March of The Zapotec and Realpeople Holland Beirut, CD 781.66 BEI 2009 – For the past year, Beirut has alternated between touring in support of 2007’s much-lauded The Flying Club Cup and writing a wealth of new material. With no sense of a release in mind, bandleader Zach Condon recorded in any style that struck his fancy. Some early discussions about recording material for a film being shot in Mexico morphed into a new idea: What about finding a local band in a small city in Mexico, hiring them to play some new material, and recording the result? It was a sincere challenge every step of the way. Condon had to find the band, which he did through a bandmate’s mother who has connections in Oaxaca. To communicate with the performers, he hired a translator, who had to be able to speak English, Spanish, as well as Zapotec, the band members’ native language. From there, he flew down to Oaxaca, traveling a half-hour out of town to the tiny weaver village of Teotitlan del Valle, where he met the nineteen members of The Jimenez Band. The ensuing weeks of recording, rewriting, and relating are documented in a series of short films (to be released online as the release date for March of the Zapotec draws near).
BlakRoc BlakRoc, CD 781.649 BLA 2009 – Produced by and featuring The Black Keys, BlakRoc also hosts a star-studded line up including Mos Def, Q-Tip, RZA, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Raekwon, Ludacris, Pharoahe Monch, Jim Jones, NOE, Nicole Wray and Billy Danze. Of the album, The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach said ‘no samples were used on the record, it’s all live instruments and live vocals.’
It’s Entertainment! Celtic Thunder, CD 781.63 CEL 2010 – Overture and beginners please… Strike up the band… Stand by for Celtic Thunder… and It’s Entertainment. This stylish and high energy trip through some of the great songs of the last 30 years is pure showbiz! It is a tribute from Celtic Thunder to the legacy they have inherited from the great entertainers of the past, and a mark of how far they themselves have travelled as performers, in a few short years. It evokes an era of big bands and boulevards, top hats and tails and singing and dancin in the rain! It makes for irresistible listening as the principals from this generation pay their respects to the stars of an earlier time. In the true tradition of variety the music covers a mix of styles, of songs and of singers, as the lads salute their musical heroes- from Fred Astaire to Neil Diamond, from Jim Croce to Chicago, from Michael Buble to The Beach Boys!
Crazy Heart Various Artists, CD 781.542 CRA 2010 – The soundtrack was co-produced by 10-time Grammy Award winner T Bone Burnett. Burnett, who co-produced the soundtrack with guitarist/songwriter Stephen Bruton. Four-time Academy Award® nominee Jeff Bridges stars as the richly comic, semi-tragic romantic anti-hero Bad Blake, a broken-down, hard-living country music singer who’s had way too many marriages, far too many years on the road and one too many drinks way too many times. And yet, Bad can’t help but reach for salvation with the help of Jean (Maggie Gyllenhaal), a journalist who discovers the real man behind the musician. As he struggles down the road of redemption, Bad learns the hard way just how tough life can be on one man’s crazy heart.
Bomb in a Birdcage A Fine Frenzy, CD 781.66 FIN 2009 – While Bomb In A Birdcage has the same beauty and musical depth as the 2007 debut One Cell In A Sea, it is improved by a wonderfully developed pop sensibility. This album features 11 infectious, bubbly fun tracks infused with gorgeous lyrics and danceable beats.
All Rebel Rockers Michael Franti and Spearhead, CD 781.649 FRA 2008 – The follow-up to the critically acclaimed Yell Fire, All Rebel Rockers is Franti’s fiery protest music and thought-provoking lyrics backed by seductive elements of dub, infectious dance music, and irresistible hook-infused soul. Franti has toured and performed with everyone from U2, Dave Matthews Band, Ziggy Marley, and REM to Digable Planets, Cypress Hill, The Fugees, and A Tribe Called Quest.
Scratch My Back Peter Gabriel, CD 781.63 GAB 2010 – Peter Gabriel’s Scratch My Back album project is the first part of a series of song exchanges in which Gabriel and other leading artists reinterpret each others songs.To help craft his recording of the album s eclectic array of cult favorites and classic tracks, Gabriel enlisted former Durutti Column member John Metcalfe, composer, arranger and the expertise of producer Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd’s The Wall, LouReed’s Berlin) and engineer, mixer and producer Tchad Blake (Suzanne Vega, Sheryl Crow, Tom Waits).
Album Girls, CD 781.66 GIR 2009 – Built on the powerful songwriting of Christopher Owens and the ethereal production of Chet “JR” White, Girls recorded Album in a variety of bedrooms and rehearsal studios in their adopted hometown, San Francisco. The resulting 12 tracks are the perfect San Fran summer record, evoking a narcotic, sunny afternoon in Dolores Park, yet promising the eventual hangover of summer’s departure. Album is self-described as “honest, loose, ethereal, obnoxious and perfect,” it is a sincere tribute to the majesty of great pop music and the healing power of rock and roll.
Inglourious Basterds Various Artists, CD 781.542 ING 2009 – Soundtrack to Academy Award-winning director Quentin Tarantino’s World War II epic, Inglourious Basterds, starring Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Mélanie Laurent, Christoph Waltz, Daniel Brühl, Eli Roth.
