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SNOW PATROL 'Music In Review' [Release Date 10/08/2009]
DVD: This fascinating DVD and book gets to the very heart of the Snow Patrol phenomenon. With some of the group's best known tunes as its backdrop, the programme presents a unique critical review of the Glasgow-based band who first hit the charts in 2003. Presenter Christian Stevenson tells the story of the Snow Patrol's career so far, while respected session musician and musicologist Les Davidson examines the songs that took the group into rock's big league. Also giving their opinions and insights are Stef D'Andrea of Jeepster Recordings, the band's original record label, group expert and radio DJ Marsha Shandur, plus journalist and music promoter Laura Thorne, making this a complete study of a great pop band. The book The 72 page book features a detailed biography of Snow Patrol, illustrated with rare colour photographs.
DJ YODA 'How To Cut & Paste: The Thirties Edition' [Release Date 17/08/2009]
CD: Responsible for spreading his name across the globe, DJ Yoda's 'How To Cut & Paste' mixes have become the stuff of legend. Injecting a necessary dose of humour into the UK's Hip-Hop scene without ever taking his eye off the dancefloor, DJ Yoda AKA Duncan Beiny's unique ability to mix and scratch theme tunes, adverts and comedy skits with some of the rawest beats around, gaining both commercial and critical success, is without equal. Following hot on the heels of his barnstorming '…Country & Western Edition', the fifth instalment in the series delves deep into the past, to the advent of swing for '…The Thirties Edition'. The decade that gave the world the first LP, the first 'All-Talking All-Colour' wide-screen movie and the Zoot suit, the 1930s was a hotbed of musical creativity that DJ Yoda has mined with his trademark ear for a funky beat turning up some surprising musical treats. Kicking off with a heavy dose of turntable trickery before dropping into Danny Kaye's appositely titled 'Beatin' Bangin' Scratchin'', Yoda gets busy on the ones and twos traversing the era's gems, mixing stone cold classics of the time with tracks you didn't know you knew and some real digger's delights. Underpinned with crushing 808s, slick breaks and a dazzling array of vocal samples, the latest edition of 'How To Cut & Paste' brings each and every track bang up to date, mixing up the Hip-Hop, Dubstep, B-More and Drum n Bass beats with Thelonious Monk, Robert Johnson, Jeri Southern and Cecil Anderson. Throwing out the musical lead, DJ Yoda's 'How To Cut & Paste: The Thirties Edition' guarantees a ring-a-ding-ding at the speakeasy.
JAMES YORKSTON & THE BIG EYES FAMILY PLAYERS 'Folk Songs' [Release Date 10/08/2009]
CD I 2-CD+DVD I LP: James Yorkston returns in the company of The Big Eyes Family Players with a new album of traditional songs from the length and breadth of the Great Britain and Ireland, and one tune from Galicia in Spain. After a decade which has seen folk music morph into nu-folk, mobile phone-ad folk, mortgage-folk, smoothie-folk and so on, Yorkston has reached back into the tradition of song and place and drawn a line in the sand. In May, a new team of musicians were drawn from the Big Eye Players and other like minded souls, to record the Analogue Cat Sessions included on the limited DVD. Recorded over three days the sessions see the band revisit songs from the original 'Folk Songs' album and other traditional songs that James has either played live or recorded as b-sides. What resulted is a vibrant and alive collection of songs, ringing with new arrangements and energy. The session was filmed and six songs from the CD are included on the accompanying DVD. Also featured on the DVD is a short film about the session recording, filmed by Institute For Eyes. To round it all off James Yorkston himself made a 3min short of the recording.
JACKIE DESHANNON Jackie DeShannon [released 24th August 2009]
CD: Known to her fans as "The Folk Album," this 1963 release (with a gorgeous cover) is also famous for being her debut album, but it's never been on CD! Arranged by the great Jack Nitzsche, it reveals a singer whose still nascent songwriting instincts are illustrated by her unerring choice of material (some great Dylan tunes here). Walkin' down the Line; Blowin' in the Wind; Jailer Bring Me Water; Don't Think Twice, It's All Right; Oh Sweet Chariot; Little Yellow Roses; 500 Miles; If I Had a Hammer; Baby, Let Me Follow You Down; Puff (The Magic Dragon); Betsy from Pike, and Sing Hallelujah. A star in the making!
THE UNDERTONES Positive Touch / Sin Of Pride [released 3rd August 2009]
2-CD: The Undertones 3rd and 4th albums saw the band initially enjoy the freedom of working without a record company and then sign to one that had reservations about their move away from the short sharp pop punk vignettes of their debut LP. The results showcase a band flexing their musical muscle as influences as diverse as Motown, Orange Juice, 60s garage music and Dexy's Midnight Runners are evident in two unique albums that were rightly celebrated as `one of the truly classic pop albums of all time' (Melody Maker on Positive Touch) and `an immaculate conception of pop' (NME on The Sin Of Pride).