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Produced by Greg Wells (Adele, OneRepublic), Chase The Sun is filled with Holden’s passionate, purpose-driven rock songs, which brim with tough, vibrant energy and showcase his lean, literate songwriting. Much of Chase The Sun was inspired by a life-changing, seven-week trip that the Scotland-born, England-bred artist took to India and Nepal in February 2013. Upon his return, Holden began to write the songs that appear on Chase The Sun, including the first single, “Hold On Tight,” which he says was the driving force for the album.
Chase the Sun
Greg Holden
Boys In the Street
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Something Good
Linus Of Hollywood
When It's Quiet
Genre: Pop
Year: 2014
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Something Good
Linus Of Hollywood
If You Don't Love Me, You Gotta Let Me Go (feat. Kelly Jones)
Genre: Pop
Year: 2014
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Regina Spektor's gold album BeginTo Hope was honored as one of Rolling Stone's Top 50 albums of 2006. Far, her much anticipated follow-up, once again spotlights Spektor's daring piano pop,vocal acrobatics and offbeat wit. Utilizing four esteemed producers-Jeff Lynne (ELO, The Traveling Wilburys), Mike Elizondo (Dr. Dre, Eminem), David Kahne (Paul McCartney, The Strokes) and Garret 'Jacknife' Lee (Weezer,R.E.M.) Spektor combines rich soundscapes with evocative and intricately structured melodies and a remarkable gift for crafting intelligent, refreshingly honest odes to life. With Far, major stardom draws near for Regina Spektor.
Far
Regina Spektor
Laughing With
Genre: Alternative Rock
Year: 2009
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Originally released in 2006, Lights & Sounds debuted at #5 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, selling over 90,000 copies first week. This is the first time the album has ever been released on vinyl.
Lights and Sounds
Yellowcard
Grey
Genre: Rock
Year: 2006
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The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
Genesis
The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (New Stereo Mix)
Genre: Rock
Year: 2008
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The Dirty South is the sixth album by Muscle Shoals, Alabama-based Drive-By Truckers. While previous Southern rock bands have celebrated certain regional mythologies, this quintet revels in the towering glory of small, gritty realities. They can kick up a righteous storm, as on the country lick-filled opener "Where the Devil Don't Stay," or the swamp and fuzzy "Lookout Mountain." However, within the latter is a daunting verse: "If I throw myself off Lookout Mountain, No more for my soul to keep, I wonder who will drive my car, I wonder if my Mom will weep." It's clear these guys deliver emotional wallops at every turn. "Carl Perkins' Cadillac" honors the honesty of Sam Phillips, while writhing in the melancholy of changing times and circumstances. --David Greenberger
The Dirty South
Drive-By Truckers
Danko / Manuel
Genre: Rock
Year: 2004
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Randy Newman's first studio album of all new material in nearly a decade is, by turns, hilarious, poignant and scathingly satirical. Harps and Angels often has an easy going Crescent City feel, with Newman on piano fronting a small combo and revealing, as Rolling Stone put it after the Carnegie Hall show, his serious love and study of the New Orleans piano tradition.
Harps and Angels
Randy Newman
Only a Girl
Genre: Pop
Year: 2008
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Trout Mask Replica
Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band
Orange Claw Hammer
Genre: Alternative & Punk
Year: 1970
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A kinder, gentler Cake? You'd never know it from listening to the opening track, a ditty with the rather unconventional title "Satan Is My Motor." But the truth is, most of Prolonging the Magic finds the Sacramento, California, quintet toning down the arch commentary of tracks such as "Rock and Roll Lifestyle" and "The Distance" from albums Motorcade of Generosity and Fashion Nugget. In its place is straight-ahead observational songwriting on "Alpha Beta Parking Lot" and "Guitar," and the naked, if still quirky, relationship commentaries "Where Would I Be?" and "Walk on By." Not to worry: The group's trademark humor is still in place on "You Turn the Screws" and "Sheep Go to Heaven," while touches of steel guitar and musical saw expand their already unusual sonic palette. As the title suggests, Cake seems capable of prolonging the magic a while longer. --Daniel Durchholz
Prolonging the Magic
Cake
Satan Is My Motor
Genre: Alternative