Rebirth Lil Wayne, CD 781.649 LIL 2009 – A crossover Rock album from the self-proclaimed ‘greatest rapper of all time’. Lil Wayne’s previous full-length, the Grammy Award-winning The Carter III has been certified triple platinum with over one million sold in it’s first week of release! Rebirth, his long rumored Rock album, is still Rap heavy and features guest appearances from Eminem, Shanell (AKA SNL), Kevin Rudolf, Nicki Minaj and others. Includes the first single ‘Prom Queen’.
Heligoland Massive Attack, CD 781.66 MAS 2010 – HELIGOLAND is the much anticipated fifth studio album from legendary trip-hop duo MASSIVE ATTACK and the first new studio album since 2003’s critically-acclaimed 100TH WINDOW. HELIGOLAND features an all-star cast of guest vocals from DAMON ALBARN, HOPE SANDOVAL, MARTINA TOPLEY-BIRD, GUY GARVEY and TUNDE ADEBIMPE. Long time cohort HORACE ANDY makes a return alongside Massive Attack founding members ROBERT DEL NAJA (3D) and GRAND MARSHALL (DADDY G). Damon also plays bass on `Flat Of The Blade’ and keyboards on `Splitting The Atom’ while PORTISHEAD’s ADRIAN UTLEY plays guitar on `Saturday Come Slow’.
Unbroken Katharine McPhee, CD 781.63 MCP 2009 – Katharine McPhee, the 25 year old runner-up in the fifth season of American Idol has released her Verve Forecast debut. On Unbroken the vocalist and actress has co-written half of the album with some of music’s biggest songwriters, including Kara DioGuardi (American Idol), Ingrid Michaelson, and Paula Cole. “Terrified” features a duet with Jason Reeves while Rachael Yamagata sings backup vocals on the song she co-wrote “Keep Drivin’.” The album is produced by John Alagia (John Mayer, Jason Mraz, Dave Matthews Band).
Everybody Ingrid Michaelson, CD 781.66 MIC 2009 – Everybody is the eagerly-awaited follow-up to her 2007 release, Girls and Boys, which spawned the hit single ‘The Way I Am’ and launched Ingrid into the mainstream consciousness. The New York Times describes Michaelson’s unique musical approach as ‘soulful, idiosyncratic,’ while Rolling Stone loves her ‘sweet but mellow lounge-pop harmonies,’ and Entertainment Weekly hails Michaelson as ‘a deft mistress of quirk folk: a grassroots phenomenon.’ Features 12 tracks including the first single ‘Maybe’.
Sunny Side Up Paolo Nutini, CD 781.66 NUT 2009 – Atlantic recording artist Paolo Nutini returns with his eagerly awaited second album Sunny Side Up. Produced by Ethan Johns (Kings Of Leon, Ryan Adams, Ray LaMontagne), Sunny Side Up sees Nutini continuing to mine his arresting brand of soulful modern pop. Songs such as ‘Ten Out Of Ten’ and ‘Coming Up Easy’ display the gifted tunesmith’s ever-growing knack for irrepressible melodies melded with insightful and intimate lyricism, all held together by Paolo’s gritty and unpredictable vocal stylings.
The Sea Corinne Bailey Rae, CD 781.63 RAE 2010 – Corinne Bailey Rae’s new album, The Sea was co-produced by Bailey Rae with Steve Brown, and Steve Chrisanthou, who produced many of the songs on her debut album, which has sold four million copies worldwide. Bringing together a new band of musicians, Bailey Rae recorded the album mainly in Leeds and Manchester, England. Her voice, always an expressive and soulful instrument, resonates with a poignant and newfound depth on The Sea. Loss and grief are recurring themes yet a sense of beauty and wonder ultimately radiates from the album’s dark corners.
All or Nothing Jay Sean, CD 781.66 SEA 2009 – Jay Sean is taking the world by storm. He already has a #1 Top 40 hit to his name with “Down” and this is just the begining. To add further heat to this growing story, Jay Sean has now inked a multi-album, multi-million dollar record deal with Universal music monster, CASH MONEY RECORDS, home to 4 time Grammy winner Lil Wayne.
Awake Skillet, CD 781.7 SKI 2009 – Skillet’s eighth studio album, Awake, recorded with Grammy-nominated producer Howard Benson. The foursome’s overwhelmingly satisfied with the entire sonic and thematic palette throughout Awake, which is loaded with plenty of anthems in the making destined to be smash singles and concert sing-a-longs. Skillet’s massive fan base (who affectionately refer to themselves as “Panheads”) are sure to agree, though they’ll likely be even more impressed with the lyrical outpouring, which remains a top priority for the players. The album contains 12 tracks, including ‘Monster’ which were added to their live set during their Comatose Tour, and the single ‘Hero’.
Haywire Josh Turner, CD 781.642 TUR 2010 – “Haywire has been the quickest record we’ve ever made from start to finish,” says Josh. “But I’m glad our haste didn’t make waste. I love every single song. One thing I’ve noticed is that you are definitely hearing more of my range, high and low on this album. I’m really proud of this record.” And that’s saying something, given what he’s accomplished so far. Since earning a standing ovation as an unknown singer on the Grand Ole Opry stage in 2001 with his impressive delivery of “Long Black Train,” he has established himself as one of the most identifiable male vocalists in country music.