Category Archives: New Music

New Album From Amber Webber and Derek Fudesko, Kodiak Deathbeds

Kodiak DeathbedsIf you’re a fan of the Canadian band, Black Mountain, then you are no stranger to the voice of Amber Webber. For me, her voice is a standout. When Black Mountain is not doing anything (and they are a slow band. It’s been five years since we’ve heard anything new.), then the members are out doing a variety of projects. Amber is one of the busier of the group. A few years back, she recorded the excellent Fantasy album with Joshua Wells, (as Lightning Dust), who is also a member of Black Mountain. Since, she has recently released a digital version of her latest project, Kodiak Deathbeds.

She formed Kodiak Deathbeds along with Derek Fudesko (recently of Cave Singers). The band is a stripped down folk showcase that cannot go bad with Amber Webber at the mic.

The new album is filled with ten reflective tracks that are for the fan. They’re laid back affairs, contributing to the grace that Webber’s vocal range provides, and the gentle guitar of Fudesko. And if you’re a fan of either of these artists, or both of them, then I cannot recommend Kodiak Deathbeds enough for you. I’m not crazy about the name, or many of the names used by bands these days, but I can tell you, the album is worth the listen and purchase.

Amber and Derek

The album is streaming at several locations but primarily via Band Camp. The album can be physically had on vinyl LP with 50 available on a limited run of 50 for the hand-numbered version, and 450 of the standard vinyl issue.

It also bears noting that Amber Webber has publicly stated that Black Mountain is in the act of putting together new music for a new release. Yay!

New Joe Jackson Album, Fast Forward, Planned For October

Joe JacksonJoe Jackson has lost no class and flavor over his thirty-six years of music that began with his overnight success, Look Sharp! (1979). With the new-wave sound of “Is She Really Going Out With Him?” on through to his jazz and cabaret-infused later albums that generated hits like “Steppin’ Out”, Joe Jackson proved that he was versatile.

With a new album on the horizon, Joe Jackson has released a single to support it. The new single, “A Little Smile” (can be heard below), goes a long way to let us know that the quality of Joe’s voice, and his ability to produce a classy song has not been compromised over these decades. There are two more singles from the album expected to roll out in the weeks before the actual release of the album. On September 4, watch for “The Blue Time”, and on September 18, listen for “Ode To Joy”.

On October 2, Sharp Practice Productions, distributed via Caroline Records, will release the new Joe Jackson album, Fast Forward.  It will feature four sets of four tracks that were recorded in four different locations (New York, Amsterdam, Berlin, New Orleans). Each city set used different musicians for the sessions.

Joe Jackson Fast Forward

Fast Forward – Joe Jackson
Track List:

New York
01. Fast Forward
02. If It Wasn’t For You
03. See No Evil (Tom Verlaine)
04. Kings Of The City

Amsterdam
05. A Little Smile
06. Far Away
07. So You Say
08. Poor Thing

Berlin
09. Junkie Diva
10. If I Could See Your Face
11. The Blue Time
12. Good Bye Jonny (Peter Kreuder and Hans Fritz Beckmann)

New Orleans
13. Neon Rain
14. Satellite
15. Keep On Dreaming
16. Ode To Joy

Joe Jackson will go on tour to support Fast Forward. It should be quite a treat for fans, old and new.

New The Dead Weather Album, Dodge And Burn, Scheduled for September

The Dead Weather Dodge And BurnIn 2009, a band featuring Jack White, Dean Fertita (Queens of the Stone Age), Jack Lawrence, and Alison Mosshart (The Kills) released their first album, Horehound. By 2010, The Dead Weather released its followup, Sea Of Cowards. Both albums were quite good, and had received plenty of critical acclaim. And then, we didn’t hear from them again.

Recently, it was announced that Jack White’s label, Third Man Records, would be releasing the new The Dead Weather album on September 25 of 2015. For fans of the band’s first two albums, and for those lucky enough to have seen them in a concert setting), thi is indeed good news. The new album is being called Dodge And Burn, and will feature eight new songs, along with four remixed and remastered previously released tunes (“Buzzkill(er)”, “It’s Just Too Bad”, “Open Up (That’s Enough)”, “Rough Detective”).

