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For more than a quarter century, Sonic Youth – featuring Thurston Moore, Kim Gordon, Lee Ranaldo and Steve Shelley – ruled the New York underground as the reigning post-punk experimental noise band of its era, releasing 15 full-length albums, from 1983’s Confusion Is Sex to 2009’s The Eternal.  Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) is re-releasing the entire nine-album DGC/Geffen catalog – which ranges from 1990’s Goo to 2006’s Rather Ripped – remastered from the original stereo analog master tapes on both high-grade vinyl and a variety of HD audio formats (including 192kHz 24-bit, 96kHz 24-bit and Mastered for iTunes).  All vinyl album releases will include a digital download card for 320kbps MP4 AAC audio.

All titles will be made available through all participating online stores and retail outlets, as well as Sonic Youth’s official website.

Goo was the sixth studio album by the band and its first for a major label.  Its lead single, “Kool Thing” featured Chuck D of Public Enemy and also features the singles “Disappearer” and “Dirty Boots.”  The album spawned tours in North America and Europe in fall ’91, the latter captured in the critically acclaimed documentary 1991: The Year Punk Broke (currently available on DVD).

Dirty was the band’s seventh studio album, a double-LP set, recorded with producer Butch Vig and engineer Andy Wallace, spawning the singles “100%,” “Youth Against Fascism” and “Sugar Kane.” Rolling Stone declares “Dirty is a great Sonic Youth disc, easily ranking with Daydream Nation and Sister among the band’s most unified and unforgettable recorded works.”

Washing Machine was the band’s ninth studio effort and is a double-LP set featuring the singles “The Diamond Sea” and “Little Trouble Girl.” Entertainment Weekly describes Washing Machine as “wonderfully hypnotic” while Rolling Stone states “Lee Ranaldoand Thurston Moore change tactics with every track, summoning beautifully spare, pointillistic melodies one minute and haywire polytonality the next. With surgical skill and a desire to stretch if not demolish the frontier, they’ve developed an attack that is astonishingly intricate and jazz-like in its extreme flexibility.”

The Diamond Sea,” originally released as a CD single only, will be pressed on 12-inch vinyl for the first time ever.  Side A features a 5:50 edit of the 20 minute album version of “The Diamond Sea” and the non-album song “My Arena” while side B features the 25:50 minute alternate ending take of “The Diamond Sea.”

Double-LPs of A Thousand Leaves (1998) and Sonic Nurse (2004) along with single-LP editions of Rather Ripped (2006),Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star (1994), NYC Ghosts & Flowers (2000) and Murray Street (2002) will arrive later in 2016. Dates to be announced at a future time.

When it comes to Star Wars music, it’s time to follow a teaching from Yoda: you must unlearn what you have learned. Introducing Star Wars Headspace.

By Hollywood Records and American Recordings, Star Wars Headspace is a new compilation of original electronic dance music infused with Star Wars sound clips and effects — executive produced by the legendary Rick Rubin. Coming February 19 to all digital outlets and March 18 to retail stores everywhere, Star Wars Headspace gathers some of the biggest names and emerging talent in electronic music for an entirely new take on a galaxy far, far away. Pre-orders open today, and StarWars.com has an exclusive first look at the striking cover below.

The album opens with “C-3P0’s Plight” by Kaskade; the track pulsates and builds into a soundscape, iconic Star Wars samples like blaster fire and Wookiee roars enveloping the listener, while C-3P0 laments…“How typical.” It captures the humor of Star Wars, the melodrama of C-3PO, and is a kinetic, dynamic production that sets the stage for what follows.

In addition to contributions from GTA, Flying Lotus, and others, Star Wars Headspace features an original production by Rick Rubin: “NR-G7,” complete with a driving beat, R2-D2 bleeps, and much more. Also included is a remix of J.J. Abrams’ and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s fan-favorite “Jabba Flow” from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, called “Jabba Flow: Rick Rubin Re-Work (feat. A-Trak).” This version transforms the song into something completely different — a true house track — and is a must-hear for Star Wars and dance music fans alike. Check out the full track listing for Star Wars Headspace below.

