String Cheese Incident - Trick or Treat (2 live CDs) - The timing is fitting, considering the 2CD set was culled from a variety of epic SCI "Hulaween" shows. From Philadelphia's Electric Factory (1999), Portland, Maine's State Theatre (2000), NYC's Theatre at Madison Square Garden (2001), Sin City's Cox Pavillion (2003) and the Exhibition Center @ Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin (2004) - Trick or Treat journeys through the years to re-visit some of the band's most classic Incidents from Halloweens past.
This Best Of set offers seven of SCI's famous Halloween cover sets including String Cheese performing songs by such artists as the Beatles, KC & The Sunshine Band, Phish, Nelly and many others. Features brand new original artwork from Michael Everett. $18.98
Gov't Mule - By A Thread CD - A wildly creative and fearsomely talented rock band lauded by Rolling Stone for successfully bringing the classic power-trio sound of Cream and the Jimi Hendrix Experience into the 21st Century has completed work on By A Thread - their first studio album in 3 years.
Recorded largely at Willie Nelson's Pedernales Studio in 2009, the album s origins are apparent from the first track, Broke Down On The Brazos, named after the nearby river, with a deep Texas stomp for the backbeat and featuring the trademark guitar-work of ZZ Top founder Billy Gibbons. $14.98
Bassnectar - Cozza Frenzy CD - Bassnectar's own label Amorphous Music teams up with Child's Play Records to unleash Cozza Frenzy, an amalgamation of sound that combines dubstep, electro, hip hop, and all styles of dirty digital bass-heavy music and smashes it all into a collision of wobbling, intense basslines, and hypnotic hide-and-seek adventures. A work 3 years in the making, this rich and eclectic collection of 15 songs features collaborations with artists such as Fever Ray, Zumbi of Zion I, Mr. Projectile, and Capital J. $14.98
Garage A Trois - Power Patriot CD - Garage A Trois is a collaboration between four of the most visionary improvisers of the time: Skerik on saxophones, Mike Dillon on vibes, Marco Benevento on keyboards and Stanton Moore on drums. And while improvisation is at the heart of what this quartet has built its reputation on at their legendary New Orleans Jazzfest sets and rare, but in demand, club tours, it's the intricate sonic collages, tightly orchestrated arrangements and positively modern approach to instrumental songwriting that's at the heart of their latest album, Power Patriot. $13.98
Squirrel Nut Zippers - Lost at Sea (live) CD - Our new live record "Lost At Sea" is now free to roam amongst you in your living rooms and places of leisure. "Lost At Sea" heralds in our divined return from the depths. Poseidon could not keep us pinned beneath the waves. The Cyclops could not sequester us in his cave for devouring. Lo, the Sirens of the Night Clubs have led us back home to you. And what a handsome audience you are! $13.98
Blind Boys of Alabama - Duets CD - The Blind Boys have frequently been invited to appear on other great artists' albums, resulting in a number of performances that have been collected into Duets. Their first-ever duets collection includes songs with Ben Harper, Bonnie Raitt, Randy Travis, Lou Reed, Solomon Burke, Susan Tedeschi and Asleep at the Wheel. In addition, it features three new recordings with Lou Reed, blues legend John Hammond, and Jamaican legend Toots Hibbert of Toots & The Maytals. The diverse group of artists collaborating on Duets reflects the expansive appeal of the group as well as the sweeping reverence for their talent. This new album follows their Grammy and Dove Award-winning CD Down in New Orleans. $17.98
Del McCoury Band - Family Circle CD - The band's first non-gospel studio album since 2005's Grammy winning "The Company We Keep" shows that somehow, Del McCoury keeps getting better with age. This release features the same top notch picking and singing you expect, but also shows the band continues to grow and evolve with some song selections and arrangements that may surprise you. There are some covers--as the band has come to be known for over the years--with tunes formerly recorded by Slim Whitman, Mark Knopfler, and Solomon Burke, but probably most surprising is Jerry Lee Lewis' "Break Up" on which the band uses their acoustic instruments to mimic The Killer's piano sounds. There are also some more traditional numbers and a gospel quartet that shows the McCourys as a band don't get enough credit for their vocal ability. All the songs are backed by the slickest picking in the land, and the combination makes for what some are already saying is the best recording the Del McCoury Band has ever made. $14.98
Sam Bush- Circles Around Me CD - Sam Bush's eighth solo album. 14-song set includes appearances by Del McCoury, Edgar Meyer, Jerry Douglas and, thanks to the discovery of an old demo, New Grass Revival co-founder Courtney Johnson (posthumously). The album also employs Bush's band: Scott Vestal, Stephen Mougin, Byron House and Chris Brown. $17.98
