Guided by Voices: Zeppelin over China

On February 1, 2019, “Rockathon” label released “Zeppelin over China”, the 27th Guided by Voices studio album. It was recorded in 2018, at “Magic Door” in New Jersey, “Serious Business Records” in New York City, “Stillwater Lodge” in Dayton, Ohio, and was produced by Travis Harrison.

Personnel:

  • Robert Pollard – vocals
  • Doug Gillard – guitar, horn arrangements
  • Bobby Bare Jr. – guitar
  • Mark Shue – bass guitar
  • Kevin March – drums
  • Travis Harrison – engineer, vocal engineer, mastering, mixing
  • Ray Ketchem – engineer
  • Joe Patterson – art administration, layout
  • Robert Pollard – art administration, layout
  • Vince Williams – art administration

Track listing:

All tracks by Robert Pollard.

  1. Good Morning Sir
  2. Step of the Wave
  3. Carapace
  4. Send in the Suicide Squad
  5. Blurring the Contacts
  6. Your Lights are Out
  7. Windshield Wiper Rex
  8. Holy Rhythm
  9. Jack Tell
  10. Bellicose Starling
  11. Wrong Turn On
  12. Charmless Peters
  13. The Rally Boys
  14. Think. Be a Man
  15. Jam Warsong
  16. You Own the Night
  17. Everything’s Thrilling
  18. Nice About You
  19. Einstein’s Angel
  20. The Hearing Department
  21. Question of the Test
  22. No Point

Rustin Man: Drift Code

On February 1, 2019, “Domino” label released “Drift Code”, the second Rustin Man (Paul Webb) studio album. It was recorded in 2018, and was produced by Rustin Man.

Personnel:

  • Rustin Man – vocals, piano, acoustic and electric guitar, twelve string and baritone guitar, guitarrón, electric bass, Hammond organ, synthesizer, electric piano, acoustic guitar, xylophone, accordion, harmonica, sounds
  • T.J. Mackenzie — euphonium, trumpet, trombone, flugelhorn, French horn
  • Nancy Lewis – flute
  • James Yorkston — clarinet
  • Snowboy — claviola, surdo, pandeiro, rattle, chimes
  • Lee Harris — drums, sitar, Jew’s harp, tambourine
  • Sam Webb – vocals
  • Stephanie Hedges – vocals
  • Catherine Chandler – violin, viola, viola d’amore
  • Ginny Davis – cello
  • Grace Webb – backing vocals
  • Lee Harris — engineer
  • Sam Webb – engineer
  • Paul Webb – engineer
  • Guy Davis — mastering
  • Matthew Cooper – design
  • Frans Florijn – photography
  • Brett Price – photography

Track listing:

All tracks by Paul Webb, except where noted.

  1. Vanishing Heart
  2. Judgement Train
  3. Brings Me Joy
  4. Our Tomorrows – Paul Webb, Lee Harris
  5.  Euphonium Dream
  6. The World’s in Town
  7. Light the Light – Paul Webb, Lee Harris
  8. Martian Garden
  9. All Summer

Dune Rats: Hurry Up and Wait

On January 31, 2020, Dune Rats self-released “Hurry Up and Wait”, the second band’s album. It was recorded in 2019, and was produced by Mitch Kenny, James Tidswell, Danny Beus, Brett Jansch, BC Michaels and John Feldman.

Personnel:

  • Danny Beus – vocals, guitar
  • Brett Jansch – bass, backing vocals
  • BC Michaels – drums, backing vocals
  • Mitch Kenny – engineer
  • Kris Crummett – mastering
  • Lee McConnell – artwork

Track listing:

All tracks Danny Beus, Brett Jansch and BC Michaels.

