Archive for July, 2010

New CD Album Releases, 7-27-2010: Rachelle Spector,

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Out Of My Chelle is the debut album by Rachelle Spector, the 30 year old wife of convicted murdered and legendary genius Phil Spector. It is credited as a Phil Spector production – his first album supposedly in 30 years.

It doesn’t sound like a Phil Spector record – which is probably to the good. Trying to squeeze this young woman into Darlene Love’s old dress might would not be the best thing.

Anyway, this is a fairly listenable modern adult dance pop album. Broadly, she’s looking for the Kylie Minogue market. I’m not particularly the market for this kind of thing really, but I’d take the opening “Here in My Heart” at least head to head with anything I’ve ever heard out of Kylie Minogue. If you dig her – and a lot of people do – you’d probably dig this.

I don’t know that it’s anything that memorable, but I have to say that there’s something about her that makes me want to like it. She seems so nice that standing next to him, she even manages to make the convicted murderer to whom she is married somehow not look like a gargoyle. Nice girl.

Music for the soul
Ice Cream Man Lyrics
Nicki Minaj
Walkin’ Alone Lyrics
Jay Sean
Club Can’t Handle Me Lyrics
Flo Rida
Repercussions Lyrics
Lauryn Hill
Operator Lyrics
Marques Houston
Mama’s Boyfriend Lyrics
Kanye West
Tears Of Joy Lyrics
Rick Ross
Get In My Car Lyrics
Opposite Of Adults Lyrics
Chiddy Bang
Rebuilt Lyrics

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Here’s the complete list of this week’s major new album releases:
Rachelle Spector
Out Of My Chelle
Rocket Science
Adult Dance Pop

Avenged Sevenfold
Warner Bros.
Heavy Metal, Alternative Metal, Post-Hardcore, Alternative/Indie Rock, Emo

Betty and the Werewolves
Teatime Favourites
Damaged Goods
Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock

Barsuk Records
Indie Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Experimental Rock, Post-Rock

Mark Olson
Many Colored Kite
Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Americana, Alternative Country-Rock

Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble
Couldn’t Stand the Weather
Regional Blues, Album Rock, Modern Electric Texas Blues, Texas Blues, Electric Texas Blues, Blues-Rock, Modern Electric Blues

Best Coast
Crazy for You
Mexican Summer
Noise Pop, Indie Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Christine Brewer
Great Strauss Scenes
Post-Romantic Vocal Music

The Robert Cray Band
Cookin’ in Mobile
Contemporary Blues, Modern Electric Blues, Soul-Blues, Retro-Soul

Cyanide Pills
Cyanide Pills
Damaged Goods
Alternative/Indie Rock, Punk-Pop, New Wave/Post-Punk Revival, Punk Revival

Dean & Britta
13 Most Beautiful: Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests
Double Feature
Indie Pop, Dream Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock

Dru Hill
Indrupendence Day
Contemporary R&B

The Dwarves
Must Die Redux
Greedy Records

Fat Joe
The Darkside, Vol. 1
E1 Entertainment
Hardcore Rap, East Coast Rap, Gangsta Rap

Eric Gales
Blues Bureau International
Modern Electric Blues, Guitar Virtuoso, Blues-Rock, Electric Blues

The Golden Dogs
Coat of Arms
Nevado Records
Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Fred Hammond
Life in the Word
Universal Music Christian Gro Contemporary Christian, Contemporary Gospel, Gospel

Jesca Hoop
Hunting My Dress
Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Alternative/Indie Rock

Transatlantic R.P.M.
Club/Dance, Clubjazz, Adult Contemporary R&B, Contemporary Jazz

That’s How We Burn
Sub Pop Records
Indie Pop, Indie Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Tom Jones
Praise & Blame
Lost Highway Records
American Trad Rock

Seu Jorge
Seu Jorge and Almaz
Brazilian Pop, Brazilian Traditions, MPB

King’s College Choir, Cambridge
A Year at King’s
EMI Classics
Choral Music

Life of Agony
20 Years Strong: River Runs Red, Live in Brussels
I Scream Records
American Punk, New York Punk, Punk/New Wave, Heavy Metal, Hardcore Punk, Hard Rock

