Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Free Samples of Beat 'n' Soul - JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound, the Sights Play at Euclid Records Nov. 6
The first annual Beat ‘n’ Soul Festival is happening next Friday and Saturday, Nov. 5 and 6 at Off Broadway, and Euclid Records is excited to bring two of the bands in to play special free live performances in the store on Saturday. The premier Chicago soul band JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound will perform at 3 pm, Saturday Nov. 6, followed by a special acoustic performance by Detroit garage rockers the Sights. Euclid Records is located at 601 E. Lockwood in Webster Groves.
JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound are not a typical soul revival band, though they definitely pull influences from the golden age of 60s soul music and early 70s funk. The band writes some of the most interesting new songs of any genre, and has garnered immense numbers of new listeners by turning “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart” by the indie rock superstars Wilco into a soulful, danceable funk number. Based in Chicago, JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound have collaborated with artists as disparate as soul legend Syl Johnson and Dan Britney of indie oddballs Tortoise. There will be room to cut the rug in front of the Euclid Records stage – it’s challenging to hold still in front of these guys.
The Sights played Euclid Records in May, and their exciting, rip-roaring rock will soon be featured on the first 10” record to come out of the Euclid Sessions series. But it turns out that, as fearsome as they can be when revving up their guitars really loud, the Sights have just as much to offer in a quieter acoustic mode. This will be a rare opportunity to catch a different side of one of America’s best rock’n’roll bands.
The JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound set will be recorded for the Euclid Sessions series, and will result in yet another limited-edition 45-rpm single early next year. Euclid Records has a website devoted to the series: www.euclidsessions.com. Here you can find out about upcoming in-store events, read up on past events, subscribe to the series or order/pre-order upcoming 45's.
The Beat ‘n’ Soul Festival, sponsored in part by Euclid Records, takes place Nov. 5 & 6 at Off Broadway. The Friday line-up includes The Dynamites featuring Charles Walker, the Bo-Keys, the Beatdowns, River City Tanlines, and Northbrook Garage. The Saturday line-up includes the Fleshtones, JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound, the Sights, Mondo Topless, and the Nevermores. The festival’s website is www.beatnsoul.com.
Devon Allman’s Honeytribe will fill Euclid Records with its powerhouse brand of Space Age Blues Friday evening, Nov. 5, at 6:30 pm. The free performance celebrates the recent release of the band’s latest album, “Space Age Blues,” hailed by American Songwriter magazine as an “example of how today’s musicians long for the time when originality, creativity and just plugging in to play meant something.” Euclid Records is located at 601 East Lockwood, Webster Groves, MO 63119.
St. Louisan Devon Allman is the son of legendary rocker Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers Band, but he is more and more establishing himself as his own man in a different blues/jam rock mode than that of his father. Allman originally put together Honeytribe in 1999, and won that year’s Jam Band of the Year award from the Riverfront Times. The band disbanded for a while, but returned in 2005 with a new record, “Torch,” which won critical acclaim and enabled them to tour all over the world. For three years, they averaged over 300 dates per year, putting their music in front of hundreds of thousands of music fans.
Last year, Allman reconfigured Honeytribe as a power trio, keeping original bassist George Potsos and recruiting drummer Gabriel Strange to the cause. The new version of Honeytribe may be meaner and leaner, but is obviously just as hungry and ready to take the blues into new territory. The in-store appearance is a great opportunity to see an intimate performance from a band capable of playing huge festivals.
Monday, October 25, 2010
1. Bob Dylan - - Witmark Demos 1962-1964
2. Chuck Prophet - - Let Freedom Ring
3. Elton John & Leon Russell - - The Union
4. Kings of Leon - - Come Around Sundown
5. Mavis Staples - - You Are Not Alone
6. Neil Young - - Le Noise
7. Eric Clapton - - Clapton
8. Belle & Sebastian - - Write About Love
9. No Age - - Everything In Between
10. Grinderman - - Grinderman 2
Friday, October 22, 2010
Devon Allman's Honeytribe - - Space Age Blues: Gregg Allman's son and St. Louis blues/rock fixture Devon Allman has a new rocker out.
Avey Tare - - Down There: carries you through a murky world of sound, an alien death world of soul grooves that is both honest and otherworldly.
