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Our fantastic fall continues with a wide range of amazing new things, from Annuals to Zappa.

October 6th, 2008  

In this issue:

* Latest News
* New Additions
* Coming Soon
* News and Reviews
* Upcoming Festivals
* Video of the Week


The Phish from Vermont

New Additions:

annuals2thAnnuals - Such Fun CD & LP - Such Fun embraces a vast landscape of musical richness, combining Adam Baker's accomplished songcraft with an instrumental palate that is even more blindingly colorful than their previous work. Standing between epic post-rock, pop guitar crunch, woozy country swing and lovely orchestral ballads, Such Fun is revelatory in its depth. This perfectly crafted album, filled with harmonies, guitars, bursting crescendos, and bold strings, sees Annuals reaching to the farthest parts of their musical imaginations and coming back with something incredible. CD $12.98; LP $16.98

dbsthDeep Blue Sun - Live at Tree Sound CD - West coast psychedelia meets southern soul. Classic funk meets New Orleans boogie. Deep Blue Sun is a dynamic and original six-piece band playing funk, rock and southern fried soul. Their newest live CD captures the wide range of musical styles, featuring a powerful rhythm section, intricate harmonies, soaring guitar and driving keyboards. The music flows seamlessly between inspired improv and melodic, well crafted songs that reveal more with every listen. Discover the band Yonrico Scott (Derek Trucks Band) calls the "best kept secret in the jam band world." $12.00

quactusthQuactus - Once A Pond, A Spine CD - Taking its cue from classic bands including the Grateful Dead, Phish, and the Allman Brothers, Quactus has developed a diverse style that blends various genres of music. Harmonious vocals set atop changing textures and moods, mixed with subtle meter changes, intricate melodies, and a cohesive improvisational style backed by a solid rhythm section comprise the core of the Quactus sound. Their jams may run the gamut from psychedelic to trance-like to ultra-funky or even heavy metal excess. The members of Quactus have over 30 years of musical and audio instruction amongst them in both private and college level courses, which has given the band a strong command of music theory, songwriting, improvisation, vocal technique and music production skills. Jambands.com's "New Groove of the Month" for May 2008! $12.00

chef2thChef Dave - No Strings Attached CD - There's a whole lot of jamming going on down south, and this is one exemplary slice of it! Featuring master keyboardist and improviser Johnny Neel and fiery guitarist Seth Davis, this quartet cooks up some rocking fusion and funk mostly-instrumentals! All songs were written by the players spontaneously, as they were being recorded. There were no rehearsals and no charts - what you hear is what happened at that moment! Seth Davis, guitar; Johnny Neel, organ, piano, keys; James Cook, bass; Derek Mixon, drums. $10.00

mm2thMike Musick - Honest CD - If you like great songs you can sing in the car or in the shower with words that just might change your life, this album is for you. At times he reminds one of David Gray, or maybe Joe Jackson, quite possibly because of his laid back and understated approach. Most of the time his songs revolve around a memorable hook and simple beat, letting the pop grow and flower into full bloom without any unnecessary flourishes. This simplicity is key, and it makes this an album you'll want to hear over and over again. Music is a universal language, and Musick is a universal messenger. There's no guessing - he sings it to you straight from the heart on his title track, he opens your eyes with his world-important song "America," and tells stories we can all relate to like "Scream" and "Staring at the Sun." The album flows beautifully with soulful rhythms that crest with waves of realism, piquing your curiosity and unleashing your inner consciousness. $10.00

tgdscarabthGrateful Dead - Egypt 1978 Scarab T-Shirt - Limited Edition Black t-shirt with Egypt 1978 Scarab logo on front. Please choose size Small thru XXL (XXL adds $2.00). $19.98

tgdglyphicsthGrateful Dead - Egypt 1978 Glyphics T-Shirt - Limited Edition Desert sand colored t-shirt with Egypt 1978 Glyphics design on front. Please choose size Small thru XXL. XXL adds $2.00. $19.98

