Tuesday, November 21, 2017

New 2017 Christmas Titles Bring Holiday Cheer

A number of artists have released Christmas-minded collections this holiday season, including Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band Cheap Trick, Renaissance revivalist rockers Blackmore's Night, violinist Lindsey Stirling, singer Charles Billingsley and Los Angeles-based Us The Duo.

Artist: Cheap Trick
Title: Christmas Christmas (Big Machine Records)
You might like if you enjoy: Cheap Trick, The Beatles' holiday recordings
Tell me more: A holiday spirit pervades Cheap Trick's Christmas Christmas, but the bottom line is the 12-song disc still rocks with the exuberance of any album from the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers. The material here is a mix of original and covers, all branded with Cheap Trick's signature blend of power pop and rock 'n' roll crunch. There are highlights aplenty, including a Sex Pistols-flavored "Merry Christmas (I Don't Want to Fight Tonight)," a flat-out rocking cover of "Run Rudolph Run" (think ELO on steroids) and shimmering choral-styled "Our Father Of Life." Over the years there have been many covers of the Kinks' 1977 gem "Father Christmas," but Cheap Trick's 2017 version is the only memorable version this writer has heard since the Ray Davies-penned original was released 40 years ago. Information: CheapTrick.com.

Artist: Blackmore's Night
Title: Winter Carols (Minstrel Music)
You might like if you enjoy: Renaissance music, Ritchie Blackmore, the Corrs
Tell me more: While the music of Blackmore's Night is generations removed from the groundbreaking hard rock Ritchie Blackmore helped craft with Deep Purple and Rainbow, discerning music fans of all tastes will likely appreciate the Renaissance-styled sounds on Winter Carols. The two-disc set (the expanded 2017 title features three bonus tracks and is available on audio CD and digital formats) is simply outstanding, with singer Candice Night (whose wonderful vocals draw strong comparisons with Corrs singer Andrea Corr) using her winning soprano on moving versions of seasonal favorites including "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing/Come All Ye Faithful," "I Saw Three Ships" and others. Information: blackmoresnight.com.

Artist: Lindsey Stirling
Title: Warmer In The Winter (Lindseystomp Music / Concord Music)
You might like if you enjoy: Lindsey Stirling, Pentatonix
Tell me more: The first-ever holiday album from Lindsey Stirling (Warmer in the Winter) is everything fans of the virtuoso violinist have dreamed of, with the 13-track set featuring a mix of instrumentals as well as selections where she is joined by guests for strong collaborations. Among the stellar instrumentals are Tchaikovsky's "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy," a swirling "Carol of the Bells" and Celtic-styled "I Saw Three Ships." There are several strong originals on the collection, including the title track "Warmer in the Winter" featuring Trombone Shorty and the tuneful pop song "Time to Fall in Love" bolstered by guest vocalist Alex Gaskarth (of All Time Low). Information: LindseyStirling.com.

Artist: Charles Billingsley
Title: It's Christmas Time Again (Crest Music)
You might like if you enjoy: Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Michael Bublé
Tell me more: Charles Billingsley's delightful It's Christmas Time Again is a bona fide trip down Memory Lane. Tapping into the traditional jazz and American Songbook approach spanning early icons such as Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby to modern-day singers Harry Connick Jr. and Michael Bublé, Billingsley has the shining voice and artistic touch to blend artful music making with nostalgic yuletide cheer. The disc soars and inspires with an artful mix of buoyant material ("The Man With The Bag," "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town"), powerful spiritual classics (a particularly stirring "O Holy Night," "Panis Angelicus") and more nuanced ballads ("It's Christmas Time Again," "December"). Billingsley closes out the set with an excellent version of the Beatles' tender "Goodnight." Information: charlesbillingsley.com.

Artist: Us The Duo
Title: Our Favorite Time Of Year (Alvarado Records)
You might like if you enjoy: Pentatonix
Tell me more: Fans of contemporary pop will want to hear the first Christmas album from Us The Duo (the moniker for husband-and-wife Michael and Carissa Alvarado). The aptly-titled Our Favorite Time Of Year features plenty of infectious tracks, including a breezy take on Paul McCartney's "Wonderful Christmastime," a ukulele-anchored "Jingle Bell Rock" (that showcases the couple's potent vocal harmony sound), a playful "Baby, It's Cold Outside" and a jazzy, reworked take on "Silent Night." Us The Duo will perform a mix of holiday classics and originals in Los Angeles at the Theater at the Ace Hotel on Dec. 9. Editor's note: Amazon Original albums and playlists are exclusively available to download on Amazon Music and stream on Prime Music and Amazon Music Unlimited. Information: Amazon.com/ustheduo.

The 2017 holiday season has also seen the release of new Christmas music titles featuring Frank Sinatra, Herb Alpert, Sia, Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton and Fantasia.

Robert Kinsler

Monday, November 20, 2017

Record Store Day Black Friday coming November 24, 2017

Hundreds of New and Limited Edition Titles to be available at Independent Record Stores Nationwide on Friday, November 24, 2017!
It’s that time again, folks. Once you’re over the expected, obligatory gorging, the excessive drink and the fighting about politics, and after you’ve had a night to sleep it all off, we would like to gently urge you to get down to your local indie record store to take advantage of all that Record Store Day has to offer for Black Friday.

And it’s nothing to scoff at. As of Friday, November 24th (that which is Black Friday), more than 1,200 local record stores in the US will offer some uniquely exciting titles, all of which have already been announced to-date on recordstoreday.com.

A few new ones to spotlight include a limited edition vinyl 12” from U2 called “The Blackout,” created at Third Man Pressing. The single will feature the album version of the song (from the band’s forthcoming December 1st release, Songs of Experience) as well as a remix from Irish producer, Jacknife Lee. So special is this particular piece that Record Store Day is giving away a copy signed by all of the folks on the plant floor who were involved in its pressing.
As previously announced, Rhino will release a deluxe 2xLP 40th anniversary edition of Richard Hell & the Voidoids’ classic, Blank Generation. In support of the release Hell himself will host two NYC-area signings: Friday, November 24 at 1:00 PM at Generation Records, 210 Thompson St. in Manhattan and Saturday, November 25 at 2:00 PM at Rough Trade Records at 64 N. 9th St. in Brooklyn.

We’re also proud to have new music from Darryl McDaniels, the DMC in RUN-DMC, who broke down musical and cultural barriers with their fresh mixture of rock and rap, back and fresher than ever with a brand new 4-track 12" vinyl release Back From The Dead. (Bonus fun fact: this comes out on Brookvale Records, one of several record store-owned labels who have releases in record stores.) DMC will make a special Black Friday appearance at Looney Tunes Records in Long Island.

Paul McCartney, always very supportive of Record Store Day and indie record stores, will be spreading some cheer with two 7" releases, one on red vinyl and one on green

vinyl, both featuring a new version of his classic "Wonderful Christmastime” on which he’s joined by The Roots

The green vinyl B-side is The Decemberists’ rendition of “Jesus Christ” and the red vinyl is backed by a live Norah Jones performance of “Peace”.

Speaking of legendary musicians, Muddy Waters has influenced everyone from the Rolling Stones to the White Stripes. Record Store Day is proud to have an exact reproduction of Muddy's original 1958 album, The Best of Muddy Waters, from the original Chess Records mono reels on the Black Friday Exclusives list.  

The "virtual" band Gorillaz, actually English musician Damon Albarn and lots and lots of friends, is back after a seven-year hiatus with Humanz, featuring collaborations with artists such as PopcaanDe La SoulGrace Jones and many others. RSD Black Friday sees Humanz come to record stores in double picture disc format. Other animated musical bounty comes in the form of Vitamin String Quartet and their tribute to the music of the films of Studio Ghibli, Vitamin String Quartet: The World of Studio Ghibli highlights the emotional beauty in films like Kiki’s Delivery Service, When Mamie Was There and more.

Ever since Snoop Dogg bust out of Long Beach, CA on Dr. Dre's masterpiece The Chronic, he has been a force to be reckoned with musically, lyrically, socially...heck, he even coaches Pee-Wee football. Snoop has sold more than 35 million albums worldwide, and he's back with Neva Left, available on vinyl for the first time for RSD Black Friday.  Rappers who probably grew up listening to the D-O-G-G are on the Black Friday tip too, including Murs and Tyga. Late legends J Dilla and Prodigy are also remembered, with two releases each: J Dilla’s Delights Vol. 1 and 2and reissues of both Prodigy’s first solo single and solo record.

After The Grateful Dead left Warner Brothers in 1973 and before they signed with Arista in 1977, they released three excellent studio albums and one double album on their own Grateful Dead Label.  These LPs, Wake of the Flood, Blues For Allah, From the Mars Hotel and the double live Steal Your Face, have been long sought after by collectors and are brought together for Black Friday in a 5xLP box: The Grateful Dead Records CollectionJerry Garcia’s fans can also look forward to Side Trips, Vol One, the album recorded live by Jerry and keyboard collaborator Howard Wales. This collection of four jazz/fusion performances comes to vinyl for the first time on Black Friday.

Waylon and Willie and the boys are well represented on Black Friday, as both Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson have two releases: loving reissues of both Spirit and Yesterday’s Wine for Willie Nelson, while New Stuff brings to light recordings that Waylon Jennings was preparing before his death, and Here’s To The Champion brings together multiple versions of Waylon’s tribute to Muhammad Ali, done by several country musicians. Eric Church’s Mistress Named Music sees that modern country makes an appearance on the list as well.

Jazz fans will find lots to give and get this year. Vibrations is the second album released by American free jazz saxophonist Albert Ayler's quartet featuring Don CherryGary Peacock and Sonny Murray recorded in Copenhagen in 1964, and has been out of press for decades. In Paris: The Definitive O.R.T.F. Recording captures jazz guitar legend Wes Montgomery on his only tour of Europe on March 27th, 1965 at the Theatre des Champs Elysees in Paris, France.  RSD Black Friday also presents a newly remastered reissue of Sonny Clark Trio's LP The 1960 Time Sessions With George Duvivier and Max Roach.  In August, Record Store Day brought nearly two hundred record store owners and staff together in New Orleans, for a party that included a set at Preservation Hall by the homeboys Preservation Hall Jazz Band. That set was recorded and is coming full circle to record stores as Run Stop & Drop!!

Of course, rock ‘n’ roll never fades away at record stores, and there will be plenty of it this Black Friday. The first North American vinyl release of Neil Young’s Harvest Moon, the aforementioned Richard Hell & the Voidoids’ Blank Generation 40th anniversary piece, Clutch’s Pitchfork & Lost Needles picture disc, Gone is Gone’s “Phantom Limb” 7”, Chris Cornell’s take on the songs of Cliff Poncier, and a live recording of the night Walter Lure (The Heartbreakers), Clem Burke (Blondie), Tommy Stinson (The Replacements) and Wayne Kramer (The MC5) took on Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers’ L.A.M.F. album are just the tip of the messy, beautiful pile of rock releases hitting the racks at record stores starting November 24.

Record stores are the place to be on Black Friday and throughout the holiday shopping season, because you want to give your family and friends great gifts, and record stores sell nothing but.
Watch an episode that MUSIC WORTH BUYING co-hosts TJR and Robert Kinsler filmed over the weekend at Port Of Sound, an independent record store in Costa Mesa, CA, previewing the upcoming event:

For general information, including a Black Friday FAQ and participating stores, please visit http://www.recordstoreday.com

A full list of titles can be found here: www.recordstoreday.com/SpecialReleases

About Record Store Day:
Record Store Day, the organization, is managed by the Department of Record Stores and is organized in partnership with the Alliance of Independent Media Stores (AIMS), the Coalition of Independent Music Stores (CIMS) and promotes independent record stores year-round with events, special releases and other fun things.
Record Store Day, the global celebration of the culture of the record store, takes place annually in April.
Record Store Day 2017 Sponsors:
ADA, Audioengine, Border City Media, Caroline, Crosley Turntables, Dr Martens Airwair USA, Dogfish Head Brewery, Furnace Record Pressing, InGrooves, Music Business Association, MVD Entertainment, The Orchard, Redeye Distribution, Sony Music, ThinkIndie, URP Distribution, Universal Music Distribution, Warner Bros. Records, WEA

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Country Music Legend Mel Tillis Remembered

Very sad news this morning with news that legendary country music great Mel Tillis has passed away. I only saw him in concert once, but his show was fantastic. You can read my review of that 2011 performance at Stagecoach Festival here.

Country Music Legend Mel Tillis Passes

Nashville, Tenn. (November 19, 2017) — Following a lengthy struggle to regain his health, country music legend Mel Tillis passed away early this morning at the Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala, Florida. Tillis battled intestinal issues since early 2016 and never fully recovered. The suspected cause of death is respiratory failure. Tillis was 85.
The Country Music Hall of Famer leaves behind six children (Pam Tillis, Connie Tillis, Cindy Shorey, Sonny Tillis, Carrie April Tillis, and Hannah Puryear), six grandchildren, a great grandson, a sister (Linda Crosby) and brother (Richard Tillis), the mother of five of his children (Doris Tillis), his longtime partner (Kathy DeMonaco), and many lifelong friends and fans around the world.
The Tillis family asks for your prayers and will soon release more information regarding funeral services in Florida and Nashville.
Lonnie Melvin Tillis was born in Tampa, Florida on August 8, 1932. Throughout his 60+ year career, the Grand Ole Opry member recorded more than 60 albums, had 35 Top Ten singles, six #1 hits ("I Ain't Never," "Coca-Cola Cowboy," "Southern Rains," "Good Woman Blues," "Heart Healer," and "I Believe In You"), was named the Country Music Association's coveted Entertainer of the Year, and was elected a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. He wrote over 1,000 songs, 600 of which have been recorded by major artists including Kenny Rogers ("Ruby, Don't You Take Your Love To Town"), George Strait ("Thoughts Of A Fool"), and Ricky Skaggs ("Honey, Open That Door"). Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) named Tillis Songwriter of the Decade for two decades. In February of 2012 President Obama awarded Tillis the National Medal of Arts.

Black Vinyl Friday coming November 24, 2017

Post by Robert Kinsler

Friday, Nov. 24, 2017 is a big day for independent record stores throughout the U.S., and not just because it's Black Friday.

There will be a slew of cool, exclusive titles hitting the shelves. Record stores are a great plea to get together, meet and reconnect with other music fans and discover (or re-discover) favorite titles reissued on vinyl.

TJR and yours truly recently made a trip to Port Of Sound in Costa Mesa to get a preview of Black Vinyl Friday. Port Of Sound specializes in vinyl and has the biggest record selection in Orange County, CA.

Watch the episode below:

I was also provided audio downloads of several of the most anticipated releases coming to vinyl on Nov. 24, including The Forbidden Zone featuring Danny Elfman and The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo, Electronic Meditation from Tangerine Dream and Leonard Nimoy's Mr. Spock's Music From Outer Space. I truly loved listening to each of these legendary albums for the first time, and as a life-long Star Trek fan and long-time fan of Danny Elfman's work as a composer and leader of the groundbreaking rock band Oingo Boingo, it was  to quote Mr. Spock  "fascinating" to be introduced to these long-overdue releases! 

The three Varèse Sarabande Records titles set for release on Nov. 24 are worth getting out of bed early to pick up at your favorite record store.

The cult classic film Forbidden Zone was the first to be scored by the now legendary composer, Danny Elfman, and was also the first major recording for Oingo Boingo, (then known as The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo). The soundtrack perfectly captures the band's transition from a cabaret-style group of performers to the influential new wave band they would become. Long out-of-print, this album is being released for the first time on translucent lime green vinyl.
Electronic Meditation is the debut album by German electronic music group Tangerine Dream, originally released June of 1970. It is the only Tangerine Dream album to feature the line-up of Edgar Froese, Klaus Schulze and Conrad Schnitzler. With the release of a new Tangerine Dream album this fall, there is no better time to explore the band’s catalog, starting with this gem. The LP will come in a replica of the original gatefold jacket.
Leonard Nimoy's, “Spock” was unquestionably the most popular character on the original Star Trek series. The first in a series of album releases, Mr. Spock's Music From Outer Space, is a cult classic favorite and was Nimoy’s best selling album release. This entertaining and campy album is a piece of mondo bizzaro that has long been out-of-print on vinyl and is a must-have for all the Star Trek aficionados.
The Record Store Day Black Friday 2017 LP releases of THE FORBIDDEN ZONE: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, Tangerine Dream’s ELECTRONIC MEDIATION, and Leonard Nimoy’s MR. SPOCK'S MUSIC FROM OUTER SPACE from Varèse Sarabande Records will be available from participating record stores on Friday, November 24, 2017.  Here is specific information on each of the three titles.
THE FORBIDDEN ZONE - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Danny Elfman and The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo

Side One:
1. Forbidden Zone 2:52
2. Hercules" Family Theme 1:50
3. Some of These Days 2:55
4. Journey Through The Intestines 0:55
5. Squeezit's Vision Of His "Sister" 0:35
6. Queen's Revenge 2:32
7. Factory 1:00
8. Love Theme - Squeezit And The Chickens 0:44
9. Flash And Gramps 0:58
10. Squeezit The Moocher (Minnie The Moocher) 4:51
Side Two:
1. Alphabet Song 2:01
2. Cell 63 1:21
3. Witch's Egg 2:23
4. Yiddishe Charleston 1:33
5. Bim Bam Boom 1:54
6. Chamber Music 2:01
7. Pleure 0:39
8. Battle Of The Queens 3:07
9. Love Theme - King And Queen 1:14
10. Finale 3:25

Side One:
1. Theme From Star Trek Performed by Charles Grean
2. Alien
3. Where Is Love
4. Music To Watch Space Girls By Performed by Charles Grean
5. Beyond Antares Performed by Charles Grean
6. Twinkle, Twinkle Little Earth
Side Two:
1. Mission Impossible
2. Lost In The Stars
3. Where No Man Has Gone Before Performed by Charles Grean
4. You Are Not Alone
5. A Visit To A Sad Planet

Side One:
1. Genesis
2. Journey Through A Burning Brain
Side Two:
1. Cold Smoke
2. Ashes To Ashes
3. Resurrection

For a list of participating stores please visit http://www.recordstoreday.com/Venues

For more information on Black Vinyl Friday, visit RecordStoreDay.com.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Malcolm Young Remembered

Malcolm Young, who founded AC/DC with his brother Angus Young in 1972, has died. Young, who last performed with the band in Bilbao, Spain in 2010, was replaced by his nephew Stevie Young in 2014. Malcolm Young was only 64. This morning (Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017), my MUSIC WORTH BUYING co-host TJR and I got together to reflect on the legacy of Malcolm Young. You can watch the episode here:

Friday, November 17, 2017

Sights and Sounds: John Oates, Morrissey, Pearl Jam

Happy Friday everybody. Here is a round-up of timely music news...



“This is the record I have always wanted to make, with the band to bring it to life. After all these years, I feel I’ve finally been able to capture the sound that’s in my head.”  John Oates
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member John Oates has teamed with an amazing group of accomplished and rising stars in the Americana music world to bring his new album, Arkansas, to life. Scheduled for release on February 2, 2018, the project is his first for Thirty Tigers.  Arkansas is available for advance order through e-retailers and a Pledge Music campaign including autographed vinyl, limited edition exclusives, hats, shirts, and more.
The project originally began as a tribute to Oates’ idol, Mississippi John Hurt. During a series of Nashville recording sessions, it evolved organically to become a unique collection drawing from a wide range of Oates’ musical influences. Asked about the style and sound of Arkansas, John says, “It’s like Dixieland, dipped in bluegrass, and salted with Delta blues.”
The album was recorded at Addiction Studios in Nashville and produced by Oates and David Kalmusky who also engineered and mixed it. The sonic glue that cements the project is "The Good Road Band". The impressive lineup consists of Sam Bush on mandolin, Russ Pahl on pedal steel, Guthrie Trapp on electric guitar, Steve Mackey on bass, Nathaniel Smith on cello, and Josh Day on drums and percussion.
With this incredible band, Oates shines a light on music from America’s past long before the birth of rock ‘n’ roll. Fresh interpretations include the Emmett Miller classic “Anytime” from 1924 as well as the Jimmie Rodgers tune, “Miss the Mississippi and You,” from 1932. Reimagined traditional Delta, country blues and ragtime selections salute legendary artists like Mississippi John Hurt and Blind Blake.
Two new original songs by Oates blend seamlessly with the traditional roots material, as well as John's deep catalog of Hall and Oates hits. Taken together, Oates’ music becomes a retrospective of American popular song.

John Oates is one half of the best-selling duo of all time, Hall & Oates, as well as an accomplished solo artist. A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Oates embarked on a long-awaited solo career in 1999. He has recorded six solo albums and the 2015 DVD docu-concert Another Good Road. His seventh project, Arkansas, will be released by Thirty Tigers in February..
Influenced by R&B and folk music while growing up near Philadelphia, Oates was honored as a BMI Icon in 2008. In 2016, Hall & Oates received a star on the Hollywood of Fame. In addition to his solo shows, Oates continues to tour with Daryl Hall, playing sold-out concerts around the world. St. Martin’s Press released the hardcover of Oates’ memoir, Change of Seasons, in March 2017; the paperback will be released in 2018. Oates resides in Nashville.

Morrissey Strikes Again With 'Low in High School,' Out Today

LA pop-up shop, more North American shows, and more follow Morrissey's latest release

Today, Morrissey releases 'Low in High School,' his first studio album since 2014 and his debut for BMG and his new label, Etienne Records. The album was produced by Joe Chiccarelli (Frank Zappa, The Strokes, Beck, The White Stripes) and was recorded at La Fabrique Studios in France and Ennio Morricone's Forum Studios in Rome.
The album's debut single "Spent the Day in Bed," a departure from his beloved sound, driven by electric piano, synthesizers, and acoustic guitars, delivers "sage advice for our troubled times" (LA Times). Q Magazine hails 'Low in High School' as one of Morrissey's "most consistently excellent albums" in a 4/5-star review, while MOJO calls it a "glistening and richly textured beast." Watch Morrissey perform "Spent the Day in Bed" live on The Graham Norton Show: http://shorefi.re/2imQLtT

Other album standouts include "Jacky's Only Happy When She's Up On The Stage," released on a 7" that features a cover of Elvis Presley's "You'll Be Gone," and "I Wish You Lonely" share the intimate call to arms of "Spent the Day in Bed" and are welcoming additions to this already classic canon.

Last Friday, the Los Angeles City Council declared November 10th "Morrissey Day" in Los Angeles, California, which included an official commemorative certificate presented at the first of two sold-out shows at the Hollywood Bowl, which, for the first time, changed its menus to all vegetarian. The performances included new material from 'Low in High School,' fan favorites, and surprising covers of Elvis Presley and The Pretenders for a show where, as the LA Times observed in its positive review, "Morrissey was welcomed as the hero." The current tour has also been praised by Billboard ("fantastic"), Variety ("triumphant"), LA Weekly ("asserts his place in the pantheon"), and more.
The tour continues through December:

Morrissey Fall 2017 Tour
Sat, Nov 18 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kingsbury Hall
Mon, Nov 20 - Denver, CO - Paramount Theatre
Wed, Nov 22 - St. Louis, MO - Peabody Opera House
Sat, Nov 25 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theater
Tue, Nov 28 - Detroit, MI - The Fillmore Detroit
Thu, Nov 30 - Washington, DC - The Anthem
Sat, Dec 2 - New York, NY - Theatre at Madison Square Garden
Mon, Dec 4 - Philadelphia, PA - The Fillmore
Thu, Dec 7 - Boston, MA - Orpheum Theatre
This weekend (Nov. 17-19), Morrissey will host a pop-up shop at 8250 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90048 to celebrate the new album. There will be 100 album test pressings autographed by Morrissey available for purchase on a first come, first served basis each day. This will also be the one of the only physical stores stocking all of the Language Edition colored LPs and the 7" limited edition boxset. There will also be photo opportunities with special artwork backdrops.
Follow Morrissey on social media for more information on the pop-up store:

Read Morrissey's interview with Billboard: http://shorefi.re/2muN8Gw 
Also read Morrissey's interview with Rolling Stone: http://shorefi.re/2hD70Wr

Order and download links below. 'Low in High School' is available digitally and in physical formats: CD, colored vinyl and limited edition cassette.
'Low in High School' available here: https://morrissey.lnk.to/LiHSPR


“This is one of the most vibrant-looking rock performance films of recent years.” - Chicago Sun Times

Pearl Jam’s sold-out August 2016 shows from Wrigley Field are immortalized in LET’S PLAY TWO, a documentary film that is now available on DVD & Blu-ray. All DVDs will include 5 bonus performances (Black, Mind Your Manners, Masters of War, Rearviewmirror and Immortality) as well as a deluxe edition of the soundtrack that includes the same 5 bonus tracks. The Blu-ray, which will be available exclusively through Amazon in the United States, will also include the 5 bonus tracks in the film, without the accompanying soundtrack.
Purchase the DVD/Blue-ray HERE
Watch the official trailer for LET’S PLAY TWO HERE and purchase the official soundtrack HERE
LET’S PLAY TWO was directed by Danny Clinch and produced by FOX Sports Originals, Monkeywrench Productions, Tourgigs Productions, Universal Music Publishing Group, Republic Records and Major League Baseball in collaboration with Milkt Films and Polygram Entertainment.
For more information, visit the film’s official site Pearl Jam’s LET’S PLAY TWO.

About Fox Sports Originals
FOX Sports Originals is the umbrella entity representing 21st Century FOX’s wide array of multi-platform US-based sports assets.  Built with brands capable of reaching more than 100 million viewers in a single weekend, FOX Sports includes ownership and interests in linear television networks, digital and mobile programming, broadband platforms, multiple web sites, joint-venture businesses and several licensing partnerships.  FOX Sports includes the sports television arm of the FOX Broadcasting Company; FS1, FS2; FOX Sports Regional Networks, their affiliated regional web sites and national programming; FOX Soccer Plus; FOX Deportes and FOX College Sports.  In addition, FOX Sports also encompasses FOX Sports Digital, which includes FOXSports.com, FOX Sports GO, Whatifsports.com and Yardbarker.com.  Also included in the Group are FOX’s interests in joint-venture businesses Big Ten Network and BTN 2Go, as well as a licensing agreement that established the FOX Sports Radio Network.

About Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United States and consists of 30 member clubs in the U.S. and Canada, representing the highest level of professional baseball. Major League Baseball is the best-attended sport in North America, and since 2004, MLB has enjoyed its best-attended seasons in the history of the game, with each regular season eclipsing the 73 million mark. Now led by Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr., MLB currently features record levels of labor peace, competitive balance and industry revenues, as well as the most comprehensive drug-testing program in American professional sports. MLB remains committed to making an impact in the communities of the U.S., Canada and throughout the world, perpetuating the sport’s larger role in society and permeating every facet of baseball’s business, marketing and community relations endeavors. With the continued success of MLB Advanced Media and MLB Network, MLB continues to find innovative ways for its fans to enjoy America’s National Pastime and a truly global game. For more information on Major League Baseball, visit www.MLB.com.

About MILKT Films
Milkt is a creative collective producing diverse and relevant music driven content. Owner and Executive Producer Lindha Narvaez has produced music documentaries and concert films including artists such as Pearl Jam, Ben Harper, Bruce Springsteen, Father John Misty, Foo Fighters, Jay-Z and John Mayer, earning two Grammy Award nominations. Recently Milkt has produced commercial spots for Ram featuring Chris Stapleton, Squarespace featuring Leon Bridges, branded content for Elizabeth Arden featuring Shawn Mendes and an hour-long documentary TV special featuring Dave Matthews Band for State Farm. Milkt has also longstanding collaborations with Turner Network Television and NBCUniversal.

About Republic Records
A division of Universal Music Group, the world's leading music company, Republic Records is home to an all-star roster of multi-platinum, award-winning legends and superstar artists such as Ariana Grande, Aminé, Black Sabbath, DNCE, Florence + the Machine, Gotye, Hailee Steinfeld, James Blake, James Bay, John Mellencamp, Jordan Smith, Julia Michaels, Keith Richards, Kid Cudi, Liam Payne, Marian Hill, Of Monsters and Men, Post Malone, Seth MacFarlane, Stevie Wonder, and more. Founded by brothers and chief executives Monte and Avery Lipman, it is also comprised of innovative business ventures, including American Recordings (The Avett Brothers, Towkio), Boominati Worldwide (Metro Boomin), Brushfire (Jack Johnson), Casablanca Records (Giorgio Moroder, KUNGS, Tïesto), Cash Money (Drake, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj), Hollywood Records (Sofia Carson, Zendaya), Lava Records (Greta Van Fleet, Jessie J, Lorde), Monkeywrench (Pearl Jam), XO (The Weeknd), Roc Nation (Belly, Justine Skye, The Dream), Tuff Gong (Damian Marley), Victor Victor Records (D Savage, Ski Mask The Slump God), among others. Republic also maintains a long-standing strategic alliance with country powerhouse Big Machine Records (Taylor Swift), and Universal Music Latin Entertainment (Luis Fonsi, J Balvin). In addition, Republic has expanded to release high-profile soundtracks for Universal Pictures (Fifty Shades of Grey, SING), Fox TV (Lee Daniels' STAR), and NBC TV (The Voice), as well as other notable film and television franchises.

About TourGIgs Productions
TourGigs is a digital media company dedicated to live music. The business has produced content for the biggest and best artists, venues and festivals around the world including Pearl Jam, Jack White, My Morning Jacket, Umphrey's McGee, Shaky Knees, ACL, and X-Games. TourGigs is capable of managing all formats of content - from live-streaming to on-demand asset management and direct-to-consumer content sales. Based in Austin, Texas - TourGigs is led by a storied group of industry veterans including renowned photographer and filmmaker Danny Clinch.

About Universal Music Publishing Group
Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) is a leading global music publisher with 43 offices in 36 countries. UMPG represents music in every genre from some of the world's most important songwriters and catalogs. These include ABBA, Adele, A Great Big World, Jhené Aiko, Alabama Shakes, Axwell & Ingrosso, Bastille, Beach Boys, Beastie Boys, Irving Berlin, Leonard Bernstein, Jeff Bhasker, Justin Bieber, Big Sean, Chris Brown, Mariah Carey, The Clash, Coldplay, J.Cole, Elvis Costello, Miley Cyrus, Jason Derulo, Neil Diamond, Disclosure, Danny Elfman, Eminem, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Florence + the Machine, Future, Martin Garrix, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, Al Green, Haim, Halsey, Emile Haynie, Jimi Hendrix, Sam Hunt, Imagine Dragons, Demi Lovato, Carly Rae Jepsen, Billy Joel, Elton John/Bernie Taupin, Tobias Jesso Jr., Joe Jonas, Nick Jonas, The Mamas and Papas, Pearl Jam, Lil Yachty, Linkin Park, Steve Mac, Post Malone, Maroon 5, Shawn Mendes, Metallica, Metro Boomin, Miguel, Nicki Minaj, Mumford & Sons, Jimmy Napes, R. City, Randy Newman, Red Hot Chili Peppers, New Order, Ne-Yo, Steve Perry, Otis Redding, R.E.M., Carole Bayer Sager, Gustavo Santaolalla, Travis Scott, Sex Pistols, Paul Simon, Britney Spears, Bruce Springsteen, Stax (East Memphis Music), SZA, Justin Timberlake, Quavo, U2, Keith Urban, Diane Warren, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jack White, Zedd and many more.