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Searching For Sugar Man

The story remains one of the music world’s most unusual tales of the 1970s: An obscure debut LP by a Detroit singer-songwriter becomes a source of hope and inspiration to the anti-Apartheid movement in South Africa... And America had no idea until we were well into the 21st Century. Now, the story of Rodriguez and his cult album Cold Fact is the basis for Searching For Sugar Man, a riveting new documentary by filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul. The soundtrack for this amazing documentary is comprised of tracks from Cold Fact and its 1971 follow-up Coming From Reality – both reissued in 2008 and 2009 by Light In The Attic -- making this a wonderful primer to this long-overlooked musician’s fusion of gritty funk, political poetry and blissful psych-folk. You need this.
Oh Michael,
Look What You've Done:
Friends Play
Michael Chapman
Tompkins Square

Michael Chapman began his career on the Cornish folk circuit in 1967. Signed to the Harvest label, home to Pink Floyd and Deep Purple, he recorded four quasi-legendary albums. The influential Fully Qualified Survivor was John Peel's favorite record of 1970, and featured future Bowie collaborator Mick Ronson. After decades of recording and touring, Chapman remained an obscure figure in the States until his profile was raised by a lengthy 2009 interview with Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore in Fretboard Journal. Oh Michael, Look What You've Done: Friends Play Michael Chapman is a celebration of Chapman’s music featuring artists who share a personal connection with this great artist’s work, including Bridget St. John, Maddy Prior, and longtime cohort Rick Kemp (Steeleye Span), as well as young guns like Thurston Moore, Hiss Golden Messenger, and Lucinda Williams.
Michael Occhipinti & Shine On
The Universe of John Lennon
True North Records
Shine On: the Universe of John Lennon brings together some of Canada’s most renowned musicians in celebration of the one-and-only John Lennon. uniquely arranged by guitarist Michael Occhipinti, and featuring the wonderful and distinct voices of Yvette Tollar, Dominic Mancuso, and Elizabeth Shepherd, paired with the singular talents of Mark Kelso (drums), Kevin Turcotte (trumpet), Roberto Occhipinti (bass), and Michael Occhipinti (guitar), this unique group came together in December of 2010 for a special concert to mark the 30th Anniversary of John Lennon’s passing. The result was such a success that the musician’s decided to come together again and make a proper recorded tribute. Why another Beatles-related tribute in a world with so many? “My personal challenge is trying to make each arrangement a little different from the others,” explains Occhipinti, “Although when I listen to Beatles albums like Revolver that’s exactly what I hear them doing, too.” Well played, Michael...
Various Artists
Isles of Wonder:
Music for the
Opening Ceremony
of the London
Olympics 2012

From the moment the specially-commissioned 23-ton bell (the largest harmonically tuned bell in the world) chimed, the Olympic Stadium came to life with music. The emotional punch and strength of two brand new compositions from Underworld (who also served as the festivities' Music Directors) provided two of the most stirring moments of the night. From the majestic beauty of the LSO's On Track Orchestra's performing Elgar's 'Nimrod' to performances from Mike Oldfield, Frank Turner, Arctic Monkeys, Dizzee Rascal, Emeli Sande and Sir Paul McCartney, the entire Opening Ceremony celebrated the global impact of British music – despite whether or not the choreography and concepts were a wee bit baffling... And Isles of Wonder: Music for the Opening Ceremony of the London Olympics has it all.
Morning Parade
Morning Parade
Heavily tipped at the beginning of 2011, Morning Parade side-stepped the hype-trap which many a new band has fallen into by rushing out a quick debut album and instead took their time to write the album they wanted to make whilst building a solid and loyal fanbase all across Europe. The result is a breathtaking statement of intent, demonstrating a depth of lyric and songwriting that has become increasingly rare amongst many contemporary artists. It is a purposeful, heartfelt and honest collection of songs: From the bristling and driving rhythms of “Us and Ourselves” to the feel good anthem “Under the Stars”, the album takes you on an emotional rollercoaster, meandering between different textures and dynamics.  The rousing no-holds barred rock’n’roll of “Blue Winter” and “Headlights” pack a considerable punch as album openers while the delicate ode to unrequited love that is “Monday Morning” juxtaposes with the life-affirming show-stopper “Born Alone.” Recorded with acclaimed producer David Kosten (Bat For Lashes, Everything Everything).
Rough Guide
Rough Guide to Ethiopia
World Music Network
While bleak television images of starving people mar the reputation of Ethiopia, the reality is that Ethiopian civilization reaches back 3000 years to King Solomon and Queen Sheba. In modern times, the country and its capitol, "swingin" Addis Ababa, was a symbol of Westernized cultural enlightenment in Africa. It all came crashing down in 1974 when a Stalinist military dictatorship took control of the country. Compiled by Francis Falceto, who also put together the fantastic Ethiopiques series, these 15 tracks are culled from that collection and other single-artist releases to present a broad array of Ethiopian music, much of it recorded before 1974. Here, we go from the funky grooves of Wallias Band to the smooth jazz style of Mogès Habtè to the warm balladry of Girma Bèyenè to the Latin flavor of Fanayé Tesfayé to traditional Ethiopian music. A great place for the inquisitive to begin, this is an exceptional overview of a scene only recently remembered. Also available on VINYL!
An Awesome Wave

alt-J (∆)’s name takes a little explaining. Pronounced alt-J (ahlt-jay), the delta sign is created when you hold down the alt key on your computer keyboard and punch ‘J’ on a Mac. The symbol has a deeper meaning for the band, as guitarist / bassist Gwil Sainsbury notes, “In mathematical equations it’s used to show change...” -- and the band’s relatively new name came at a turning point in their lives. Inspired by a guitar-playing dad and hallucinogens, alt-J specialize in “folk-step” – a sort of pop that draws on poignant folk verses, crushing synths, smart hip hop syncopations and tight vocal harmonies. It’s as compelling as it sounds – and An Awesome Wave is just as it is. Check it out.