Major Lazer
Lazers Never Die
Dancehall, Ragga, Club/Dance

Clyde McPhatter
Lover Please: The Complete MGM & Mercury Singles
Universal Distribution
Early R&B

Miniature Tigers
Modern Art
Indie Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Vom Himmel zur Holle (From Heaven to Hell)
Contemporary Chamber Music

Dino Saluzzi
El Encuentro
ECM Records
South American Traditions, Argentinian Folk, Modern Composition, Tango

Trio Goya
The Heart of Invention: Piano Trios by Haydn
Classical Chamber Music

Paul Watkins
Martinu: Cello Sonatas Nos. 1-3; Variations on a Theme of Rossini; Variations on a Slovak Theme
Modern Chamber Music

Original Soundtrack
Get Low
Contemporary Bluegrass, Neo-Traditionalist Country, Bluegrass, Contemporary Country, Traditional Bluegrass, Progressive Bluegrass, Soundtracks

Original Soundtrack
Music From Cats & Dogs: Revenge Of Kitty Galore
Watertower Music
Teen Pop, Soundtracks

Anybody Out There
The Militia Group
Emo-Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Punk-Pop

Saravah Soul
Cultura Impura
Tru Thoughts
Brazilian Traditions, African Traditions, Carnival, Brazilian Folk, Afro-Brazilian, Highlife, Afro-Beat, MPB, Samba, Funk

Rob Schneider
Registered Offender
Oglio Records
Music Comedy, Comedy

Sky Sailing
An Airplane Carried Me to Bed
Universal Republic
Alternative/Indie Rock, Emo-Pop, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter

Social Studies
Wind Up Wooden Heart
Antenna Farm Records
Indie Rock, Indie Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Billy Squier
Don’t Say No
Arena Rock, Hard Rock

Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band
Live at the Greek Theatre 2008
Contemporary Pop/Rock

Tech N9ne Collabos
The Gates Mixed Plate

Thin Lizzy
Lynott’s Last Stand
Chrome Dreams

George Thorogood & the Destroyers
Live in Boston, 1982
Blues-Rock, Boogie Rock, Slide Guitar Blues, Rock & Roll, Album Rock

J Roddy Walston and the Business
J Roddy Walston and the Business
Indie Rock, Roots Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Christopher Willits
Tiger Flower Circle Sun
Ghostly International
Indie Electronic, IDM, Ambient, Post-Rock

Foreign Exchange
Adult Contemporary R&B, Underground Rap, Contemporary R&B

New CD Album Releases, 7-20-2010: Sheryl Crow, Jonas Brothers

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

100 Miles from Memphis is the seventh album from Sheryl Crow. The title refers partly to the town in which she grew up, and also of course to the general artistic strategy here. She’s definitely got a Dusty in Memphis idea going, and maybe a little spoonful of Al Green.

This sounds ok. It’s not bad – which I’d pretty much say of her whole career. But it’s far worse than bad – it’s bland and mediocre. I do not understand what people see in her. But what do I know? The album is #2 currently at Amazon.

Looking forward to…
Speak Now Lyrics
Taylor Swift
Get In My Car Lyrics
Test Drive Lyrics
Keshia Chante
Just The Way You Are Lyrics
Bruno Mars
Rhythm Of Love Lyrics
Plain White T’s
On The Wall Lyrics
Fearless Lyrics
Keisha Buchanan
25 to Life Lyrics
Give a Little More Lyrics
Maroon 5
Iyiyi Lyrics
Cody Simpson

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Here’s the complete list of this week’s major new CD album releases:
Sheryl Crow
100 Miles from Memphis
American Trad Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Singer/Songwriter

Jonas Brothers
Jonas L.A.
Walt Disney
Contemporary Pop/Rock, Teen Pop, Soundtracks

Rick Ross
Teflon Don
Southern Rap, Gangsta Rap

12 Stones
The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday
Wind-Up Records
Post-Grunge, Hard Rock

Delphine Bardin
Gabriel Faure: Barcarolles
Alpha Productions
Post-Romantic Piano Music

