FIRST LISTEN: ‘Torches’ by Foster The People (Columbia)


“Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster the People (Columbia Recs)

HONEST SOUNDS: ‘Bright Eyes’ by Art Garfunkel (Columbia Recs)

‘Shake Up Christmas’ by Train (Columbia Recs)

FIRST LISTEN: ‘The Promise’ by Bruce Springsteen (Columbia Recs)

The Promise

The album is a collection of outtakes from the album Darkness of the Edge of Town (1978, US Billboard #5).  The Promise coincides with a film to be released about the creation of the album The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town (2010).

FIRST LISTEN: ‘The Witmark Demos 1962-1964’ by Bob Dylan (Columbia Recs)

The Witmark Demos 1962-1964 Features demos for songs including “Mr. Tambourine Man”, “The Times They Are A-Changin'”, “Blowin’ In The Wind”, and many more.

‘I’m So Sick of You’ by CAKE (Columbia Recs)

Showroom of Compassion, the newest CAKE album in 6 years, is due out Jan 11, 2011.

First song up is “I’m So Sick of You”.  “It’s about how when you hate things, the circle of hate starts rather broadly,” McCrea explains to SPIN (here to hear the song). “You hate the President or a big movie star, someone you’ll probably never meet. Gradually though, the circle tightens and the objects of hate get closer and closer to the hater. Now it’s your uncle or your mother, now it’s your close friend, and finally it’s you. Bummer.”

Live Performance of “I’m So Sick of You”

FIRST LISTEN: ‘Wake Up!’ by John Legend & The Roots (Columbia/Sony/GOOD Music Records)

Wake Up!

The album is Legend’s attempt to reflect the feelings and atmosphere he experienced while campaigning for the 2008 Presidential Election of President Barrack Obama.  It was named after the Arcade Fire song of the same name.  It was co-produced by Kanye West and more.  The album also features CL Smooth, Malik Yusef, Common, and Melanie Fiona.  It is available for purchase starting tomorrow Tues September 21, 2010.

Neil Diamond (American/Columbia Recs) to release covers album ‘Dreams’

Due out November 2, 2010 the album is filled with Diamond’s favorite songs.  He says it is the album of his dreams, that “You never know how long you’ve got and a lot of these songs have been waiting for me to record them for 40 years.”  The album includes covers from artists including Harry Nilsson, The Beatles, The Everly Brothers, Randy Newman, and more.

Track listing:

1. Ain’t No Sunshine – Bill Withers

2. Blackbird – The Beatles

3. Alone Again (Naturally) – Gilbert O’Sullivan

4. Feels Like Home – Randy Newman

5. Midnight Train To Georgia – Gladys Knight & The Pips

6. I’m A Believer (Unreleased version) – Neil Diamond (as made famous by The Monkees)

7. Love Song – performed by Elton John

8. Losing You – Randy Newman

9. Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen

10. A Song For You – Carpenters

11. Yesterday – The Beatles

12. Let It Be Me – The Everly Brothers

13. Desperado – The Eagles

14. Don’t Forget Me – Harry Nilsson

‘Hands’ by The Ting Tings (Columbia Recs)

The song will be released Oct 11.  The duo’s first album was a #1 album in the UK and has sold more than 2 million copies.  This is another simple track but nonetheless its fun.