  1. Intro
  2. Bobby D
  3. Rubber Arm
  4. No Plans
  5. Rock Bottom
  6. Crazy
  7. Patience
  8. Bad Habits
  9. Stupid Is as Stupid Does
  10. If My Bong Could Talk
  11. The Skids
  12. Mountain Come and go But Aussie Pub Rock Lives On (Forever)

Barrett Strong

On January 29, 2023, Barrett Strong died aged 81. He was singer and songwriter, the performer who had the first hit for Berry Gordy’s label “Tamla Records”, “Money (That’s What I Want)”. Strong was best known for his work as a songwriter, especially in association with the producer Norman Whitfield. In mid 1960s he became “Motown Records” writer lyricist, and together with Whitfield, they wrote some of the best known soul and funk classics of all times, including “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” by Marvin Gaye and Gladys Knight & the Pips; “War” by Edwin Starr; “Wherever I Lay My Hat (That’s My Home)” by Marvin Gaye; “Smiling Faces Sometimes” by The Undisputed Truth; “Cloud Nine”, “I Can’t Get Next to You”, “Psychedelic Shack”, “Ball of Confusion (That’s What the World Is Today)”, and “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone”, by The Temptations. In 1973, Strong received “Grammy Award for Best R&B Song” for “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone”. As leader, Strong released four albums.

Blossoms: Foolish Loving Spaces

On January 31, 2020, “Virgin EMI” label released “Foolish Loving Spaces”, the third Blossoms studio album. It was recorded May – December 2019, at “Parr Street Studios” in Liverpool, and was produced by James Skelly and Rich Turvey.

Personnel:

  • Josh Dewhurst – lead guitar, lap steel guitar 
  • Tom Ogden – vocals, rhythm guitar, piano 
  • Myles Kellock – keyboards
  • Charlie Salt – bass guitar, Moog bass, backing vocals 
  • Joe Donovan – drums, percussion
  • Rich Turvey – piano, additional keyboards
  • Ian Skelly – additional percussion
  • Zak McDonnell – cymbal, clapping 
  • Kristopher Bradford – clapping 
  • James Skelly – backing vocals 
  • Kim Wedderburne – backing vocals
  • Mica Townsend – backing vocals 
  • Yvonne Shelton – backing vocals
  • Ben Claughan – engineer
  • Kristopher Bradford – engineer
  • Joe LaPorta – mastering
  • Kennie Takahashi – mixing
  • Leo Villareal – artwork
  • Erik Djurklou – photography
  • Ewan Ogden – photography

Track listing:

  1. If You Think This is Real Life
  2. Your Girlfriend
  3. The Keeper
  4. My Swimming Brain
  5. Sunday Was a Friend of Mine
  6. Oh No (I Think I’m in Love)
  7. Romance, Eh?
  8. My Vacant Days
  9. Falling for Someone
  10. Like Gravity

Marianne Faithful: Horses and High Heels

On January 31, 2011, “Dramatico” label released “Horses and High Heels”, the 19th Marianne Faithfull album. It was recorded September – October 2010, at “Piet Street Recording”, “One East Recording”, “Studio Labomatic”, “Kramer Studios”, and was produced by Hal Willner.

Personnel:

  • Marianne Faithful – lead vocal
  • Jenni Muldaur – lead and backing vocals
  • Lou Reed – guitar
  • Carl Winton – lead and backing vocals,12 string and electric guitar, lap steel guitar, banjo, mandolin
  • Doug Pettibone – lead and backing vocals, acoustic and electric guitar
  • John Porter – electric guitar
  • Jonathan Frelich – acoustic guitar
  • Bob Andrews – piano, electric piano, organ
  • Mark Bingham – bass, string arrangements
  • George Porter Jr.  – bass
  • Carlo Nuccio – drums
  • Anthony Cuccia – congas, bass drum, tambourine, glockenspiel, shaker
  • Janna Sazlaw – flute
  • Dr Michael White – clarinet, recording, mixing
  • Matt Perrine – tuba
  • Jon Gross – tuba
  • Matt Rhod – violin
  • Helen Gillet – cello
  • Jack Craft – cello
  • Harmony Mintern – harp
  • Hal Willner – sampler
  • Dr. James P. Walsh – string arrangements, conductor
  • John Fischbach – mastering
  • Francois Ravard – creative director, executive director
  • Violette Nouailhac – artwork
  • Jim Warren – painting
  • Patrick Swirc – photography
  • Shawn Hall – production coordinator
  • Rachel Fox – production manager

