Saturday, January 30, 2010

U.S. Blues Tour 1963

By Jazz Promo Services

Featuring: Victoria Spivey, Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson, Otis Spann, Matt Guitar Murphy, Big Joe Williams, Lonnie Johnson, Willie Dixon, Memphis Slim and Billy Stepney.

The 1960s European tours by American Blues artists were legendary. They introduced a music that had only been previously available on hard to find discs to a new generation of young people and changed the face of our popular music forever.

Diehard blues fans at last got the chance to see their idols in the flesh and for those who werent able attend the concerts, many of them were documented on film. The very rare footage on this DVD includes artists who were playing in the early days of the music as well as masters of the Chicago Blues. Due to age, this material contains a few minor visual glitches; the audio is excellent however and nothing distracts from these inspiring and important performances.

Bonus material: Three audio tracks from Victoria Spivey, Lonnie Johnson and Big Joe Williams plus images and biographies.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Troubadour Dali Live Video

Two songs from the CD Release Party at Off Broadway December 11, 2009.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Best of 2009 - Neil

Dave Alvin & The Guilty Women - S/T
Bottle Rockets - Lean Forward
Guy Clark - Some Days The Song Writes You
Bob Dylan - Through Life Together
Levon Helm - Electric Dirt
Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks - Tangled Tales
Robyn Hitchcock - Goodnight Oslo
Mark Knopfler - Get Lucky
Maria Muldaur - Good Time Music For Hard Times
David Rawlings Machine - A Friend Of A Friend
Son Volt - American Central Dust
Loudon Wainwright - High Wide And Handsome: The Charley Poole Project
Wilco - Wilco (The Album)
Box Sets
Beatles Mono Box
Neil Young Archives Vol 1 (DVD & BLU-RAY)

Monday, January 11, 2010

Best of 2009 - Steve Scariano

by Steve Scariano

For me the most important release of 2009 was the Big Star box set, Keep An Eye On The Sky. Big Star set what would be the musical compass of my adult life when I discovered the band in 1974, and thanks to the wonders of this box set I never dreamed I would be rediscovering their music in so many continually rewarding and deeply meaningful ways some 35 years later. Heck, I would have been satisfied with just the release of the original three Big Star albums with this incredible remastering, so all of the amazing previously unreleased outtakes and demos and the book and it’s three outstanding essays and all of the never before seen photos included in this box set is quite the overwhelming mother lode. And then there’s the devastating Disc Four: Live At Lafayette’s Music Room, Memphis, TN! Adequate words to describe fail me. If there can be such a thing as the perfect box set, then in my opinion Keep An Eye On The Sky may just be that perfection. Eternal kudos and gratitude to John Fry, Cheryl Pawelski, Andrew Sandoval, Alec Palao, and everyone else at Ardent Studios and Rhino Records who had a hand in putting this box set together.

The best out-of-nowhere album from an artist new to me that I heard in 2009 was Painted Hills. Painted Hills are a great band that effortlessly melds the various eras of classic LA/Southern California psychedelic pop with a touch of Brit Pop shoegazing. I can’t remember the last time I heard a debut album where EVERY SONG completely blew me away! The official release of the Painted Hills album comes in February 2010 on Rick Menck’s Bird Song Recordings label, which means I get to include it on my 2010 list of faves as well!

The rest of my favorite music of 2009, in alphabetical order:

The Terry Adams Rock & Roll Quartet---Crazy 8's

The Beatles---The Beatles Remastered Box Set - In Mono

Cheap Trick---The Latest

Jarvis Cocker---Further Complications

Lloyd Cole---Cleaning Out The Ashtrays (Collected B Sides & Rarities 1989-2006)

Earth---The Bees Made Honey In The Lion’s Skull
A 2008 release that I was turned on to in 2009 by Nick Rudd. Thank you Nick!