Bell’Arte Salzburg
Concerti d’Amore
Berlin Classics
Baroque Chamber Music

Big Head Todd & the Monsters
Big Head Todd & The Monsters
Jam Bands, American Trad Rock, Roots Rock, Rock & Roll

The Books
The Way Out
Temporary Residence
Indie Electronic, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Pop, Post-Rock

Marc Cohn
Listening Booth: 1970
Adult Contemporary, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Contemporary Pop/Rock

Brian Culbertson
GRP Records
Smooth Jazz, Crossover Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Jazz-Funk, Jazz Instrument

Department of Eagles
Archive 2003-2006
American Dust
Post-Rock, Indie Rock, Indie Electronic, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Electric Wire Hustle
Electric Wire Hustle
BBE Adult
Contemporary R&B, Neo-Soul, Contemporary R&B

Emerson Lake & Palmer
A Time and a Place
Shout! Factory
Art Rock, Prog-Rock, Album Rock

Frazey Ford
Neo-Traditional Folk, Contemporary Folk

Francis & the Lights
It’ll Be Better
Cantora Records
Alternative/Indie Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

Frontier Ruckus
Deadmalls & Nightfalls
Ramseur Records
Indie Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Country-Rock

David Garrett
Rock Symphony
Classical Crossover

Goodnight Loving
The Goodnight Loving Supper Club
Dirtnap Records
Indie Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Hold You
VP Records
Contemporary Reggae, Lovers Rock, Smooth Reggae, Reggae-Pop

I Am Arrows
Sun Comes Up Again
Indie Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock

Instruments of Science & Technology
Library Catalog Music Series, Vol. 7: Music for Paradise Armor
Asthmatic Kitty Records
Experimental Ambient

Indie Electronic, Alternative/Indie Rock, Post-Rock

Mark Knoop
John Cage: Etudes Boreales; Harmonies; 10’40.3″
Contemporary Chamber Music

Shawn Lee
Sing a Song
Ubiquity Recordings
Neo-Soul, Funky Breaks, Soul

Charlie Louvin
Hickory Wind: Live at the Gram Parsons Guitar Pull, Waycross, GA
Tompkins Square
Truck Driving Country, Honky Tonk, Bluegrass, Country-Folk, Traditional Country, Country Boogie

Lower Dens
Twin-Hand Movement
Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Indie Folk, Post-Rock

Andrea Lucchesini
Schubert: The Impromptus
Romantic Piano Music

Mad Caddies
Consentual Selections
Fat Wreck Chords
Alternative/Indie Rock, Third Wave Ska Revival, Punk Revival, Ska-Punk

The Long Shadow of the Paper Tiger
K Records
Indie Electronic, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Post-Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Kristin Miltner
Library Catalog Music Series, Vol. 8: Music for Dreaming and Playing
Asthmatic Kitty Records
Instrumental Rock, Structured Improvisation, Conceptual Art, Computer Music, Ambient, Experimental Electronic

Mountain Man
Made the Harbor
Americana, Indie Folk, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Original Soundtrack
Step Up 3D [Original Soundtrack]
Urban, Pop, Pop-Rap, Soundtracks

Max Richter
Fat Cat Records

Dan Sartain
One Little Indian
Garage Punk, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock

The Brian Setzer Orchestra
Don’t Mess with a Big Band: Live!
Surfdog Records
Retro Swing, Alternative/Indie Rock, Retro-Rock, Roots Rock, Rockabilly Revival

Shannon Stephens
Shannon Stephens
Asthmatic Kitty Records
Contemporary Folk, Alternative/Indie Rock, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter

Tokio Hotel
Humanoid City Live
Cherry Tree
Alternative/Indie Rock, Punk-Pop, Alternative Pop/Rock

Martina Topley-Bird
Some Place Simple
Honest Jon’s
Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

The Triffids
Wide Open Road: The Best of the Triffids
College Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Original Television Soundtrack
Jersey Shore Soundtrack
Universal Republic
Soundtracks, Club/Dance

Various Artists
The World Ends: Afro Rock & Psychedelia in 1970s Nigeria
African Traditions, Afro-Pop, Psychedelic

Richard Youngs
Beyond the Valley of Ultrahits
Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Mystical Minimalism, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

New CD Album Releases, 7-13-2010: Crowded House, Korn, Sting

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Crowded HouseThe main enchilada this week is Intriguer from Crowded House. This is their follow-up to the 2007 reunion album Time on Earth. Haven’t heard it yet, but I’m always hip to give a listen to new music from the author of “Don’t Dream It’s Over.”