In 1979 came the tour of Japan from which Personal Mountains and now Sleeper were drawn. The following month, the New York concerts at the Village Vanguard generated the Nude Ants album. And then the story was finished. As Ian Carr was to observe in his Jarrett biography, The influence of this quartet is out of all proportion to its brief life. Musicians on all instruments have been influenced and inspired by Keith Jarrett’s work in general, but also by this quartet in particular. The European Quartet ceased to exist when it was at the height of its creativity. Recorded live April 16, 1979 at Nakano Sun Plaza, Tokyo Sleeper confirms that this was indeed the case. Are you a jazz fan? Sleeper: Tokyo, April 16, 1979 is two discs worth of “You Need This!”
Young Guns
Young Guns’ Bones has already achieved critical acclaim overseas, with Q Magazine and Kerrang! each giving it four stars and the latter writing that the album sees the band "giving themselves the best shot possible of taking on all comers and winning." Written over a number of months in places ranging from Thailand to Spain to a shed in the band's hometown of High Wycombe, UK, Bones marks Young Guns' transition from a band packed with potential to bonafide contenders for the title of Britain's best. It's a stirring album full of contradictions, on that speaks to strength and vulnerability, friendship and loss, energetic youth and heavy-hearted experience. Young Guns have something to prove – and Bones does so in spades.
Dave Stewart
The Ringmaster General
Surfdog Records
Dave Stewart holds a special place in his heart for Nashville. That’s where the legendary British singer, songwriter and guitarist (the XY half of The Eurythmics) has recorded two albums: 2011’s critically praised The Blackbird Diaries and his 2012 masterpiece, The Ringmaster General. A potent and distinctive musical gumbo with rock, blues, country, rhythm & blues and psychedelia, The Ringmaster General features 13 songs including striking duets with Alison Krauss, Diane Birch and Joss Stone as well as one sung with and co-written by Jessie Baylin. The blistering guitar skills of Orianthi are featured as well. As with The Blackbird Diaries, Stewart is backed by some of the finest musicians in Nashville including: guitarist Tom Bukovac, drummer Chad Cromwell, bassist Michael Rhodes, steel guitarist Dan Dugmore and Mike Rojas on piano.
Singer, songwriter, piano-slayer and super blogger Amanda Palmer is preparing to release her first new studio album in four years, in conjunction with her new band, The Grand Theft Orchestra, featuring Michael McQuilken, Chad Raines, and Jherek Bishoff. Entitled Theatre Is Evil, the album was recently recorded in Melbourne, Australia with producer John Congleton (St. Vincent, Murder By Death, Modest Mouse, Xiu Xiu). Arguably her most pop-influenced album yet, Theatre Is Evil showcases Amanda's powerful vocals and talented songwriting in ways that might surprise even her most ardent fans. Written over the course of several years (since the release of her last studio album, Who Killed Amanda Palmer), the album offers a collection of sounds and rhythms heavily influenced by the music Palmer grew up listening to - most notably 80's synth rock and Brit Pop. True to form, the undisputed queen of crowd-sourcing and fan engagement enlisted her community of loyal supporters to launch her ambitious global release, selling nearly 25,000 copies of her new album in multiple formats via Kickstarter, along with a variety of unique merch items. But don’t worry: The songs are cool, too.

Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra -
Theatre is Evil

8 Ft. Records
Shields is the fourth and most fluid album by Grizzly Bear to date. The quartet of Chris Bear, Ed Droste, Daniel Rossen and Chris Taylor have never made a quick follow-up: It took them three years to get from Horn of Plenty to Yellow House, three more to get from Yellow House to Veckatimest. Between those records, though, they'd not only toured (headlining as well as with the likes of Radiohead, Feist, Wilco, TV on the Radio and more), but issued singles and splits, EPs, remixes and solo projects. The potential energy gathered in tour vans and busses, in studios and on stages for years was finally released, giving the individual band's pieces the chance to recover and, after a year, return to being Grizzly Bear, and delivering their best album yet. ''This has a different energy behind it,'' concludes Ed Droste. Veckatimest was a little more of a polite album; the desire to keep the vocals smooth might have kept a little distance between us and the audience. This one feels a bit more rough and exposed, so that on Shields, everything speaks for itself.'” Indeed, Shields is filled with a raw, shocking power that goes for the gut without ever sacrificing the languid beauty of Grizzly Bear’s gorgeous four-part harmonies. Spectral, visceral, and beautiful, Shields is Grizzly Bear at their finest.

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