HARD WAX RECORDS: Finn Johannsen chats to Josh about his place of work, the state of the vinyl industry, and of course his excellent newly recorded Louche Podcast.

So Finn, this marks the first of a new mini series of Louche podcasts, focusing on dudes like yourself who work in record shops. Tell us, how long have you been working in Hard Wax and how did it come about? I’m working there since the end of 2010. It was basically coincidental. I realized […]

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BUDDY GUY: Rhythm and Blues (2CD)

We are told; Buddy Guy will followup his Grammy winning 2010 album Living Proof with Rhythm and Blues, out July 30 on RCA. The two-disc set is produced by Tom Hambridge and includes guest appearances by Kid Rock, Keith Urban, Gary Clark Jr, Beth Hart and Steven Tyler, Joe Perry and Brad Whitford of Aerosmith. […]

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THE ROBERT CRAY BAND: In My Soul (CD)

We are told: Robert Cray has won 5 Grammys and sold millions of records worldwide 13 UK dates and touring throughout May. Robert Cray is inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame Rock blues icon Robert Cray is considered “one of the greatest guitarists of his generation”   Legendary guitar musician and singer-songwriter Robert Cray […]

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How music can always offer us something new

Martin Cullingford writes: Recently I used this space to praise those who support contemporary music, who ensure that music written today is an integral part of our listening life. The occasion then was that James MacMillan’s Stabat mater was our Recording of the Month. Well, three issues on, and this month we bestow that accolade […]

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An ever-changing industry grows and blooms

Martin Cullingford writes: Every year, around this time, I report back from the annual gathering of the classical industry at the Classical:NEXT conference. Bringing labels, distributors, innovators and artists together always breeds good ideas, goodwill and a better, shared understanding of where, as an industry, we are heading. Year after year, the constant is the […]

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WALTER TROUT: Luther’s Blues (CD)

We are told: OVERVIEW: Walter Trout’s backstory is a page-turner you won’t want to put down. Five decades in the making; it is equal parts thriller, romance, suspense and horror. There are musical fireworks, critical acclaim and fists-aloft triumph, offset by wilderness years and brushes with the jaws of narcotic oblivion. There are feted early stints […]

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Muddy Waters – In Concert 1976 (DVD)

Muddy Waters fans will welcome this live show of excellent performances, recorded in 1976 for television in Europe. His stellar band features Pinetop Perkins, Luther Johnson, Jerry Portnoy and more. The DVD contains classic songs such as “Hoochie Coochie Man,” “Baby Please Don’t Go,” “Kansas City,” and many more. 42 minutes. Intro-After Hours Soon Forgotten […]

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Editor Neil McCauley: Today I’m listening to Van Morrison ‘Pay The Devil’

Meanwhile ……. “His vocal digs into the lyrics and sets it in the blanket of the deceptively loose barroom-styled accompaniment. The set closes with a deeply emotional read of Rodney Crowell’s “Till I Gain Control Again.” Paul Godden’s lonesome dobro is the engine that guides it emotionally. Bob Loveday’s violins add painterly touches to the […]

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TAJ MAHAL: The Hidden Treasures of Taj Mahal 1969-1973 (2CD)

We are told: Legacy Recordings UK & Sony CMG are celebrating the groundbreaking and unique Taj Mahal with a major catalog reissue project beginning with the release of the newly-curated The Hidden Treasures of Taj Mahal 1969-1973, an extraordinary two-disc collection of previously unreleased studio and live performances. A two-disc sonic portrait chronicling the early […]

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ALLMAN BROTHERS: Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY 30th December 1979 WLIR – FM Broadcast (Limited Ed/300 Clear Vinyl 3LP)

We are told: Stricktly limited to 300 copies.  Clear vinyl 3LP.  The band had split during the narcotic mayhem of the 41 date 75/76 tour, where Gregg testified in the trial of security man to the Allmans Scooter Herring resulting in the latter’s 75 year prison sentence. Leavell, Williams and Jaimoe continued with Sea Level, […]

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TASTE: The Irish rock/blues band formed in the mid sixties that featured Rory Gallagher on guitar and vocals:I’ll Remember (4CD Box Set)

We are told: I’ll Remember, an archival box set featuring the music of Taste, the Irish rock/blues band formed in the mid sixties that featured Rory Gallagher on guitar and vocals. The four disc set will feature both studio albums (1969′s Taste and the 1970 follow-up On The Boards) expanded with many alternate versions of album tracks. The third CD is full of live audio from 1970 culled […]

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Playing right now

Funny how one’s misconceptions can occasionally be confounded rather than the more usual way of having them confirmed. I pretty much thought I didn’t like jazz – despite the fine efforts of my friend of many years standing; Graham Mitchell. GM has a vast collection of Jazz CDs. Very few appealed to me. And then […]

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NINA SIMONE: In the spotlight at Sundance Film Festival

What Happened, Miss Simone?, documentary about the jazz singer, opens the 2015 Sundance Film Festival Please click HERE to continue ===//=== Hi. I’m Tony Andrews and I am Contributing Editor / Jazz here. I hope you found the above interesting. If you want anything jazz-related published here (free of charge) then please email me at […]

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New Dark Age Tour EP 2015 A.D. (Vinyl LP) by Crippled Black Phoenix

  Led by multi-instrumentalist Justin Greaves (ex-ELECTRIC WIZARD, ex-IRON MONKEY) • Recommended if you like: ELECTRIC WIZARD, PINK FLOYD, KYLESA • 57-minute EP! • Including a lengthy, 2-part mind-blowing cover of PINK FLOYD’s classic “Echoes” • The B-side of the vinyl editions is beautifully etched • Transparent clear vinyl edition strictly limited to 250 copies […]

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