Phish - Coral Sky DVD - On November 2nd, 1996, Phish performed at Coral Sky Amphitheater in West Palm Beach, FL; the only outdoor shed show of the Fall Tour. A long-time fan favorite, the show features special guests including Karl Perazzo (from Santana) on percussion throughout and Butch Trucks (from The Allman Brothers Band), playing drums during the encore. Along with a few palm trees, the DVD showcases the birth of the band's more rhythmic, textured group improv style and conveys their and the crowd's excitement at the breakthrough.The audio for the DVD is fully mixed and mastered for 5.1 surround.
Mike Gordon - Moss CD - The fascinating thing is that he's able to evoke concepts as ethereal as this not just lyrically but musically. Songs like "Spiral" and "The Void" detour into evocatively abstract, meterless areas of sound with a mysterious, textural richness. On the other hand, such numbers as "Can't Stand Still" and "Fire From a Stick" - both joyfully devoted to muses, mentors and the ecstatic wellspring of inspiration - are infectious, danceable, upbeat and viscerally planted in the here and now.
Three years in the making, Moss is the later chapter in an ongoing collaboration between Gordon and his creative sounding board, Jared Slomoff. Gordon, of course, sings and plays bass, as well as a variety of other instruments, including guitar, piano and drum programming. Slomoff co-produced and contributed some singing, playing and programming as well.
Drummers Joe Russo and Doug Belote crop up throughout the album, and other guests include organist Marco Benevento and percussionist Ken Lovelett, who brought a few intriguing instruments of his own invention to Gordon's studio. Mike's bandmates in Phish - keyboardist Page McConnell and drummer Jon Fishman also make appearances.
Soulive - Rubber Soulive CD -The trio take on the Fab Four with their 7th studio release RUBBER SOULIVE, on Royal Family Records. With this 11-track instrumental ode to the greatest, Soulive joins the likes of Booker T, George Benson and Chet Atkins by putting their own spin on their favorite Beatles classics.
Kraz recalls, "It finally came together when we ended up back at Alan's studio in Hatfield, MA after a weekend of gigs last year... We were in the middle of unloading the gear when we decided it was time: You know what? Rather than driving home and then driving back in a few days, let's stay right here and work on that Beatles idea.
It really was that spontaneous.
I actually went to a music store and got a bunch of the new re-mastered stuff. The first day in the studio, we just did a lot of listening - listening and talking about which tunes to do and how to do them.
We wanted to do some stuff that already sounded like it was in our lane - the groovier, funkier stuff. But we also wanted to delve into other songs that were more open to our interpretation, you know?"
Railroad Earth - Railroad Earth CD - Consummate roots rockers Railroad Earth release of their first album for One Haven Music. The self-titled album was produced by Angelo Montrone in association with Michael Caplan (The Allman Brothers Band, Los Lonely Boys, Keb' Mo'). 'Railroad Earth' is the band's most diverse collection to date, with nine new exquisitely-crafted songs that range from rousing ballads and string band funk to wistful waltzes and quirky time signature folk.
Always at the forefront, though, is singer and songwriter Todd Sheaffer, whose aching vocals and evocative lyrics anchor the band. On 'Potter's Field,' his plain-spoken lyrics and earthy arrangements recall the panoramic storytelling of The Band, while album opener 'Long Walk Home' brings to mind the heartfelt soul searching of Wilco. 'On The Banks' displays Schaffer's raw emotive power in the quiet humility of his lyrics.
Green Hit - Purpose CD - Green HIt is a trio from Northwest Florida. The efforts of this collaboration have produced something truly unique, challenging, and tasteful.
"purpose." is presented to you in all honesty. It is a live album which has been polished.
"Live" - meaning all the players played simultaneously in the same room to record all of the music. There were no over-dubs, no click-tracks, and no safety net. "Polished" - meaning the sound was mixed and mastered in a traditional manner.
