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Extensive 5CD/book set exploring the ‘second wave’ of music on Merseyside, from 1976-1988

Features classics, rarities, album tracks and previously unreleased gems from Echo And The Bunnymen, Teardrop Explodes, OMD, The La’s, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Dead Or Alive, China Crisis, A Flock Of Seagulls, Wild Swans, Big In Japan and many more.

5CD + 56pp A5 book format contains many artists’ own sleeve-notes, previously unseen photographs and essays from key observers and participants in the city’s music scene – Bernie Connor, Mike Badger, Yorkie and Joe McKechnie.


Few musicians have had as lasting an impact on music as Joni Mitchell.  In her four-decade career, she made groundbreaking music that traversed genres and continually stunned fans and critics alike.  The music icon celebrated her 75th birthday in style last November, as Jörn Weisbrodt and The Music Center in Los Angeles hosted a pair of star-studded Joni 75: A Birthday Celebration concerts in her honor.  The line-up (which Joni helped select) featured many of her closest friends and dearest collaborators, including Graham Nash, Seal, Chaka Khan,Kris Kristofferson, and James Taylor.  Also on the bill were Diana Krall, Brandi Carlile, Rufus Wainwright, Emmylou Harris, Glen Hansard, Norah Jones, and Los Lobos with La Marisoul, Cesar Castro & Xochi Flores.  Featuring a set of Joni classics and deep cuts from across her career, each night was a thrilling tribute full of excellent music.  November 7th was even more magnificent, as Mitchell herself attended and even appeared onstage to blow out birthday candles and sing along as the all-star band and more than 3,000 fans sang “Happy Birthday” and “Big Yellow Taxi” in tribute to her.

Next month, Joni Mitchell fans will be able to enjoy the celebrations again.  Global film distributors Trafalgar Releasing and The Music Center have partnered for a special, one-night-only screening of Joni 75: A Birthday Celebrationtaking place in movie theaters across the U.S. and Canada on Thursday, February 7th.  The two-hour, Martyn Atkins-directed film includes footage of the entire concert (captured over two nights), along with special behind-the-scenes interviews with the artists.

“We are thrilled to bring audiences together in movie theaters across North America to experience this magical evening,” said Trafalgar Releasing SVP of Programming, Kymberli Frueh. “The incredible talent featured in this concert is a true testament to the impact that Joni has had on musicians and fans alike.”


A CD of highlights from the concert — also entitled Joni 75: A Birthday Celebration will be available on March 1 from Decca The album’s 16 tracks include such highlights as Brandi Carlile and Kris Kristofferson’s heartfelt take on “A Case of You,” Seal’s breathtaking “Both Sides Now,” Diana Krall’s haunting take on “Amelia,” and  and Los Lobos and Friends’ rollicking “Dreamland,” which features Chaka Khan reprising her guest vocal spot, as she did on the original recording back in 1977.

Anchoring each live performance — on CD and on screen — is a top-notch house band full of Joni’s collaborators.  Led by drummer Brian Blade and pianist Jon Cowherd, the band also includes guitarists Greg Leisz and Marvin Sewell, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, as well as Jeff Haynes on percussion, Chris Thomas on bass, Bob Sheppard on woodwinds, and special guest Scarlet Rivera on violin.

With a wealth of musical talent and selections from across Joni’s illustrious career, Joni 75: A Birthday Celebration is a fitting tribute to one of the legendary musicians of our time.  The upcoming film screening and CD are perfect for fans who want to relive those two nights in November, or for those who weren’t able to see it in person. The film will screen across North America for one night only on February 7th.  You can find the screening nearest you and purchase tickets at  Scroll down to see the trailer.  The soundtrack CD is set to arrive from Decca on March 1st.

From the makers of the Junkshop Glam genre defining Velvet Tinmine, Glitterbest and Boobs compilations… comes this book ending box set.

60 tracks of the finest slices of JSG in its various guises, as established by collectors around the world over the past decade. Including tracks from the USA, New Zealand, Netherlands, Sweden, Iceland, Australia as well as homegrown UK. Some previously unreleased, many first time on CD.

Themed by arch JSG collector and musician Phil King into three groups; Rock Off! for the heads down boogie sounds; Tubthumpers & Hellraisers for the footstomping hand clapping pop pounders; Elegance & Decadence for the mascara masquerading gender bending weird and wonderful.

