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April 27, 2010
New CD Album Releases, 4-27-2010: Drawn Together soundtrack, Mary Chapin Carpenter The only real new album that looks even vaguely interesting is The Age of Miracles by Mary Chapin Carpenter. Haven't heard any of this, but she's about something. I don't think of her as a big commercial powerhouse, but I note that this CD is as high as #2 at Amazon.
Other than that, the fun new thing is Drawn Together: The Uncensored Soundtrack CD. I don't know that it's great Art, but there were some fun and catchy songs in this evil tv series. Hearing it just as music, I'm particularly amused with the Disney princess ballad parody "Black Chick's Tongue." Imagine Ariel re-writing "Part of Your World" after a hot makeout session with the black chick from Josie & the Pussycats. Note that this release of the late series co-incides with the straight to DVD release of The Drawn Together Movie: The Movie!
Here's the complete list of this week's major new album releases:
Bullet For My Valentine Fever Jive Records Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal, Screamo, Punk Metal
Mary Chapin Carpenter The Age of Miracles Zoe Records Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Country-Folk, Contemporary Country
Gogol Bordello Trans-Continental Hustle RED Distribution Punk Revival, South/Eastern European Traditions, Gypsy, Ukranian, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Obscuro
Hole Nobody's Daughter Mercury Grunge, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Paraiso U.F.O. In 0 To Infinity Important Records Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
Alpha Rev New Morning Hollywood Records Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter
Avi Buffalo Avi Buffalo Sub Pop Records Indie Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
Gisele Ben-Dor Revueltas: La Coronela Naxos Modern Music for Orchestra
Big Audio Dynamite This Is Big Audio Dynamite Columbia Dance-Rock, College Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Dance, Club/Dance, Alternative Pop/Rock
B.o.B The Adventures of Bobby Ray Atlantic Alternative Rap, Dirty South, Pop-Rap, Hardcore Rap
Jim Brickman Never Alone Savoy Contemporary Instrumental, Solo Instrumental, Adult Contemporary
Eric Clapton Rarities Edition: 461 Ocean Boulevard Polydor Album Rock, Hard Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Adult Contemporary, Blues-Rock
Miranda Cosgrove Sparks Fly Sony Music Teen Pop
Cuarteto LatinoAmericano Encores: Salazar, Saenz, Golijov, Gutierrez Dorian Modern & Contemporary Music for String Quartet
Daddy Yankee Mundial El Cartel Reggaeton
Dion I Put Away My Idols/Kingdom In the Street Ace Records Rock & Roll, Contemporary Christian, Christian Rock, Contemporary Gospel, Gospel, CCM
Dion Velvet & Steel Word/Epic Rock & Roll, Contemporary Christian, CCM
Drowning Pool Drowning Pool  Eleven Seven Hard Rock, Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal, Post-Grunge
Melissa Etheridge Fearless Love Island Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Alternative/Indie Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
Freddy Fender Greatest Hits Fuel 2000
The Flatliners Cavalcade Fat Wreck Chords Alternative/Indie Rock, Punk Revival, Punk/New Wave, Ska-Punk, Hardcore Punk
Peter Frampton Thank You Mr. Churchill Universal Music Enterprises
Frog Eyes Paul's Tomb: A Triumph Dead Oceans Records Indie Rock, New Wave/Post-Punk Revival, Post-Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
Marvin Gaye I Want You [Rarities Edition] Motown Smooth Soul, Motown, Soul, Funk, Quiet Storm, Disco
Paul Hardcastle Time Machine: Early Recordings 1981-1983 Cherry Pop
Philippe Herreweghe Stavinsky: Monumentum; Mass; Symphonie de Psaumes Penta Tone ClassicsModern Music for Chorus & Orchestra
Hot Club Of Detroit It's About That Time Mack Avenue Continental Jazz, South/Eastern European Traditions, Gypsy, Standards
Howling Wind Into the Cryosphere Profound Lore Heavy Metal, Black Metal
Jahcoozi Barefoot Wanderer BPitch Control Downtempo, Club/Dance
Juan MacLean DJ-Kicks !K7 Left-Field House, Club/Dance, House
Katrina & the Waves Katrina & the Waves [Bonus Tracks] Capitol/EMI Records Punk/New Wave, New Wave
Katrina & the Waves Katrina & the Waves 2 [Bonus Tracks] Attic Records Punk/New Wave, Contemporary Pop/Rock, New Wave
Carole King The Essential Carole King Legacy Brill Building Pop, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Soft Rock, Adult Contemporary, Singer/Songwriter, AM Pop
Lali Puna Our Inventions Morr Music Indie Electronic, Indie Pop
The Lodger Flashbacks Slumberland Indie Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
