Friday, November 17, 2017

Out now: Sia's 'Everyday is Christmas'

Sia's first holiday album, Everyday is Christmas, is available via Monkey Puzzle/Atlantic Records. Co-written by the artist and Greg Kurstin, it can be purchased in stores now and on all digital service providers here:

Lead single “Santa’s Coming For Us” is top 10 on Billboard’s Holiday Songs Chart.

Sia most recently wrapped up the North American leg of her headlining arena Nostalgic For The Present Tour. Sia’s live dates will continue this winter in stadiums across Australia and New Zealand. For more information on her tour dates, visit

Track listing:

1. Santa's Coming For Us
2. Candy Cane Lane
3. Snowman
4. Snowflake
5. Ho Ho Ho
6. Puppies Are Forever
7. Sunshine
8. Underneath The Mistletoe
9. Everyday is Christmas
10. Underneath The Christmas Lights

Out now: 'A Tribute to Dan Fogelberg'

'A Tribute to Dan Fogelberg' is out today. Produced by Dan’s wife, Jean Fogelberg; Norbert Putnam; his lifelong friend and manager, Irving Azoff; and Chuck Morris, the homage to multi-platinum, singer/songwriter Dan Fogelberg is released worldwide through BMG.

The album contains recreations of some of Dan’s biggest hits, such as the Top 10 hits, including “Longer,” "Leader of the Band,” and “Same Old Lang Syne.” Songs from his multi-platinum albums are also featured, such as “Phoenix,” “Nether Lands,” and “Part of the Plan.” A complete track listing can be found below.

In August 2017, Dan Fogelberg was inducted into the Colorado Music Hall Of Fame, along with Joe Walsh and Barnstorm and James Guercio of Caribou Ranch, during “The Rocky Mountain Way” event at the Fiddlers Green near Denver. The tribute concert featured Garth Brooks, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band with Richie Furay, Fools Gold & others performing selections from Dan Fogelberg’s illustrious career to a sold-out crowd of nearly 20,000 fans.

The memorable night was capped with most of the night’s performers joining on stage for an epic rendition of “There's A Place In The World For A Gambler” led by Garth Brooks. The concert was filmed and will air in Spring 2018 on AXS TV.

Track listing:

1. Phoenix performed by Garth Brooks
2. Nether Lands performed by Donna Summer
3. Better Change performed by Michael McDonald
4. Longer performed by Amy Grant/Vince Gill
5. Same Old Lang Syne performed by Train
6. Don’t Lose Heart performed by Dobie Gray
7. Old Tennessee performed by Fool’s Gold/Denny Henson and Tom Kelly
8. As the Raven Flies performed by Casey James
9. Sutters Mill performed by Randy Owens
10. Run for the Roses performed by The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band with Richie Furay
11. Hard to Say performed by Boz Scaggs
12. Part of the Plan performed by the Eagles
13. There’s a Place in the World for a Gambler performed by Jimmy Buffett
14. Leader of the Band performed by Zac Brown Band

Fans can purchase A Tribute to Dan Fogelberg here:
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Dan Fogelberg, one of the most popular artists of the '70s and '80s, was a key component of the golden age of the singer/songwriter. His second album, the 1974 Joe Walsh-produced Souvenirs, hit the top 20 and led Dan into a three-decade run that would include 11 platinum and two gold albums.

His best- known songs include “Longer”, a ballad that became a wedding ceremony standard; “Leader of the Band,” a tribute to his bandleader father, Lawrence Fogelberg; “Run For The Roses”, the unofficial theme of the Kentucky Derby; and the seasonal staple “Same Old Lang Syne.” Dan Fogelberg died of prostate cancer in 2007.

Coming soon: Neil Young+Promise Of The Real's 'The Visitor'

Here's a new and very descriptive press release I just received...

Neil Young+Promise Of The Real will release their new studio album The Visitor [Reprise Records] on Dec. 1 in stores and via all digital music retailers. The vinyl edition will follow on January 5, 2018. The digital pre-order grants an instant grat download of the new track “Already Great.” Click here to pre-order The Visitor.

When Neil Young entered Shangri La Studio with the band Promise Of The Real a few months ago, there were a lot of images and feelings careening around his soul. The country was heading in a direction Young had never seen, even though up until then he thought he'd seen it all.

But something different was happening, and it had gotten inside his music. "I'm a Canadian by the way and I love the USA," he sings on the first song "Already Great." The ethos of The Visitor can be summed up in the refrain of “Already Great” where Young insists, “Already great, you’re already great. You’re the promise land, the helping hand. No wall. No hate. No fascist USA. WHOSE STREET? OUR STREET.”