delbestthDel McCoury - The Best of Del McCoury: The GrooveGrass Years CD - A few short years before Del McCoury reached his peak in popularity, he put together a band that would prove to be one of the most potent and powerful in Bluegrass music. After leaving the Rounder label with the want to move forward and push the boundaries of Bluegrass, Del signed on to be a part of an elite group of musicians, engineers and producers that would become known as The GrooveGrass Boyz. At that point The Del McCoury Band would record what would arguably become the best sounding, hardest hitting Bluegrass of his career. He recorded for the first time with icons Doc Watson, Mac Wiseman and Bootsy Collins. Though this album contains 9 Bluegrass tracks and only one GrooveGrass track, the Bill Monroe classic "Can't You Hear Me Calling" with Funk pioneer and icon Bootsy Collins, the impact of the stylistic convergence is noticeable in every song. $15.98

boristhBoris Garcia - Once More Into The Bliss CD - Once More Into The Bliss is the newest offering from Boris Garcia and features guest appearances from Buddy Cage (New Riders) and Donna Jean-Godchaux-MacKay (Grateful Dead). To be clear, Boris Garcia isn't a person - it's a band. Inspired by their predecessors like The Grateful Dead, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Yonder Mountain String Band, and Railroad Earth, Boris Garcia has cleverly twisted the free-form spirit of the jamband scene with folk, blues, jazz, and bluegrass music to forge their own sound. $14.98

stanley2thRalph Stanley - Old Time Pickin': A Clawhammer Banjo Collection CD - Ralph Stanley established himself long ago as America's foremost singer of traditional mountain music. His instantly recognizable voice has earned him Grammys, a Grand Ole Opry membership, an honorary doctorate degree, a place in the bluegrass hall of fame, and a living. Ralph has, for the most part, set aside the banjo in his live performances for several years, but he usually picks it up for at least one rollicking, crowd-pleasing "clawhammer number." For a man who helped establish the bluegrass genre, it is fun to watch him return to the old-time mountain style of playing that he learned from his mother when he was 11. The eighteen songs on this collection represent nearly 30 years of recording for Stanley. Most of the clawhammer songs he recorded for Rebel Records are here, including nine previously unreleased tracks. $9.98

beatlesmmdvdthThe Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour Memories DVD - Magical Mystery Tour was the first Beatles film project following the death of manager Brian Epstein in August 1967. The film was unscripted as various 'ordinary' people traveled on a charabanc bus, having 'magical' adventures en route. The movie soundtrack was released in the UK in December 1967 and in 1968 received a Grammy Award. Magical Mystery Tour Memories is an upbeat rockumentary featuring the vivid memories of those who witnessed the making of the movie and features a celebrity cast along with anecdotal stories and unseen 8mm home movie footage, as well as eyewitness accounts from fans, onlookers and the cast of the movie. "This is a happy, upbeat film" comments David Lambert, producer and director of Arthouse Pictures, who produced the movie. "Probably the last time the Fab Four were all still getting along." Keith Badman (author and Beatles expert) said "I have seen the rough cut screener and can't wait to see the finished program. It is fantastic." This film is a must have for all Beatles fans worldwide and an opportunity to look back fondly at the heady days of the swinging 60s. $19.95

zappastage3th_0Frank Zappa - You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 3 (2 CDs) - These 25 tracks were recorded between 1971 and 1984, although most of it is from the 1984 tour. Of special interest is the first track, "Sharleena," recorded December 23, 1984. On it, 15-year old Dweezil joins his father on guitar, the first time they played together onstage. Also of special interest is a live version of "King Kong" that includes FZ's guitar solo from the notorious Rainbow Theater show of 1971. It was during this very number that an overreacting audience member, whose girlfriend claimed to be in love with Frank, chose to jump onstage and knock FZ into the orchestra pit; he wound up in the hospital and wouldn't perform for the remainder of the year. This solo is deftly edited into a 1982 performance of the same tune. On the lighter side, there's an '84 performance of "Bamboozled by Love" where the band slides into a Yes riff that you'll probably recognize. $17.99

Coming Soon:

October 14 - Ray Lamontagne - Gossip in the Grain CD (pre-order)
Lotus - Hammerstrike CD (pre-order)
Martin Sexton - Solo CD (pre-order)
Dungen - 4 LP (pre-order)
Mighty Underdogs - Droppin' Science Fiction CD

