trainsong - Guitar Compositions, 1967-2010
Mike Adams At His Honest Weight - Oscillate Wisely
Monotonix - Not Yet (vinyl)
Mother of Mercy - IV: Symptoms of Existence
Motorhead - World Is Yours (vinyl)
Motorhead - World Is Yours: Limited Edition (2 CDs)
Mount Eerie - Black Wooden
Mr. Mister - Playlist: The Very Best of
My Disco - Little Joy (vinyl)
Nicole Atkins - Mondo Amore
Olivia Newton-John - A Celebration In Song
Outfield - Playlist: The Very Best of
Paper Diamond – Levitate [EP]
Papercranes - Let's Make Babies in the Woods
Patti Austin - Sound Advice
Patti Page - Singles 1946 -1952 (3 CDs)
Paul Wall - Politics as Usual
Pendulum - Immersion
Phil Manley - Life Coach (vinyl)
Popul Vuh - Werner Herzog Soundtracks (5-CD box set)
Praxis - Profanation: Preparation For A Coming Darkness
Quiet Life – Big Green
Radio Dept - Passive Aggressive: Singles 2002-2010
Rain Phoenix - Let’s Make Babies in the Woods
Ransom - Ransom (25th Anniversary Edition)
Ringside - Lost Days
Roger Miret and The Disasters - Gotta Get Up Now
Romantics - Playlists: The Very Best of
Runner Runner - Runner Runner
Ryan Adams - Gold (reissue)(vinyl)
Same Sneed - Street Scholars
Santana - Shango: 30th Anniversary Edition
Santana - The Swing of Delight: 30th Anniversary Edition
Santana - Zebop!: 30th Anniversary Edition
Say Hi - Um, Uh Oh
Seryn -This Is Where We Are
Sic Alps - Napa Asylum (vinyl)
Sidi Touré – Sahel Folk (vinyl)|
Silent Stream of Godless Elegy - Návaz
Sonny Smith - 100 Records Volume 2: I Miss the Jams
Spacemen 3 - DJ Tones
Spike Jones - Absolutely Essential (3 CDs)
T Bone Burnett - Playlist: The Very Best of
Talib Kweli - Gutter Rainbows
Thank You - Golden Worry (vinyl)
The Books - Thought For Food (remastered)
The Ex - Catch My Shoe
The Holydrug Couple - Ancient Land EP 12''
The Muffs - Kaboodle (reissue with bonus tracks)
The Queers - Live In Philly 2006 (vinyl)
The Radio Dept. - Passive Aggressive: Singles 2002-2010 [2xCD]
The Shadow Theory - Behind The Black Veil
The Very End - Mercy and Misery
Twisted Sister - Club Daze Vol. 1: The Studio Sessions
Twisted Sister - You Can't Stop Rock N' Roll
U.S. Royalty - Mirrors
Ulcerate - The Destroyers of All
Until Your Heart Stops - Errors Creator
VYGR - Hypersleep
Vagrants - I Can't Make a Friend 1965-1968
Various Artists - 2011 Grammy Nominees
Various Artists - Absolutely Essential (3 CDs)
Various Artists - Hear Me Howling! Blues, Ballads, & Beyond: The Arhoolie 50th Anniversary Boxset (4 CDs)
Various Artists - O Brother Where Art Thou (2 LPs) (vinyl)
Various Artists - Friday Night Lights: Original Television Soundtrack
Various Artists - Norwegian Wood (soundtrack)
Various Artists - Piano Tribute to John Lennon
Various Artists - Piano Tribute to Radiohead
Various Artists Smooth Jazz Tribute to the Beatles
Vinicius Cactuaria & Bill Frisell - Lagrimas Mexicanas
Volture - Shocking Its Prey
Wanda Jackson - Party Ain't Over (vinyl)
Willie Nelson - Playlist: The Very Best Gospel of
Winsin & Yandel - Los Vaqueros: El Reseo
Wire - Red Barked Tree (vinyl)
Woodsman - Rare Forms
Woven Hand - Threshing Floor (vinyl)
Young Prisms - Friends For Now
Young The Giant
Young the Giant – Young the Giant | CD MP3
Zs - New Slaves Part II: Essence Implosion! (vinyl)

New Jazz Releases

Remember, if you are a record company and have new releases or know of any I missed (especially vinyl), please email me and I will add your music to the list. I also do reviews of new vinyl, email me for more information.

