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Brother Cleans Up at Country-Music Awards PDF Print E-mail
Music - Music News
Written by John James   
Tuesday, 13 November 2001 18:00
• I let out a holler and a hoot over the smashing success of the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack at the 35th annual Country Music Association Awards in Nashville, as the set won best album and single for “I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow” by the Soggy Bottom Boys featuring vocalist Dan Tyminski. If you feel as I do that the house band at the pearly gates will be Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys, let me suggest another satisfying fix of Appalachian splendor: The Delmore Brothers. Your heart might skip a beat upon discovering the pair’s twin harmonies and freight-train-boogie sound of pure Piney Woods front-porch soul. As household stars on the 1930s and ‘40s radio-show circuit, their sound was the undeniable inspiration for The Louvin Brothers and The Everly Brothers. Go forth, country boy, seek out “Blues Stay Away from Me” and be duly blessed.

• This Tuesday brings a time-machine trip from Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, as the band’s early performances at Switzerland’s annual Montreux Jazz Festival are released as Live at Montreux 1982 & 1985. The two-CD Epic Legacy set documents a special night in rock history: The 1982 show was booed by much of the audience. Well, except for David Bowie, who was completely floored and asked Vaughan that very night to join him on what would became the Let’s Dance album and tour.

• Rickie Lee Jones releases her new Red Rocks live album this Tuesday, named for the majestic Denver, Colorado, amphitheater where it was recorded on this past year’s tour. The Artemis Records release features hits such as “Chuck E’s in Love” and covers of Van Morrison’s “Gloria” and Gerry & The Pacemakers’ “Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying.”

• Lots of tasty home-video and DVD offerings are looking to find a home in Christmas stockings this year. Fugazi releases its recent Instrument documentary on DVD next week, featuring three bonus live tracks and two short films by Jem Cohen. A Guided by Voices DVD is also due by month’s end, promising a 60-minute concert from Los Angeles’ Whiskey A Go Go and band practice sessions from Robert Pollard’s Dayton, Ohio, home. Rhino Records has just issued the 1990 farewell performance from the grandfathers of Canadian punk, D.O.A., on VHS and DVD. Entitled Dirk Dirksen Presents: D.O.A. The End, this final act of chaos features a guest appearance by Jello Biafra of the Dead Kennedys as the band invades his hometown of San Francisco and Dirksen’s Mad Fab nightclub. Also included are three music videos and a DVD-only interactive coloring book. U2 is issuing a two-DVD set next month, Elevation 2001: Live in Boston, featuring a 20-camera shoot that can become a viewer-controlled interactive experience. The DVD’s second platter is packed with additional performances from other cities and an amazing time-lapse road movie that shows the staging of this huge production from empty arena to roaring crowd and back to an empty arena again.

Television Alert:

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno welcomes Tori Amos tonight, Shakira on Thursday, Maxell on Friday, and Green Day on Monday; The Late Show with David Letterman hosts Shelby Lynne on Tuesday; Late Night with Conan O’Brien features Ravi Shankar on Thursday overnight; The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn gets jiggy with Tori Amos and Snoop Dogg on Friday overnight; and Saturday Night Live’s musical guest this weekend is Creed.

New Releases Coming Tuesday, November 20:
... and like the winds, young grasshopper, are subject to change.

8Ball – Almost Famous (Jcor) with guests P. Diddy and Carl Thomas

The Aqua Velvets – Radio Waves (Milan) all new from these stellar Bay-area psychedelic spaghetti-surf instrumentalists featuring a bonus live EP with their cover of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit”

Catch 22 – Washed Out (Victory) featuring the seven-minute hip-hop influenced “No Love for the Roadie”

Noam Chomsky - American Addiction: Drugs, Guerillas, & Countersurgency (Alternative Tentacles) spoken-word brain food from the MIT professor and astute American pundit

Creed – Weathered (Wind Up) featuring the single “My Sacrifice”

The Deadlines - Fashion Over Function (Tooth & Nail)

Deepspace 5 - The Night We Called It a Day (Uprok)

Sara Dougher – Bluff (Mr. Lady) third album from this singer-songwriter with contributions from members of Sleater-Kinney, Quasi, and Cadallaca

El Vez - Boxing with God (Sympathy for the Record Industry) back with his hot-tamale and mariachis bow to the temple of Elvis, this time celebrating the King’s gospel roots

Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell - The Complete Duets (Motown) two-CD set featuring alternative takes, bonus tracks, and hits such as “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing” and “You’re All I Need to Get by”

The Grateful Dead - Workingman’s Man (Rhino) special DVD Audio re-issue

Hoobastank – Hoobastank (Island) just off touring with Incubus and Sum 41

Mick Jagger - Goddess in the Doorway (Virgin) with guests Lenny Kravitz, Rob Thomas of Matchbox 20, Bono, Pete Townshend, Missy Elliott, and guitarist Reeves Gabrels

Jay Z - The Blueprint (Def Jam)

Joy Electric - Legacy Volume One: The White Songbook (BEC Recordings)

Kid Rock – Cocky (Lava/Atlantic) with guests Eminem and Sheryl Crow

KISS - The Box Set (Mercury) 94-track, five-CD set featuring rarities going back to 1973

Mudvayne - Live Dosage: Live in Peoria (Epic) 90-minute DVD featuring a director’s cut of the video “Death Blooms”

Mudvayne - The Beginning of All Things to End (Epic) re-issue of the band’s 1997 EP plus bonus remixes

Nomads - Up-Tight (Sympathy for the Record Industry) featuring guests Nick Royale of the Hellacopters and free-jazz saxophonist Ken Vandermark

Onyx - Bacdafucup Vol. 2 (In the Pain/Koch)

Pink - M!ssundaztood (LaFace/Arista)

The Psychedelic Furs - Beautiful Chaos: Greatest Hits Live (Columbia Legacy) recorded earlier this year at the House of Blues in Los Angeles and featuring a new studio track

Ruff Endz - Someone to Love (Epic)

Silver Jews - Bright Flight (Drag City) the group’s first full-length release in three years

Smashing Pumpkins - Rotten Apples: The Greatest Hits (Virgin) also available as a limited-edition two-CD set featuring the Judas O’Reylly disc of B sides and rarities or as a DVD collection of videos and a new documentary

Sting - All This Time (Interscope/A&M) CD or companion DVD recorded in an intimate live setting

Timbaland & Magoo - Indecent Proposal (Virgin)

Too Short - Chase the Cat (Jive) with guests Erick Sermon, George Clinton, China White, and MC Breed

Unfashion – Emotional Kids Play Alone (Uprising) emerging from the same Brazilian town that spawned Soulfly and Sepultura

various artists - If I Was Prince (Beggars Banquet)

various artists - Peepshow Volume II (Fat Wreck Chords) VHS video featuring Hi-Standard, Less Than Jake, Sick of It All, Avail, and more
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