Track listing:

  1. The Stations – Greg E. Dulli, Mark William Lanegan
  2. Why Did We Have to Part – Laurent Voulzy, Marianne Faithful
  3. That’s How Every Empire Falls – R. B. Morris
  4. No Reason – Jackie Lomax
  5. Prussian Blue – David Courts, Marianne Faithful
  6. Love Song – Lesley Duncan
  7. Gee Baby – JJ Johnson, Mary Alma Baker, Sylvia Robinson, Tyler T Texas
  8. Goin’ Back – Carole King, Gerry Goffin
  9. Past, Present and Future – Arthur Butler, George Francis Morton, Jerry Lieber
  10. Horses and High Heels – Doug Pettibone, Marianne Faithful
  11. Back in Baby’s Arms – Allen Toussaint
  12. Eternity – Doug Pettibone, Marianne Faithful
  13. The Old House – Franck McGuiness, Leo Abrahams
  14. Fragile Weapon – Devon T. Williams
  15. I Don´t Wanna Know – Rupert Charles Guidy

Marius Neset: Pinball

On January 30, 2015, “ACT Music” label released “Pinball” the 6th Marius Neset studio album. It was recorded in 2014, at “Ocean Recording Studio” in Giske, Norway, and was produced by Anton Eger and Marius Neset.

Personnel:

  • Marius Neset – tenor and soprano saxophones
  • Ivo Neame – piano, Hammond B3 organ, CP 80, clavinet
  • Jim Hart – vibraphone and marimba, additional drums
  • Petter Eldh – double bass
  • Anton Eger – drums, percussion
  • August Wanngren – tambourine
  • Ingrid Neset – flute
  • Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen – violin
  • Andreas Brantelid – cello
  • Pinball Band – clapping
  • Henning Vatne Svoren – recording
  • August Wanngren – mixing
  • Thomas Eberger – mastering
  • Rune Mortensen – artwork
  • Lisbeth Holten – photography

Track listing:

All tracks by Marius Neset, except where noted.

  1. World Song Part 1
  2. World Song Part 2
  3. Pinball
  4. Odes of You – Marius Neset, Anton Eger
  5. Police
  6. Music for Cello and Saxophone – Marius Neset, Anton Eger
  7. Theatre of Music – Marius Neset, Anton Eger
  8. Aberhonddu – Marius Neset, Anton Eger
  9. Jaguar – Marius Neset, Anton Eger
  10. Music for Drums and Saxophone – Marius Neset, Anton Eger
  11. Summer Dance
  12. Hymn from the World

Ringo Starr: Ringo 2012

On January 30, 2012, “Hip-O” and “UM” labels released “Ringo 2012”, the 17th Ringo Starr studio album. It was recorded in 2011, at “Roccabella West” in Los Angeles, and was produced by Bruce Sugar and Ringo Starr.

Personnel:

  • Ringo Starr (Richard Starkey) – lead and backing vocals, drums, percussion,  keyboards, guitar, mixing
  • Steve Dudas – guitar, bass
  • Joe Walsh – guitar
  • Kenny Wayne Shepherd – guitar
  • David A. Stewart – guitar, keyboards
  • Matt Cartsonis – mandolin
  • Bruce Sugar – keyboards, piano, horn, arrangement, organ, synth horns, mixing
  • Van Dyke Parks – keyboards, accordion, string arrangement
  • Benmont Tench – organ
  • Charlie Haden – bass
  • Don Was – bass
  • Michael Bradford – bass
  • Edgar Winter – sax, organ
  • Ann Marie Calhoun – violin
  • Amy Keys – backing vocals
  • Kelly Moneymaker – backing vocals
  • Richard Page – backing vocals
  • Ned Douglas – recording assistant
  • Chris Bellman – mastering
  • Vartan – art direction
  • Mike Fink, Philip Manning, Meire Murakami – design
  • Rob Shanahan – photography
  • Christine Telleck – production manager
  • Adam Starr – product manager

