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New Releases for April 6th, 2010

VINYL RELEASES:

Dr. Dog – Shame Shame
Having evolved from a band whose primary creative outlet was the album-making process into one that favored the energy of their live performances, Dr. Dog knew they wanted to document the new dynamic they had developed on the road. Producer Rob Schnapf (Beck, Elliott Smith) was brought in to help peel back the intricate arrangements of their last album Fate to reveal the raw immediacy of a tight five-man unit honing their craft.

Thomas Fehlmann – Gute Luft (2x LP)
Thomas Fehlmann remains one of the most endearing and respected artists on Kompakt. He has inspired generations of fans and musicians over the course of his 30+ year career. From his early days as part of the legendary band Palais Schaumburg and pioneering Detroit/Berlin act 3MB (with Juan Atkins and Moritz von Oswald), to his longstanding membership with The Orb, combined with his contributions as a solo artist to esteemed imprints R&S, Plug Research, and of course Kompakt, his musical works have been prolific. Gute Luft is the result of months of work scoring the hit German TV film 24H Berlin, the longest documentary film in history, which features 80 camera teams following the lives of Berliners over a 24-hour period. Gute Luft: Original Soundtrack From The “24H Berlin” TV Documentary

Gotan Project – Tango 3.0

Harlem – Hippies
Hippies is the second long-player from Austin’s hardest working troublemakers, Harlem. As demonstrated by numerous self-booked tours, including stints at SXSW and CMJ, Harlem have a reputation of making club gigs seem like living room shows (and living room shows feel like club shows). Hippies harnesses this energy in its sixteen blasts of pure pop energy with a new dimension of songwriting that is as tightly masterful as it is true to a joyfully frantic primitivism

Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus 3 – Propellor Time

Catherine Howe – What A Beautiful Place
Since arriving on London racks in the summer of 1970, Catherine Howe’s debut album has been unavailable in its original format. Less than 20 LP copies survived Reflection Records’ demise, and the album sat in the can until Numero’s 2007 CD issue. Produced by the legendary jazz pianist Bobby Scott, The orchestral folk master stroke has once again been set to lacquer, remastered and restored specifically for this deluxe vinyl release from the original master tapes. Gatefold package includes replica LP art and complete annotation on the sessions and history of this forgotten Brit-folk treasure

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – I Learned The Hard Way

Jónsi – Go
Jónsi has spent more than a decade writing epic compositions with Sigur Rós, creating some of the finest, most acclaimed albums of the last ten years. The choice to make an album of solo recordings came together as a solution to a backlog of songs Jónsi had written that didn’t seem to fit within the Sigur Rós context. Go is a different beast entirely. Ecstatic, dramatic and alive, it features Jónsi’s signature vocals throughout, with the majority of the songs sung in English.

Madlib – Medicine Show No. 3: Beat Konducta in Africa

Elliott Smith – From A Basement On The Hill (re-issue)
From A Basement On The Hill is Smith’s final recording and finds Smith returning to an edgier, guitar-driven sound, alongside his trademark heart-rending balladry. From a Basement on the Hill was originally released on October 19, 2004 on ANTIRecords and is now proudly re-issued by Kill Rock Stars–now home of all of Elliott’s indie releases. LP available again on both standard and 180 gram vinyl

Elliott Smith – Roman Candle (re-issue)
Kill Rock Stars is proud to re-issue Roman Candle, Elliott Smith’s first solo album, originally released on Portland’s Cavity Search Records in 1994. Roman Candle is now remastered for the re-release by Roger Seibel (SAE) and Larry Crane, editor of Tape Op Magazine and archivist for Elliott’s family. Originally released in very limited LP qty, this is the first time that Roman Candle is widely available on both standard and 180 gram vinyl

The Soft Pack – The Soft Pack

Young Jazz Rebels (Madlib) – Slave Riot
The second of Madlib’s 2010 jazz albums is Young Jazz Rebels’ Slave Riot. Slave Riot, as you can guess from the title, is a rather chaotic affair. While his previous album, Last Electro Acoustic Space Jazz and Percussion Ensemble’s Miles Away rambled along at a leisurely pace, Slave Riot guns to top speed almost immediately and rarely lets up its frenetic pace.

