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By John M. James · October 17th, 2007 · Yeah Yeah Yeah
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Do you remember the book and 7-inch single sets for children, where each page was turned with the ring of a bell? Today, the publishers at The Secret Mountain are continuing that nifty idea in a softer, more modern approach with a "green" edge. Next week a new book and CD set, Down at the Sea Hotel, is released, developed from a single song by Greg Brown, illustrated into a full book by Mireile Levert, and then fleshed out into an accompanying 14-track audio CD. Featuring a wonderful collection of lullabies written by Tom Waits, Don Henley, Bruce Cockburn, Nanci Griffith, Steve Earle, Marc Cohn and more, the album's mood is sewn together by a cast of Americana artists who cover the selections, including Roots luminaries John Gorka, Eliza Gilkyson and Guy Davis. Two highlights shine bright -- The Wailin' Jennys' graceful stride through Neil Young's "Barefoot Floors" and Lucy Kaplansky's beautiful sway through Billy Joel's "Goodnight, My Angel." Benefiting the Breast Cancer Fund, the project is available two ways -- in a traditional hardcover book with the CD tucked inside or as a cardboard digipak CD with bonus files of all the music charts, illustrations and lyrics. A louder pump for your PC is also due next week, with Bondi Digital Publishing releasing Rolling Stone Cover To Cover: The First 40 Years, a hardcover book that holds a DVD of the magazine's complete archive of album reviews, feature articles and often iconic photography. Unfortunately, the company's press releases fail to brag about what's the most fun of thumbing through one of the original, brittle, browned, folded newsprint editions from the late 1960s -- the original record company advertisements for new LPs (and 8-track tapes!), the classifieds (where Gene met Paul) and the hokey ads for roach clips and "with-it" lifestyle branding, sowing the seeds of the nauseating consumerism the magazine wallows in today...

Television Alert
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno hosts Evanescence Thursday and Bright Eyes Monday. The Late Show with David Letterman presents LeAnn Rimes Wednesday and Band of Horses Thursday. Do you remember the book and 7-inch single sets for children, where each page was turned with the ring of a bell? Today, the publishers at The Secret Mountain are continuing that nifty idea in a softer, more modern approach with a "green" edge. Next week a new book and CD set, Down at the Sea Hotel, is released, developed from a single song by Greg Brown, illustrated into a full book by Mireile Levert, and then fleshed out into an accompanying 14-track audio CD. Featuring a wonderful collection of lullabies written by Tom Waits, Don Henley, Bruce Cockburn, Nanci Griffith, Steve Earle, Marc Cohn and more, the album's mood is sewn together by a cast of Americana artists who cover the selections, including Roots luminaries John Gorka, Eliza Gilkyson and Guy Davis. Two highlights shine bright -- The Wailin' Jennys' graceful stride through Neil Young's "Barefoot Floors" and Lucy Kaplansky's beautiful sway through Billy Joel's "Goodnight, My Angel." Benefiting the Breast Cancer Fund, the project is available two ways -- in a traditional hardcover book with the CD tucked inside or as a cardboard digipak CD with bonus files of all the music charts, illustrations and lyrics. ... A louder pump for your PC is also due next week, with Bondi Digital Publishing releasing Rolling Stone Cover To Cover: The First 40 Years, a hardcover book that holds a DVD of the magazine's complete archive of album reviews, feature articles and often iconic photography. Unfortunately, the company's press releases fail to brag about what's the most fun of thumbing through one of the original, brittle, browned, folded newsprint editions from the late 1960s -- the original record company advertisements for new LPs (and 8-track tapes!), the classifieds (where Gene met Paul) and the hokey ads for roach clips and "with-it" lifestyle branding, sowing the seeds of the nauseating consumerism the magazine wallows in today...

Television Alert
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno hosts Evanescence Thursday and Bright Eyes Monday. The Late Show with David Letterman presents LeAnn Rimes Wednesday and Band of Horses Thursday. Late Night with Conan O'Brien boasts Spoon Thursday and Brother Ali Friday. And The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson welcomes Avril Lavigne Wednesday and They Might Be Giants Thursday.

