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UPCOMING RELEASES

Latest Additions:

The Dream Academy - The Morning Lasted All Day: A Retrospective (2-CD)(7/29)
Zero 7 - Simple Science EP (8/18)
The Barr Brothers - Sleeping Operator (10/7)
Sir Sly - You Haunt Me (9/16)
Trigger Hippy - S/T (9/30)
Shelby Lynne - I Am Shelby Lynne (Deluxe Edition) (10/7)
We Were Promised Jetpacks - Unravelling (Fall TBA)
Zeus - Classic Zeus (9/2)
Generationals - Alix (9/16)
Vance Joy - Dream Your Life Away (9/5 AUS)
Marketa Irglova - Muna (9/23)
Noel - I Won't Answer (7/22)
Duologue - Never Get Lost (9/9)
George Tandy, Jr. - The Foundation (7/29)
Geneviéve Bellemare - Live and Die EP (8/4)
Better Than Ezra - All Together Now (9/9)
Beach Day - Native Echoes (8/19)
The Rural Alberta Advantage - Mended With Gold (9/30)
Smokey Robinson - Smokey And Friends (incl. Elton John, James Taylor) (8/19)
The Mispers - Dark Bits (7/27 UK)
The Lovers Key - Here Today, Gone Tomorrow (9/23)
Sons of Bill - Love and Logic (9/30)
Soft Swells - Floodlights (9/30)
Pink Floyd - The Endless River (Oct. TBA)
Megan Washington - There, There (9/12 AUS)
Eliot Sumner (I Blame Coco) - Information EP (7/22)
Blake Mills - Heigh Ho (9/16)
Streets of Laredo - S/T (9/30)
Jerry Lee Lewis (& Guests) - Rock & Roll Time (10/28)

July 8

Andy Bull - Sea of Approval (7/11 AUS)
Bright Light Bright Light - Life Is Easy
Charlie & The Foxtrots - Golden (EP)
Cloud Boat - Model of You (UK)
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - CSNY 1974 (Live Box)
Eugene McGuinness - Chroma (UK)
John Mellencamp - Performs Trouble No More Live @ Town Hall
Jon Allen - Deep River
La Roux - Trouble In Paradise
Manic Street Preachers - Futurology (UK)
Sheppard - Bombs Away (7/11 AUS)
Sia - 1000 Forms of Fear
Steve Hackett - Genesis Revisited: Live at The Royal Albert Hall (CD/DVD)
Tim Bowness (No-Man) - Abandoned Dancehall Dreams

July 15

Bear In Heaven - This Is Over One Day Old
Big Wreck - Ghosts (6/10 CAN)
Charlie Simpson - Long Road Home
Dead Fingers - Big Black Dog
Fink - Hard Believer
Honeyblood - S/T
Jason Mraz - YES! (w/ Raining Jane)
Jay Brannan - Always, Then, and Now
John Hiatt - Terms of My Surrender
Landlady - Upright Behavior
Laura Jae - Silver Lined Hearts EP
Little Daylight - Hello Memory 
Luluc - Passerby
Morrissey - World Peace Is None of Your Business
Peter Himmelman - The Boat That Carries Us
Puss N Boots (Norah Jones) - No Fools, No Fun
Sam Smith - In The Lonely Hour
Slow Club - Complete Surrender
Stu Larsen - Vagabond
Trampled By Turtles - Wild Animals
"Weird Al" Yankovic - Mandatory Fun
Wish I Was Here - Soundtrack
Woman's Hour - Conversations

July 22

Allison Weiss - Remember When EP
Alvvays - S/T
Colony House - When I Was Younger
Eliot Sumner (I Blame Coco) - Information EP
Got A Girl - I Love You But I Must Drive Off This Cliff Now
Nell Bryden - Wayfarer
Noel - I Won't Answer
White Fence - For the Recently Found Innocent
Yes - Heaven & Earth

July 29

Allman Brothers Band - 1971 Fillmore East Recordings (Box)
Angus & Julia Stone - S/T (Prod: Rick Rubin) (8/1)
Bebel Gilberto - Tudo!
George Tandy, Jr. - The Foundation
Various - Beck Song Reader
Eric Clapton & Friends - The Breeze: An Appreciation of J.J. Cale
Hooray For Earth - Racy
Jenny Lewis - The Voyager
Marc Broussard - A Life Worth Living 
New God - Firework
The Dream Academy - The Morning Lasted All Day: A Retrospective (2-CD)
The Mispers - Dark Bits (7/27 UK)
The Tins - Young Blame
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Hypnotic Eye
Van Dyke Parks - Super Chief
Various - Beck Song Reader

