Friday’s Forthcoming Releases [Part I]


LEMONHEADS 'Varshons': [Release Date 15/06/2009]


It makes sense that the new album from The Lemonheads sounds like a mix-tape slipped to you by a music-obsessed friend anxious to turn you on to something new. In fact, the idea for the band's new covers record was inspired by Gibby Haynes, ringmaster of the Butthole Surfers, who for years has made mixes for his longtime friend Evan Dando. "Making a good mix is an art, and Gibby has it down," says Dando. "I thought it would be fun to share these songs with other people like he shared them with me. So I picked the 'greatest hits' from his mixes and covered them, along with a few other songs I always wanted to play". 'Varshons' was produced by Haynes, and features Dando along with Vess Ruhtenburg [bass] and Devon Ashley [drums]. The collection is filled with strange bedfellows – from G.G. Allin to Texas troubadour Townes Van Zandt and garage rockers The Green Fuz. The Lemonheads make each track their own, with help from actress Liv Tyler, singing back up on Leonard Cohen's 'Hey, That's No Way To Say Goodbye', and Kate Moss, who sings over the dance groove of Arling & Cameron's 'Dirty Robot', Also featured on lead guitar and backing vocals throughout most of the album is John Perry, on loan from The Only Ones. 'Varshons' unearths a pair of psychedelic treasures with 'Yesterlove' – a song recorded in 1969 by the group Sam Gopal featuring future Motorhead bassist Lemmy Kilmister – and 'Dandelion Seeds' from July, record collector's Registered Landmark Band. For 'Layin' Up With Linda', the band filters Allin's cold-blooded tale through the swaggering country-honk of The Stones' 'Dead Flowers'. Filled with obscure nuggets, the tracks on 'Varshons' cut a wide swath, jumping from early British psychedelic to Dutch electronica and like all good mix tapes, you never know what is coming next.


VARIOUS ARTISTS 'Common People: Brit Pop – The Story': [Release Date 22/06/2009]


'Common People' is a comprehensive journey through the Brit Pop era. The 54-track set has been carefully compiled to include the big names of the era – Suede, Pulp, Elastica, Supergrass, The Bluetones, Shed Seven – a lot of forgotten gems – Marion Salad, Rialto, Powder (Pearl Lowe's band!) – and everything else in betweeen. Always much more than just the pantomime battle between Oasis and Blur, Common People charts the real story that lay beyond and celebrates the great singles and tracks that helped define the era. The beautifully art-worked box-set features 54-tracks, comprehensive sleeve notes from Saint Etienne's Bob Stanley [also a Melody maker journalist at the time] and a lavish 24-page booklet in the style of the classic Select issue in April 1993 which heralded the beginnings of Britpop.


KOOPA 'Greatest Hits': [Release Date 08/06/2009]


"This is Koopa, at their most intolerant, raucous independently minded best. Doing what they want, and in the way they choose….." The Koopa story is now enshrined in UK music legend. The Essex trio played every show going, and worked every hour there was, and a few more besides, on various websites in order to build an enviable fan base. The culmination of this toil was in January 2007, when they became the first unsigned band to have a top 40 hit with 'Blag, Steal & Borrow'. Over the next 12 months, they repeated the feat – twice more, including 3rd single 'The Crash' becoming a top 20 smash! Sold out shows, football stadia gigs, and a support to the Rolling Stones followed… the project grew. 2008 saw the band in the USA recording an imperious pop rock album with Blink 182 legend Mark Hoppus, and this opus is currently riding high in the Japanese album chart, and is due a UK release later this year. In the meantime, due to constant fan pressure, the band have tongue in cheek, and in there own inimitable style, decided to release all 4 official chart hits, and a collection of early demo's, fan favorites, and live show staples as 'Koopa's Greatest Hits'. Ironically, Koopa possibly have more right to issue a greatest Hits set as a first album then most, considering what they have done, where they have come from, and with the Hoppus album, where they are going…….. So, here you have it, 15 tracks of infectious pop rock, its the first time the band have ever released a long player in the UK, people will love it, people will buy it.




Concord Jazz is proud to announce the release of 'Quartet Live', a revisited edition of the classic Gary Burton Quartet. The album features three original members and jazz legends Burton, Pat Metheny and Steve Swallow along with one new member, and perhaps one of the most prominent drummers of his generation, Antonio Sanchez. The 11-song album was recorded live at Yoshi's Jazz Club in Oakland. The story begins in 1967 when bassist Steve Swallow joined with vibraphonist Gary Burton to form the original Gary Burton Quartet. In the early 1970s, then