Also new this week:
Apparat - - DJ-Kicks
Michael Buble - - Holiday EP
Chris Cain - - So Many Miles
Cap D - - PolyMath
The Derailers - - Live! From Texas
Joe Diffie - - Homecoming
Earth - - A Bureaucratic Desire For Extra-Capsular Extraction
Easy Star All-Stars - - Dubber Side of the Moon
Bryan Ferry - - Olympia
Johnny Flynn - - Been Listening
Fourplay - - Let's Touch the Sky
Eight Legs - - Eight Legs
Ghostland Observatory - - Codename Rondo
Jail Weddings - - Love Is Lawless
Lyrics Born - - As You Were
Monster Magnet - - Mastermind
Pomegranates - - One of Us
Prefab Sprout - - Let's Change the World With Music
Kermit Ruffins - - Happy Talk
Scanner with the Post Modern Jazz Quartet - - Blink of an Eye
Small Black - - New Chain
Sun Airway - - Nocturne of Exploded Crystal Chandelier
Taylor Swift - - Speak Now
Telekinesis - - Parallel Seismic Conspiracies
Henry Threadgill Zooid - - This Brings Us To Volume II
Wayman Tisdale - - The Funk Record
Warpaint - - The Fool
Keller Williams - - Kids
Various Artists - - Don Imus Ranch Record II
Various Artists - - Gilles Peterson Presents Worldwide
Music From the Motion Picture - - Jackass 3D
Music From the HBO Original Series Season 1 - - Treme
And the following reissues and compilations:
Badfinger - - No Dice
Badfinger - - Magic Christian Music
Andrew Bird - - Useless Creatures
Michael Buble - - Crazy Love Hollywood Edition
Ray Charles - - Rare Genius: The Undiscovered Masters
The Highwaymen - - The Essential Highwaymen
Mary Hopkin - - Post Card
Jethro Tull - - Stand Up 3-Disc Collectors Edition
Matisyahu - - Shake Off the Dust . . . Arise
Pretty Things - - Parachute 40th Anniversary Edition
Billy Preston - - That's the Way God Planned It
Otis Rush - - I Can't Quit the Blues
T. Rex - - The Slider
James Taylor - - James Taylor
Carl Wilson - - Youngblood
Monday, October 18, 2010
The Euclid Sessions Series of in-store performances is excited to announce that singer/songwriter/rocker Chuck Prophet will be performing at Euclid Records at 4:00 pm Saturday, Oct. 23.
Chuck Prophet has maintained a solo career for nearly 20 years since leaving the employ of independent rock forebears Green on Red. While he has never broken through to a huge audience, those who have heard him tend to fall in love with Prophet’s sharp, powerful, intelligent rock’n’roll. Whether describing a “Summertime Thing,” or bowing down and praying before every woman he sees, Prophet has evinced a uniquely wistful and perceptive lyrical approach over the course of 10 albums as a leader. His songs have been performed by the likes of Kim Carnes, Kim Richey, and Kelly Willis, and his fiery guitar playing has turned up on records by Warren Zevon and Cake. In addition, Prophet has co-written most of the songs on the last two albums by Alejandro Escovedo.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
St. Louis pop/noise/eclectic duo Sleepy Kitty will release its first full-length album as the second band on the burgeoning Euclid Records label. Plans are for the record, which will be released on vinyl and CD, to be in stores by the middle of February, 2011. Naturally, as Paige Brubeck and Evan Sult are also running a graphics design company by the same name as their band, the album cover will be designed by the duo as well.
Sleepy Kitty, winner of the 2010 Riverfront Times award as Best New Band in St. Louis, has been an on-going musical and art project since 2007, when both Brubeck and Sult were living in Chicago. Prior to that, Sult was a member of 90s hitmakers Harvey Danger, and then the indie-rock band Bound Stems. Brubeck was in the power-trio Stiletto Attack and then the 60s girl-group homage the Deccas. All of their prior experiences have merged in the music of Sleepy Kitty, which mixes pop instincts with a variety of noisy, distorted sounds.
The duo moved to St. Louis two years ago, and immediately established a connection with the music scene designing posters for a number of local events. Their live performances have been attracting increasing notice, as well, and their debut 7” single, “What I Learned This Summer” was a wake-up call that this is a band of unusual distinction and creativity.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Euclid Records is excited to announce the 3rd annual spectacular Sidewalk Sale at our St. Louis location in Webster Groves. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 16 and 17, bargain hunters will find an amazing collection of previously unseen LPs, CDs and more, all priced to move. All the LPs and CDs found outside will be sold at $3 apiece, or even better, at 3 for $5.00. Posters, record crates, cassettes, videotapes, and ephemera will also be out on the street.
But that’s not all. The entire selection of $4.99 CDs inside the store will be marked down to 5 for $15. And everything else inside the store (with the exception of the Euclid Sessions 7” series) will be sold at 10% off our everyday prices. That’s every new and used LP, CD, DVD, book, 7” single, poster, or t-shirt in the store priced higher than $4.99, on sale at 10% off.
Euclid Records opened in the Central West End in 1981, and has grown by leaps and bounds over the years. The current location, at 601 E. Lockwood in Webster Groves, is filled to the rafters with the greatest selection of used LPs and CDs in town. In addition, Euclid Records was one of the first stores in town to really expand its new LP selection, with more than 3500 titles in stock and more arriving every week. And thousands more new CDs provide an opportunity to browse nearly all the important new and catalog titles in rock, jazz, and other genres.
In September, 2010, Euclid Records opened up a second location in New Orleans, and they’ll be having their first sidewalk sale this weekend, too. Their address is 3401 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA 70117 in the Bywater Region. Their phone number is 504-947-7348.