Elvis Costello & The Roots > Wise Up Ghost
When Elvis Costello and The Roots teamed up for a new album, they knew their pairing was unlikely and unconventional, so they secretly recorded music without the approval of their record labels. Originally intended as an EP, Wise Up Ghost was expanded into a full album after the bespectacled British rock star (Costello) and the veteran hip hop band (The Roots) found they had laid down 20 tracks, 15 of which made it to the album. The Root's drummer describes the result as "a moody, brooding affair, cathartic rhythms and dissonant lullabies." In addition to the fabulous Roots crew and friends, the record features a guest vocal appearance on "Cinco Minutos Con Vos" from La Marisoul, lead singer of the Los Angeles group, La Santa Cecilia.
Pink Martini > Get Happy
Featuring the "little orchestra's" trademark mix of pop songs from all corners of the globe, the sunny disposition of Pink Martini's new album shines through its intricate and luxurious orchestral pop arrangements. Highlights of the 16-track follow-up to their 2009 hit album Splendor in the Grass include a special first take recording of Phyllis Diller performing Charlie Chaplin's "Smile," as well as a duet by Forbes and Wainwright on "Get Happy/Happy Days." In keeping with their international mixture of sophisticated easy-listening with multilingual songs, their seventh album also features songs sung in German, Spanish, Japanese, French, Chinese, Farsi, Turkish and Romanian.
Renée Fleming > Guilty Pleasures
The eagerly-awaited sequel to Fleming's 1999 Grammy-winning The Beautiful Voice features a feast of highly personal songs and arias from operas by Dvorak, Smetana and Tchaikovsky.
> Neko Case - The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You
Marked by a melodic immediacy, a loving embrace of the big rock gesture and a frank lyricism that does not overshadow what NPR called "one of the most memorable and seductive voices in music," the 11 original new songs (and one cover) on her new album finds the alternative country singer/songwriter at her most precise and immediate. Case is backed up on her first album since the release of her Grammy-nominated Middle Cyclone by guitarist Paul Rigby, bassist Tom V. Ray, vocalist Kelly Hogan and multi-instrumentalist Jon Rauhouse.
> Bryn Terfel - Homeward Bound
Renowned Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel joins forces with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square to produce an inspiring survey of classical, spiritual, Welsh and American folk songs.
> Bob Dylan - Another Self Portrait, The Bootleg Series Vol. 10
Another Self Portrait features 35 tracks Dylan recorded, but did not release, from 1969 to 1971. His albums of those years were Nashville Skyline (1969), Self Portrait (1970) and New Morning (1970). Another Self Portrait has more of the folk-music qualities of the first two records and contains outtakes from their sessions, including alternate versions and demos. The album is available as a two-disc set ($23.99), a four-disc deluxe edition ($149.99) which contains a live recording of Dylan and the Band at the Isle of Wight festival in 1969, a newly remastered version of Self Portrait, plus two hardcover books. It is also available in a 3-LP-2CD package ($85.99).
> Tedeschi Truck Band - Made Up Mind
Made Up Mind is the highly anticipated follow-up to Tedeschi Trucks Band's 2011 Grammy-winning debut Revelator and last year's scorching live collection, Everybody's Talkin'. The raucous soul-rocker title track demonstrates the full power of the band's musicianship from the album's first notes. Throughout the course of the album it becomes apparent that Susan Tedeschi has evolved into one of the most commanding vocalists in contemporary music, her serious lung power exploding on standout tracks such as the über-funky "Misunderstood" and just as convincingly digging into the core of poignant, tender ballads like "It's So Heavy" and "Calling Out to You."
This article was taken from our September/October issue of The Bookseller, our store newsletter. Pick up your own copy of The Bookseller in-store for free, or read an interactive version online.Categories: Music, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, New Releases
Here are some of this week's newest releases:
-> The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling in paperback (Fiction)
-> HHhH by Laurent Binet in paperback (Literature)
-> Panopticon by Jenni Fagan (Literature)
-> Deep Whatsis by Peter Mattei (Literature)
-> Love Dishonor Marry Die Cherish Perish by David Rakoff (Literature)
-> The White Princess by Philippa Gregory (Literature) - 30% off
-> Amy, 27: Amy Winehouse and the 27 Club by Howard Sounes (Music/Biography)
-> Growing up Gronk: A Family's Story of Raising Champions by Gordon Gronkowski (Sports/Biography)
-> Mr. Darcy's Guide to Courtship: The Secrets of Seduction from Jane Austen's Most Eligible Bachelor by Fitzwilliam Darcy (Humour/Relating)
-> Careers for Kids by Robert Shewchuck (Parenting Teens)
-> Shot All To Hell: Jesse James, the Northfield Raid, and the Wild West's Greatest Escape by Mark Lee Gardner (History)
Order any of the products above here on our website, or contact your nearest McNally Robinson bookstore to check availability. If we have the item in-store, we can put it on hold for you.Categories: Music, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, New Releases
Well-known jazz musician and entertainer Harry Connick Jr. has written a song to help a former Winnipeg family who lost their little girl in the Newtown, Connecticut mass shooting last year.
Love Wins is the name of the song he wrote for six-year-old Ana Marquez-Greene. She was the daughter of Jimmy Greene, a saxophonist and a long-time friend and band member of Harry Connick Jr.
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