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Marc Broussard - A Life Worth Living (7/29)
Benjamin Booker - S/T (8/19)
Luluc - Passerby (7/15)
Sia - 1000 Forms of Fear (June TBA)
Whitehorse - Leave No Bridge Unburned (Feb. 2015)
The Kooks - Listen (9/2)
Annie Stela - Whiplash Blues (TBA)
Jess Klein - Learning Faith (6/24)
Stu Larsen - Vagabond (7/15)
Tiny Victories - Haunts (6/10)
How To Dress Well - What Is This Heart? (6/24)
Chatham County Line - Tightrope (5/20)
The Brian Jonestown Massacre - The Revelation (5/20)
Big Wreck - Ghosts (7/15 US, 6/10 CAN)
Levon Helm Band - Midnight Ramble Sessions III (7/1)
Old Crow Medicine Show - Remedy (7/1)  

April 22 

Black Prairie (Decemberists) - Fortune
Dwight & Nicole - Shine On
EELS - The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett
Fear Of Men - Loom
 G. Love & Special Sauce - Sugar
Hedley - Wild Life
Justin Rutledge - Daredevil (Tragically Hip Songs)
Keb' Mo' - BLUESAmericana
Little Daylight - TBA
Little Feat - Live in Holland 1976
Margot & The Nuclear So and Sos - Sling Shot to Heaven
Sharon Corr - The Same Sun
The Madden Brothers (Good Charlotte) - TBA
The Pains of Being Pure At Heart - Days of Abandon
To Kill A King - Cannibals With Cutlery (U.S.)
Tom and Hebron - Zoyugo

April 29

Amber States - Saratoga EP
Archie Powell & The Exports - Back In Black
Ben Watt - Hendra
Brigitte DeMeyer - Savannah Road (4/29)
Broken Twin - May
Caitlin Park - The Sleeper (5/2 AUS)
Chris Robinson Brotherhood - Phosphorescent Harvest
Curtis Stigers - Hooray For Lovers
Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz) - Everyday Robots
Dave Keller - Soul Changes
Edward David Anderson - Lies & Wishes
Fiona Bevan - Talk To Strangers
Ghost of A Saber Tooth Tiger (Sean Lennon) - Midnight Sun
Hafdis Huld - Home
Jackopierce - Live 25
Johnossi - Transitions
Little Hurricane - Gold Fever
Pink Mountaintops - Get Back
Prefab Sprout - Crimson/Red (U.S.)
Rodrigo y Gabriela - 9 Dead Alive
Sam Morrow - Ephemeral
The Currys - Follow
The Howlin' Brothers - Trouble
 The Milk Carton Kids - Live from Lincoln Theatre DVD
The Old 97's - Most Messed Up
Tommy Malone (Subdudes) - Poor Boy
Wye Oak - Shriek 

May 6

Ben Harper/Ellen Chase-Verdries - Childhood Home
Brian Eno/Karl Hyde - Someday World
Bridie Jackson & The Arbour - New Skin
Current Swell - Ulysses
Gabrielle Aplin - English Rain EP (U.S.) 
  Gregg Allman & Various Artists - All My Friends (CD/DVD)
Gruff Rhys - American Interior
Imogen Heap - Sparks 
Jenny Scheinman - The Littlest Prisoner
Kina Grannis - Elements
Leisure Cruise (Dave Hodge, Leah Segal) - S/T
Liam Finn - The Nihilist
Lily Allen - Sheezus
Luke Elliot - Provisions
Lykke Li - I Never Learn
Natalie Merchant - S/T
Nikki Lane - All or Nothin'
Pacifika - Amor Planeta
Papercuts - Life Among the Savages
Rachel Taylor Brown - Falimy
Rae Morris - Do You Even Know? EP (UK)
Ray LaMontagne - Supernova
Roddy Frame (Aztec Camera) - Seven Dials (UK)
Sarah McLachlan - Shine On
South Rail - Stars EP
The Horrors - Luminous
Thomas Dybdahl - What's Left Is Forever (US)
Tiny Ruins - Brightly Painted One
tUnE-yArDs - Nikki Nack
Willie Watson - Folk Singer, Vol. 1
Wooden Wand - Farmers Corner
You Are Wolf - Hawk to the Hunting Gone (UK)

