Squeeztone Recording Artists, the Cedarsqueezers are proud to announce thier second CD "El Chupacabra," to be released on July 30, 2010. Featuring an array of top musical talent from Austin and San Antonio, including Lloyd Maines, Grammy Award winning producer of the Dixie Chicks critically acclaimed CD "Home."
Paolo Fresu's Songlines/Night & Blue is a beautiful performance by a musician who does not feel compelled to prove himself with pyrotechnics. Instead, on this two-disc set, the Italian trumpeter prefers speaking his piece with lush melodies and a rich full horn sound, supported by an exceptional quartet. Being an Italian album, it seems appropriate to use a few musical terms. The entire affair, around 140 minutes in length, is taken sostenuto (smoothly), with a pace that slides between adagio (slowly) and andante (walking), but never goes much faster than that. But this down-tempo consistency should not be confused with sloth. Everything here is tightly played, with some real intensity from the musicians; it's just not going to wake the neighbors with frenetic thunder.
It’s hard to be ambivalent about Zooey Deschanel. She’s a polarizing personality, one whose deadpan movie roles and big Bambi eyes are either charming or too cute for their own good. The same can be said for She & Him, a soft rock duo that features Deschanel doing what she does best as a film star: acting utterly adorable alongside a quiet, talented male character. Her co-star in this case is M. Ward, who produces the band's second album and frames Deschanel’s voice with a Spector-sized pile of instruments. Those who already take issue with Zooey’s acting will almost surely pick this record apart – it’s too reminiscent of her cutesy turns in movies like (500) Days of Summer to change many minds – but for fans of retro pop (and Deschanel in general), Volume 2 is a gem. Whether they’re copping the Brill Building sound or resurrecting ‘70s beach-pop, She & Him always seem to have nostalgia on the mind.
The Country Music Association of Australian and EMI Music have enjoyed a long and prestigious relationship for close to 20 years, with the annual release of the "Winners" compilation, collecting together the finalists from the Tamworth Golden Guitar Awards every year. Now comes this stunning double CD collection of timeless favourites from the superstars of the local country music scene, featuring Lee Kernaghan, Slim Dusty, Adam Brand, Adam Harvey, Beccy Cole, James Blundell, Kasey Chambers, Troy Cassar-Daley, Gina Jeffreys, John Williamson and many more.