August 5

Andy Grammer - Magazines or Novels
Arkells - High Noon
Bear In Heaven - Time Is Over One Day Old
Christopher Denny - If The Roses Don't Kill Us
Clairy Browne & The Bangin' Rackettes - Love Cliques EP
EDJ (Fruitbats' Eric D. Johnson) - S/T
Geneviéve Bellemare - Live and Die EP
Katie Kate - Nation
Spider Bags - Frozen Letter
Spoon - They Want My Soul 
   Sunny Sweeney - Provoked
The Empty Hearts - S/T
The Rosebuds - Sand + Silence
Wildcat! Wildcat! - No Moon at All

August 12

Brian Setzer - Rockabilly Riot
Caleb Johnson (American Idol Winner) - Testify
Childhood - Lacuna (UK)
Ethan Johns - The Reckoning (U.S.)
HEK - Please Tease Me
Lucero - Live From Atlanta
Rubblebucket - Carousel Ride EP
Sinead O'Connor - I'm Not Bossy I'm The Boss

August 19

Bahamas - Bahamas is Afie
Beach Day - Native Echoes (8/19)
Benjamin Booker - S/T
Buddy - Last Call for the Quiet Life
Cory Branan - The No-Hit Wonder
Dirty Loops - Loopified
Gaslight Anthem - Get Hurt
JJ - V
Kimbra - The Golden Echo
Liam Bailey - Definitely NOW
Luke Sital-Singh - The Fire Within
Orenda Fink - Blue Dream
 Rocco DeLuca - S/T
Say Yes - S/T
 Smokey Robinson - Smokey And Friends (incl. Elton John, James Taylor)
The Bad Plus - Inevitable Western
The Griswolds - Be Impressive (8/22 AUS)
The Magic Numbers - Alias
Twin Atlantic - Great Divide (UK)
Various - Look Again To The Wind: Johnny Cash's Bitter Tears Revisited
Zero 7 - Simple Science EP

August 26 

Billy Childs & Guests - Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro
Brad Paisley - Moonshine in the Trunk
Bruce Hornsby - Solo Concerts
Casey Jack - S/T
Cold Specks - Neuroplasticity
Cymbals Eat Guitars - Lose 
Dry The River - Alarms In the Heart
Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull)- Thick as a Brick Live in Iceland (DVD)
In the Valley Below - The Belt
J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr.) - Tied To A Star
Jill Barber - Fool's Gold (U.S.)
Merchandise - After the End
Robyn Hitchcock - The Man Upstairs
Royal Blood - S/T
Shovels & Rope - Swimmin' Time
The New Pornographers - Brill Bruisers
The Rentals - Lost In Alphaville
Ty Segall - Manipulator

September 2

Anthony D'Amato - The Shipwreck from the Shore
Blonde Redhead - Barragán
Circa Waves - EP
Counting Crows - Somewhere Under Wonderland
Maroon 5 - V
Steven James Adams (Broken Family Band) - House Music (U.K.)
The Call - A Tribute to Michael Been
The Kooks - Listen
The Pierces - Creation (UK)
Vance Joy - Dream Your Life Away (9/5 AUS)
Zammuto (ex-Books) - Anchor
Zeus - Classic Zeus

September 9 

Avi Buffalo - At Best Cuckold
Ballet School - The Dew Lasts An Hour
BANKS - Goddess
Better Than Ezra - All Together Now
Crow Moses - Horse Heaven Hills
 Duologue - Never Get Lost
Greensky Bluegrass - If Sorrows Swim
Interpol - El Pintor
Justin Townes Earle - Single Mothers
Karen O - Crush Songs
Lera Lynn - The Avenues
Lewis & Clarke - Triumvirate
Loudon Wainwright III - Haven't Got the Blues (Yet)
Megan Washington - There, There (9/12 AUS)
Morrissey - Introducing Morrissey (1995 Concert DVD)
Queen - Live at the Rainbow '74
Robert Plant - lullaby and...The Ceaseless Roar
Ryan Adams - S/T
Sean Rowe - Madman
Simian Mobile Disco - Whorl
Tennis - Ritual In Repeat
Tricky - Adrian Thaws

September 16

Blake Mills - Heigh Ho
Generationals - Alix
High Ends (Yukon Blonde's Jeffery Zimmer) - S/T
Jerry Douglas - Three Bells
Lowell - We Loved Her Dearly
My Brightest Diamond - This Is My Hand
Nick Mulvey - First Mind (U.S.)
Red Sky July - Shadowbirds
She Keeps Bees - Eight Houses
Sir Sly - You Haunt Me
The Madden Brothers - Greetings From California
Train - Bulletproof Picasso
Tweedy - Sukierae (Jeff Tweedy & Son)
Various - Dead Man's Town: A Tribute to Born In the U.S.A.

