Springsteen’s Chapter and Verse

December 6, 2016 Leave a comment

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In September, Bruce Springsteen released his autobiography, titled Born to Run. He also released Chapter and Verse, the audio companion to the book that has been described as an “extraordinary” work.

The album features 18 tracks, five of which have not been previously released.

As Springsteen’s website states, the Boss selected the songs on Chapter and Verse to reflect the themes and sections of the book Born to Run.

“The compilation begins with two tracks from The Castiles, featuring a teenaged Springsteen on guitar and vocals, and ends with the title track from 2012’s Wrecking Ball.  The collected songs trace Springsteen’s musical history from its earliest days, telling a story that parallels the one in the book.

Recordings from Steel Mill and The Bruce Springsteen Band feature musicians who would go on to play in The E Street Band. Solo demos of “Henry Boy” and “Growin’ Up” were cut in 1972 shortly before Springsteen began recording his debut album, Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J.”

Here’s the tracklist:

1. Baby I — The Castiles (recorded May 2, 1966, at Mr. Music, Bricktown, NJ; written by Bruce Springsteen and George Theiss; previously unreleased)
2. You Can’t Judge a Book by the Cover — The Castiles (recorded Sept. 16, 1967, at The Left Foot, Freehold, NJ; written by Willie Dixon; previously unreleased)
3. He’s Guilty (The Judge Song) — Steel Mill (recorded Feb. 22, 1970, at Pacific Recording Studio, San Mateo, CA; previously unreleased)
4. Ballad of Jesse James — The Bruce Springsteen Band (recorded March 14, 1972, at Challenger Eastern Surfboards, Highland, NJ; previously unreleased)
5. Henry Boy (recorded June 1972, at Mediasound Studios, New York, NY; previously unreleased)
6. Growin’ Up (recorded May 3, 1972, at Columbia Records Recordings Studios, New York, NY; previously appeared on ‘Tracks’)
7. 4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy) (1973, ‘The Wild, The Innocent & the E Street Shuffle’)
8. Born to Run (1975, ‘Born to Run’)
9. Badlands (1977, ‘Darkness on the Edge of Town’)
10. The River (1980, ‘The River’)
11. My Father’s House (1982, ‘Nebraska’)
12. Born in the U.S.A. (1984, ‘Born in the U.S.A.’)
13. Brilliant Disguise (1987, ‘Tunnel of Love’)
14. Living Proof (1992, ‘Lucky Town’)
15. The Ghost of Tom Joad (1995, ‘The Ghost of Tom Joad’)
16. The Rising (2002, ‘The Rising’)
17. Long Time Comin’ (2005, ‘Devils & Dust’)
18. Wrecking Ball (2012, ‘Wrecking Ball’)

 

The Life and Songs of Emmylou Harris

December 6, 2016 Leave a comment

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On January 10, 2015, an all-star cast of musicians assembled to pay tribute to Emmylou Harris at Washington, DC’s DAR Constitution Hall.

Among the artists that performed were Mary Chapin Carpenter, Chris Coleman, Shawn Colvin, Sheryl Crow, Rodney Crowell, Steve Earle, Vince Gill, Patty Griffin, Chris Hillman, Iron & Wine, Alison Krauss, Kris Kristofferson, Daniel Lanois, Martina McBride, the Milk Carton Kids, Buddy Miller, Conor Oberst, Herb Pedersen, Shovels & Rope, Mavis Staples, John Starling, Trampled by Turtles, Sara Watkins, Holly Williams, Lucinda Williams, Lee Ann Womack, and Emmylou Harris herself.

As Rolling Stone’s Jonathan Bernstein wrote, “The breadth and variety of the evening’s lineup — scrappy and elegant, mainstream and indie, legendary and freshman — reflected the many artistic dividing lines that Harris has straddled throughout her entire career.”

Recently Rounder released The Life & Songs of Emmylou Harris: An All-Star Concert Celebration. The set was released on blu-ray, DVD, DV and various combo packs. Here’s the tracklist:

1. One Of These Days – Buddy Miller
2. Will The Circle Be Unbroken – Mavis Staples
3. Red Dirt Girl – Shawn Colvin
4. Michelangelo – The Milk Carton Kids
5. Wheels – Chris Hillman & Herb Pedersen
6. Orphan Girl – Holly Williams & Chris Coleman
7. Bluebird Wine – Trampled By Turtles
8. Hickory Wind – Lucinda Williams
9. You’re Still On My Mind – Rodney Crowell
10. Born To Run – Lee Ann Womack
11. When We’re Gone, Long Gone – John Starling & Emmylou Harris
12. Blackhawk – Daniel Lanois & Emmylou Harris
13. Wrecking Ball- Iron & Wine, Daniel Lanois
14. Leaving Louisiana In The Broad Daylight – Shovels & Rope
15. All The Roadrunning – Mary Chapin Carpenter, Vince Gill
16. The Pearl – Conor Oberst, Shawn Colvin, Patty Griffin
17. When I Stop Dreaming – Martina McBride
18. Prayer In Open D – Patty Griffin
19. Pancho And Lefty – Steve Earle, Lee Ann Womack, Herb Pedersen
20. Together Again – Vince Gill
21. Two More Bottles of Wine – Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill
22. Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I’ll Ever Do Again) – Kris Kristofferson
23. Till I Gain Control Again – Alison Krauss
24. Cash On The Barrelhead – Alison Krauss
25. Boulder To Birmingham – Emmylou Harris (with Full Ensemble)

