Preservation Hall Jazz Band Announces The Preservation Hall 50th Anniversary Collection Box Set

Preservation Hall Jazz Band Announces The Preservation Hall 50th Anniversary Collection Box Set (September 25, 2012; Lecacy Recordings)

4-CD, 58-Track Deluxe Box Set Presents

Half-Centrury of Records by New Oreleans Legends

Five Previously Unreleased Tracks From 1960s, ’70s and ’80s

Rescued from Studio and Restored After Hurricane Katrina

2009 Sessions Feature Pete Seeger (on “We Shall Overcome”), Richie Havens,

Tom Waits, Andrew Bird, and Yim Yames (of My Morning Jacket)

Click HERE to stream the previously unissued “C.C. Rider” from 1981

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Fifty years after a former art gallery on St. Peter Street became a haven and platform for the surviving musicians who made New Orleans the birthplace of jazz, The Preservation Hall 50th Anniversary Collection box set celebrates their contributions. This deluxe 4-CD, 58-track collection will be available September 25 through Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment. Today Preservation Hall Jazz Band is sharing “C.C. Rider” from the box set, which just premiered on Paste.

The Preservation Hall 50th Anniversary Collection includes five previously unissued tracks that were recorded at Allen Toussaint’s Sea-Saint Studios over the years: “In The Evening (When The Sun Goes Down)” (1967); “Precious Lord” (1970); “C. C. Rider” (1981); and “I Get The Blues When It Rains” and “Nellie Grey” (both 1986). After Hurricane Katrina ravaged the state-of-the-art studios in 2005, Preservation Hall producer and musician Ben Jaffe (son of original producer, Preservation Hall Jazz Band member and founder Allan Jaffe) was able to recover many of the tapes and restore a portion of the music.

Also on September 25, Rounder Records will release a new album recorded by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band in January at Carnegie Hall. St. Peter and 57th will feature a variety of special guests from many musical genres.

In presenting its comprehensive history, The Preservation Hall 50th Anniversary Collection draws from 19 albums (and one bonus CD) that were recorded and released between 1962 and 2010, on the Atlantic Records, CBS Records, Sony Music, and Preservation Hall Recordings labels. Tracks are sequenced in non-chronological order, so the listener can appreciate the seamless transitions of the music and the musicians’ lineups from decade to decade.

In many ways, The Preservation Hall 50th Anniversary Collection is a family’s story, and a tribute to Allan Jaffe (1935-1987). A trained musician from Pennsylvania, Jaffe frequently visited New Orleans when he served as a GI in the 1950s at Fort Polk, about four hours northwest of the Crescent City. He and his newlywed wife emigrated there in 1961, and fell into the second line of a parade that wound up at an art gallery. The owner actively promoted jam sessions at his gallery by the elder founding fathers of jazz. Most of them were born in the late 19th century, and had few outlets for their pure jazz (not Dixieland!) in the postwar era of the 1950s.

When Allan Jaffe died from melanoma in 1986, at age 51, Ben writes “It left a wide open hole in our immediate family and at Preservation Hall.” A trained bassist whose life was inextricably bound up with the band, Ben went off to Oberlin College in 1989. Upon his graduation four years later, “I returned to New Orleans to manage the Hall and tour and record with the band on string bass. I was 22.”

Under Ben’s guidance, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band flourished in the ’90s and the ’00s, continuing to release new albums, and becoming a worldwide touring attraction. They perform some 100 shows a year, bringing traditional New Orleans jazz to old and new audiences in the U.S. and on foreign soil. Ben lamented the passing of two childhood heroes, Percy Humphrey in 1994 (age 89) and his brother Willie Humphrey in 1995 (age 95). Banjo mentor Narvin Kimball passed away not long after Katrina; and the great John Brunious died in 2008 (age 67).

“I get great pleasure,” Ben writes, “out of a song that has been interpreted, reinterpreted and performed for years and is still as fresh and new as the day it was born… That’s something music does… stretch time, overlap traditions, change history… New Orleans Music is meaningful… It is vital and full of life. It can be happy and joyous. It can be sad and mournful. It has no language barrier. It delivers a universal message we, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, carry with us everywhere we travel.”

Cement Stars – Geometrics album review

While Cement Stars just released their latest album Form and Temper a few months ago, the re-release of their first album Geometrics treats listeners to a dream pop indie rock sound with a modern twist.