 

Emerson, Lake & Palmer Live In Montreux 1997 Released In September

ELP Live At Montreux 1997There is little that needs to be written about Emerson, Lake & Palmer. They’ve enjoyed two distinct go-arounds that included their rise to fame career that gave us four stunning albums, and a forgettable, tired album (Love Beach – 1978) that do not include the two indulgent volumes of collections that were entitled Works. With a decline in interest, the band broke up. Their second turn gave us two more albums (Black Moon – 1992, In The Hot Seat – 1994), however, tensions and other issues brought ELP to an end. Nevertheless, ELP STILL commands a respect that is often satisfied by multiple reissue and remastering of their classic era albums, and a handful of other issues.

On September 11, Eagle Rock Entertainment will look back and release a live set featuring the ELP of the second period. The album, Live At Montreux 1997 will feature familiar ELP classics like “From The Beginning”, “Karn Evil 9”, “Lucky Man”, and a medley of songs from the catalog. In addition, this live set from their show on July 7, 1997, also features tracks that never had a place on any of the band’s studio albums (“Touch And Go”, “Creole Dance”, “Carmina Burana”)

ELP – Live At Montreux 1997 will be released for the first time. It is expected on 2CD sets as well as being made digitally available. The 2CD set will contain a booklet with newly-written individual notes by each member of Emerson, Lake & Palmer.

Live At Montreux 1997 – Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Track-List

CD1:
01 – Karn Evil 9 – 1st Impression, Part 2
02 -Tiger In The Spotlight
o3 – Hoedown
04 -Touch And Go
05 -From The Beginning
06 -Knife Edge
07 -Bitches Crystal
08 -Creole Dance
09 -Honky Tonk Train Blues
10 -Take A Pebble

CD2:
01 -Lucky Man
02 -Medley: Tarkus / Pictures At An Exhibition
03 -Medley: Fanfare For The Common Man / Rondo / Carmina Burana / Carl Palmer’s Drum Solo / Toccata In D Minor

New PiL Album Coming In September, Preceded By Single In August

In 1978, after the demise of The Sex Pistols, John Lydon (or Johnny Rotten, however you want to name him) formed an excellent band with Public Image, Ltd, or PiL, for short. Since that assembly, which initially boasted a supreme lineup with Jah Wobble on bass, Keith Levene on guitar, and Jim Walker on drums, several excellent albums have been created.

The first album, First Issue, was released in 1978 and followed by nine more leading up to this new announcement of more PiL music. The last one, This Is PiL, was issued in 2012. It enjoyed moderate critical success.

PiL Double Trouble

The band, which has only Lydon as its mainstay, is assisted by Lu Edmonds, Scott Firth, and Bruce Smith. They have a new album planned for September 4 via the band’s official label, PiL Official. The new album is being called What The World Needs Now…. It will contain eleven new songs including the first single, “Double Trouble”. The fore-running track of “Double Trouble” is being released as a 10″ vinyl single with album track, “Bettie Page” on the flip side along with a non-album track, “Turkey Tits”. It will be released officially on August 21 via the band’s website. You can hear “Double Trouble” at its Soundcloud account or on an official YouTube video (hear below).

What The World Needs Now… will be released on CD, 2LP, and DD (via iTunes), or as FLAC, WAV, and MP3 via Bleep. You can pre-order via Cargo Records, the distributor of the titles.

PiL What The World Needs Now

 

What The World Needs Now… – PiL (Public Limited, Ltd)
Track-List:

01. Double Trouble
02. Know Now
03. Bettie Page
04. C’est La Vie
05. Spice of Choice
06. The One
07. Big Blue Sky
08. Whole Life Time
09. I’m Not Satisfied
10. Corporate
11. Shoom

 

Billy Gibbons Of ZZ Top To Release First Solo Album, Perfectamundo, In October

Billy Gibbons PerfectamundoAs if the realm of ZZ Top weren’t enough, guitarist and vocalist, Billy Gibbons, has decided to move beyond (not quit) the band and record his first ever solo album. The new album is a reflection of beloved musical styles that includes forays into a Latin flavored brand of hot Rock and Roll as only he might be able to deliver it. The new album is called Perfectamundo, and is scheduled for release via Concord Records on October 23.

Perfectamundo allows Billy Gibbons to explore things that are special to him. The album contains eleven tracks including a unique Hip-Hop styled “You’re What’s Happenin’, Baby”. Of course, as would be expected, much of this new album is Rock. The “Piedras Negras” tune is Stones-like, and “Hombre Sin Nombre” conjures up Santana. With combinations like these, Perfectamundo is likely a listen down the right path.

Perfectamundo is collaborated on by a select group of favored musicians being called The BFG’s.