STAR WARS HEADSPACE TRACK LIST:

1. C-3P0’s Plight Kaskade

2. Help Me! GTA

3. Force TroyBoi 

4. Cantina Boys Baauer

5. Jabba Flow: Rick Rubin Re-Work (feat. A-Trak) Shag Kava

6. R2 Knows (feat. Barry Drift) Claude VonStroke

7. NR-G7 Rick Rubin  

8. Ghomrassen Bonobo

9. Bounty Hunters Röyksopp

10. Sunset Over Manaan ATTLAS

11. R2 Where R U? Flying Lotus

12. Druid Caravan of Smoke Shlohmo

13. EWOK PUMPP Rustie

14. Scruffy-Looking Nerfherder Galantis

15. Star Tripper Breakbot

The new book Headbangers is a collection of Danish photographer Jacob Ehrbahn’s intimate portraits of the beauty and chaos of heavy metal rockers in the throes of musical ecstasy taken at European metal festivals such as Denmark’s Copenhell, Germany’s Wacken Open Air, and Sweden’s Metaltown. Heavy metal fans go totally berserk when listening to their music. Some shake their heads violently from side to side and back and forth, while others go all in and flail their entire bodies in time to the blast beats. In this collection Ehrbahn’s camera stops time and captures the surprising and life-affirming moments when the headbangers abandon all semblance of vanity and surrender to the rhythm. Ehrbahn transports us to an intimate world disconnected from time and space—a universe where it’s possible to transcend the frenzy and enter an altered state that brings calm, joy, and relief.

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Last week Charlotte Cornfield finished up a successful month-long date residency at The Cameron House in Toronto where she was joined onstage by many friends and guests, including Kevin Drew (Broken Social Scene), Tim Darcy (Ought). Now, she is ready to take the show on the road with a string of tour dates to support her upcoming album Future Snowbird. The tour kicks off on March 3 and the Toronto songwriter returns home on March 11 for a very special album release show at The Burdock to coincide with the album release date.

To help kick off the tour, Cornfield recently treated listeners to “Big Volcano, Small Town”, a true ‘on-the-road’ track from her upcoming album. “I wrote this song while I was travelling with my friend Adrienne in the Pacific Northwest one summer,” says Cornfield. “We were taking greyhounds and checking out little towns and hanging by the ocean. I remember feeling so nomadic, like I could go anywhere and anything could happen.”

On Future Snowbird Cornfield sings clever, heart-wrenching songs in a lived-in, streetwise drawl. Set for release on March 11 via Consonant Records, the album grew from Cornfield’s time living in New York and the background noise of her moments in the city: a formative relationship, a vicious bout of psoriasis, and an overall constellation of ups and downs.

The album was recorded live off the floor at Rooster Studios in Toronto with Cornfield’s longtime bandmates Sam Gleason, Damon Hankoff, Kathryn Palumbo, and Sam Rosenberg, and produced and engineered by Don Kerr (Ron Sexsmith, The Rheostatics), with guest performances by Tim Darcy (Ought) and Johnny Spence (Tegan & Sara). The result is Cornfield’s strongest statement to date, each song a moodscape all its own.

Recently Charlotte Cornfield completed a residency at the prestigious Banff Centre, where she recorded and collaborated with Brendan Canning, Kevin Drew, and Charles Spearin of Broken Social Scene. Aside from her work as a solo artist, Charlotte Cornfield has held down the drum chair for Ben Caplan, Peter Nevins, and Adrian Underhill. She recently began working on a new project with Tim Darcy of Ought, and beyond her own discography she has a vault of recording and performing credits as a drummer and singer with The Provincial Archive, Anais Mitchell, The Reverend John DeLore, and The Keys. Her songs have appeared in films and television shows internationally, and she’s shared stages with the likes of Sharon Van Etten, Sun Kil Moon, and Lake Street Dive.

CHARLOTTE CORNFIELD TOUR DATES
Mar 3 – Kingston, ON – Sleepless Goat
Mar 4 – Montreal, QC – Casa Del Popolo
Mar 5 – Ottawa, ON – Pressed
Mar 10 – Hamilton, ON – Casino Artspace
Mar 11 – Toronto, ON – Burdock
Mar 12 – Peterborough, ON – The Spill
Mar 17 – Guelph, ON – Ebar

Cyndi Lauper’s celebrated musical journey takes an unexpected southern turn on DETOUR, her 11th studio album, which finds the Grammy, Emmy and Tony-winning singer-songwriter putting her signature spin on a dozen classic country songs.

DETOUR showcases Lauper’s unmistakable voice on country classics from the ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s and features guest appearances from county music stars Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, and Willie Nelson. Lauper recorded the album in Nashville alongside a band comprised of the city’s top session players.

The album is Lauper’s first for Sire Records and executive produced by legendary Sire founder, Seymour Stein. DETOUR will be available May 6 on CD, LP, and digitally.

