Archive for the Genespeak – The Cranky Dubmaster Category

Our favorite cosmic cowboy JIM LAUDERDALE is back to play a show at THE SPINNING JENNY on May 4th. His new album, London Southern, is in-stock now!

Our favorite cosmic cowboy JIM LAUDERDALE is back to play a show at THE SPINNING JENNY on May 4th. His new album, London Southern, is in-stock now!

One of Americana’s nobility wanders back through Greenville. Do we have to remind ourselves that Jim Lauderdale has toured, recorded or done projects with Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams, Ralph Stanley and Robert Hunter? His skills on guitar, vocal harmonies and magical songwriting are why those folks love him, and so do we. Check out Southern gentleman Jim and be glad.

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GARLAND JEFFREYS’ magnificent new album “14 Steps To Harlem” is upon us, and we can’t get enough of that raw, masterful urban rock, reggae n’ blues wisdom.

GARLAND JEFFREYS’ magnificent new album “14 Steps To Harlem” is upon us, and we can’t get enough of that raw, masterful urban rock, reggae n’ blues wisdom.

GARLAND JEFFREYS has been making provocative, personally charged urban rock and roll since the late 1960s. He started out in Greenwich Village performing highly respected songs that reflected on life as a multi-racial man in America. ‘14 Steps To Harlem,’ the third album in six years by this ‘beloved rock-soul-reggae singer-songwriter’ (New York Times) has released on his own label Luna Park Records. Produced with James Maddock with core band members Mark Bosch, Charly Roth, Brian Stanley and Tom Curiano, guest spots by Brian Mitchell and Ben Stivers, a gorgeous duet with daughter Savannah and a radiant violin solo by Laurie Anderson, this record delivers what fans have come to expect from Jeffreys: edgy immediacy and literate, emotionally raw lyrics coupled with a still supple voice capable of singing in a practically limitless number of styles.

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HAUSCHKA, master of the prepared piano, returns with “What If,” an experimental, kaleidoscopic work of mad genius.

HAUSCHKA, master of the prepared piano, returns with “What If,” an experimental, kaleidoscopic work of mad genius.

Since 2004, Volker Bertelmann – aka HAUSCHKA– has, steadily earned a remarkable reputation as a purveyor of imaginative, distinctive, prepared piano music. On What If – which finds him adding player pianos (also known as pianolas) to his arsenal – Bertelmann expands his range even further, defying expectations and delivering what is without a doubt his most ingenious album yet. While engaging with his trademark technique of utilizing unusual objects – art erasers, for example – to treat (or ‘prepare’) the piano,

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GOV’T MULE is coming back to Greenville! Warren Haynes & Co. will be playing the Peace Center once again on Sunday, April 23rd, just in time for Record Store Day weekend!

GOV’T MULE is coming back to Greenville! Warren Haynes & Co. will be playing the Peace Center once again on Sunday, April 23rd, just in time for Record Store Day weekend!

Click “Read More” or call 864-467-3000 for ticket info! The ground-breaking Southern-psyche-blues-rockers Gov’t Mule are headed back to the Upstate. We’re stoked. They’ll be playing the Peace Center on April 23rd, fresh off the Wanee Festival and just in time for Record Store Day weekend. get ready for some endless boogie. Oh yeah! Mr. Warren has hinted that a new Mule album is nearly done and might even be out in time for the show, but even if it isn’t, your friendly neighborhood Horizon Records has Mule titles galore on CD & LP!

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THOMAS WILLIAM HILL and VIKINGUR OLAFSSON have made new albums of classical and ambient proportions. They’re wide-screen soundscapes made for serious headphone listening.

THOMAS WILLIAM HILL and VIKINGUR OLAFSSON have made new albums of classical and ambient proportions. They’re wide-screen soundscapes made for serious headphone listening.

Recording artist and soundtrack composer Thomas William Hill will release his new album ‘Asylum For Eve’ in February 2017. Featuring new material and reworked soundtracks, the album drifts from plaintive piano-led passages to brisk chamber music and back again, tied together by the textured layering of found sounds and instruments that distinguishes Thomas’s music.

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NORMAN BLAKE returns after his Grammy-nominated “Wood, Wire & Words” album with another dose of modern American acoustic folk: Brushwood Songs & Stories, out this Friday!

NORMAN BLAKE returns after his Grammy-nominated “Wood, Wire & Words” album with another dose of modern American acoustic folk: Brushwood Songs & Stories, out this Friday!

Returning in 2016 to Lookout Mountain, Norman Blake has again recorded all-new, original Blake material written over the past two years culminating in the 19 selections of Brushwood Song & Stories. Two Instrumental rags, two spoken-word recitations, and 15

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GILLIAN WELCH celebrates the 20th anniversary of her first album with Boots No. 1, out now! It’s a fascinating look behind-the-scenes of a stunning debut.

GILLIAN WELCH celebrates the 20th anniversary of her first album with Boots No. 1, out now! It’s a fascinating look behind-the-scenes of a stunning debut.

To commemorate the 20th Anniversary of Gillian Welch’s landmark debut album, Revival, Acony Records proudly presents Boots No. 1: The Official Revival Bootleg. Personally curated and produced by Gillian Welch and David Rawlings and mined from their extensive vault of analog tape recordings, this beautiful collection is essential listening for Gillian Welch fans and music […]

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Guitar wizard HARVEY MANDEL’s fantastic new album “SNAKE PIT” is out now on CD & vinyl courtesy of TOMPKINS SQUARE RECORDS! String-bender supreme!