Perfectamundo – Billy Gibbons and The BFG’s
Track List
01. Got Love If You Want It
02. Treat Her Right
03. You’re What’s Happenin’, Baby
04. Sal y Pimiento
05. Pickin’ Up Chicks On Dowling Street
06. Hombre Sin Nombre
07. Quiero Mas Dinero
08. Baby Please Don’t Go
09. Piedras Negras
10. Perfectamundo
11. Q-Vo

New XMas Album From Brian Setzer Orchestra Scheduled For October (And MORE)

BSORockin RudolphWell, since there’s has always been a sense of July interest in Christmas, it then seems appropriate to announce that The Brian Setzer Orchestra has their first new Christmas album in ten years coming out in October. The new album is being called Rockin’ Rudolph. It will contain twelve newly recorded tracks of bonafide classic Christmas tunes (see track-list below).

Rockin’ Rudolph is being planned for not only a standard CD issue, but also a Deluxe Edition Box that will include the following PACKED goodies in addition to the CD (This Deluxe Edition Box can only be acquired via Pledge Music here.):

  • Brand New Rockin’ Rudolph album on CD
  • Commemorative Sheet Music / Guitar Chart to “Nutcracker Suite” (just as Brian reads on stage!)
  • Custom Brian Setzer Die-cut Christmas Tree Ornament (3″ tall, alloy metal)
  • Brian Setzer’s Own Murray’s Pomade (Hair Product)
  • Commemorative BSO “Martini Logo” Stainless Steel Guitar Pick
  • BSO Christmas Album Cover Drink Coasters
  • Six Polaroid-style BSO Concert Photos
  • “Live in Nashville” 10×10 print
  • Reusable 8GB USB Credit Card w/ Extras, including:
    Hi-definition .wav files of full 12-track ROCKIN’ RUDOLPH album
    2 New Bonus Instrumental Tracks Not Included on Album: “Deck The Halls” & “Little Drummer Boy”
    Album Cover Rough Sketches by Artist Derek Yaniger
    Brief Behind-the-scenes video footage of BSO’s Rockin’ Rudolph recording session (House of Blues studio in Nashville, TN.)
    “Jingle Bells” – Live Performance by BSO (previously released)
    “Nutcracker Suite” – Live Performance by BSO (previously released)
    Behind-the-scenes look at Brian writing entire big band arrangement from scratch (previously released)

The album promises the following songs:

01. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
02. Yabba-Dabba Yuletide
03. Most Wonderful Time of the Year
04. Rockabilly Rudolph
05. Here Comes Santa Claus
06. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
07. Swingin’ Joy
08. Carol of the Bells
09. Little Jack Frost
10. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
11. O Little Town of Bethlehem
12. Yabba-Dabba Yuletide (extended)

The best part? Brian Setzer will take his Orchestra out on the road beginning in support of the new album for his 12th Annual Christmas Rocks! Tour (dates announced in August).

Rockin’ Rudolph will be released via Surfdog Records on October 16.

New Keith Richards Solo Album, Crosseyed Heart, Planned For September

Keith Richards Crossyed HeartKeith Richards can have the age of 71 thrust upon him all everybody wants. Truth is, he still has that heart of the rock and roller that he’s been in possession of during his early years with The Stones. Same guy!

On September 18, Keith Richards will release his next solo album, Crosseyed Heart. This is his first solo set since Main Offender from 1992. He has released a track from the new album, which is called “Trouble”. And yes, it IS good (hear for yourself below).

The new album will feature fifteen new songs. Many of them were performed with Keith on most of the instruments.

New Ben Folds Solo Album, So There, Scheduled For September

Ben Folds So ThereBen Folds has been making music for his audience since 1995 when he was a part of the alternative band, Ben Folds Five. With that band, he has released four studio albums along with a compilation (Ben Folds Five – 1995, Whatever And Ever Amen – 1997, The Unauthorized Biography Of Reinhold Messner – 1999, The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind – 2012, and the comp, Naked Baby Photos – 1998). In addition to those, Ben Folds has provided three solo works without the band (Rockin’ The Suburbs – 2001, Songs For Silverman – 2005, Way To Normal – 2008). Scattered throughout his time, there have been a number of wonder collaborations.

On September 11, New West Records will release his next solo work, So There. This new album will bring a new flavor to his art by providing several compositions that utilize strings and chamber music.There are eight chamber music pop tracks, and a long 21-minute piano concerto recorded in three movements. The song, Concert For Piano and Orchestra, was recorded with the Nashville Symphony.

So There will be released on CD, vinyl 2LP, and DD. The 2LP set will provide a download card for digital tracks.