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Listening To Jim James And His Regions Of Light And Sound Of God Debut

Jim James Regions Of Light And The Sound Of GodI caught up with the latest episode of The Leftovers (episode 6). It starts with the silent approach of a scientist as he makes his way to Miracle, TX to talk with Nora concerning the disappearances of her family. As the scenes are played out, a song is overlaid that is captivating. (This series has a nice string of captivating songs that weave their way through the series scenes.) That song is “The State Of The Art (A.E.I.O.U.)”. It’s a song from Jim James.

Immediately, as I will do, I began looking for the song. I immediately found it and have been listening to the debut solo effort of Jim James since. The song is found on his 2013-issued album, Regions Of Light And Sound Of God. The album is populated with nine tracks, all with a bluesy feel to them.

Jim James is first and foremost a primary member of My Morning Jacket. His strength lies in his song-writing, and his thoughtful approach of it. His My Morning Jacket affiliation is compelling and important. But this solo album, which I did NOT know existed until The Leftovers is an extraordinary piece of work.

This post is merely to direct your attention to some new music that you may not have heard as of yet. Enjoy the video for “The State Of The Art (A.E.I.O.U.)” below. You may find is as compelling as you find My Morning Jacket.

Thanks, The Leftovers. Your contribution to my musical awareness is greatly appreciated.


TAPSheet: Release Notes – 09/09/2014 (US Report)

Capitol Nashville have put the highly anticipated new Lady Antebellum album, 747, on the calendar for issue on September 30. The set will get an expanded Deluxe Edition as well. No word on vinyl.

Lady antebellum 747

It’s no news to any Dylan fan that Legacy Recordings will be releasing The Basement Tapes Complete featuring Bob Dylan and The Band. However, this serves to remind some of us that Volume 11 of the Bootleg Series will be made available on November 4.

Sony Masterworks will release Bach, a new album recording from violinist extraordinaire, Joshua Bell. This album was recorded at The Academy of St Martin In the Fields. It is slated for release on September 30.

Idina Menzel, the voice behind “Let It Go” from Disney’s Frozen classic, will release a holiday set called Holiday Wishes, planned for October 14.

And while we’re talking Basement Tapes, there’s this little project coming via Electromagnetic Recordings/Harvest Records that feature some impressive personnel. Participants in this include Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops),  Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), Jim James (My Morning Jacket), and Marcus Mumford (Mumford & Sons). The music is created from lyrical notes from Bob Dylan during his famed Basement Tapes period. The album, Lost On the River – The New Basement Tapes, is planned for November 11 on CD, Deluxe Edition, DD, and vinyl LP.

Basement Tapes Lost On the River

Verve Records will release My Dream Duets from vocalist, Barry Manilow. It is slated for October 28 on CD, DD, and vinyl LP.

Planes, Trains & Eric (Clapton) is scheduled for DVD, and BD sets, both on November 1.

On October 7, you can import an SACD copy of Pretzel Logic, the 1974 Steely Dan classic that contained the “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number” radio hit.

Sub Pop Records will issue a 7LP Box set featuring all seven of Sleater-Kinney titles, calling the set, Start Together 1994-2006. This Box will contain the newly remastered titles, a 44-page hard-cover book, an art print, and each of the albums in a different color vinyl. The set is Limited Edition, and will be the only place you can get the vinyl reissues in their collectible state.

Sleater-Kinney Start Together 1994-2006

Rounder Records have Trigger Hippy, a band headed by Steve Gorman (Black Crowes), slated for release on September 30, on CD. DD. and vinyl LP.

Audio Fidelity will reissue two classic titles on SACD format. The two titles include In The Wind by Peter, Paul and Mary, and, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Both SACDs are scheduled for October 8.

10 Spot records will release Volume Five of GarciaLive, featuring Jerry Garcia, on October 28. The CD release will feature live Jerry Garcia from his show at Keystone Berkeley on December 31, 1975.

GarciaLive Keystone Berkeley

Rounder Records will release a new debut album featuring Béla Fleck, and Abigail Washburn, on October 7. The new album is called, simply, Béla Fleck & Abigial Washburn.

Harvest Records have Seeds coming from TV On the Radio, scheduling the 12-track album for November 18 on CD, DD, and vinyl LP.

Mailboat Records will release Live, a 14 performance track live album from Jeff Bridges & The Abiders, on September 30.

Jeff Bridges Live

The Essential Swing Out Sister arrives on October 6 via Salvo Records, with seventeen tracks (and could have used a few more). See here!

Green Hill Records will release a new Jim Brickman album, this one with Holiday favorites. On a Winter’s Night: The Songs And Spirit Of Christmas will issue on October 7 with fourteen tracks.

The Essential Cypress Hill is scheduled for release on October 14 in both PA and Edited forms.

Kobalt Records will release new Billy Idol music, Kings & Queens Of The Underground, on October 21. Thus far, the album is pegged for CD.

Billy Idol Kings And Queens Of The underground

Joe Marchese over at The Second Disc has unveiled the upcoming Bear Family Records 16CD/2Book Box release of Chuck Berry: Rock And Roll Music – Any Old Way You Choose It – The Complete Studio Recordings … Plus!, a pricey import collection slated for release on October 17. Read here!

Legacy Recordings have collected Ronnie Milsap albums for a massive 21CD Box of his entire RCA Records catalog. The set will feature a booklet that will contain Milsap notes on each album, as well as a flurry of photos, discographical info, and more! The RCA Albums Collection is on the calendar for November 4. See here!

Universal will release a 2CD Live set featuring ABBA, on September 30. Live At Wembley Arena (1979) features 25 performance tracks. It will also be issued on 3LP vinyl, same date.

The Who Hits 50! will become available on October 28. It will be a huge comprehensive look back at the career of The Who, and the songs that made them who they are.

The Who Hits 50