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Boardwalk Empire Volume 2: Music from the HBO Orginal Series

Boardwalk Empire

Album release: Boardwalk Empire Volume 2 - Music From The HBO Original Series
Features: Elvis Costello, Neko Case, Patti Smith, Liza Minnelli, Rufus Wainwright
Release date: September 2 2013
Label: ABKCO Records

On September 2nd, luminaries from across the music world will pay homage to the sounds of the Prohibition Era with the ABKCO Records release of Boardwalk Empire Volume 2: Music From The HBO® Original Series. The soundtrack features all new recordings from a wide range of vocalists — from Elvis Costello and Patti Smith to St. Vincent and The National's Matt Berninger — singing timeless standards and forgotten gems from the 1920s. Season 4 of the hit HBO series premieres in the US on September 8th.

Following up on their GRAMMY win for Volume 1, producer Stewart Lerman and Boardwalk Empire music supervisor Randall Poster bring together a swinging, sauntering collection of big-band classics, New Orleans rags, sultry ballads and torch songs. Album highlights include Costello crooning It Had To Be You, Liza Minnelli belting out You've Got To See Mama Ev’ry Night (Or You Can't See Mama At All), Berninger lending his rugged baritone to I'll See You In My Dreams and Neko Case breathing new life into Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out. Featuring inimitable contributions from high-profile recording artists including Rufus Wainwright, Loudon Wainwright III, St. Vincent and David Johansen, Poster has created an album that retains a remarkable cohesion with the series and with the music of the 1920s.

Poster, a frequent music supervisor for renowned directors including Martin Scorsese, Wes Anderson and Sam Mendes, stated, "Boardwalk Empire provides an incredible backdrop for music. It's been a steady treat to mark the passing of time in song over the course of four seasons," said series music supervisor Randall Poster. "Terry Winters, Martin Scorsese and the entire Boardwalk Empire team inspire the sound of the episodes as we move from the streets and alleys of Atlantic City to the smoky rooms of Al Capone's Chicago and on down into the tropics of Florida. This compilation celebrates the mastery of all the artists involved." With instrumentation recorded by Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks — the NYC jazz ensemble and Boardwalk Empire house band — the album also includes performances by cast members Stephen DeRosa (as song-and-dance man Eddie Cantor) and Margot Bingham (as a new character to be introduced this fall) singing tracks that will be debuted throughout the new season.

Boardwalk Empire Volume 2: track list

  1. David Johansen - Strut Miss Lizzie
  2. Stephen DeRosa - Old King Tut
  3. Elvis Costello - It Had To Be You
  4. Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks - Everybody Loves My Baby
  5. Liza Minnelli - You've Got To See Mama Ev’ry Night (Or You Can't See Mama At All)
  6. Leon Redbone - Baby Won't You Please Come Home
  7. St. Vincent - Make Believe
  8. Pokey LaFarge - Lovesick Blues
  9. Neko Case - Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out
  10. Karen Elson - Who's Sorry Now
  11. Stephan DeRosa - You'd Be Surprised
  12. Margot Bingham - I'm Going South
  13. Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks - Sugarfoot Stomp
  14. Rufus Wainwright - Jimbo Jambo
  15. Kathy Brier - There'll Be Some Changes Made
  16. Margot Bingham - Somebody Loves Me
  17. Chaim Tannenbaum - All Alone
  18. Loudon Wainwright III - The Prisoner's Song
  19. Patti Smith - I Ain't Got Nobody
  20. Matt Berninger - I'll See You In My Dreams

Free download from orchestral-pop songstress Erica Wexler 

Free download: Flesh by Erica Wexler

Orchestral-pop songstress Erica Wexler has announced a free MP3 giveaway of a new track, Flesh, at her brand new official website,

The track is from her debut album Sunlit Night, executive produced by XTC's Andy Partridge, and mixed by Andy Bradfield (Rufus Wainwright, Elbow, David Gray). The record is due out in September 2012, with the EP and lead single Wildflowers, coming out on June 25th.

Talking of the song Flesh, Wexler says:

“It’s a song that I hope will inspire procreation and a good time for all. It was great fun to record, there’s Middle Eastern percussion and endless real vocal pads of my voice that I hope will make the song feel like a sensual scented bath for you and another special body.”

Erica was girlfriend to pop artist Roy Lichtenstein for 2 and a half years. She was the inspiration for introducing nudes into Lichtenstein’s work. Sunlit Night was funded by the sale of some Lichtenstein drawings given to her by the artist. She still has an interesting collection of unique mementos from this period.

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Mark Northfield – Alterations

Album release: Alterations by Mark Northfield
Release date: 2 July 2012 

Seriously great songs” – Tom Robinson

“I fully believe in well-thought through albums as an artform worth preserving. They give both artists and listeners the chance to find deeper emotional and intellectual connections with music. Short stories and short films can be great, but would we settle for a world without full-length versions of either? I think not. People forget that listening doesn't have to be a passive activity simply to create wallpaper, it can very much be an active experience, almost an art in its own right. We should resist the option of skipping tracks just because technology makes it easy for us: forever skimming the surface of things dulls the senses over time.” 

So begins Mark Northfield, as he talks of a modern musical mindset growing narrower and narrower. It follows then, that Alterations’ first lyric is ‘I heard a pop song today, it was grimly efficient…’ – heard on opener The Death of Copyright. The track Some Songs… contrastingly feels steeped in drama, testament not only to Northfield’s accomplished writing skills but also to his view that he makes music first and foremost as an outsider; a self-imposed tag largely attributed to having spent years in front of a piano, being ultra skinny, and having a precise BBC accent in a sea of yokel twang. Alterations is a record sure to resonate with those who feel the same.

It’s no wonder then that he began writing songs to say what couldn't be said otherwise; songs that go head to head with cultural (and religious) assumptions, and deeper questions of human existence. Even in his more traditional song-writing moments, Northfield’s lyrical talent lies in his embedding of language that suggests wider interpretations.

Alterations is entirely written by Mark Northfield, right down to the lush string arrangements, while the many vocal collaborations are his way of bringing a wide range of artistic sensibilities into the frame.

Taking in a wide range of influences including Simon & Garfunkel, The Divine Comedy, Radiohead and Rufus Wainwright, as well as the classical likes of Chopin and Beethoven, Alterations’ trajectory is set to outsider pop with a quintessentially English bent, most notably rearing its head in Reminders Remind’s spoken word piece, and album closer The Forecaster – an ode to the weather. What could be more English than that?

What sets Northfield apart is his own rich sense of melodicism infused with melancholy, occasional wit and deft lyric writing. Not to mention a willingness to tread his own sonic path, irrespective of fashion. 

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