Liam Hayes And Plush---Bright Penny

Heavy Trash---Midnight Soul Serenade

Peter Holsapple & Chris Stamey---hERE aND nOw

Ian Hunter---Man Overboard

Magic Christian---Evolver

The New York Dolls---'Cause I Sez So

Old Californio---Westering Again

Outrageous Cherry---Universal Malcontents

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers---The Live Anthology

Chuck Prophet---Let Freedom Ring!

The Raveonettes---In And Out Of Control

Raymilland---Recordings '79-'81

REM---Live At The Olympia In Dublin

Rough Shop---Just Because It Was Christmas

The Soundtrack Of Our Lives---Communion

Sparks---The Seduction Of Ingmar Bergman

The Symptoms---Always Heed The Symptoms: "Live" In '78

Troubadour Dali---Troubadour Dali

The Dwight Twilley Band---Live From Agora

Where The Action Is! Los Angeles Nuggets: 1965-1968 (Box Set)

My favorite live shows of 2009, in alphabetical order:

Leonard Cohen---The Fox Theater, St. Louis, MO

Future Clouds And Radar---SXSW, Austin, TX

Peter Holsapple & Chris Stamey---Wood House Concert, Euclid Records, and Off Broadway, St. Louis, MO

Magic Christian---SXSW, Austin, TX

Chuck Prophet---Wood House Concert, St. Louis, MO

Raymilland/The Welders---Off Broadway, St. Louis, MO

Matthew Sweet---The Duck Room, St. Louis, MO

That Petrol Emotion---SXSW, Austin, TX

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Best Albums and Concerts of 2009 - Joe


Leonard Cohen - Live in London
Cheap Trick - The Latest
Madness - The Liberty of Norton Folgate
Monsters of Folk
Troubadour Dali
Allen Toussaint - The Bright Mississippi
Flaming Lips - Embryonic


Cyril Jordan / Roy Loney and The A-Bones - House of Blues New Orleans

Sonny Rollins - Touhill

Legendary Stardust Cowboy - House of Blues New Orleans

The Mummies - Maxwell's

The Bongos - Maxwell's

The Bottle Rockets - Eucldi Records

Hamiet Bluiett - Robbies House of Jazz

Wilco - Some hockey arena outside Austin

Dale Hawkins with James Burton - House of Blues New Orleans

Howard Tate - House of Blues New Orleans

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Some Mingus Among Us

by Joe Schwab

It's amazing how much Charles Mingus was documented on film. The advent of YouTube has made so many great videos available that it's hard to pick favorites. Mingus did endless touring in Europe in the early 60's and into 70's and his bands were documented by the media in Europe who were far more Jazz obsessed than their brethren here in the states. Of course the same could be said for the general audience as well.

From the Umbria Jazz Festival in 1974, maybe my favorite Mingus band featuring George Adams, Don Pullen, Hamiet Bluiett, Mingus and Dannie Richmond. Here the band performs "Devil Blues" a song from "Changes One" and sung by Adams. For years this song was always a staple in Gatemouth Brown's set. Sadly all but Bluiett are now gone, but lucky for us in St. Louis that Hamiet is still around and still playing great creative Jazz.

Next is the most famous of the Mingus bands with Eric Dolphy, Jaki Byard, Clifford Jordan, Mingus and of course Dannie Richmond. Here's "Meditations on Integration" one of the staples of Mingus' early 60's shows. Usually it's a bit more drawn out. This version seems to be shorter as to accommodate the Belgian film crew. This is one phenomenal video, both sound and picture quality and one of the final times we get to see Eric Dolphy who died from insulin shock in Berlin later that year.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Stuff That Jack Likes, Volume 8

1. The new Beach House album, Teen Dream, out January 26th. And it's very dreamy. I can't say I've listened to much of their previous record more than once, but this one seems very tight on the first few listens. I love it. It is breaking my heart. Probably my first favorite record of the new year. Jump over to the myspace page to hear the first single, "Norway". Here's my favorite track off it, so far:

2. The new Retribution Gospel Choir album, 2, also out January 26th. The first song won me over on the whole thing. Head to their myspace and check out the song "Hide It Away".