Psychmonde finds A Love Electric realizing what has thus far proved difficult–translating the energy and character of the band’s critically acclaimed live show to record. For this, ALE turned to the community of musicians, some heroes to the band, some street performers, some Mexico City scenesters. Keyboard hero John Medeski (Medeski Martin & Wood) performs on the majority of Psychmonde, playing B3 organ in his signature hook-heavy, dance inducing rhythmic voice.
It’s been a big year for Roots of Creation and their front-man Brett Wilson. Earlier this year RoC dropped their chart-topping triple-album Livin Free, and now the lead singer and guitarist has released his own live acoustic album, Get Ready! Live In Columbus. Get Ready! Live In Columbus was recorded during Brett Wilson’s opening performance for Slightly Stoopid in front of a sold out crowd at Newport Music Hall in Columbus, OH. The set includes a number of original tracks, as well as an eclectic mix of covers and medleys. Brett Wilson handles everything from “Sugaree” by the Grateful Dead to R. Kelly’s “Ignition (remix).” The live album was recorded and mastered by Slightly Stoopid’s monitor engineer Joshua Driscoll, with additional mastering completed by Grammy Award Winner – Jay Frigoletto.
The Opposite Of Time continues the work Brian Cullman began with his previous album, but pares down the sound, opening the windows to let in as much light and air as possible, with most tracks recorded live in the studio. Jenni Muldaur is on backing vocals, Aaron Johnston & Didi Gutman (Brazilian Girls) are on drums & keyboards, Glenn Patscha (Ollabelle, Sheryl Crow) plays piano and organ, Byron Isaacs (Ollabelle, Levon Helm) plays bass, and Jimi Zhivago (Glen Hansard, Rufus Wainwright, Kim Taylor) plays guitars and co-produced the album with Cullman.
As anyone who studies the marriage of art and commerce knows, the most popular music genre is “anything with beautiful people and a good beat”. Accordingly, the members of City in the Clouds decided to assemble a band based on that philosophy. Whether or not they meet the “beautiful people” threshold is debatable, but the “good beat” qualification is on point. Based in Princeton, NJ and NYC, the band is comprised of brothers Jackson and Brendan Marquardt, Luke London, and Marcus Grey. Previously, the Marquardt brothers worked with REM producer Mitch Easter and toured the US and UK with The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus.
In the midst of one of the most bizarre presidential elections the country has ever seen, Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra do their part to Make America Great Again! On their debut recording, released on Troubadour Jass Records, the trombonist/composer and his rollicking big band take back that tarnished slogan and run it up the flagpole of great American music, tracing its sounds from its African roots through the streets of New Orleans to the country as a whole.
Devon Allman’s Ride Or Die acknowledges that life on Planet Earth is no picnic. On the flipside, this third solo album from one of America’s best modern writers reminds us there’s always hope. “The world is getting crazier by the minute,” says Allman. “These songs are about pain, addiction, storms, lust, death, and feeling sometimes that you’re utterly lost. But conversely, it’s about finding your place in the universe, rebirth, strength, redemption, vindication…”
“D-Town Brass is a 15 person psychedelic-jungle-jazz-funkorchestra from Durham, NC. Our music blends the familiar with the avant-garde with a rhythmic punch that cannot be matched by any band ever in the history of the multiverse. We have had 13 platinum records on planet Zebulon, and have won the interplanetary talent-search show “Show us your Genius or Be Destroyed by Evaporator Ray” every year since 1997.
The Furious Seasons’ 5th release, look west, is a perfect departure from last years lush and orchestrated My Love is Strong. With look west David Steinhart’s penchant for catchy melodies and story line lyrics are still firmly intact, but this time they are tackled by an acoustic trio that highlights the narratives and creates a warmth that David and his brother Jeff haven’t achieved since the early days of their ‘80s band Pop Art.