CD RELEASES:

The John Butler Trio – April Uprising
John Butler returns with his first album in three years, April Uprising. The album finds the multi platinum Australian artist with a new line up and new label in the States, ATO Records. Recorded at The Compound, Butler’s self built studio in the heart of his hometown of Fremantle, Western Australia, April Uprising is the follow up to 2007’s critically acclaimed and globally successful release, Grand National

David Byrne & Fatboy Slim – Here Lies Love
Comes with a twenty-four page book! Here Lies Love is a double-disc song cycle – improbably poignant, decidedly surreal, surprisingly thought provoking – about the rise and fall of the Philippines’ notorious Imelda Marcos. It was conceived by David Byrne; composed by Byrne and British deejay/recording artist Fatboy Slim, aka Norman Cook; and performed by a dream cast drawn from the worlds of indie rock, alt country, R&B and pop. Byrne’s taste in collaborators is as imaginative as it is impeccable, including Cyndi Lauper (who recounts, to lighthearted disco beats, Imelda’s courtship with Ferdinand Marcos), Steve Earle (as the power-hungry Ferdinand), Dap-Kings vocalist Sharon Jones (recalling Imelda’s introduction into New York society) and Natalie Merchant (as spurned Imelda confidante Estrella, anticipating the onset of martial law). Along with vocals turns from such stars as Tori Amos and the B-52’s Kate Pierson, Byrne works with rising indie rockers St. Vincent and My Brightest Diamond; New York chanteuses Nellie McKay and Martha Wainwright; and dance-music divas Roisin Murphy and Santigold. Byrne himself appears as the voice of imperialistic America on “American Troglodyte,” a send-up that wouldn’t have seemed out of places in Talking Heads’ True Stories.

David Byrne & Fatboy Slim – Here Lies Love (Deluxe Edition)
The deluxe edition comes with a 104 pg cloth-bound book, and includes a bonus DVD with six videos!

Dr. Dog – Shame Shame

Jakob Dylan – Women + Country
Women +Country is Jakob Dylan’s highly anticipated sophomore album following his critically acclaimed solo debut, Seeing Things. Women + Country is soulful yet striking, ripe with sublime beauty. Paired with Oscar, Grammy, and Golden Globe award winning producer T Bone Burnett (Robert Plant, Alison Krauss, Crazy Heart) and joined with the stirringly rich vocals of Neko Case and Kelly Hogan, Women + Country creates a compelling and powerful experience for the listener

Gotan Project – Tango 3.0
Gotan Project’s new album Tango 3.0 fluidly steps back on the dance floor where their last album Lunatico left off. Group members Philippe Cohen Solal, Christoph Mueller, and Eduardo Makaroff have constructed yet another beautiful melange of traditional Argentinean tango, dub, jazz and electronics. Tango 3.0‘s eleven tracks are at once seductive and propulsive

Harlem – Hippies

Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus 3 – Propellor Time
A prolific renegade and visionary cult artist, Hitchcock has released numerous albums with his long-standing outfits The Soft Boys and Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians, as well as his own ample solo work – of which Propellor Time is the very latest. Recorded at home in London’s Tropic of Hounslow over the summer of 2006 and beyond, Propellor Time is no single-handed effort: The Venus 3, Hitchcock’s backing band for this recording, boasts the rhythm section of Scott McCaughey (Young Fresh Fellows) on bass and Bill Rieflin on drums (formerly of Ministry and Revolting Cocks). Making a rare appearance as a sideman outside his usual group, R.E.M.’s Peter Buck (on twelve string and acoustic guitars) completes this esteemed line-up and is co-writer of the album’s title track with Hitchcock.

