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New Music Tuesday: Schiller, Class Actress and Ella Fitzgerald

Posted by on January 4, 2011 at 5:07 PM EST

ella fitzgeraldShiller, Class Actress and Ella Fitzgerald release brand new albums.

It is a pretty slim week in the new music release world. This is pretty normal for this time of year. Most big name acts that had something in the works pushed to get it on the shelves before Christmas so for the next couple of weeks we may not see a whole lot. So I did some digging and here are a few things that might interest you. (Shiller, Class Actress, Ella Fitzgerald)

Schiller’s new record Breathless is out. Schiller is actually a one man band of sorts put together by Christopher von Deylen. His music is primarily electronic pop where he works to create large landscapes of sound. He often features guest vocalist to help round out his sound. This new record was influenced by a month long trip aboard a research vessel. It is a little darker and heavier than some of his other work, but is full of texture and emotion. This is a double album with a total of 32 different tracks. If you sometimes just like to put on something interesting and relaxing, this might be a good choice.

A new group Class Actress releases their debut record Journal of Ardency this week. Class Actress is a trio from Brooklyn, NY who play an eclectic version of synth-heavy pop. The three came together when singer Elizabeth Harper (who has spent a lot of time singing in the coffee house circuit) heard producer Mark Richardson’s remix of one her songs and loved it.  They brought in Scott Rosenthal and formed the band. The music is a mix of Harper’s acoustic roots and a more futuristic electronic sound. Think The Cure or Joy Division with a female singer and more focus on percussion. It is interesting and unique.

Twelve Nights in Hollywood is a two disc set that gathers together the best of Ella Fitzgerald’s historic 10 show stand at the Crescendo Club in Los Angeles in 1961. Featuring a total of 27 tracks this album catches the jazz legend at the peak of her abilities and in amazing form. These tracks had not been released before until 2010 when they were included as part of a large box set. Here they have taken the best of that box set and paired it down into a clean, mean two disc set that is packed with Ella doing what she does best.

I know we just mentioned Bon Jovi last week, but they have a new live album out this week as well. This one, Live at Madison Square Garden catches the guys returning home. Being from New Jersey they have always said that Madison Square Garden was the holy grail of venues for them and here they are on the last date of their massive 2008 “Lost Highway” tour putting the tour to rest in style. They run through many of their hits and include a cover version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” that Cohen himself has said is his favorite version.

Another interesting thing out this week is a whole slew of “Icon” discs from A&M records and their associated labels. These albums serve as greatest hits type albums of sorts and cover everyone from Cher to Sheryl Crow to Vanessa Carlton. These albums are offered at a nice price and Amazon is also offering them for sale in their MP3 store for even a few dollars less than the CD.

That about wraps it up for this week in new music. Enjoy and happy listening.



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