Perhaps the pairing of Cassandra Wilson and Billie Holiday carries a whiff of inevitability, but there's nothing predictable about Coming Forth by Day. Released to coincide with Holiday's centennial in 2015, Coming Forth by Day explicitly celebrates Lady Day by drawing upon standards she sang in addition to songs she wrote, but Wilson deliberately sidesteps the conventional by hiring Nick Launay as a producer. As a result of his work with Nick Cave, Launay mastered a certain brand of spooky Americana, something that comes in handy with the Holiday catalog, but Coming Forth by Day is never too thick with murk…
A unique amateur film provides the centrepiece of a documentary celebrating the 50th anniversary of one of Scotland's great landmarks, the Forth Road Bridge. The documentary traces the memories of the people who built the bridge, the biggest of its kind in Europe at the time, as well as those who ran the Forth ferries that stopped running when it opened in 1964.
Race, love, and war. The Allies have landed in France, set up in a coastal town, where Lt. Sam Loggins, a serious guy from Manhattan's west side, falls hard for Monique Blair, an American raised in France. Loggins' sergeant, Britt Harris, a playboy from Jersey, also finds Monique attractive. She chooses one to love and the other to befriend after disclosing her parents' history and why she lives in France. The men say it makes no difference, a wedding is announced, and the soldiers face a dangerous mission behind enemy lines. But is everyone being truthful?
Reissue of one of the ten rarest psych albums from the USA, with sleeve notes by the group's leader and keyboardist Vinny Kusy. 2xCD packaged in a Stoughton tip-on gatefold mini-LP sleeve, with a 24-page booklet and an OBI, in a mylar outer sleeve.
Japanese two disc (CD + NTSC/Region All DVD) pressing of the Britpop band's 2008 reunion album features two bonus tracks on the audio disc ('Ma Ma Soul' and 'Muhammad Ali'), both of which were only issued on the UK LP pressing. The bonus DVD includes five live tracks performed at Coachella '08 along with a documentary entitled 'Space and Time.' The Verve are back! One of the biggest selling and more influential bands of the last ten years have reformed and recorded an album of new material. After the success of 'Urban Hymns', which to date has sold 3 million copies in the UK, 'Forth' is a true return to form, and the first single 'Love Is Noise' looks set to become a festival anthem this summer.
The Hentchmen appeared on the Detroit scene in the early '90s, eager to bring back the excitement of rock'n'roll of the past, and putting a '60s twist on garage rock that started a trend with other like-minded local musicians who were looking to modernize the sound of some of their earlier musical heroes. The trio's self-described “hit and run” sound is mainly attributed to their minimalist approach - guitars, drums, and organ - and their mastery of the stripped-down and sped-up is certainly well represented here. There aren't many instruments to choose from or a wide range in repertoire, but the guys never needed it. Organ-driven melodies, thick harmonies, dueling guitar riffs and a thumping snare: the Hentchmen threw it all in the pot, and the combination always somehow resulted in moments that sound like pure fun more often than just self-indulgent noise. The band is effortlessly hard-hitting on tracks like “Big Screen Lover”, just as they are entertaining with the freaked-out organ on “Gawker Delay” and downright hip-shaking on “Yesterday’s Trash”.