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Music Releases 07-13-18

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The Magic Numbers

Co-produced by Dave Izumi in Izumi's own Echo Zoo studio in Eastbourne, work began on Outsiders in early 2017. The album, though instantly recognisable as a Magic Numbers record in it's melodies, begins with a more raucous punch sonically. The confidence is more evident than ever before, noticeable immediately in the more bluesy, gnarly guitar sound. Songs like 'The Keeper', even having a distinct T. Rex feel. I've been revisiting lots of early rock'n'roll and blues records, Bo Diddley, Howlin' Wolf", Stodart explains. "I've fallen madly in love with the electric guitar again for sure. I love T. Rex, and Bowie. The silver lining of the sadness of losing ?David Bowie?? was that you go back and become obsessed again. Even the way he left us was a work of art.' There's also been a subtle but significant shift in Stodart's lyrical themes. 'It wasn't a conscious decision to refrain from looking inward but I did feel a shift creatively with the things I wanted to say and share this time around. It's allowed me the opportunity to play with characters like Michele & I have done on 'Ride Against The Wind" which we based upon a fictitious motorcycle girl gang who've grown tired of conforming and towing the line in their everyday lives." This sense of fun is also reflected in the occasional references Romeo throws in of other people's songs, such as namechecking Kate Bush's "Hounds Of Love", and "Everybody's Talkin'" by ?Fred Neil??. "I enjoy throwing in those things in a way to see if people notice, it makes songwriting more playful." The lead single is the epic Neil Young meets Fleetwood Mac" Sweet Divide". "The couplet "Maybe there's no grand design/What if this is all we find?" hints at a humanist, even atheist interpretation. "No-one knows what's to come," says Romeo. "We're all just fumbling in the dark, searching, sometimes it can be comforting to acknowledge that. The expansive, extraordinary "Runaways" is one of the album's standout moments. "It's a love song for the misfits in society" Romeo explains, 'It's saying we're 'scorned lovers' 'damaged goods' but let's stick together and embrace it, I think there's a beauty in that'

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Cowboy Junkies

With their new album, All That Reckoning, The Cowboy Junkies once again gently shake the listener to wake up. Whether commenting on the fragile state of the world or on personal relationships, this new collection may be the most powerful album the Cowboy Junkies have yet recorded. Its a deeper and a more complete record than weve ever done before, says songwriter / guitarist Michael Timmins. These songs are about reckoning on a personal level and reckoning on a political level.

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Rayland Baxter

Rayland Baxter

Wide Awake [LP]

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Rayland Baxter’s new album is a dream realized. Since he first started writing music, this roving rock ‘n’ roll philosopher dreamed of a space where he could devote every waking hour to creating. The hard-touring musician finally found it in the form of an abandoned rubber band factory in Franklin, KY, where he covered the windows, threw a mattress on the floor, and with guitar and piano in tow, spent three straight months writing. At night he would sit and listen to the sounds around him: coyotes, the howling wind, the faint prattle of the nightly TV news. The result of this isolation quest is ‘Wide Awake’ (July 13/ATO Records), a ten-song collection that celebrates the best aspects of humanity and grasps at understanding the worst.

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Various Artists

Ten years after Mamma Mia! The Movie grossed more than $600 million around the world, fans are invited to return to the magical Greek island of Kalokairi in an all-new original musical based on the songs of ABBA. With the film’s original cast returning and new additions including Lilly James and Academy Award® winner Cher, the musical comedy will open on July 20, 2018. Original ABBA member Benny Andersson produced and arranged the upcoming soundtrack.