Brothers Shaun and Bryan Olson—originally from Chicago but based in North Carolina—formed Cement Stars in 2006, the result of a lo-fi project with individual and collaborative songwriting. In 2009, the band released their first album Geometrics after working with producer Paul Jensen. Since then, the band has become a quintet, with percussionist Cody Hare (no longer a member as of March 2011) and guitarist Joshua Faggart joining in late 2009, as well as background vocalist Enid Valu and bass player Kurt Dodrill joining in 2011. The band’s mix of indie rock and new wave/experimental sound would reach the Electric Mountain Music Group label, culminating in the band signing with them in late 2011. Other album releases include Small Seas in 2011 and Form and Temper in 2012.

The August 7th, 2012 re-release of Geometrics by Ten Millimeter Omega Recordings is a limited-time opportunity to get a copy of the band’s first album. Its ten tracks are a medley of modern rock and 80’s dream pop-inspired tunes. “Ringing” starts off the auditory experience with an intensely alluring new wave sound while tracks like “City Snow” and “It’s Too Late” are of the delightfully laid-back acoustic variety. “We’re All Gonna Get Our Way” is the album’s most standout track, thanks to its semi-eerie piano and synthpop-infused sound. While it may be possible to note limited lyrics on occasion, it’s to give full reign to the band’s instrumental talents.

Geometrics will delight fans of artists such as Cocteau Twins, My Bloody Valentine and Radiohead. Lead vocalist Bryan Olson’s alluring voice—somewhat reminiscent of Ian Brown’s of The Stone Roses—is very well an added bonus.

Opposum – Electric Hawaii album review

With Australia currently pumping out a lot of great new indie bands, it might make it easy to overlook their smaller neighbour to the East, New Zealand. Just like Canada is to the U.S or Portland is to Brooklyn, the smaller guys might not put out as many bands, but when they do great things always follow, (See for example Arcade Fire from Canada, or Sallie Ford from Portland). Thus, what we find from the New Zealand band Opposum is another example of big sounds from the little guy.

Frontman Kody Nielson, formerly of the band The Mint Chicks, has an impressive musical resume, producing several albums for a variety of New Zealand bands. Opposum’s debut album, Electric Hawaii, is a little toned down from Neilson’s previous work with The Mint Chicks. The album could fall under a plethora of inappropriately named genre’s that encompass some of the best indie electronica that has come out over the past couple of years. That is to say, just listen and enjoy.

I imagine we’ll be hearing a lot of singles popping off of this album in the coming months. To quench your thirst for now check out their first single “Blue Meanies” (would make for a great track in a surf video!).

Bloc Party – Four album review

What Bloc Party does with Four is what every band on a hiatus dreams of – take a break, come back when they feel like it and sound better than ever. It is a hard task, with the risk of fans not paying attention to the return or the return sounding stale and used, but Bloc Party executes it perfectly. Despite a three years of separation, complete with solo albums and side projects from three quarters of the band, the British four-piece’s new album is so crisp and fluid that it seems like they never took a break.

The new album is less sugary and hyperactive as a whole than Bloc Party’s first three albums. The time off and the addition of Alex Newport as a producer (best known for working with the Mars Volta and At the Drive In) give Four a more focused, complete sound. There is more variation in tracks, ranging from the dreamy “The Healing” to the fuzzed out and harsh “3×3” and overly ebullient and more-traditional Bloc Party sounds of lead single “Octopus.”

No one sound overpowers the rest though and none seem to lack. What could have been sporadic and sloppy turned out to be a pleasant, ordered chaos. And the little sloppiness that Four does include (the album itself begins with a back and forth in-studio conversation with the band before the drums of “So He Begins to Lie” crash in) is intentional and works.

Four does lack depth in lyrics, with a few lines that sound more like an emotional 14-year-old wrote them than a season rock veteran. ““I’ve felt death/ Rising from me/ From my fingers/And out my mouth,” frontman Kele Okereke says in the grim “Day Four.” But there are also parts with lyrical intrigue, like “Coliseum,” where Okereke shows his political side, belting out “The empire never ended!” as the song builds to a peak.

In a way, Four is representative of the voyage Bloc Party took over the past three years. It is eclectic and haphazard and seems like it is bound to fail, but somehow the pieces found their places. The different paths the songs take, just like the different paths Bloc Party’s members took during their time off, may seem like a recipe for disaster, but somehow, everything was able to come together.

