Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Sights and Sounds: Lost Songs – The Basement Tapes Continued, America, the Indigo Girls, Lotus Crush

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On May 26, Eagle Rock Entertainment will simultaneously release Lost Songs – The Basement Tapes Continued  on DVD, Blu-ray and digital formats.  
Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Sam Jones (of the Wilco documentary I Am Trying To Break Your Heart), Lost Songs – The Basement Tapes Continued presents the development of a unique project bringing together an extraordinary group of artists to work on previously unknown Bob Dylan lyrics with Grammy-winning producer T Bone Burnett. The film is aimed to accompany the November 2014 Harvest Records albumLost On The River: The New Basement Tapes, and focuses on sixteen sets of lyrics written by Bob Dylan during the legendary The Basement Tapes sessions in 1967, which were only recently rediscovered. 
Under the auspices of producer T Bone Burnett and with the approval of Bob Dylan, an extraordinary collective of musicians were brought together to set the lyrics to music: Elvis CostelloRhiannon GiddensTaylor GoldsmithJim James and Marcus Mumford. The film presents an exclusive and intimate look at the making of the Lost On The River album set against the important and historical cultural backdrop of Bob Dylan andThe Band’s original The Basement Tapes.
As well as offering an unrivaled insight into these sessions, the film also comes bolstered with Bonus Tracks: “Diamond Ring,” “Down On The Bottom,” “Hidee Hidee Ho #16,” “Kansas City,” “Six Months In Kansas City (Liberty Street),” and “The Whistle Is Blowing.”
Lost Songs – The Basement Tapes Continued is a must for fans of Bob DylanLost On The River, and anyone interested in the creative genesis and development of incredible music.
Eagle Rock Entertainment is the largest producer and distributor of music programming for DVD, Blu-Ray, TV and Digital Media in the world.  Eagle works directly alongside talent to produce top quality, High Definition programs, both concerts and documentaries, including The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Queen, The Doors, Jeff Beck, Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney, Ozzy Osbourne, Genesis, Alice Cooper, Eric Clapton and Aerosmith. Eagle is a Grammy Award winning company and has received over 40 multi-platinum, over 80 platinum and over 144 gold discs, worldwide.  Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices in London, New York, Paris and Hamburg.
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Audio Fidelity To Release '70s Hitmakers America's “Homecoming” Album on Limited Edition 5.1 Multichannel Hybrid SACD

“A classic treasure...One of the best albums from the early 70s!”

Camarillo, CA – Marshall Blonstein's Audio Fidelity will be releasing '70s hitmakers America's “Homecoming” album on Limited Edition 5.1 Multichannel Hybrid SACD in April 2015. America's 1972 “Homecoming” album includes one of their best known hits, “Ventura Highway” with it's creative acoustic guitar lines, smart vocal harmonies and spaced-out lyrics, it's a fan favorite and one of their best songs.

“Homecoming” was the band's second album and the trio were determined to avoid the “sophomore jinx” so when work began on the new album America pulled out all the stops to reach their goal. Their production maintains the acoustic guitar underpinning heard on the successful debut album but builds on the sound of that first record by featuring more electric guitar and keyboards.

“Homecoming” is a melodic album full of catchy folk ballads and great harmonies and features two other hits, “Don't Cross the River” and “Only in Your Heart.” Several other songs received heavy FM radio airplay. The album is a collection of thoughtful, well-written, and skillfully sung songs. It's one of America's better albums, possibly their best for “Homecoming” helped continue the band's popularity, reached the Top 10 on Billboard's Pop Albums chart and was certified platinum by the RIAA.

Ventura Highway
To Each His Own
Don't Cross the River
Moon Song
Only in Your Heart
Till the Sun Comes Up Again
Cornwall Blank
Head and Heart
California Revisited
Saturn Nights

Produced by America
Mastered for this SACD by Steve Hoffman at Stephen Marsh Mastering

'One Lost Day,' the new studio album from the Indigo Girls, set for release on June 2, 2015 via IG Recordings/Vanguard Records

It has been four years since the Indigo Girls released a new studio album. On June 2, their much-anticipated release ONE LOST DAY, will be available on IG Recordings/Vanguard Records. With the help of visionary new producer Jordan Brooke Hamlin (Lucy Wainwright Roche) and mixer Brian Joseph (Bon Iver, PHOX, Kathleen Edwards), Amy Ray and Emily Sailers have created a landscape of truly original sounds and stories ranging from stark intimacy to bombastic pop and grind.

On ONE LOST DAY, musicality, whimsy, rawness, sadness and joy move through each of the 13 tracks. This theme is especially evident on the first single, “Happy in the Sorrow Key,” written by Amy Ray.“I drew from lyrics I wrote during some of my travels with the IG’s,” Amy said. “I was thinking about the things that keep us weighed down with non-acceptance and a refusal to embrace impermanence and suffering. I don’t think you can make change for the good until you do, so it’s an activist part of me searching for a way to face reality and still have the energy and passion to work for good.”

