Triple Played: New releases plentiful

There is saying that Triple Play Record’s longest continuing customer, Dan Miller, and I like to use whenever we go looking for specific music or musicians: Be careful, because you might find what you are looking for and more.

That was exactly the case the past two weeks when I went looking for new releases for the traditional surge of new music at the start of the school year in September.

I found it interesting that the “big four” as I call them, Mark Knopfler, Neil Young, Van Morrison and Bob Dylan are all releasing new music within a month of each other. But that is just a tip of the proverbial iceberg when it comes to new music releases over the next four to six weeks.

I cannot remember any time in our 24-plus years of business when there was more new music being released in such a short period of time.

My son Matthew said that maybe it is the rush to get CDs released before the big record labels decide to quit making CDs all together. That remains to be seen and would be a mistake in my opinion. I really do not think CDs are going to go away anytime soon.

While the above mentioned “big four” find the majority of their fans among baby boomers, there is plenty of music coming out soon for everybody.

Look for these new releases on Wednesday, Sept. 4: Rob Thomas and Matchbox Twenty with “North”; Melissa Etheridge, “4th Street Feeling”; Brian Setzer, “Rockabilly Riot”; Chick Corea and Gary Burton, “Hot House”; Tanita Tikaram, “Can’t Go Back”; and Tommy Bolin, “Teaser” (three-CD set containing the entire Teaser recording sessions).

Slated for release on Sept. 11: Bob Dylan, “Tempest”; Dave Matthews Band, “Away From the World”; The Avett Brothers, “Carpenter”; ZZ Top, “Futura”; Calexico, “Algiers”; Chris Knight, “Little Victories”; Mark Knopfler, “Privateering” (two-CD set); Jerry Jeff Walker, “Live From Dixie’s Bar and Bus Stop”; Flatlanders, “the Odessa Tapes”; and the Rolling Stones, “Some Girls Live in Texas” (three-piece set).

New releases on Sept. 18 include: Jimmy Lafave, “Depending On the Distance”; Ryan Bingham, “Tomorrowland”; Band of Horses, “Mirage Rock”; Rickie Lee Jones, “Devil You Know”; Fountains of Wayne, “Utopia Parkway”; Words, “Bend Beyond”; and Dwight Yoakam, “Three Pears” (his first new release in seven years).

Mumford and Sons with their release “Babel” headlines the Sept. 25 new releases along with: Gary Moore, “Blues for Jimi: Live in London”; Medeski, Martin & Wood, “Free Magic”; Joe Bonamassa, “Live From the Beacon Theatre”; John Hiatt, “Mystic Pinball”; Outlaws, “It’s About Pride”; Green Day, “Uno”; The Wallflowers, “Glad All Over”; and Waylon Jennings “Goin’ Down Rockin’ the Final Recordings.” I love Jennings and can’t wait to hear that CD.

Van Morrison releases one of the year’s most anticipated CDs, “Born to Sing, No Plan B,” on Oct. 2 and is joined by: Beth Orton, “Sugaring Season”; John Cale, “Shifty Adventures in Nookie Wood”; Heart, “Fanatic”; Diana Krall, “Glad Rag Doll”; Tori Amos, “Gold Dust”; Jeff Lynne, “Long Wave”; and Iris Dement, “Sing the Delta.”

Look for new music from Raul Malo & the Mavericks, Alice Cooper, Donald Fagen, John Fogerty, Neil Young and Paul McCartney sometime in October or November.

That is a lot of new music, and I just went looking for a few specific titles.

Rock Cesario owns Triple Play Records, 530 Main St., and hosts “Acoustic Sunday” from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday on Drive 105.3 FM. Email him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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