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Friday’s Forthcoming Releases [Part I]

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THE FALL 'Last Night At The Palais: Live At Hammersmith Palais April 1st 2007' [Release Date 24/08/2009]

CD/DVD: Historic live recording from The Fall's Reformation Post TLC tour of 2007. * Adds a DVD of the complete concert documenting the final show at London's famous Hammersmith Palais. * DVD adds the Bonus 'Reformation' Video. * Sleeve notes by Fall expert Daryl Easlea On January 21st 2007, the Hammersmith Palais, one of London's most historic music venues was condemned to suffer the fate of other prestigious halls in the capital and in the name of homogenous urban progress, close its doors to be converted into an office complex and restaurant. By a strange quirk of fate, the last band to ever play there was The Fall. Their Hammersmith gig on 1st April had been booked as part of their 20 date UK spring tour to promote the release of their 27th album, 'Reformation Post TLC'. Never one to play a greatest hits set, Smith with this seven-piece though short-lived line-up which mixed the US and UK wings of the band (supporting Smith and his keyboard-playing wife Elena, were guitarists Tim Presley and Pete Greenway, bassists Rob Barbato and Dave "The Eagle" Spurr and the ever-smiling Opheo McCord on drums) delivered a mainly recent, forthcoming and unreleased set of songs to the capacity crowd. The only concessions to The Fall's 80's & 90's repertoire being 'Right Place, Wrong Time' and 'White Lightning'. Whilst not quite the sending-off that some die-hard Palais supporters had visualised (one stage invader ralied against the lack of recognition to the occasion from Smith and co.), it was certainly a memorable one which is thankfully captured here in The Fall's inimitable way!

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Britney’s Still Sweet Enough For Candie’s

Another day, another music celeb with something to promote! This time it's Britney promoting the new Candie's clothing range. Check out the 'exclusive premiere' of the Candie's commercial featuring Britney's 'Radar' plus there's some 'behind the scenes' images of Britney on the set of the ad campaign and video !!

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New Releases

Wednesday’s Forthcoming Releases [Part II]

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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.

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Classical? Really?

Yes! An exciting new development here at 991, we recently purchased a substantial classical collection containing over 1000 titles. There are hundreds of HMV ASD, Decca SXL, Melodiya, RCA Red Seal in addition to the Mercury Living Presence Stereo LP's pictured below. There are lots of white labels and factory […read more…]

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New Releases

Wednesday’s Forthcoming Releases [Part I]

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KASABIAN 'Where Did All The Love Go?' [Release Date 17/08/2009]

C5 I 10": 'Where Did All The Love Go?' asks Kasabian's epic new single and the follow-up to their No.3 single 'Fire' – out August 3rd on Columbia, from their acclaimed No.1 album 'West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum'. Written by Serge Pizzorno and co-produced by Serge and Dan The Automator, 'Where Did All The Love Go?' is set to a thrilling, euphoric disco backdrop. "I just wanted to pose the question – what's happened? I don't want to hark back to the 60s, but you just feel people had more time for each other then," says Serge. "It's a mad disco tune." The track is littered with multiple hooks, cinematic strings and psychedelic choral refrains from Serge and Tom.

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Tuesday’s Forthcoming Releases [Part I]

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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.

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New Releases

Monday’s Forthcoming Releases [Part I]

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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.

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Bubbles Likes To Boogie

It has been scientifically proven that there is nothing a human finds more amusing than a monkey riding a bike but now it may have some competition! Footage has been revealed of Michael Jackson's close confident and fellow playmate, Bubbles The Chimp, moonwalking [or just walking backwards? You decide!]. Watch […read more…]

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Highway To Hell

On this weeks Top Gear, AC/DC Rock God Brian Johnson is the 'Star In The Reasonably Priced Car'. Watch his lap and an interview on BBC 2 this Sunday at 20:00GMT. Alternatively, it can be viewed after its transmission on the BBC i-Player !!

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Celebrate with Madonna

Only 9 weeks until Madonna releases her 'Celebration' hits album. Apparently there will be 2 new recordings [including a collaboration with Lil Wayne plus the title track produced by Paul Oakenfold]. Billboard have further information as does her official website. We have some details from the label and it looks […read more…]

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New Releases

Thursday’s Forthcoming Releases [Part I]

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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!

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New Releases

Wednesday’s Forthcoming Releases [Part II]

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EMINEM 'Beautiful' [Release Date 03/08/09]

C5: Following the massive success of 'We Made You', Eminem releases his anthemic new single 'Beautiful' on 3rd August. 'Beautiful' is taken from Eminem's critically acclaimed No. 1 album, 'Relapse'. The album has sold over a million copies since its release last month and is the fastest selling album in the UK this year. 'Beautiful' is in the mould of 'Stan', 'The Way I Am' and 'Toy Soldiers', where Eminem tells a story in his brutal and honest confessional style – one of the reasons why he has been called the greatest lyricist of his generation. Eminem started writing the song when he was in rehab going through detox. "It brings me back to a time when I was really depressed and down," he says. "But at the same time it reminds me of what that space is like and what never to go back to. There is a lot of honesty in that song that I wouldn't want to just throw away."

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Reggae Got Soul!

This Friday (24th) Mark Lamarr will be joined by the original son-of-a-preacher-man, Techniques frontman and all round Jamaican legend Pat Kelly on his God’s Jukebox radio show. Having only been in the UK a couple of weeks, I was fortunate to see Mr Kelly (or Keely as mis-printed on many […read more…]

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Wednesday’s Forthcoming Releases [Part I]

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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).

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Mercury Music Prize Shortlist Announced

Here's the dirty dozen which includes seven debut releases… Kasabian: West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum Florence and the Machine: Lungs Bat For Lashes: Two Suns Glasvegas: Glasvegas La Roux: La RouxLisa Hannigan: Sea SewSpeech Debelle: Speech TherapyThe Horrors: Primary ColoursFriendly Fires: Friendly FiresThe Invisible: The InvisibleSweet Billy Pilgrim: Twice Born […read more…]

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What Where When? In 2010

   I realise that it's only July but we already have confirmed details for some of the official 2010 calendars that are due in stock at the end of August. CLICK HERE to view the full list of available titles so far.

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Monday’s Forthcoming Releases [Part I]

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LALO SCHIFRIN Sky Riders [released 3rd August 2009]

CD: As a thriller, 'Sky Riders' is frankly quixotic. It posits a sketchy tale of an American industrialist (Robert Culpt) whose wife (Susannah York) and children are snatched by terrorists from their Athens home and spirited away to an abandoned monastery perched like an eagle's nest on a remote and impregnable peak in Thessaly. The Greek police (their chief played, inexplicably, by the adorable Charles Aznavour) are helpless; all seems lost until the timely arrival of the kidnapped woman's former husband (James Coburn), a kind of soldier of fortune who swiftly hits on a plan: a daring guerrilla rescue by hang glider. It's worth noting that Sky Riders, however minutely it may figure in Lalo Schifrin's overall career, marks something of a watershed for the composer. Recorded in February of 1976 (a busy year that would include music for a total of five feature films, a television movie and a generous sprinkling of episodic TV), it would prove to be the last, for a time, in that long, innovative line of jazz/funk-dominated scores with which Schifrin made his reputation. Later in the year, he would score – and earn an Academy Award nomination for – Voyage of the Damned, delving into a more conventionally orchestral if still compelling style. For the next two decades – until director Brett Ratner asked him to revive the funky mode of Enter The Dragon for Money Talks (1997) – this was the musical arena in which Lalo would explore and delight. The score has never been released before, not even on LP. This is the complete original score.

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