Year: 2001
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The multiplatinum success of Aja made Steely Dan, the musical conceit of Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, a household name. But that prosperity came bundled with a fateful triple-whammy for rock's dyspeptic duo: unrealistic commercial expectations, a critical backlash spawned by punk's nascent mewling, and the long-simmering meltdown of their artistic partnership. But the cool, perfect sheen of 1980's Gaucho tipped its hand to none of it. Ironically, those fashion victims who sniffed up their sleeves at Don and Walt's decadence-tinged Me Decade manifesto couldn't have had a clue that just maybe Gaucho's typically oblique protagonists had uncomfortably blurred from the third-person to the first this time 'round. At least that's what Becker and Fagen hint at in their smart-assed notes to this digitally remastered, definitive edition (all original artwork and printed lyrics restored) of the final album before their 20-year hiatus. Pristine and sonically polished (three years and seven studios worth), time has served Gaucho well. Even its sense of laconic detachment now seems but a logical bridge to the two-decade removed Dan of Two Against Nature. To their credit, Becker and Fagen didn't trash the first half of Steely Dan's legacy on Gaucho, they simply burnished it to oblivion. -Jerry McCulley
Gaucho
Steely Dan
Third World Man
Genre: Rock
Year: 1980
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Lonely Avenue
Ben Folds & Nick Hornby
Saskia Hamilton
Genre: Rock
Year: 2010
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The Weepies are a duo of songwriters Deb Talan and Steve Tannen. How can one not help but be delighted when two such similar sound names align with one another? Perfectly matched, the thirteen songs are quiet but insistent, with lyrics full of pop smarts and poetic depth. Narratives, whether fragmented or direct, empower most of the songs, giving even first-person vantage points a solid foundation. Talan does the bulk of the lead vocals, and her voice is a confident instrument, full of sly surprise and subtle phrasing. The pair's harmonies are thoughtful and evocative, oftentimes utilizing less than obvious intervals. In fact, the chorus vocals owe more to great radio pop of the sixties and seventies than to the various contemporary strains of folk and Americana. --David Greenberger
Say I Am You
The Weepies
Stars
Genre: Folk
Year: 2005
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Black Dub
Black Dub
I Believe In You
Genre: Rock
Year: 2010
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Following on from the success of the country album 'Look', Beth Nielsen Chapman returns with her latest project 'Hymns'. As Beth explains 'Aside from my voice, the other constant is the tone of these songs. The music is mostly relaxing, with an emphasis on celebrating each aspect of spiritual expression from all directions'. The album not only features well-known classics, others are written by Beth, and blend together to make for an absolutely beautiful sounding album...definitely a recording to cherish!
Hymns
Beth Nielsen Chapman
Hymn to Mary
Genre: Pop
Year: 2004
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Regina Spektor's gold album BeginTo Hope was honored as one of Rolling Stone's Top 50 albums of 2006. Far, her much anticipated follow-up, once again spotlights Spektor's daring piano pop,vocal acrobatics and offbeat wit. Utilizing four esteemed producers-Jeff Lynne (ELO, The Traveling Wilburys), Mike Elizondo (Dr. Dre, Eminem), David Kahne (Paul McCartney, The Strokes) and Garret 'Jacknife' Lee (Weezer,R.E.M.) Spektor combines rich soundscapes with evocative and intricately structured melodies and a remarkable gift for crafting intelligent, refreshingly honest odes to life. With Far, major stardom draws near for Regina Spektor.
Far
Regina Spektor
Folding Chair
Genre: Alternative Rock
Year: 2009
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Preston Reed has virtually reinvented how the acoustic guitar is played. Reed practices a flamboyant 'self-invented' style, characterized by percussive techniques and simultaneous rhythm and melody lines that dance and ricochet around each other, giving his music a level of excitement that is unparalleled among today's guitarists. Playing an array of guitars from acoustic to electric to classical Reed's vast range of explosively original music will forever change your expectation of a guitarist. History Of Now is Reed's 4th UK release, and finds him exploring the range of instrumental and compositional possibilities to an even more exciting degree than before and is one of the most exhilarating guitar albums in recent memory. 14 tracks. Outer Bridge Music. 2005.
