Legendary singer-songwriter Cohen struck out on his first tour in 15 years last year. The result is the compelling new live recording, Live in London, documenting those critically acclaimed shows. The album releases today and we have also just published a rave review, giving the record an 8. Adrien Begrand says: “From the opening salvos of the gorgeous, cabaret-tinged ‘Dance Me to the End of Love’, it’s clear that he has not lost a step whatsoever, his resonant, cigarette-deepened baritone voice enveloping us, brilliantly interweaving with the dulcet tones of his trademark trio of background singers.”
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Rootsy singer-songwriter Matthew Ryan has teamed up with Greg Richling (The Wallflowers) and Rami Jaffee (Foo Fighters) for a project going by the moniker of The Dead Satellites. The group has released a free single “Shook Down” full of timely anger at the causes of the recent economic crisis.
The Dead Satellites
“Shook Down” [MP3]
It’s not everyday that a classically trained baritone fuses opera, gospel, and funk. On Now Sings My Soul, Giuseppe Spoletini, indeed, vacillates between numerous musical worlds with stunning dexterity. He warmly wraps his rich and sumptuous voice around a harp-based arrangement of “Ave Maria” yet brings Mahalia Jackson’s “Trouble of the World” to a feverish pitch with equal aplomb. Produced by Nona Hendryx, Now Sings My Soul is a remarkable showcase for Spoletini, who currently instructs aspiring vocalists at Manhattan School of Music while winning over enthusiastic audiences in the clubs and cabarets of New York.
“The purpose of the CD is to be very inclusive and it’s to uplift people”, Spoletini says about his debut. “The goal is to just make people feel better or give them some hope”. With rousing tracks like “Who’ll Be a Witness for My Lord” and a stunning original composition by Hendryx entitled “The Impossible”, Spoletini not only uplifts, he inspires, illustrating that when categories are suspended, truly magical music can be made.
For more information, visit www.giuseppespoletini.com/.
Giuseppe Spoletini EPK
The new Super Furry Animals album Dark Days / Light Years releases digitally via Rough Trade on April 14th and in physical form on April 21st. Of course, as many of you know the Welsh popsters have already released it digitally on their own website. Here’s a slice of the tunes on offer, “Inaugural Trams”.
Super Furry Animals
“Inaugural Trams” [MP3]
For those of us unable to attend SXSW, such as myself, Tanya Morgan recorded their live set to add to our jealousy. With 10 tracks ranging from teasers to interludes to full-length cuts, this is certainly a nice treat and preview of their upcoming album Brooklynati. While this mix cannot compare to the vibe of actually being there and losing your mind in person, you could always turn this way up, let it bump, and pretend.
Official Live Recordings [MP3s]