From those words, Neil Young was ready to take a musical journey on his new album The Visitor like he had never taken before. It was one where he'd even surprise himself, always the mark of a creative leap. By the end of the recording sessions, he knew he'd made his most diverse album going all the way back to Harvest in 1972, when America was also in the throes of becoming unhinged. Neil Young didn't blink then, and he is not blinking now.

Click here to listen to “Already Great.”

The Visitor is an intriguing and always exciting peek into the mind and heart of one of rock & roll's true seekers. Neil Young has wandered a wide path since coming to Los Angeles from Canada over 50 years ago. During those many decades he has established an immediately apparent individualism that cannot be predicted. Young has often said that when things become ordinary, he's ready to shake things up and head for new ground. It has always been what marks Young's music.

His new songs, whether it's a mashup of spoken word and rock & roll on "Fly By Night" or the heart-stopping beauty of "Forever," once again ask listeners to stay open and ready for whatever comes through the open channels of the man and his unstoppable band.

Listening to an album like The Visitor is not unlike taking off on a cross-country trip without a map. There is no way to tell where the destination will lead or what will be encountered. At one moment the savage rock of "Stand Tall" leads into Caribbean and Latin musical strains rising through on "Carnival," only to turn around to embrace the blues on "Digging a Hole." There is also the modern funk-rock of "When Bad Got Good," the anthemic "Children of Destiny" and the spirit-tugging strength of "Change of Heart" to ensure the musical travels remain full of wonder. With the unlimited ability of Promise of the Real, featuring Lukas and Michah Nelson along with Corey McCormick, Anthony Logerfo and Tato Melgar, the passionate power of their playing pushes the songs to maximum expression. There are very few rock bands now who can go to as many places as this outfit and always deliver their own distinct identity.

The closing song on The Visitor feels like a prayer for today and tomorrow. In "Forever," Neil Young sings "Earth is like a church without a preacher, the people have to pray for themselves." These lines, and everything else on this landmark release point to the future in a way that sounds the alarm for troubled times but at the same time offers hope that, once again, music can help lead the way to understanding and hopefully a better place.

Today Neil Young walks in his own footsteps, just as he has done since his first days venturing into neighborhood clubs in Canada when he was still a teenager. He has a guitar, he has a voice and he has songs that express a unique way of looking at the world. And once again he is ready to tell us where we've been and just maybe where we might be heading. By listening we can join together and share the challenges and find a way forward together. Once again.

In 2015, Neil Young + Promise Of The Real released The Monsanto Years. It bowed at #2 on the Billboard Top 200, #4 on theBillboard Rock Albums Chart, and #2 on the Billboard Folk Albums Chart. They followed up The Monsanto Years with 2016’s live album, Earth. The Visitor is the next step on their collective journey together.

Track listing:

Already Great
Fly By Night Deal
Almost Always
Stand Tall
Change Of Heart
Diggin’ A Hole
Children Of Destiny
When Bad Got Good

Out now: Green Day's 'Greatest Hits: God's Favorite Band'

Green Day has released a new song and accompanying music video for "Back In The USA," which is featured on Greatest Hits: God's Favorite Band. The album is available today via Reprise Records. To watch the video, click HERE and to purchase the album A complete track listing is below.

Greatest Hits: God's Favorite Band includes 20 hits spanning Green Day's 31 years as a band. In addition to "Back In The USA," it also features a new duet with Miranda Lambert on "Ordinary World." Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong previously collaborated with Lambert at the 56th annual Grammy Awards in 2014 for a live duet in tribute of the late Phil Everly of The Everly Brothers.

Earlier this fall, Billie Joe Armstrong performed "Ordinary World" on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon before a performance at Global Citizen Festival in Central Park in New York City. This weekend they will wrap up the current leg of their global tour in Mexico City.

Track Listing:

1. 2000 Light Years Away
2. Longview
3. Welcome To Paradise
4. Basket Case
5. When I Come Around
6. She
7. Brain Stew
8. Hitchin' a Ride
9. Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)
10. Minority
11. Warning
12. American Idiot
13. Holiday
14. Boulevard of Broken Dreams
15. Wake Me Up When September Ends
16. Know Your Enemy
17. 21 Guns
18. Oh Love
19. Bang Bang
20. Still Breathing
21. Ordinary World (feat Miranda Lambert)
22. Back In The USA

Out now: Tim McGraw & Faith Hill's 'The Rest of Our Life'

Tim McGraw & Faith Hill just released their first album together, The Rest of Our Life. The 11-song collection released by Sony Music Entertainment/Arista Nashville/McGraw Music.