New Releases Coming Tuesday
Ryan Adams & The Cardinals ­ Follow the Kights (Lost Highway) seven-track CD EP featuring two songs written for the television show October Road and a cover of Alice In Chains' "Down In a Hole"; Babyshambles ­ Shotter's Nation (Astralwerks) featuring Folk legend Bert Jansch; Balzac ­ Deep Blue: Chaos from Darkism (Misfits Records) CD reissue featuring a bonus DVD and 24-page booklet; Booka Shade ­ DJ Kicks (!K7) sweet mix CD from the Berlin duo, featuring Heaven 17, Aphex Twin, Richard Hawley, The Tubes and The Passengers; The Bridge ­ The Bridge (Hyena) with guests from The Funky Meters and Citizen Cope, this Baltimore band reaches for the soul of Little Feat and The Band; Castanets ­ In the Vines (Asthmatic Kitty) kicking up the coals of funeral pyre ashes, this somber vehicle for Brooklyn's Ray Raposa is bolstered by guests from Vanishing Voice and Shaky Hands; Euros Childs ­ The Miracle Inn (Wichita) terrific solo debut from the Gorky Zygotic Mynci vocalist and keyboardist, highlighted by the XTC-ragtime beat of "Horse Riding" and the ambitious15-minute title track; Cobra Starship - !Viva La Cobra! (Decaydance) produced by Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy; Coheed and Cambria ­ No World for Tomorrow (Columbia) with drummer Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters; Justin Currie ­ What Is Love For (Ryko) absolutely perfect solo debut from the Del Amitri vocalist, sparse and restrained in Sunday morning, daybreak's-coming ease and speaking mountains of truth in heart-stirring lyrics that recall the brave, pensive quality of John Lennon's best ballads; Mark Farina ­ Live In Tokyo (Om) featuring remixes of tracks by U Step, DJ Sneak and Hood Fellas; Robert Fripp & Brian Eno ­ Unreleased Works of Startling Genius (Discipline/Inner Knot) two-CD collection; Dave Gahan ­ Hourglass (Mute/Virgin) new solo album from the Depeche Mode co-founder; Grace Is Gone ­ original motion picture soundtrack (Milan) original score by actor/director Clint Eastwood, with one song featuring Jamie Cullum; Carole King ­ Welcome To My Living Room (Rockingale) DVD featuring 24 songs from her intimate 2005 tour, packed with bonus material like a "songwriting 101" interview; Layo & Bushwacka! ­ GU33 Rio (Global Underground) two-disc mix CD of choice Electro House inspired by a Brazilian beach; Mountain Heart ­ Road That Never Ends (Rural Rhythm) live CD recorded earlier this year at The Ark in Ann Arbor, Mich., featuring new vocalist Josh Shilling and a slammin' piano-driven cover of The Allman Brothers' "Whipping Post"; Alison Moyet ­ The Turn (W14 Music) import-only return of the Yaz vocalist; Robert Plant and Alison Krauss ­ Raising Sand (Rounder) produced by T-Bone Burnett, this anticipated duet project features covers of songs by The Everly Brothers, Tom Waits, Gene Clark and Mel Tillis; Say Anything ­ In Defense of the Genre (Doghouse) with guests from Taking Back Sunday, Dashboard Confessional and My Chemical Romance; Scotland Yard Gospel Choir - Scotland Yard Gospel Choir (Bloodshot) joyous, robust and haunting "Chamber Pop" collective featuring the gorgeous vocals of Ellen O'Hayer, Sally Timms and Kelly Hogan; Scum of the Earth ­ Sleaze Freak (Eclipse) featuring Rob Zombie guitarist Riggs; Soft ­ Gone Faded (Academy Fight Song) tight Brooklyn shoegazing quintet with big nods to The Stone Roses; Sole and the Skyrider Band - Sole and the Skyrider Band (Anticon) dynamite, paranoid MC flow surfing over heavy, live, tumbling jams, featuring incendiary lyrics reminiscent of Crass' anti-consumer directives; Stare Into the Sun ­ Whispers Turn to Howls (Reformer) led by a modern-day Arthur Brown, this Detroit trio churns passionate, nervous psychedelic theater like Joy Division grafted with U2;

Next week a new book and CD set, Down at the Sea Hotel, is released, developed from a single song by Greg Brown, illustrated into a full book by Mireile Levert, and then fleshed out into an accompanying 14-track audio CD. Featuring a wonderful collection of lullabies written by Tom Waits, Don Henley, Bruce Cockburn, Nanci Griffith, Steve Earle, Marc Cohn and more, the album's mood is sewn together by a cast of Americana artists who cover the selections, including Roots luminaries John Gorka, Eliza Gilkyson and Guy Davis. Two highlights shine bright -- The Wailin' Jennys' graceful stride through Neil Young's "Barefoot Floors" and Lucy Kaplansky's beautiful sway through Billy Joel's "Goodnight, My Angel." Benefiting the Breast Cancer Fund, the project is available two ways -- in a traditional hardcover book with the CD tucked inside or as a cardboard digipak CD with bonus files of all the music charts, illustrations and lyrics. A louder pump for your PC is also due next week, with Bondi Digital Publishing releasing Rolling Stone Cover To Cover: The First 40 Years, a hardcover book that holds a DVD of the magazine's complete archive of album reviews, feature articles and often iconic photography. Unfortunately, the company's press releases fail to brag about what's the most fun of thumbing through one of the original, brittle, browned, folded newsprint editions from the late 1960s -- the original record company advertisements for new LPs (and 8-track tapes!), the classifieds (where Gene met Paul) and the hokey ads for roach clips and "with-it" lifestyle branding, sowing the seeds of the nauseating consumerism the magazine wallows in today...

