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Our Sounds: Cash, Young, and Springsteen

by Tyler Vitt - Thursday, Feb 20, 2014 at 8:18pm

Rosanne Cash: The River & The Thread
Deluxe CD & LP $18.99 each
Sweeping in its breadth, Cash's Blue Note debut captures a unique, multi-generational cast of characters -- from a Civil War soldier off to fight in Virginia, to a New Deal-era farmer in Arkansas, to a contemporary Mobile, AL couple. While Cash found inspiration in the many musical styles associated with the South -- swampy Delta blues, gospel, Appalachian folk, country and rock, to name a few -- this is a completely contemporary collection. She was joined in the studio by a cast of friends and fellow musicians including Rodney Crowell, Amy Helm, Kris Kristofferson, Allison Moorer, John Prine, Derek Trucks, John Paul White (The Civil Wars), Tony Joe White and Gabe Witcher (The Punch Brothers).

Neil Young: Live at the Cellar Door
This album of unreleased live performances from late 1970 is the latest in Young's ongoing Archives Performance Series, and it collects recordings made during the Canadian singer/songwriter's intimate six-show solo stand at The Cellar Door, a venue in Washington D.C., between November 30th and December 2nd, 1970. The gigs were only a few months after the release of his timeless third solo album, After The Gold Rush, and five of the thirteen tracks here are from that very record, including 'Only Love Can Break Your Heart' and 'Don't Let It Bring You Down'. Also featured, is 'Cinnamon Girl' performed on piano rather than guitar, a handful of Buffalo Springfield songs, including 'Expecting To Fly' and 'Old Man' which wasn't released until two years later on 1972's Harvest album.

Bruce Springsteen: High Hopes
Springsteen's 18th studio album finds the legendary rocker in a variety of musical settings. It also features combinations of the E Street Band members, as well as guitarist Tom Morello on eight tracks. Besides Morello, the album includes appearances by Clarence Clemons, who passed away in 2011, and Danny Federici, who passed away in 2008, on what Springsteen calls "some of our best unreleased material from the past decade." The album was recorded in New Jersey, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Australia and New York City and marks Springsteen's 18th studio album.

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British TV: Downton Abbey & Doc Martin

by Tyler Vitt - Thursday, Feb 20, 2014 at 7:53pm

Downton Abbey: Season 4
DVD & Blu-ray
Downton Abbey, the British period drama television series set in Yorkshire, depicts the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the post-Edwardian era and the effects which the great events in history have on their lives and on the British social hierarchy. The series has received critical acclaim from television critics, won numerous accolades and was recognized by Guinness World Records as the most critically acclaimed English-language television series of 2011. By the third series, it had become one of the most widely watched television shows in the world. The fourth season is now available in a three disc DVD or Blu-ray box set.

 

Doc Martin: Series 6
DVD
Doc Martin stars Martin Clunes as the brash "Doc" Martin Ellingham who finds himself back home in a Cornish village after his illustrious medical career in London goes awry. The townspeople are not used to the doctor?s blunt opinions and insensitive manners, often leading to mayhem in the town of Portwenn. Even on his own wedding day, the Doc is all scowls. The calamitous honeymoon that follows and the adjustments to married life don?t serve to improve his mood. The sixth collection in the series features 8 episodes on 2 discs and includes over an hour of behind-the-scene segments and a photo gallery.


This article appeared in the Jan/Feb 2014 issue of our news magazine, The Bookseller. You can always pick up a free copy of the mag in our stores.

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Making the Grade

by David Knipe - Monday, Feb 17, 2014 at 1:07pm

Before a film can be deemed to meet the Criterion standard, it must undergo a painstaking restoration process. This short clip, which you can also view below, provides insight into the wonderful work that the company puts in to make sure their DVD and Blu Ray releases do justice to the films and their creator's original vision. Plus, who wouldn't love a behind the scenes look at the Criterion studio.

LSTN Wooden Headphones

by Tyler Vitt - Saturday, Feb 15, 2014 at 12:58pm

LSTN's line of wooden headphones, made of reclaimed materials, have been hot items inside of our stores over the past few months. Customers and booksellers alike have attested to not only the classy appearance but also the incredible sound quality of the earpieces.

Added bonus? For every purchase, LSTN contributes to the Starkey Hearing Foundation to help restore the hearing of thousands of people every year. Recycling scrap wood and helping those in need, all the while producing a stylish and high quality sound system.

Available in two styles -- the elegant Troubadours pictured to the right, and the slimmer, collapsible Fillmores -- and available in a range of coloured woods, you can find LSTN's headphones in the Music department of our Winnipeg store.

Categories: Music, Winnipeg

Our Sounds: Costello, Pink Martini, and Fleming

by Tyler Vitt - Saturday, Oct 05, 2013 at 3:05pm

     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.

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