DVD/Blu-ray Bonus Performances
Sin City – Steve Earle
Darkest Hour Is Just Before Dawn – Sara Watkins

Weekly Best Sellers

December 3, 2016 Leave a comment

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CDs
01. Tribe Called Quest – We Got It From Here
02. Leonard Cohen – You Want it Darker
03. Metallica – Hardwired
04. Bruno Mars – 24K Magic
05. Solange – Seat at the Table
06. Green Day – Revolution Radio
07. Avenged Sevenfold – Stage
08. Weeknd – Starboy
09. Devil Makes Three – Redemption & Ruin
10. Justice – Woman

VINYL
01. Death Grips – Fashion Week/Interview
02. Metallica – Hardwired
03. Bob Dylan – Real Royal Albert Hall 1966 Concert
04. Otis Redding – Live at the Whiskey
05. Electric Wizard – Witchcult Today
06. Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats – Bloodlust
07. Big Star – Big Star Complete
08. Timothy Leary – Psychedelic Experience
09. Isaac Hayes – Do Your Thing
10. Beach Boys – Becoming the Beach Boys

CASSETTES
01. Beach House – Depression Cherry
02. Beach Boys – Thank Your Lucky Stars
03. Smoking Trees – Archer & the Bulls
04. Resonars – Complete Resonars
05. Thor – Keep the Dogs Away
06. DJ Shadow – Mountain Will Fall
07. Mac DeMarco – 2
08. Wake – Here Comes Everybody
09. Mudhoney – Superfuzz Bigmuff
10. Prince – Purple Rain

DVDs
01. Beatles – Eight Days a Week
02. Grateful Dead – Truckin’ Up to Buffalo
03. Holding on to Jah
04. Grand Budapest Hotel
05. Big Short
06. Harder They Come
07. Howl’s Moving Castle
08. Princess Mononoke
09. Countryman
10. Beetlejuice

BLU-RAY
01. Beatles – Eight Days a Week
02. Rolling Stones – Havana Moon
03. Decline of Western Civilization
04. Bob Dylan – No Direction Home
05. American Graffiti
06. Pan’s Labyrinth
07. Wolverine
08. Inside Out
09. Toy Story 2
10. Life of Pi

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Solange’s Seat at the Table

December 3, 2016 Leave a comment

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R&B singer-songwriter Solange Knowles recently released Seat at the Table, an R&B masterpiece that takes on race, social issues, anger, injustice, healing and more in exquisite, minimalist fashion.

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Described by Knowles, who is the sister of Beyonce, as a “project on identity, empowerment, independence, grief and healing,” the record combines commentary, observation, family history and first-hand experiences into a powerful record that engages emotionally, intellectually and musically from start to finish. As Spin reports:

“[Seat at the Table] is among the most exquisite productions of the year, each track silken-smooth and replete with quietly virtuosic instrumental flourishes—and in service of a story of pain and healing.”

Don’t sleep on this cultural and musical masterpiece.

 

 

Fresh (Old) Stuff From Gillian Welch

December 2, 2016 Leave a comment

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In 1996, singer-songwriter, roots music favorite Gillian Welch, along with her longtime partner Dave Rawlings, released her debut record, Revival. The record, which was produced by T-Bone Burnett, received immediately positive reviews and defined Welch and Rawlings as standout artists in the folk and roots genre, a position that has been reaffirmed many times over the years as the.

20 years later, the duo has released Boots No. 1 The Official Revival Bootleg, a collection of 21 tracks documenting the early days and sounds of the outfit as they carved out their sound and style on their way to creating a celebrated album and becoming Americana royalty. As NPR reports:

“It’s fascinating to follow along as Welch and Rawlings feel their way to their singular sound, whose essential ingredients include “the rawboned refinement of their songwriting, the comely and lilting crooks in Welch’s phrasing, the shimmery dissonance of their harmonies and the prickly, surging ecstasy of Rawlings’ guitar runs.