Woodpigeon announces North American tour with Patrick Wolf

Stream “Say Say Say” via Bandcamp

Woodpigeon aka Mark Andrew Hamilton will hit the road next month supporting Patrick Wolf on his upcoming North American 10th Anniversary Tour, which kicks off September 18 in Philadelphia and runs through October 2 in San Francisco (all dates below). Hamilton moved from Calgary to Vienna in 2011 where he has kept busy on the road, supporting such artists as Andrew Bird and Junip, thus these upcoming dates will mark Woodpigeon’s first in his native Canada since 2010 and his first ever in the United States.

In support of the tour, Woodpigeon has premiered a cover of the Paul McCartney + Michael Jackson hit, “Say Say Say”, feat. Louise and The Pins, available for streaming now here. The track is featured on the album, Diamonds, available exclusively on this upcoming tour – track listing below.

Tour Dates with Patrick Wolf:
09/18 – Philadelphia, PA @ World Café
09/20 – New York, NY @ Joe’s Pub
09/23 – Montreal, PQ @ L’Astral (Pop Montreal)
09/25 – Toronto, ON @ The Music Gallery
09/28 – Seattle, WA @ Triple Door
09/29 – Vancouver, BC @ Rio Theatre
09/30 – Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theatre
10/02 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall

Track Listing for Diamonds:
1. Mandobird (For Foon)
2. Are You There, God? It’s Me Mark
3. Masters of Architecture (For Travis)
5. By Lamplight
6. Don’t Fret, My Pet
7. In The Mountains/First
8. For Paolo
9. Winnebago
10. Music For The Naturally Unhip
11. 85 (B.L. + A.C.)
12. I Want To See You Again
13. The Way to Happiness
14. MJ. + P.McC.

NO Release What’s Your Name / Eleven Eleven 7″ on White Iris Records

NO Release What’s Your Name / Eleven Eleven 7″ on White Iris Records

STREAM: “What’s Your Name

Indie rock quintet NO releases What’s Your Name / Eleven Eleven 7″ today on White Iris (Best Coast, FIDLAR, Guards, Fool’s Gold). Outstanding
vocals paired with a sound full of meaning and purpose, these tracks hit home
and stay with you. Dubbing themselves “Post-Hymnal Anthematic,” their sound
stems from the desire to collectively sing and yell while driving others to do the same.

‘What’s Your Name’, the A-Side on this release, is a beautifully ethereal track
that offers a modern twist on the classic New Wave sound. As subtle as the
whistles during the bridge, there is something behind the dark fuzzed-out
guitars on this track that gives it an uplifting feel. This blending of tones
makes for a truly unique song that is nothing if not infectious. ‘Eleven
Eleven’ presents the counterbalance to ‘What’s Your Name’. With
dark synths and commanding vocals featured prominently on this track,
it almost calls to mind Interpol in their prime without losing NO’s
signature sound.

NO began in Echo Park as a home recording project in July 2011. In a small
house on Mohawk Street a group of friends began building something to
represent their collective ethos of searching for the more authentic elements
in music and in themselves. The band will be touring this fall including a date
with Best Coast at the Santa Monica Pier before hitting the road supporting
Electric Guest this October. Full list of tour dates are below.


9/6 – Santa Monica Pier – Santa Monica, CA w/ Best Coast
9/14 – San Diego Music Thing Festival @ Casbah – San Diego, CA
9/15 – Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival – San Pedro, CA
10/9 – Yucca Tap Room – Tempe, AZ
10/10 – Low Spirits – Albuquerque, NM
10/13 – Fitzgerald’s – Houston, TX
10/16 – Black Cat – Washington, D.C. *
10/17 – The Southern – Charlottesville, VA *
10/18 – Theatre of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA *
10/20 – Irving Plaza – NY, NY *
10/21 – Paradise – Boston, MA *
10/23 – Northern Lights – Clifton Park, NY *
10/25 – Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH *
10/26 – Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL *
10/27 – Firebird – Saint Louis, MO *
10/28 – The Granada Theatre – Lawrence, KS *
10/30 – Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO *
10/31 – Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT *
11/2 – Independent – San Francisco *
11/4 – El Rey Theatre – Los Angeles, CA *
* = w/ Electric Guest

Matthew Barber set to tour The Haunted Hillbilly through Ontario and Quebec in October

Matthew Barber set to tour The Haunted Hillbilly through Ontario and Quebec in October.

Barber’s The Haunted Hillbilly album is available to stream in its entirety below.

