For the past 25 years, Neil Young has brought some of his best friends together for the Bridge School, a school in California for kids with severe developmental disabilities. The school, which Neil's children attended, specializes in helping children who don't use speech to communicate.
Now he's releasing some of the best performances, on either a 2 CD or 3 DVD set. The Bridge School Concerts has a pretty incredible lineup, with performances from Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, the Dave Matthews Band, Jack Johnson, The Who, Elton John & Leon Russell, and more. Check out the movie trailer:
The most recent concert happened over the weekend, and it featured an amazing performance of the song "Helpless" by Neil and Arcade Fire.
More info about the concert, the school, and the new CD and DVD here.
Atlas Sound is the solo project from Bradford Cox of indie buzz band Deerhunter. Cox's first solo record, Let The Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel was released in '08.
After reading a Beck interview while in the sixth grade, Cox learned he could use the family's karaoke machine as a multi-track device.
Atlas Sound is Cox continuing to explore the process, his way of using "ideas I can't make work with a five piece band." Â On this new record he's created an intimate space you'll keep going back to.
Parallax the third release from Atlas Sound is out November 8th on 4AD. Grab a free download of Flagstaffhere.
Did you catch Fitz and the Tantrums when they played that show at Willow Island last weekend?
They're still on the road in support of their album "Pickin' Up the Pieces," and their momentum continues to build. They say their recipe for success is "six killer musicians, five dapper suits, irresistible songs, some serendipity and one vintage organ."
Fitz and the Tantrums will be back in the Midwest in late November, playing three shows at the Metro (two are already sold out).
In the meantime, here's a free download of a live version of the song "Don't Gotta Work it Out." Enjoy!
Frightened Rabbit are a Scottish band lead by Scott Hutchison. They released their debut Sing The Greys in 2006 and have created some pretty amazing music ever since. The band's 2008 release The Midnight Organ Fight even scored "Album of the Year" votes from some music critics.
Nobody does a love song better than Frightened Rabbit. They've grown since '06 adding more complex layered arrangements into the mix.
Hutchison's strong Scottish vocals and huge choruses have become his signature. The band seem poised for a breakthrough. The Ep includes the song âThe Workâ featuring vocals from veteran Scottish folksinger Archie Fisher.
Grab the new Frightened Rabbit Ep here in exchange for your email address. It's also streaming here if you want to check it out first.
Tom Petty will drop a live record November 25th in conjunction with Record Store Day's Black Friday. The vinyl only release, Kiss My Amps Live, will be a limited-edition pressing of 5000 numbered albums available exclusively through independent retailers.
The record features 6 songs from Mojo recorded live during Petty's 2010 North American tour, and Sweet William a b-side recorded in 2008.
Each copy purchased will include a unique code that will allow the buyer to also download the album in a hi-fi digital format for free.
1. âTakinâ My Timeâ â July 22, 2010 â The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Mich.
2. âI Should Have Known Itâ â June 16, 2010 â Rexall Place, Edmonton, Canada
3. âSweet Williamâ â June 14, 2008 â Comcast Center, Mansfield, Mass.
4. âJefferson Jericho Bluesâ â Aug 1, 2010 â Wachovia Arena, Philadelphia, Pa.
1. âFirst Flash of Freedomâ â Aug 1, 2010 â Wachovia Arena, Philadelphia, Pa.
2. âRunning Manâs Bibleâ â Sep 18, 2010 â Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion, Raleigh, N.C.
3. âGood Enoughâ â July 31, 2010 â Wachovia Arena, Philadelphia, Pa.
After almost a decade The Cranberries are releasing Roses, a new studio album in February. The band worked on much of the new record in Limerick and Toronto with producer Stephen Street.
Lead singer Dolores O'Riordan tells Billboard, "It's kind of picking up where we left off... The whole thing was very lovely. It really came together really nicely. A lot of the tracks were written without really thinking about it. They just came."
"It's really cool, the chemistry," O'Riordan continued. "It's really just right. There's something there when we're together that's really good. It's not something that money can buy. It's not really something anyone can really emulate. It's got to do with energy and chemistry and that kind of thing. It's like putting on a perfect pair of shoes. It just fits."
