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RANDOM NOTES Seth & May released new CD October 28

Atlantic. Bowles makes a stop in Mid- Michigan Sunday, Nov. 20, when he performs at the Pump House in East Lansing (368 Orchard St.) – show runs from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. He’s opened shows for the likes of Shawn Colvin, T Bone Burnett, Arlo Guthrie and for Bob Dylan at the Rothbury music festival, to name a few. For more information visit:

NATIONAL CD RELEASES /// Despite band members announcing their split in September, veteran college rockers R.E.M. will release three brand new songs on its first-ever greatest hits album, which hits stores Nov. 14. The collection, which is titled Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage 1982–2011, is a 40-song collection covering the band’s long career – including its early years at the IRS label and into its mainstream days with Warner Bros. Records. The three new tracks were recorded in the members’ hometown of Athens, Ga. over the summer during the sessions for what would become the band’s final studio album, Collapse Into

LOCAL MUSIC /// Lake City, Mich. folkies Seth & May are not only married, but both have a talent for sculpting brilliant songs. The pair, who have a strong following in the Lansing folk scene, released a new CD titled New Flower on Oct. 28. The couple are also featured in the new documentary When We Run, which documents their recent trip to Ethiopia where they ran more than 250 miles and helped raise money for building schools. In addition to contributing to a great cause, the couple learned songs and dance moves from children, scales and melodies from incredible ethio-jazz musicians, shared their music along the way and wrote an entire album inspired by the experience – New Flower is that record … Another local folk-music powerhouse is Frontier Ruckus. Local record label Lower Peninsula Records recently released a vinyl x2 LP version of Deadmalls & Nightfalls, which also includes the “country-tinged” Way Upstate and the Crippled Summer pt.2 (EP). The double record is available at Lansing-area record stores and online at: for $25. Deadmalls is the first album Frontier Ruckus has released on Ramseur Records; however this special vinyl version was lo- cally produced by the Lower Peninsula label and contains an amazing eight-square feet of artwork and liner notes.

TOURING /// For those who missed Bob Seger on a string of tour dates last year, you have another shot. The Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man performs in Ypsilanti at Eastern Michigan University Wednesday, Nov. 2. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets (with fees included) range from $82.50 to $213. Seger is continually saying he’s going to stop touring, so this could be your last shot at seeing him on stage. Also, Seger’s live albums Nine Tonight (1981) and Live Bullet (1976) were recently re-mastered and are available in stores and on iTunes … Ralston Bowles, a staple of West-Michigan’s acoustic music scene, has spent four decades supporting the Grand Rapids scene and per- forming songs about “living and dying, being young and being sorry.” He signed on with Judy Collins’ record label Wildflower Records in 2007, plac- ing his CDs into distribution inter- nationally through Warner/Elektra/

Bob Seger performing at EMU Nov. 2

Wonder Years now on Netflix

New R.E.M. album in stores Nov. 14

Now. During the last 30 years R.E.M sold more than 85 million albums across the world … Other albums dropping this month include Lulu, the new album by Lou Reed & Metallica, which hits stores Nov. 1, the same day as The Decemberists’ Long Live the King album, and Florence and the Machine’s Ceremonials LP. For those looking for

something a little more danceable, Rihanna releases her new album Talk that Talk Nov. 21.

FILM /// For people in the late ‘80s and ‘90s who fol- lowed teenager Kevin Arnold’s eternal quest to impress Winnie Cooper on The Wonder Years, the time has come to celebrate. After years of being shelved with no proper DVD release, Netflix is now instant-streaming all 115 episodes. The ‘60s nostalgia comedy-dra- ma starred a young Fred Savage who battled his way through family life in the suburbs. Between 1988 and 1993 the show aired six full seasons on ABC … Another long over- due release is that of Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction on Blu-ray, which just hit stores Oct. 4 – it also saw the Blu-ray release of his 1997 film Jackie Brown. While a collector’s edition DVD of Pulp Fiction has been floating around since 2002, the “Director Approved” Blu-ray is what fans have been waiting for. It features more than six hours of special features, including deleted scenes, interviews, award-ceremony speeches, television spots and mini-documentaries. The 1993 film initially raked in more than $100 million for Miramax, it has since upped that total to around $212.9 million. n

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