|Aimee Mann For the Holidays|
Mann's homage to the holiday variety show of yore has consistently played to sold-out crowds on both the East and West Coast, featuring a mixture of music from One More Drifter in the Snow, a host of comedians ranging from Paul F. Thompkins and Fred Armisan and special drop-in guests including Jackson Browne, John C. Reilly, Amos Lee, Chuck Prophet, Rachel Yamagata, Nellie McKay, Josh Ritter, Ben Lee, Ben Gibbard, Morgan Murphy and fellow singer-songwriter Grant Lee Phillips pitching in as the Grinch along the way. The New York Times describes the holiday pageant as "Delightful…a Santa-stupefying balance of naughty and nice…with the giddy warmth of an eggnog buzz. Hangover included of course."
This year Paul F. Thompkins will return to trade off hosting duties will fellow comedian Patton Oswalt. Also confirmed to play are fellow singer-songwriters Nellie McKay, Grant Lee Phillips and comedienne Morgan Murphy. The tour will kick off on the West Coast in San Diego and head up the coast through Los Angeles, San Francisco, and then on to the East Coast for ten dates with multiple shows in the Boston and NY area.- more on this story
|Paul Simon Live From Philadelphia DVD|
Recorded in Philadelphia's longtime cherished landmark venue, The Tower Theater, in 1980, this 11-song, 53-minute set features Simon on vocals and guitar back by a superb back-up band: drummer Steve Gadd, bassist Tony Levin, pianist Richard Tee and guitarist Eric Gale.
The setlist includes both solo material and Simon & Garfunkel classics. Simon was in a transitional phase in 1980, continually searching for just the right sounds. Touring in support of the soundtrack to One-Trick Pony, he was still three years removed from Hearts & Bones and, more importantly, six years removed from Graceland. - more on this story
|Tommy James & the Shondells Collection Coming|
40 Years contains the A-side of every single James released (with or without the Shondells) on six different labels from 1966 to 2006 (plus an ultra-rare 1962 bonus track) with in-depth liner notes penned by Ed Osborne and Tommy James' biographer, Martin Fitzpatrick, and photos from Tommy's personal archive. As with did the recent Collectors' Choice Jan & Dean Compete Liberty Singles release, 40 Years contains the original single mixes, not the remixed versions heard on previous collections. Fifteen Shondells' tracks and five of Tommy's solo singles are in their original mono mixes, almost all of which are making their CD debut. - more on this story
|Talking Chinese Democracy Again|
Topics include Best Buy, Bumblefoot, Buckethead, Frank Ferrer, Brain, Chris Pitman, and Talking Metal's participation in Fuse's Big Blog Thing.
The podcast can be downloaded at this- location
|Watch Chimaira Record|
Vocalist Mark Hunter commented on the live stream: "We stumbled across the Yahoo! chat thing and realized we could incorporate that with our band. It has audio, video and the ability to chat, which I've never seen another band use in the studio before. We can also do multi-cam. There will be glitches here and there, but that's life and that's the internet."
The band is also pleased to announce the 9th Annual Chimaira Christmas show in Cleveland. The band will be performing at the House of Blues on December 30, and tickets will be $9.99. - more on this story
|Halloween Desert Wabbit Shows, Gram Rabbit That IS|
The show will be a special Halloween event - and Gram Rabbit, with their haunting, dark onstage theatrics and visuals, are a perfect fit for the occasion. Gram Rabbit is currently promoting their latest EP, Rare Bits, a collection of rare, unreleased material, including some long time concert favorites and experimental tracks that demonstrate the band's unmistakable inventiveness and versatility.
From Joshua Tree, CA, Gram Rabbit serves up a singular synthesis of electro-pop, hard rock and theatre with a playful, sexy edge. Their inimitable artistry has won over crowds at London's Wireless Festival, Coachella, and most recently, their high-profile comeback gig at LA's Sunset Junction.
|Spend This Christmas with Martha's Trouble|
"The album was recorded long distance with players contributing parts from a number of different locations," says Rob. "We recorded our portion in Auburn, Alabama, some was completed in Asheville, North Carolina, and still other parts were recorded in Houston, Texas. We sent the files back and forth via email." The album was co-produced by Rob and new band member Jacob Blount, who recently joined the group as a guitarist.
The disc will be available online, at shows, and at brick-and-mortar locations such as Barnes & Noble and Borders. Entitled "This Christmas," the album boasts six covers of holiday favorites and two originals.- more on this story
|Dead By Wednesday Hit The Road|
11/06 - Chicago, IL @ Rebel Radio
11/07 - Troy, OH @ The Brewery
11/08 - Medford, MI @ The Bullfrog
11/09 - Chicago, IL @ Redline Tap (Heartland Cafe) - more dates
|Iceberg Slim's Reflections Coming To CD|
Produced in 1976 by David Drozen, "Reflections" is the poignant and memorable recording of many of Iceberg Slim's true life experiences. These stories are not easily forgotten and leave their incredible mark on the listener.
Iceberg Slim started to pimp at age 18 in the brutal Chicago underworld, soon becoming rich and successful in the trade. In his writings, he traced the motive behind and tradition of black pimping to the days when American slaves noticed their white owners' physical attraction to and exploitation of black women.
|Municipal Waste More Dates|
In addition to the big dates with labelmates Order Of Ennead and fellow Virginians, Lamb Of God, the masters of the Inebriator are looking to bang some heads at these shows:
30 The Drunken Unicorn Atlanta, Georgia
|King Clarentz Soph|
These 13 tracks, laid down with drummer Bobby Lloyd Hicks of the Skeletons in late 2007, are truly true-to-live, and full of the King's unique reflections on topics such as hurricane parties, sex, death, and, of course, Republicans.
"Pea Vine Whistle" and "Empire State" showcase his ability to make even the most traditional songs his own. And "Martha Stewart" and "New GOP" take it even further with modern, witty, yet timeless lyrics. The CD's comic-book-style packaging, designed by renowned visionary San Francisco artist Aaron Farmer, (SF Weekly and Bill Graham Presents/Fillmore Auditorium), illustrates the unique vision behind the words to "Supermodel," which was inspired by one of the King's many trips to 29 Palms, California. A PDF of the comic-booklet is available with full-album downloads on iTunes.- more on this story
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