Track listing:

  1. Anthem – Richard Starkey, Glen Ballard
  2. Wings – Rickard Starkey, Vini Poncia
  3. Think It Over – Buddy Holly, Norman Petty
  4. Samba – Richard Starkey, Van Dyke Parks
  5. Rock Island Line – traditional, arranged by Richard Starkey
  6. Step Lightly – Richard Starkey
  7. Wonderful – Richard Starkey, Gary Nicholson
  8. In Liverpool – Richard Starkey, Dave Stewart
  9. Slow Down – Richard Starkey, Joe Walsh

Tom Verlaine

On January 28, 2023, Thomas Miller aka Tom Verlaine died aged 73. He was musician (guitar, piano), singer and songwriter, member of the bands The Neon Boys and Million Dollar Bashers, but was best known as frontman of The Television. Verlaine guested as guitarist on numerous releases of other artists including Luna and Patti Smith. As leader Verlaine released ten albums.

Weezer: OK Human

On January 29, 2021, “Crush Music” and “Atlantic” labels released “OK Human”, the fourteenth Weezer studio album. It was recorded 2018 – 2020, and was produced by Jake Sinclair.

Personnel:

  • Rivers Cuomo – lead vocals, piano
  • Brian Bell – piano, acoustic guitar, organ, backing vocals
  • Scott Shriner – bass, backing vocals
  • Patrick Wilson – drums, backing vocals
  • Tara Helen O’Connor – flute, piccolo
  • Keisuke Ikuma – English horn, oboe
  • Pavel Vinnitsky – clarinet, bass clarinet
  • Dan Shelly – bassoon
  • Erik Ralske – French horn
  • Anne Sharer – French horn
  • Tony Kadleck – trumpet
  • Ray Riccomini – trumpet
  • Ryan Keberle – trombone
  • Sasha Romero – trombone
  • Lisa Kim – concert master, violin
  • Peter Bahng – violin
  • Ann Lehmann – violin
  • Matt Lehmann – violin
  • Joanna Maurer – violin
  • Sharon Yamada – violin
  • Jung Sun Yoo – violin
  • Will Frampton – viola
  • Joel Noyes – viola
  • Michael Roth – viola
  • Becky Young – viola
  • Alan Stepansky – cello
  • Rob Mathes – arranger, horn conductor, string conductor, woodwind arrangement
  • Jonathan Allen – engineer
  • Perry Margouleff – engineer
  • Paul Pritchard – engineer
  • Suzy Shinn – engineer, vocal producer
  • Maureen Sickler – engineer
  • William Carroll – engineer
  • Zach Fisher – engineer
  • Brian Fombona – engineer
  • Rachel White – engineer
  • William Wittman – engineer
  • Karl Wingate – assistant engineer
  • Lazaro Zarate – assistant engineer
  • Andy Maxwell – assistant engineer
  • Branko Presley – assistant engineer
  • Lawton Burris – engineer assistant
  • John Sinclair – mixing
  • Pete Lyman – mastering

Track listing:

All tracks are written by Rivers Cuomo, except where noted.

  1. All My Favorite Songs – Rivers Cuomo, Ashley Gorley, Ben Johnson, Ilsey Juber
  2. Aloo Gobi
  3. Grapes of Wrath
  4. Numbers
  5. Playing My Piano
  6. Mirror Image
  7. Screens
  8. Bird with a Broken Wind
  9. Dead Roses
  10. Everything Happens for a Reason
  11. Here Comes the Rain
  12. La Brea Tar Pits