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The Broken West, Samuel L. Jackson, Anaïs Mitchell

Anaïs Mitchell --"Your Fonder Heart" From The Brightness on Righteous Babe Records Anais Mitchell is an artist who grew up on a sheep farm. She makes small-sounding, big-thinking folk albums that play like a front-porch serenade. If she feels in a bit of a time warp, you can’t blame her.

The Broken West -- "Down in the Valley" From I Can't Go On, I'll Go On on Merge Records The Broken West formed in Los Angeles in the summer of 2004, a group of friends from all across the country, coming together based on their mutual love of music. Originally known as The Brokedown, the band changed their name in the fall of 2006 in response to concerns from another band out of Chicago with a similar name. Names may change, but great music still remains.

Rob Crow -- "I Hate You, Rob Crow (Single Version)" From Living Well on Temporary Residence Ltd. Rob Crow is the frontman for the incredibly popular indie rock band Pinback. This is the story of how he casually made the best record of his career, and why it’s called Living Well. Not only is Living Well Crow’s finest solo album by a country mile, it also transcends many of Pinback’s most canonic moments. It has the hooks and heart that he is famous for, with a refined focus not seen in Crow’s other projects.

David Kilgour -- "BBC World" From The Far Now on Merge Records David Kilgour’s been changing his mind for a long time, and who can argue with the results? His first band The Clean changed the face of rock music when they kick-started New Zealand’s pop underground in the early 80s. His records — The Far Now is album number six — are monuments to good old-fashioned song craft tinged with a becoming modesty. If you hunger for gorgeous melodies that’ll never make you sick, singing that puts across an emotion without hitting you over the head with it, and guitar playing whose effortless eloquence and virtuosity doesn’t make you want to fine him for playing too many notes, Kilgour’s your man.

Rickie Lee Jones -- "Elvis Cadillac" From The Sermon on Exposition Boulevard on New West Records This new album is a beauty--soul-satisfying and sonically unique. Rickie Lee sounds completely tapped in, alive and vital, heading down some mighty interesting roads and discovering new magical essences. Lots of creative sparks here--plenty of them. She sounds like she's going through a transformation throughout the album in a way that's reminiscent of Van Morrison's performances on his classic album Astral Weeks.

Donato -- "Move Your Body" From Liberacion: The Songs Of The New Cuban Underground on Petrol Records After managing the rock band INXS to global superstardom, Petrol’s founder, Chris Murphy, launched the Australian-based record label in 2000 to share his global vision with music fans around the world. Murphy envisioned Petrol as a cultural beacon to shine on the world’s best music, delivered direct to fans to enjoy with no passport required. Since its inception, Petrol has been at the forefront of the digital music business around the world, with a record of consistent international iTunes chart successes and a focused ethos and mission that has evolved into a trusted Petrol brand signature. 2007 promises more cutting-edge, quality releases from Petrol/EMI, beginning with the February 6 release of Liberacion: The Songs Of The New Cuban Underground, a DVD that captures the artists leading Cuba’s most cutting-edge music scene.

Samuel L. Jackson -- "Stackolee" From Music from the Motion Picture Black Snake Moan on New West Records A darkly modern tale of love, betrayal, sex, and salvation set in the Deep South: Such is Craig Brewer’s Black Snake Moan, starring Samuel L. Jackson, Christina Ricci, and Justin Timberlake, set for release by Paramount Vantage on February 16th, 2007. Constructing the movie’s musical scenes, Scott Bomar, the film’s music supervisor (he also scored Hustle & Flow), paired Jackson’s voice with musicianship from players like Alvin Youngblood Hart, Kenny Brown, Big Jack Johnson, and Jason Freeman, parlaying blues classics like the raucously vulgar “Stack-O-Lee” and, of course, “Black Snake Moan,” into sinister, 21st century laments.

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