Lonestar Party Heard Around the World Time/Life Music Contemporary Country
Lynyrd Skynyrd One More from the Road [Rarities Edition] MCA Records Album Rock, Southern Rock, Hard Rock, Boogie Rock, Arena Rock, Blues-Rock, Rock & Roll
Jesse Malin & the St. Marks Social Jesse Malin & the St. Marks Social Side One Dummy Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Rock & Roll, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
Meat Loaf Rarities Edition: Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell MCA Records Album Rock, Arena Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Hard Rock, Pop-Metal, Heavy Metal
Jo Dee Messina Unmistakable: Love Curb Contemporary Country, Country-Pop
Mr. Mister Broken Wings OldGold
Mono/The Wordless Music Orchestra Holy Ground: NYC Live Temporary Residence Experimental Rock, Noise-Rock, Post-Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
Mushroom Naked, Stoned, & Stabbed Royal Potato Family Records Avant-Prog, Prog-Rock, Improvisation, Acid Folk, British Psychedelia, British Folk-Rock, Acid Rock, Euro-Rock, British Folk, Experimental, Folk-Rock, Psychedelic
The Mynabirds What We Lose in the Fire We Gain in the Flood Saddle Creek Records Indie Folk, Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Indie Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
Anna Netrebko In the Still of Night [Prestige Edition] Deutsche Grammophon Romantic & Post-Romantic Songs for Voice & Piano
Leif Segerstam Rautavaara: Before The Icons A Tapestry of Life Ondine Contemporary Music for Orchestra
Original Soundtrack Why Did I Get Married Too? Malaco Soundtracks, Contemporary R&B, Quiet Storm, Soul, Reggae-Pop
Anders Osborne American Patchwork Alligator Records Blues-Rock, Electric Blues, Modern Electric Blues, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Guitar Virtuoso, New Orleans Blues
The Pack A.D. We Kill Computers Mint Records Inc. Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Punk Blues, Blues-Rock
Brian Posehn Fart and Wiener Jokes Relapse Records Standup Comedy, Comedy
Kimberley Rew Bible of Bop [Bonus Tracks] Press
Saint Etienne Finisterre Beggars Banquet Indie Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Dance, Indie Electronic
Saint Etienne Tiger Bay [UK] Warner Bros. Indie Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Dance, Club/Dance, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Electronic, Electronica, Britpop
Small Black Small Black Jagjaguwar Indie Electronic, Indie Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
Something Corporate Played in Space: The Best of Something Corporate Geffen Emo-Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Punk-Pop
Starkey Ear Drums and Black Holes Planet Mu Records Dubstep, Club/Dance, Garage
Sugar & Gold Get Wet! Antenna Farm Records Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Indie Electronic, Alternative Pop/Rock
Livingston Taylor Last Alaska Moon Chesky Contemporary Folk, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Adult Contemporary, Soft Rock
Ten Years After Now Ten Years After Regional Blues, British Blues, Blues-Rock, Hard Rock
Jacky Terrasson Push Concord Jazz Straight-Ahead Jazz, Piano Jazz, Modern Jazz, Jazz Instrument, Post-Bop
Prins Thomas The Greatest Tits, Vol. 1 Full Pupp Club/Dance
Two Door Cinema Club Tourist History Glass Note New Wave/Post-Punk Revival, Alternative/Indie Rock
Ty Special Kind of Fool BBE British Rap
Unnatural Helpers Cracked Love & Other Drugs Hardly Art Indie Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
Mark Van Hoen Where Is the Truth City Centre Offices Ambient, Experimental Ambient, Downbeat
Various Artists Punk Goes Classic Rock Fearless Records Post-Hardcore, Screamo, Punk Revival, Alternative/Indie Rock
The Velvet Underground & Nico The Velvet Underground & Nico [Rarities Edition] Polydor Alternative/Indie Rock, Experimental Rock, Proto-Punk, Rock & Roll, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Psychedelic, Alternative Pop/Rock
Fats Waller Performance: Radio Recordings from 1931 to 1943 Varese Sarabande Jive, Early Jazz, Stride, Swing, Piano Jazz, Jazz Instrument
New CD Album Releases, 4-20-2010: Merle Haggard, AC/DC, Willie Nelson The main likely couple of worthwhile new albums this week are from the old hands of country. Over his long career, Willie Nelson has substantially personally broadened and re-defined Country Music. These are mostly fairly straight ahead acoustic arrangements of country, folk and blues standards. I don't know when he's written a particularly memorable new song recently, but as a singer he has definitely aged like vintage wine. Glad to hear him singing stuff like "Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down."
