Whether you really like jazz or just know you should like it, this forthcoming collection from the Smithsonian will get you up to speed. The Smithsonian Anthology is an 111-track, 6-CD set with a 200-page book that puts the history, culture and key players all in perspective. They’re calling it a “jazz appreciation course in a box.” We call that cool.
The old Beastie Boys. Talk about a blast from the past. These whitebread, hip-hop pioneers haven’t dropped a new record since 2007, so you know they’re gonna funk shit up on their new 16-song release Hot Sauce Committee Part 2. The boys have always been unpredictable; what kind of weirdness did they whip up with featured guest artists like Nas and Santigold? Guess we’ll have to wait until May 3rd to find out.
For over twenty years, the pride of Athens, Georgia, indie-rock pioneers R.E.M. have been making magic. At this point what could Michael Stipe and the boys possibly do to expand upon their musical catalog? Find the answer to this and other musical ponderings within their forthcoming release Collapse Into Now. For this one, the band brought in the talents of Patti Smith, Eddie Vedder and more.
The Dropkick Murphys have been making sing-along drinking music for over 15 years. Their raw, honest sound blends a punk rock ethos with flavors of traditional Irish work-songs and manly whiskey-soaked melodies. Going Out In Style is their seventh studio record and the band’s first new release in three years. This record gives you the DM’s at their technical best but nothing, absolutely nothing, beats their live show.
Is it possible nearly twenty years have passed since Pearl Jam started kicking rock-n-roll ass? Yes. You’re old, man. PJ’s early albums Vs. and Vitalogy are now certified classics being re-released as a Deluxe Edition 3-disk set that also includes a legendary, hella grungy live show from Boston’s Orpheum. This is seminal soundtrack material for Generation X … and that’s you.
Radiohead is the U2 of the 2000s. Stylistic parallels are few, it’s just that they’re so widely popular. Moms, college kids, metros, Euros, radio stations: everyone loves Radiohead. The press are slobbering to outdo each other in realizing the depth of genius in each new release. Same deal on the new record, The King Of Limbs. It’s familiar but new, sad but uplifting, powerful yet serene. Their best yet. It’s everything everyone says it is. Or so we assume.
Extended, meandering 100-city tours have made Long Beach, California’s Cold War Kids into one of the tightest live acts out. They’ve got a stack of celebrated singles, live EPs and a pair of full-length records behind them already. Their new album, Mine Is Yours, is being called things like “soul punk” and “emo rock blues.” And when nobody knows what to call it … that usually means it’s good.
The 60s were the golden years for the Rolling Stones. Before the first round of rehab, they recorded some of the best records in rock history. Yes, records. The Stones on vinyl were at their grimy best. This box set includes nine studio albums, 2 EPs and 2 hits collections masterfully re-mastered and pressed to vinyl. With this release, you’ll hear the Stones rock with a fresh, full sound turning their 40-year-old tracks into crystal-clear classics.
The rise of youth culture and American music intersected at the Vietnam War. Artists like Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Merle Haggard, Bruce Springsteen, Johnny Cash, John Lennon, The Doors & dozens more are featured in this boxed set. With over 300 songs, spoken-words, PSAs and historical audio clips, this soundtrack is the most comprehensive anthology of the Vietnam experience. An in-depth, 304-page book also included.
Fans of the original 1982 Tron film and those of you frothing for the new release, Tron Legacy, will want to get this Original Soundtrack from legendary French electronic dance duo, Daft Punk. The mysterious electro pioneers created a sweeping 22 track score with beats, blips, bass & vast symphonic soundscapes fit for this massive Disney movie re-make.