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Release Day Picks this week highlights new albums by The New Mastersounds, Pixies, The Lumineers, Jeremy Ivey and Devendra Banhart.
The JamBase Podcast Episode 44 features ‘Tour Stories’ with The New Mastersounds drummer Simon Allen and ‘The Rundown’ of recent news items.
The New Mastersounds announced their 2019 New Year’s Eve concert at the Gramercy Theatre in New York City.
Stream a Spotify Playlist curated by The New Mastersounds drummer Simon Allen in celebration of the band’s 20th anniversary this year.
Listen to The New Mastersounds latest single “Kings & Queens” featuring vocalist Lamar Williams Jr. off their upcoming album ‘Shake It.”
Watch The New Mastersounds perform three songs with Lamar Williams Jr. at Paste Studio NYC.
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The New Mastersounds at Roxian Theatre
- Layin' Low
- Who's gonna take the weight
- Green was beautiful
- Burnt Back
- Shake It
- Kings and Queens
- Takin' Me Down
- Carrot Juice
- Love That We Deserve
- Let's Go Back
- San Frantico
- Live Life Free
About The New Mastersounds
In the late 1990’s, guitarist and producer Eddie Roberts was running a club night in Leeds called “The Cooker.” When The Cooker moved into a new venue with a second floor in 1999, there was space and the opportunity to put a live band together to complement the DJ sets. Simon Allen and Eddie had played together in 1997 as The Mastersounds, though with a different bassist and no organ. Through friends and the intimate nature of the Leeds music scene, Pete Shand and Bob Birch were added on bass and Hammond respectively, and The New Mastersounds were born. Though it was raw, and more of a boogaloo sound at first, it was powerful from the start. Their first rehearsal was hot enough for Blow it Hard Records to release on two limited-edition 7″ singles in 2000.
Fast-forward 13 years and the recorded catalogue boasts 24 more 7″ singles, 8 studio albums, 2 live albums, 1 remix album and 3 compilation albums, released variously in UK, USA and Japan, where they continue to tour extensively. Joe Tatton, another veteran of the Leeds scene, joined back in 2007, replacing Bob Birch on organ and piano.
As a band, and as individuals, they have collaborated or jammed with an impressive array of musicians DJs and producers, including: Lou Donaldson (Blue Note), Corinne Bailey Rae (EMI),Quantic (Tru Thoughts), Carleen Anderson (Young Disciples / Brand New Heavies), Keb Darge & Kenny Dope (Kay Dee Records), John Arnold (Ubiquity), Mr Scruff (Ninja Tune), Snowboy (Ubiquity), Fred Everything (2020vision), Andy Smith (Portishead), James Taylor (JTQ), LSK (Faithless), Lack of Afro (Freestyle), Page McConnell (Phish), Karl Denson (Lenny Kravitz / Greyboy Allstars), Melvin Sparks (Blue Note Records), George Porter Jr (The Meters), Fred Wesley, Maceo Parker (JB’s), Ernest Ranglin and Art Neville (Neville Brothers, The Meters)
As an example of the respect this band commands, Peter Wermelinger – DJ, collector, and author of the crate-diggers’ bible The Funky & Groovy Music Lexicon – places the 2001 NMS track ‘Turn This Thing Around’ in his all-time top-ten tunes, along with the likes of Eddie Harris, Funkadelic, and Herbie Hancock. The New Mastersounds are at the very top of an elite selection of acts that bring the true soul out of funk.
Watch Neil Young dust off “New Mama” for the first time in over 40 years and welcome Norah Jones at Harvest Moon A Gathering.
Watch Brandi Carlile welcome Mavis Staples and The Highwomen bandmates Amanda Shires and Natalie Hemby at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Watch Greensky Bluegrass welcome Lil Smokies for “Midnight Moonlight” during their Red Rocks three-night run opener.
Watch Warren Haynes and Alison Krauss sit-in with Bonnie Raitt at last night’s Outlaw Music Festival stop in Philadelphia.
Ringo Starr will release, his 20th studio album, ‘What’s My Name,’ in October and previewed the LP by unveiling its title track.