May 13

Amen Dunes - Love
Braid - No Coast
Carrie Elkin & Danny Schmidt - For Keeps
Collin Herring - Some Knives
Eleanor McEvoy - Stuff
Jake Bugg - Messed Up Kids EP (UK)
Jeremy Fisher - The Lemon Squeeze
Jesse Denaro - Dear, Love
Joseph Arthur - Lou (Lou Reed Tribute)
Kris Delmhorst - Blood Test
La Sera - Hour of the Dawn
Little Dragon - Nabuma Underground
Megson - In A Box 
Mimicking Birds - Eons
Mirah - Changing Light
Molly Beanland - Night Dreams
Little Dragon - Nabuma Rubberband
Nick Mulvey - First Mind
Rhodes - The Morning EP (5/11 UK)
Swans - To Be Kind 
Sylvan Esso - S/T
The Black Keys - Turn Blue
The Shilohs - S/T
The Trouble With Templeton - Rookie
Tom The Lion - Sleep
Tori Amos - Unrepentant Geraldines
Walter Martin (The Walkmen) - We're All Young Together

May 20

Bry Webb - Free Will
Cara Dillon - A Thousand Hearts (UK)
 Chatham County Line - Tightrope
Coldplay - Ghost Stories
Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes) - Upside Down Mountain
Emma Ruth Rundle - Some Heavy Ocean
Haley Bonar - Last War
Hundreds - Aftermath
Jolie Holland - Wine Dark Sea
Kenny Wayne Shepherd - Going Home
LCD Soundsystem - The Long Goodbye: Live @ Madison Sq. Garden
Malka Spigel - Gliding EP
Nightmare & The Cat - Simple
Oasis - Definitely Maybe 20th Anniv. Ed.
Phillip Phillips - Behind the Light
Smoke Fairies - S/T
Syd Arthur - Sound Mirror
The Brian Jonestown Massacre - The Revelation
The Roots - And Then You Shoot Your Cousin
Wilsen - Magnolia EP (5/18)
Yann Tiersen - Infinity

May 27

Amy LaVere - Runaway's Diary
Blair Dunlop - House of Jacks
Challenger - Back to Bellevue
John Fullbright - Songs
John Illsley (Dire Straits) - Testing the Waters
Little Barrie - Shadow
Madison - The Bright Light EP
Matthew Barber - Big Romance
Miniature Tigers - Cruel Runnings
moe. - No Guts, No Glory
Owen Pallett - In Conflict
Sharon Van Etten - Are We There
Teleman - Breakfast
The Ghost Wolves - Man, Woman, Beast
Zoe Muth & The Lost High Rollers - World of Strangers


Erlend Øye (Kings of Convenience) - Legao
Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence

June 3

Alice Boman - EP II
BANKS - Goddess (Full Length Debut) 
Birdy - Fire Within (U.S.)
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Only Run
Echo & The Bunnymen - Meteorites (4/28 UK)
Ethan Johns - The Reckoning (Prod: Ryan Adams)
Hamilton Leithauser (The Walkmen) - Black Hours
Howling Bells - Heartstrings
James - La Petite Mort
JD McPherson - TBA
Joe Henry - Invisible Hour
Josh Record - Pillars (UK)
Kan Wakan - Moving On
Lonely the Brave - The Day's War
Matisyahu - Akeda
Meshell Ndegeocello - Comet, Come to Me
Paul Weller - More Modern Classics
Peter Murphy - Lion
Sam Smith - In the Lonely Hour
Sleep Party People - Floating
The Donkeys - Ride the Black Wave 
The Peach Kings - Mojo Thunder EP
The Pierces - Creation
The Shoe (w/ Jena Malone) - I'm OK

June 10

Bob Mould - Beauty & Ruin
Cowboy Mouth - Go
First Aid Kit - Stay Gold
Glass Aniimals - Zaba
Got A Girl - I Love You But I Must Drive Off This Cliff Now
Heather Peace - The Thin Line (UK)
Jose James - While You Were Sleeping
Jack White - Lazaretto
Mary Gauthier - Trouble & Love
O.A.R. - The Rockville LP
Passenger - Whispers
Rival Sons - Great Western Valkyrie
The Who - Quadrophenia Live In London
Tiny Victories - Haunts
Tomas Barfod - Love Me

June 17

Beverly Craven - Change of Heart (UK)
Glass Towers - Halcyon Days
Lewis Watson - The Morning
Mark Chadwick (Levellers) - Moment
The Antlers - Familiars
The Felice Brothers - Favorite Waitress      

June 24

Ed Sheeran - x (multiply)
George Ezra - TBA (UK)
How To Dress Well - What Is This Heart?
Jess Klein - Learning Faith

June TBA

Sia - 1000 Forms of Fear

July 1

Levon Helm Band - Midnight Ramble Sessions III
Old Crow Medicine Show - Remedy

July 15

Big Wreck - Ghosts (6/10 CAN)
Fink - Hard Believer
Jay Brannan - Always, Then, and Now
Little Daylight - Hello Memory 
Luluc - Passerby
Puss N Boots (Norah Jones) - No Fools, No Fun
Slow Club - Complete Surrender
Stu Larsen - Vagabond
Woman's Hour - Conversations