Expect Roses to drop on Valentines Day 2012. Grab a free download of the first single Show Me The Way below.
T Bone Burnett Presents the Speaking Clock Revue is an album showcasing 11 performances from a benefit concert recorded last year at New York's Beacon Theatre. Proceeds from the album and the live shows benefit Participant Media, an organization dedicated to supporting arts education.
The lineup includes Elton John, Elvis Costello, Leon Russell, John Mellencamp, Gregg Allman, Ralph Stanley, Jeff Bridges, Neko Case, Jim James, Punch Brothers, Karen Elson and The Secret Sisters. The Speaking Clock Revue features a house band put together by Burnett and led by music director and guitarist Marc Ribot.
"The privacy and the intimacy of the studio afford artists the freedom to create," Burnett said, "but something thrilling happens in getting away from the machines and into the live communication of real-time storytelling in the larger community. The first tour I went on, my first job in show business, was on The Rolling Thunder Revue, and I've come back to that type of collaborative and extraordinarily rewarding experience from time to time."
The record comes out tomorrow but you can listen to the full length here now.
The Kooks dropped their 3rd record Junk of the Heart last month and are currently in the middle of a world tour. The band just wrapped the UK leg and are off to take over the rest of Europe before hitting the states next month.
The Kooks recorded the new record in London and New York with Jim Abbiss but then scrapped half the material to hook up with Tony Hoffner who produced the first two records. Lead singer Luke Pritchard felt lost with Abbiss at the helm and brought Hoffner back into the mix to give the band a clear direction and open new doors with production and instrumentation.
Pritchard says, "Musically it's quite different. It's a new band, two new guys. The sound of the band has changed quite drastically. Still with the same roots we've always had, melody being really important in our band. It's soul music, the lyrics are quite a lot influenced by what's gone onâ¦ you get to a third album and [have] six or seven years on the road."
Download an acoustic version of the title track below.
The Black Keys teamed up with Funny Or Die to announce the release of their new record El Camino December 6th. They enlisted the help of comedian Bob Odenkirk from HBO's Mr. Show and AMC's Breaking Bad to shoot a parody video of a 70's car salesman advertising a van for sale.
The band has even launched a website wannabuyavan in the viral marketing campaign. At the site you can call Pat and hear a recorded message describing the "van" and pre-order the new record.
Previously, The Black Keys have stated the new record is heavily influence by The Cramps and The Clash. El Camino is the follow up to 2010's Brothers.
If Triple M's favorite rock and roll farmer plays his new CD for the cows out in the barn in New Glarus, they're chewin' their cud a bit faster..and dancing in their stalls.
If you're a follower of local music, you've probably heard that Jimmy Voegeli brought in some heavy hitters to help out on "Gimme the Jimmys." Yeah, he's got Bun E. Carlos from Cheap Trick on one track, and Dan Baird of the Georgia Satellites playing the guitar solos on several songs, but while that looks great on press releases, the proof is in the listening.
So often a local band will sound great live, but when they try to make a record of original material it leaves you asking "Why did I buy this?"
Luckily, that's not the case with Gimme the Jimmys. It starts off really strong with " HaDaYa"..a great jumping boogie woogie number that you just want to turn up loud. And even though all the songs aren't traditional blues..they all fit and have a great flow.Â A couple of my favorites: "Hell or Heaven," and "JiMo Boogie," with the liner notes listing the musicians as Jimmy plus drummer Mauro Magellan, and a bottle of Jack. Gotta give credit where credit is due. I also can't get enough of Dan Baird's slide guitar on "She Don't Love Me."
Jimmy's a great keyboard player, fine tuning his chops as a member of the Westside Andy Mel Ford Band over the years. But he's not a show-off on this record..it's got great guitar solos..and the horn section (The Amateur Horn All Stars) is fantastic.
If you missed their Madison CD release party at the Harmony Bar, you still have a few chances to see the Jimmys live this month and pick up a copy of the CD. They've also got upcoming gigs at the Club Tavern, Knuckledown Saloon and the Brink Lounge
You can check out the Jimmys schedule and sample and buy their CD here. Reviewed by Kitty Dunn
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