December/January Program Titles Released This Week:
Van Morrison – The Prophet Speaks CD/2xLP (Caroline)
The Prophet Speaks follows a recent run of hugely acclaimed records by Van Morrison (Roll With The Punches, Versatile and You’re Driving Me Crazy), each of which has delved deep into the musical styles that have continued to inspire Van Morrison throughout his life – vocal jazz and R&B. Here, Van takes on a series of unarguable classics by the likes of John Lee Hooker, Sam Cooke and Solomon Burke (among others) and makes them unmistakably his own. Alongside these reinterpretations are six new Morrison compositions. The Prophet Speaks again finds Van working with the incredible multi-instrumentalist Joey DeFrancesco (the artist co-credited on You’re Driving Me Crazy) and his band (including Dan Wilson on guitar, Michael Ode on drums and Troy Roberts on tenor saxophone). “It was important for me to get back to recording new music as well as doing some of the blues material that has inspired me from the beginning,” Van notes. “Writing songs and making music is what I do, and working with great musicians makes it all the more enjoyable.”
CDs + Vinyl:
88rising – Head In The Clouds CD/LP (88rising Music)
New album from the pioneering music and arts collective. While all 88rising artists have excelled in their solo careers they’ve always operated with a crew mentality and it’s with this collection that they were able to bring that to life. Representing 5 countries in Asia the whole crew – Rich Brian, Joji, Higher Brothers, NIKI, AUGUST08 and Keith Ape – all flew into Los Angeles, CA to record the album for two and a half months creating a chemistry that can be felt throughout.
Anguish – Anguish CD/LP (RareNoise)
The dark, impossibly intense dirges, industrial noise onslaughts and banshee-like free jazz wailing heard throughout Anguish could be an imposing soundtrack for a dystopian, post-apocalyptic future. This powerhouse, inter-generational offering brings together an unlikely gathering of members of the New Jersey-based experimental hip-hop group Dälek (electronic musician and vocalist Will Brooks with guitarist-keyboardist Mike Mare), the Swedish free jazz group Fire! Orchestra (tenor saxophonist Mats Gustafsson, drummer Andreas Werliin) and the classic ’70s German krautrock band Faust (keyboardist and 68-year-old founding member Hans Joachim Irmler).