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Alan Doyle to Release New Album ‘Welcome Home’ on February 9th

Alan Doyle has announced his new album ‘Welcome Home,’ due out February 9th, which will be supported by an extensive North American tour.

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Alan Doyle, photo by Dave Howells
Alan Doyle, photo by Dave Howells

Expect the unexpected from Welcome Home, the sixth solo studio album (and 20th of his career) from Alan Doyle, scheduled for release on February 9th. While upholding his status as a perennial merrymaker — a reputation burnished by his years with acclaimed folk-pop combo Great Big Sea — the new album also finds the multifaceted singer-songwriter and 14-time JUNO Award nominee exploring novel sonic terrain.

Alongside marquee co-writers Jimmy Rankin, Donovan Woods, and actor Oscar Isaac, Doyle presents nine original songs recorded in Montreal with producer-engineer Marcus Paquin. They range from his signature fiercely rollicking party tracks to surprisingly intimate tunes. Doyle says it’s the most personal and understated album he’s ever released.

Discussing the album, Doyle states:

“I have always struggled with the middle ground. I love playing live so much and I have been rightly accused of writing songs more for concerts than albums. Most people who come to my shows want that kind of night out. So, I have overlooked the lower and slower: the lower part of my vocal range and the slower songs. I’m letting myself do that for the first time on this record.”

Following the release of the title track late last year, Doyle is giving fans another sneak peek at the album today, with the joyful album opener “Yours and Mine,” crafted with Rankin, the East Coast legend and one of Doyle’s songwriting heroes.

Doyle adds:

“It was a thrill to work in his orbit. This one’s about being a parent and watching children growing and going… and hoping you stay with them when they do.”

Alan Doyle and his Beautiful Beautiful Band are gearing up to hit the road for an extensive North American tour. The run starts on February 20th in Kelowna, BC, and will take him across Canada and the U.S. for 45 shows, wrapping up on May 18th in Homer, NY. Indie rock singer-songwriter Adam Baldwin will be Doyle’s special guest on all dates.

Alan Doyle ‘Welcome Home’ album artwork

Alan Doyle ‘Welcome Home’ album artwork

Alan Doyle is a multifaceted singer-songwriter, going on three decades strong as a musician, first as a member of the much-celebrated band Great Big Sea and now as an internationally acclaimed solo artist. His CV is extensive — he is a thrice-published author, a film and TV actor-producer with multiple major credits, and the co-producer of the recently released 20-song Ron Hynes tribute album, Sonny Don’t Go Away.

Yet the wildly popular musician from Petty Harbour, Newfoundland, remains most electrifying before a live audience, abetted by his ace band. “I am the luckiest guy in the world,” Doyle says. “It’s such a privilege to stand among those players on stage.”

Welcome Home Track Listing:

1. Yours and Mine
2. Welcome Home
3. You’ll Still Be With Me
4. Dancing Like We Did Last Night
5. Hard Old Hands
6. Long Night
7. How Did We Get From Saying I Love You
8. Best I Never Had
9. All for a Song

Tour Dates:

02/20 – Kelowna, BC – Kelowna Community Theatre
02/21 – Kelowna, BC – Kelowna Community Theatre SOLD OUT
02/22 – Victoria, BC – McPherson Playhouse SOLD OUT
02/23 – Vancouver, BC – Orpheum
02/24 – Portland, OR – Aladdin Theater
02/25 – Edmonds, WA – Edmonds Center For the Arts
02/27 – Cranbrook, BC – Key City Theatre SOLD OUT
02/28 – Trail, BC – The Bailey Theatre SOLD OUT
02/29 – Edmonton, AB – Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
03/01 – Calgary, AB – Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
03/02 – Regina, SK – Conexus Arts Centre
03/03 – Saskatoon, SK – TCU Place
03/05 – Winnipeg, MB – Burton Cummings Theatre
03/06 – Minneapolis, MN – Parkway Theatre
03/07 – Chicago, IL – Old Town School of Folk Music, Szold Hall
03/08 – Hamilton, ON – First Ontario Concert Hall
03/09 – Toronto, ON – Massey Hall
03/11 – Kingston, ON – Grand Theatre SOLD OUT
03/12 – Kitchener, ON – Centre In The Square
03/13 – Ottawa, ON – National Arts Centre
03/14 – Montreal, QC – L’Olympia
03/15 – Moncton, NB – Casino New Brunswick
03/16 – Halifax, NS – Scotiabank Centre
04/24 – Bethel, NY – Bethel Woods Event Gallery
04/25 – Boston, MA – The Wilbur Theatre
04/26 – Portland, ME – Aura
04/27 – New York, NY – Sony Hall
04/28 – Vienna, VA – The Barns at Wolf Trap
04/30 – Sellersville, PA – Sellersville Theater
05/01 – Annapolis, MD – Rams Head On Stage
05/02 – Atlanta, GA – City Winery
05/03 – Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood Theatre
05/04 – Nashville, TN – City Winery
05/05 – St. Louis, MO – City Winery
05/07 – Parker, CO – PACE Center
05/08 – Kansas City, MO – Knuckleheads Saloon
05/09 – Madison, WI – Bur Oak SOLD OUT
05/10 – Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre
05/11 – Buffalo, NY – Buffalo State Performing Arts Center
05/12 – Cleveland, OH – Music Box
05/14 – Pittsburgh, PA – City Winery
05/15 – Richmond, VA – The Tin Pan
05/16 – St. Mary’s City, MD – Nancy R. and Norton T. Dodge Performing Arts Center
05/17 – Red Bank, NJ – The Vogel
05/18 – Homer, NY – Center For The Arts