It was produced by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, along with Byron Gallimore and Dann Huff. Fans can see a new music video for “The Rest of Our Life,” directed by Grant Singer, HERE. Included on The Rest of Our Life album is the CMA Award-nominated first single. Directed by Sophie Muller, the clip can be viewed HERE.

Showtime Networks will air the concert special Tim & Faith: Soul2Soul tonight at 9pm, on-air, on demand and over the internet. This marks the first ever county music concert film for the network.

Today marks the opening of the Tim McGraw and Faith Hill exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s week of multiple TV appearances started off with their CBS Sunday Morning feature, which was viewed by over 6 million on November 12. This episode’s airing marks the second consecutive week Sunday’s #1 morning show was watched by 6 million plus; view it HERE.

Last evening, the two superstars appeared on NBC’s Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon; view here segment one, twoand three. And, McGraw and Hill performed and were interviewed during two-hours of NBC’s Today this morning; view here segment one, two and three.

In related news, the pair's Soul2Soul The World Tour 2017 will extend into 2018. Concert tickets are on sale now, with each purchase receiving a copy of the new album. Full details and tour dates can be found at

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Elbow concert review: Santa Ana, Calif.

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Elbow performed last night at the Observatory in Santa Ana, Calif. and kept the capacity crowd enthralled for nearly two hours.

The Manchester alt-rock band is wrapping up a brief North American tour this week behind its stellar latest album Little Fictions, which came out earlier this year, debuted at No. 1 and went gold in the UK. 

On Nov. 24, Elbow will release a Best of collection.

Fans attending the Orange County gig were in for a special treat, as the venue's under-600 capacity was a far cry from the large festivals and arenas the veteran quartet often headlines back home.

Front man Guy Garvey seemed to revel in that intimacy. He enthused about how much he liked the place twice and felt like everyone was gathered inside his bicycle basket. Before launching the 16-song set with a hypnotic "Any Day Now" (from 2001 debut album Asleep in the Back), Garvey raised a glass of beer and toasted the audience. 

Throughout the evening, Elbow's congenial singer urged people to clap or wave their arms along to the music (which got instant reactions), provided brief insights about the songs and sang them with dramatic gestures.

An elegant "Head for Supplies" and the positive vibe of "Magnificent (She Says)" - the first two of five Little Fictions selections played - were heightened by two female violinist/backing vocalists. In fact, the latter tune's title would be an apt description of the entire concert. 

The romantic "Mirrorball," with a recurring piano motif by Craig Potter and subtle strings, was just plain stunning, while some slide guitar work by Potter's brother Mark on "The Birds" elevated the dramatic undertow even more. The 8 1/2-minute-long title track to Little Fictions, with shifting tempos, was mesmerizing. Fans sang along loudly to Elbow's biggest UK hit: the majestic and uplifting main set closer, "One Day Like This."

Come encore time, the band returned for a haunting "Lippy Kids." Then a couple drums were brought to the front of the stage so Garvey could pound away on the ominous, slide guitar-driven top 20 UK single, "Grounds for Divorce."

Monday, November 13, 2017

Driftwood Festival (Day 1) review: Dana Point, Calif.

Chase Rice was performing “Everybody We Know Does” on Saturday night when he paused to emphasize one verse’s heightened relevance after the mass shooting last month in Las Vegas.

Then the Driftwood Festival headliner told the large crowd, “That’s what country music’s all about. When you get knocked down, you get back up.”

Many concertgoers in Dana Point wore Route 91 Harvest Festival hats, t-shirts and “Vegas Strong” slogans in subtle support. Since it was Veteran’s Day, artists like Lit and A Thousand Horses thanked military personnel everywhere. Two local vets were also brought onstage between sets and saluted.    

Alcohol tastings (mostly craft beer, but also wine and vodka) and BBQ food were a big draw at the fest and long booth lines near the sand held steady through the afternoon. At one point, a dozen people line danced in the rear concourse area.

Rice made an immediate impact with a hard-hitting band often reminiscent of Metallica. He opened with the ominous Fall Out Boy-styled “Lions,” from upcoming album “Lambs & Lions, due Nov. 17. The rap-style cadence of “50 Shades of Crazy” went down well. The set fared better when the mood shifted – and actually sounded country - on acoustic guitar-based latest single “Three Chords & the Truth” and another memorable new one, “Eyes on You.”