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Music News, Notes & Did You Know?

alarmpress.com/  has a enjoyable look at a vinyl record store in LA

Behind the Counter: POPshop & Spazz Records (West Monroe, LA)

Posted by Kyle Gilkeson

Each week, Behind the Counter speaks to an independent record store to ask about its recent favorites, best sellers, and noteworthy trends.

POPshop & Spazz Records in West Monroe, Louisiana, is a record store and art boutique run by Brad and Leslie Richman. With a focus on metal and punk, the dual-purpose storefront is, according to its owners, the only store in the area to carry new vinyl releases. For its favorite-record photos, Brad, Leslie, and employee Erica Hijazi went all out, coordinating their clothing (and beverages) with their picks. It's that attention to detail that makes POPshop & Spazz the focus of this week's column.



Funeral Party Release Live at the BBC EP, Promise LP in March

LA based Funeral Party have released an EP titled 'Live at the BBC' today. The EP features several tracks recorded late last summer when the band was invited into the studio for a special live session after BBC Radio’s Zane Lowe added multiple Funeral Party tracks to his “Hottest Record in the World” playlist.

The band is readying their debut album release in Golden Age of Knowhere, produced by Lars Stalfors (Matt & Kim, The Mars Volta) and mixed by Dave Sardy (Band of Horses, LCD Soundsystem, Oasis). Golden Age of Knowhere will be released via CD and digitally on March 29th, while vinyl will be available on February 15th.

Live at the BBC Tracklist:

1. Just Because (Live At The BBC)
2. New York City Moves To The Sound of L.A. (Live At The BBC)
3. Finale (Live At The BBC)
4. New York City Moves To The Sound of L.A. (Dave Sitek Remix)
5. Just Because (Kids Of 88 Remix)
6. New York City Moves To The Sound of L.A. (Mike Relm Remix)


My Chemical Romance Release Limited Edition Vinyl

A limited edition vinyl format of My Chemical Romance's widely-acclaimed new album 'Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys' is now available exclusively through UK Undercurrent at ukundercurrent.com .

This format is issued on black vinyl and will be limited to 2500 copies worldwide. An even more limited run of 500 coloured vinyl records is also available from http://www.mychemicalromance.com/ .


Here's an interesting concept, although artist Daniel Edlen gets my vote:


Did You Know?

Charlie Brown's father was a barber.

Of the six men who made up the Three Stooges, three of them were real brothers (Moe, Curly and Shemp.) Hey Moe!

Pulp Fiction cost $8 million to make - $5 million going to actor's salaries.

A full seven percent of the entire Irish barley crop goes to the production of Guinness beer. Hail ale!

In 1964, The Beatles scored their first number one best seller in the US when "I Want To Hold Your Hand" reached the top of the Cash Box Magazine music chart. The Fab Four would eventually rack up 25 number ones in America.

In 1969, Creedence Clearwater Revival released the "Proud Mary" LP.

In 1975, "Please Mr. Postman" became a US number one for the second time when The Carpenters took it to the top of the Billboard Hot 100. The Marvelettes version led the hit parade in January, 1961. Although the Beatles also recorded a popular version of the song, it didn't make the American Top 40.

In 1978, Randy Newman had a lot of people upset when his song "Short People" hit the top of the Cash Box best sellers list. The song was meant to poke fun at all prejudice and did just that with the line "short people got no reason to live". Before "Short People", Newman was most noted for writing Three Dog Night's 1970 chart topper, "Mama Told Me Not To Come". These days, he can be heard singing "It's a Jungle Out There", the theme to the US TV show Monk.

Former Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Allen Collins died of pneumonia in 1990 after being ill for several months. He was 37. Collins had survived a plane crash in 1977 that killed three other band members.

"Good Day Sunshine" - Paul McCartney wrote this on a sunny day at John Lennon's house. It was influenced by the Lovin' Spoonful, who had a happy hit with "Do You Believe In Magic?"

If you see her today, wish Alicia Keys a Happy Birthday!

and in 2010, KISS rang the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange. Is there anything they haven't done??

Derek and the Dominos' 'Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs' Turns 40!

One of Eric Clapton's Defining Albums Marks its 40th Anniversary on March 29th With Deluxe Multi-format Edition Featuring New and Long-Unavailable Music and Never-Seen Photos

In the world of rock there are recordings that truly resonate in historical importance and continue to cast an enduring shadow of influence. Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs is one of the most steadfastly revered musical treasures of its era. Its famous title track is still hailed as an essential rock guitar anthem, a signature tune of rock's leading guitar hero, Eric Clapton.

