April 21, 2006

Bacchanalia of unreleased Ray LaMontagne & new album news

Phonetic guide: Ray La-Montaine (that’s how you say it, Nathaniel). You could also substitute the words “freaking awesome” or “I can’t believe how good he is” in a pinch. Same effect.

Billboard reports:
“Ray LaMontagne is in the midst of finishing his next RCA studio album with hopes to release it in early August. The artist has been recording with producer Ethan Johns at Allaire Studios in Shokan, N.Y. The pair previously worked together on LaMontagne’s 2004 debut, Trouble, which has sold 239,000 copies in the United States.

According to a spokesperson, the as-yet-untitled effort will be preceded by a short North American tour in July, a month after he finishes a stint supporting David Gray in the United Kingdom. As previously reported, LaMontagne released the Live from Bonnaroo 2005 EP last December, which included the previously unreleased song Empty.”

Because of the goodwill in my heart towards anyone who would also call Ray LaMontagne friend, I am opening my vaults. Here is a slew of unreleased tracks to sate you until the new album is released:

RAY LAMONTAGNE LIVE & UNRELEASED
01. Amy
02. Lesson Learned
03. Until The Sun Turns Black
04. Country Girl
05. Still Can’t Feel The Gin (I love this song, also posted back in December)
06. You Should Belong To Me
07. I Can Get High
08. Life Is Long
09. Can I Stay? – (also posted this as well, absolutely gorgeous)
10. Half Alive
11. Sarah
12. Write You A Letter
13. Lead Me On
14. Stone’s Throw From Lonesome
15. You Got What I Want (So Why Don’t You Give It To Me?)
16. Katie Belle (Gettin’ High)
17. Simple Consolation
18. Three More Days
19. Heaven is a Honky Tonk

THESE LINKS ARE DEAD, but I re-posted most of these (and more) here.

Oh, and did we mention he does wicked Gnarls Barkley covers?

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CONCERT ALERT:
If you’re in Colorado, consider heading on down to the Springs tonight (Friday night) for the Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers show at the Black Sheep. Absolutely one of my favorite live acts, period – if you come, you will not be disappointed. We’ll all kick back some Mexican Moonshine together. And then tune in this weekend for the results of my first ever real interview for the Fuel blog – I will be talking with Roger Clyne about the future of rock ‘n’ roll and sharing the gems of wisdom with you. Wish me luck, I’m goin’ in!

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56 Comments »

  • I love Ray LaMontagne. After hearing how he got into the music biz on the radio, I immediately purchased tickets to see him at the Paramount in Seattle. It was the most amazing show ever. Ray was so funny, all shy and barely able to talk into the mic, but when he started to sing, he was transformed. Brilliant!

    Kelly — May 28, 2006 @ 5:37 pm

  • just wondering if anyone knows where Train Song came from (on Austin City Limits)? I had no luck googling it…

    Anonymous — June 14, 2006 @ 11:45 am

  • not only did you allow me to download 19 of the finest songs by one of the finest artists, ray lamontagne, you concluded it with a quote by nick hornby. bestill my heart. thank you for making my 4th of july THAT much better; i appreciate you so very much. i agree with nick that music can somehow without fail defy any and all attempts we may so valiantly give to providing words for our feelings. ray manages to do that with all of his songs which is why he pulled me in with his lyrics and his music. thank you.
    ~megan from texas

    megan — July 4, 2006 @ 4:39 pm

  • I’ve got the same opinion about Roger Clyne being one of the best live performers I’ve ever witnessed (over and over again).

    mel... — July 6, 2006 @ 5:39 pm

  • i just found these now and i was wondering if the links could possibly be updated, the ray links. none of them are working :(

    Anonymous — July 13, 2006 @ 11:51 am

  • I didn’t remove any of the Ray links (and have no immediate plans to). EZArchive was down this morning, but rumor has it that it is up and working again now. So keep trying!

    heather — July 13, 2006 @ 2:35 pm

  • Oh my. Thank you so much for posting these up! I am forever indebted.

    Julenka — July 20, 2006 @ 11:00 pm

  • You’re the best thing ever invented! Thanks so much! Does anyone know where I can find a recording of the “Train Song”?

    Anonymous — August 10, 2006 @ 4:53 pm

  • Hey thanks for all the song. Ive been looking for more of his stuff for a long time. Over here in the uk he is only just getting noticed.
    You should check out a singer called Damien Rice (damienrice.com) who i think is just as good if not better. Songs like “The Blowers Daughter” and “Delicate” are truely moving.

    Thanks again

    Andy

    Anonymous — August 20, 2006 @ 7:57 am

  • THANK YOU , THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU….. thank you Heather. i love that you took time to do this. i first saw Ray at the Glee Club in Birmingham. U.K , i have never smiled sooo much for such a long long time, Ray rocks and we are luck enough to be able to see him again in January 2007. thanks again xxx Heidi. http://spideyschickenshack.blogspot.com/atom.xml

    Heidi — September 7, 2006 @ 12:41 pm

  • Would you happen to have, or know where I can get the show Ray performed on 9-18-06 at the Troubadour in LA?
    Thanks.

    velvetlinaea — September 30, 2006 @ 5:25 pm

  • Hi Heather! I discovered Ray a couple of months ago and finally saw him live at the Orpheum in Los Angeles 11/9. I don’t know if I can explain this properly, but I want live like his voice. Full of anguish and pain, but also intense love and beauty. I can’t believe it has taken me this long to find someone I can say is my favorite singer of all time, but he would be the one. Sorry for rambling, you the first person I told this to. Anyway, I was looking for the lyrics to “You Should Belong To Me.” and you blog came up. I really wish I was here back in April when you put up the RL downloads. Do you think you would ever upload them again? I hope so. Until, I’m killing my iPod. I just bought his newest CD, but I would love to relive the feeling I got when I finally seen him live. That man took my breath away. Peace.