October 21 - The Bridge - Blind Man's Hill CD
Jimmy Herring - Lifeboat CD (pre-order)
Primus - Sailing the Seas of Cheese LP

October 28 - Rodrigo y Gabriela - Live in Japan CD
Freekbass - Junkyard Waltz CD
Family Dog Presents The Chet Helms Tribal Stomp (4 DVDs & 2 CDs)
O'Death - Broken Hymns, Limbs, and Skins CD
Widespread Panic - Live From Austin, TX DVD
The Flaming Lips - Christmas on Mars DVD & Deluxe Edition
Laura Reed & Deep Pocket - Live at Tree Sound CD/DVD

November 4 - Greyboy - 15 Years of West Coast Cool CD & LP

November 11 - Trio of Doom LP
Shpongle - Are You Shpongled & Tales of The Inexpressible CDs
Hallucinogen - Twisted, The Lone Deranger, & In Dub CDs
Younger Brother - Last Days of Gravity & A Flock of Bleeps CDs

November 18 - Phish - At The Roxy Box Set (pre-order)

Last Week's Additions:

Medeski Martin and Wood - Radiolarians 1 CD
Grateful Dead - Rocking the Cradle: Egypt 1978 (2 CDs & 1 DVD)
Bela Fleck and the Flecktones - Jingle All the Way CD
John Brown's Body - Amplify CD
Will Bernard - Blue Plate Special CD
Oneside - First, to Last CD
The Bongolian - Outer Bongolia CD
Big Boss Man - Winner CD
Jah Roots - Joy CD
Dungen - 4 CD
Traffic - Live at Santa Monica DVD
Asylum Street Spankers - What? And Give Up Show Biz? (2 CDs)
Sabertooth - Dr. Midnight: Live at the Green Mill CD
Ted Sirota's Rebel Souls - Breeding Resistance CD
Frank Zappa - You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 2 (2 CDs)

Top 25 Sellers fro September 2008:

1- The Ragbirds - Wanderlove
2- Sound Tribe Sector Nine - Peaceblaster
3- Grace Potter - Original Soul
4- Boombox - Visions of Backbeat
5- Rhythm Devils - Concert Experience DVD
6- Derek Trucks Band - Live at Georgia Theatre
7- SOJA - Get Wiser
8- Garaj Mahal - w00t
9- Telepath - Contact
10- Talkdemonic - Eyes At Half Mast
11- The Malah - Sound Spectrum
12- Phish - The White Tape
13- SOJA - Get Wiser DVD
14- Slightly Stoopid - Jazz Fest 2005
15- The Earth Will Swallow You DVD
16- Greensky Bluegrass - Five Interstates
17- Keller Williams w/ Moseley, Droll, & Sipe - Live
18- Xavier Rudd - Good Spirit DVD
19- Michael Franti & Spearhead - All Rebel Rockers
20- Various Artists - Home Grown 8
21- Mike Gordon - The Green Sparrow
22- Papa Grows Funk - Mr. Patterson's Hat
23- Jimmy Herring - Lifeboat
24- Poogie Bell Band - Get On The Kit
25- Sim Redmond Band - Room In These Skies

Staff Picks:

Bryan: Sabertooth - Dr. Midnight: Live at the Green Mill
Lee: Telepath - Contact
Robie: Annuals - Such Fun
Sherry: Josh Phillips Folk Festival - Wicker
Trevor: Fiddleworms - Volkswagen Catfish

News and Reviews:

The Phish from Vermont

Upcoming Festivals:
Mantra Bash - 10/17 - 10/19 - Climax, NC - http://www.mantrabash.com
Gory at the Quarry - 10/31 - 11/2 - Garrettsville, OH - http://www.nlqp.com
*Bear Creek Music Festival - 11/14 - 11/16 - Live Oak, FL - http://www.bearcreekmusicfestival.com

*look for the HGMN Booth at this event!

Video of the Week:

Deep Blue Sun live at Tree Sound Studios

We'd love it if you could take a minute and vote for Josh Phillips Folk Festival to play the Chicago Bluegrass and Blues Festival! Check it out here and vote once a day!

Thanks for reading, and have a great week!

Bryan Rodgers

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