The whole of the album was recorded in three sessions during February and March of 2010. These sessions were held at 3rd Floor Recording, located at the Old Sacred Heart Hospital building, in Pensacola, FL., by Sean Peterson. All songs were written, arranged, and produced by members of Green Hit, and all songs are copyrighted by Green Hit.
It has been rumored that the Old Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola is haunted. During the recording sessions several anomalous occurrences met with the band. Some of sounds on the album were donated by multiple Lo-Fi radio stations via Chase's amp. The content of these offerings brings into question whether the occurrences were by chance or due to intervention.
October 26 - Keller Williams - Kids CD
Easy Star All Stars - Dubber Side of the Moon CD
Roots of Creation - RoC Live Vol 2 CD
Leftover Salmon - Live "Twice in a Blue Moon" DVD - Twenty years ago Vince Herman of The Salmon Heads and Drew Emmitt of The Left Hand String Band joined together to debut under the 1989 New Years Eve full blue moon in Crested Butte, Colorado. That electric night Leftover Salmon was born, kicking off 20 years of great music. From picking in the campground to playing the mainstage, Leftover Salmon's dream unfolded.
This Twice in a Blue Moon DVD celebrates Leftover Salmon's full circle musical journey with a 2009 New Years Eve, blue moon performance, recorded live at the Boulder Theatre, in Boulder, Colorado.
*BONUS: Also included with this DVD is a multitrack studio mixed MP3 audio download from the two night performance, and video footage from The Emmitt Nershi Band and Great American Taxi.
Hill Country Revue - Zebra Ranch CD - Growth and development are two key factors when it comes to understanding the talented artists behind Hill Country Revue. The new album never strays from the band's unique blend of Southern rock and blues, but rather showcases their pride and progression as not only musicians but as a unified band. "Make a Move was an artistic transition, and Zebra Ranch is a personal one," Cody Dickinson says.
"This album is a yell of rock and roll rebellion," Cody says of the new record. "It's also a loud cry for purpose, meaning and truth - straight from the soul." Zebra Ranch is exactly that, an album showing the band's growth into their own identity and sound, exemplifying a band that has truly come into their own. "Zebra Ranch is our 'we have arrived' kind of party," Cody explains.
The album's title holds a special meaning for Cody Dickinson - Zebra Ranch is the name of the recording studio on his parents' farm that both Hill Country Revue albums have been created in. His father Jim has been a major influence for everyone in the band, acting as "director" of Make A Move during its creation at Zebra Ranch. "Being an artist himself, he was always producing, even in absentia," says Cody of his late father, who passed one year ago. "He continues today, and this record is in his memory."
As a whole, the members of Hill Country Revue feel that Zebra Ranch has been a "huge, full circle event for us." Cody explains, "This record captures a band realizing its sound to the fullest potential. We have found our identity, carved our niche - now we're owning it!"
Devon Allman's Honeytribe - Space Age Blues CD - 'Science fiction blues' isn't a genre you'll find in an illustrated history of rock and roll. At least not yet. But Devon Allman and his group Honeytribe make a case for its inclusion with their ground-breaking new album Space Age Blues. That description gets right to the heart of Space Age Blues 11 songs. Allman, bassist George Potsos and drummer Gabriel Strange have created a portrait of our tech-mad era, an age moving in hyper drive that occasionally challenges our very humanity. Allman and Honeytribe's newest record is much more than a concept album. It s also a musical thrill ride, carefully constructed, but full of surprises like guitar licks that explode into whistling comet trails, lush beds of strings and an overall sonic palette that draws on the best of electric music's past and present, blending the stomp of classic rock with the sweet caress of soul and the intoxicating swirl of modern psychedelia.
October 23 - The Big Something Costume Ball - Prospect Hill, NC
October 29-31 Moogfest 2010
- Asheville, NC
November 12-14 * Bear Creek Music & Arts Festival - Live Oak, FL
November 20-21 New Universe Music Festival - Raleigh NC
* Look for the HGMN Booth at this event!
Video of the Week:
Phish - Coral Sky 11/2/96 "Run Like An Antelope"
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