I Am What I Am is Merle Haggard's 875th album. Haven't heard anything from it, so can't say anything about it one way or another.
AC/DC don't seem to want to put out a proper greatest hits album, but seem to like throwing out hashed up re-packaging of their oldies for cheesy movie soundtracks, in this case Iron Man 2 [Deluxe Edition] [CD/DVD].
Here's the complete list of this week's major new album releases:
AC/DC Iron Man 2 [Deluxe Edition] [CD/DVD] Sony Aussie Rock, Album Rock, Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, Arena Rock, Film Music, Soundtracks
Willie Nelson Country Music Rounder Country
The Apples in Stereo Travellers in Space and Time Yep Roc Indie Pop, Neo-Psychedelia, Indie Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
Roky Erickson True Love Cast Out All Evil Anti Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
Glee Cast Glee: The Music, the Power of Madonna Sony Music Entertainment TV Soundtracks, Cast Recordings, Soundtracks
Merle Haggard I Am What I Am Vanguard Bakersfield Sound, Honky Tonk, Traditional Country
Shelby Lynne Tears, Lies and Alibis Everso Alternative/Indie Rock, Americana, Alt-Country, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Contemporary Country
Kate Nash My Best Friend Is You Geffen Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Indie Rock, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
Sweet Apple Love & Desperation Teepee Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Hard Rock
Airbourne No Guts. No Glory. Roadrunner Aussie Rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
Alcest Ecailles de Lune Prophecy Alternative/Indie Rock, Experimental Rock, Dream Pop, Post-Rock, Black Metal, Heavy Metal
Original Broadway Cast American Idiot [Original Broadway Cast] Warner Bros./Reprise/Maverick Cast Recordings, Alternative/Indie Rock, Punk-Pop
Anarbor The Words You Don't Swallow Hopeless Emo, Alternative/Indie Rock, Punk-Pop
Aqualung Magnetic North Verve Forecast Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Alternative/Indie Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
Baby Dee A Book of Songs for Anne Marie Drag City Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Folk, Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Singer/Songwriter
David Ball Sparkle City Koch Contemporary Country, Neo-Traditionalist Country, Traditional Country, Honky Tonk, Progressive Country
David Benoit Earthglow Peak Crossover Jazz, Smooth Jazz, Jazz-Pop, Contemporary Jazz, Acid Jazz
Blunt Mechanic World Record Barsuk Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock
V.V. Brown Travelling Like the Light Island Pop, Neo-Soul, Dance-Pop
Caribou Swim Merge Indie Electronic, Alternative/Indie Rock, Dream Pop, Alternative Dance
Circa Survive Blue Sky Noise Atlantic Emo, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Punk Revival, Post-Hardcore
Patsy Cline Sweet Dreams: The Complete Decca Studio Masters 1960-1963 Hip-O Select
Cypress Hill Rise Up [Clean] Priority Latin Rap, West Coast Rap, Hardcore Rap
John Denver Live at Cedar Rapids 12/10/87 Collectors' Choice
Destroyer City of Daughters Merge Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
Destroyer Streethawk: A Seduction Merge Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Indie Pop, Alternative Pop/Rock, Chamber Pop
Destroyer Thief Merge Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Chamber Pop
Devin the Dude Suite #420 Koch Southern Rap
Ella Fitzgerald Standards: Great Songs/Great Performances Verve
Pulp Fiction Photo Gallery Study Guide Just put up a big old honkin' photo gallery/study guide for Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction. As often, doing the captures and editing for a new photo gallery brought out a lot of little details and questions.
New CD Album Releases, 4-13-2010: Tom Lehrer, Jeff Beck, Natalie Merchant Not much big and new this week, but let's just take a minute to dig on the genius of The Tom Lehrer Collection. This collection features 26 cuts, largely recorded in the 1960s. This has pretty much all the obvious cuts. By his count, for being such a well known name over many years, he only published 37 songs.
Best of all, this comes with a bonus DVD including live 1967 performances in Oslo of, among other classics, "The Masochism Tango" and my personal springtime anthem "Poisoning Pigeons in the Park." Sweet.
"If, after hearing my songs, just one human being is inspired to say something nasty to a friend, or perhaps to strike a loved one, it will all have been worth the while." - Tom Lehrer
Emotion & Commotion is the first new album from Jeff Beck in seven years. I wouldn't think of Beck as a big time commercial artist, but I note that he is as high as #4 currently at Amazon.
