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Simon Posford Brings The Shpongletron Experience & Younger Brother to the US

Pioneering musician/producer/composer/DJ Simon Posford storms the U.S. this spring and summer with a massive run of Shpongle “Hybrid” DJ dates, debuting the highly anticipated “Shpongle presents The Shpongletron Experience.” For this tour, Posford reveals his brand-new "Decks, FX & 101" show made up of an arsenal of turntables, synths, and effects units. The tour coincides with the release of Younger Brother’s studio release, Vaccine. Vaccine is the third release for which Posford teams with longtime collaborators Benji Vaughan and Ruu Campbell.

The Shpongletron Experience's extended trek across the U.S.A. begins April 12 and will run into July, including performances at such festivals as the Coachella Music and Art Festival, Electric Forest, Wakarusa and others. For the tour, the brand new Shpongle Hybrid DJ show finds Posford on turntables with his vintage analog Roland SH 101 and live synth effects. The complete list of tour dates is included below.

The elaborately staged multi-media presentation, which Posford describes as a "maelstrom of beauty and surprise," can be expected to raise the bar on Shpongle's longstanding reputation for providing mind-bending, fully immersive multi-dimensional, multi-sensory experiences. The shows will incorporate The Shpongletron, a pyramid-like 18-foot structure (designed by Coast II Coast Entertainment and VJ Zebbler specifically for this tour) which will blast audiences with four levels of psychedelic mayhem, along with dancers, multiple video screens and a live DJ set by Posford. Posford will also showcase tracks off the recently released Shpongle EP The God Particle. Random Rab will open the shows.

The Shpongletron Experience tour coincides with the versatile Londoner's other current project: the release of Younger Brother's scintillating new album Vaccine. Vaccine (April 26, 2011/SCI Fidelity Records) is the third album by Younger Brother, in which Posford teams with longtime collaborators Benji Vaughan and Ruu Campbell. The album, which features Marc Brownstein (Disco Biscuits) on bass, Tom Hamilton (Brothers Past) on guitar and Joe Russo (who also plays in the Grateful Dead spin-off act Furthur) on drums, marks a notable evolution from the band's electronic origins, embracing melodic song structures and organic instrumental sounds.

A “U.K.” lineup of Younger Brother tours select U.S. cities this April - with Posford (synth/guitar), Vaughan (Ableton / synth) and Campbell (vocals) joined by Matt White on guitar, Chris Borud on bass and Nikolaj Bjerre on drums.

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Younger Brother tour dates are as follows:

Apr 6 - Bourbon St. Baltimore, MD w/ Jesters of Kindness, Elemental
Apr 7 - Highline Ballroom - New York, NY w/ guests TBA
Apr 8 - TLA Philadelphia, PA w/ Conspirator
Apr 9 - Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom Denver, CO
w/ Prometheus, Inspired Flight, and Human Agency

Shpongle presents The Shpongletron Experience tour dates are as follows:

April 12 - Knitting Factory - Reno, NV w/ Random Rab, Psilogod
April 13 - McDonald Theatre - Eugene, OR w/ Random Rab
April 14 - Arcata Theater - Arcata, CA w/ Random Rab
April 16 - Coachella - Indio, CA
April 20 - Bluebird Theater - Denver, CO w/ Random Rab
April 21 - Belly Up Aspen - Aspen, CO (DJ Set) w/ Random Rab
April 22 - Spring Back to Vail - Vail, CO
April 23 - Boulder Theater - Boulder, CO w/ Random Rab, Hallucinogen
April 25 – The Granada - Lawrence, KS w/ Random Rab
April 26 - Majestic Theatre - Madison, WI w/ Random Rab
April 28 – Club Zoo - Pittsburgh, PA w/ Random Rab
April 29 - Westcott Theater - Syracuse, NY w/ Random Rab, Pax Effex
April 30 - Best Buy Theater - NYC, NY w/ Random Rab, Hallucinogen
May 3 - 9:30 Club - Washington DC w/ Random Rab
May 4 - Pearl Street Nightclub - Northampton, MA w/ Random Rab
May 5 - Royale - Boston, MA w/ Random Rab
May 6 - Higher Ground - Burlington, VT w/ Random Rab
May 9 - The Blue Note - Columbia, MO w/ Random Rab, Tom Foolery, Clandestine
May 11 - Old Rock House – St. Louis, MO w/ Random Rab
May 12 – The Rave - Milwaukee, WI w/ Random Rab
May 13 - Epic Event Center - Minneapolis, MN w/ Random Rab
May 14 - Congress Theater - Chicago, IL w/ Random Rab, Excision
May 18 - Headliners Music Hall - Louisville, KY w/ Random Rab
May 19 -Valarium - Knoxville, TN w/ Random Rab
May 20 - Orange Peel - Asheville, NC w/ Random Rab
May 21 - The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA w/ Random Rab
May 25 - State Theatre - Portland, ME
May 26 - Northern Lights - Clifton Park, NJ (DJ Set)
May 27 - The Town Ballroom - Buffalo, NY
May 29 - B.O.M.B. Fest - Danbury, CT
June 1 - Lyric Oxford - Oxford, MS w/ Random Rab
June 2 - Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival - Ozark, AK
June 3 - House Of Blues - New Orleans, LA w/ Random Rab
June 10 - House Of Blues - Orlando, FL w/ Random Rab
June 11 - Revolution - Fort Lauderdale, FL w/ Random Rab
June 17 - The Fillmore - San Francisco, CA w/ Random Rab
July 2 - Electric Forest - Rothbury, MI
July 17 - Motion Notion Festival – Alberta, Canada

Additional dates to be announced.

Exclusive presale for The Grateful Dead Movie event

Dead.net and NCM Fathom are proud to present a special one-night event featuring the first nation-wide screening of The Grateful Dead Movie since 1995 plus a never-before-seen interview with Jerry. Under the direction of Jerry and co-directed by Leon Gast, this legendary 1974 concert captures the Dead at the pinnacle of their psychedelic worldwide fame while documenting the Dead Head experience. The film includes band performances of "U.S. Blues," "One More Saturday Night," "Casey Jones," "Playing in the Band," and "Sugar Magnolia," among other Dead classics. This is one movie experience you won’t want to miss in theaters.

Grab tickets for this very special screening before they go public with our Dead.net exclusive pre-order. Limited seats available - click here to find a theater location and buy your tickets.

Mayan Holidaze returns in 2012, @ the Mayan Riviera

Cloud 9 Adventures today announces the Mayan Holidaze 2012 – an unparalleled four-night destination music event featuring Umphrey’s McGee, The Disco Biscuits, and STS9, with additional performers still to be announced. Set for January 26-30, 2012 at the Now Sapphire Resort & Spa in Mexico’s Mayan Riviera, Mayan Holidaze is the newest event in the Cloud 9 Family, who also produces Jam Cruise and Caribbean Holidaze.

Praised by fans and media alike for the intimate performances and plethora of activities, the beautiful Mayan Riviera location, and the top-notch resort amenities, Relix Magazine reviewed of Mayan Holidaze’s inaugural year:

“Could 9 Adventures has created an unparalleled experience that seems to transcend anything else like it. The reason for this is simple: there actually is nothing else like it.”

The beautiful locale and luxurious accommodations at the Now Sapphire Resort & Spa certainly help to complete the Mayan Holidaze experience. Located in the small fishing town of Puerto Morelos, 15 minutes south of Cancun in the Mayan Riviera, the Now Sapphire is a first-class, all-inclusive resort that boasts spacious suites, an incredible on-site spa, gourmet restaurants, beachfront palapas, poolfront Bali beds, and of course, stunning ocean views. Mayan Holidaze offers music fans a genuine luxury vacation featuring days relaxing on the beach with friends and nights listening to their favorite bands perform in paradise.

Event details are as follows:

As a courtesy, Holidaze guests from past events will be eligible for an exclusive presale to be held on March 15 and 16. All remaining rooms will go on sale to the general public on March 17th at 12pm Eastern at www.mayanholidaze.com.

Only 400 rooms total will be available. Tropical View rooms start at $999 per person and Oceanfront rooms start at $1399 per person. A limited number of rooms are available for families who wish to bring their children, with a complete Kid’s program offered by the resort.