Toronto — A newly-wed Matthew Barber is set to take his soundtrack to the acclaimed play The Haunted Hillbilly on the road this fall. Full list of dates below. Barber and a full band will perform The Haunted Hillbilly in full before performing favourites from his past albums. The Haunted Hillbilly is the soundtrack to the award winning play (adapted from the Derek McCormack novel) which Matthew was musical director and performer in. It ran for a month in May at the prestigious Centaur Theatre in Montreal and ran last year at Summerworks in Toronto.

The Haunted Hillbilly, the cult favourite book by Derek McCormack was adapted to the stage by the Montreal-based Sidemart Grocery Theatre and Matthew was commissioned to write the music for the play, as well as perform the music on stage as part of the plays narrative. The productions first run was in Montreal where it picked up the Best Performance and Best Sound at the Montreal English Theatre Awards. A featured performance at Toronto’s prestigious Summerworks followed and that’s when Matthew got the idea to make an album based on the songs from The Haunted Hillbilly.

The Haunted Hillbilly is a collection of songs from the show sung by Barber and featuring The Haunted Hillbilly band, comprised of Julian Brown (bass) and Joe Grass (pedal steel, guitar, mandolin and banjo.) The record plays somewhat like an old-time country music concept album in the vein of Willie Nelson’s Red-Headed Stranger and Dylan’s Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid, but with the sort of pop sensibility that is Barber’s hallmark. In these songs Barber plays with humour and characters in ways that he rarely has on his more introspective records. There is also plenty of darkness. The influence of Hank Williams is clear (the main character Hyram is based on him) but not overpowering. There are ballads, romps, stomps, apologies, prayers and several references to booze on this record. Recorded by veteran engineer Ken Friesen on tape with vintage mics and captured live off the floor in Almonte, Ontario (on the banks of Ontario’s Mississippi River – seriously) and mastered by Grammy and Academy Award winner Gavin Lurssen (Robert Plant & Allison Krauss) it offers up both the thrills and warm comfort of a sweet Tennessee whiskey.

Stream The Haunted Hillbilly soundtrack in full here.

Matthew Barber The Haunted Hillbilly Tour
October 2 – This Ain’t Hollywood – Hamilton
October 3 – Starlight, Waterloo
October 4 – Red Dog, Peterborough
October 5 – Grad Club, Kingston
October 6 – O’Reilly’s Ale House, Perth
October 9 – Aeolian Hall, London
October 10 – Dakota Tavern, Toronto
October 11 – Dakota Tavern, Toronto
October 13 – Dublin United Church, Guelph (co-bill with Justin Rutledge)
October 17 – Petit Campus, Montreal
October 19 – NAC, Ottawa
October 20 – NAC, Ottawa

Screaming Females share new video + tour dates w/ Garbage

Today, premiered Screaming Females latest music video, “Leave It All To Me”, the sequel to their previous video “It All Means Nothing”. The video finds goths mourning guitar virtuoso Marissa Paternoster’s untimely death and resurrect her using black magick, thus finding the rest of Screaming Females screaming for their lives.

The band (especially Paternoster who cities Garbage as her first favorite band) is elated to announce that they will be opening for Garbage throughout North America this fall. Against Me!’s Laura Jane Grace gave Shirley Manson a copy of Screaming Females record, and after a failed attempt at a side project with Paternoster & Manson, both bands couldn’t be more thrilled to be hitting the road. In Paternoster words: “I wish I could call up thirteen year old Marissa on the phone and tell her that she’s gonna play shows with Garbage. She’d freak out.” Catch them this fall!

9/06 – Raleigh, NC – Hopscotch Music Festival
9/08 – Williamsburg, NY – Riot Fest
9/16 – Chicago, IL – Riot Fest
9/17 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th St Entry
9/18 – Fargo, ND – House show
9/22 – Edmondton, AB – Wunderbar
9/25 – Spokane, WA – Mootsy’s
9/26 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDO !
9/27 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater !
9/28 – Olympia, WA – The Northern
9/29 – Vancouver, BC – The Centre !
10/1 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theater !
10/2 – Hollywood, CA – Hollywood Palladium !
10/3 – Las Vegas, NV – Beauty Bar
10/5 – Salt Lake City, UT – In the Venue !
10/6 – Denver, CO – Odgen Theatre !
10/8 – Dallas, TX – Club Dada
10/9 – Houston, TX – House of Blues !
10/10 – Austin, TX – La Zona Rosa !
10/12 – New Orleans, LA – Endless Gaycation Fest
10/18 – Richmond, VA – Strange Matter