September 23

alt-J - This Is All Yours
Erasure - The Violent Flame
Gossling - Harvest Of Gold (U.S.)
Hozier - S/T (UK)
Imelda May - Tribal
Jackie Evancho - Awakening
Julian Casablancas & The Voidz - Tyranny
Lenny Kravitz - Strut
Marketa Irglova - Muna
Sondre Lerche - Please
The Lovers Key - Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

September 30

Christopher Owens - A New Testament
Kat Edmonson - The Big Picture
Marianne Faithfull - Give My Love to London
Mary Lambert - TBD
Melissa Etheridge - This is ME
Pieta Brown - Paradise Outlaw
Soft Swells - Floodlights
Sons of Bill - Love and Logic
Streets of Laredo - S/T
The Rural Alberta Advantage - Mended With Gold
The Vaselines - V for Vaselines
Trigger Hippy - S/T

October 7

Caribou - Our Love
Grace Weber - The Refinery
Philip Selway (Radiohead) - Weatherhouse
Shelby Lynne - I Am Shelby Lynne (Deluxe Edition)
The Barr Brothers - Sleeping Operator
Vashti Bunyan - Heartleap

October 14

Angaleena Presley (Pistol Annies) - American Middle Class
Winterpills - Echolalia (Covers)

Beyond

Allen Stone - Radius (Summer)
Annie Stela - Whiplash Blues (TBA)
As Animals - S/T
Ben Ottewell (Gomez) - Rattlebag (TBA)
Charlene Soraia - Love Is The Law (TBA) 
    Colbie Caillat - Gypsy Heart (TBA)
Dear Plastic - The Thieves Are Babes (TBA)
Deluka - BONDS EP (TBA)
Don Henley - Cass County (TBA)
Ellis Paul - Chasing Beauty (TBA)
Empires - Orphans (TBA)
Erlend Øye (Kings of Convenience) - Legao (TBA)
Haroula Rose - Here The Blue River (TBA)
Holly Palmer - I Dare You To Love Me (TBA)
Jerry Lee Lewis (& Guests) - Rock & Roll Time (10/28)
Jo Hamilton - Fractals (Late Summer TBA)
Jonah Tolchin - Clover Road (Summer TBA)
Kite Club - Fresh Air for Humans (TBA) 
Little Big Town - Painkiller (TBA)
Madi Diaz - Phantom (Fall TBA)
Miranda Lee Richards - Echoes of the Dreamtime (TBA)
Natalia Zukerman - Come Thief, Come Fire (TBA)
Pink Floyd - The Endless River (Oct. 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)
Stevie Nicks - 24 Karat Gold: Songs From the Vault (Fall)
The Bros. Landreth - Let It Lie (Fall TBA)
The Flaming Lips - With A Little Help from My Fwends (Sgt. Pepper Tribute) (10/28)
The Good Natured - Prism (Summer TBA)
The Vespers - Sisters and Brothers (TBA
Toby Lightman - Every Kind of People (TBA)
Wakey! Wakey! - All It Takes Is A Little Love (TBA) 
We Were Promised Jetpacks - Unravelling (Fall TBA)
Whitehorse - Leave No Bridge Unburned (Feb. 2015)
Zola Jesus - Taiga (Oct TBA)

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Thursday
Dec162010

The Civil Wars - Barton Hollow

Much has happened for Joy Williams and John Paul White -- the singer/songwriter duo known as The Civil Wars -- in the year that has followed our first glimpse of the magical chemistry these two voices can achieve. We caught them at a small club in Nashville where they kept a full house rapt in pin-drop awe with a sublimely intimate performance. Williams and White individually are no strangers to the local Nashville music backdrop -- she as a successful solo performer, he primarily an in-demand songwriter. After a chance meeting at a writing workshop and some early song drafts it became clear that there was something exceptional going on -- what Williams calls "this strange magnetic connection." Regional touring, the release of a debut studio EP, Grey's Anatomy placement for the song "Poison & Wine", a Taylor Swift "tweet-out" and contagious internet buzz has now yielded Barton Hollow, The Civil Wars' elegant and consummate debut long player due February 1.

Produced by Grammy-winner Charlie Peacock, Barton Hollow confirms our earlier take: "At times as soft as whisper and as subtle as a knowing glance, The Civil Wars craft ethereal, tenderly exquisite songs that are the aural equivalent of finely spun gossamer." With the notable exception of the barn burning title track, Barton Hollow is a place of simple elegance, where rural folk melodies breathe with Williams' and White's pitch perfect and enchanting harmonies. While the roots may be country, the decidedly non-twangy orchestrated folk/pop of "C'est La Mort", "Falling" and a headturning ballad rework of The Jackson Five's "I Want You Back" are all about tenderly impassioned, sophisticated male/female vocal interplay. The defining masterpiece remains "Poison & Wine", a sweeping ballad of dramatic intensity that quietly grabs you, pulls you close and doesn't let go until the the final notes echo faintly in the distance. Videos and free holiday download after the jump.

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The Civil Wars - "Poison and Wine" (from the album Barton Hollow)

The Civil Wars - "Barton Hollow" (from the album Barton Hollow)

 

 

 

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