The box set sweeps up a colourful array of musical renegades and nomads as they moved and shook the scene, such as: first Juicy Lucy vocalist Ray Moon, ex-New York Dolls Rick Rivets band The Brats, Baby Grande the forerunners of The Church, TV Smith pre-Adverts in Sleaze , Jimmy Edwards a cohort of Jimmy Pursey in Sham 69 in earlier solo mode and, as in house producer of Steve Elgin at Dawn, ex- Spider From Mars Woody Woodmansey, 60’s northern soul chanteuse Glo Macari backed by Slowload who get their own track as produced by Vic Maile, actor Richard Strange as Kid Strange in Doctors of Madness, Angel produced by Mick and Andy from The Sweet. Plus stalwart pop auteurs Jonathan King and Mike Berry.

Some further context comes from inclusion of relevant cuts by Mott The Hoople, Hello, Iggy & The Stooges, Be Bop Deluxe, Third World War.

Three discs in individual wallets, housed in a clam shell box, which also includes a 36 page booklet.

The booklet contains a fascinating and highly-informative 2000 word essay from an authority on the genre – Tony Barber – the bassist with the Buzzcocks.

Cherry Red Records will follow up its recent geographically flavored box sets that focused on Manchester and Liverpool next month with a new five-disc, 115-song collection spotlighting the Scottish independent-music scene between 1977 and 1989.

Titled Big Gold Dreams: A Story of Scottish Independent Music 1977-1989 and due out February. 22nd, the box set will feature music from Simple Minds, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Altered Images, The Skids, Primal Scream, The Waterboys, Cocteau Twins, Aztec Camera, Soup Dragons, The Vaselines and Josef K.

The set — which follows 2017’s Manchester North Of England: A Story Of Independent Music | Greater Manchester 1977-1993 and 2018’s Revolutionary Spirit: The Sound of Liverpool 1976-1988 — will include new essays and band histories by Grant McPhee, Neil Cooper and Tim Barr in a 70-page booklet.

This is the second compilation in the Don’t Stop Now series. It is still an expression of love, anger, hope and protest. Let it serve as a reminder that the fight for justice is not over, that the celebration of diversity is essential to progress, that we must work together for what is fair and good. Can’t stop. Won’t stop. Don’t stop now.

This time around all of the proceeds from this compilation benefit
RAICES (Refugee & Immigrant Center for Education & Legal Services)
They promote justice by providing free and low-cost legal services to under served immigrant children, families, and refugees in Texas.


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Released November 5, 2018

This compilation is an expression of love, anger, hope and protest on inauguration day. Let it serve as a reminder that the fight for justice is not over, that the celebration of diversity is essential to progress, that we must work together for what is fair and good. Can’t stop. Won’t Stop. Don’t stop now.

All proceeds from this compilation benefit the American Civil Liberties Union, an organization that defends individual freedoms in the face of government abuse, including speech and religion, a woman’s right to choose, the right to due process, and citizens rights to privacy. Each dollar donated will help protect the people of the United States, especially those most vulnerable, from the reckless authority of a Trump presidency.

Released January 20, 2017

Magnetic Eye Records‘ exhaustive undertaking to re-envision Pink Floyd’s concept masterpiece THE WALL in its entirety from end to end in sequence, featuring some of the most iconic artists in heavy music today alongside some of the most exciting newcomers. I love the concept of these Redux albums, and the execution is amazing!

Comfortably Numb, but damn this was worth the wait. Absolutely delightful from side A to D. You can tell the amount of respect each artist has for the original material. It’s hard to overstate the cultural significance of Pink Floyd’s 1979 canonical album The Wall, and countless artists since have taken liberties with their own versions of the record’s songs. Sludge doom’s favorite prolific weirdos the Melvins have joined this lineage with a very special re-imagining of the album’s opener, which will appear on the compilation The Wall (Redux),

Incorporating into the experimental nature of the original their own brand of tone-in-cheek peculiarity, Buzzo and the gang have out-stranged Pink Floyd with campier organ tones and their signature gut-rumbling guitar fuzz. The cover’s warped tonality make the creep-out antics of the sweetly sung lyrics play out like an unsettling love story.

A good rule usually of thumb for covers is don’t do them unless you are either 1) completely revamping the song and giving it a different feel and sound, or 2) improving on the original. Pallbearer has definitely achieved No. 1, and only time will tell if Pallbearer have done No. 2, but we’ll be damned if they aren’t pretty close.