Sensual hits “Gonna Wanna Tonight” and “Ride” drove female fans crazy. Rice jokingly sang directly to a pal’s girlfriend on the latter while seated on stools. Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise,” his first big success as a co-writer, drew a hearty response. Later, as the evening wound down, band introductions led into bits of Blink-182 songs.

“This is the most beautiful show I’ve been part of; my heart is bursting with joy,” enthused Frankie Ballard, the Driftwood MVP. Far better than at Stagecoach ’15, the Michigan native emerged to Rufus Thomas’s 1953 Sun Records tune “Tiger Man (King of the Jungle)” and a revving engine sound.

A similar charge ran through his set at Doheny State Beach, featuring ample displays of Ballard’s electric guitar prowess and mighty drummer Travis McNabb (Sugarland, Better Than Ezra).

Standouts included country airplay chart toppers “Young & Crazy,” “Helluva Life” and “Sunshine & Whisky” (all hearty audience singalongs), “It Started with a Beer” (the popular hit off 2016’s underrated “El Rio”) and a fine bluesy medley of the Elvis Presley-popularized “Hound Dog/Heartbreak Hotel.”

Cassadee Pope’s ebullient performance began with one of her best-known songs, “I Wish I Could Break Your Heart.” The audience responded loudly to “Think of You,” the No. 1 recording with Chris Young (done here as a duet with the guitarist), but they were far less attentive to midtempo fare, several unreleased numbers and unfortunately a riveting solo acoustic cover of Keith Urban’s “Stupid Boy” – initially done when Pope won NBC’s “The Voice.”
Fullerton band Lit, always solid live, previewed promising new material from a new album scheduled next month, including a thought-provoking “Fast” (whose video did well at CMT), the earthy “Just Feels Right,” “All Eyes on Us” and “Real Good Problem.” 

On the latter tune, Lit leader A. Jay Popoff coaxed co-writer Michael Hobby of A Thousand Horses onstage to sing a few verses. Popoff had no trouble getting the crowd excited, especially during alt-rock hits "Miserable" and the closer, “My Own Worst Enemy.”

A Thousand Horses’ (led by Hobby, pictured below) delivered soulful Southern country/rock with fervor. Locking into a groove from the get-go with “Burn Like Willie,” the foursome seldom let up on the power, from the catchy, newer “Blaze of Something,” The Faces-styled “First Time” and spiritual vibe of “Sunday Morning” to the memorable radio faves “Smoke” and “(This Ain’t No) Drunk Dial.”

Caroline Jones hosts a SiriusXM radio show, put out the “Bare Feet” EP over the summer and recently toured with Zac Brown Band. The multi-instrumentalist’s pleasant set was most notable for “Worth the Wait,” which nicely segued into Loggins and Messina’s “Danny’s Song” and “Old Blue,” a 19th Century folk ballad where Jones showed off her wide vocal range with producer Ric Wake watching near the soundboard.

Mark Mackay lived up to the unenviable task of playing to early arrivals. The San Francisco native’s current album “Trials and Tribulations” is one of the best indie releases I’ve heard all year.

Backed by a band that included a lap steel player, Mackay dazzled with his electric guitar work. Standouts included the rousing “Mustang,” a John Mellencamp-styled “Settle for a Small Town,” an affecting “I Can’t Stop You” (co-written by country heavy hitter Jeffrey Steele) and winning cover of Jackson Browne’s “Running on Empty.”

All photos by Kelly Swift. A version of my review originally appeared at

Friday, November 10, 2017

Out today: Seal's 'Standards'

Today, British soul legend Seal releases his new album, Standards [Republic Records]. Get it HERE.

Standards sees Seal put soul into seminal classics such as “Luck Be A Lady,” “I Put A Spell On You,” “Autumn Leaves,” and many more. The deluxe version of Standards also includes bonus holiday tracks “Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting),” and “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow” just in time for the season.

Seal recently captured a live performance of these classic songs for public television’s Front and Center which will air early 2018. Check out a sneak peak of the captivating night with Seal’s performance of “Luck Be A Lady” HERE. Also, be on the lookout for a very special episode of Speakeasy featuring an insightful storytelling conversation between Seal and his longtime friend and manager Amy Thomson, to air on public television early next year.

For Standards, Seal reimagines the classics that shaped his formative years. It was recorded at the legendary Capitol Studios in Hollywood, CA.

