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Crush Songs by Karen O
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NPR First Listen: Karen O, ‘Crush Songs’
2014 solo album from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman. Recorded in 2006 and 2007, the record is an intimate collection of lo-fi, bedroom recordings in the vein of Karen’s Oscar-nominated ‘The Moon Song’ from the Spike Jonze movie Her. Karen O is an Indie rock legend and New York City icon. She’s a three-time Grammy nominee with Yeah Yeah Yeahs, who have released four studio albums to incredible critical acclaim. Notorious for their stellar live performances, the band has played countless festivals including Glastonbury, Coachella, Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo and has curated its own All Tomorrow’s Parties festival. YYYs have a loyal Global following, which means an instant built-in interest for this release.
Live At The Rainbow ‘74 by Queen
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Morning Edition: Freddie Mercury: Rock ‘N’ Roll’s Humble Showman
1974 was a year of high achievement for Queen. They had their first two hit singles, ‘Seven Seas OfRhye’ and ‘Killer Queen,’ released two albums, ‘Queen II’ and ‘Sheer Heart Attack,’ and completed major tours across the UK, America and Europe. In the UK, they performed three sold-out shows at the legendary Rainbow Theatre in London’s Finsbury Park, one in March on the ‘Queen II’ tour and two in November following the release of ‘Sheer Heart Attack’. To mark the 40th Anniversary of these shows, fans can finally enjoy Queen ‘Live At The Rainbow 74’, lovingly restored, re-edited, mixed and digitally mastered and including much previously unseen footage. The main show is from November with, as a bonus, the only surviving footage from the March show. This is Queen dazzling their audience with an unforgettable show delivered with a skill and confidence which belied their youth.
Ryan Adams by Ryan Adams
The Current: Album Review: Ryan Adams, ‘Ryan Adams’
Morning Becomes Eclectic: Ryan Adams
Soundcheck: Ryan Adams Returns After A Three Year Hiatus
NPR First Listen: Ryan Adams, ‘Ryan Adams’
All Things Considered: Ryan Adams Rips It Up, Starts Again
NPR: Ryan Adams: Newport Folk 2014
World Cafe: Ryan Adams On World Cafe
The Current: Ryan Adams’s new videos feature Bob Mould, dead parakeets, and zombies
Ryan Adams’ new album is a self-titled affair and the first to be released on the combined Pax Am/Blue Note imprint. Produced by Adams himself at his own Pax Am Studios in Los Angeles, the new record is the NC-born singer/songwriter s first full length since 2011’s acclaimed Ashes & Fire. The first single ‘Gimme Something Good’ has already elicited wide praise with Stereogum exclaiming ‘he doesn’t seem to have lost a songwriting step. This thing is a total knockout.’
History of Rock ‘n’ Roll in Ten Songs by Greil Marcus
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All Things Considered: The Other Rock History: A Cultural Mixtape From Greil Marcus
Soundcheck: Greil Marcus Covers The History Of Rock ‘N’ Roll In Ten [Surprising] Songs
Selects 10 songs recorded between 1956 and 2008 that embody rock and roll as a thing in itself — in the story each song tells, inhabits and creates in its legacy.
El Pintor by Interpol
NPR First Listen: Interpol, ‘El Pintor’
KCRW Presents: Interpol
Morning Becomes Eclectic: Interpol
The Current: Album Review: Interpol, ‘El Pintor’
The Dinner Party Download: Interpol’s Daniel Kessler Gathers Some Characters
El Pintor is Interpol’s fifth and most exhilarating studio album. It’s a driving, relentless record, taut and epic in equal measure. In contrast with previous records, Interpol took a step back on El Pintor and let the songs happen. What emerged is something urgent and compelling, something revitalized and reenergized. The result is as accomplished and thrilling a collection as the band has ever released.
Like It Never Happened by Elizabeth & The Catapult
Soundcheck: Elizabeth And The Catapult: Sophisticated And Whimsical Chamber Pop
After the success of Elizabeth & the Catapult’s critically acclaimed 2010 album The Other Side Of Zero, Elizabeth Ziman went underground. Seeking a new perspective, she learned guitar and starting busking in the subways of Brooklyn. She also played drums for her friend Kishi Bashi, partnered up with her friend Paul Brill to write music for film (Knuckleball, Sexy Baby, The Other Shore), taught classical piano and wrote the songs that eventually became her new album, Like It Never Happened.
Ziman had originally intended to work with songwriter Richard Swift on Happened, but after Swift joined the Shins they put the project on hold, and she reunited with her old friends and bandmates Dan Molad and Pete Lalish, who played in the Catapult before forming their group Lucius.