The Arkansas crew have taken on the Pink Floyd favorite “Run Like Hell,” one of the highlights of 1979’sThe Wall, and given it their own riffy feel, bringing the classic-rock staple into the now. Instead of David Gilmour’s simple reverb-heavy guitar lick, the melodic-doom quartet opts for a chugging, churning approach, leaning heavily on the gallop that exists in the original and bringing it to the forefront. And don’t worry, there are plenty of Pallbearer-isms to spare, from the soaring guitars to the masterful vocals. Pallbearer’s “Run Like Hell” cover is part of a Pink Floyd The Wall tribute album by Magnetic Eye called “THE WALL [REDUX]”, a stoner/doom-leaning compilation of tracks that match that of the iconic LP. Joining Pallbearer are names that range from the Melvins to Mark Lanegan to Ruby the Hatchet, each taking one of the album’s classic cuts.

The Wall (Redux)sees each track of the album recreated by a contemporary heavy artist, from newcomer cult rockers Church of the Cosmic Skull taking on “The Trial,” to established Gen X rocker Mark Lanegan lending his signature rough-edged vocals to “Nobody’s Home.” “I am a fan of early Pink Floyd and late period Floyd but was never really into the really famous records in between,” Lanegan says in response to a question about his own appreciation of the band. “Piper at the Gates of Dawn, A Saucerful of Secrets and More were my jams. And in the late ’80s I enjoyed A Momentary Lapse in Reason and even The Division Bell from ’94. “But honestly it’s the two Syd Barrett solo records that to me are true genius, and if I were going to listen to any Floyd-related tunes that would be it. The Wall is a work of undeniable greatness, an unparalleled work of art. There are so many fantastic songs that it’s practically a greatest hits record. But I’ll be damned if I know what its contemporary relevance is.

Check out the full track listing below.


Side A
1. In the Flesh? – The Melvins
2. The Thin Ice – Low Flying Hawks
3. Another Brick in the Wall, Part 1 – Ghastly Sound
4. Happiest Days of Our Lives – Sergeant Thunderhoof
5. Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 2 – Sasquatch
6. Mother – ASG

Side B
1. Goodbye Blue Sky – Mos Generator
2. Empty Spaces – Domkraft
3. Young Lust – The Slim Kings
4. One of My Turns – Worshipper
5. Don’t Leave Me Now – Spaceslug
6. When the Tigers Broke Free – Year of the Cobra
7. Another Brick in the Wall, Part 3 / Goodbye Cruel World – Greenleaf

Side C
1. Hey You – Summoner
2. Is There Anybody Out There? – Scott Reeder
3. Nobody Home – Mark Lanegan
4. Vera – Ruby the Hatchet
5. Bring the Boys Back Home – Sunflo’er
6. Comfortably Numb – Mars Red Sky

Side D
1. The Show Must Go On – Open Hand
2. In the Flesh – Solace
3. Run Like Hell – Pallbearer
4. Waiting for the Worms – WhiteNails
5. Stop – Blue Heron
6. The Trial – Church of The Cosmic Skull
7. Outside the Wall – Yawning Man


Released November 9th, 2018

More Perfect is back with something totally new and exciting. They just dropped an Album 27: The Most Perfect Album is like a Constitutional mix-tape, a Schoolhouse Rock for the 21st century. The album features original tracks by artists like Dolly Parton, Kash Doll, and Devendra Banhart: 27+ songs inspired by the 27 Amendments. Alongside the album they’ll be releasing short stories deep-diving into each amendment’s history and resonance. In this episode, we preview a few songs and dive into the poetic dream behind the First Amendment.

TheMore Perfectpodcast from WNYC Studios is turning its insightful political analysis into educational activism with the announcement of 27: The Most Perfect Album, a compilation of original songs inspired by the 27 Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

The set features a song, and in some cases more than one, for each amendment by a diverse and highly acclaimed group of artists, They Might Be Giants . The accompanying podcast will also add to its star power with voice-over narration from award-winning actor Jeffrey Wright.

The first release is folk singer-songwriter Kevin Morby’s take on the 24th Amendment’s elimination of poll taxes, . It’s a blues-driven tune that only Morby’s observational lyrics and circuitous storytelling could conjure. He reflects the history of the legislation by noting small financial grievances and sacrifices that accrue throughout time until it becomes clear that nothing can break the cycle except the right to vote.

27: The Most Perfect Album is set to drop on September. 18th and will coincide with the premiere of More Perfect’s third season, which will break down each amendment and apply it to the modern day. Though the series will serve a much different tune than its companion album, it’s certain to strike a chord.

In a statement, More Perfect creator and host Jad Abumrad says, “The mission of this album is to take these sometimes forgotten words and animate them through the power of music. These 27 amendments not only outline our basic rights as Americans, but they also show a country changing, evolving, re-imagining itself. Striving (and not always succeeding) to be better. These songs will be a way to say that these words matter.”