The London-born and Los Angeles-based four-time Grammy Award-winning singer emerged back in 1991 when his voice drove Adamski’s 1991 club smash “Killer” followed by his own Top 10 hit “Crazy.” On the heels of his debut album, he went on to win the prestigious BRIT Award for “Best British Male” in 1992, while hits like “Kiss From a Rose,” memorably included on the Batman Forever soundtrack, earned him multiple Grammy awards and global esteem. With worldwide album sales exceeding 30 million, his 2015 studio offering 7 reunited him with longtime collaborator, producer Trevor Horn. It yielded the hit “Every Time I’m With You” and earned widespread critical acclaim.

Beyond the stage and studio, his influence permeates multiple facets of pop culture. Following three popular stints on The Voice: Australia, he returned as a coach for the 2017 season to much fan enthusiasm. 



Luck Be A Lady
Autumn Leaves
I Put A Spell on You
They Can’t Take That Away From Me
Anyone Who Knows What Love Is
Love For Sale
My Funny Valentine
I’ve Got You Under My Skin
I’m Beginning To See The Light (featuring The Puppini Sisters)
It Was A Very Good Year


Luck Be A Lady
Autumn Leaves
I Put A Spell on You
They Can’t Take That Away From Me
Anyone Who Knows What Love Is
Love For Sale
My Funny Valentine
I’ve Got You Under My Skin
I’m Beginning To See The Light (featuring The Puppini Sisters)
It Was A Very Good Year
The Nearness of You
Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow
Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting)

Seal Standards Buy Links:

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Out today: R.E.M.’s 'Automatic For The People'

The 25th Anniversary reissue of R.E.M.’s landmark album Automatic For The People is out today via Craft Recordings. The remastered album is available in a variety of formats, the most extensive of which is the Deluxe Edition three CD + Blu-ray, which features the album in its entirety mixed in Dolby Atmos. A short trailer with members of the band may be viewed and shared HERE, and the album is available for purchase HERE.

In celebration of the release, Rolling Stone is premiering the extended, R-rated version of the Jem Cohen-directed “Nightswimming” video which is included in the Deluxe Edition package. Michael Stipe tells Rolling Stone of the video, “[Cohen] called all his coolest friends together and said, ‘We’re going to a lake, or a stream, and we’re setting up really rudimentary lights, and you’re gonna get naked and I’m gonna photograph you and make films.’” Stipe adds, “and he put together a beautiful piece.” Watch/share the video HERE.

For this special 25th anniversary reissue, the full album (plus bonus track “Photograph,” featuring Natalie Merchant) was remixed in Dolby Atmos by Automatic’s original producer, Scott Litt, and engineer, Clif Norrell. This technology delivers a leap forward from surround sound with expansive, flowing audio that immerses the listener far beyond what stereo can offer. It transports the listener inside the recording studio with multi-dimensional audio—evoking a time when listening to music was an active, transformative experience, and reigniting the emotion you felt when you first heard the album in 1992. R.E.M.’s Automatic For The People is the first album to be commercially released in this expressive, breathtaking format.

In addition, the 4-disc Deluxe Edition will offer a wealth of previously unreleased material. The band selected 20 never-before-heard demos from the LP’s sessions, including the fully-realized, unreleased track “Mike’s Pop Song” (available to stream/share HERE) and the demo of the oft-mused-about track “Devil Rides Backwards” (available to stream/share HERE).

Also included in both the 2-disc 25th Anniversary and Deluxe Edition of the album—which was remastered from the original analog tapes by Stephen Marcussen—is a full live set, Live At The 40 Watt Club 11/19/92. Performed in R.E.M.’s hometown of Athens, GA, it was the band’s only live show that year.

Housed in a 12” x 12” lift-top box, the Deluxe Anniversary Edition features a 60-page book, offering never-before-seen photos by Anton Corbijn and Melodie McDaniel, plus expanded, new liner notes by Scottish music journalist Tom Doyle who conducted new interviews with all four band members. Also included is a companion Blu-ray, offering the Dolby Atmos mix, plus a high-resolution master of Automatic For The People, seven music videos and the original 1992 EPK video. Automatic For The People will also be reissued on 180-gram vinyl (with digital download card), and will be available across all digital and streaming outlets.