The #1 seller at Amazon at the moment is Leave Your Sleep from Natalie Merchant. This two CD set is based on musical adaptations of 19th and 20th century British and American poetry. What I'm hearing sounds pretty listenable, though I'm not sure how memorable any of it will prove to be. It has just a little bit of Renaissance fair flavor to it, but not to a stilted degree.
Here's the complete list of this week's major new CD album releases:
Jeff Beck Emotion & Commotion Rhino Album Rock, Guitar Virtuoso, Jazz-Rock, Hard Rock, Instrumental Rock, Blues-Rock
Jason Castro Jason Castro Atlantic Contemporary Singer/Songwriter
Coheed and Cambria Year of the Black Rainbow Sony Music Emo, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal, Punk-Pop
MGMT Congratulations Sony Music Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Pop, Neo-Psychedelia
Natalie Merchant Leave Your Sleep Nonesuch Records Alternative/Indie Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Neo-Traditional Folk
Tony Allen Secret Agent World Circuit Afro-Beat, West African, Nigerian, African Traditions, Funk
Antena Bossa Super Nova LTM Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
Bobby and Blumm A Little Big Sound Of A Handshake Indie Electronic, Indie Pop, Ambient Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Post-Rock
Harlan T. Bobo Sucker Goner Records Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Country-Rock
Braid Frankie Welfare Boy Age 5 Divot Records Emo, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
Laura Bell Bundy Achin' and Shakin' Mercury Nashville Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Contemporary Country, Country-Pop
Cancer Bats Bears, Mayors, Scraps & Bones Good Fight Post-Hardcore, Alternative/Indie Rock, Heavy Metal
The Nels Cline Singers Initiate Cryptogramophone Avant-Garde Jazz, Modern Creative, Guitar Jazz, Jazz Instrument
The Contrast God of Malfunction Wicked Cool
D.R.I. Crossover: Millennium Edition Beer City Records
Disappears Lux Kranky Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
Dosh Tommy Anticon Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
Lila Downs y la Misteriosa Lila Downs y la Misteriosa en Paris: Live a FIP World Village South American Traditions, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Alternative/Indie Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Cumbia, Latin Folk
Cesaria Evora Radio Mindelo: Early Recordings Columbia/Sony Western European Traditions, African Traditions, West African, Morna, Fado, Cape Verdean
Family Rise...The Very Best of Family Rebecca Art Rock, British Psychedelia, Psychedelic, Prog-Rock, Blues-Rock
Liza Ferschtman Works for violin solo by J. S. Bach & Ysaye Challenge Classics Baroque & Post-Romantic Violin Music
Serge Gainsbourg/Jane Birkin Jane Birkin/Serge Gainbourg: Je T'Aime...Moi Non Plus Universal Distribution Baroque Pop, French Pop, Cabaret, French Rock, French, Western European Traditions
Gucci Mane The Burrrprint 2 HD Asylum Dirty South, Gangsta Rap
Matthew Hawtin Once Again, Again Plus Records Ambient Techno, Techno
New CD Album Releases, 4-6-2010: Bobby McFerrin, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Slash There's some bigger names, but way the most likely sounding new thing that you might need to hear this week is Vocabularies from Bobby McFerrin. This is an artist who has never gotten the respect he deserves even for his hit, the now 20+ year old "Don't Worry, Be Happy." That was a beautiful and memorable song, and he has been consistently interesting and listenable.
This new album is his first in some eight years, and obviously meticulously constructed. The record company verbiage suggests that he used 50+ singers recorded by ones and small groups to get some 1400 total vocal tracks. I don't know about all that, but it surely sounds like something I need to hear more of.
Sharon Jones has never been a big name, but she's a real honest to G-d soul singer, a rarity today. Plus, she made the best song of 2004. That should rate some interest.
Slash has an eponymous solo album this week. Dig the co-creator of "Welcome to the Jungle" and other GnR classics, but Saul doesn't have anything jumping out of the previews that sounds like a real song.