Lauper says recording a country album is something she’s dreamed about for many years. Growing up, she recalls listening to singers like Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, and Wanda Jackson in her Aunt Gracie’s kitchen. “When I was a really young kid, country music was pop music, so this is what we grew up listening to. These songs are part of some of my earliest memories so it has been an absolute thrill to revisit them.”

Lauper sounds right at home from the start, beginning with the album opener, “Funnel Of Love,” a track Wanda Jackson, the Queen of Rockabilly, recorded in 1960. Another highlight is the rollicking take on “Heartaches By The Number,” a country standard previously covered by everyone from George Jones to Waylon Jennings to Dwight Yoakum. DETOUR also features stunning covers of two classic Pasty Cline songs, “Walkin’ After Midnight” and her #1 smash, “I Fall To Pieces.” Lauper says, “I spent a lot of time in my room singing with Patsy. I had to sing a Patsy Cline song – or two – because her voice was like one of my girlfriends. That’s how close I felt to her.”

For the album, Lauper duets with several special guests, including country music royalty: Emmylou Harris (on the title track), Willie Nelson (“Night Life,” a song he wrote over 50 years ago), Vince Gill (Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty’s “You’re The Reason Our Kids Are Ugly”) and Alison Krauss (Dolly Parton’s “Hard Candy Christmas.” Jewel also makes an appearance on DETOUR, showcasing her prodigious yodeling skills on “I Want To Be A Cowboy’s Sweetheart,” which was the first country song by a woman to sell one million copies.

DETOUR
Track Listing

  1. “Funnel Of Love”
  2. “Detour” – Featuring Emmylou Harris
  3. “Misty Blue”
  4. “Walkin’ After Midnight”
  5. “Heartaches By The Number”
  6. “The End Of The World”
  7. “Night Life” – Featuring Willie Nelson
  8. “Begging To You”
  9. “You’re The Reason Our Kids Are Ugly” – Featuring Vince Gill
  10. “I Fall To Pieces”
  11. “I Want To Be A Cowboy’s Sweetheart” – Featuring Jewel
  12. “Hard Candy Christmas” – Featuring Alison Krauss

Ronnie McDowell, known for decades of hit songs and genuine warmth that fills seats again and again, opens up about his illustrious music career in his new autobiography, “‘Bringing It To You Personally,” available for preorder now.

“Bringing It To You Personally,” which includes more than 100 photos, captures McDowell’s personal and career triumphs, as well as life lessons he’s endured throughout four decades as an entertainer. McDowell’s autobiography chronicles the moment he came out of nowhere to dazzle the world with his heartfelt and self-penned tribute song, “The King Is Gone,” in honor of Elvis Presley’s death.

“My fans have been asking me to write a book for more than 20 years. I have always said it would probably not happen, but last year I thought maybe the time was right to tell the real story of my life,” McDowell said.

The young man from Portland, Tennessee quickly proved that he wasn’t just a one-hit wonder after “The King is Gone.” From that single onward, McDowell charted more than thirty Top 40 hits on the Billboard country music charts. Two of his singles, “Older Women” and “You’re Gonna Ruin My Bad Reputation,” reached No. 1 on the country charts, while eleven more reached Top Ten. He has also released more than twenty studio albums.

McDowell often tours with Elvis Presley’s original sidemen Scotty Moore and D.J. Fontana along with Millie Kirkham and The Jordanaires staging a tribute to Elvis Presley’s music. The legendary Scotty Moore, Elvis’ original guitar player, also raved about McDowell’s autobiography, “If you are a Ronnie fan, if you are an Elvis fan or if you happen to be a Scotty Moore fan…you need to read this book.”

The book’s foreword is written by one of Ronnie’s best friends, The Jordanaires’ Ray Walker:

(book excerpt) “Ronnie is so loved by everyone who works with him. And none more than me. You’ve heard of people who are joined at that hip? Ronnie and I are joined at the heart. In the Bible, Jesus says, ‘There is a friend that sticks closer than a brother’…and that is Ronnie McDowell,” said Ray Walker of The Jordanaires.

‘Bringing It To You Personally’ also includes McDowell’s personal stories about his friendships with everyone from to George Jones to tourmate Conway Twitty.

“I have been able to work with and get to know just about everyone in country music. And I am able to share my memories of those special times and special people.” McDowell adds, “There are some funny stories about a lot of the country stars. And yes, I name names!”

McDowell scored a Top 10 hit with “It’s Only Make Believe,” a duet with Conway Twitty on what had been Twitty’s breakthrough rock and roll hit in 1958. Conway Twitty fans will also love Ronnie’s memories of seven years on the road with Conway.