Born With the Caul by Cian Nugent & The Cosmos
WNYC’s Spinning on Air: The Eastern-Influenced Irish Blues of Guitarist Cian Nugent
Cian Nugent is a guitar player from Dublin, Ireland whose music combines personal passions, such as suburban/coastal blues, traditional music, 1960s & ’70s singer-songwriters, psychedelic rock, jazz ambitions and 20th century composition. Born With The Caul is his first full length with 4 piece-band The Cosmos and follows his critically acclaimed 2011 solo effort Doubles. Like that album, Caul is comprised of a few expansive, developed pieces (three, to be exact).
Souvenirs of a Misspent Youth by Otis Gibbs
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The Dinner Party Download: Otis Gibbs’ Childhood Introduction to Music
The Dinner Party Download: “Precocious Puzzlement” – Otis Gibbs
While writing the songs on this record, I found myself thinking an awful lot about my father and how he encouraged me to do everything I could to pursue a creative life. He rode a Harley Davidson chopper, sang along to Jerry Lee Lewis records and didn’t take anything from anyone. The only job he ever enjoyed was driving a tow truck, but he couldn’t support the family on just 85 cents an hour. He was convinced he d finally hit the jackpot when he got a job throwing 100 pound bags of starch into boxcars for $1.85 an hour. 30 years later he retired with a worn out back, a bad shoulder and a cheap certificate in a cardboard frame. He once told me they were his, Souvenirs Of A Misspent Youth. — Otis Gibbs
Brill Bruisers by The New Pornographers
Dinner Party Download: A.C. Newman Holds Us Captive
The Current: Album Review: The New Pornographers, ‘Brill Bruisers’
Front Row: The New Pornographers At The Brill Building
KCRW’s The Organist: Episode 26: You’re the Man
Sound Opinions: Brill Bruisers review
Morning Edition: Carl Newman And Neko Case On What Makes a Pop Song Work
Brill Bruisers is the first new release in four years from the acclaimed supergroup The New Pornographers, who NPR calls “virtually peerless in the world of power-pop and indie-rock. ” Additionally, the New Yorker describes the band s music as “magnificent and clever” while Stereogum proclaims, “In recent history, no group has featured so much formidable established talent, collaborating on a regular basis. “
"This is a celebration record, " in the words of lead-singer and main songwriter AC Newman, and that describes it perfectly - massively melodic, joyous pop music helmed by the soaring vocals of Neko Case, Dan Bejar (Destroyer) and Newman himself. Not since Twin Cinema has the band sounded so deliriously, goofily happy. The record boasts sonic heft and song after song of inventive arrangements, wry lyrics and driving force. This is absolutely one of the most fun yet deep - albums of 2014.
Manipulator by Ty Segall
NPR First Listen: Ty Segall, ‘Manipulator’
All Songs Considered: Guest DJ Ty Segall
Sound Opinions: Ty Segall, Manipulator review
WBEZ: Ty Segall: Prolific but brilliant
THE SEGALL HAS LANDED. And it s fully loaded, with everything that TY SEGALL (and you and me) are gonna need in the world to come. Heads up! It s coming down fast. Sticking his hand deeper into the machines all around him, TY is reaching ever further to the outer limits of inner space orbited throughout TWINS and SLEEPER. And now more than ever, the chunks of the world that came before are like asteroids formed in his image … picking up speed … . Still fighting the power with all the energy that a deter- mined mind-patriot can conjure, Ty s a fighter who loves, a surfer, a spaceman, and yeah, a casualty like you, he ll never be free. But unlike you, he knows it and when he goes down and his head cracks in two, out pour the multi-colored manias that make up MANIPULATOR. Sour-sweet declarations fea- turing freaks and creeps alike: The Singer, The Faker, Mister Main, Susie Thumb, the Connection Man, and The Crawler, to name but a mutant fistful. To see these peeps, to realize their dreams and visions, TY kept working, kept writing, laying down more tracks than ever. New musi- cal expressions pop and surprise relentlessly throughout all the knockout tunes of MANIP- ULATOR with many sounds in the mix but LP most of all, SO many guitars! So Many. And different kinds of strings - the strangled-neck solo of The Singer, recalling the good old days down by the river with Neil. Numbed-and-unplugged discursions spiraling away from the funk on Mister Main. Three-quarter quartets raising their din in a few key places. Waves of sparkling acoustics with ominous, Lovely undertones and then, torrents of filthy git-grunge, exploding into the chorus, washing everything away, fusing the black- ness of SABBATH with the grime and grab-ass of the STOOGES and the sweet swinging tones of the STONES. All in the name of getting high- er on the music. Why have one guitar solo when you can have a few in the same space? There s so little time, and a LOT to say. In order to ensure that he got it all out, TY called a few friends to fill in special parts on certain MANIPULATOR songs. He got great touches from CHRIS WOODHOUSE (piano, synth & percussion), SEAN PAUL PRESLEY (vocals), BRIT LAUREN MANOR (vocals), STEVE NUTTING (drums), IRENE SALZER (violin), JESSICA IVRY (cello), MATTHIAS MCENTIRE (viola) and the TY SEGALL band (MIKAL CRONIN, CHARLES MOOTHEART, EM- ILY ROSE EPSTEIN). Plus, MIKAL arranged the strings and everyone played awesomely. The clarion call/siren song of his guitar….clouds of guitar billowing, blood rushing to the head, the tempera- ture going from blue to red….TY s on a mission, working to change chemistry through music with the streamlined pop and helium-cooled vocals of MANIPULATOR. These seventeen songs take many forms, as if TY is finally releasing all the thoughts that have been holding him down, that made him pick up the ax to begin with. By the end of MANIPULATOR, you ll feel that he must have chased all the demons but it s a big world, and MANIPULATOR has only begun to fight.