Widely regarded as one of the best rock albums of all time, Automatic For The People,R.E.M.’s eighth studio outing, was recorded in session locations ranging from New Orleans to Seattle, and Athens, GA to Miami. Rolling Stone has ranked Automatic For The People on their list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.” Notable contributions to the record come from Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones who provided string arrangements on select tracks. After its release in 1992 the record reached #1 on UK charts and #2 in the US, selling over eighteen million copies worldwide. It also received 1994 Grammy nominations for Album of the Year and Best Alternative Music Album with major singles “Man on the Moon” and “Everybody Hurts” garnering Grammy nods as well.

Michael Stipe has since reflected that the album concerns topics of “mortality and dying,” but he further notes, “Mortality is a theme that writers have chosen to work with throughout time. It speaks of the fragility and beauty of life and living life to the fullest in the present moment. It happens all too quickly and we all know that.” Mike Mills asserts, “I think it’s our most cohesive record…It’s the strongest from first to last.”

Following the success of their multiplatinum Out of Time in 1991, the band’s reputation was skyrocketing with critics and fans alike. However, R.E.M.’s decision not to tour behind it, and with no plan to tour its successor, the band chose to push further into unexplored sonic territory. The recording was thus characterized by experimentation and playfulness in the studio resulting in a largely acoustic sound full of eerie and ambiguous commentary on the nature of mainstream fame they’d recently found. To this day, songs like “Everybody Hurts,” “Drive,” “Nightswimming” and “Man on the Moon,” as well as lesser known but sublime songs like “Try Not To Breathe” and “Monty Got a Raw Deal,” still resonate throughout the collective music and pop culture.

Formed in 1980, the legendary group went on to win multiple Grammys and produce 15 studio albums, plus many others including greatest hits and live documents. Noted for both their profound contributions to the alternative rock genre and their status as one of the world’s best-selling music artists of all time, the band’s three-decade long career remains a legacy of music that defined an era and a model for musicians paving their own career path. R.E.M. (comprised of Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills and Michael Stipe) was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2007 before disbanding amicably in 2011.


Disc 1 – Automatic For The People
1. Drive
2. Try Not to Breathe
3. The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite
4. Everybody Hurts
5. New Orleans Instrumental No. 1
6. Sweetness Follows
7. Monty Got A Raw Deal
8. Ignoreland
9. Star Me Kitten
10. Man on the Moon
11. Nightswimming12. Find the River

Disc 2 – Live At The 40 Watt Club
1. Drive
2. Monty Got A Raw Deal
3. Everybody Hurts
4. Man On The Moon
5. Losing My Religion
6. Country Feedback
7. Begin The Begin
8. Fall On Me
9. Me In Honey
10. Finest Worksong
11. Love Is All Around
12. Funtime
13. Radio Free Europe

Disc 3 – Automatic For The People Demos
1. Drive (demo)
2. Wake Her Up (demo)
3. Mike’s Pop Song (demo)
4. C to D Slide 13 (demo)
5. Cello Scud (demo)
6. 10K Minimal (demo)
7. Peter’s New Song (demo)
8. Eastern 983111 (demo)
9. Bill’s Acoustic (demo)
10. Arabic Feedback (demo)
11. Howler Monkey (demo)
12. Pakiderm (demo)
13. Afterthought (demo)
14. Bazouki Song (demo)
15. Photograph (demo)
16. Michael’s Organ (demo)
17. Pete’s Acoustic Idea (demo)
18. 6-8 Passion & Voc (demo)
19. Hey Love [Mike voc] (demo)
20. Devil Rides Backwards (demo)

Disc 4 – Automatic For The People Blu-Ray
1. Automatic For The People (+ bonus track: Photograph) mixed in Dolby Atmos
2. Automatic For The People (+ bonus track: Photograph) Hi-Resolution Audio
3. Drive (music video)
4. The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite (music video)
5. Everybody Hurts (music video)
6. Man On The Moon (music video)
7. Nightswimming (music video: British version)
8. Find The River (music video)
9. Nightswimming (music video: R version)
10. Automatic Press Kit

Elbow to perform on CBS This Morning: Saturday, Best Of collection due

Following an appearance on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last week, where elbow performed current single “Magnificent (she says)” [watch HERE] and fan favorite “One Day Like This” [watch HERE], the band has announced they will be releasing “The Best Of” album later this month.

On Nov. 24, elbow will be releasing a handpicked collection of their best moments to date. The album, which covers two CDs worth in its deluxe form, features tracks from all the band’s seven studio albums to date and highlights their incredible musical output over the last eighteen years from the release of the “Newborn” EP in 1999. Also featured on the album as a bonus track is the band’s version of The Beatles “Golden Slumbers,” as heard on the current John Lewis holiday commercial directed by Michel Gondry [watch HERE].