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – I Learned The Hard Way
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings are already well known as one of the most exciting acts in the nation for both their explosive live shows and their prolific output of gritty studio recordings, including their breakout release, 100 Days, 100 Nights. The follow-up, I Learned the Hard Way, is their fourth full-length on Brooklyn’s independent Daptone Records, and marks a bold step forward for a band who almost singlehandedly stewarded today’s return of soul music to its more traditional sound. Produced by Bosco Mann and recorded on an Ampex eight-track tape machine by Gabriel Roth in Daptone Records’ House of Soul studios, the record drips with a warmth and spontaneity rarely found since the golden days of Muscle Shoals and Stax. Sharon’s raw power, rhythmic swagger, moaning soulfulness, and melodic command set her ¬firmly alongside Tina Turner, James Brown, Mavis Staples, and Aretha as a fi¬xture in the canon of soul music. From the lush Philly-Soul fanfare that ushers in “The Game Gets Old” at the top of the record, to the stripped down Sam Cooke-style “Mama Don’t Like My Man” at the tail, the Dap-Kings dance seamlessly through both the most crafted and simple arrangements with subtlety and discipline. I Learned the Hard Way is the “Daptone Sound” at its finest

Jónsi – Go

Martin Sexton – Sugarcoating
With Sugarcoating, Sexton may well have made his defining record. It is an unquestionable high point for this modern-day troubadour who headlines premiere venues across the country, oversees his label KTR and derives great satisfaction from livin the life he has made for himself. These are the fruits of a combination of rarefied talent, fierce determination, and work

Slash – Slash
Slash’s first solo release, is a collection of new songs written in partnership with some of the most notable and legendary artists in music. After first enlisting the services of producing partner Eric Valentine (Queens of Stone Age, The All-America n Rejects), Slash compiled a premier rhythm section in bassist Chris Chaney (Jane’s Addiction) and drummer Josh Freese (Nine Inch Nai ls). The album features an all-star roster of guest musicians including Ian Astbury of The Cult, Chris Cornell, Rocco DeLuca , Fergie, Dav e Grohl, Myles Kennedy of Alterbridge, Kid Rock, Lemmy Kilmeister of Motorhead, Adam Levine of Maroon 5, Duff McKagan, M. Shadows of Avenged Sevenfold, Ozzy Osbourne, Iggy Pop, and Andrew Stockdale of Wolfmother. Slash handled the majority of arranging and song writing duties and handpicked each guest artist to collaborate with on rounding out each track

Elliott Smith – From a Basement on the Hill (re-issue)

Elliott Smith – Roman Candle (re-issue)

The Soft Pack – The Soft Pack
A brief synopsis of The Soft Pack’s meteoric rise: a duo writing songs in California at the dawn of 2008 goes on to supporting The Breeders, Last Of The Shadow Puppets and Bloc Party as a quartet, and release two attention-grabbing singles, “Night Life” and “Extinction”, that same year. They were the toast of CMJ in 2008 and South By Southwest in 2009, then toured alongside Franz Ferdinand, Phoenix, White Lies and Black Lips in 2009, and delivered the limited edition 12 inch Muslims EP to much chatter in March 2009

Joss Stone – Colour Me Free!
Written and recorded at Mama Stones, Joss’ mother’s live music venue in Devon and produced alongside Jonathan Shorten and Conor Reeves, Colour Me Free is an eclectic mix of pop, soul, R’n’B, funk, hip-hop and gospel sounds. Highlights include the lead single ‘Free Me’, a pop song with an infectiously catchy chorus while ‘Incredible’ possesses a raw funk sound. ‘Could have been You’ captures urban influences and ‘You Got The Love’ carries strong Gospel undertones. With guest appearances from Jeff Beck & Sheila E., Raphael Saadiq and Nas

DVD RELEASES:

The Last Waltz (DVD + Blu-Ray edition)
Martin Scorsese’s stunning The Last Waltz captures The Band’s historic farewell performance in San Francisco on Thanksgiving Day, 1976, and features many revealing interviews with members of the legendary group. Among the many titles included are “The Weight,” “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” “Helpless,” and “I Shall be Released.” Featuring some of rock & roll’s most revered figures–including Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and Joni Mitchell–The Last Waltz is unquestionably one of the greatest concert films ever