Look for announcements coming soon including special guests, poolside sets, artist hosted activities and more!

Mayan Holidaze is presented by Cloud 9 Adventures

Jake Hertzog Trio Live At Miles Cafe This Friday!

Jake Hertzog, one of the most original and exciting young guitarists on the of the modern jazz guitar and fusion. Drawing from extensive experience in the jazz world and indie rock scene, Hertzog has developed a truly original sound.  At only 24 years old, Jake has already released two critically acclaimed fusion albums, Chromatosphere (2009, Thats Out) and Patterns (2010, Buckyball).  A distinguished graduate of the Berklee College of Music, Jake performed with jazz greats Joe Lovano, Terri Lyne Carrington, Michael Wolff, Mike Clark, and Greg Osby. In 2006 He was also the youngest ever winner of the Montreux Jazz Festival Jazz Guitar Competition and was invited to open for John Scofield at the 2007 Montreux Jazz Festival.

As a result of touring the US as bandleader for Nickelodeon pop-stars Nat and Alex Wolff, performing in arenas, and playing with dozens of indie rock bands in the New York scene most notably "Wakey Wakey",  Jake developed a ferocious performance style, uncommon in the jazz world.  In addition to an aggressive performance schedule, Jake is an active jazz educator and has done workshops all over the world.  He currently writes a jazz column for Guitar Player Magazine (US) entitled “Hey Jazz Guy”, and has been coined "The jazz ambassador to the non-jazz world".  2011 will be an exciting year for Jake Hertzog, as a new album is set to be released late spring, as well as Jake's singer-songwriter project "The Young Presidents" will also be releasing a new album.

The Jake Hertzog Trio, featuring jazz legends Harvie S and Victor Jones is one of the most dramatic and exciting 'force of nature' acts in the instrumental world.  The unforgettable live experience is somewhere between, Jimi Hendrix and John Mayer, Pat Metheny and U2, Keith Richards and John Scofield.  The only way to find out is to experience it yourself.

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The band:

-Harvie S-  (bass)

The legendary Harvie S has performed and recorded with masters in music including Stan Getz, Chet Baker, Dexter Gordon, Jim Hall, Michael Brecker, Gil Evans, Mike Stern, Pat Metheny, Art Farmer, Toots Thielemans, Joe Lovano, John Scofield, Chick Corea, Erik Friedlander, Danilo Perez, Paquito D'Rivera, Pat Martino among many others and hailed by Jazz Improv as “one of the preeminent bass voices in jazz today.”

-Victor Jones-  (drums)

Victor Jones got his start in Stan Getz’s band and has since performed and recorded with Woody Shaw, Freddie Hubbard, Stanley Clarke, Michel Pettruciani, Dizzy Gillespie, Chaka Khan among others. One of the pioneers of “acid jazz”, Jones continues to lead his own group “Culturversey”, the current incarnation of which includes Jake Hertzog on guitar.

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Jake Hertzog Trio with Harvie S (bass) and Victor Jones (drums)

Friday  March 4th,

7:30pm - 9:30pm

The Miles Café Jazz Club

212 E. 52nd St. 3Fl.

(b/t 2nd & 3rd Ave.) New York, NY 10022

The Del McCoury Band and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band Release Joint Album

American music fans have an unprecedented opportunity to hear two masterful groups explore the common ground where bluegrass and jazz meet when the Del McCoury Band and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band release their collaborative American Legacies project on April 12th via McCoury Music and Preservation Hall Recordings.  Inspired by the success of the Del McCoury’s participation on 2010’s PRESERVATION, a PHJB project made with multiple artists to benefit New Orleans’ unique Preservation Hall venue and its Music Outreach Program, the set offers a dozen songs filled with deep respect and joyful virtuosity.  Complementing the release, the two groups have announced a joint tour that will feature them performing on their own and together in a groundbreaking concert experience.