Front-man and lyricist Guy Garvey explains of the forthcoming release: “Best Of’s are a good way of introducing new fans to a big back catalogue. My first Leonard Cohen album was ‘The Best Of’, same with Fleetwood Mac and Nick Drake. It took ages for us to decide what should go on ours but we got there in the end. We are really proud of this. It’s full of memories.”

“The Best Of” comes in two versions. The standard version features global hits “One Day Like This” and “Grounds For Divorce,” alongside their current US single “Magnificent (She Says),” taken from the band’s current studio album and UK Number One, “Little Fictions.” Earlier work is represented by live favorites “Mirrorball,” “Scattered Black and Whites,” “Leaders Of The Free World” and “Lippy Kids,”“a gorgeous meditation on adolescence” (The Guardian) and a stand out moment in all elbow live shows.

The second version is the deluxe release, which goes further into the band’s history and album releases, again spanning their entire career to date. The song that first brought the band to mass public attention, “Newborn,” is included along with its follow up and fellow NME Single Of The Week, “Any Day Now” and“The Loneliness of a Tower Crane Driver’” the song the band performed live on the night that they won the 2008 Mercury Music Prize for “The Seldom Seen Kid.” This version also contains the band’s most recent original recording, “Kindling (Fickle Flame)” featuring John Grant.

The album highlights an incredible ongoing career which has encompassed the Ivor Novello winning “One Day Like This” and “Grounds for Divorce,” the quadruple platinum album “The Seldom Seen Kid” and two UK Number One albums; 2014’s “The Take Off and Landing of Everything” and this year’s“Little Fictions.” In that time, the band have won 2008’s Mercury Music Prize (for “The Seldom Seen Kid”), the 2009 BRITS ‘Best British Group’ and a host of NME, Q and Mojo Awards.

elbow have been lauded for one of the landmark Pyramid Stage performances at Glastonbury Festival, collaborated with the BBC Concert Orchestra and Manchester’s HallĂ© Orchestra. In 2012 they were commissioned to write ‘First Steps’ which sound-tracked the BBC'S London Olympics TV coverage with the band also performing at the closing ceremony in the Olympic Stadium to a global television audience of 750 million people. This year’s secret appearance at Glastonbury’s Park Stage drew a record crowd on site and was the most watched set from the festival on BBC.

Always a band that has attracted deserved critical praise for their recordings, (elbow were the first act in history to receive four consecutive 9/10 album reviews from NME), this best of album is the perfect introduction to the amazing musical legacy to date of one of the country’s most beloved and most successful acts, demonstrating that most rare thing in modern music; a band whose story and influence continues to grow with every release.

“The Best Of” is available in the U.S as a standard and deluxe digital download from 24th November.

Advance purchasers of the digital download will receive “Golden Slumbers” on receipt of order.

“The Best Of”
Standard Version:

Grounds for Divorce
Magnificent (She Says)
Lippy Kids
One Day Like This
The Bones of You
My Sad Captains
Leaders of the Free World
Fugitive Motel
New York Morning
Great Expectations
The Birds
Scattered Black and Whites
bonus track
Golden Slumbers

“The Best Of”
Deluxe Version (bonus tracks):

Any Day Now
Fly Boy Blue / Lunette
Weather to Fly
Station Approach
Switching Off
Little Fictions
This Blue World
Kindling (Fickle Flame) featuring John Grant
Puncture Repair
The Night Will Always Win
The Loneliness of a Tower Crane Driver
Dear Friends

Tune in to CBS This Morning: Saturday on Nov. 18 for a very special in-studio performance from the band alongside an interview with esteemed CBS host Anthony Mason. Check your local listings.

elbow's current full-length album "Little Fictions" is out now worldwide.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Grant-Lee Phillips returns with new music in early '18

“I’m drawing from the urgency of the moment,” says acclaimed Nashville-based singer-songwriter Grant-Lee Phillips of Widdershins, his ninth solo album set for Feb. 23 release on Yep Roc Records. Inspired by “the things that eat away in the late hours,” Phillips invests the insight, nuance and wit in a riveting dissection of today’s fraught social landscape.

Phillips unveils the first single, “Totally You Gunslinger,” from the album now available for pre-order.The track is available at all digital music providers.

Recorded over four days at Sound Emporium in Nashville, the 12-track set was produced by Phillips (guitar/vocals/keyboards) and cut largely live in the studio as a trio with Jerry Roe (drums) and Lex Price (bass). Mixed by Tucker Martine (My Morning Jacket, The Decemberists) and engineered by Mike Stankiewicz, the album delivers its poetic truths in Phillips’ peerless melodic sensibilities, relayed via vocal performances that balance intensity and vulnerability.