Here's the complete list of this week's major new CD album releases:
David Bowie David Bowie Deram Contemporary Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Britpop
Dr. Dog Shame, Shame Anti Alternative/Indie Rock, American Trad Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
Jakob Dylan Woman + Country Columbia Alternative/Indie Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Singer/Songwriter
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings I Learned the Hard Way Daptone Records Deep Funk Revival, Funk, Soul
Slash Slash DHI Album Rock, Guitar Virtuoso, Heavy Metal, Hard Rock
Peter Wolf Midnight Souvenirs Verve Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Retro-Soul, American Trad Rock, Americana, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Rock & Roll, Soul
5 Browns The 5 Browns in Hollywood Koch Film Music Arranged for Pianos
Melissa Auf der Maur Out of Our Minds Phi Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
Awesome Color Massa Hypnos Ecstatic Peace! Alternative/Indie Rock, Garage Punk, Noise-Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
BoDeans Mr. Sad Clown 429 Records Heartland Rock, Roots Rock
Solomon Burke Nothing's Impossible E1 Entertainment Deep Soul, Southern Soul, Country Soul, Soul
John Butler Trio April Uprising ATO
Kimberly Caldwell Without Regret Vanguard Pop Idol
Max Emanuel Cencic Handel: Opera Arias Virgin Classics Baroque Opera Arias
Ray Charles Genius + Soul=Jazz Concord Big Band, Soul Jazz
Codeine Velvet Club Codeine Velvet Club Island Indie Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
Rita Coolidge The Lady's Not for Sale/Fall into Spring/It's Only Love Raven Soft Rock, Country-Rock
Julian Cope Peggy Suicide [Deluxe Edition] Island Alternative/Indie Rock, Chamber Pop, Post-Punk, Alternative Pop/Rock, Dream Pop, Space Rock, Indie Rock, Britpop, Lo-Fi, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Psychedelic, Rock & Roll
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack When You're Strange: A Film About the Doors Rhino
David Byrne/Fatboy Slim Here Lies Love Nonesuch Records Club/Dance
Fleetwood Mac Perfect In Every Way Varese Sarabande British Blues, Blues-Rock
GBH Perfume and Piss Hellcat Records Punk/New Wave, Hardcore Punk, Punk Metal, Heavy Metal, British Punk, Anarchist Punk
Vivian Green Beautiful Koch Records Adult Contemporary R&B
Growing Pumps! Vice Music Experimental Rock, Indie Rock, Indie Electronic, Noise-Rock, Experimental Electro
Harlem Hippies Matador Garage Punk, Indie Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
Jeff Healey Last Call Stony Plain Dixieland
High Places High Places Vs. Mankind Thrill Jockey Records Indie Electronic, Indie Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus 3 Propellor Time Satorial College Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Neo-Psychedelia, Jangle Pop, Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter
Ikonika Contact, Love, Want, Have Hyperdub Dubstep, Club/Dance
Luther Ingram Absolutely the Best of Luther Ingram: If Loving You is Wrong, I Don't Want To Be Right Varese Sarabande Soul, Smooth Soul, Southern Soul, Country Soul
Javelin No Mas Luaka Bop Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Club/Dance, Alternative Pop/Rock, Experimental Rock
Jonsi Go XL Recordings Ltd. Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
Angelique Kidjo Oyo Razor & Tie Music African Traditions, Afro-Pop, Worldbeat, Afro-Beat, World Fusion
Madonna The Sticky & Sweet Tour Warner Bros. Club/Dance
Laura Marling I Speak Because I Can Astralwerks Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Indie Folk, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, British Folk, Alternative/Indie Rock
Bobby McFerrin Vocabularies Emarcy Vocal Jazz, Jazz-Pop, Acappella, Modern Composition
Mi Ami Steal Your Face Thrill Jockey Alternative/Indie Rock, Noise-Rock, Indie Rock, Glitter, Punk/New Wave, Hardcore Punk
Monster Movie Everyone Is a Ghost Graveface Records Ambient Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Dream Pop
Murder by Death Good Morning, Magpie Vagrant Records Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock
Hamid Karzai versus the Taliban, or joining them? The US backed weak and seemingly hopelessly corrupt Afghanistan government of Hamid Karzai looks less and less useful to anyone by the day. Indeed, Karzai is so desperate at this point that over the weekend in closed meetings with legislators, he was threatening to absolutely JOIN the Taliban that we (and theoretically he) has been fighting for years, in reaction to pressure from the US and the Obama administration.
As a rightwing nutjob, my first instinctive reaction is to blame Obama for this. President Obama is surely the worst amateur hour in foreign and military policy that we've had since at least Jimmy Carter. Perhaps his heavy handed public and undiplomatic gestures have screwed the pooch with a foreign leader who is obviously in a very difficult situation trying to hold on to authority that he barely ever had over the territory. I mean, Obama and his crew say unbelievably stupid things to and about foreign leaders and policy on a near daily basis. It's just been a few days since Obama himself was publicly suggesting that the British should somehow and for no obvious reason open some kind of negotiations over the Falkland Islands stuff from a quarter century ago. WTF?
