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Adrian Sherwood – Never Trust A Hippy NTAH
It's a mystery, really, why a music biz legend like Adrian Sherwood hasn't released a solo album until now. Okay, the man has been rather busy over the last twenty years or so, producing and/or remixing some of the most innovative recordings under his own moniker or that of his On-U Sound label Never Trust A Hippy reflects the way its maker sees the multifarious Real World.
Chuck Prophet : Let Freedom Ring!
AllMusic Review by j. poet On his latest offering, Chuck Prophet takes on the recent financial meltdown, albeit in his usual, oblique way. The band is a stripped-down foursome with Prophet on vocals and guitar, second guitarist Tom Ayers, bassist Rusty Miller, and drummer Boom Carter, but they bring a surprisingly diverse palette of sound to these 11 tunes.
Cowboy Junkies – The Nomad Series Renmin Park Volume 1
Diverse Records is delighted to team up with the Cowboy Junkies once again, for their brand new album Renmin Park, the first volume in the "Nomad Series" of releases, of which there will be four volumes. The series of releases take their name from a series of paintings by a friend, the Cuban-American artist Enrique Martinez Celay. Many of the songs have been tried live on stage over the last year or so, and finally the band have committed the finished studio versions of these songs, across the four volumes to be released over the next 18 months. Volume 1, titled Renmin Park is in stock now.
Cowboy Junkies : Trinity Revisited
(2-LP set) Their seminal album The Trinity Session was recorded with a single microphone in Toronto's Church of the Holy Trinity, an engineering circumstance that has everything to do with the record's stark, spacious atmosphere. This live reinterpretation of that original session from 1988 features guests such as Ryan Adams, Natalie Merchant, Vic Chesnutt and multi-instrumentalist Jeff Bird.
Eleanor McEvoy – Out There
ELEANOR MCEVOY - OUT THERE (180g IMPORT LP) HiFi+ Album of the Year - 2007! Eleanor McEvoy is not an artist easy to pigeonhole. Irish, folk, pop, rock, country? Her last two albums - Yola and Early Hours - have been modern day singer songwriter masterpieces. Yet by and large she remains an undiscovered talent. Never one to 'go with the flow', Out There is yet another outstanding album with the classic McEvoy hallmarks of great songs, wonderful vocals and magnificent production.
Eleanor McEvoy : I’d Rather Go Blonde
I'd Rather Go Blonde is the eight album in a 20-year career that has seen McEvoy establish herself as one of Ireland's most accomplished singer/songwriters. Never one to shy away from the big issues, this album sees McEvoy tackling themes such as alienation, hypocrisy, recent Irish history and romance. The songs are typified by a lyrical élan and often leavened with a touch of humor - "For Avoidance Of Any Doubt" features a plaintive soul using her solicitor to berate an absent lover for not returning calls, and the title track is built around a phrase that just made McEvoy laugh.
Joan Baez – Gone From Danger
For nearly 50 years, as a singer, musician, social activist, and goodwill ambassador, Joan Baez has kept her pact with the spirit of her voice. Throughout her career, she has followed a pattern of mutual mentoring, begun when she first met Bob Dylan. She continues the pattern with striking results on tours that have included onstage collaborations with a range of talented young writers and performers, including Dar Williams, Eliza Carthy, and Josh Ritter among others.
Mark Olson : The Salvation Blues
Mark recently finished recording his first true solo album, "The Salvation Blues", with producer Ben Vaughn. A deeply personal album, Mark’s voice and poetic lyrics are complemented by Vaughn’s gorgeous musical backdrops featuring the work of some of LA’s best studio musicians. The album also features the long-awaited reunion with his former Jayhawks bandmate and writing partner, Gary Louris, on three songs.
Richard Thompson – Front Parlour Ballads
“The production on this record is the kind of thing the audience actually asks for,” Thompson explains. “They ask for simple; they don’t want the frills in the way. They don’t want the glossy, hi-fi production—they wouldn’t know what to do with it. They want to hear the squeaks of fingers on strings and, dare I say the cock-ups. So that’s what they’re gonna get.”
Richmond Fontaine : “We Used To Think The Freeway Sounded Like A River”
This is out of print! Richmond Fontaine and Willy Vlautin's songs are not overly derivative in any way. It's all from the heart, whether it recalls the sound of Wilco, REM, John Prine, or a punk rock aesthetic. And the band is a group of superior craftsmen who take care in bringing these songs to life: Dan Eccles's twangy, vibrato laden telecaster backdrops; Vlautin's stellar acoustic guitar playing, at turns bruised and melancholy or propulsive and fiery; Dave Harding's rich and warm sounding bass; and Sean Oldham's seemingly endless creativity behind the drum kit providing the opening tune's 2/3 clave, straight ahead rock backbeats, tight snare rolls, and a whole lot of attitude when needed like on the punkish "43." Oldham apparently also plays the "radio trowel" on the recording: "The [radio trowel] uses a capacitive sensor array based on Max Mathew's radio baton... The trowel's movements control sound synthesis parameters..." And Sean's brother Collin, along with the cello on Freeway, also plays another electronic instrument he developed - the Cellomobo: "A computer music instrument that attempts to model the behavior of a bowed string. It gives haptic feedback to the bow at audio rate..." These guys don't lock themselves into any single musical box and the music benefits from the openness. The haunting singing saw melody that opens the record is a prime example.
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Ron Sexsmith – Cobblestone Runway
We are delighted to announce that DIV 005 is the 2002 album from this massively underrated artist. Ron Sexsmith has been raved about by other musicians, his songs have been covered by Rod Stewart and Elton John, yet his career is still struggling to lift off. Now his 15-year marriage has also fallen apart - but at least Sexsmith has been able to reach deep into his well of despond for his best album yet. This new sonic palate gives modern life to his classy tales of blown chances, cruel luck and crueller love.
Simone and Ian Felice : The Big Empty Lost Tapes Volume 1 – Mexico
Diverse Vinyl continues their relationship with Simone Felice by releasing two albums in one lovely package. Simone Felice is the singer/songwriter in The Duke & The King and was previously a member of The Felice Brothers with siblings Ian and James.