“I made a commitment to myself not to sink into despair,” explains Phillips, “I’m tracing a longer narrative here. We’ve been through some of this before – not just our country, but the civilization as a whole.” Phillips sees in Widdershins a connection to his earliest work with Grant Lee Buffalo. “That was also a time of intense social anxiety. The Gulf War, the LA riots – everything became cranked up. Then a few years later there was the earthquake we lived through, which also made for a time of uneasiness. I was in a heightened state when I wrote that stuff – as I am now.”

The California-born singer, songwriter, guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, actor, film composer and visual artist began his career in the early ‘90s as the frontman of the acclaimed trio Grant-Lee Buffalo.

Track listing:

Walk In Circles
Unruly Mobs
King of Catastrophes
Something’s Gotta Give
Scared Stiff
Miss Betsy
The Wilderness
Another, Another, Then Boom
Totally You Gunslinger
History Has Their Number
Great Acceleration

'Stranger Things' soundtrack available now

Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, has released Stranger Things - Music From The Netflix Original Series, timed to the launch of Season 2 and can be purchased or streamed at: 

Available for digital streaming or downloading and on CD, the 30 track compilation album includes a range of beloved 1980s hits and classic tracks featured in “Stranger Things” and the highly-anticipated second season, “Stranger Things 2.” The album features nineteen songs and eleven audio clips from the show. A 12" vinyl edition of Stranger Things - Music From The Netflix Original Series will be available December 15th.

Artists and original hit recordings appearing on Stranger Things - Music From The Netflix Original Seriesinclude Toto ("Africa"), the Bangles ("Hazy Shade of Winter"), Corey Hart ("Sunglasses at Night"), and more (complete listing below).

The multi-award-winning “Stranger Things” was most recently nominated for 18 Emmy Awards, including Music Supervision—the first year ever the category was recognized by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

“Stranger Things 2” returned globally to Netflix last month. Set in 1984, the citizens of Hawkins, Indiana are still reeling from the horrors of the Demogorgon and the secrets of Hawkins Lab. Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) has been rescued from the Upside Down but a bigger, sinister entity still threatens those who survived. The second installment of the series also features Winona Ryder (Joyce), David Harbour (Chief Hopper), Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven), Natalia Dyer (Nancy), Charlie Heaton (Jonathan), Joe Keery (Steve), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas), Finn Wolfhard (Mike), and Season 2 newcomers Sean Astin(Bob Newby), Dacre Montgomery (Billy), Paul Reiser (Dr. Owens), and Sadie Sink (Max), among other stars.

Created by Matt and Ross Duffer, “Stranger Things” is a Netflix original series, directed and executive produced by the Duffer brothers and Shawn Levy of 21 Laps. Iain Patterson and 21 Laps’ Dan Cohen executive produce.

Stranger Things - Music From The Netflix Original Series

1. INTRO - Will Singing The Clash (dialogue)
2. Every Breath You Take - The Police
3. Should I Stay or Should I Go - The Clash
4. ‘Coffee and contemplation’ (dialogue)
5. Hazy Shade of Winter - The Bangles
6. Nocturnal Me - Echo & the Bunnymen
7. ‘Bring him home!’ (dialogue)
8. Sunglasses at Night - Corey Hart
9. Girls on Film - Duran Duran
10. ‘Just because people tell you…’ (dialogue)
11. Atmosphere - Joy Division
12. ‘Maybe I’m crazy…’ (dialogue)
13. Twist of Fate – Olivia Newton-John
14. ‘Says logic’ (dialogue)
15. The Ghost in You – The Psychedelic Furs
16. Africa – Toto
17. You Don't Mess Around with Jim - Jim Croce
18. ‘Accident or not’ (dialogue)
19. Whip It – DEVO
20. Runaway - Bon Jovi
21. Time After Time - Cyndi Lauper
22. Talking in Your Sleep - The Romantics
23. ‘Mouthbreather’ (dialogue)
24. Back to Nature - Fad Gadget
25. ‘She's our friend and she's crazy!’ (dialogue)
26. Rock You Like a Hurricane - The Scorpions
27. Heroes - Peter Gabriel
28. ‘Friends don’t lie’ (dialogue)
29. Elegia - New Order
30. OUTRO - Will Singing The Clash (dialogue)