Born to Be Loud features Gang of Thieves like they’ve never been heard before. Not on a record, anyway. This collection of original songs delivers the essence of Gang’s live show through thirteen tracks of funk bred rock and roll. Hard-hitting rock (“Bow To The Pedal”) straight into tight jams (“If You’re Ready”), with enough Parliament vibe that you can’t help but bob your head and move your feet. Authentic and bold, there is never a dull moment on this record.
Sibling blues-rockers Jocelyn & Chris Arndt spent much of 2016 traveling the US in support of their debut full-length album “Edges.” While Jocelyn & Chris are back in the studio working on their new album due out in March, we are excited to bring you “30,000 Miles!” From festivals and clubs, to radio and press appearances, this collection spans the country with performances from legendary venues including The Viper Room in Hollywood, Arlene’s Grocery in New York, Sugar’s in Chattanooga, The Linda in Albany, NY, The Rock n’ Roots Festival in Lake George, NY, along with radio performances for WEXT, WDST Radio Woodstock and more.
With his fourth album, Counterfeit Salvation, John Bunzow continues to establish himself as an inspired and innovative American roots singer/songwriter/guitarist of depth, substance and groove. The Portland, Oregon, native has been called one of the finest roots writers/musicians on the current music scene. Producer Pete Anderson (Dwight Yoakam, Meat Puppets, Steve Forbert) said he is “…without doubt the best artist I’ve heard in recent times.” Chicago Tribune columnist Jack Hurst credits Bunzow with mixing “the rootsy with the revolutionary.”
Arkansas native Joseph Israel returns to his roots with his new album Paradise. The fourteentrack album was released July 15, 2016 on the Lions of Israel label and showcases the continuing evolution of Joseph Israel as a songwriter, and the skills of the Jerusalem Band in the recording studio. Paradise is anchored by bass statesman and producer Christopher Meredith, (Ziggy and Stephen Marley, Lauryn Hill, Joss Stone, Amy Winehouse, Jimmy Cliff ) who has been working with Joseph Israel since co-producing Gone Are The Days (UME) in 2007. Meredith’s bass lines shine throughout this album and are complemented by the highly talented drummer Marlon Davis. These two set the groove and are accompanied by Matt Smith on lead guitar, and Carl Blackmon on piano and Hammond B2 organ.
Flying Microtonal Banana is King Gizzard’s first-ever experience in microtonal tuning, which features intervals smaller than a semitone and not found in customary Western tuning octaves. Nothing is sacred in our western music. Over hundreds of years our music de-evolved to feature less emphasis on rhythm and more attention to harmonic imperfection. Our ancestors endeavoured to create a system based on perfect 5ths yet we end up with a series of severely out of tune 3rds and wonky harmonies. Bach composed in something closer to just intonation. Modern pianos are tuned sharp at the top and flat at the bottom. Violinists instinctually bow perfect harmonies in orchestral arrangements. Barbershop quartets instinctually sing perfect harmonic 3rds and 7ths. They are right. We are wrong. Trust your instincts. “We continually dumbed down the rhythmic complexity in favour of harmonic entanglement.“ Harmonies that are out of tune. Nothing is sacred! And neither is this album. 24-TET everybody. Wronger than wrong. www.kinggizzardandthelizardwizard.com
Sync is the first studio album from Keller Williams’ KWahtro, the most recent ensemble from genre hopping multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Keller Williams. Led by Williams on guitar and vocals, Keller Williams’ KWahtro features the superb musicianship of bassist Danton Boller (Jazz Mandolin Project, Roy Hargrove), guitarist and longtime Williams’ collaborator Gibb Droll (Brandi Carlisle, Bruce Hornsby) and drummer Rodney Holmes (Carlos Santana, Steve Kimock). Special guests include The Accidentals, Mike Dillon and Williams’ son Cabell Williams.