Then again, maybe this is not at all fair to Obama. Perhaps this guy is just hopelessly weak and corrupt, and it was just foolishness of the Bush administration to back him in power and hold him there when he doesn't seem like he's ever done us much good. Someway, the US certainly does need to hold whatever government in Afghanistan - especially one that is there in significant part because of our backing - more accountable for helping fighting the jihadists. The Karzai government surely hasn't been a hell of a lot of help. I mean what kind of partner does Obama have to work with here?
This brings me to my second instinctive reaction to this, which is to put these comments entirely on the speaker - and take them at more or less face value. If Karzai makes repeated noises of even talking like he's sympathetic to the Taliban, at this point that is pretty much totally unacceptable. If ol' Al were commander in chief, it wouldn't take very much crap like this to get Karzai and a bunch of his crew killed by big US bombs. What to think?
Perhaps it's just as well that I'm not commander in chief.
New CD Album Releases, 3-30-2010: Erykah Badu, Alan Jackson, Usher, Joan Armatrading There are a lot of big names with new albums this week, but Erykah Badu is the one making the ink. She has a new album New Amerykah, Pt. 2: Return of the Ankh. She actually had a hit with "On and On" once, but it's been a little slow sense. Or at least I for one can't remember any other song she's done, and I know I've heard a couple of her albums.
That being the case brings us to the desperate need for publicity that became the famous "Window Seat" nude video shoot at Daley Plaza in Dallas. Sad to see ol' girl reduced to working the pole, but what're you going to do? A gal's got to earn a living. Of course, I'm just kidding. I realize that this was not just desperate whoring but a Serious Political Statement that simply required her to take off all her clothes in public for the camera.
On the hopefully more artistically substantive level, This Charming Life is something like the 20th album from Joan Armatrading. I mostly think of Armatrading as being an acoustic folky singer-songwriter, but what I'm hearing from this album sounds surprisingly musically aggressive. It surely merits a good listen.
Freight Train is the 18th album from Alan Jackson. I like the guy and all, but for the life of me I don't see why people (or women) are so enamored of him, as most of his records pretty much sound near exactly the same.
I would otherwise have little interest in the cheap and cheesy r&b drama of Usher, except that he was characterized and parodied so lovingly well in The Boondocks episode "Tom and Sarah and Usher" that just getting to type his silly name gives me pleasure. The Boondocks are just that good. Actually had me listening to frickin' R Kelly at one point.
Oh yeah, his new album is called Raymond v Raymond. It is his seventh album. Dig this record company spiel: "Raymond v Raymond takes you on a journey through the dichotomy of man." That promo shtick is more interesting than anything in the previews of the actual album.
Here's the complete list of this week's major new CD album releases:
Erykah Badu New Amerykah, Pt. 2: Return of the Ankh Universal Motown Adult Contemporary R&B, Neo-Soul, Contemporary R&B
Black Francis Nonstoperotik Essential Music & Marketing Indie Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter
Dum Dum Girls I Will Be Sub Pop Records Noise Pop, Indie Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs Medicine County Transdreamer Records Punk Blues, Alternative/Indie Rock
Alan Jackson Freight Train Sony Music Distribution
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion Dirty Shirt Rock 'n' Roll: The First Ten Years Shout! Factory Garage Punk, Blues-Rock, Electric Blues, Rock & Roll
Usher Raymond v Raymond LaFace Contemporary R&B, Pop
.38 Special Authorized Bootleg: Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York 1/29/85 A&M Album Rock, Southern Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Arena Rock, Hard Rock
Geri Allen Flying Toward the Sound Motema Music Piano Jazz, Modern Jazz, Jazz Instrument, Modern Creative
Annuals Sweet Sister Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock
Joan Armatrading This Charming Life Savoy Jazz Folk-Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Folk-Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
Mulatu Astatke Steps Ahead Strut
Barenaked Ladies All in Good Time Raisin' Records Alternative Pop/Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
Black Tambourine Black Tambourine Slumberland Noise Pop, Indie Pop, Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
Carmen Bradford Duke Ellington: Queenie Pie Longhorn Music Modern Opera
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds Good Son [CD/DVD] Mute Records Alternative/Indie Rock, Post-Punk, Alternative Pop/Rock
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds Henry's Dream [CD/DVD] Mute Records Alternative/Indie Rock, Post-Punk, Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Tender Prey [CD/DVD] Mute Records Alternative/Indie Rock, Post-Punk, Alternative Pop/Rock
