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The Tel-Star Sessions – Gov’t. Mule

Gov’t Mule has released a new archival album entitled The Tel-Star Sessions on Evil Teen Records. The LP consists of the band’s very first, and never-before-released, demos made in June 1994 at Tel-Star Studios in Bradenton, Florida. These newly mixed and mastered recordings feature the original line-up – Warren Haynes, Allen Woody and Matt Abts – and capture the rawness and excitement of the earliest days of Gov’t Mule.

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Recorded during the infancy of Gov’t Mule, the demos heard on The Tel-Star Sessions are from a time when Mule was an adventurous side project, formed during a year when Warren Haynes and Allen Woody had some down time from their work with the Allman Brothers Band. Becoming one of the most enduring, respected and active bands in the world was the furthest thing from the band’s imagination; the plan was to record a low-budget album and play a few shows.

It’s now clear that they had stumbled upon something special, but at that point Mule was an experimental rock trio: Haynes, Woody and drummer Matt Abts, who Haynes brought in after playing with him in the Dickey Betts Band. Fans will love the chance to hear their early improvisational interplay, an impressive skill that has since become a signature of Gov’t Mule’s albums and live shows.

MEmphis Rock and Soul – Melissa Etheridge

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New Album: “MEmphis Rock and Soul”

Melissa Etheridge has recorded her favorite STAX songs! Pre-order now to gain exclusive access to music, videos, & more. She is sharing some special gifts with her fans on Pledge Music.

Melissa Etheridge has done some pretty gutsy things in her stellar career. She’s shown no fear in forthrightly standing up for her truths, both in her songs and her life. But as an artist she’s never quite laid it on the line like she does on MEmphis Rock and Soul, scheduled for release on October 7, 2016 via Stax Records, a division of Concord Music Group. On MEmphis Rock and Soul, Etheridge brings her powerful voice and passionate vision to some of the era-defining treasures of modern music — the Staple Singers’ “Respect Yourself,” Otis Redding’s “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now)” and “I’ve Got Dreams to Remember,” Sam & Dave’s “Hold On, I’m Coming,” Albert King’s “Born Under a Bad Sign,” Johnnie Taylor’s “Who’s Making Love” — as well as some real discoveries she found in her explorations deep into the Stax catalog. Etheridge could not be happier with the results: an album that completely captures the spirit she felt as a kid hearing these songs. And now she’s thrilled to share her MEmphis Rock and Soul.

MEmphis Rock and Soul Track List:
1. Memphis Train
2. Respect Yourself (People Stand Up)
3. Who’s Making Love
4. Hold On, I’m Coming
5. I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now)
6. Any Other Way
7. I’m A Lover
8. Rock Me Baby
9. I Forgot To Be Your Lover
10. Wait A Minute
11. Born Under A Bad Sign
12. Dreams To Remember

Day Breaks – Norah Jones

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Coming October 7th, Day Breaks is Norah’s sixth solo album and a kindred spirit to her breakout debut Come Away With Me. It finds her returning to the piano and her roots.The album features Blue Note luminaries including saxophonist Wayne Shorter, organist Dr. Lonnie Smith, and drummer Brian Blade on a 12-song set that presents 9 new originals alongside covers of songs by Horace SilverDuke Ellington and Neil Young.

‘Carry On’ is the first single from Norah’s new album.

Mr. Robot

I took a new assignment to develop a training curriculum for cybersecurity professionals. I need to understand the psyche of successful threat hunters.  As luck would have it, I have a found a television show well suited to that task.

The show is called Mr. Robot. The series is in its second season on USA Network. The lead character ElliotAlderson, played by Rami Malek has become my study.

I am leveraging the extensive knowledge presented by Mr. Robot’s research team. Granted it’s a television show but I’ve been given a good look inside a security operations center along with the the tools of the trade on Elliot’s workstation.

The edgy music that underscores the production adds a powerful dimension to the experience. The Mac Quayle penetrating score is played entirely on electronic instruments. There is a strong allegiance to pioneering German groups like Can, Cluster and Tangerine Dream.

Tomutonttu Trarat Spaceship Stream

Interesting music will show up in my Inbox from time to time. Last night I received a promotional announcement from Leaving Records, a Los Angeles-based label run by musician Matthew David McQueen aka Matthewdavid and Jesselissa Moretti. The label began in 2009, focusing mainly on cassette releases. Not sure how they found me, must have been a mailing list I signed up for I guess?

