Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Annekei - Touch, New Album Due June 24th

Annekei - Touch (2009)

Annekei's third solo album will be released on CD in Japan and worldwide on iTunes on June 24th. The album will include many of the songs that she has written and played over the course of the past year at various NYC venues, amazing songs all. The album was produced in Los Angeles by Lee Ritenour with whom Annekei will be touring this summer. Check her myspace for the tour schedule. Here's part one of her making-of video series.

Annekei's myspace.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Coldplay's Free Live Album Released Today

Coldplay released their free live album today as a big thank you to their fans. Click here to download. Here are the details from Coldplay's website.

Good morning. We're pleased to announce that Coldplay will be giving away a live CD, LeftRightLeftRightLeft, at every remaining live show in 2009 (apart from festival shows). Starting with the band's first North American tour date, at West Palm Beach in Florida on May 15th, every fan attending a show will be given a free copy of the nine-track CD, which won't be available elsewhere. Also on May 15th, LeftRightLeftRightLeft will be made available as a free download right here at Coldplay.com, for all fans (and for the same time period).

According to the band, the give-away is meant as a recession-busting mark of gratitude to everyone who's supported them: "Playing live is what we love. This album is a thank you to our fans – the people who give us a reason to do it and make it happen."

The album was recorded over the past year in various cities around the world on the Viva La Vida tour. Its tracklisting is as follows:

1. Glass of Water
2. 42
3. Clocks
4. Strawberry Swing
5. The Hardest Part/Postcards From Far Away
6. Viva La Vida
7. Death Will Never Conquer
8. Fix You
9. Death And All His Friends

Coldplay's website.
Coldplay's myspace.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

M&M Minimix #3 - Missing The Unpronounceable

Songs for the Long Drive Home (2007)

M&M Minimix #3 - Missing the Unpronounceable

Hard to believe it's been a year now since The Unpronounceable did their farewell show. One of their songs popped up during an iTunes random shuffle yesterday; giant "Whoaaa!" moment when I looked it up just now to see that yesterday was exactly one year to the day since that farewell show, May 9th. My iPod does stuff like this all the time and with thirty-some thousand songs on it, there's no expectation that a song by The Unpronounceable would necessarily ever turn up. Yes I know that if truly random, every song has an equal chance of coming up as any other song, but the way that the shuffle does things that seem anything but random, all the time, is a subject for another article. In any case, that was enough to warrant a fresh spin through their last release, the double live CD, Songs for the Long Drive Home. Which you can now download for free.

First up in the mix are "Andy's Oxtails" and "Stayin' Alive" both from the live album, concluding with "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" the last song from their last studio album, Viva Los Beefalos!I'm sure I'm not the only one who seriously misses the countrifunked jazzabilly, the awesome musicianship, the great originals, the fabulous cover songs, the sarcastic sense of humor, the long nights of great live music with three sets lasting into the wee hours, the family drama, the band drama, the fan drama, the Funhouse in Bethlehem, the Franklin Tavern in West Orange, the bartender at the Franklin Tavern & the pizza, and most of all the shows that were more like house parties with family, friends and great music. I only came in at the end for about the last year of their run, but in that short time, the whole Gustavson extended family all made me feel like one of their own. I really miss these guys.

Viva Los Beefalos! (2005)

The Unpronounceable's myspace.
The Unpronounceable's website.