Fans of Kings of Leon will be pleased to know that the band’s latest album, Mechanical Bull, is slated by RCA Records to be on the calendar, September 24.  The album will follow-up the band’s previous effort, Come Around Sundown (2010), and the platinum-selling Only By The Night (2008).  Mechanical Bull will be their sixth studio effort.

Way back in 1993, Eric Mouquet, along with Michel Sanchez, released a different kind of ambient album.  The music was electronic, but incorporated the sounds of Africa.  The music, to say the least, was hypnotic, and eventually gained world-wide notice.  Since, Deep Forest has visited several exotic locales and ideas to join music with, all to varying degrees of success and notice in comparison to their first album.

Deep Forest Deep Africa

On July 9, Big3 Records will release Deep Africa in the US in a return to the original sound that garnered their notice, that of Africa.  Deep Forest is a Grammy-winning band with a fascinating soundtrack.  Deep Africa was released in Europe on April 2.

UMe will release a restored version of The Beatles’ HELP! film on Blu-ray on June 25.  The BD will contain an hour of extra features including a 30-minute documentary about the making of the film, memories of the cast and crew, an in-depth look at the restoration process, an outtake scene, and original trailer and radio spots.  Oh yeah!  And 5.1 Surround.

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After 31 years, Graham Parker reunited with his one time band, The Rumour, who was with GP during his most popular period (Howlin’ Wind, Heat Treatment, Stick To Me, Squeezing Out Sparks, The Up Escalator) from 1975 through 1980.  Anyone who remembers that period will also remember the dynamic music of that band and will likely be anxious to hear what magic the re-connection might yield.

image002The band rejoined with Graham Parker to record the recent and completely satisfying Three Chords Good in 2012.  As a result of that reunion, the band performed for This Is 40, a recent Judd Apatow film.  The concert was a complete one filmed to take scenes for the film.  It represented their first public concert in over thirty years.

On August 20, Shout! Factory will release the entire concert footage as Graham Parker and The Rumour: This Is Live.  This film will be issued on Blu-ray, DVD, and DD.

The filmed concert will feature twelve performance tracks:

Graham Parker & The Rumour: This Is Live Blu-ray + DVD Track Listing
Fool’s Gold
Nobody Hurts You
Protection
Local Girls
Long Emotional Ride
She Rocks Me
Passion Is No Ordinary Word
Discovering Japan
Stop Cryin’ About The Rain
Three Chords Good
Stupefaction
Soul Shoes

By MARowe

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