With common roots in the rich musical gumbo of the American south in the 19th and early 20th centuries, bluegrass and jazz have sat alongside one another with a myriad of common influences and musical vocabularies that have nevertheless remained largely unexplored until now. American Legaciesis a no-holds-barred tour of songs and sounds that sum up the simultaneous (and often intersecting) histories of two distinctively American musical forms—the jazz that has drawn music lovers from around the world to New Orleans for more than a century, and the “hillbilly jazz” of bluegrass, created more than 60 years ago by Del McCoury’s one-time employer, Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys.

Known as one of the premiere ambassadors of bluegrass, the Del McCoury Band is fronted by veteran Del McCoury,  A hero to east coast bluegrass audiences through the 1970s and 1980s, he stepped onto the national stage with a move to Nashville in the early 1990s that started the Del McCoury Band on an unprecedented streak of International Bluegrass Music Association awards and international acclaim.  Today, McCoury, along with a band that includes his sons Ron and Rob, are admired by hard-core bluegrass traditionalists and eclectic music fans and stars alike as they make appearances everywhere from the Bonnaroo Music Festival to late night network TV shows to their own popular Delfest.  For millions of fans across the US and around the world, the Del McCoury Band is simply the face of bluegrass.

Founded just a few years before McCoury joined Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band has been carrying the distinctive sound of New Orleans jazz around the world on behalf of Preservation Hall, a unique venue that embodies the city’s musical legacy.  With a cast of musicians schooled through first-hand experience and apprenticeship into the music’s historic traditions, the PHJB has served as an irreplaceable, vital link to the earliest days of one of America’s most beloved forms of popular music, evoking the spirits of times past in an ever-evolving modern context that has found them traveling around the world.

The Pink Floyd Experience Performs "Animals" Live!

99.5 The Mountain & Westword are proud to announce that The Pink Floyd Experience will be performing Animals in its entirety, plus other classic Pink Floyd songs, at the Boulder Theater on Thursday, March 24th, 2011.

Without question, Pink Floyd remains one of the most influential rock bands of all time. Their record-breaking status is legendary.  The 1977 concept album Animals was a statement regarding the decline of society of the day.  While making the album did set in motion the discord that would eventually destroy the band, the subsequent tour for this release planted the seeds for what would become The Wall. Now, get ready for THE PINK FLOYD EXPERIENCE as they perform Animals live in its entirety! With an even more spectacular light show than before, full quadraphonic sound and six outstanding musicians dedicated to bringing you the most authentic Floyd experience possible, it’s “a must-see for any Pink Floyd enthusiast!” (C-News, Northampton, MA).

Today, years since their last live performance, Pink Floyd’s appeal continues and spans the generations. Their shows were described as theatrical with mind-blowing lights and unsurpassed sound. The show is not only onstage…it engulfs the audience!  In keeping with this tradition, THE PINK FLOYD EXPERIENCE is a full-on sensory assault – interpretive videos, plane crashes, flying pig, helicopter – it’s all there, LIVE!  This is the show for the ultimate Floyd Fan, and it gets closer to the true Pink Floyd concert experience every year!

In addition to Animals, all of Pink Floyd’s greatest hits are performed live including such favorites as “Money,” “Have A Cigar,” “Time,” “Comfortably Numb,” “Run Like Hell” and many rarities not often heard live.

Some Floyd Facts:  More than 200-million albums have been sold since 1967. Four Grammy nominations in the '70s, '80s, and '90s. They were one of the first bands to use pyrotechnics, video, and light shows in their stage acts. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. ”Dark Side of the Moon” broke all chart records when it stayed on the Billboard Top 200 Album charts for 741 weeks. It stayed there from 1973 to 1988. Nearly 1,000,000 Pink Floyd catalog albums are sold each year worldwide.

Don’t miss out!  THE PINK FLOYD EXPERIENCE.

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Tickets are on sale at Boulder Theater Box Office. Call (303) 786-7030 for tickets by phone.

Tickets are also available through our website @ www.bouldertheater.com.

Tickets are On Sale Friday December 24th!

$30 adv / $35 dos

Sweet Honey In The Rock at the Boulder Theater

Founded by Bernice Johnson Reagon in 1973 at the D.C. Black Repertory Theater Company, Sweet Honey In The Rock, internationally renowned a cappella ensemble, has been a vital and innovative presence in the music culture of Washington, D.C., and in communities of conscience around the world.