Donnacha Costello Before We Say Goodbye Poker Flat Recordings Minimal Techno, Ambient Techno, Club/Dance
Deru Say Goodbye To Useless Mush Records Indie Electronic, Alternative/Indie Rock, Left-Field Hip-Hop, Ambient, Experimental Ambient
Thomas Dybdahl Thomas Dybdahl PIAS Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Alternative/Indie Rock
E-40 Revenue Retrievin': Day Shift Heavy On the Grind West Coast Rap, G-Funk, Gangsta Rap
E-40 Revenue Retrievin': Night Shift Heavy On the Grind West Coast Rap, G-Funk, Gangsta Rap
Elephant9 Walk The Nile Rune Grammofon Art Rock, Jazz-Rock, Progressive Jazz, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
Evelyn Evelyn Evelyn Evelyn Eleven Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
Thomas Fehlmann Gute Luft Kompakt Ambient Techno, Techno, Experimental Techno
Genia Gabriel Prokofiev: Piano Book No. 1 Nonclassical Contemporary Piano Music
The Go Find Everybody Knows It's Gonna Happen Only Not Tonight Morr Music Indie Electronic, Indie Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
Amy Grant Somewhere Down the Road Sparrow Records Adult Contemporary, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Contemporary Christian, CCM
The Grascals The Famous Lefty Flynn's Rounder Contemporary Bluegrass, Bluegrass, Progressive Bluegrass
Helloween Unarmed: Best of 25th Anniversary Steamhammer UK Heavy Metal, Progressive Metal
Jackson 5 J Is for Jackson 5 Motown Contemporary R&B, Soul, Quiet Storm, Disco, Funk
Jawbreaker Unfun [Bonus Tracks] Shredder Records Alternative/Indie Rock, Punk-Pop, Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
King's Singers Pachelbel: Vespers Signum UK Baroque Vocal Music
The Living Sisters Love to Live Wel Contemporary Singer/Songwriter
Mae (A)fternoon Cell Records Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Emo-Pop
Letta Mbulu Naturally Beat Goes Public World Fusion
Edwin McCain The Best of Edwin McCain Time/Life Music Alternative/Indie Rock, American Trad Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter
Amy MacDonald A Curious Thing MERCURY UK Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Alternative/Indie Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
Christophe Rousset Christophe Rousset Performs Froberger Naive Baroque Keyboard Music
Elizabeth Wallfisch Pierre Rode: 24 Caprices en forme d'etudes CPO Romantic Music for Violin
Method Man/Ghostface Killah/Raekwon Wu Massacre Def Jam Hardcore Rap, East Coast Rap
Christian Scott Yesterday You Said Tomorrow Concord Jazz Contemporary Jazz, Post-Bop
Slow Club Yeah So Indie Pop, Twee Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
Angus & Julia Stone Down the Way Nettwerk Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Indie Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock
Turin Brakes Outbursts Cooking Vinyl Records Indie Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
New CD Album Releases, 2-23-2010: Mose Allison, Chuck Berry, Snoop Dogg, Hall & Oates The most interesting proposition this week is Chuck Berry Have Mercy: His Complete Chess Recordings (1969-1974). These four CDs include 71 recordings made back home at Chess after several years at Mercury. His first record back was the classic "Tulane" and this includes his only full fledged #1 single, "My Ding-a-Ling."
Mose Allison - author of such classics as "The Summertime Blues" - is back this week with The Way of the World - his first album in 12 years. What I've heard sounds pretty groovy.
More Malice is a supplemental soundtrack follow up to Snoop Dogg's movie Malice N Wonderland. It contains five new songs, besides various remixes and whatnot.
Here's the complete list of this week's major new CD album releases:
Mose Allison The Way of the World Anti Hard Bop, Piano Jazz, Jazz Instrument, Vocal Jazz, Jazz Blues, Piano Blues
Chuck Berry Have Mercy: His Complete Chess Recordings (1969-1974) Hip-O Select Rock & Roll, Early R&B
The Bird and the Bee Interpreting the Masters, Vol. 1: A Tribute to Daryl Hall and John Oates Blue Note Indie Electronic, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Pop
Bonnie "Prince" Billy & the Cairo Gang The Wonder Show of the World Drag City Indie Folk, Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Alternative/Indie Rock, Lo-Fi, Alt-Country
She & Him Volume Two Merge Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Pop, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
Snoop Dogg More Malice [CD/DVD] Priority West Coast Rap, Contemporary R&B, Gangsta Rap
The 13th Floor Elevators 7th Heaven: Music of the Spheres: The Complete Singles Collection Snapper Garage Rock, Psychedelic
Absolute Ensemble Absolute Zawinul Sunnyside Modern Composition
Archie Bronson Outfit Coconut Domino Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
"Mr President, I smell a big fat commie rat." -General Buck Turgidson
I don't necessarily so much mind an avowed socialist or communist. If they pretty much say what they're really for, then you've got some basis of discussion of your differences or of an honest public debate.