History of Now
Preston Reed
Hit the Ground Running
Genre: Blues
Year: 2005
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A new, indelible cast of characters is inducted into the FOW pantheon of stars on Traffic And Weather: Yolanda Hayes, a sullen object of affection behind the glass at the Department Of Motor Vehicles; Seth Shapiro and Beth Mackenzie, two lonely, hardworking New Yorkers who cross paths - sort of - in "Someone To Love" (which features Hole/Smashing Pumpkins bassist Melissa Auf Der Maur singing backing vocals); the exhausted couple in "Michael and Heather At The Baggage Claim", dragging themselves onto an airport shuttle bus after a long trip; newscasters in heat in the album's title track, and many others. Hapless protagonists like the suspicious boyfriend of "This Better Be Good" and the hit-man target in "Strapped For Cash" are also classic Fountains Of Wayne narrators. Travel and transportation continue to figure heavily in the on-the-go world of FOW. The guy who buys himself a "'92 Subaru" is convinced that the right pimped-out ride is all he needs to get the girl; in the Beatlesque "i-95" a driver explores a rest area gift shop late at night, on the way to visit his loved one; we hear of "an eerie kind of sadness on the highway today" in the Gram Parsons-tinged "Fire In The Canyon" (featuring backing vocals by the Candy Butchers' Mike Viola, who was the voice of "That Thing You Do"). The misery of sitting in coach on a delayed flight is examined in the wistful waltz "Seatbacks And Traytables" (which contains a guest appearance on guitar by James Iha). And in the semi-epic "New Routine", we follow a series of characters who each randomly pick a new place to live, only to discover someone else there who can't wait to move away.
Traffic and Weather
Fountains Of Wayne
This Better Be Good
Genre: Alternative
Year: 2007
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Have I Offended... by Frank Zappa
Have I Offended Someone?
Frank Zappa
Valley Girl
Genre: Rock
Year: 1997
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CD/DVD combo. 2007 live release from the singing/songwriting legend, an intimate retrospective of 40 years worth of songs and the people, places and events that inspired them., Features new performances of some of Taylor's most popular recordings interspersed with his insightful and humorous anecdotes on the inspiration behind the songs. The CD features 19 songs while the DVD contains the same tracks plus bonus footage and outtakes. Concord.
One Man Band (Live)
James Taylor
Copperline (Live)
Genre: Rock
Year: 2007
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Out-of-print in the US. Originally released in 1992. Universal.
III Sides To Every Story
Extreme
Rest In Peace
Genre: Metal
Year: 1992
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This collection goes far beyond a simple career retrospective, with over 30 new songs (from Tom Waits's own versions of songs he gave to other artists, to pieces recorded in the garage with his kids). Also includes Tom's unique interpretations of songs by such diverse talents as the Ramones, Daniel Johnston, Kurt Weill & Bertolt Brecht, and Leadbelly. Each CD is sub-titled--"Brawlers," "Bawlers," and "Bastards"--to capture the full spectrum of Waits's ranging and roving musical styles. "Brawlers" is chock full of raucous blues and full-throated juke-joint stomp, "Bawlers" contains Celtic and country ballads, waltzes, lullabies, piano, and classic Waits songs, while "Bastards" is filled with experimental music, stories, and jokes. The limited edition deluxe package contains a bound 94-page booklet that reproduces Tom's lyrics in the style of a volume of old poetry, with 20 pages of never-before-seen photos.
Orphans
Tom Waits
You Can Never Hold Back Spring
Genre: Alternative
Year: 2006
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One Step Ahead Of The Spider
Mc 900 Ft Jesus
Buried At Sea
Genre: Rock
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The title of this recording is doubly significant. While the late guitarist's interpretation of Irving Gordon's immortal composition is certainly representative of this collection of standards, it's Joe Pass himself who must be considered unforgettable. A master of technique, Pass first gained prominence as an industrious studio musician in the early '60s. After years as a sideman with George Shearing, Benny Goodman, and Ella Fitzgerald, among others, Pass worked as a solo artist until his death in 1994. This batch of classics performed on the acoustic guitar was recorded in 1992 and displays the man's accomplished fingerpicking technique and strength as a soloist. From emotive interpretations of "Autumn Leaves" and "Moonlight in Vermont" to his bopping version of Monk's "'Round Midnight," this is timeless Pass. --Mitch Myers
Unforgettable
Joe Pass
You'll Never Know
Genre: Jazz
Year: 1998
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Rock Garden
Ty Tabor
Wading In
Genre: Rock
Year: 2006
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Michigan
Sufjan Stevens
Flint (For the Unemployed and Underpaid)
Genre: Alternative Rock
Year: 2003
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Love This Giant
David Byrne & St. Vincent
The Forest Awakes
Genre: Alternative Rock
Year: 2012
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The Randy Newman Songbook Vol. 2
Randy Newman
Baltimore
Genre: Pop
Year: 2011