“I have so many memories of Conway and they are all in here, going from the first time I met him to the very last words he said to me before he died,” McDowell said.

RONNIE MCDOWELL ON TOUR:
Jan. 29 The Palace Theater – Gallatin, TN
Jan. 30 The Palace Theater – Gallatin, TN
Feb. 13 The Lodge at Blue Ridge Summit – Blue Ridge Summit, PA
Feb. 14 Rosedale American Legion – Rosedale, MD
Feb. 19 Bottling Pant Event Center – Opelika, Ala.
Feb. 21 Converse College – Spartanburg, S.C.
Feb. 27 My Time Cafe – Portland, Tenn.
March 11 Tennessee Armour – Red Boiling Springs, Tenn.
March 12 Tennessee Armour – Red Boiling Springs, Tenn.
April 16 The Roxy Theater – Russellville, Ala.
April 30 Marian Cocke’s Elvis Presley Charity Event – Fulton, Miss.
May 13 Old King Coal Festival – West Frankfort, Ill.
May 14 Strawberry Festival – Portland, TN
July 15 The Canadian Bluemoon Elvis Festival Barriere, B.C. Canada

Although he is widely revered as one of the 20th Century’s most accomplished and innovative musicians, the brief and troubled life of Jaco Pastorius remains a mystery to many. It’s what prompted one of his most ardent fans, Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo, to produce the first documentary exploring Pastorius’ prodigious talent, personal adventures, and raw human vulnerability.

The end result, Jaco, co-directed by Paul Marchand and Stephen Kijak, will be released as a deluxe 2-disc DVD/Blu Ray package on November 27 through Conveyor Canada / Universal Music Canada. The film, which recently premiered at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (near Pastorius’ hometown), was made with the co-operation of the bassist’s family and features interviews with former collaborators such as Joni Mitchell and Herbie Hancock, along with admirers like Geddy Lee, Flea, and Sting.

Jaco tells the story of a kid from south Florida whose brash approach to playing electric bass revolutionized the instrument’s role in jazz during the 1970s, and became an influence on fellow bassists in all other genres from then on. Yet, like many other genius-level artists, Pastorius suffered from mental illness, which led his career to be derailed by substance abuse in the 1980s, and his tragic death in 1987 following a beating outside a Florida club.

Along with the 2hr documentary, the deluxe edition of Jaco contains an additional 1hr 40min disc of Extras, including 20 never-before-seen interviews, and footage from the 2015 “Jaco’s World” tribute concert at the Hollywood Bowl. There will also be an exclusive Black Friday Record Store edition, which adds the CD Mass InstruMENTALS by funk rockers Mass Mentals, comprised of 10 pieces composed by Robert Trujillo and Armand Sabal-Lecco.

Canadian rockers The Trews are set to showcase their quieter side with an acoustic tour of western Canada and Ontario this coming February and March (see full schedule below).

To coincide with these dates, the band is re-issuing their 2009 live acoustic album Friends & Total Strangers in a deluxe expanded edition, out November 27, 2015 via Home Music Canada / Entertainment One. The remastered set will include four previously unreleased tracks from The Trews’ January 2009 sessions at Glenn Gould Studios in Toronto: “Every Inambition,” “Makin’ Sunshine,” “No Time For Later,” and “Not Ready To Go.” Friends & Total Strangers will also be available on vinyl for the first time, as a double LP (available on tour in 2016) that can be purchased online or at the shows.

Lead guitarist John-Angus MacDonald produced all tracks on Friends & Total Strangers and recent production credits include JUNO nominated album The Union by The Glorious Sons which spawned the #1 single, “The Contender” at Active Rock Radio (Mediabase) this past month.

The Trews have also confirmed that their Feb. 18 and 19 shows at Festival Place in Sherwood Park, Alberta, as well as the Feb. 20 date at Flames Central in Calgary, will include Black Crowes co-founder Rich Robinson as special guest on the bill. John-Angus MacDonald says, “we’re very excited that Rich Robinson will be joining us for those three dates. We are big fans of Rich’s solo work and are thrilled to have him on the bill with us. We did a little collaborating with Rich on the Thank You And I’m Sorry EP a couple years back and it will be great to play with him again.”

“As a band we are really looking forward to these upcoming acoustic dates. There’s been a new album since we last toured acoustically (2014’s The Trews) and we’ve been doing a lot of writing so there’s plenty of new material to draw on when compiling the set lists. It’s always a great way for us to shake things up.”