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Craft Recordings Thrilled to Announce Titles for Record Store Day 2024

Craft Recordings announces their titles for Record Store Day 2024 available at participating independent music retailers on April 20th.

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Collective Soul ‘Dosage’ album packshot
Collective Soul ‘Dosage’ album packshot

Craft Recordings is thrilled to announce its titles for Record Store Day 2024. This year’s lineup—available at participating independent music retailers on April 20—includes eight exclusive releases that span a variety of genres—from chilling cult-classic soundtracks and long-sought-after alt-rock reissues to jazz, new age, and beyond.

Among the offerings is a 25th anniversary pressing of Collective Soul’s Platinum-selling fourth album, Dosage (featuring the mega-hit “Heavy”), At The Drive-In’s electrifying sophomore album, in/CASINO/OUT, and the first-ever vinyl pressing of Filter’s The Very Best Things collection. Also making its debut on wax is the chart-topping Inner World album from His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama—a first-of-its-kind release from the Tibetan spiritual leader, which blends his spoken-word meditations with music from a renowned collective of artists, including Anoushka Shankar.

Other highlights include a sought-after mono edition of Everybody Digs Bill Evans on 180-gram vinyl, while film buffs will delight over the return of two cult-classic soundtracks, 1972’s Black Girl and 1977’s Orca. Finally, the acclaimed Jazz Dispensary Series returns with The Freedom Sound! The People Arise—an empowering setlist of deep cuts by Joe Henderson, Gary Bartz, and Azar Lawrence, among others.

Craft Recordings Record Store Day releases April 2024

Craft Recordings Record Store Day releases April 2024

A full list of participating Record Store Day retailers and more information can be found here.

#1 At The Drive-In – in/CASINO/OUT (1-LP, Purple & Green Smoke Vinyl)

#2 Bill Evans Trio – Everybody Digs Bill Evans (1-LP, Mono, 180-gram Vinyl)

#3 Collective Soul – Dosage (1-LP, Translucent Lemonade Vinyl)

#4 Dalai Lama – Inner World (1-LP, Gold Vinyl)

#5 Filter – The Very Best Things: 1995-2008 (2-LP, Mercury Swirl Vinyl)

#6 Various Artists – Jazz Dispensary: The Freedom Sound! The People Arise (1-LP, Freedom Blue Swirl Vinyl)

#7 Jazz Dispensary: The Freedom Sound! The People Arise

#8 Various Artists – Black Girl – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack [Reel Cut Series] (1-LP, 180-Gram Clear Black Swirl Vinyl)

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Cosmic Ninja Evolve Their Genre Bending Style on New EP ‘Filth’

Bristol rock ravers Cosmic Ninja evolve their genre-bending sound on their brand new EP ‘Filth,’ released earlier this month.

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Cosmic Ninja, photo by Pacific Curd Photography
Cosmic Ninja, photo by Pacific Curd Photography

Cosmic Ninja has been taking the UK by storm over the last few years with their eclectic sound and raucous live show. The band has just released their most accomplished and exciting work in their new EP, Filth.

Their energetic appeal, disregard for genre conventions, and punk ethos have made the band stand out in a deeply creative scene. Filth is packed full of tracks that feel distinctive and
packed full of unique character while embedded with Cosmic Ninja DNA.