Recorded in 1970 by Derek and the Dominos, the group was comprised of Clapton and top American session musicians. Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs music offers a timeless blend of rock, electric blues and Southern gospel influences that has shaped generations of roots-oriented musicians.

Derek and the Dominos came together at a very special time and place – riding a late '60s wave of interest in roots music and blues-based rock and roll. In 1969, Clapton found inspiration playing in the loose, family-like structure of Delaney and Bonnie and Friends – an American, R&B-influenced entourage whose 1969 U.K. tour hit the British music scene with seismic proportion.

Despite the tongue-in-cheek, spontaneously chosen name, Derek and the Dominos represented a sincere effort to recreate the friendly, leaderless vibe and easy, groove-driven sound Clapton had enjoyed in '69. The foursome originally featured Delaney and Bonnie's rhythm section – keyboardist/vocalist Bobby Whitlock, bassist Carl Radle and drummer Jim Gordon – plus Clapton on voice and guitars. They first came together in late spring of 1970, developing their sound while performing on George Harrison's breakthrough solo album, All Things Must Pass (their studio jams pushed the album to a three-disc package.) That June, Derek and the Dominos premiered publicly in London. By August they began recording their debut album at Criteria Studios in Miami, with legendary producer Tom Dowd in the control room.

Layla and Other Love Songs – the double-album that Derek and the Dominos recorded over the next 6 weeks showcased the creative singing and songwriting axis formed by Clapton and the Memphis-born Bobby Whitlock, who had grown up around the city's legendary Stax Studios. The confluence of their respective experiences – British blues-rock and Southern American R&B – generated a number of gospel-inflected tunes that featured their intertwined voices harmonizing much in the fashion of a rock-world Sam & Dave, and are among the most representative and covered tunes of that era: "Anyday," "Keep On Growing," "Tell the Truth," "I Looked Away" and "Why Does Love Got To Be So Bad."

The sessions also saw the rare coming together of Clapton and Duane Allman: two blues-rock specialists from different sides of the Atlantic. That happened when the Allman Brothers Band – then just breaking into mainstream popularity – performed in Miami on the second night of the recording sessions. The musical encounter resulted in a night full of studio jams, followed by the inclusion of Allman's guitar on most of the album, including standout duels on such blues numbers as "Key To The Highway" and "Have You Ever Loved a Woman?" and the double slide-guitar workout that defines the famous piano coda section of "Layla." Allman died only a few months later in a motorcycle accident.

Clapton's profound adoration of the American blues tradition – in all of its forms and styles – is one of the most prominent threads in the musical tapestry that is Layla and Other Love Songs. His choice of blues-based tunes to cover on the album stretches from "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out" (made famous by Bessie Smith in 1923) and "Key to the Highway" (associated with Big Bill Broonzy, from 1940) to Chuck Willis's plaintive R&B ballad "It's Too Late" (1956), Freddie King's "Have You Ever Loved A Woman" (1960), and Jimi Hendrix's "Little Wing" (1967).

Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs achieved gold-album status within months of its release in late 1970, was entered into the Grammy® Hall of Fame in 2000, and today remains a ubiquitous entry in various "Top 100" and "All-Time Greatest" polls, and "Must Hear" lists. To be released March 29, 2011, Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs: The 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition is a multi-format collection offering an appropriately comprehensive salute to this iconic album and the band that created it. The set will feature the original double-disc album in both digital and vinyl formats, expanded to include newly remastered tracks, and a treasure trove of music.

Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs: The 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition stands as the centerpiece of a series of releases paying tribute to the historic album. Many of the elements within the Deluxe and Super Deluxe Editions will be available separately, and in various formats – including a single-disc edition of the remastered Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs; a 2-LP remastered vinyl edition of Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs; a 2-CD edition of Derek and the Dominos: In Concert; and downloadable editions of all configurations on iTunes. A full list of each configuration with respective release numbers follows:

1. Single-Disc Version/Digital Equivalent
2. 2CD Deluxe/Digital Equivalent
3. 4-CD / DVD / 2-LP Super Deluxe Edition
4. 2-LP Vinyl Reissue
5. Digital exclusive
6. iTunes LP
7. 7-inch vinyl single/Digital equivalent "Got To Get Better In A Little While" b/w "Layla"

SOURCE Universal Music Enterprises