Singer and songwriter Laura Vecchione’s (“Veck-ee-Oh-nee”) latest album may have taken close to a decade to realize, but Love Lead needed time to mature under the guidance of an artist who struggled to embrace an inner beauty and power that’s masterfully expressed on her latest release. Recorded in Nashville under the direction of Grammy-nominated producer Doug Wayne, Vecchione brought in musicians whose profound skills perfectly match and enhance the equally impressive craft and artistry of her songs. The all-star core group includes guitarist George Marinelli (Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Hornsby), guitarist Michael Sever (Dolly Parton, Don McLean, Gretchen Peters), bassist Mark Prentice (Steve Earle, Bruce Cockburn), drummer Matthew Bubel (BJ Thomas, Bruce Hornsby), keyboardist Jeff Roach (Jo Dee Messina, Will Hoge, Lori McKenna), and keyboardist Catherine Marx (Linda Rondstadt, Rhonda Vincent, Ronnie Milsap). But perhaps nothing drives Love Lead more than Vecchione’s own commanding, impressive voice, described by music critic Billy Copeland as “a force of nature.”
As a jaded, rebellious teenager, Lauren Hoffman connected with Jeff Buckley. She was backstage at a concert, waiting for her father who worked in music. “I asked him, ‘Are you always that depressing?’ Jeff was visibly offended,” she recalls, laughing, “but somehow he was also intrigued.” So they hung out. “‘I told him I write songs but didn’t think I should do that for a career.’ And he said, with all this intensity, ‘If you don’t express and put out what you have, it will destroy you from the inside,’” she says. “I really took that to heart. That affected me, longterm.” Jeff became a mentor to her, up until his death in 1997 just one month before she released her debut solo album.
Til They Bang on the Door is a slinky, brassy and decidedly sexy record that marks a bold, new direction for Lucy Woodward. Woodward was looking for “crazy, low brass instrumentation with feminine vocals” for the album on GroundUP Music/Verve Label Group, so she paired up with an all-star recording cast, featuring co-producer Michael League (Snarky Puppy), co-producer/ keyboardist Henry Hey (David Bowie, George Michael), engineer/mixer Nic Hard, organist Cory Henry and core musicians from Snarky Puppy. The video for the song “Live Live Live” was debuted by Relix.com on Nov. 22, and according to Woodward, “it’s about making peace with that inner-kid who has the urge to be weird and free.”
Mama’s Black Sheep is the Baltimore MD based collaboration of singer-songwriters Ashland Miller (guitar/vocals) and Laura Cerulli (drums/vocals). Together, this duo harmoniously produce magical tapestries of song, weaving energetic color and rich texture to create an infectious and lively conversation between guitar and percussion. Each song allows you to travel with time, whether you’re swinging to Country, Rocking to Pop, Grooving to Soul, or swaying to the Blues; there’s always something to move your body and stir your soul!
MWALIM DAPHUNKEE PROFESSOR (Morgan James Peters) is a dynamic Renaissance man in the contemporary cultural arts scene. Drawing from jazz, soul, funk and NDN (Native American) musical influences, Mwalim crafts urban music for sophisticated tastes, his branded soul-funk-jazz sound has grooved crowds from arenas to small lounges. Playing Carnegie Hall before he turned 14, Mwalim began his career in the 1980s while attending Music & Art High School. Hanging out in the fabled 251 West 30th Street music building in NYC led to doing session work at Planet Studios and Rogue studios; later doing session work at Jazzy Jay Recording studios when it was located in the Bronx. Nicknamed “The String Guy” for adding violin, viola and cello parts to songs, he also played keyboard on a number of early hip-hop, r&b and dance music recordings in New York City and eventually Boston, MA.
Members of the funk and soul quartet The Nth Power have performed with everyone from Beyonce to Kanye West, Jay-Z, Chaka Khan, Maceo Parker, Ivan Neville, The Meters, and more. Originally formed during a late-night jam session at JazzFest 2012, the band have developed into a profound talent of four powerhouse musicians: Nikki Glaspie (vocals, drums); Nate Edgar (bass); Nick Cassarino (vocals, guitar); and Courtney J. Mell Smith (vocals, keyboards). The Nth Power continuously tear up the stage at concert halls and major music festivals such as Electric Forest, Summer Camp, Hullaween and more.