Symphonicities is mostly Sting doing symphonic re-arrangements of classic Police and Sting songs. I don’t know if these versions are necessarily superior to the originals, but these songs are strong enough to bear some changes in orchestration. The best point is simply getting a somewhat different take on old favorites. “Roxanne” for one works nicely as a more classically orchestrated song rather than the throbbing rock song we remember.

Music news
Push That Knot Away Lyrics
KT Tunstall
River Below Lyrics
Billy Talent
Rhythm Of Love Lyrics
Plain White T’s
This Boy This Girl Lyrics
Miley Cyrus
Please Don’t Let Me Go Lyrics
Olly Murs
Paris Morton Music Lyrics
2012 Lyrics
Jay Sean
All Summer Lyrics
Kid Cudi
High Definition Lyrics
Keri Hilson
The Catalyst Lyrics
Linkin Park

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Here’s the complete list of this week’s major new CD album releases:
Crowded House
Intriguer [Deluxe Edition]
Alternative/Indie Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Singer/Songwriter

Korn III: Remember Who You Are
Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal, Post-Grunge, Rap-Metal

Alternative Dance, Club/Dance

Danger Mouse/Sparklehorse
Dark Night of the Soul
Noise Pop, Dream Pop, Alternative Country-Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Deutsche Grammophon
Alternative/Indie Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

Louis Armstrong
Standards: Great Songs/Great Performances
Verve Vocal Jazz, New Orleans Jazz, Traditional Pop, Swing

Move of Ten
IDM, Experimental Techno, Techno, Electronica, Alternative/Indie Rock, Glitch

The Big Bopper
Hellooo Baby! You Know What I Like!
Bear Family
Rock & Roll

The Blasters
The Blasters
Roots Rock, Rock & Roll, Punk/New Wave

Blue Giant
Blue Giant
Indie Rock, Americana, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Tracy Bonham
Masts of Manhatta
Engine Room
Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Alternative/Indie Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

Jim Brickman
The Essential Jim Brickman
Contemporary Instrumental, Adult Contemporary, Solo Instrumental, Piano/New Age

Build an Ark
Love, Pt. 2
Kindred Spirits
Clubjazz, Modern Composition, Soul Jazz, Psychedelic Soul, Folk Jazz, Modern Creative, Soul

Kenny Burrell
Standards: Great Songs/Great Performances
Hard Bop, Cool, Bop, Guitar Jazz, Jazz Instrument, Mainstream Jazz, Soul Jazz

Carissa’s Wierd
They’ll Only Miss You When You Leave: Songs 1996-2003
Hardly Art
Indie Rock, Chamber Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Carnival Season
Misguided Promise: Carnival Season Complete (1984-89)
Arena Rock Recording Company
Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, American Underground, Alternative Pop/Rock

Bobby Charles
See You Later, Alligator
Bear Family
New Orleans R&B, Rock & Roll, North American Traditions, Traditional Cajun, Swamp Pop, Cajun, Americana

Chatham County Line
Yep Roc
Alt-Country, Contemporary Bluegrass

Eddie Cochran
Bear Family
Rockabilly, Rock & Roll, Honky Tonk

Concrete Blonde
College Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Pilot Talk
Island Records
Southern Rap, Hardcore Rap

Robbie Dupree
Time and Tide
Soft Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Adult Contemporary

Great Big Sea
Safe Upon the Shore
Great Big Sea Contemporary Celtic, Irish Folk, Alternative/Indie Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Celtic Rock, Celtic

Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal

I Am Kloot
Sky at Night
Shepard Moon
Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

The Innocence Mission
My Room in the Trees
Badman Recordings
Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Spiritual

Ivy Queen
Drama Queen
Machete Music
Reggaeton, Latin Rap, Latin Pop

Etta James
The Essential Etta James
Soul-Blues, Early R&B, Soul

Big Dada
Garage Rap/Grime, 2-Step/British Garage

Quincy Jones
Standards: Great Songs Great Performances
Swing, Bop, Big Band, Traditional Pop

Tommy Keene
Tommy Keene You Hear Me: A Retrospective 1983-2009
Second Motion Records
College Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Jangle Pop, Alternative Pop/Rock, Power Pop

Jane Krakowski
The Laziest Gal in Town
Cabaret, Vocal Pop

The Love Language
Indie Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

The Maine
Black & White
Warner Bros.
Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Emo-Pop

Steve Marriott
Lend Us a Quid
The Darlings of Wapping Wharf
Blues-Rock, Rock & Roll, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Blue-Eyed Soul, Soul, Heavy Metal, Hard Rock

Carmen McRae
Vocal Jazz, Traditional Pop, Standards

Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66
Play the Hits
AM Pop, Bossa Nova, Samba, Lounge, Brazilian Traditions, Crossover Jazz, Brazilian Pop, Vocal Pop

Blood Like Lemonade
Alternative/Indie Rock, Electronica, Trip-Hop, Club/Dance, Alternative Pop/Rock, Downbeat

Matt Morris
When Everything Breaks Open
Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Contemporary Pop/Rock

My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult
Sinister Whisperz, Vol. 1: The Wax Trax Years (1987-1991)
Industrial Dance, Industrial, Alternative/Indie Rock, Club/Dance

Mystery Jets
Rough Trade
Indie Rock, Neo-Psychedelia, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

New Politics
New Politics
Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock

Born Again
Inpop Records
Alternative CCM, Christian Rock, Gospel, Contemporary Christian, CCM

Norma Jean
Razor & Tie Music
Post-Hardcore, Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal

Original Soundtrack

Fables of the Reconstruction [Bonus Tracks] [Bonus Disc]
Capitol American
Underground, College Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Jangle Pop, Alternative Pop/Rock

School of Seven Bells
Disconnect from Desire
Vagrant Records Indie Electronic, Dream Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock

Lee “Scratch” Perry/Adrian Sherwood
Dub Setter
Sound Dub

Chris Shiflett
Chris Shiflett & the Dead Peasants
Alternative/Indie Rock, Americana, Alternative Country-Rock

Jimmy Smith
Plays the Hits: Great Songs/Great Performances
Soul Jazz, Jazz Blues

Sun Kil Moon
Admiral Fell Promises
Caldo Verde Records
Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Various Artists
Auteur Labels: Factory Records 1987
Alternative Dance, Alternative Pop/Rock, Club/Dance, College Rock

Various Artists
Snoop Dogg Presents: My No. 1 Priority

Gene Vincent
Gene Rocks
Bear Family
Rockabilly, Rock & Roll

Paul Wall
The Heart of a Champion
Hardcore Rap, Gangsta Rap, Dirty South, Southern Rap

Dinah Washington
Vocal Jazz, Standards

Junior Wells
Messin’ with the Kid: Original Masters
The Great American Music Comp
Electric Chicago Blues, Electric Harmonica Blues, Modern Electric Chicago Blues, Chicago Blues

The Essential Yanni
Contemporary Instrumental, Progressive Electronic, Adult Alternative, Keyboard/Synthesizer/New Age, Adult Contemporary, Neo-Classical

Lester Young
Standards: Great Songs Great Performances
Mainstream Jazz, Swing, Cool, Bop

Zero 7
Record: Best of Zero 7
Electronica, Downbeat, Trip-Hop

E1 Entertainment
Doom Metal, Heavy Metal

New CD Album Releases, 7-6-2010: Kylie Minogue, Enrique Iglesias

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

There’s not a thing in this mess this week that looks any bit interesting to me. But I will give some respect out to Kylie Minogue, God love her. Somehow she’s kept a viable career going and sold some 60 million albums over 20+ years based on the most minimal amount of discernible musical talent. Hey, ol’ girl must be doing something right. I just don’t know what it is.