19-year old guitarist Pat Metheny joined Burton's band and one of the most celebrated careers in music began. This would be the start of a 35-year musical friendship between the vibist and guitarist that continues today. A decade ago Metheny discovered drummer Antonio Sanchez, inviting him to join The Pat Metheny Group, and the two have been playing together ever since. Metheny came up with the idea to revisit the Gary Burton Quartet, the band that had been his entry into the jazz world: "For me, as a teenager in Missouri just starting to appreciate jazz, Gary's group was the most innovative band around." They decided to schedule a gig at the Montreal Jazz Festival in 2005. The musicians' rapport and the freshness of playing at Montreal was so energizing that the musicians took the act on the road in Japan and the US in 2006 and 2007, and the group reunited again for a European tour in 2008. 'Quartet Live' was recorded while on tour at Yoshi's Jazz Club in Oakland, CA. Burton says, "Without a doubt, the level of the group was at an all-time high that weekend. At Yoshi's, everything just clicked." The special challenge for a jazz reunion is to achieve something more than simply playing the old material, and 'Quartet Live' fully realizes this, taking the music into new territory. "We have all continued to evolve as players, so we play the songs in fresh ways now. We've all become better improvisers, too. But, more importantly, though we have each gone on to new ventures, when we got back together again the rapport that always came so easily is still front and center. This has been the most fun I've had in a very long time," stated Burton. What we have here is four legendary musicians, improvisers and composers all, each at the top of his game, bringing modern jazz history to life on 'Quartet Live'.


INCUBUS 'Monuments And Melodies': [Release Date 15/06/2009]


Multi-platinum Epic recording artist, Incubus, is gearing up to release 'Monuments And Melodies', a two disc collection of the band's greatest hits and rarities, on June 15 through Columbia Records in the UK. The collection is a must have for fans of the band whose extraordinary career has spanned over a decade, has spawned twelve Top 10 hits – four of those landing at # 1, and six studio albums, the last being 'Light Grenades' which debuted at #1 on Billboard's Top 200, marking the highest charting album debut of the band's career. The first disc includes the band's biggest hits including twelve Top 10 singles such as 'Drive', 'Wish You Were Here' and 'Pardon Me', as well as two brand new tracks, 'Black Heart Inertia' and 'Midnight Swim' [both produced by Brendan O'Brien]. The second disc consists of rarities that the band has recorded over the years, including a brand new cover of Prince's 'Let's Go Crazy'. Album artwork for 'Monuments And Melodies' was designed by lead singer, Brandon Boyd. Following in the footsteps of the incredible radio story for the band's single, 'Love Hurts', which went to # 1 at alternative radio and will impact Adult Top 40 on March 17, Incubus will release 'Black Heart Inertia', the first new single from 'Monuments And Melodies', on 8th June. Brandon Boyd, Michael Einziger and Jose Pasillas II formed Incubus in 1991 when they were high school classmates in Calabasas, CA. Chris Kilmore joined in 1998 and Ben Kenney in 2003. The band's big break came in 1999 with the release of the double-platinum selling album, 'Make Yourself', which included the singles: 'Pardon Me', 'Stellar' and 'Drive'. The group's third album, 'Morning View', released in 2001, debuted at number two on the album chart and included the radio hits 'Wish You Were Here', and 'Nice To Know You'. The most recent release from Incubus, 'Light Grenades', blazed onto Billboard's Top 200 in 2006, debuting at #1.


PER GESSLE 'Party Crasher': [Release Date 15/06/2009]


* After enjoying mainstream success with pop groups Gyllene Tider & Roxette in Sweden, Per Gessle releases his second English solo album Party Crasher! * Party Crasher is a clever fusion of electro-pop – drawing influences from catchy 70s disco. * The album debuted at #2 in the Swedish charts and features the hit singles 'Silly Really' & 'Sing Along'!


JEFF WAYNE 'The War Of The Worlds': [Release Date 15/06/2009]



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This classic album has been re-packaged & re-released to co-incide with the 30th anniversary of its original release & the sold-out June UK tour.


BJORK 'Voltaic': [Release Date 15/06/2009]

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DINOSAUR JR 'Over It': [Release Date 15/06/2009] Ltd 7":

'Over It' is the first track to be lifted from Dinosaur Jr's blistering new album 'Farm' which is their first double album, clocking in at nearly an hour.


THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM 'The '59 Sound': [Release Date 15/06/2009]


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"This band could be born to run and run ****" – The Guardian. The Gaslight Anthem return with one of the anthems of the summer. A full on, sing along rock n roll anthem sure to take the festival season by storm. Last year 'The '59 Sound' was hailed as one of the best albums of 2008. Kerrang! put the boys on the cover before they had ever written a word about them. The NME called 'The '59 Sound' "one of the "best albums of 2008", and immensely positive press poured in from Q Magazine, Rock Sound, Big Cheese, Clash and The Sun as well as great American press, including a cover feature in Alternative Press and major features in Rolling Stone and Spin.


JARVIS COCKER 'Angela': [Release Date 15/06/2009]

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* Brand new single from Jarvis' new album 'Further Complications'. Released on limited edition vinyl 7" and featuring an exclusive b-side. * Jarvis Cocker has announced details of the release of 'Angela', a track taken from his second solo album on Rough Trade, 'Further Complications'. * It will be available in the UK as a limited edition 7" featuring the exclusive b-side 'I Found Myself Looking For God'.

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