Sometimes, it’s easy to forget the simple joy of reading a book. But author & illustrator Lane Smith’s latest picture book, the aptly titled It’s a Book is a delightful reminder for all ages. Keep an eye out for It’s A Book later this month, and is definitely worth the trip to the bookstore.
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A blind prophet shares the tale of Copeland, a gifted but troubled tapper who is haunted by shadows of his own imagination. The final dance sequence of the season is well-executed, layered with dance, music and the prophet’s voice-over as Copeland works to dance through his own demons. In the second half of the episode, we see the dancers invited to the LXD throughout the season meeting on the road to the LXD’s secret hideout as they prepare to face their destiny.
On September 21st, Boston based Ryan Montbleau Band will release Heavy on the Vine, the band’s third, independently released studio CD. The recording of the CD was financed by sales of a live, Ryan solo CD, Stages Volume II. Ryan was named the Best Local Male Vocalist in the 2007 Boston Local Music Awards, and won two awards the same year in the International Songwriting Competition. The band has become a regular on the festival circuit, and spent the past four months touring the country along side Martin Sexton (who produced Heavy on the Vine) as his opening act as well as his backing band for Martin’s own songs. Though the band has made a name for itself among the jamband crowd with a rigorous tour schedule, the real beauty lies in the poetic and lovely lyrics of the 33-year-old Villanova graduate, accentuated by the rhythmic roots rock from the six-piece band. The group has begun recording intimate videos of the 14 new tracks from Heavy on the Vine, and will post a new video each week until the new CD is released. Below, enjoy the 4th video of the song “Chariot (I Know)”, and keep an eye out here at Mixed Media for the new videos each week until September 21st.
Paris’ Revolver—yes, named after the iconic Beatles album—drop their new album on US shores tomorrow. Music for a While was produced by Julien Delfaud (Phoenix, Herman Dune) and evokes the summery ‘60s pop of Simon & Garfunkel and occasionally the Beach Boys. Interestingly, the band also cites English composers Henry Purcell and Benjamin Britten as influences on their music and this album in particular, especially as they aim to create a chamber pop of sorts with the harmonic complexity of classical music. Catch up with Revolver in the US this fall as they make an appearance at Los Angeles’ OhhLaLA Festival, which runs from 30 September through 2 October. In advance of tomorrow’s album release, we’re proud to present the premiere of the demo version of “Do You Have a Gun”.
Manchester’s Working for a Nuclear Free City recorded their sprawling new album The Jojo Burger Tempest in an English warehouse and a French cottage. Somehow that seems fitting as the band’s sound is both simultaneously expansive and intimate. The new record is a double set with 15 new tunes on the first disc and the single, lengthy 30-minute sonic exploration that is the title song taking up the second disc. The band has a documentarian’s impulse believing that, as guitarist Gary McLure says, “an album should be a document of what a band has been doing over a certain period of time. And almost everything should be included. Like it or not.” “Silent Times” is the new single from The Jojo Tempest Burger, which releases 12 October (full album details after the jump).