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Hitchcock Gets Deluxe Box Set PDF Print E-mail
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Written by John M. James   
Wednesday, 07 November 2007 10:13

Robyn Hitchcock's I Wanna Go BackwardsNext week the Yep Roc Records imprint releases the five-disc I Wanna Go Backwards box from Robyn Hitchcock, the first of twin sets that pluck three choice albums from his catalog, slather each with associated outtakes and demos, and ice the layer cake with two CDs of B sides. Selecting three fan-favorite albums of solo work, the offering includes Black Snake Diamond Role from 1981, the pensive I Often Dream of Trains from 1984, and the haunting Eye from 1990. Hitchcock's wit and image associations are socially progressive, brutally honest, and seductively mad. Too timid to slide into the full box set or the eight-LP vinyl version? All three expanded albums are being reissued individually.

New Old Memories from New York City PDF Print E-mail
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Written by John M. James   
Wednesday, 31 October 2007 09:56

Like a time machine back to the Wild West days of New York City's art and music worlds colliding in 1980, Recall Records is releasing the soundtrack to the documentary film Downtown 81, staring the young, wildly talented artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Featuring 21 strobe-light and avant-garde memories, highlights include the wet and stinky "I'm a Doggy" by The Lounge Lizards, Liquid Liquid's influential hip-hop seed of "Cavern," and James Chance, Tuxedomoon, Lydia Lunch, Melle Mel, and Kid Creole & the Coconuts.

Toyota Targets the Hip with Remix CDs PDF Print E-mail
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Written by John M. James   
Tuesday, 23 October 2007 21:12

David Byrne - The Knee Plays Two corporate brands are looking to snuggle up with taste-making young consumers with new CDs. Toyota's Scion line has always been serious about its factory-installed sound systems, and now its audio/visual department has teamed with five hip record labels - Ninja Tune, Vice, Light in the Attic, Greensleeves, and Strictly Rhythm Records - for a series of pumping remix discs. Letting each label's stable of artists cut loose on a label-mate's work, highlights include knob-twisting from Modeselektor, Max Glazer & Federation of Sound, and Holy Ghost.

Greg Brown Inspires Book-and-CD Set PDF Print E-mail
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Written by John M. James   
Wednesday, 17 October 2007 10:13

Down at the Sea HotelDo you remember the book-and-seven-inch-single sets for children, with each page turned to the ring of a bell? The publishers at The Secret Mountain are continuing that nifty idea. Next week a new book-and-CD set, Down at the Sea Hotel, is released, developed from a single song by Greg Brown, illustrated into a full book by Mireile Levert, and then fleshed out into an accompanying 14-track audio CD. Featuring a wonderful collection of lullabies written by Tom Waits, Don Henley, Bruce Cockburn, Nanci Griffith, Steve Earle, Marc Cohn, and more, the album's mood is sewn together by the cast of Americana artists that cover the selections, including roots luminaries John Gorka, Eliza Gilkyson, and Guy Davis. Two highlights shine bright: The Wailin' Jennys' grace through Neil Young's "Barefoot Floors" and Lucy Kaplansky's beautiful sway in Billy Joel's "Goodnight, My Angel." Benefiting the Breast Cancer Fund, the project is available two ways: in a traditional hardcover book with the CD tucked inside, or as a cardboard digipak CD with bonus files of all the music charts, illustrations, and lyrics.

Two New Releases Benefit Women’s Charities PDF Print E-mail
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Written by John M. James   
Wednesday, 10 October 2007 02:07

About a GirlIt's a woman's world in two upcoming CD tribute projects that benefit breast-cancer support and awareness. Later this month New Jersey's Face Down Records will release About a Girl, collecting cover contributions from Philadelphia-area artists taking aim at songs with a woman's name in the title. AC/DC's "Whole Lotta Rosie" is found within, covered by Beretta 76, as is the Jukebox Zeroes' spin on The Sonics' "Cinderella" and the Creeping Weeds' hand at Arthur Alexander's "Anna." With proceeds benefiting the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition, the disc also includes covers of Elvis Costello's "Allison," Weezer's "Suzanne," The Kinks' "Victoria," and the AM-radio nugget by The Looking Glass, "Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)."

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