Latest album from the Cold War Kids

Californian indie-rock band the Cold War Kids have just released their latest album, Loyalty to Loyalty. They're currently in the midst of a Continental tour, so unless you happen to find yourself in Brussels next week, you'll have to settle for the CD. Listen to a clip, and check out the video for Track 4, Something Is Not Right With Me.

Sample:

Track 10: Dreams Old Men Dream

The Ark presents Joan Baez at the Michigan Theater

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Legendary folk musician Joan Baez brings her talents to the Michigan Theater for a night of entertainment on November 10 at 7:30pm. The current tour is to promote her new album, Day After Tomorrow. Baez played her first folk festival fifty years ago and she is perhaps best known for her work during the countercultural 1960s with her songs of freedom and civil rights. Visit The Ark’s website for details and ticket info. And be sure to grab a CD or two from AADL to get you in the mood beforehand!

A melodic mix

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Lovers of off-beat, global music are in for a treat this coming Sunday, Nov. 2 at 8 p.m. at Canterbury House when Ravish Momin's Trio Tarana will be performing. This Indian- and East-Asian-influenced jazz by this Brooklyn, New York, ensemble led by percussionist Momin is known for creating a unique sound combining Indian, Afghani, Balkan and African rhythms. The trio includes violinist Sam Bardfeld and oud player Brandon Terzic. Canterbury House, 721 E. Huron. $10 (students & seniors, $5). 764-3162.

Lie Down in the Light

It seems as though Will Oldham, a.k.a. Bonnie "Prince" Billy, must write all of his songs during the fall. His voice has a grace-in-death sound even when he's singing about less than morbid subjects -- say, hope and triumph. No, he doesn't have the abused, gravelly sound of a latter day Dylan record; in fact, his voice sounds more tuneful than ever on his latest album, Lie Down in the Light, but it's the gravity of his delivery and the honesty of his lyrics that carries the songs. Indeed, the folk artist puts forth one of his most consistent efforts here due to the lack of filler tracks and Oldham's ability to incorporate diverse instrumentation and expand the Americana genre without sounding clunky. Fans of Joan Baez, Iron and Wine, and Ray LaMontagne will likely enjoy this record as an introduction to Bonnie "Prince" Billy's unique niche in music.

Pittsfield Grange Family Dances

The season of Grange Family Dances has begun! David Park Williams, John Freeman, and Ed Vincent will call the square dance or contra dance for parents and/or grandparents to participate in with children. Live music provided by David West on piano and Donna Baird on fiddle, followed by Grange-baked cookies and cocoa or lemonade (depending on whether you need to warm up or cool down). The dances are on the third Sunday of the month, from 2:00-4:00 - next one is Sunday, November 16 - at the Pittsfield Union Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Road. There is a nominal fee. For more information contact Joan Hellmann at hellmann@umich.edu.

Taiwanese Hip Hop and R&B from Will Pan

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以名字名命的Will 未來式,是潘瑋柏出道以來的首張精選專輯,為他由2002年《壁虎漫步》至2007年《玩酷》的音樂作出一個完整的小結。同時代表意志力與未來的「Will」,這張雙CD專輯分別以「瑋柏的力量」和「瑋柏的情歌」記錄了潘瑋柏最具代表性的快歌與慢歌,包括︰「快樂崇拜」、「我的麥克風」、「Wu Ha」、「愛上未來的你」、「不得不愛」、「KISS NIGHT」等主打歌之外,還特別加錄了最新快歌「夏日瘋」和抒情歌「轉機」,而Will更首次以廣東話演繹「轉機」粵語版。

隨碟加送的DVD,輯錄了Will 13首主打MV,當中有新歌「轉機」粵語版以及多首Will與其他歌手合唱歌,有與張韶涵合唱的「快樂崇拜」、弦子的「不得不愛」、蘇芮的「我想更懂你」、阿信的「Shut Up」、王珞丹的「戴上我的愛」。
(Review courtesy of yesasia.com)

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We will never forget him

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Today, October 9, is the birthday of John Lennon, famed Beatles member, peace activist, poet, artist and musician who struck out on his own to create unforgettable songs. Lennon was born in 1940 in Liverpool, England. A brilliant lyricist known for his pungent wit as well as ability to tap into the deep emotions of his listeners, Lennon became a spokeperson for the peace movement of the Sixties and was a harsh critic of the Vietnam war. But most of all, we remember him for songs like "Hey Jude," which calls out to all of us to "make it better." Lennon was killed outside his apartment house in New York City on December 8, 1980.

This Love, the latest Mandarin album from R&B artist Khalil Fong.

《愛 愛 愛》專輯收錄了方大同的個人新作「愛愛愛」情歌,方大同確實寫歌有一手。主打歌「愛愛愛」(方大同作曲、周耀輝填詞)在2006年底橫掃各大流行音樂頒獎典禮,成為熱播金曲,歌詞抒發愛情遊戲的種種現象,經方大同演繹後別有一番味道。

方大同的R&B音樂才華被各電台和媒體肯定,這張2006年壓軸大碟《愛愛愛》值得歌迷珍藏,收錄了新歌「蘇麗珍」、「愛愛愛」和「歌手與模特兒」。特別版加送輯錄了四首新歌MV DVD一張,DVD以Digi package精美包裝。
(Review courtesy of yesasia.com)

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That old vinyl collection...

The Ann Arbor Record & CD Show is coming on Sunday, October 12, from 10 AM to 4 PM. The fair has moved to a new location, Weber's Inn, 3050 Jackson Rd. Over 50 dealers from several states will be there offering a wide variety of rare and collectible used records and CDs along with hard-to-find new releases. Be sure to get their early for the best selection. Refreshments will be available. Feel free to bring in a small number of records to sell. Adminsion is only $3 admission for people 11 and up. Children age 10 & under are free.

Before you head over to the show, be sure to look at our discography collection.

Jimmie Dale Gilmore Comes to The Ark

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Grammy nominated Jimmie Dale Gilmore brings his country-folk bliss to The Ark in Ann Arbor on Monday, October 13 at 8pm. Rolling Stone calls him “The poet laureate of the Buddhist cowboys.” His musical influences range from Texans such as Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly to acts such as The Beatles and Bob Dylan to an array of folk artists. His most recent album, Come On Back, is what he calls “a compilation of recordings of some old songs that my dad loved. I love them too, and it is a project very dear to me.” Texas based Gilmore is not only a singer and songwriter, he is also a record producer and actor. (Including a brief role in The Big Lebowski.) Check out The Ark’s website for more details and ticket information.

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