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James - La Petite Mort CD
The album's title comes from its overall themes of death and release, having been written following the death of lead singer Tim Booth's mother in 2012, as well as the death of his best friend. La Petite Mort is a quality release and a welcome return for a band that refuses to sit down.
Marco Benevento - Swift CD
Marco Benevento is used to doing things for himself. Since launching his solo career six years ago, Benevento has co-founded the label that releases his music, The Royal Potato Family, and built the studio, Fred Short Sound, where he works whenever he s not on the road. He s written, arranged and played his largely instrumental anthems, leading a band from behind his customized piano and a tiny armada of drum-machines and sequencers, keyboards and pedals. But until Benevento set out to complete his fifth solo album, he d never sung his own songs, a strange omission for music that s so often been lyrical. That changes decisively, assuredly, triumphantly on Swift, the boldest and most bracing album of Benevento s career.
Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood - Juice CD
The ever-evolving, genre-defying collaboration between Medeski Martin & Wood and John Scofield continues to flourish. Since first convening almost 17 years ago, Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood's kinship both onstage and off has fostered an escalating degree of musical interplay, exquisitely captured on Juice their third studio album available September 16, 2014, via Medeski Martin & Wood's Indirecto imprint.
Mike Doughty - Stellar Motel CD
Legendary wordsmith Mike Doughty's Stellar Motel is out 9/16, on his Snack Bar imprint, via Megaforce/RED. Stellar Motel is Mike's first album of all-original tunes since 2011's acclaimed Yes and Also Yes. Stellar Motel is led by the tranced-out, banjo-driven single "Light Will Keep Your Heart Beating in the Future". Produced by DJ Good Goose, the album features a menagerie of guests, from the rappers Jay Boogs, HJA, Miss Eaves, and MC Frontalot, to drums and sax trio Moon Hooch, to long-time sideman Andrew "Scrap" Livingston, to Japanese rap star Kim Uhnellys. Doughty hits the road this fall with an extensive US tour of his famed Question Jar Show. Stretching from early October through Thanksgiving, stops are expected in every major market from New York to Chicago to Seattle to LA to Atlanta and back again.
My Brightest Diamond - This Is My Hand CD
This Is My Hand is a journey beyond the composition of music. "I had this 'back-to-basics' moment of reading how humans were making sounds before we were using words," says Shara. Produced by Shara herself and keyboardist Zac Rae, This Is My Hand is a bold chapter in the unfurling MBD story. Its exploration of music and its rhythmic urgency escort Shara's chamber-music aesthetic out of the chamber and back into the dance hall and rock bar.
Shellac - Dude Incredible CD
This is Shellac's fifth LP. Recording took place sporadically over the past few years at Steve's ELECTRICAL AUDIO studios in Chicago. The record was mastered by Steve Rooke at ABBEY ROAD. There is no comma in Dude Incredible; like Sir Duke or King Friday, for example QC Audio quality is paramount, as always, with Shellac. The LP was mastered entirely in the analog domain, using the DMM (Direct Metal Mastering) process. The LPs are being manufactured at RTI in Camarillo, CA, using their HQ-180 system. The pressings are 180 gram audiophile quality.
Slash - World On Fire CD
World On Fire is the new album from Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators, and it comes on full throttle and in-your-face, a hunk of burning rock 'n' roll that takes no prisoners. Intensifying the band's sound and vision, it marks the follow-up to their succesful and acclaimed 2012 debut, Apocalyptic Love, also released on SLASH's own indie Dik Hayd International label distributed through Caroline. 'We've been playing together for awhile and I think it's gotten to the point where everybody's comfortable in our own skins,' says Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist SLASH, who has amassed album sales of over 100 million copies, with seven GRAMMY nominations, a GRAMMY award and countless accolades. 'It turned out to be a very easy process. We definitely had chemistry from the very first time we entered a room together. It was instantaneous magic.'
This Will Destroy You - Another Language CD
Since 2004, This Will Destroy You has been forging some of the world's most brutal, dynamic, and precariously visceral instrumental rock. In addition to a vigorous tour schedule, their celebrated discography and critically renowned soundtrack work for feature films and documentaries have earned them a sizable and fervent international following. Another Language, TWDY's fourth full length LP, marks their euphonious return from a prolonged vacuous dark period that threatened to break both the band and the members themselves. Rather than be stifled by their experience TWDY were atomized and subsequently made anew, emerging with a revived energy and reinforced sense of solidarity. As a result, Another Language captures the band at its most potent, honed, and utterly powerful form yet, displaying an edified unity and graduated sense of song-writing, tonal complexity, and studio prowess.
Train - Bulletproof Picasso CD
Three-time Grammy winning San Francisco band Train's upcoming new album, Bulletproof Picasso, is available September 16th. Bulletproof Picasso was produced by previous Train collaborator Butch Walker, and reflects frontman-singer/songwriter Pat Monahan's penchant for distinctive musical stylings. "I've always wanted to emotionally connect with people through the songs," says Monahan. "But I also want to get into people's lives with this album. We're very excited about Bulletproof Picasso and we re looking forward to performing some of the new songs for all our fans."
Various Artists - Dead Man's Town: A Tribute to Born in The USA CD
Celebrating the 30th anniversary of Springsteen's greatest-selling album comes this tribute, featuring 12 Americana and alternative artists covering the Born in the U.S.A. album, song by song, start to finish.