Liner Notes: Bullet News For March 30th

Bob Dylan will accept his literature prize from the Nobel Academy at a private gathering in Stockholm this weekend.

The news broke when the Academy’s Sara Darius blogged Good News About Dylan on Wednesday.

Not coincidentally, the raspy-voiced singer releases Triplicate, a 3-disc American songbook anthology that is available for download and as a multi-disc CD and vinyl LP set tomorrow.

Dylan’s two previous American songbooks -- last year’s Fallen Angels, and 2015’s Shadows in the Night -- garnered Grammy nominations and enjoyed brisk initial sales.

Since emerging with a self-titled album in 1964 his accumulated catalogue for Columbia and Asylum has sold more than 125M records.

Curiously, the songwriter’s website and his record label, Sony Music, have both elected to forgo providing songwriter attributions for the 30 songs included in the new collection.

These include the song video for “I Could Have Told You,” written by Jimmy Van Heusen, first covered by Frank Sinatra in the '50s and by dozens subsequently including Dinah Washington, The Four Freshmen, Eva Cassidy, John Pizzarelli and Esther Phillips.



-- Of course, Dylan isn’t the only new release tomorrow.

Mastodon, Arch Enemy and Aimee Mann also highlight the new release shelf, and Fleetwood Mac offers an expanded edition of their flawed but beautifully jacketed Tango In the Night.

Tea Party’s Transmissions has its release on vinyl, and then there are collections, reissues and new material from The Mavericks, (Brand New Day), Jamiroquai (Automaton), Goldfrapp (Silver Eye), Rodney Crowell (Close Ties), a 3CD 50th anniversary Neil Diamond collection, The DoorsThe Doors on vinyl (again), a couple of Uriah Heeps, Nelly Furtado’s The Ride, and the Good Brothers’ 16th album, Wide Awake Dreaming.

The following week is highlighted by the CD edition of Drake’s More Life, and Deep Purple’s 20th studio release, not insignificantly titled Infinite. It’s produced by Bob Ezrin and the set’s closer is a cover of the Doors’ “Roadhouse Blues.”

-- Outside Music has just released Penguin Café’s latest, Imperfect Sea, and a 3-disc Sun Ra collection on vinyl, plus Up in It and Congregation by Afghan Whigs on cassette. These and more can be found in the majorly indie distributor’s new release book.

-- And you needed to know this? According to IBM, every single day we create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data that arrive from everything from our social media activity, digital pictures, purchase transaction records, cell phone GPS records and even sensors that collect climate information. We create so much data that IBM estimates that 90% of all the data in the world today has been created in the last two years alone. This is what is called Big Data.

-- CMW has announced the contestants set to scrap at the Start-Up LaunchPad competition. The April 19 throwdown focuses on new music biz-connected businesses with El Mo and Dragons' Den lead Michael Wekerle joining songwriting exec Michael McCarty and four other judges to name a winner. And the finalists are BandBizFlaregun, JamStack, Robin, Songistry, Streetcast, and Volo Headphones.



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