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Watch Neil Young Record Straight onto Vinyl on 'Fallon'; Third Man Record Player and New Neil Young Album Out Now

Posted by Billy Gil, May 14, 2014 04:28pm | Post a Comment

Perhaps the coolest thing on TV this week was on Monday, when Neil Young showed up on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon with Jack White to record live in White’s refurbished Voice-O-Graph booth, which records straight to vinyl. You can see the pair showing this thing off in the clip below while Louis C.K. watches on, joking about recording laughter-free comedy in it.

neil young a letter home lp

Neil Young recorded his entire new album, the covers record A Letter Home, live in the 1947 Voice-O-Graph booth, coming out with a record that pops and hisses with old-school flair. Jack White says it's the only vinyl-recording booth left in the world that’s open to the public, as the booths were typically found in arcades and at tourist attractions from about the 1940s through the ’70s.Visitors to Third Man Records in Nashville can record live in the booth and mail their record out, as seen in this video.

10 Albums to Look for in Late Spring

Posted by Billy Gil, May 13, 2014 04:35pm | Post a Comment

It feels like summer’s already here, but there are still plenty of great releases lined up for the tail end of this spring. Here are 10 we’re looking forward to that you can preorder now.

 

The Roots - …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin (LP, CD)

the roots and then you shoot your cousin lpOut May 19

Before they were Jimmy Fallon’s house band, The Roots were one of the most dynamic and socially conscious groups in hip-hop. “When the People Cheer” reminds us of how great they are as pure rappers, and it’s got a cool stop-motion video to boot.

 

Conor OberstUpside Down Mountain (LP, CD)

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Neil Young Album From 1970 Concert Series At DC's The Cellar Door To Be Released Dec. 10th

Posted by Billyjam, October 22, 2013 07:30am | Post a Comment
Neil Young fans are looking forward to the mastered copy of his 1970 concert series at Washington DC's The Cellar Door that will be released in a couple of months on Reprise Records as part of the artist's ongoing Archives Performance Series (NYAPS).

Aptly titled Live At The Cellar Door the new live album is culled from concert recordings (including a rare solo version of "Cinnamon Girl" performed on piano rather than guitar) made during Young's six-show solo stand at The Cellar Door between November 30th and December 2nd, 1970.

Avid Neil Young fans will note that the concerts at the small Washington DC venue took place in the months following the release of After The Gold Rush - his third solo album. The forthcoming 1970 solo concert release features Young, on both piano and acoustic guitar, performing moving versions of such After The Gold Rush tracks as the hit album title track, "Don't Let It Bring You Down," "Tell Me Why," "Only Love Can Break Your Heart," and "Birds." Solo versions of Buffalo Springfield's "Expecting To Fly," "I Am A Child," and "Flying On The Ground Is Wrong" are also included as are such other gems as an early version of "Old Man" that would be officially released two years later on 1972's Harvest album.  Live At The Cellar Door will be arrive in Amoeba Music on December 10th, 2013 when it will be released in both CD and 180-gram vinyl formats - as well as digitally.  Meantime check for Neil Young's vast discography via Amoeba.com.

Albums Out 10/30: The Soft Moon, Neil Young, Killing Joke and More

Posted by Billy Gil, October 29, 2012 07:00pm | Post a Comment

Album Picks:

The Soft MoonZeros

The Soft Moon ZerosCD $12.98

LP $15.98

Slightly more pop than his first release but still dark enough to scare off the uninitiated, the second album from The Soft Moon improves upon Luis Vasquez’s one-man goth factory sound with a bit more muscle and increased emphasis on hooks and (somewhat) intelligible vocals. Vasquez’s sound — one part Dario Argento soundtrack, one part post-punk mastery — remains relentlessly bleak throughout Zeros, creating a sort of shut-in listening experience during which no light enters or escapes. The result isn’t alienating though; rather, Vasquez carefully builds the album up and keeps it chugging smoothly, from an almost M83-like synth-epic opening, to the short ‘n’ creepy “Machines,” to the title track, the first song we get of several that fulfills the promise of his earlier work. The title track and “Insides,” which immediately follows, sees Vasquez allow his voice to step out of the shadows a bit as he gives an impassioned scream in the title track’s buzzing climax, and on single “Insides,” he sings a discernable yet ghostly melody over a Pornography-era Cure backdrop of a looping guitar riff and bassline and mechanical beats. That breathy whisper that opens the song grabs you, but Vasquez seems to know he can’t offer only atmosphere forever, and his singing, emotional and buried, is a highlight across Zeros when it pops up. On “Dire Life,” which revs its synths before kicking off with a yelp, Vasquez drives listeners down a grim autobahn. Even better is “Want,” in which Vasquez cries “I want it…you have it” over clattering, afrobeat-esque drumwork that sounds like nothing else he’s done. It’s touches like this that keeps Zeros from being a one-note album, and though he doesn’t completely step out from the shadow of his influences, on Zeros Vasquez comes dangerously close, while scratching a very specific itch for immaculately constructed goth pop.

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Hurricane Sandy Soundtrack

Posted by Billyjam, October 29, 2012 12:45pm | Post a Comment

New York City, Monday, October 29th 3:45pm: Here in New York City and other parts of the Northeast Coast including New Jersey and Rhode Island we are already feeling the strong winds and rain but are still awaiting the brunt of Hurricane Sandy to hit sometime later today. The massive storm with such a friendly name is expected to wreak havoc here on the Northeast over the next day or more with the worst of it hitting later tonight/early tomorrow morning, according the National Weather Service. Already winds are up near 100 MPH on the Jersey Shore and here in Queens, where I am, some trees have been blown down. Hurricane Sandy, which is arriving  in conjunction with a separate severe cold weather system a couple of days shy of Halloween, has  been dubbed "Frankenstorm" by the media who are always, it appears, delighted to have some potential apocalyptic disaster to report upon. Most folks here in New York and New Jersey that I know are hoping for the best but preparing for the worst. NYC buses and subways have been out of service since last (Sunday) evening and both JFK and La Guardia airports are shut down with flights cancelled through tomorrow (Tuesday) evening. For up to the minute news on the storm YouTube is live streaming The Weather Channel,  while Weather.Com is doing live updates online that you can get on your mobile devices.

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