Allen Stone - TBA (Summer)
Annie Stela - Whiplash Blues (TBA)
As Animals - S/T
Bebel Gilberto - Tudo! (7/29)
Ben Ottewell (Gomez) - Rattlebag (TBA)
Benjamin Booker - S/T (8/19)
Charlene Soraia - Love Is The Law (TBA)
Dear Plastic - The Thieves Are Babes (TBA)
Deluka - BONDS EP (Spring TBA)
Don Henley - Cass County (TBA)
Ellis Paul - Chasing Beauty (TBA)
Empires - Orphans (TBA)
Haroula Rose - Here The Blue River (TBA)
Imelda May - Tribal (7/29)
James Taylor - TBA (8/19)
Jonah Tolchin - Clover Road (Summer TBA)
Kite Club - Fresh Air for Humans (TBA)
Kris Delmhorst - Blood Test (Spring TBA)
Marc Broussard - A Life Worth Living (7/29)
Miranda Lee Richards - Echoes of the Dreamtime (TBA)
Morrissey - World Peace Is None of Your Business (Summer)
Nick Mulvey - First Mind (9/16 U.S.)
Peter Himmelman - The Boat That Carries Us (TBA)
Rich Robinson (Black Crowes) - The Ceaseless Sight (TBA)
Sara Lowes - The Joy of Waiting (TBA)
Sara Swenson - Runway Lights (Summer TBA)
Sasha Siem - Most of the Boys (TBA)
Scott Matthews - Home Pt. 1 (TBA)
The Felice Brothers - Favorite Waitress
The Good Natured - Prism (Summer TBA)
The Kooks - Listen (9/2)
The Vespers - Sisters and Brothers (TBA
Tiny Ruins - Brightly Painted One (TBA)
Toby Lightman - Every Kind of People (TBA)
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Hypnotic Eye (Summer TBA)
Wakey! Wakey! - All It Takes Is A Little Love (TBA) 
 Whitehorse - Leave No Bridge Unburned (Feb. 2015)
Winterpills - Echolalia (Covers) (TBA)  

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Carole King's 'Legendary Demos' from the '60's Surface for April 24 Release 

Press Release: Carole King will release The Legendary Demos, a previously unreleased collection of 13 recordings featuring some of her most celebrated songs, April 24 via Hear Music/Concord Music Group. The Legendary Demos traces King's journey from her days as an Aldon staff writer in the 1960's, where she crafted hit after hit for other artists, to the dawn of her own triumphant solo career in the 1970's, and contains the original recordings of future standards like "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," "It's Too Late," and "You've Got A Friend." Featuring liner notes by acclaimed author and Rolling Stone contributing editor David Browne, the collection forms the lost missing link in the chain of King's career.

Aldon Music used these demos -- short for "demonstration records"-- to pitch King's material to other artists, from Gene Pitney and Bobby Vee to Aretha Franklin and the Monkees. While the recordings have long been coveted and collected within the industry (famed producer Lou Adler once gave "a stack of demos" to Randy Newman and called them "the best education that anybody who wanted to be a songwriter could have"), they have never before been released to the public.

'The Legendary Demos' Tracklisting:

1. Pleasant Valley Sunday (Goffin/King)
(Carole King: vocal; other musicians unknown) circa 1966
Covered by The Monkees (1967)

2. So Goes Love (Goffin/King)
(Carole King: vocal; other musicians unknown) circa 1966
Covered by The Turtles (1967)

3. Take Good Care Of My Baby (Goffin/King)
(Carole King: vocal, piano) circa 1961
Covered by Bobby Vee (1961)

4. (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman (Goffin/King/Wexler)
(Carole King: vocal, piano) circa 1967
Covered by Aretha Franklin (1967)

5. Like Little Children (Goffin/King)
(Carole King: vocal; other musicians unknown) circa 1966
Covered by The Knickerbockers (1966)

6. Beautiful (King)
(Carole King: vocal, piano) circa 1970

7. Crying In The Rain (Greenfield/King)
(Carole King: vocal; other musicians unknown) circa 1962
Covered by The Everly Brothers (1962)

8. Way Over Yonder (King)
(Carole King: vocal, piano) circa 1970

9. Yours Until Tomorrow (Goffin/King)
(Carole King: vocal; other musicians unknown) circa 1966
Covered by Paul Wayne (1966)