Television Alert
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno hosts Evanescence Thursday and Bright Eyes Monday. The Late Show with David Letterman presents LeAnn Rimes Wednesday and Band of Horses Thursday. Do you remember the book and 7-inch single sets for children, where each page was turned with the ring of a bell? Today, the publishers at The Secret Mountain are continuing that nifty idea in a softer, more modern approach with a "green" edge. Next week a new book and CD set, Down at the Sea Hotel, is released, developed from a single song by Greg Brown, illustrated into a full book by Mireile Levert, and then fleshed out into an accompanying 14-track audio CD. Featuring a wonderful collection of lullabies written by Tom Waits, Don Henley, Bruce Cockburn, Nanci Griffith, Steve Earle, Marc Cohn and more, the album's mood is sewn together by a cast of Americana artists who cover the selections, including Roots luminaries John Gorka, Eliza Gilkyson and Guy Davis. Two highlights shine bright -- The Wailin' Jennys' graceful stride through Neil Young's "Barefoot Floors" and Lucy Kaplansky's beautiful sway through Billy Joel's "Goodnight, My Angel." Benefiting the Breast Cancer Fund, the project is available two ways -- in a traditional hardcover book with the CD tucked inside or as a cardboard digipak CD with bonus files of all the music charts, illustrations and lyrics. ... A louder pump for your PC is also due next week, with Bondi Digital Publishing releasing Rolling Stone Cover To Cover: The First 40 Years, a hardcover book that holds a DVD of the magazine's complete archive of album reviews, feature articles and often iconic photography. Unfortunately, the company's press releases fail to brag about what's the most fun of thumbing through one of the original, brittle, browned, folded newsprint editions from the late 1960s -- the original record company advertisements for new LPs (and 8-track tapes!), the classifieds (where Gene met Paul) and the hokey ads for roach clips and "with-it" lifestyle branding, sowing the seeds of the nauseating consumerism the magazine wallows in today...

Television Alert
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno hosts Evanescence Thursday and Bright Eyes Monday. The Late Show with David Letterman presents LeAnn Rimes Wednesday and Band of Horses Thursday. Late Night with Conan O'Brien boasts Spoon Thursday and Brother Ali Friday. And The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson welcomes Avril Lavigne Wednesday and They Might Be Giants Thursday.