From Psalm 81:16 comes the promise to a people of being fed by honey out of the rock. Honey - an ancient substance, sweet and nurturing. Rock - an elemental strength, enduring the winds of time. The metaphor of sweet honey in the rock captures completely these African American women whose repertoire is steeped in the sacred music of the Black church, the clarion calls of the civil rights movement, and songs of the struggle for justice everywhere.

Rooted in a deeply held commitment to create music out of the rich textures of African American legacy and traditions, Sweet Honey In The Rock possesses a stunning vocal prowess that captures the complex sounds of Blues, spirituals, traditional gospel hymns, rap, reggae, African chants, Hip Hop, ancient lullabies, and jazz improvisation. Sweet Honey's collective voice, occasionally accompanied by hand percussion instruments, produces a sound filled with soulful harmonies and intricate rhythms.

In the best and in the hardest of times, Sweet Honey In The Rock has come in song to communities across the U.S., and around the world raising her voice in hope, love, justice, peace, and resistance. Sweet Honey invites her audiences to open their minds and hearts and think about who we are and how we treat each other, our fellow creatures who share this planet, and of course, the planet itself.

The 2008-2009 season finds Sweet Honey celebrating her 35th birthday. What a year it has been and what a year it will be!

Sweet Honey's latest release, Experience...101 was a 2008 Grammy Award nominee. After attending the awards ceremony in Los Angeles, and walking the red carpet, the group summed up the experience in one word: amazing. The excitement continued as Sweet Honey was asked to compose new material in celebration of the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater's 50th anniversary. Together these two artistic treasures of the African American experience are performing this once-in-a-lifetime collaboration throughout the United States.

Sweet Honey In The Rock is Ysaye Maria Barnwell, Nitanju Bolade Casel, Aisha Kahlil, Carol Maillard, Louise Robinson, and Shirley Childress Saxton.

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The Pink Floyd Experience @ Boulder Theater

Without question, Pink Floyd remains one of the most influential rock bands of all time. Their record-breaking status is legendary.  Now, get ready for THE PINK FLOYD EXPERIENCE! With an even more spectacular light show than before, full quadraphonic sound and six outstanding musicians dedicated to bringing you the most authentic Floyd experience possible, it’s “a must-see for any Pink Floyd enthusiast!” (C-News, Northampton, MA).

Today, years since their last live performance, Pink Floyd’s appeal continues and spans the generations. Their shows were described as theatrical with mind-blowing lights and unsurpassed sound. The show is not only onstage…it engulfs the audience!  In keeping with this tradition, THE PINK FLOYD EXPERIENCE is a full-on sensory assault – interpretive videos, plane crashes, flying pig, helicopter – it’s all there, LIVE!  This is the show for the ultimate Floyd Fan, and it gets closer to the true Pink Floyd concert experience every year!

All of Pink Floyd’s greatest hits are performed live including such favorites as “Money,” “Wish You Were Here,” “Time,” “Comfortably Numb,” “Another Brick in the Wall” in addition to rarities not often heard live!

Some Floyd Facts:  More than 200-million albums have been sold since 1967. Four Grammy nominations in the '70s, '80s, and '90s. They were one of the first bands to use pyrotechnics, video, and light shows in their stage acts. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. ”Dark Side of the Moon” broke all chart records when it stayed on the Billboard Top 200 Album charts for 741 weeks. It stayed there from 1973 to 1988. Nearly 1,000,000 Pink Floyd catalog albums are sold each year worldwide.

Don’t miss out!  THE PINK FLOYD EXPERIENCE.

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Tickets are on sale at Boulder Theater Box Office. Call (303) 786-7030 for tickets by phone.  | Tickets are also available through our website @ www.bouldertheater.com

Tickets are On Sale Friday December 24th! -- $30 adv / $35 dos

Toubab Krewe Fall 2010 Dates + New Album

From the ragtime piano tinged opener "Mariama" to the percussion fueled, slide guitar glide of "Gine Fare" to the subtle, inviting African echoes of "Konkoba" to the hypnotic, psychedelic slow burn of "Holy Grail," TK2 reveals Toubab Krewe to be rare innovators in a modern age often too ready to settle for more of what's been. Toubab Krewe is happily an exception to this rule, and those willing to take the journey with them are in for one hell of a cool, exciting ride.

