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by Bill Pearis

xmas tree island

Are you ready for holiday music yet? Thanksgiving is basically the official start of the full-on Xmas cheer sounds to be played in stores, laundromats and everywhere else you go. If you're looking for some fresh sounds, North Carolina's Rosebuds have just released a holiday album, Christmas Tree Island, that is available digitally now.

While most Christmas albums these days generally consist of covers, Ivan Howard and Kelly Crisp have penned originals that are distinctly Rosebud-y in nature (twangy, lots of "whoah-ohs") and don't hit you over the head with too much tinsel or treacle. (There are sleighbells though.) It's a really nice album, actually and you can stream it below. "Melt Your Way Out" is particularly good.

Meanwhile, The Rosebuds have another new album out, a track-by-track remake of Sade's 1992 album, Love Deluxe. Says the band:

Love Deluxe, Sade's fourth album, was released 20 years ago this week. To say this album is a constant influence to The Rosebuds and the records we've made over the years would be an understatement. We've always been fans. Ivan's been covering Sade songs since I've known him--he sings them in the house, he sings them while driving, he sings them with or without a guitar in hand, he sings them when he doesn't even realize he's singing aloud. It's the language he hears music in. Ivan spent some time on the North Carolina coast where he set up a small apartment--a surf camp and home studio. He'd gone to the beach to enjoy the off-season isolation, to surf, and to work on some new Rosebuds demos we have. I was delighted when he came back to Brooklyn and presented me with his own fully-tracked version of Love Deluxe. It's only elements are the instruments Ivan drove down with, and the friends who stopped by to contribute--Rob Lackey, drums; Matt Douglas, Saxophone; Jonathan Yu, keyboards. We set about mixing it right away.
The Rosebuds' version of Love Deluxe is available as a free download from their Bandcamp and you can stream it below as well.

Continue reading "The Rosebuds released Xmas LP, covered Sade's 'Love Deluxe' in its entirety (streams)"

photos by Chris La Putt


After a 10-year hiatus from the North American concert stage, Sade came. She sang. She danced. She looked radiant. She conquered.

With the hypnotic sound of her elegant, alluring pipes unfolding in serene sonic tapestries of neo-soul, jazz and pop, the 52-year-old Nigerian-born, British-raised Helen Folasade Adu (aka Sade) first seduced music lovers in 1984 with "Diamond Life." And despite more than 25 years passing since her stellar debut, this sexy, exotic chanteuse with the silky, smooth operator voice and cool Anglo-soul is as entrancing as ever, as evident throughout her two-hour, 22-song set Wednesday night at TD Garden that included plenty of highlights, as well as a one-song encore. [Telegram]

Sade & John Legends's ongoing tour hit Nassau Coliseum on 6/21,
Izod Center on 6/24, and the Prudential Center on 6/25. Pictures from the latter, the setlists from all three NYC-area shows, and a just-released video for new song "Love is Found" from Sade's 'Ultimate Collection' (out now), below...

Continue reading "Sade continues on tour, played Nassau, Izod & Prudential (pics, setlists & a new video)"


"Sade is back with The Ultimate Collection. In addition to classic Sade songs, the must-have album will include three new, never-before heard songs including "Moon & The Sky" (featuring Jay-Z). Here for the first time, fans can find all of their favorite Sade classics from their most iconic albums including songs from the Best Of collection and the greatest hits off of Lover's Rock and Soldier Of Love.The track listing for The Ultimate Collection, out May 3rd, will be revealed shortly.

Pre-orders of the album begin today at Sade.com, and fans who pre-order The Ultimate Collection will have exclusive early access to tickets beginning March 30th for the newly announced dates in select markets.

Tickets for the newly announced dates go on sale to the public beginning April 2nd at Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com. For Facebook pre-sale codes, announcements and on-sale dates, visit Sade's Facebook events page."

New Sade/John Legend dates include Pittsburgh, CT, and third shows in Chicago and LA. NYC still has none though the previously announced set of dates include two in NJ and one in Long Island. All dates below...

Continue reading "Sade expands tour w/ John Legend, releasing 'Ultimate Collection' w/ 3 new songs (1 w/ Jay-Z)"


The sultry sounds of Sade will help usher in summer 2011. The vocalist has announced the first leg of a US tour with the NYC-area among the first batch of confirmed dates: Nassau Coliseum on 6/21 and Izod Center on 6/24. Tickets for both of those shows will go on general sale on 10/18 with at least one presale happening earlier too.

Soldier of Love, her recent LP, is out now. Dig on a recent video and all announced dates and cities below...