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Ben Folds Five

In 1997, PBS began airing Sessions at West 54th, a program far removed from the live music fare aimed at the older set that one usually finds on the network. Instead, Sessions at West 54th brought the hottest and hippest acts to New York to perform live in front of a studio audience. And one of the first acts asked to appear was Ben Folds Five. Which was a very big deal to the leader of the band. “I viewed it as an equal to a classic BBC live music television show,” says Ben Folds. “I walked into it thinking, 'This is the one I leave [behind],' because it felt like some kind of a time capsule gig.” Now, we at Real Gone Music are thrilled to present the complete performance by Ben Folds Five as recorded at Sony Music Studios (only three songs aired on the original PBS broadcast). This 2-LP/CD release represents the first live album to be released in either format from the “vintage” years of the trio (consisting of Folds, drummer Darren Jessee and bassist Robert Sledge). Among the 15 tunes are three from the group’s self-titled debut, nine from their then-current release Whatever and Ever Amen featuring their hit “Battle of Who Could Care Less,” and three songs that had not been released at the time (“Emaline,” “Theme from ‘Dr. Pyser’,” and their radically reimagined cover of Flaming Lips’ “In She Don’t Use Jelly”). Folds and crew were always a great live band—they even recorded their studio albums in a largely live setting—but this performance crackles with palpable intensity, brought home by this recording’s flawless fidelity. But don’t take our word for it—as Folds says in Bill Kopp’s liner notes that accompany the release, “That gig was pretty special.” Available on CD or in a gatefold blue vinyl double-LP limited to 1000 copies!

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AHI

AHI

In Our Time [LP]

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Leading with his heart as much as with his head, AHI is an emotional yet discerning lyricist who would rather demonstrate love than use the word itself. He allows his light to shine inward but only to a degree, admitting to some autobiography on In Our Time but as glimpsed through an imaginative lens. While his music possesses a quality of timelessness, the sounds here reveal a broad spectrum of influence and also toe the line between retro and revelatory. None of that is by accident: the album, like its 2016 predecessor, We Made It Through the Wreckage, was recorded in Nashville -- a place AHI finds attractive for its sound and skilled studio hands rather than its glitzy polish -- and this time on analog-to-tape with flourishes of digital technology.

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The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones’ No Security tour ran from January to June 1999 through North America and Europe. It followed on from the colossal Bridges To Babylon tour and took its name from the “No Security” live album recorded on that 1997/98 tour. In reaction to the huge stadiums played on Bridges To Babylon the conscious decision was made to book smaller venues for the initial North American leg of the No Security tour. This latest addition to the acclaimed From The Vaults series was filmed at the San Jose Arena in front of an audience of a little over 30,000 (intimate by Rolling Stones standards!) at the end of the North American dates. Previously unreleased, it captures the band in top form playing a set that spans from mid-sixties hit singles up to the then current Bridges To Babylon album.

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Mick Jagger (vocals, guitar, harmonica); Keith Richards (guitar, vocals); Charlie Watts (drums); Ronnie Wood (guitar)
With: Darryl Jones (bass, backing vocals); Chuck Leavell (keyboards, backing vocals); Bobby Keys (saxophone); Tim Ries (saxophone, keyboards); Michael Davis (trombone); Kent Smith (trumpet); Lisa Fischer (backing vocals); Bernard Fowler (backing vocals, percussion); Blondie Chaplin (backing vocals, percussion, acoustic guitar)

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Jason Isbell

The debut album from accomplished guitarist and songwriter Jason Isbell, formerly of Drive By Truckers (DBT), is reissued with 4 unreleased tracks from the original recording sessions. The addition of those 4 extra songs finds Sirens Of The Ditch clocking in at 15 total tracks. Sirens Of The Ditch's mystical quality can be partially attributed to the FAME recording studio (Aretha Franklin, Duane Allman, Otis Redding) in Isbell’s hometown of Muscle Shoals, AL where the album was recorded. Co-produced by Isbell and Patterson Hood (DBT), Sirens Of The Ditch features Isbell singing lead vocals and playing guitar throughout, joined by Shonna Tucker (Formerly of DBT) on Bass and Brad Morgan (DBT) on drums. Several musicians pop in for cameos including Spooner Oldham and David Hood (Patterson s father) on "Down In A Hole", John Neff (Formerly of DBT) on "Dress Blues" and Patterson himself guests on "Shotgun Wedding". "a strong debut, full of the kind of confident, charismatic songwriting that just can't be taught." - Pitckfork “Isbell could be roots rock’s Flannery O’Connor.” - Spin

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