"It's five years later since our last studio album, and we've been doing almost nothing but playing together," says Drew Heller. "We've had a lot of time to further our musical relationships. I feel like this album was recorded at a really perfect time. The last track on the new album is an improvisation that was the very first sounds captured, and other things came out of that initial rush."


CURRENT TOUR DATES:

October 9 - Silk Hope, NC (Shakori Hills Grass Roots Festival)

October 10 - Roseland, VA (The Festy Experience)

October 28 - Memphis, TN

October 29 - Birmingham, AL

October 30 - Mobile, AL

October 31 - New Orleans, LA (Voodoo Experience)

November 5 - Charlottesville, VA

November 6 - Baltimore, MD

November 7 - Washington, D.C.

November 9 - Carrboro, NC

November 10 - Knoxville, TN

November 11-12 - Live Oak, FL (Bear Creek Music Festival)

November 18 - Miami, FL

November 19-20 - Key West, FL

December 1 - Boulder, CO

December 2 - Denver, CO

December 4 - Phoenix, AZ

My Morning Jacket's Carl Broemel to Release Solo Album

“It takes a lot of time to know your mind.”  Its a simple statement, yet earnest and profound in its offering.  Sometimes it’s the spaces in between, the subtleties and ambiguities that provide us with the most meaning.
 All Birds Say (ATO Records) is an intimate collection of musings on life from My Morning Jacket guitarist, Carl Broemel.

 Broemel reflects on things as they are with Zen-like contentment, making no judgment on how they should be...he gives pause for introspection but stops short of preaching. The songs are firmly planted between past and present.  It’s in these little fractured moments that the listener bears witness to thoughtful contemplation that give rise to epiphanies on larger themes.

Broemel could’ve taken the easy road and penned a lyrical triptych to the remarkable journey he’s experienced over the past several years, but instead All Birds Say is an incredibly honest and sincere insight into the artist’s inner-most thoughts as he attempts to reconcile his role in life.
 “Where do you start?  Or where do you stop?  And how do you reconcile the things you do versus the things you don’t?  It’s something I’m constantly thinking about.  I think there’s a lot of trying to be aware of what you’re doing now versus dwelling on things or worrying about what’s gonna happen later.  A lot of the songs are really just me talking to myself, trying to make sense of things in my head.”

Deft in its presentation, the songs on the album unfold in a dream-like stream of consciousness with lush and elegant arrangements.  The album’s brilliance is displayed in Broemel’s effortless delivery.  It’s the perfect amalgamation of lazy sophistication…whimsical poise and grace.  The instrumentation serves as the ideal complement to Broemel’s well crafted set of modern-folk standards; complete with pedal steel, dobro, strings, autoharp, clarinet, bassoon, vibraphone, and baritone sax, among others.  Think Ron Sexsmith, Neko Case, Neal Casal, Andrew Bird, Mose Allison, and early Boz Scaggs singing an orchestrated chorus of breezy ballads and waltzes.

The guitar figure of the instrumental title track that opens the album serves as a natural introduction to “Life Leftover,” an introspective meditation on the importance of being more present in life that’s at the heart of All Birds Say.  The album also afforded him the chance to collaborate with his own father, a former member of the Indianapolis Symphony who provides rich color and depth to the music with clarinet, baritone sax, and bassoon.

“To me, making records is like alchemy.  It’s something that no one can ever perfect, but you have an insatiable desire to keep doing it and get better at it.  I really believe that everything we experience contributes to what we do next, so this album is really a result of all the records and tours I’ve done so far.“

The best records always seem to be the ones that slowly reveal themselves like a pleasant surprise and allow the listener to peel through deeper layers upon repeated listen…the kind of records that you grow with and can go back to months later and hear something then that resonates with you in a way that wouldn’t have otherwise.  It’s an interactive process between the listener and the artist, and one to be thankful for.  This is the kind of album that epitomizes the vinyl experience; an instant classic that is sure to stand the test of time.

Listen to Bromel's 'Heaven Knows'

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