Hailing from the great Northwest, where he was a founding member of the pop-noise band Frequency dB, Peter Buzzelle is a singer/songwriter that can best be described as a devotee to guitar-centered Power Pop in the tradition of Big Star, The Posies, and The Shins. Dig a little deeper, though, and you’ll find additional layers that demonstrate a keen sense of song craft featuring a dichotomy of joy and melancholy mixed into a style heavy on melodic hooks, original riffs, and the occasional odd time signature.
Born in Brussels in 1973, Zeke Martin entered the world with a pair of drumsticks in his hands. Influenced by his father, Stu Martin, who played with Jazz greats such as Herbie Hancock, John McLaughlin, Charles Mingus, Dave Holland and Quincy Jones to name a few, Zeke’s musical repertoire includes a blend of Jazz, Funk, R&B, Reggae, Rock and more.
James’ rock songs combine soaring vocals, sweeping melodies, and one memorable chorus after another. Lush arrangements feature Oliver James on acoustic and electric guitars and lead vocals, accompanied by keyboardist Brett Levine and the rhythm section of Rick Nash and Larry Grano, with strings arranged by Chris Howes. Co-produced, mixed, and mastered by Alan Sanderson (Elton John, Rolling Stones, Weezer), “What Have We Learned” is as multidimensional as its makers. There are moments of undeniable celebration and others of quiet introspection and lonely exhalation. Blending timeless themes with modern production values, What Have We Learned is an exciting new entrant to the AAA format.
Roots of Creation have finished their most expansive project to date, Livin Free. The project is an 18-track studio LP, complemented by a 3-disc deluxe collection with both dub/remix and acoustic versions, plus a limited edition double 12” vinyl. Livin Free will be released April 22, 2016 via the band’s own label, Bombshelter Records and distributed by ILS/Caroline/Universal Music Group. The album’s title is a nod toward New Hampshire’s state motto “Live Free or Die” that the band has embraced in their music and message.
I released my 7th CD “Captain Soul” in January and it’s making quite an impact already having been played on over 80 radio stations! I’ve included the CD download below and info on my music in hope that you might include a track on your site! My music is mostly all original and while defined as Americana or California Country we bring in many styles from gospel, R&B and even reggae. It’s all woven together with high energy, catchy hooks, great harmonies and socially and spiritually conscious lyrics. We get comparisons to the Eagles, the Dead, and Neil Young amongst others even though we have our own unique sound!
The Unseen Strangers have ambitiously cultivated a musical identity shaped by good old fashioned bluegrass, the limitless barrage of contemporary musical influences, and a curious sense of humor.
“The music brings the usual comparisons – Shovels & Rope, The Innocence Mission…lovely harmonies and the delicate interplay of instruments and ideas.” – PASTE
The hubris and cruelty of the human species Place 2 Winterlings (Wolff Bowden& Amanda Birdsall) in a rain-battered house just north of Seattle. Mix in electric guitar, violin, harmonium, banjitar, piano, drums, tambourine and a dash of typewriter. When Winterlings learn of a friend’s son’s suicide, add a housefly to distract from despair, followed by a fan with Cystic Fibrosis receiving new lungs. Sift in the demoralizing spice of music streaming until batter tastes of poverty. Add 2 weeks of studying Nirvana songs to play 3 shows at Seattle’s Experience Music Project Museum, mashing Winterlings’ creative sensibilities with Kurt Cobain’s. Sprinkle in 40 inches of rain and the death of Winterlings’ bass player’s wife. Refrigerate for 3 months until Philadelphia’s Michele Lynn steps in to play bass on 9 songs, including one about her son’s suicide. Separate dough into 10 islands of magic and melancholy. Bake for 10 days while Winterlings tour Oregon and California during the forecasted “Storm of the Century.” Cool until November 12, 2016 and enjoy with album release show at Seattle’s Ballard Homestead. These are not your ordinary cookies. These are Poems That Live As People. www.winterlings.com