Comprised of lead vocalist/guitarist Colin MacDonald, lead guitarist John-Angus MacDonald, bassist Jack Syperek and drummer Gavin Maguire, The Trews have been one of Canada’s most successful rock bands of the past decade, earning an incredible 16 Top 10 Rock radio singles (including two #1’s), two Gold-certified albums (House Of Ill Fame; Den Of Thieves), 2 Gold-certified singles (“Hold Me In Your Arms”; “Highway of Heroes”) and numerous JUNO Award nominations.

To date, The Trews have played over 1,000 shows worldwide, on their own as well as supporting the Rolling Stones, KISS, Robert Plant, Guns ‘n Roses, Kid Rock and Bruce Springsteen.

The Trews Canadian Acoustic Tour Dates 2016

February 13, 2016 Max Centre Drayton Valley, AB
February 14, 2016 Red Deer Memorial Centre Red Deer, AB
February 16, 2016 Performing Arts Centre Grande Prairie, AB
February 18, 2016 Festival Place Sherwood Park, AB
February 19, 2016 Festival Place Sherwood Park, AB
February 20, 2016 Flames Central Calgary, AB
February 21, 2016 Sundre Arts Centre Sundre, AB
February 23, 2016 Vic Juba Theatre Lloydminster, AB
February 24, 2016 Southminster United Church Lethbridge, AB
February 26, 2016 Casino Regina Regina, SK
February 27, 2016 Broadway Theatre Saskatoon,SK
March 2, 2016 The Living Arts Centre Mississauga, ON
March 3, 2016 Centre for the Performing Arts Oakville, ON
March 4, 2016 Centre for the Performing Arts Richmond Hill, ON
March 5, 2016 St.Clair College Capitol Theatre Chatham, ON
March 8, 2016 Charles W. Stockey Centre Parry Sound, ON
March 10, 2016 Performing Arts Centre St.Catherines, ON
March 11, 2016 Hamilton Public Library Hamilton, ON
March 12, 2016 London Music Hall London, ON

 

Matador Records has launched a new website titled “This Day In Matador History,” the brainchild of Matador co-founder Chris Lombardi.  The interactive site serves as a gateway for fans of Matador, both new and old, to explore the label’s 27-year history and archive.  Perhaps it’s a long-forgotten gem from Matador’s early days, or a release from the 00s that deserves a revisit — the intent is to celebrate Matador’s remarkable catalog, encouraging discovery/re-discovery with easy-to-access links to Spotify, iTunes, Matador Store, Amazon, and Discogs.

Over time, the site will be updated with additional notable events in Matador history — the launch of key music videos, memorable shows, and perhaps even some fake album releases just to keep fans on their toes.

In the words of Matador Records co-founder Gerard Cosloy:

“It’s not that Matador’s founder and co-owners have no appreciation for music history. It isn’t that they’re allergic to nostalgia.  It isn’t even that they’re so obsessed with the future and/or they prefer to judge on the merits of stuff that’s happening right now.

No, the sad truth of the matter is that we’ve done so much damage to our hearing and brains, that we simply don’t remember important events in Matador lore. Much like, you, we require assistance.  Think I’m kidding?  What other label of this stature would totally ignore it’s own 25th Anniversary and all the accompanying cash grab / self-congratulatory opportunities?

That’s exactly the sort of monumental gaffe that wouldn’t have gone down had we taken the time to properly chronicle Matador’s story in WEBSITE/CALENDAR FORM.   27 years in, we’re finally getting shit right.   Please enjoy (and keep in mind everything we’re doing right now is 1000% better).”

To coincide with this launch, Matador has released its 1997 cinematic and comedic masterpiece “What’s Up Matador,” now on YouTube for the first time ever.  Originally released on VHS in tandem with the synonymous double LP/CD compilation, the faux-educational film was created by Clay Tarver (guitarist of Chavez and writer/co-producer of “Silicon Valley”), hosted by Bill Boggs (1980s NYC TV fixture, 4-time Emmy winner, and executive producer of “The Morton Downey Show”), and shot in front of a live studio audience of children at an elementary school in New Jersey.  Highlights include current label president Patrick Amory describing the album mastering process, Ira Kaplan explaining his pedal board, an illustrated story of Matador’s creation by Railroad Jerk’s Marcellus Hall, a Matador mascot-cum-barrista (yes like the bullfighter), Run On’s guide to touring, a live Q&A with Liz Phair, and many more sketches and classic music videos.