WELCOME TO NYCD: THE BLOG
(A blogged version of the renowned www.NYCD-online.com email newsletter, which has been kickin' ass and takin' names since 2003)
WILSON PICKETT, R.I.P.
ARCHEOPHONE PRODUCT AVAILABLE SOON!
VERY FEW NEW RELEASES!
LOTS OF SALE ITEMS AVAILABLE - AND WE MEAN LOTS!
PLAY "GUESS THE ARTIST"!
and now... THE NEWSLETTER!
Starting this week, we're not just a newsletter anymore. NYCD has decided to fianlly jump on the bandwagon and start "NYCD: THE BLOG." From now on, all our newsletters will be available here, not to mention the random thoughts and rants that pop into our heads in between newsletters. Check it out and tell your friends who are too lazy to sign up for our mailing list!
UPCOMING NEW RELEASES!
Thankfully, the lame-ass month of January is coming to an end, and some great new titles are on the horizon. Until then, we do have a handful of things to mention.
JON ANDERSON & GUESTS - "IN ELVEN LANDS: FELLOWSHIP." Founding member of prog-legends YES, and now full-time fairy, Jon Anderson releases his long-awaited solo record, creating music inspired by the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien. How original! Songs in Elvish, English, and Anglo-Saxon. Could be the party record of 2006, if you're a loser.
VARIOUS ARTISTS - "DREAM BROTHER: THE SONGS OF JEFF & TIM BUCKLEY." Legends for some reason (wait, let's take a wild guess...), the late father and son team now get the indie-band-cover-version-most-aren't-that-good-but-you-need-it-for-the-one-band-you-like CD treatment. Featuring the MAGIC NUMBERS and SUFJAN STEVENS, among others. This should tide over all you Sufjan fans who are waiting for the release of "District Of Columbia."
THE DOORS - "LIVE IN PHILADELPHIA." Another archival release from the Bright Midnight label. This one is from the "Morrison Hotel" tour, recorded in 1970 at the Spectrum in Philadelphia. Apparently this is the tour where Morrison kept his shlong in his pants and rocked the house. A great setlist and great sound.
FLAMING LIPS - "THE SOFT BULLETIN (CD/DVD)." Their breakthrough release gets the deluxe treatment with surround sound remastering.
WANDA JACKSON - "I REMEMBER ELVIS." The Queen of Rockabilly pays tribute to her close friend Elvis Presley, with liner notes by another close friend, Elvis Costello. Apparently, Costello kept his shlong in his pants and really wrote up a storm for these liner notes.
THE TEMPTATIONS - "REFLECTIONS." 45 years after their inception, and with one original member still standing, the band sings the best of Motown. 15 new recordings of songs by their labelmates. Line forms to the right.
And that, dear readers, is our fine list of next week's releases. As always, if there's something coming out that we neglected to mention that you want to buy from us, drop us an email! HEYNYCD@aol.com.
BUT DON'T KILL YOURSELF YET! Over the next few weeks, we've got some great things to look forward to, such as...
New records from BETH ORTON, BELLE & SEBASTIAN, RAY DAVIES, DEREK TRUCKS, THE SUBWAYS, RHETT MILLER, and two records from ELVIS COSTELLO - one with the Sydney Symphony and the other with Allen Toussaint.
And now it's time for...
GUESS THAT ARTIST!
In which Sal and Tony will supply you with somewhat cockeyed but totally accurate descriptions of various super- and not-so-superstars of the music world, and you have to guess who they are.
1. Irene Ryan with a guitar and a sportcoat.
2. A whole bunch of Josh Grobans.
3. If the Bangles were Australian with lots of body hair.
4. The Hollies through a megaphone and not really sounding like the Hollies at all.
5. "The new Marvin Gaye."
Answers at the bottom of the newsletter!
"MOMMY, WHAT'S AN ARCHEOPHONE?"
In case you haven't heard, ARCHEOPHONE RECORDS is a new label reissuing classic and hard-to-find records from the infancy of recorded music, 1890-1920. They do a first-rate job with remastering, the packaging is great, and the liner notes tell you everything you want to know about this music and then some. Their three volume set of BERT WILLIAMS and the new two CD set "LOST SOUNDS: BLACKS AND THE BIRTH OF THE RECORDING INDUSTRY" have both gotten a lot of press in the New York Times and elsewhere. You may not think you need a CD of hit records from 1908, but for anybody who's ever had a passion for music, the sounds and the history are as rewarding as a great novel, and your money won't be going into Simon Cowell's kidney-shaped pool.
The bad news - Archeophone CDs are tough to find. The good news - NYCD will now be carrying them at the lowest prices available! Anyone interested should check out www.archeophone.com and report back to us with your orders.
CHECK US OUT AT AMAZON.COM!
Over the last few days, 500 new titles have been added to our inventory, some for as little as $1.99. We're adding more every day, and the prices are really incredible. WARNING: NYCD is also known on Amazon as eobrein102, so if you see that name in addition to nycd_online, it's still us! Also be aware that this link changes every week or so. We can't help it, but we will update the link regularly, so keep checking back.
Until next week, we leave you with this fine quote from Lester Bangs:
"Eric Burdon was certifiably only one thing: short. And like many short men, he yearned to scale the heights, to become in the few years allotted to him one thing he was certifiably, at birth, not: a Negro. Whether or not he succeeded is a question best left to medical research; at any rate the point is moot since Negroes themselves turned into black people, and Eric seems not to have been able to make the transition."
Hold The and Whitman Mayo
ANSWERS TO "GUESS THE ARTIST"!
1. Willie Nile
2. Il Divo
3. Hoodoo Gurus
4. Guided By Voices
5. Every two-bit soul singer who's marginally better than the last one who was called "The new Marvin Gaye," but who sounds nothing like anyone on Motown, let alone Marvin Gaye.