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THE LITTLE WILLIES – FOR THE GOOD TIMES

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“I love playing country music,” says Norah Jones. “More than any other genre, it makes me feel at home.” Over the past 10 years, The Little Willies—Lee Alexander (bass), Jim Campilongo (guitar), Norah Jones (piano, vocals), Richard Julian (guitar, vocals), and Dan Rieser (drums)—have periodically gathered to make music for fun, playing their favorite country songs. With their second album, For the Good Times, The Little Willies cut songs by Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, and Dolly Parton. The results demonstrate the joy they take, and commitment they make, to the project. The selections include some surprising choices, like the trucker classic “Diesel Smoke, Dangerous Curves” and “Foul Owl on the Prowl,” from the soundtrack to In the Heat of the Night. Alongside the more obscure songs, though, For the Good Times also includes some of the best-known songs in the history of country music, like Parton’s “Jolene” and the title ...

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ANI DIFRANCO – WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON?

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Singer/songwriter/guitarist Ani DiFranco releases her eagerly awaited album ¿Which Side Are You On? on the Grammy-winning artist’s own Righteous Babe Records. ¿Which Side Are You On? marks DiFranco’s first studio album in more than three years. The collection features 11 new songs alongside a radically reworked rendition of the classic title song, famously popularized by the one and only Pete Seeger nearly five decades ago, but no less relevant today. Backing DiFranco is a remarkably diverse line-up of stellar musicians, including members of her own crack touring band as well as such guest players as Ivan and Cyril Neville (ofNew Orleans’ first family of funk and R&B, The Neville Brothers), avant-saxophonist Skerik (Pearl Jam, R.E.M., Bonnie Raitt, The Meters), acclaimed singer/songwriter Anaïs Mitchell, guitarist Adam Levy (Norah Jones, Tracy Chapman, Amos Lee), and a host of New Orleans-based horn players known for their work in such outfits as Galactic, Bonerama, ...

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DEADMAU5 – MEOWINGTON HAX TOUR DVD

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This DVD brings you the biggest show in electronic music. deadmau5 is one of the most lauded performers there is, and this DVD brings you the full show from the Canadian platinum-selling artist and four-time JUNO award winner, capturing the full finale of the Meowingtons Hax Tour. deadmau5 made history on November 5 when he became the first electronic artist to have a headlining concert at the Rogers Centre, and he has broken several records on the Meowingtons Hax Tour, being the first electronic artist to co-headline the annual Lollapalooza festival, 6 consecutive nights sold out at NYC’s Roseland Ballroom, 4 consecutive sold out nights at LA’s Hollywood Palladium, 4 consecutive nights at Montreal’s The Metropolis, etc. SPIN.com lauded him as the #1 set in The 10 Best Sets of Lollapalooza 2011 list and stated “The level of spectacle that the Canadian electronic musician/producer commands is not just beyond any other ...

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SLIM CESSNA’S AUTO CLUB – UNENTITLED

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Engaging, riveting, sad and humorous; demanding the audience to participate both live and while listening to their albums - Slim Cessna's Auto Club has been tagged with every musical description possible. This is fitting, as the group describes their music as American; and after more than a decade of working and living as Slim Cessna's Auto Club, they have created their own genre. 'Unentitled' is another high-water mark in the Auto Club's career. The nine songs here are each thoughtfully crafted with unique arrangements, executed by superb musicianship and fully realized via original, insightful and intelligent lyrics. Slim Cessna's Auto Club has released a number of critically acclaimed albums on Jello Biafra's Alternative Tentacles label, and Spin Magazine and No Depression have described them as the best live band in America. With two of the most charismatic frontmen around and a tight-knit group of accomplished musicians, Slim Cessna's Auto Club ...

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JOHN K. SAMSON – PROVINCIAL

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Since 1997, John K. Samson has written four acclaimed albums with The Weakerthans. The band's most recent studio release Reunion Tour garnered praise from an assortment of publications including Paste Magazine, who said, "If such a prize existed, it would be the leading candidate for this year's Punk Pulitzer." Provincial, Samson’s first solo release began with a simple idea: to explore four different roads inManitoba, the Canadian province where Samson lives. “They're the places I kept going back to.” Samson talked to relatives, friends and strangers; he visited archives, a tuberculosis sanatorium-turned-RV park, a forgotten cemetery. The result is this collection of evocative songs, an album that fits beside Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska, Sun Kil Moon’s Ghosts Of The Great Highway, Mountain Goats’Tallahassee. While the teenage craving of “Cruise Night” recalls the Cars, “Stop Error” invokes Bach; for “When I Write my Master’s Thesis,” Samson’s inspiration was all jukebox serendipity—Bob Dylan’s ...

