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Aeon Station – Observatory CD/LP+MP3 (Sub Pop)
Aeon Station’s Observatory is an epic statement more than a decade in the making, with miles of timeless melodies and the kind of overpowering songwriting that will reaffirm your belief in life itself. Longtime Wrens member Kevin Whelan’s first solo album draws heavily from the perseverance of the soul, resulting in rock music possessing an infectious and inspiring sonic uplift. If you’re familiar with Whelan’s past work, these ten tracks bear a certain and unmistakable familiarity – but they also mark an exciting new chapter in Whelan’s musical career, as he steps out with more vulnerability than ever before. Whelan’s scope of musical vision on Observatory is wide open and free with possibilities – at once recalling the reflective wisdom of Bruce Springsteen, Broken Social Scene’s huge anthemic burn, and the Wrens’ own pulsing-with-life take on rock music. Above all, this is music not only for dreamers but for those who realize and appreciate the enormity of every moment. [A limited-edition cloudy blue color vinyl pressing is available.]
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers – First Flight to Tokyo: The Lost 1961 Recordings 2xCD/2xLP (Blue Note)
First Flight To Tokyo: The Lost 1961 Recordings is a thrilling previously unreleased live recording of Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers captured at Hibiya Public Hall in Tokyo on January 14, 1961 during the band’s first-ever tour of Japan. The Jazz Messengers were among the first modern jazz groups to tour the country, and adoring Japanese audiences were enthralled by one of the band’s all-time great line-ups featuring the legendary drummer with Lee Morgan on trumpet, Wayne Shorter on tenor saxophone, Bobby Timmons on piano, and Jymie Merritt on bass. The concert features soaring performances of well-known jazz staples including Charlie Parker’s “Now’s The Time”, Thelonious Monk’s “‘Round About Midnight”, and Jazz Messenger hits including “Blues March”, “Dat Dere”, and “Moanin'”.