iTunes Exclusive: Grace Potter and the Nocturnals : Live in Skowhegan

The last couple of weeks finds Grace Potter fans with a couple of digital releases to tide them over until the new album comes out next year. Last week had an abbreviated set on Daytrotter for download, and today– just in time for Christmas– we have an iTunes Exclusive 6-track live EP called Live in Skowhegan which was recorded on June 28th of this year at the Skowhegan Opera House in Skowhegan, Maine.

Clocking in at 35 minutes and 6 tracks, we get a pretty good picture if you will of a Grace Potter and the Nocturnals show. I would have liked to get more of the show, but for $4.99 it is well worth it just for these tracks. We get two new songs in “Can’t See Through” and the extended, bluesy “Sugar” in addition to three tracks from Somewhere and “Ragged Company” from Nothing But The Water.

If you got an iTunes card for Christmas, this might be a good way to spend part of it.

Tracklist:

1. Ragged Company (5:22)
2. Stop the Bus (7:45)
3. Apologies (5:35)
4. Ah Mary (4:32)
5. Can’t See Through (4:48)
6. Sugar (6:50)

Click Here for the Grace Potter website

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals - Live In Skowhegan Click Here to buy Live in Skowhegan

Ryan Adams and the Cardinals “Fix It” Available on iTunes

As promised, “Fix It” the first single from Cardinology is available from iTunes today. The iTunes version of Cardinology has a bonus track “The Color of Pain.” If you pre-order Cardinology, you will be billed for and able to download “Fix It” today ($.99) and the remainder of the album’s cost will be charged separately when it becomes available it on 10/28.

Download it here:
Ryan Adams - Fix It - Single

Click Here to view the nifty illustrated lyrics to “Fix It” done by Leah Hayes who provided the artwork for the vinyl version of Cardinology, which is available for pre-order today.

Gary Louris Vagabonds Versions and Bonuses

Former Jayhawk Gary Louris’s solo album Vagabonds was released on 2/19. From a collector’s perspective this is a pretty interesting release in the bonus releases and tracks that exist.

First there was the Limited Edition 180g vinyl gatefold release which came out ahead of the CD release on January 29th. I couldn’t find how “limited” the release is– at least not from the press releases. I suppose this will only be one pressing.

On the release day last Tuesday, if you visited your local independent record store they might have had a promotional 6-track CD called Acoustic Vagabonds. Based on what I read, the tracks on this CD are based on the tracks from the CD and LP except stripped to Gary’s vocals and acoustic guitar. The songs are “True Blue,” “Omaha Nights,” “To Die A Happy Man,” “She Only Calls Me On Sundays,” “We’ll Get By,” and “Vagabonds.”

Additionally, iTunes and Amazon got in on the action by having digital versions of Vagabonds with unique bonus tracks! The really great thing about these bonuses is that if you wanted just the bonus tracks (like if you purchased the album from other means) you can purchase them individually! The only bummer is that the bonus tracks from iTunes aren’t “iTunes Plus” which means that they– unlike the Amazon tracks– are copy protected.

The Amazon bonus tracks are “Baby Let Me Take Care of You,” and “Fall Day (Demo).” “Baby Let Me Take Care of You” reminds me a lot like Nashville Skyline Bob Dylan with it’s pedal steel. “Fall Day” is a nice layered acoustic guitar instrumental.

The iTunes bonus tracks are psychedelic Byrdsy “Three Too Many,” and a beautiful Simon and Garfunkel falsetto in “Working Girl.”

I think it’s great that Louris and Rykodisc are being so generous with the outtakes and bonuses for Vagabonds– I’d like to see more labels and artists doing this.

Get Vagabonds on CD on CD from Amazon
Get Vagabonds on LP from Amazon
Get Vagabonds on mp3 including the bonus tracks from Amazon
Get Vagabonds from iTunes including the bonus tracks
Gary Louris - Vagabonds (Bonus Track Version)

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