Tea Leaf Green Announce New Live Album As Acoustic Alter-Ego Coffee Bean Brown

San Francisco based rockers Tea Leaf Green are gearing up for a new live release that shows their softer, more stripped down side. Taking the stage without the aid of amplifiers is something the band enjoys doing so much, they invented themselves an alter-ego, cleverly dubbed “Coffee Bean Brown,” to channel their acoustic energies. The java will be brewed up strong on June 2nd when the group unveils Coffee Bean Brown Comes Alive on their own Tea Leaf Green Partnership imprint. A more intimate sound than their fans may be used to, the live release features the four-piece experimenting with acoustic guitars, piano, banjo, cello, mandolin and more.

The group has released five studio albums since their formation in 1997, but they’re primarily known for their energetic live performances which have garnered them a devout following. Tea Leaf Green’s sound is heavily influenced by seventies rock and prog, but with a modern twist, and is best when freshly served up on stage. Recorded at NYC’s now defunct East Village venue Mo Pitkins, Coffee Bean Brown Comes Alive documents a different side of the fun loving group, for fans and newcomers alike who are eager to hear the band at their roots.

In preparation for the live set, Tea Leaf Green are set to hit the road this month for a 15-date tour across the US, unleashing their alter-ego on several of the dates. The band also has some highly anticipated appearances at the Mountain Jam Music Festival, All Good Music Festival, and 10,000 Lakes Festival.


Jimmy Somerville Releases New Album Suddenly Last Summer Today!

Sometimes you have to travel to the other end of the world to realize where your home really is. In the summer of 2006, acclaimed Bronski Beat/Communards frontman Jimmy Somerville did just that, performing two acoustic concerts in Sydney and Melbourne, and finding himself re-inspired by the acoustic format and many of the songs he grew up with.

Suddenly Last Summer was born out of that inspiration. Somerville recorded the album live over six days in a hot Mangrove Mountain studio, in New South Wales, Australia, with notable producer Andrew Worboys (who also co-wrote “Hey Sydney,” the opening number to the 2002 Sydney Gay Games) at the helm. It hits stores on May 19th, and is already arousing interest from Jimmy’s fans and gay culture blogs all over the world. This LP is a full departure from the synth-heavy, electro sound and relentless beats that we’re all so accustomed to from Somerville, and instead offers simplified arrangements of songs that mean something to him – chosen via ipod shuffle and his most vivid memories. Some of the many highlights include: Nina Simone’s “Black Is The Colour Of My True Love’s Hair,” (for which he wrote additional lyrics), Blondie‘s “Hangin’ On The Telephone,” The Doors’ “People Are Strange” (“because they just are,” muses Somerville), and standards like, “My Heart Belongs To Daddy” and “I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself.

After releasing eleven albums, selling seven million records, and twenty-five years after landing his first worldwide hit, “Smalltown Boy” with Bronski Beat, Jimmy Somerville goes back to his roots on Suddenly Last Summer, delivering a powerful performance using only his voice and the simple brilliance of acoustic instruments. An amazing performance from the first track to the last, Jimmy’s voice touches the soul in places seldom visited, making Suddenly Last Summer one of his sexiest and most heartfelt records yet. While it’s a different approach for Somerville than what he’s used to, the force behind the album remains the same: the incredible voice of one of the most well-known and loved gay icons of our time.


The Orchard’s Music Newsletter: The Daily Rind – May 13th

Welcome to another Daily Rind Newsletter, full of great new music from some of our favorite artists. Our Featured section boasts two stalwarts of their respective genres – ISIS, gods of the prog-epic-metal genre, and Company Flow, who are arguably the originators of indie underground hip-hop. We’re offering some coveted free tracks this week, with cuts from two of the most anticipated albums of the spring, Passion Pit’s Manners and Au Revoir Simone’s Still Night, Still Light. Not to mention some digital debuts of oldies but goodies, like the Roger Daltry-fronted LSO performance of “I’m Free” from the 1972 rock opera Tommy, a remix of one of the most popular songs of the nineties, Us3’s “Cantaloop” and a new one from Factory Records’ faves The Durutti Column. Check out videos from wildman King Khan and his Shrines and a behind the scenes look at DJ Green Lantern doing his thing. Speaking of Green, his protégé Johnny Polygon is Bubbling Up this week, along with some young bands on cred-worthy indie labels Paper Bag, Barsuk and Gigantic. And as always, there’s lots more In Stores Now and Coming Soon!

Jazz Legend Wynton Marsalis Ends Decades Of Major Label Affiliation For Long-Term Partnership With The Orchard

New York – May 13, 2009 Today, The Orchard (NASDAQ: ORCD) announced that world renowned trumpeter and jazz musician Wynton Marsalis has entered into a long-term, multi-faceted partnership with the entertainment services company.

The exclusive recording and services agreement between Marsalis and The Orchard will cover co-production of new studio recordings, marketing of live recordings; design and implementation of social networking and other forms of collaborative audience engagement for Marsalis and for jazz as a lifestyle genre; synchronization; initiatives with consumer brands and non-traditional financial partners; and also, Marsalis and his team are working to bring living legends and new talent of all genres into The Orchard’s unique services platform.


Norton Unearths Second Digital Set of Out Of This World Wax Rarities on I Still Hate CDs Vol. 2

Renowned New York label Norton Records, known for their championing of gritty garage rock, screamin’ rockabilly and gut-bustin’ R&B is set to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the 45 RPM format this June with their release of I Still Hate CD’s: Norton Records 45 RPM Singles Collection Vol. 2.  Crate diggers will remember the first volume in the series, I Hate CD’s: Norton Records 45 RPM Singles Collection Vol. 1, which hit the stratosphere in December of 2007 and featured forty-five single sides from the label including mega rarities from The Ramones and Big Star.

I Still Hate CD’s hits all digital stores June 2nd, and this set of 45 tracks (digitized from 45s, get it?) delivers all the rock ‘em knock ‘em attitude of Vol. 1 and then some.  Stand-out blasters include a raging Del Tinos romp on the Roy Orbison classic “Go Go Go,” the previously unreleased 1978 Dictators anthem, “16 Forever” and a blazing 1964 surf stomper from  The Readymen.  Also featured are top rank contemporary garage legends including King Khan and original gods (and goddesses) like Shangri-Las leader (of the pack) Mary Weiss, with the pick hit from her 2007 solo debut, Dangerous Game.

Norton Records was founded in 1986 by Kicks magazine creators and members of The A-Bones, Miriam Linna and Billy Miller, initially as an avenue for releasing hard-to-find music and unissued recordings from hillbilly wild man Hasil Adkins.  Countless Adkins records later, Norton now boasts a catalog as rich as I Still Hate CD’s, running the gamut of the label’s patented “loud sound abundance” which currently rounds the bend with nearly 250 seven inchers, 150 heavily researched and annotated full-length LPs and  CDs and more – including significant vintage recordings ranging from historic excavations from rockabilly kingpin Charlie Feathers (track #24 on I Still Hate CD’s), to Danelectro deity Link Wray to Tacoma’s 60’s garage god originators The Sonics.