Lubriphonic - Soul Solution CD - Lubriphonic is one of the most exciting bands to emerge from Chicago in ages, incorporating elements of funk, hard soul, and rock into a live show that leaves audiences breathless. With a starring cast of six musicians (including a full horn section), Lubriphonic will be touring throughout the Midwest and West this summer, including two slots at both High Sierra Music & The Telluride Blues & Brews Festivals. They have recently opened for acts as diverse as George Clinton & P-Funk, Derek Trucks, Porter, Batiste & Stoltz w/ Kyle Hollingsworth, Pangea w/ Michael Kang, Poi Dog Pondering, Freddy Jones Band and the Greyboy Allstars. "Soul Solution" is Lubriphonic's newest release. $12
November 3 - Mike Gordon - Inside In CD (re-release)
Dixie Bee Liners - Susanville CD
JJ Grey & Mofro - Choice Cuts (Vinyl)
November 10 - Jerry Garcia Collection Vol 2 - Let it Rock (2 CDs)
Marco Benvento & Friends - Live in NYC DVD
Luther Dickenson - Onward & Upward Cd
Kermit Ruffins - Have a Crazy Cool Christmas! CD
Fiction 20 Down - Comfortable Fools CD - Baltimore-based Fiction 20 Down "merge reggae and rock like I have never heard before!"- SkopeMag.com. Dubbed "the very definition of laid back", IndieMusicReview.net continues, "[F20D] is a delightful, upbeat, soothing rock fusion mix, with elements of R&B, reggae, and pure rock!" From the soaring vocal harmonies and cello accompaniment on "Rock Bottom Blue" to the epic rock storytelling of "Honor Echoes" to the hip-hop vocal and drum n' bass in "Gossip & Gunplay", Fiction 20 Down's "Comfortable Fools" LP exemplifies versatility, originality, and "their undeniable talent" - TheUmbilicalChord.com. $9.99
Sufjan Stevens - The BQE CD/DVD - Sufjan Stevens is proud to present The BQE, a cinematic suite inspired by the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway and the Hula-Hoop. Commissioned by Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), The BQE was originally performed in the Howard Gilman Opera House in celebration of the 25th anniversary Next Wave Festival in October of 2007. Comes as CD/DVD package. $18.98
Jack Johnson - En Concert CD/DVD -The 2008 world tour had a ton of special moments, and this CD represents some of the finest. From sharing the stage at Bonnaroo with Eddie Vedder, to leading a massive singalong at Bercy in Paris, to wowing a festival crowd at Outside Lands, to stepping onto the stage alone to close the show at Red Rocks. Longtime crowd favorites from Jack's catalog are interwoven with passages from some of Jack's own favorite songs (Do You Remember segues into a verse from Jimi Hendrix's "Remember"; Jack's "The Horizon Has Been Defeated" blends into Paul Simon's "Mother and Child Reunion" in front of a mainstage headlining crowd at Bonnaroo, and "Bubble Toes" dips into the Charles Wright classic "Express Yourself"). This deluxe DVD edition will feature both the film, and CD as well as an extended 60 page book of photos from the tour. All of Jack's profits from the 2008 tour, and this release will be going to fund the Kokua Hawaii Foundation and the Johnson Ohana Family trust which will provide continuing endowments to Jack's favorite environmental charities. CD $13.98 CD&DVD $29.98
Ivan Neville's New Orleans All-Stars - Gettin' Funkier All The Time DVD - This concert, recorded at Germany's famous Rockpalast festival in 2004, demonstrate that this all star outfit undoubtedly possess the musical pedigree to ensure the continued success of the Neville Brothers dynasty in the years to come. Son of Aaron, Ivan represents the new generation of New Orlean's legendary Neville Family. Here he fronts a stellar band comprising brother Ian and other up and coming musicians from the Crescent City. Ivan, who sings and plays bass guitar, announced his arrival as a major talent with the release of his critically acclaimed debut solo album in 1988 and which gave him two hit singles. Two years earlier he had played on The Rolling Stones' 'Dirty Work' album and he has since played with a string of superstars, including Keith Richards and Bonnie Raitt. Acclaimed by critics, Ivan looks set to become a major star on the music scene. $19.95
Flight of the Conchords - I Told You I Was Freaky CD - I Told You I Was Freaky is, among a great many other things, a genre-tripping tour de force and includes songs from the second series of their popular and award-winning/nominated HBO TV show. $15.98
October 31 - Tennessee Jed's Barn Burner Halloween Festival - Prospect Hill, NC
November 13-15 - *Bear Creek Music & Art Festival - Live Oak, FL
* Look for the HGMN booth at this event
Video of the Week:
Squirrel Nut Zippers - The Ghost of Stephen Foster - animated video!
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