Then there is lying, dishonest crap like this Coffee Party coming up out of the Facebook swamps. See, they're not left or right or center:
Coffee Party USA's blogRead more FAQ: Is the Coffee Party USA liberal, centrist, progressive or conservative? Tue, 2010-03-16 10:15 — Coffee Party USA Coffee Party USA is not liberal, centrist, progressive, or conservative. In fact, we question the validity of these labels because they create the illusion of division among the American people, and obscure the real problem in our politics today: the disproportionate and corrupting influence of corporate and other special interest in our government.
That's just meaningless boilerplate. The meat will be the list of who is an evil special interest and who is "we the people."
The group nominally has basically no ideological tenants, but in fact is pretty obviously a cheesy little leftist progressive move to try to backhandedly discredit the broad and more or less by default right wing backlash to the Obama Democrats huge socialist power grabs. This has been most manifest in the "tea party" groups, which have a diverse range of attendees, but are united in opposition to the recent expanses in government power and spending.
The whole point of the coffee parties is that they are civil and friendly, unlike those crazy unhinged angry white males at the tea parties. But this is ultimately obviously just a trick to intimidate any real opposition or to charm them into thinking that it is inappropriate to raise hell. "Shh now - co-operate" as Yen Lo said to Raymond Shaw's victim as he strangled him.
It's just rude and un-American to raise hell. Just sit still and be quiet as the progressives rape the constitutional processes to get their way in taking over a huge portion of the American economy against the wishes of the American people and clearly without sufficient votes to legitimately pass it. Better to let the fascist eggheads ruin the country than to have some idiots decide that you're mean and uncivil.
But let me stop momentarily in the midst of my uncivil (but very satisfying) ranting to give fairness to Obama and the Democrats. I have called the Obama plans "commie" and "pinko." That's really not quite right. Basically communists want the people ie the government ie them to own the means of production. Mostly, the Obama plan is for heavily regulated and subsidized private firms to act as the middlemen in imsplementing their schemes. Properly, that should be called "fascism" rather than "communism." It's just hyperbole when I call Obama a communist. "Fascist" would be rather more precise.
Then there are the usual collaborators. All the big time pinko journalistic outlets like the New York times and such like to go along with the pretense that these coffee parties really are non-partisan groups devoted really just to good government.
Then there are seemingly endless useful idiots who talk themselves into thinking that these Coffee Party groups really are just devoted to civility. Worse perhaps than the obviously consciously dishonest people who came up with this dumb "movement" are these ignorant dupes.
I'm particularly amused to see the official front page of the Coffee Party website touting the participation of a former Ron Paul volunteer. Speaking of idiots. But also the Paul-bots were some of the most hostile, accusatory and outright uncivil participants in the 2008 campaigns. The only ones worse were maybe some of the Obama brownshirts, especially in Chicago. The Paul-bots were not just absolutely physically beating people up. Or send a naked Rahm Emanuel after you.
Anyhow, here's the basic point: If you can't stand the sight of elbows being thrown and a few jaws being punched, stay the hell out of politics. Basically, we go for a lot of fussin' and cussin' instead of a bunch of shooting and killing to sort out our big issues. That's pretty genteel when you think about it.
And also if you're going to be a pinko/fascist front group, be honest about it. It will increase your credibility.
New CD Album Releases, 3-16-2010: The White Stripes, Graham Parker We interrupt your usual weekly album update column with this urgent communique from Generalissimo Alberto Barger of the White Stripes Nation Revolutionary Council:
Patriots and comrades, we have another communique from our Dear Leader and El Presidente for Life Jack White. He and Queen Meg spent a good part of 2007 campaigning for victory up North in Canada, playing largely in far flung small towns who had never been exposed to the teachings of Jesus or the White Stripes Nation.
These have now been released as an album communique Under Great White Northern Lights so that all the troops of Jack White and the Seven Nation Army can be heard by all who have ears to listen. The Celtic sounds of Icky Thump have been spread through to other songs in these arrangements, notably the "Little Ghosts."
While these performances make for a very good CD, you would most likely be wanting to order the DVD of these groovy concerts so that you can look and see and properly feel the groundswell of support for the upcoming revolution in which the failed fascism of the Obama regime is swept aside in favor a true leader of the people.
Viva la revolucion!!!
Here's the complete list of this week's major new CD album releases:
Drive-By Truckers The Big To-Do ATO Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Country-Rock, Southern Rock