Tied to a Star by J Mascis
NPR First Listen: J Mascis, ‘Tied To A Star’
The Current: Album Review: J. Mascis, ‘Tied to a Star’
KEXP: J Mascis In-Studio Performance
J Mascis’ Tied to a Star is the follow up to his acclaimed Sub Pop debut Several Shades of Why. The album, led by the songs “Every Morning” and “Wide Awake,” was recorded and produced by Mascis and mixed by John Agnello at Bisquiteen in Amherst, MA. Tied to a Star also features guest appearances from musicians Ken Maiuri (Young@Heart Chorus), Pall Jenkins (Black Heart Procession), Mark Mulcahy (Miracle Legion) and Chan Marshall (Cat Power).
Only Run by Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
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Morning Becomes Eclectic: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
NPR First Listen: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, ‘Only Run’
KCRW Presents: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
KEXP: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah In-Studio Performance
”As Always,” the first song on Clap Your Hands Say Yeah’s fourth album, is an enormous sounding rush of ambient noise, thunderclap snare shots, iridescent guitar beauty and singer Alec Ounsworth guardedly assuring, ”Sooner or later I will change/And we will be all right.” The mix of rich ambition and shaky optimism defines a band that’s traded clattery low-fi post-punk for music that’s high drama and hooky hearty….”Only Run” is an album that rarely seems overblown, even when the songs are big enough to fill a cathedral.
That’s The Way It Is (Deluxe Edition 8CD/2DVD) by Elvis Presley
NPR: Elvis Presley At 75: Songs We Love
Monumental Definitive Edition of Elvis: That’s The Way It Is (Deluxe Edition), the King s 1970 Album & Concert Documentary, Presented Together for the First Time Ever in a Deluxe Box Set (8CD/2DVD)
This 8 CD / 2 DVD deluxe edition of Elvis: That’s The Way It Is features the six complete shows recorded and partially filmed by MGM. All the concerts have been either mixed or remixed and digitally remastered to provide the ultimate audio experience. The original RCA album is expanded with the four single sides from the period, and a selection of “fly-on-the-wall” outtakes from the June Nashville sessions that produced the majority of tracks for the album. Completing the audio section, a separate disc of insightful rehearsal highlights showcases both the hard work and the playful atmosphere that governed Elvis’ relationship with his musicians. It also includes a 80-page, 4 color book that features rare photos, memorabilia, recording data and insightful liner notes.
Finally, two DVDs featuring the original theatrical version (1970) and subsequent re-edited extended version (2000) completes the ultimate overview of this truly memorable event in the career of Elvis Presley.
Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol.1
Fresh Air: Sailing Through Space With ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’? Hilarious
Morning Edition: 'Guardians' Director: This Movie Needed Me!
The Current: Cube Critic: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’
WQXR: The Liberator, Guardians of the Galaxy, and More
Airtalk: Filmweek: Guardians of The Galaxy, Calvary, Get On Up and more
NPR’s Monkey See: Pop Culture Happy Hour: ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ And So Bad It’s Good
NPR’s Monkey See: 'Guardians Of The Galaxy': Let's Hear It For F.U.N.
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY AWESOME MIX VOL. 1 is the collection of songs featured in the film. Music plays a major role in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY as the 1970s songs featured in the film are part of the storyline in a unique way. Explaining how the songs come to play in the story, director James Gunn says, ‘One of the main story points in the movie is that Quill has this compilation tape (Awesome Mix #1) that he got from his mother before she died that she made for him. It was of songs that she loved, all songs from the 1970s, and that’s the only thing he has left of his mother and that’s the only thing he has left of his home on Earth. He uses that as a connection to his past and to the sadness that he feels of having left all that and lost all that.’
Croz by David Crosby
Dinner Party Download: David Crosby in His Spiritual Grove
Folk-rock musician David Crosby, known best for his work with Crosby, Stills, and Nash, has been on the music scene for half a century, starting with his first hit with The Byrds.
Croz is David Crosby’s first studio album in over 20 years, a collection of 11 new tracks from one of America’s most notable singer-songwriters and two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer.