Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Sights and Sounds: Smiths tribute, Deep Purple, Record Store Day update

The final list of artists set to be featured on an exciting new Smiths tribute is set, a recent performance by Deep Purple will be issued next week on CD, DVD and Blu-Ray, and I have more updates on Record Store Day-specific releases that will be issued on "Black Friday." Read on!

New Smiths Tribute drops December 13th from American Laundromat Records

The Wedding Present, Doug Martsch (Built To Spill), William Fitzsimmons,
Tanya Donelly, Telekinesis, Greg Laswell, and others cover The Smiths

American Laundromat Records has enlisted a herd of indie-rock luminaries — including The Wedding Present, Built to Spill’s Doug Martsch, Throwing Muses co-founder Tanya Donelly, Telekinesis and Stars — to contribute covers of more than 20 classic songs by The Smiths for a new tribute album to be released December 13, 2011.

The double-CD set is available for pre-order in three configurations: a $13 bundle, which includes the CD and a one-inch promo pin; a $20 bundle, which includes the CD, a limited-edition 7-inch with three more covers, a download of those tracks, and the pin; or a $35 bundle, which includes the CD, the 7-inch, the downloads, the pin, a T-shirt and a “private preview of the album.”

In a fitting touch, American Laundromat Records secured a photo of ’60s U.K. pop star Sandie Shaw for the cover art; Shaw was a favorite of both Morrissey and Johnny Marr who, in 1984, covered The Smiths’ “Hand in Glove.”

Pre-order link:

Please, Please, Please: a tribute to The Smiths | Tracklist

Disc 1

1. “Panic” — Kitten

2. “Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before” — The Rest

3. “What Difference Does It Make?” — Joy Zipper

4. “Shoplifters of the World Unite” — Tanya Donelly w/Dylan in the Movies

5. “Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want” — William Fitzsimmons

6. “I Won’t Share You” — Sixpence None the Richer

7. “Well I Wonder” — Sara Lov

8. “Half a Person” — Greg Laswell

9. “Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me” — Dala

10. “Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others” — Chikita Violenta

Disc 2

1. “Sheila Take A Bow” — Telekinesis

2. “Is It Really So Strange?” — Solvents

3. “Hand In Glove” — The Wedding Present

4. “How Soon Is Now?” — Mike Viola and The Section Quartet

5. “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out” — Trespassers William

6. “Rubber Ring” — Girl in a Coma

7. “I Know It’s Over” — Elk City

8. “What She Said” — Katy Goodman (La Sera, Vivian Girls)

9. “ London ” — Cinerama

10. “Reel Around the Fountain” — Doug Martsch (Built To Spill)

Exclusive Limited Edition Bonus 7-inch (pre-order “B” & “C” customers only)

1. “Asleep” — Stars

2. “Girl Afraid” — C’est la Mort

3. “Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want” — The Caulfield Sisters



On July 16, 2011, Deep Purple performed on the closing night of Switzerland’s prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival by re-inventing their classic catalog with the help of a symphony orchestra. This night will forever be emblazoned upon the brains of Deep Purple fans around the world when Eagle Rock Entertainment releases Live At Montreux 2011 simultaneously in DVD [MSRP $14.98], Blu-Ray [MSRP $19.98] and 2CD [MSRP $17.98] packages on November 8, 2011.

The whole night has been preserved in crystal clarity via high definition for the DVD and Blu-Ray releases. The sound on the 2CD set—DTS Surround Sound, Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital Stereo—is superb. Included on the DVD and Blu-Ray is a bonus in-depth band interview. Such classics as “Highway Star,” “Strange Kind of Woman,” “Lazy,” “Perfect Strangers,” “Hush,” “Woman From Tokyo,” “Black Night,” “Smoke On The Water” and 11 other gems, as performed with the orchestral sweep behind them, certainly spurred the band on. Ian Gillan (vocals), Ian Paice (drums), Roger Glover (bass), Steve Morse (guitar) and Don Airey (keyboards) can be seen visibly pleased with the results of the orchestra, as directed by Stephen “BK” Bentley-Klein.

This 115-minute concert is emblematic of the kind of shows that Deep Purple has been putting on with amazing consistency as they criss-cross the globe. It’s what their fans have come to expect. The current orchestra tour has proven them capable of transcending genre limitations to reach out for the kind of all-encompassing theatrical presentation that’s hard to forget. Now, with this release, Deep Purple fans around the globe can thrill to this extraordinary pairing of symphonic textures and the hardest of Classic Rock.

Eagle Rock Entertainment is an international media production and distribution company operating across audiovisual entertainment programming. Eagle Rock Entertainment works directly alongside talent to produce the highest quality programming output covering film, general entertainment and musical performance. Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices based in London, New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Hamburg, & Paris.


Exclusive, Rare & Previously Unreleased Tracks on
Wax to Hit Shelves of Indie Stores on Friday, November 25, 2011

As music lovers gear up for the holiday shopping season, Dangerbird will celebrate Record Store Day’s upcoming “Back to Black Friday” festivities on November 25 with two brand new, exclusive vinyl releases at independent record stores across the country. Fans will get a taste of the latest music from Silversun Pickups with Seasick, a 10-inch vinyl release featuring three previously unreleased tunes—including the title track as well as b-sides “Broken Bottles” and “Ribbons & Detours.” On the same day, Sea Wolf will release two rare tracks with a 7-inch featuring “Song of the Magpie” and “Where The Wind Blows.” While serving as teasers for those who are eagerly awaiting new full-length LPs expected from both bands in spring 2012, these vinyl releases are putting the “black” in “Back to Black Friday” by supporting the mom and pop record shops that are so important to the music community.

“Back to Black Friday” is organized by Record Store Day, a cooperative project of hundreds of independent record stores in the USA, Canada, the UK, France, Germany and Holland. This year’s Record Store Day created the largest vinyl sale day in Soundscan history, while lifting the music sales for the entire music industry. “Back to Black Friday” will follow the “bigger-than-Christmas” success of Record Store Day’s annual April event. Most of the special releases are being issued as vinyl records, which have experienced a huge surge in popularity in recent years, spearheaded almost entirely by independent stores. The full rundown of rare items available at participating stores on “Back to Black Friday” can be found at

While browsing at their favorite local record store on “Back to Black Friday,” fans can also check out some of the latest work from the Dangerbird family of artists, including Justin Meldal-Johnsen’s co-writing and production credits on the acclaimed new album from M83, Hurry Up, We're Dreaming. In addition, recent releases are currently available from Dangerbird’s eclectic roster of acts who have long supported indie record stores, such as Fitz and the Tantrums, Beady Eye, The One AM Radio, Boots Electric, Eagles of Death Metal, Minus the Bear, The Fling, Ben Lee, The Limousines, Dropkick Murphys, Jon Fratelli, and producer Tony Hoffer (Phoenix, The Kooks), among others. For more information, visit

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