ONE LOST DAY was recorded in studios in Nashville, TN and mixed at Justin Vernon’s April Base Studios in Fall Creek, WI and at the Parhelion Recording Studios in Atlanta, GA. Musicians Brady Blade and Carol Isaacs from the Indigo Girls’ Beauty Queen Sister returned, along with the Indigo Girls’ touring band. Additionally, Amy and Emily brought in Lex Price (k.d. lang, Mindy Smith), Butterfly Boucher (Ingrid Michaelson, Katie Herzig, Mat Kearney), Fred Eltringham (Sheryl Crow, The Wallflowers, Gigolo Aunts) and Chris Donohue (Dave Matthews, Patty Griffin, Lucinda Williams, Robert Plant) to bring a good dose of infectious energy and creativity to the scene.

“We took some chances on the making of ONE LOST DAY, with a new producer, engineer, and various musicians,” Emily said. “Stretching like that felt liberating to me. Each song tells a story of where we’ve been and what we’ve thought about, whom we’ve met, and the travels we’ve had. It is a travelogue on lessons learned and love lived. I’m so glad we brought Jordan Hamlin on board to take us to new musical landscapes for this group of songs. And my relationship with Amy feels further strengthened by the collection of these songs and the diligent effort to make them the best they could be.”

Amy mirrors Emily’s sentiments. “The title sums it up for me,” she said. “This is about the one lost day that rekindled and infused with our spirit to find that making music is just as vibrant and full of passion as it’s even been for us!”

The Indigo Girls will be hitting the road this summer following the release of ONE LOST DAY. Initial dates are listed below with more dates to be announced soon. Visit for updates.

2015 Spring/Summer Tour Dates
4-12         Philadelphia, PA      Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts w/Philadelphia Youth Orchestra
4-15         Durham, NC                   North Carolina Symphony
4-17         Newport News, VA         Ferguson Center Concert Hall
4-19         Cincinnati, OH               Music Hall w/Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
4-25         Huntsville, AL                Panoply Festival of the Arts @ Big Spring Park
4-30         Pittsburgh, PA               Heinz Hall w/Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
5-23         Lenox, MA                     SummerSound Live at Tanglewood Music Center
6-17         Grand Rapids, MI            Meijer Gardens
6-19         Ann Arbor, MI                 Power Center for the Performing Arts (Ann Arbor Summer Festival)
6-20         Dayton, OH                    Schuster Center w/Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra
6-21         Charlottesville, VA         nTelos Wireless Pavilion w/Mary Chapin Carpenter
6-26         Atlanta, GA                    Chastain Park Amphitheater
7-05         San Diego, CA                 Humphrey’s
7-07         Los Angeles, CA              El Rey Theatre
7-08-9     Saratoga, CA                   Montalvo Arts Center
7-11         Portland, OR                  Oregon Zoo Amphitheatre
7-12         Seattle, WA                    Woodland Park Zoo
7-14         Layton, UT                     Edward A. Kenley Centennial Amphitheater
7-15         Boulder, CO                   Chautauqua Auditorium
7-18         Eau Claire, WI                Eaux Claires Music Festival
7-26         Camden, NJ                   XPoNential Music Festival @ River Stage in Wiggins Park
7-28         Vienna, VA                     The Filene Center @ Wolf Trap
7-29         Selbyville, DE                 Freeman Stage
8-07         Indianapolis, IN              Indiana State Fair

'Rabbit Hole' from Lotus Crush set for release on April 14
Hearts and Minds” from Upcoming Spring Album Available at iTunes Now

Seattle’s CaviGold Records is proud to announce Lotus Crush’s sophomore album, Rabbit Hole —an 11-song sonically-vast musical journey led by Terry McDermott's powerful and wide-ranging vocals— will be released April 14. Lotus Crush is Scottish singer McDermott (runner-up of The Voice 2012, Driveblind), guitarist Peter Klett (Candlebox), drummer Scott Mercado (Candlebox), guitarist Island Styles (Jimmy’s Chicken Shack) and bassist Mark Mattrey. Recorded at Seattle’s iconic Robert Lang Studios, the studio utilized for classic albums from Foo Fighters, Nirvana, Alice In Chains, and more, Rabbit Hole is the finest work to date from the band of rock veterans. 
The album is available for preorders now at iTunes

In January, Entertainment Weekly exclusively debuted the exciting first video from Lotus Crush’s Rabbit Hole at The “Hearts and Minds” video stars C Thomas Howell (The OutsidersRed DawnSouthland) as the leader of a totalitarian government and was described by as, “a surprisingly intense military mini-drama.” In December 2014, Yahoo Music debuted the audio of “Hearts and Minds,” and lauded McDermott’s “perfect set of pipes.” “Hearts and Minds” is available on iTunes now.

Lotus Crush’s evolution began on the road in 2006 when Driveblind toured Europe with Candlebox (Styles and Mattrey are recent additions to the band). While on tour, the artists shared a love of seminal British bands such as The Verve, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin and sowed what would be the seeds of a long-lasting relationship. The common influences of the band spurred the creative process and from their respective corners of the world (Seattle, Aberdeen and New Orleans) they went on to release their first project together, Half Light Morning in 2011. After getting together for what they thought was a single reunion show in 2014, the creative gears clicked and Lotus Crush was back.

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