Very few new releases come out this week. Wu-Tang Clan member Ghostface Killah lets loose his 7th(!) album today, perhaps one of the only artists brave enough to weather the sea of re-releases and box sets flooding the stores during the holiday season. For those of you still looking for gifts, for your friends and family or for yourself, you’ll find new collections by Echo & The Bunnymen, The Wedding Present, The Libertines, and the Monkees. Nick Drake’s box set Fruit Tree gets a new release as does Damien Rice’s Live from Union Chapel, in case you hadn’t picked them up earlier. Also, worth checking out are Bonde Do Role’s remix EP, a live recording of Daft Punk from their tour this year, and Judy Garland as sung by Rufus Wainwright at Carnegie Hall. View the short list at Largehearted Boy.
But while you’re shopping, be sure to pick up a copy of Live at KEXP Volume Three, which is available only until the end of the year — that’s only 27 days away! Where else are you going to find exclusive live recordings with new bands like Beirut and legendary musicians like The English Beat? That’s right, Dave Wakeling and the ‘Beat dropped by the station for one of the most memorable in-studio performances ever.
photo by Gregory A. Perez
Here’s Kevin Cole’s account of the session:
“The sound booth was absolutely packed for the English Beat. About half were old-types reminiscing while listening to the songs that were part of the soundtrack of our youth. The other half were hearing their music for the first time. Everyone was dancing, clapping and singing along to the founding band of ska â€“ Dave Wakeling and the English Beat. From the first sounds from Daveâ€™s mouth – “Get yer hands up me lad!” – their set, which went on for nearly an hour, was amazing. Daveâ€™s voice was like butter, the entire band just oozing the spirit of the music, especially the keyboardist whose hands were going up and down the entire time. The band hung around the station afterward signing records and mirrors â€“ KEXP now has their own set of Mirrors in the Bathroom to remember the fantastic day skankinâ€™ with The English Beat.”
Live at KEXP Volume Three is available in retail stores in the Seattle area and online only until the end of the year.