In the early- to mid-’90s window captured on this collection, Welch was a different singer than the one listeners have come to know, swinging a little harder at times and bearing down a bit more…There’s a slightly unfamiliar quality even to some of the duo’s better-known songs. In the 1993 living-room demo of “Orphan Girl” — the tape from which Emmylou Harris learned her Wrecking Ball version — Welch chirps her lament in a considerably higher register than the one she eventually settled into, and the at-home recording of “Tear My Stillhouse Down” is similarly lighter than the song’s bleak sentiment. Those were mere starting points; the destination, as we well know, was a long-suffering suppleness that bears up beneath the grimmest storytelling. The “bootleg” also rounds up some of Rawlings’ initial romps on a newly acquired archtop guitar, as his flurries of capricious notes reveal a restless intelligence. And so much of the narration — especially in “One More Dollar,” “Barroom Girls,” “Only One And Only” and “Red Clay Halo,” the last of which got shelved until Time (The Revelator) — was already finely etched, even fastidious. The whole thing serves as a tremendous reminder of how and why this partnership came to matter so much.”

Here’s the tracklist:

Disc One

1. “Orphan Girl” (Alternate Version)

2. “Annabelle” (Alternate Version)

3. “Pass You By” (Alternate Version)

4. “Go on Downtown” (Revival Outtake) *

5. “Red Clay Halo” (Revival Outtake)

6. “By the Mark” (Alternate Mix)

7. “Paper Wings” (Demo)

8. “Georgia Road” (Revival Outtake) *

9. “Tear My Stillhouse Down” (Home Demo)

10. “Only One and Only” (Alternate Version)

Disc Two

1. “Orphan Girl” (Home Demo)

2. “I Don’t Want to Go Downtown” (Revival Outtake) *

3. “455 Rocket” (Revival Outtake) *

4. “Barroom Girls” (Live Radio)

5. “Wichita” (Revival Outtake) *

6. “One More Dollar” (Alternate Version)

7. “Dry Town” (Demo) *

8. “Paper Wings” (Alternate Mix)

9. “Riverboat Song” (Revival Outtake) *

10. “Old Time Religion” (Revival Outtake) *

11. “Acony Bell” (Demo)

*previously unreleased

ICYMI: The Neutral Milk Hotel Vinyl Box

December 2, 2016 Leave a comment

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Neutral Milk Hotel fans, have you seen this? The Neutral Milk Hotel vinyl box set is a gorgeous collection of music, art and other delights.

The box, which was originally released in 2011, includes:

  • Two gatefold 12” records (In the Aeroplane Over the Sea and On Avery Island
  • Two 10” records (Everything Is EP with bonus tracks and Ferris Wheel on Fire EP featuring eight previously unreleased acoustic recordings)
  • Two 7” records (Little Birds and You’ve Passed/Where You’ll Find Me Now)
  • One 7” picture disc with fold-out poster (Holland 1945/Engine)
  • Two 24“x24” posters

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For super-fans of the band, as well as appreciators of that fantastic intersection of visual art and music, this set is a treasure.

Weekly Best Sellers

November 4, 2016 Leave a comment

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CD
01. Testament – Brotherhood of the Snake
02. Leonard Cohen – You Want it Darker
03. Green Day – Revolution Radio
04. Avenged Sevenfold – Stage
05. Bon Iver – 22 a Million
06. Lady Gaga – Joanne
07. John Prine – For Better or Worse
08. Kings of Leon – Walls
09. Jack White – Acoustic
10. Bob Weir – Blue Mountain

VINYL
01. Depeche Mode – 101
02. Green Day – Revolution Radio
03. Green Day – American Idiot
04. Weezer – Weezer (blue album)
05. Pixies: Best of
06. NOFX – First Ditch Effort
07. David Bowie – Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust
08. Notorious B.I.G. – Ready to Die
09. Mac Dre – Ronald Dregan: Dreganomics
10. Conor Oberst – Ruminations

CASSETTE
01. Shins – Oh Inverted World
02. Together Pangea – Phage
03. TSOL – Beneath the Shadows
04. Death Cab for Cutie – Photo Album
05. Brujeria – Pocho Aztlan
06. Mac DeMarco – Another One
07. Lemonheads – Hate Your Friends
08. Freeze – Land of the Lost
09. Dickies – Locked & Loaded
10. J Dilla – Welcome 2 Detroit

DVD
01. Pink Floyd – Pulse
02. Frank Zappa – Roxy the Movie
03. Peter Gabriel – Still Growing Up
04. Jimi Hendrix – Jimi Plays Berkeley
05. James Booker – Bayou Maharajah
06. Commitments
07. Spirited Away
08. Harder They Come
09. Howl’s Moving Castle
10. Ghost Dog

BLU-RAY
01. Peter Gabriel – Growing Up
02. Lobster
03. Descendents – Filmage
04. Rollercoaster
05. Observance
06. Michael Jackson – Moonwalker
07. District 9
08. Imitation Game
09. Oblivion
10. Monsters University

Categories: Best Sellers