John Lennon, Cake, TV on the Radio

The soulful and inspired Ray LaMontagne; The homespun songs of Amy Correia; Listening to TV on the Radio; The unpredictable Vincent & Mr. Green; Ever-dry, ironic rockers Cake; Jazz saxophone great Coleman Hawkins; The meditative music of Georges Gurdjieff. Featured Artist: John Lennon.

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John Lennon, Cake, TV on the Radio

Rock 'N' Roll

Stand by Me

  • Artist: John Lennon
  • Album: Rock 'n' Roll
  • Song: Stand by Me

It was a chaotic and often bizarre set of circumstances that lead to the release of this album, first in 1975. You can learn more about it by watching the slideshow.

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Rock 'N' Roll
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John Lennon
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Toshiba EMI

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Trouble

Trouble

  • Artist: Ray LaMontagne
  • Album: Trouble
  • Song: Trouble

This is the debut release from Ray LaMontagne, a singer/songwriter who sounds like a cross between Otis Redding and Van Morrison. His music is sparse, maudlin with heartfelt, cinematic stories.

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Trouble
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Ray LaMontagne
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Echo UK

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Lakeville

59th Street

  • Artist: Amy Correia
  • Album: Lakeville
  • Song: 59th Street

Amy Correia says she believes in ghosts and claims a run-in with a poltergeist at a friend's New York apartment inspired some of the work on this album.

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59th Street
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Lakeville
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Amy Correia
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EMI

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Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes

Dreams

  • Artist: TV on the Radio
  • Album: Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes
  • Song: Dreams

This Brooklyn-based trio is one of the most unique acts of the new decade, creating a strange sonic experience while exploring sensitive political and cultural issues.

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Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes
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TV on the Radio
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4AD

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Vincent & Mr. Green

$2.50

  • Artist: Vincent & Mr. Green
  • Album: Vincent & Mr. Green
  • Song: $2.50

Previously known as the Jade Vincent Experiment, this unusual group makes experimental music, as unpredictable as it is unconventional.

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Vincent & Mr. Green
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Vincent & Mr. Green
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Ipecac

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Pressure Chief

Wheels

  • Artist: Cake
  • Album: Pressure Chief
  • Song: Wheels

Emerging in the early '90s to become the quintessential ironic rock band of the decade, Cake have released their fifth album showing their sardonic wit is as sharp as ever.

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Wheels
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Pressure Chief
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Cake
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Columbia

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Chants, Hymns and Dances

Chant from a Holy Book (Gurdjieff)

  • Artist: Anja Lechner
  • Album: Gurdjieff, Tsabropoulos: Chants, Hymns and Dances
  • Song: Chant from a Holy Book (Gurdjieff)

German cellist Anja Lechner and Greek pianist Vassilis Tsabropoulos here perform the work of Georges Ivanovitch Gurdjieff, an early 20th century composer who wrote simple, meditative melodies reminiscent of Erik Satie's "Gymnopedies" and "Gnossiennes."

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Chant from a Holy Book (Gurdjieff)
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Chants, Hymns and Dances
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Anya Lechner & Vassilis Tsabropoulos
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