! = w/ Garbage

Julia Holter collaborates with José Wolff on Video for “Goddess Eyes I”

Julia Holter collaborates with José Wolff on Video for “Goddess Eyes I”

Holter Launches Tour this Friday in New York City, Confirms Moogfest

Set to appear with the Sinfonietta Cracovia at Unsound’s 2012 events in Poland

Julia Holter and visual artist José Wolff share Los Angeles as home and worked together on a video for Holter’s “Sea Called Me Home,” an earlier piece in Holter’s repertoire. When Wolff approached Holter to create a video for “Goddess Eyes I” from her 2012 album Ekstasis, the two embarked on a journey to divine the celestial / human mystery of the song.

“The first thing that came to mind was an image that gradually deteriorates with visual noise, echoing the sonic noise present in the song,” says Wolff. “We go from lightness to darkness, away from a structured, fabricated place and into raw territory.”

Fresh off a string of shows with Sigur Ros, Holter picks up touring at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City, New York this Friday, August 31st making her way down the coast to the Hopscotch Festival in Raleigh, North Carolina. Holter returns to North Carolina in October recently confirmed for Moogfest in Asheville, but not before appearing alongside the Poland’s Sinfonietta Cracovia Orchestra at Unsound’s 2012 festival in Krakow.

Julia Holter – US & Canada Fall 2012 Tour

8/31/12 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY
9/1/12 – Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA
9/2/12 – Black Cat – Washington, DC
9/4/12 – Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar – Charlottesville, VA
9/6/12 – Hopscotch Festival – Raleigh, NC
9/8/12 – The Old Church – Portland, OR
9/20/12 – SPACE Gallery – Portland, ME
9/21/12 – Church of St. John – Montreal, QC
9/22/12 – Legendary Horshoe Tavern – Toronto, ON
9/24/12 – Crofoot Ballroom – Pontiac, MI
9/25/12 – Beachland Tavern – Cleveland, OH
9/26/12 – Schuba’s Tavern – Chicago, IL
9/28/12 – Pygmalion Music Festival – Champaign-Urbana, IL
9/29/12 – Midpoint Music Festival – Cincinnati, OH
10/1/12 – Wexner Center – Columbus, OH
10/2/12 – Andy Warhol Museum – Pittsburgh, PA (VIA Festival)
10/27/12 – Moogfest – Asheville, NC

Julia Holter – European Fall 2012 Dates

10/17/12 – Unsound Festival – Krakow, Poland

Love The Lost Interview

Nathan Temple Vocals, Ben Evans Guitar, Cody Hilliker Guitar/vocals, Kyle Edwards Bass, Shane Rutledge Drums

Bands come and go, especially in Seattle. It’s a tough gig surviving the work that goes into getting a group together, practicing and trying to get club dates. It’s a lot easier if there is talent to back up all the idealism, such is the case with Love The Lost. A band of five musicians, young but very focused, their music resonates with metalheads as much for the energy and volume as the lyrics.

Formed in 2012, Love The Lost is a Seattle-area post hardcore/metalcore band who performed at Studio Seven’s Battle of the Bands In July 2012. Coming in second place to a more experienced band, the group graciously agreed to an interview after their set.

LTL:        This was our first show together and we’ve been practicing hard. We loved seeing the audience getting involved, especially all the bouncing up and down during ‘Monstrosity’.

What are your influences and who does the writing?

We do our own writing. Each person writes their past and then when we come together, we fine tune it and blend it. One of our influences is Armada; they have a lot of fun when they write and perform. We want to give our fans the same kind of satisfaction and we like the high energy we get back from them. We all come from metal backgrounds (Cody Hilliker: “I’m from a Christian metal band”), so we all bring in something a little different from the same genre.”

What’s your favorite song? And what about CD release dates?

Our favorite group song has to be “Arrogance”.  We have an EP recording session August 7th with the release later this year and then have about 9 more song ready to go for a CD. We are working on making a download available from the web site.

What’s the meaning behind the name?

We are not a death metal band. We want to reach out to people and love them through the music; we think we can reach a lot of people who otherwise don’t get enough love. We have a humble approach to what we do. We love to meet other musician and their fans, we appreciate those who come out to support the music and we’d meet and shake hands with every single fan if we could.”

Love The Lost has a variety of club gigs scheduled in and around Seattle/Tacoma. Expect to hear more from this group and watch for more music to be released later this year.