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The Beets @ Woodsist Fest 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
The Beets

today in NYC
* Nymph @ The Stone
* The Residents @ Webster Hall
* Restless People, MNDR @ Brooklyn Bowl
* The London Souls, Hymns @ Mercury Lounge
* Joe Mande, Jessi Klein, Hannibal Buress @ Comix
* Elsinore, We Landed On The Moon @ Mercury Lounge
* Velvet Davenport, Florida, Columboid @ Bruar Falls
* Blair, Xylos, Dinosaur Feathers, Sydney Wayser @ Pianos
* Yeasayer, Javelin, Class Actress @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Unsound Festival w/ Zavoloka, Bora Yoon, Zenial @ Issue Project Room
* Hearts of Darknesses, Hours of Worship, Neud Photo, DJ Harrison @ Glasslands
* Haiti benefit w/ Jim Jones, Juelz Santana, Styles P @ Studio at Webster Hall
* Pepi Ginsberg, Lesser Gonzalez Alvarez, Steel Phantoms, Cache @ Death By Audio
* The Beets, Christmas Island, Beach Fossils, Total Slacker, Anasazis @ Cake Shop
* Prince Rama of Ahodhya, Apollo Heights, Denice Barbarita and The Morning Papers, Lachi @ The Cameo

Sade is on TV today, tonight & next week

2/09 - Today Show
2/09 - 106 & Park on BET
2/09 - The Late Show with David Letterman
2/10 - The View
2/15 - The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2/16 - Jimmy Kimmel Live
2/20 - The Wanda Sykes Show (appearing in a skit - not performing)
--A flyer for tonight's Todd & Harrison's Tuesday Nite Disco: "Horror Scores For The Dancefloor" at Glasslands tonight is below.

Baton Rouge's We Landed On The Moon are at Mercury Lounge tonight. A video from them is below.

What else?

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Plenty of veterans are returning to the recording studios. We can look forward to new music [in 2010] from the reclusive Sade (it's hard to believe that the ice queen of Brit soul has been a star for three decades now), the ancient genius of Leonard Cohen, a rock opera from Pete Townshend, a further collaboration between Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, and new music from Plant's Led Zeppelin colleague, Jimmy Page. ...

...Plenty of other returning stars get the new decade off on a good foot. We can look forward to the return of Hot Chip, Goldfrapp, Nick Cave's rocking side-project Grinderman, Glasvegas, Mark Ronson (following up Versions with his first set of originals), Amy Winehouse (if she can keep it together in the studio), Babyshambles (if Pete Doherty can stay out of jail), MIA (can the experimental UK rapper replicate her US success at home?), LCD Soundsystem, MGMT, Vampire Weekend, the Strokes, Eminem and Kanye West. [Telegraph]

Hot Chip's new album 'One Life Stand' is out February 9th, but they won't support the record in the United States until April. That tour includes an April 22nd show at Terminal 5 with The xx which is sold out.... so they added another one the very next day. Tickets for the April 23rd show (which currently has no opener listed) go on AmEx presale at 11am.

The xx also have a show coming up at Webster Hall as part of their tour with jj.

Sade's new album 'Soldier of Love' is also out February 9th. Her new video for the song of the same name is below...

Continue reading "Hot Chip add 2nd NYC show, Sade releases a video from her new album 'Soldier of Love'"

DOWNLOAD: Deep Red - Fun Girl (MP3)

Deep Red

Deep Red is a collaboration that includes Hercules & Love Affair keyboardist Morgan Wiley, bassist Andrew Raposo, and vocalist Nomi Ruiz who met while on the 2008 Hercules & Love Affair Tour. They combine minimal electro, dance, and R&B to create what sounds like a cross between Afrika Bambaataa, Kraftwork & Madonna. The synergy of their live show [by who I'm not sure] is said to evoke Fleetwood Mac & Sade incorporating live saxaphone & flute.

Their first single 'Fun Girl', is a dark dance number full of tough vocal hooks, dirty bass and spooky synth lines. They are preparing to release a 12" this Spring followed by a run of shows in Europe and the US.

Deep Red make their debut in NY at Le Poisson Rouge this Thursday, January 22nd. Doors at 9pm, Midnight Magic 10pm Deep Red 11pm. DJ Pat Mahoney (DFA/LCD Soundsystem) will be spinning throughout the entire evening.

Tonight's show was supposed to be last week at Zipper Factory, but that obviously wasn't happening so they moved it to Le Poisson Rouge.

Deep Red is also playing as "Diamond Life" as Sade at Highline Ballroom on February 13th. Tickets are on sale.

Andrew and Morgan were also in Automato.

The flyer for tonight is below...

Continue reading "Deep Red is Nomi from Hercules & Love Affair & band ------------- 2 NYC shows (1 as Sade) & an MP3"


Prince will release not one, but three albums in the new year. He's in final negotiations with "a major retailer" to distribute the music in physical form, and a highly interactive website will also provide an opportunity to buy. He's not working with a record label. "The gatekeepers have to change," he said several times throughout the evening.

He's found his way back to the sound of "When Doves Cry." The first disc, tentatively titled "MPLSOUND," is an electro-flavored solo effort recorded at Paisley Park Studios. Prince experimented with Pro Tools and "new ways of recording" on these trippy, experimental pop songs. One features a Q-Tip rap; another calls a "Funky Congregation" to worship and may become a live set piece.

He's ready to revive the Quiet Storm. "We got sick of waiting for Sade to make a new album," he said, introducing Valente's new album, "Elixir." The tracks are chill, with Valente's buttery voice melding with beats by Morris Hayes and Prince's guitar lines. Some are explicitly sexual. "This music is nasty, but it's not dirty," Prince said, explaining how sensual music fits in with his much-discussed faith -- he's a Jehovah's Witness. "There's no profanity. It isn't promoting promiscuity. She's singing about her lover, who could be her partner for life."
[LA Times]

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