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LEONARD COHEN – OLD IDEAS

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2012 album from master singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen. Here are 10 new songs that mine the heart, shake the body and break the boundaries as everybody knows only Leonard can do. A signature of our time, Leonard's baritone holds us like the voices of Hank, Frank and Ray. These are songs that nobody knows and everyone will treasure. The album was produced with Patrick Leonard, Anjani Thomas, Ed Sanders and Dino Soldo. Complementing Cohen's signature baritone on Old Ideas are the exceptional vocalists Dana Glover, Sharon Robinson, The Webb Sisters (Hattie and Charley Webb) and Jennifer Warnes. The album's cover design and drawings are Cohen's own.

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RINGO STARR – 2012

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RINGO STARR – 2012

Since beginning his career with The Beatles in the 1960s, Ringo Starr has been one of the world's brightest musical luminaries. He has enjoyed a successful and dynamic solo career as a singer, songwriter and drummer, an active musical collaborator, and as an actor. Drawing inspiration from classic blues, soul, country, honky-tonk and rock 'n' roll, Ringo continues to play an important role in modern music with his solo recording and touring. Guest performers include: Joe Walsh, Benmont Tench, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Dave Stewart, Don Was, Van Dyke Parks and Edgar Winter.

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RICHARD THOMPSON – LIVE AT CELTIC CONNECTION DVD...

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Filmed in January 2011 at the Royal Concert Hall  in Glasgow as part of the annual Celtic Connections festival, this superb performance by The Richard Thompson Band marks their first ever live concert Blu-ray release. The first half of the show focuses on Thompson’s latest “Dream Attic” album with the second half given over to songs reaching back as far as his first solo album “Henry The Human Fly” and up to recent releases such as “Sweet Warrior” and “The Old Kit Bag”. Thompson’s distinctive voice and unmistakeable guitar style are well to the fore and his band are as good as it gets. This will be a must have purchase for any Richard Thompson fan. "In the guitar god firmament, Thompson easily takes a place beside Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page. He has certainly been the most consistently imaginative English plank spanker of modern times." - Daily Mirror "…one of the world's ...

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PHILIP GLASS – ESSENTIAL

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PHILIP GLASS – ESSENTIAL

“Philip Glass is surely the world’s best-known living serious composer. His is a readily identifiable, if ever controversial, style that is both imitated and parodied the world over. He is familiar to pop audiences, crossover audiences, new music audiences, opera audiences and increasingly to chamber music audiences and symphony goers,” wrote Mark Swed in gramophone. To celebrate glass’ 75th birthday on January 31, 2012, Sony classical offers the Essential Philip Glass, a three disc overview of the composer’s prolific output that led to his rise as a cultural icon from the late 1970s to the early 1990s. It encompasses generous selections from the three seminal “Portrait Operas” (Einstein On the Beach, Satyagraha and Akhnaten) that established Glass as a serious, innovative classical composer, dance scores for Twyla Tharp (in the upper room) and Jerome Robbins (Songs from Liquid Days), theater works (the Photographer), plus music for solo piano and collaborations with ...

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RUMER – SEASONS OF MY SOUL

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The award-winning collection “Seasons Of My Soul,” the acclaimed debut album from British singer/songwriter Rumer arrives inNorth America on January 24th, 2012. Fueled by the much-admired hit singles “Slow” and “Aretha,” “Seasons Of My Soul” was a platinum certified popular success upon itsUK release last year. What‟s more, the album proved an international sensation, reaching the top 10 inBelgium,Norway,Ireland,New Zealand, and theNetherlands. More over, “Seasons Of My Soul” was a critical sensation, earning extraordinary acclaim for a debut album. Mojo hailed the collection as a five-star „Instant Classic,” praising Rumer for “(achieving) perfect balance between effusion and restraint…It‟s as if Rumer is laying bare humanity‟s soul, such is her ability to create intimacy and emotional depth within a song.” “A mellifluous aural balm of jazz and soul, these are songs of yearning and loss,” declared Q in a four-starred rave, while Uncut applauded the album for its “dream-like melancholy, thanks to the ...

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