New Releases Coming Tuesday
Ryan Adams & The Cardinals ­ Follow the Kights (Lost Highway) seven-track CD EP featuring two songs written for the television show October Road and a cover of Alice In Chains' "Down In a Hole"; Babyshambles ­ Shotter's Nation (Astralwerks) featuring Folk legend Bert Jansch; Balzac ­ Deep Blue: Chaos from Darkism (Misfits Records) CD reissue featuring a bonus DVD and 24-page booklet; Booka Shade ­ DJ Kicks (!K7) sweet mix CD from the Berlin duo, featuring Heaven 17, Aphex Twin, Richard Hawley, The Tubes and The Passengers; The Bridge ­ The Bridge (Hyena) with guests from The Funky Meters and Citizen Cope, this Baltimore band reaches for the soul of Little Feat and The Band; Castanets ­ In the Vines (Asthmatic Kitty) kicking up the coals of funeral pyre ashes, this somber vehicle for Brooklyn's Ray Raposa is bolstered by guests from Vanishing Voice and Shaky Hands; Euros Childs ­ The Miracle Inn (Wichita) terrific solo debut from the Gorky Zygotic Mynci vocalist and keyboardist, highlighted by the XTC-ragtime beat of "Horse Riding" and the ambitious15-minute title track; Cobra Starship - !Viva La Cobra! (Decaydance) produced by Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy; Coheed and Cambria ­ No World for Tomorrow (Columbia) with drummer Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters; Justin Currie ­ What Is Love For (Ryko) absolutely perfect solo debut from the Del Amitri vocalist, sparse and restrained in Sunday morning, daybreak's-coming ease and speaking mountains of truth in heart-stirring lyrics that recall the brave, pensive quality of John Lennon's best ballads; Mark Farina ­ Live In Tokyo (Om) featuring remixes of tracks by U Step, DJ Sneak and Hood Fellas; Robert Fripp & Brian Eno ­ Unreleased Works of Startling Genius (Discipline/Inner Knot) two-CD collection; Dave Gahan ­ Hourglass (Mute/Virgin) new solo album from the Depeche Mode co-founder; Grace Is Gone ­ original motion picture soundtrack (Milan) original score by actor/director Clint Eastwood, with one song featuring Jamie Cullum; Carole King ­ Welcome To My Living Room (Rockingale) DVD featuring 24 songs from her intimate 2005 tour, packed with bonus material like a "songwriting 101" interview; Layo & Bushwacka! ­ GU33 Rio (Global Underground) two-disc mix CD of choice Electro House inspired by a Brazilian beach; Mountain Heart ­ Road That Never Ends (Rural Rhythm) live CD recorded earlier this year at The Ark in Ann Arbor, Mich., featuring new vocalist Josh Shilling and a slammin' piano-driven cover of The Allman Brothers' "Whipping Post"; Alison Moyet ­ The Turn (W14 Music) import-only return of the Yaz vocalist; Robert Plant and Alison Krauss ­ Raising Sand (Rounder) produced by T-Bone Burnett, this anticipated duet project features covers of songs by The Everly Brothers, Tom Waits, Gene Clark and Mel Tillis; Say Anything ­ In Defense of the Genre (Doghouse) with guests from Taking Back Sunday, Dashboard Confessional and My Chemical Romance; Scotland Yard Gospel Choir - Scotland Yard Gospel Choir (Bloodshot) joyous, robust and haunting "Chamber Pop" collective featuring the gorgeous vocals of Ellen O'Hayer, Sally Timms and Kelly Hogan; Scum of the Earth ­ Sleaze Freak (Eclipse) featuring Rob Zombie guitarist Riggs; Soft ­ Gone Faded (Academy Fight Song) tight Brooklyn shoegazing quintet with big nods to The Stone Roses; Sole and the Skyrider Band - Sole and the Skyrider Band (Anticon) dynamite, paranoid MC flow surfing over heavy, live, tumbling jams, featuring incendiary lyrics reminiscent of Crass' anti-consumer directives; Stare Into the Sun ­ Whispers Turn to Howls (Reformer) led by a modern-day Arthur Brown, this Detroit trio churns passionate, nervous psychedelic theater like Joy Division grafted with U2; T.Rex ­ Interstellar Soul (Edsel) import-only, limited-edition three-CD set packed with acoustic demos, studio outtakes and rough mixes; Serj Tankian ­ Elect the Dead (Serjical Strike/Reprise) solo album from the System Of A Down frontman; The Temptations ­ Back To Front (New Door) covers collection featuring their soul spin on Barry White's "Never, Never Gonna Give You Up" and Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes' "Wake Up Everybody"; Seth Walker ­ Seth Walker (Hyena) blazing boogie Blues featuring a mellow cover of Tom Waits' "Picture In a Frame" and Kim Wilson's harmonica talents on "I Know It's a Sin"; The Warlocks ­ Heavy Deavy Skull Lover (Tee Pee) growling third-eye headphone soundtrack for microdot walkabouts over crusty, desert terrain; Ween ­ La Cucaracha (Rounder) the duo's first new studio release in four years; things get weird with guest saxophonist David Sanborn on "Your Party"; West Indian Girl ­ 4th & Wall (Milan) infectious, black-light electronic Pop sitting nicely on the shelf between Porno For Pyros and The Dandy Warhols; Witchcraft ­ The Alchemist (Rise Above) Dude! Throw your horns in the air for these groovy-doom Swedish rockers with twinges of dangerous British Invasion Blues and Black Sabbath; Various Artists ­ The Coolest Songs In the World Vol. 3 (Wicked Cool) more hand-picked favorites from Little Steven, featuring The Romantics, The Fleshtones, The Dictators, The Sugar Twins and more; Various Artists - Eyeball Awareness Volume 1 - To Write Love On Her Arms (Eyeball) the first CD in a series conceived as an attempt to bring awareness to the darker side of youth, addressing addiction, depression and suicide; Various Artists ­ Look Directly Into the Sun: China Pop 2007 (Invisible China/Bloodshot) compiled by Martin Atkins after his dip into the Beijing underground music scene; Various Artists ­ New Orleans Brass (Putamayo) featuring The Dukes of Dixieland, The Yockamo All-Stars and the Preservation Hall Hot 4.

 
 
 
 

 

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