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The Promised Land
Dar Williams
Troubled Times
Genre: Folk
Year: 2008
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After a four-year hiatus notable for some film and television soundtrack work, a lapsed contract, and a relaxed songwriting schedule Fountains of Wayne return with their third and best CD to date. The New York-based power-pop quartet delivers a diverse feast of infectious melodies and endlessly clever lyrics. Songwriters Adam Schlesinger and Chris Collingwood still slide on a sweet scale between the Beatles and the Monkees, but they've branched out from '60s sounds to include bona fide alt rock ("Little Red Light," "Bought for a Song"), orchestrated pop ("Halley's Waitress"), a country lark worthy of Dwight Yoakam ("Hung Up On You"), and hints of psychedelia ("Supercollider"). The Cars-flavored "Bright Future in Sales" and "Stacy's Mom" warrant heavy-rotation airplay. Following their acclaimed eponymous debut and the vastly underrated Utopia Parkway, Welcome Interstate Managers leaves no doubt that Fountains of Wayne are gaining strength. --Jeff Shannon
Welcome Interstate Managers
Fountains of Wayne
Mexican Wine
Genre: Alternative
Year: 2003
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After a four-year hiatus notable for some film and television soundtrack work, a lapsed contract, and a relaxed songwriting schedule Fountains of Wayne return with their third and best CD to date. The New York-based power-pop quartet delivers a diverse feast of infectious melodies and endlessly clever lyrics. Songwriters Adam Schlesinger and Chris Collingwood still slide on a sweet scale between the Beatles and the Monkees, but they've branched out from '60s sounds to include bona fide alt rock ("Little Red Light," "Bought for a Song"), orchestrated pop ("Halley's Waitress"), a country lark worthy of Dwight Yoakam ("Hung Up On You"), and hints of psychedelia ("Supercollider"). The Cars-flavored "Bright Future in Sales" and "Stacy's Mom" warrant heavy-rotation airplay. Following their acclaimed eponymous debut and the vastly underrated Utopia Parkway, Welcome Interstate Managers leaves no doubt that Fountains of Wayne are gaining strength. --Jeff Shannon
Welcome Interstate Managers
Fountains of Wayne
Hey Julie
Genre: Alternative
Year: 2003
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Donald Fagen's fourth solo album for Warner Reprise, Sunken Condos, will be released on October 16. His first three solo albums, The Nightfly, Kamakiriad and Morph the Cat comprised the project known as "The Nightfly Trilogy." Sunken Condos begins a chapter in the creative evolution of this innovative artist, whose career is still going strong after forty years. The nine tracks on Sunken Condos were co-produced by Michael Leonhart and Donald. All but one track, an Ashkenazi recasting of Isaac Hayes' "Out of the Ghetto," are Fagen originals. Some familiar names from the Steely Dan family of players are on hand (Jon Herington, the Steely Dan horns, Freddie Washington) plus some new faces. The word is that, from now on, everything Donald does has got to be funky.
Sunken Condos
Donald Fagen
Slinky Thing
Genre: Pop
Year: 2012
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Andy Pratt
Andy Pratt
Who Am I Talking To
Genre: Rock
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1996 album is their most straight-forward, lacking the art-rock tendencies of their earlier efforts. What is left is a psychedelicized heavy metal, with swirling harmonies & guitar riffs.
Ear Candy
King's X
Mississippi Moon
Genre: Metal
Year: 1996
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Sky Full of Holes
Fountains Of Wayne
Action Hero
Genre: Alternative Rock
Year: 2011
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I Am Here
Jhann Jhannsson & BJNilsen
I Am Here (Salve Regina)
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Speaking Of Now
Pat Metheny Group
The Gathering Sky
Genre: Jazz
Year: 2002
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The Ark
Chad & Jeremy
You Need Feet (You Need Hands)
Genre: Pop
Year: 1968
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The Ark
Chad & Jeremy
Paxton Quigley's Had the Course
Genre: Pop
Year: 1968
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World Circuit Records is set to release Buena Vista Social Club’s Lost and Found on March 24, distributed in North America by Nonesuch Records. Coming almost two decades after the release of the original Grammy-winning, self-titled LP, the new album is a collection of previously unreleased tracks––some of which were recorded during the original album’s sessions in Havana and others from the years that followed. The studio tracks on Lost and Found were recorded at the 1996 Egrem studio sessions in Havana and during a period of rich and prolific creativity stretching into the early 2000s following the recording of the original album. Lost and Found also features live recordings from the world tours of Buena Vista’s legendary veterans. “Over the years we were often asked what unreleased material was left in the vaults,” says World Circuit’s Nick Gold. “We knew of some gems, favorites amongst the musicians, but we were always too busy working on the next project to go back and see what else we had. When we eventually found the time, we were astonished at how much wonderful music there was.”
Lost and Found
Buena Vista Social Club
Macusa
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