    Tracy — November 12, 2006 @ 1:25 am

  • I got the downloads!! Thanks so much!!

    Anonymous — November 12, 2006 @ 4:23 pm

  • AAAACK!!!!

    I started twitching a little when I saw all these tracks I’ve never heard, but I can’t get any of them (or the zip file) to load!!!

    Any idea when they’ll be up again?

    My email: lostatlimbo@gmail.com

    Thanks, youre a saint!

    Brett
    http://www.myspace.com/excitableboy

    P.S. – He just played in Portland (my town) last night. I really wanted to go, but it was something like $80 for 2 tickets. Insane! Damn ticket outlets!

    Anonymous — November 15, 2006 @ 5:34 pm

  • hi ,heather – saw this and wondered if you had seen it

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kY3W86c8VrQ

    i loved it

    happy new year

    heidi

    Heidi — January 6, 2007 @ 4:58 pm

  • I am dying to get these songs downloaded but obviously they are not up. If anyone knows of where I can get them I would be soooo happy!!! Thanks to all!

    Anonymous — January 8, 2007 @ 11:07 am

  • Try hunting around in the Ray-LaMontagne.net message board archives, you may be able to find something there -

    heather — January 8, 2007 @ 11:26 am

  • Hi, Heather i know your a busy girl but i cant get hold of the zip anywhere the message board idea is takin me to a commercial site pls repost or can anyone help me ray live is amazing compared to the cd’s released.my mp3 is cryin for them and i cant keep playin 1 track at a time i would be forever in your debt if you can help. you are a beautiful outstanding being for giving us this post as is,THANK YOU

    Anonymous — January 17, 2007 @ 12:51 pm

  • Hi Anon,

    I re-upped all of these songs (and more) in November here

    Have fun!

    heather — January 17, 2007 @ 4:02 pm

  • THANKYOU HEATHER FOR THE WONDERFULL RAY TUNES..THEY’RE BREATHTAKINGLY BEAUTIFUL!
    …..IVE BEEN LOOKING FOR “INTRODUCING RAYCHARLES LAMONTAGNE”FOR AGES..WONDERED IF YOU COULD LEAD ME IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION??
    I HAD THE PLEASURE OF SEEING HIM AT THE SYMPHONY HALL,BIRMINGHAM,ENGLAND RECENTLY AND WOULD GIVE ANYTHING FOR A COPY OF THAT SHOW…(MAINLY BECAUSE OF THE BANTER WE HAD WITH RAY!!)..ANY IDEAS??
    THANKYOU AGAIN HEATHER
    GOLDILOX
    clare.deen@hotmail.co.uk

    goldilox — February 24, 2007 @ 3:04 am

  • THANKYOU HEATHER FOR THE WONDERFULL RAY TUNES..THEY’RE BREATHTAKINGLY BEAUTIFUL!
    …..IVE BEEN LOOKING FOR “INTRODUCING RAYCHARLES LAMONTAGNE”FOR AGES..WONDERED IF YOU COULD LEAD ME IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION??
    I HAD THE PLEASURE OF SEEING HIM AT THE SYMPHONY HALL,BIRMINGHAM,ENGLAND RECENTLY AND WOULD GIVE ANYTHING FOR A COPY OF THAT SHOW…(MAINLY BECAUSE OF THE BANTER WE HAD WITH RAY!!)..ANY IDEAS??
    THANKYOU AGAIN HEATHER
    GOLDILOX
    clare.deen@hotmail.co.uk

    goldilox — February 24, 2007 @ 3:05 am

  • Thought you might enjoy this video.

    Jeremy — March 6, 2007 @ 10:21 pm

  • hey! i want know if some one had the live or the site where i can find it because i love “heaven is a honky tonk” please please.
    charles_francois@msn.com

    http://www.myspace.com/savetillie

    Merci (sorry for my bad english).

    Anonymous — June 1, 2007 @ 1:53 pm

  • WOW- Pearl Jam Quote, Ray LaMontagne songs. You have great taste in music. Two of my most absolute favorite artists-
    Saw Ray LaMontagne at the Wiltern in LA in ’05 and just bought tickets to see him in Nashville 10/19. Still haven’t seen Pearl Jam. I should have gone to Bonaroo- but I didn’t want to see all those kids my daughters age, stoned and making mistakes (I missed out on a good thing and a bad thing- guess I’m even)

    Anonymous — August 4, 2008 @ 9:02 am

  • Thanks so much for re-upping these. Ray is so brilliant, and I can’t wait to see him at the Wiltern in LA on 11/2. Have been dying to hear “Acre Of Land”/”Green” and “One Lonesome Saddle”, the self-released albums. Has anyone got those?

    Kimberly — October 13, 2008 @ 10:43 pm

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Location: Colorado, originally by way of California
Giving context to the torrent since 2005.

"I love the relationship that anyone has with music: because there's something in us that is beyond the reach of words, something that eludes and defies our best attempts to spit it out. It's the best part of us, probably, the richest and strangest part..."
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