Recorded with John Mitchell (Enter Shikari, Architects) at Outhouse Studios in Reading, the EP bursts with energy and intensity throughout, melding impassioned political lyrics with dizzying electronics and huge riffs. From the angst-filled raps to the soaring, memorable choruses, the diversity and guile shown on the new EP are staggering, and with their sights set on themes like the political status quo, injustice, equality, and mental health, their message feels clearer and more important than ever.

A track that exemplifies the feel of the EP is “Stone Cold,” a track as dynamic and unpredictable as anything you’ll hear this year. Euphoric synths compliment a sound that skitters from groovy to melodic to spiky before reaching its apex with a colossal metal breakdown. Everything about the track feels laser-focused and precise, embodying everything that Cosmic Ninja is.

Filth is blessed with an abundance of similar highlights and moments of awe-inspiring creativity throughout. The powerful, socially conscious messaging that adorns these tracks feels vital and relevant, and the conviction in the dual vocals makes for a release that feels as authentic and pure as it does all-encompassing.

Cosmic Ninja ‘Filth’ EP album artwork

Cosmic Ninja ‘Filth’ EP album artwork

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Plutocracy Planet Announces Debut LP for Summer 2024

Born of the pandemic shutdown, Plutocracy Planet is an experimental sociopolitical super-collective led by Scott Morrow.

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Scott Morrow aka Plutocracy Planet
Scott Morrow aka Plutocracy Planet

Born of the pandemic shutdown and mobilized by the world’s societal ills, Plutocracy Planet is an experimental sociopolitical super-collective led by former Alarm Magazine editor and musical vagrant Scott Morrow.

Fusing post-hardcore sensibilities with electronics, polyrhythms, atypical time signatures, and a far-reaching instrumental palette including strings, saxophone, piano, harp, marimba, acoustic guitar, and more. The ambitious collaborative project utilizes the talents of more than two dozen venerable vocalists and instrumentalists across hardcore, hip-hop, emo, avant-garde composition, pop, and more.

Greed, inequality, and the endless influence of money in politics serve as the project’s thematic focal points. But between a broad-minded approach and a coalition of lyrical voices, the collective’s forthcoming debut LP also touches on the cult of personality, fear-mongering media, police brutality, toxic masculinity, religious zealotry, factory farming, the billionaire space race, and the singularity.

Lead single “This Very Severity,” whose music video premiered at BrooklynVegan and is out now on DSPs, features emo legend Bob Nanna (Braid, Hey Mercedes, The City on Film) playing a slowly unravelling news anchor, relaying stories of our current fractured reality and an increasingly dystopian future.

Nanna says:

“I was overjoyed to be asked to contribute to the record as I usually don’t dabble in this genre or subject matter too much, and now I think I should way more often. Being able to collaborate on cool, important projects is something that brings me great joy, so being a part of this record was a tremendous pleasure. Please disregard my lack of dress pants in the video.”

Joining Nanna on “This Very Severity” are a pair of instrumental phenoms, guitarist Jason Schimmel (Red Fiction, Estradasphere, Secret Chiefs 3) and bassist Jonathan Hischke (The Sound of Animals Fighting, Le Butcherettes, Hella, Anywhere).

Morrow says:

“It’s unbelievable to me that I get to work with the people on this album. I’ve been a fan—in many cases a super fan—of many of them for 20 to 25 years. It’s a mind-blowing honor that they said yes, and I still don’t really know how the hell I convinced them .”

Plutocracy Planet ‘Plutocracy Planet’ album artwork

Plutocracy Planet ‘Plutocracy Planet’ album artwork

Plutocracy Planet Track Listing:

1. Prologue
2. This Very Severity (f. Bob Nanna)
3. But You Said (f. onelinedrawing)
4. A Simple Refrain (f. Matt Pryor & Swamburger)
5. Commence Mutation (f. Carson Pace)
6. Slaughterhouse Soliloquy (f. Swamburger & Drumcorps)
7. War? (f. Rody Walker)
8. True Crime (f. Angela Mullenhour)
9. Hours and Hours (Work Harder, Not Smarter) (f. Mark Rose)
10. Dance of the Downtrodden (f. Carla Kihlstedt, Nils Frykdahl & Jørgen Munkeby)
11. Remain Silent (f. Emily Jane White, Blueprint & Bruce Lamont)
12. Epilogue

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