Guitar wizard HARVEY MANDEL’s fantastic new album “SNAKE PIT” is out now on CD & vinyl courtesy of TOMPKINS SQUARE RECORDS! String-bender supreme!

Harvey’s fifteenth studio LP and his first widely distributed album in 20 years, Snake Pit was recorded in two days at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, CA. Harvey teamed with fellow Chicago-based musicians Ben Boye (keys), Ryan Jewell (drums), Brian Sulpizio (guitar), and Anton Hatwich (bass), who have all played with singer/songwriter Ryley Walker, among their many other musical pursuits. Harvey and the band had not met previously, nor had they rehearsed. He played snippets of song ideas for the band on his iPhone, and then they would lay down a track in one or two takes. Hard to believe when you hear the album, but that’s exactly how it went down. Minimal overdubs with strings and percussion were added, but mostly what you hear is what happened spontaneously in the studio. The album contains six new original compositions by Mandel and two revisited songs : “Baby Batter” from his 1971 Janus LP of the same name, and “Before Six” by Larry Frazier, which appears on his first album, Cristo Redentor.

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Thank you, thank you, thank you for making Black Friday 2016 our biggest yet. We’re humbled, thrilled and grateful.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for making Black Friday 2016 our biggest yet. We’re humbled, thrilled and grateful.

One more Black Friday has come and gone and we couldn’t be more thrilled about how the 2016 edition went. We greeted an army of music lovers at 9am, they swarmed the place looking for various quantities of LP’s, 10” collectible picture sleeve singles, box sets, and CDs. The Bohemian Café was here all day with us to fortify you with coffee and other independent-retail-shopping nourishment, and in the end, it was the best Black Friday Horizon Records has had, and we love each and every one of you who came in and had some good times in ye olde record store as we kicked off the Holiday Season.

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AZIZA is a new project led by uber-bassist DAVE HOLLAND. Their debut album comes out this Friday. We are happy!

AZIZA is a new project led by uber-bassist DAVE HOLLAND. Their debut album comes out this Friday. We are happy!

Aziza is in-stock now on CD at Horizon Records. The vinyl LP is out 10/28! The sheer range of talent and commitment that exudes from the newly minted quartet called Aziza is positively mouthwatering. Chris Potter is one of the most assured saxophonists on the planet; Lionel Loueke’s blend of contemporary guitar sounds with echoes of the […]

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  • NEW RELEASES 4/28: April is going out large as we get in new stuff from GORILLAZ, ROBERT CRAY, WILLIE NELSON, MARK LANEGAN, RON SEXSMITH, TROMBONE SHORTY & more!
    Robert Cray has been bridging the lines between blues, soul and R&B for the past four decades, with five Grammy wins and over 20 acclaimed albums. For his latest project, Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm, the Blues Hall of Famer traveled to Memphis with his friend, renowned Grammy Award winning producer Steve Jordan, to make a classic soul album with Hi Rhythm, the band that helped create that sound. Set inside an old theatre, the funky Royal Studios looks much as it did when Al Green was cutting those classics for Hi Records. Guitarist Teenie Hodges has passed away, but his brothers Rev. Charles Hodges (organ and piano) and Leroy "Flick" Hodges (bass), along with cousin Archie "Hubbie" Turner (keyboards), were still there.
  • NEW RELEASES, 4/14: YES, we do have the new KENDRICK LAMAR in-stock NOW, but that’s not all. We’ve got new STRING CHEESE INCIDENT, JOHN MAYER, and some jazz-classical love for Mr. Gene!
    Less obviously haunted by the influence of George Clinton than its predecessor, Damn still sounds rooted in early-70s soul. There are nods towards the luscious, harmony-laden mellowness of the Stylistics and the Chi-Lites (opener Blood even features a warped version of the kind of spoken-word monologue found on the latter’s single Have You Seen Her?), to the stentorian bellow that opens Curtis Mayfield’s If There’s a Hell Below We’re All Gonna Go and to the dense sound of psychedelic soul – by way of Outkast – on Pride. If it seems a more straightforward listen than To Pimp a Butterfly, there’s a cheering sense that this doesn’t equate to a lessening of musical ambition. There’s none of that album’s wilfully jarring quality – its sudden, anxious musical lurches and abrupt, short-circuiting leaps between genres – but the tracks on Damn still feel episodic and expansive: XXX alone goes from massed harmony vocals to a downbeat rap over glitching, stuttering samples, to a thrilling moment where it explodes in a mass of sirens, screeching tyres and heaving basslines, to a dramatic drop in tempo and an understated guest vocal from Bono in the space of four minutes. Rather than angsty disruptions, there’s a more subtle sense of disquiet here. The heavy-lidded drift of Yah would sound relaxed were it not for the presence of two grating bass notes that fit with the lyrics’ prickly unease, where images of contented family life rub up against “theories and suspicions”. Meanwhile, on the brilliant Pride, troubled lyrical shifts from modesty and confusion to self-belief – “I can’t fake humble because your ass is insecure” – are mirrored by a rap electronically treated so that its pitch gradually speeds up and slows down amid the woozy atmospherics and falsetto vocals. Elsewhere, there’s brilliant, dexterous storytelling on Duckworth – the saga of how Lamar’s father narrowly avoided being murdered by a criminal called Anthony, complete with an eye-popping, no-spoilers twist – and another demonstration of Lamar’s nonpareil ability to write songs about the pressures of wealth and success that somehow manage to elicit the listener’s sympathy rather than a roll of the eyes.