Their unique label informed me about Tomutonttu Trarat Spaceship Stream. Since I am both a curious person and highly supportive of new music alternatives, I decided to investigate further. I must admit I was intrigued with the notion of a hand-painted cassette in the age of cloud digital bits. The music is also available in the cloud with Spotify and Sound Cloud representation for discovery purposes.

Tomutonttu is a multi-disciplinary artist and Leaving Records’ psychic music mentor Jan Anderzén from Finland. Head cosmonaut of musical spaceship Kemialliset Ystävät for the past twenty years, Tomutonttu is the name of Jan’s solo sonic explorations in Electro-Acoustic Elven/Faerie Groove Collage. Jan was commissioned by a classical music festival in his home town of Tampere Finland to write some new music, and “Trarat” is a collection of tracks recorded during this writing process.

I found the music challenging and different. Perhaps it wasn’t the most ideal sound for my 6:00 am cup of coffee. But I needed something to do while my business computer upgraded to the Windows 10 Anniversary Update😉

I listened to all 9 tracks, intrigued with Jan’s perspective of space classical musique electronique. The compositions grew on me. I smiled when I heard the track, Katukissan Puhe. I liked the rhythm it produced in my psyche.

MusicofOurHeart has a new influence to explore further this day via Finland and Los Angeles.

Like Devo says, “It’s a Beautiful World We Live In”.

The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table – Rick Wakeman

I am excited to hold in my hands an autographed CD edition of Rick Wakeman’s The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. I collect autographed CD covers and this is truly a gem for the collection.

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It was sharing of you Rick Wakeman to allow us fans to help support your recording project on Pledge Music.

I can’t wait to have the symphony of sound wash over my senses.

Thank you Rick. I hope I get to hear you play a selection or two of this recording this fall on the Anderson, Rabin and Wakeman tour.

Until then be well and Excalibur Sir.

The Claypool Lennon Delirium

I like to know what Sean Lennon is doing with his art.

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Sean Lennon’s latest collaboration is with Primus bassist and lead singer Les Claypool. They’re calling themselves The Claypool Lennon Delirium.

Their new album is a collection of trippy, psychedelic space jams called The Monolith Of Phobos (a reference to a large rock discovered on Phobos, a moon orbiting Mars).

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Track Listing:
1. The Monolith Of Phobos
2. Cricket and the Genie – Movement I, The Delirium
3. Cricket and the Genie – Movement II, Oratorio Di Cricket
4. Mr. Wright
5. Boomerang Baby
6. Breath of a Salesman
7. Captain Lariat
8. Ohmerica
9. Oxycontin Girl
10. Bubbles Burst
11. There’s No Underwear In Space

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Bubbles Burst,” offers a more personal reflection from Lennon about his memories of Michael Jackson’s pet chimpanzee, Bubbles. Lennon and Jackson were friends and, as a child in the mid-1980s, Lennon would hang out with Bubbles at Jackson’s Neverland ranch.

Richie Havens Sanctuary Candle

I know once a hippie, always a hippie😉

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It has been three years since Richie Havens graced this planet. I thought my readers would love to see a beautiful New York City Earth project his spirit supports.

Stormy Forest

Richie Sanctuary Candle

$ 15.00

Glass, unscented
Candle height: 8″
Burn time: approx 90 hours
Labels made with eco-friendly materials
Made in USA

Stormy Forest will donate $5.00 from the sale of each candle to the New York Restoration Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating greener and more sustainable urban spaces in the five boroughs of New York (including Richie’s beloved hometown of Brooklyn).

(Candles ship to US addresses only)

Paul Simon – Stranger to Stranger

Paul Simon’s new album, STRANGER TO STRANGER  to release on June 3rd, 2016.

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Stranger to Stranger Track List

1. “The Werewolf”
2. “Wristband”
3. “The Clock”
4. “Street Angel”
5. “Stranger To Stranger”
6. “In A Parade”
7. “Proof Of Love”
8. “In the Garden Of Edie”
9. “The Riverbank”
10. “Cool Papa Bell”
11. “Insomniac’s Lullaby”

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/inside-paul-simons-genre-bending-new-album-stranger-to-stranger-20160407#ixzz45Az3MgAt
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