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Many of America's Finest Songwriters Pay Tribute to Jackson Browne on New Album

If you were around in the '70s, you probably remember how ubiquitous Jackson Browne was on both AM and FM radio at the time.

Now a star-studded roster of his colleagues have gathered together to produce a two-disc tribute album, Looking into You: A Tribute to Jackson Browne, releasing this April 1st. And it's no joke. Look for tunes covered by the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Lyle Lovett, Lucinda Williams, Don Henley, Joan Osborne, Shawn Colvin and more.

Co-producer Tamara Saviano tells us more about this intriguing project. "In the past I used a house band and would create the arrangements ahead of time. But for this album we relied solely on the artists to create their own vision for the songs and gave them complete control over the instrumentation and arrangement. It was a challenge but it struck me how excited everyone was to honor Jackson in their own way."

You can check out Lyle Lovett's take on "Rosie" over at Rolling Stone.

TRACK LIST

Disc 1

1. These Days - Don Henley w/ Blind Pilot

2. Everywhere I Go - Bonnie Raitt and David Lindley

3. Running On Empty - Bob Schneider

4. Fountain Of Sorrow - Indigo Girls

5. Doctor My Eyes - Paul Thorn

6. For Everyman - Jimmy LaFave

7. Barricades Of Heaven - Griffin House

8. Our Lady Of The Well - Lyle Lovett

9. Jamaica Say You Will - Ben Harper

10. Before The Deluge - Eliza Gilkyson

11. For A Dancer - Venice

12. Looking Into You - Kevin Welch

Disc Two

1. Rock Me On The Water - Keb' Mo'

2. The Pretender - Lucinda Williams

3. Rosie - Lyle Lovett

4. Something Fine - Karla Bonoff

5. Too Many Angels - Marc Cohn feat. Joan As Police Woman

6. Your Bright Baby Blues - Sean and Sara Watkins

7. Linda Paloma - Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa

8. Call It A Loan - Shawn Colvin

9. I'm Alive - Bruce Hornsby

10. Late For The Sky - Joan Osborne

11. My Opening Farewell - JD Souther

Cover down, pray through: Bob Dylan's underrated, misunderstood "gospel years" are meticulously examined in this welcome new installment of his Bootleg series.

"How long can I listen to the lies of prejudice?
How long can I stay drunk on fear out in the wilderness?"
-- Bob Dylan, "When He Returns," 1979

Bob Dylan's career has been full of unpredictable left turns that have left fans confused, enthralled, enraged – sometimes all at once. At the 1965 Newport Folk Festival – accompanied by a pickup band featuring Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper – he performed his first electric set, upsetting his folk base. His 1970 album Self Portrait is full of jazzy crooning and head-scratching covers. In 1978, his self-directed, four-hour film Renaldo and Clara was released, combining concert footage with surreal, often tedious dramatic scenes. Dylan seemed to thrive on testing the patience of his fans.

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Inane Political Discourse, or, Alan Partridge's Parody Politics

Publicity photo of Steve Coogan courtesy of Sky Consumer Comms

That the political class now finds itself relegated to accidental Alan Partridge territory along the with rest of the twits and twats that comprise English popular culture is meaningful, to say the least.

"I evolve, I don't…revolve."
-- Alan Partridge

Alan Partridge began as a gleeful media parody in the early '90s but thanks to Brexit he has evolved into a political one. In print and online, the hopelessly awkward radio DJ from Norwich, England, is used as an emblem for incompetent leadership and code word for inane political discourse.

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The show is called Crazy Ex-Girlfriend largely because it spends time dismantling the structure that finds it easier to write women off as "crazy" than to offer them help or understanding.

In the latest episode of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, the CW networks' highly acclaimed musical drama, the shows protagonist, Rebecca Bunch (Rachel Bloom), is at an all time low. Within the course of five episodes she has been left at the altar, cruelly lashed out at her friends, abandoned a promising new relationship, walked out of her job, had her murky mental health history exposed, slept with her ex boyfriend's ill father, and been forced to retreat to her notoriously prickly mother's (Tovah Feldshuh) uncaring guardianship. It's to the show's credit that none of this feels remotely ridiculous or emotionally manipulative.

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Here comes another Kompakt Pop Ambient collection to make life just a little more bearable.

Another (extremely rough) year has come and gone, which means that the German electronic music label Kompakt gets to roll out their annual Total and Pop Ambient compilations for us all.

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Winner of the 2017 Ameripolitan Music Award for Best Rockabilly Female stakes her claim with her band on accomplished new set.

Lara Hope & The Ark-Tones

Love You To Life

Label: Self-released
Release Date: 2017-08-11
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Lara Hope and her band of roots rockin' country and rockabilly rabble rousers in the Ark-Tones have been the not so best kept secret of the Hudson Valley, New York music scene for awhile now.

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