10. It's Too Late (King)
(Carole King: vocal, piano) circa 1970

11. Tapestry (King)
(Carole King: vocal, piano) circa 1970

12. Just Once In My Life (Goffin/King/Spector)
(Carole King: vocal, piano) circa 1965
Covered by The Righteous Brothers (1965)

13. You've Got A Friend (King)
(Carole King: vocal, piano) circa 1970

King and then-husband/songwriting partner Gerry Goffin signed to Aldon Music in 1959, and anyone who listened to the radio during the first half of the '60s will recognize the songs of teen passion and devastating heartbreak heard in King's original recordings. "Take Good Care of My Baby" was a No. 1 hit for Bobby Vee in 1961. Goffin's gift for tapping into teen anguish--in this case, hiding behind a stoic public face--was never conveyed better than in "Crying in the Rain," which the Everly Brothers took into the top 10 in early 1962. "Just Once in My Life" was the Righteous Brothers' follow-up to their still-spine-tingling "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'," and King's demo reveals how she and Goffin were instantly able to tap into the duo's (and producer Phil Spector's) dramatic, impassioned sound.

Like many of their fellow songwriters at the time, King and Goffin wrote songs for Don Kirshner's TV show about a fictional, Beatles-derived pop band that debuted in September 1966. The Monkees, as they were called, turned out to be more credible singers (and musicians) than anyone initially expected, as their high-charting 1967 version of King and Goffin's "Pleasant Valley Sunday" revealed. The Monkees also cut "So Goes Love," a dreamier ballad heard here, but the track didn't make their first album and wasn't released until long after they'd disbanded.

Whether it was a potential single for the Monkees or a solo performer like Pitney, King's demos were remarkable in their completeness. "When she sat down to the piano and played a demo of one of her songs, the whole arrangement appeared right in front of your eyes magically," recalls Brooks Arthur, who engineered a number of these efficient sessions for King at one of several midtown Manhattan studios. "She played certain chords, figures, and hooks, and she spelled out the arrangement. In 'Take Good Care of My Baby,' the piano figure in the middle was signaling to the producer, 'This is what you should do.' A lot of the smarter producers would adhere to Carole's demos. If you stuck to that, you'd come home a winner."

Generally, King would record by herself. Sometimes, though, she'd utilize a small group of in-house studio musicians that included guitarist Al Gorgoni, guitarist and bass player Charles Macey, and drummers Gary Chester and Buddy Saltzman (known for his beats on records by the Four Seasons). Those tracks displayed King's breadth of musical knowledge. The groove of Carole and Gerry's "Like Little Children" recalls Wilson Pickett's "Midnight Hour." And in case you're wondering why certain Goffin-King standards like "The Loco-motion" and "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" aren't included here, there's a simple reason: Those demos were cut with the recording artists themselves singing lead, and in some cases, the demos became the master recordings heard on the radio.

After the breakup of their marriage in 1968, Goffin and King moved seperately to California. Carole settled in Laurel Canyon with her daughters Sherry and Louise and began working as a staff songwriter at Screen Gems-Columbia Music, which had purchased Aldon Music from Kirshner and Nevins in 1965. In search of a new lyricist, King met writer and poet Toni Stern, "the quintessential California girl," as King describes Stern in her book.

The songs that emerged during this productive period would form the basis for King's 'Tapestry', one of the best-selling and most beloved albums of all time. 'The Legendary Demos' includes early takes of six tracks included on that album, most likely recorded at Screen Gems' Hollywood headquarters--according to Stern, after most of the employees had left for the day. King and Stern's ever-poignant "It's Too Late" is here, along with King's own "Way Over Yonder," "Beautiful" and "Tapestry," all three bursting with the artistic and spiritual renewal infusing King's life during this period.

Among 'The Legendary Demos' is a song that would later appear on Tapestry, the very original 1967 demo of Goffin's, King's, and producer Jerry Wexler's "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," which Aretha Franklin also cut in 1967. King's version offers several different takes from the Franklin and 'Tapestry' versions. Her delivery in the opening lines is looser (check out the way she stretches out "Lord" in "Lord, it made me feel so tired"), and the bridge is even more imbued with palpable romantic and sexual heat.

And finally, there's King's initial take on "You've Got a Friend," a classic entry in the Great American Rock Songbook. Her friend James Taylor had first heard the song when the two were playing L.A.'s Troubadour club in late 1970 (at the time, the stage-shy King was playing piano in Taylor's band, having accompanied him on his own landmark Sweet Baby James). Milling around in the balcony of the club during soundcheck, Taylor heard King perform the song on a bare stage and was immediately taken with it; his own version, a massive hit, would arrive the following year.

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