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The Breeze by Eric Clapton & Friends

Eric Clapton channels J.J. Cale in this newly released tribute to Cale's rootsy, bluesy music. You might know the Clapton hits "Cocaine" and "After Midnight" but not that they were written by Cale. This album showcases Cale's relaxed, laid-back style, perfect listening while sitting on your back deck sipping your favorite summer beverage. Listen now to The Breeze or go right to the source and check out some of J.J.

No Fools, No Fun by Puss N Boots

Fans of Norah Jones (Ravi Shankar's daughter) should not be surprised that her new band (well, technically not new, they've been playing in clubs for several years but this is their first album together) continues her adventures into country music. Unlike her covers of Every Brothers tunes (her last album, with Green Day's Bille Joe Armstrong), this is a mix of covers and originals, performed by Jones, Sasha Dobson, and Catherine Popper.

You Are My Flower by Elizabeth Mitchell

I’ll admit that I was drawn to this CD mainly for the vintage photograph on the cover, but it turned out to be exactly what I’ve been searching for: a children’s album that my baby likes, with songs that I’m actually happy to get stuck in my head.  Formerly of the indie band “Ida,” Elizabeth Mitchell transitioned into solo children’s music in the late 1990s and has been perfecting it ever since.  Mitchell does some beautiful covers of Woody Guthrie and Elizabeth Cotten, and manages to make folk songs soothing, but fun and upbeat at the same time.

Sky Full of Holes by Fountains of Wayne

My love affair with Fountains of Wayne began two weeks ago when I heard the song "Acela". When my old supervisor used to tell me that I would love Fountains of Wayne I didn't scoff, but I didn't pursue it either. I'd heard "Stacy's Mom". "Acela" is one of many catchy songs on "Sky Full of Holes", their 2011 release. Others include "Cemetery Guns", "Richie and Ruben", "Hate to See You Like This", and my favorite,"Cold Comfort Flowers".

Turn Blue by The Black Keys

At once timeless and brand new, this beautiful album invokes my favorite Pink Floyd (circa Dark Side of the Moon) and Neil Young (Down By the River), while being true to its own sensibilities. As is to be expected with The Black Keys, the drumming is stellar - spot on, crisp, and not overwrought at all.

...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin by The Roots

So much more than the house band for The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. The Roots have won Four Grammys (and been nominated for 12). This is their newest album, just released yesterday, May 19, 2014. Less than half the length of any of their previous studio albums, it contains an amazing diversity of voices and will reward repeated listenings.

Unrepentant Geraldines by Tori Amos

Released May 12, this is the first collection of original material from Tori since 2011's Night of the Hunters (not an album that caught my ear). Tori is now 50, looking back and bringing the mix of comfort and pain that is her calling card.

Desfado by Ana Moura

With a mix of Portuguese and English lyrics, Ana Moura's album "Desfado" puts a spin on traditional fado (see below), creating songs that have a jazzy, folk feel. Moura also covers Joni Mitchell's "A Case of You" with a sweet, melodic voice that will instantly win you over. Check Our Catalog or simply Listen Now!

Morning Phase by Beck

One of the reasons Beck is beloved by critics is that he doesn't just put out warmed over versions of his "sound;" although, his music is certainly identifiable.  Morning Phase is recognizably Beck, but the more atmospheric, reflective Beck. Almost every one of his albums has had a song on it that I've loved instantly and forever and this album is no exception. In this case that song is "Heart is a Drum." That's not to say that there is only one good song, there are many: "Say Goodbye", "Blue Moon", "Morning" and "Blackbird Chain" among the best.

Tales from the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles by Suzanne Vega

Remember Luka? Suzanne Vega has just released her first album of original material in seven years (her 8th album for those of you counting). These ten new tracks instantly sound familiar and comfortable, like reuniting with an old friend. I hadn't realized I missed her, but her voice takes me back and the simple guitar work is the perfect accompanment (this is not the Tom's Diner remix!) Ms. Vega has great industry connections. She started her own label in 2010 and this album was mixed by Kevin Killen (who has worked with Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush).

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