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Some will naturally think that this is simply a reaction to 2016’s Rolling Stones’ Blue and Lonesome where the English band covered many of their favorite Chicago blues songs. Yet, this project, Chicago Plays the Stones, was envisioned before that album was released. It was inspired by the Chicago residency of the Rolling Stones’ 54-year-spanning, world-touring exhibit Exhibitionism.

The new, multi-artist Rolling Stones tribute album Chicago Plays The Stoneswas released yesterday . Among its delights are contributions by Keith Richards — who shares guitar features with Jimmy Burns on the latter’s update of ‘Beast Of Burden’ — and Mick Jagger, who you can hear on harmonica and call-and-response vocals with the Stones’ old friend Buddy Guy, as he remakes ‘Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)’ from 1973’s Goats Head Soup album.

Track – 03 from “Chicago Plays The Stones” 12 all-new recordings of iconic Rolling Stones songs, re-imagined in the Chicago blues style and played by today’s greatest Chicago blues artists.

The Stones first met Buddy Guy in 1964 when the American bluesman was recording ‘My Time After Awhile’ at Chess Studios in Chicago. As Guy is quoted by Rolling Stone: “Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon walked straight in my studio while I was singing with a bunch of white guys, who lined up against the wall, I got pissed off: ‘Who in the hell are these  guys?’ I had never seen a white man with hair that long and high-heeled boots before.”

That inauspicious start prefaced a notable friendship, confirmed when the Stones invited Guy to open for them as they toured Europe in 1970, just as they had championed his fellow blues giant B.B. King. Further live guest appearances followed for Guy, who duetted with Jagger on the 2006 version of ‘Champagne & Reefer’ featured in Martin Scorsese’s concert film Shine A Lightand the accompanying album in 2008. ‘Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)’ marks the pair’s first studio pairing.

Billy Branch “Sympathy For The Devil” (2017) [Rolling Stones Cover] – From the 2017 Raisin’Music Records release “Chicago Plays The Stones.” Twelve all-new recordings of iconic Rolling Stones songs, re-imagined in the Chicago blues style and played by today’s greatest Chicago blues artists.

Among other local blues musicians featured on Chicago Plays The Bluesare Ronnie Baker Brooks, who covers ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’; Billy Branch, who reads ‘Sympathy For The Devil’; and Carlos Johnson, who tackles the more recent Stones song ‘Out Of Control.’

The album is a collaboration between Grammy-nominated producer Larry Skoller’s Raisin’ Music Records and Chicago Blues Experience, which is due to open in the city in 2019. Artists featured on the album will play selected US dates in October and November.

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19 cool and breezy contemporary pop psych tunes by 18 of 2018’s hottest acts … Including Mystic Braves, Allah-Las, Tony Molina, Dungen & Woods, Cloud, Send Medicine, The Love-Birds, Doug Tuttle, and ten more of your independent popular psychedelic rock favorites.


Running Time: 1 hour, 4 seconds


  1. Under Control (3:17) — Mystic Braves | Los Angeles
  2. Soul Doctors (2:24) — Dragon Rapide | Clermont Ferrand, France
  3. Terra Ignota (3:23) — Allah-Las | Los Angeles 
  4. Smith & 9th (3:27) — The Essex Green | Brooklyn
  5. Love or Solution (3:20) — The Coral | Merseyside, UK
  6. A Message from Your Heart (3:01) — Doug Tuttle | Boston 
  7. Nothing I Can Say (1:10) — Tony Molina | California
  8. He’s Back (2:46) — The Valderamas | Rennes, France
  9. Hit My Head (2:47) — The Love-Birds | San Francisco
  10. All The Things That Happen To Me (3:45) — The Molochs | California
  11. Kieff Richards (3:02) — Kieff | Leiden, Netherlands
  12. The Sweet Lie (3:17) — Garcia Peoples | Rutherford, NJ
  13. Just for the Taste (3:47) — Dungen & Woods | Stockholm / Brooklyn
  14. Look Inside Your Mind/Losin’ Touch (2:25) — Tony Molina | California
  15. The Magician (3:51) — The Babe Rainbow | Byron Bay, Australia
  16. Happer’s Laugh (3:32) — Cloud | Los Angeles
  17. Corduroy (3:41) — Send Medicine | Los Angeles
  18. Backseat Driver (3:12) — White Denim | Austin
  19. How Psychedelic of You (3:59) — Kelley Stoltz | San Francisco