Enrique Eglesias is back this week with Euphoria. It is apparently his first album with songs both in English and Spanish. It features appearances by Akon and Usher.

Split second news
Aston Martin Music Lyrics
This Boy This Girl Lyrics
Miley Cyrus
Pretty Girl Swag Lyrics
31 Minutes To Takeoff Lyrics
Mike Posner
Llovely Day Lyrics
LL Cool J
Showing Out Lyrics
All Summer Lyrics
Kid Cudi
Push That Knot Away Lyrics
KT Tunstall
One Lyrics
Sky Ferreira
Who Am I Living For? Lyrics
Katy Perry

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Here’s the complete list of this week’s major new CD album releases:
Big Boi
Sir Lucious Left Foot…The Son of Chico Dusty
Def Jam
Southern Rap

Enrique Iglesias
Universal Republic
Latin Pop, Dance-Pop, Latin Dance, Adult Contemporary

Flesh Tone
Universal Distribution
Club/Dance, Dance-Pop, Pop

Kylie Minogue
Club/Dance, Dance-Pop

The Chap
Well Done Europe
Lo Recordings
Indie Electronic, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Corpus Christi
A Feast for Crows
Victory Records
Christian Metal, Nü Metal, Speed Metal, Heavy Metal, Contemporary Christian

Dirty Little Rabbits
Dirty Little Rabbits
The End
Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock

Blaze Foley
The Dawg Years (1975-1978)
Fat Possum

Good Riddance
Capricorn One: Singles & Rarities
Fat Wreck Chords
Punk/New Wave, Alternative/Indie Rock, Punk Revival, Hardcore Punk

Greie Gut Fraktion
Monika Enterprise
Ambient Techno, Experimental Techno, Club/Dance

Vernon Handley
Elgar: Sea Pictures; Symphony No. 1
Modern Orchestral Music

Rising from the Grave
Metal Blade
Heavy Metal

Robert Hood
Minimal Techno, Techno, Detroit Techno, Club/Dance, House

How to Destroy Angels
How to Destroy Angels
Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Dance, Alternative Pop/Rock, Industrial

Beast Mode
E1 Entertainment
Dirty South, Southern Rap, Hardcore Rap, Gangsta Rap

Ed Kowalczyk
Soul Whisper Records
Alternative/Indie Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Jerry Lee Lewis
The Essential Sun Records Country Hits
VarEse Sarabande
Honky Tonk, Traditional Country

London Conchord Ensemble
St. Petersburg
Orchid Music
Post-Romantic and Modern Russian Chamber Music

Bret Michaels
Custom Built
Poor Boy Records
Hard Rock, Hair Metal, Heavy Metal

Marc Minkowski
Haydn: 12 ‘London’ Symphonies
Classical Orchestral Music

Figure Humaine: Choral Works by Francis Poulenc
Signum UK
Modern Choral Music

Trio Jean Paul
Schumann: Piano Trios Op. 63, 80 & 110; Rihm: Trio; Fremde Szenen I-III
Ars Musici
Romantic Chamber Music

Original Soundtrack
Despicable Me
Soundtracks, Pop-Rap, Urban

John Phillips
Many Mamas, Many Papas
VarEse Sarabande
Album Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Singer/Songwriter

Shit Browne
Every Single Penny Will Be Reinvested in the Party
Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Club/Dance

Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza
Danza III: The Series of Unfortunate Events
Metal Blade
Grindcore, Punk Metal, Heavy Metal

Trailer Choir
Show Dog Nashville
Contemporary Country, Country-Pop

Jimmie Vaughan
Plays Blues, Ballads & Favorites
Shout! Factory
Regional Blues, Modern Electric Texas Blues, Roots Rock, Blues-Rock, Modern Electric Blues, Soul-Blues

Muu’s Way
Ba Da Bing Records
Alternative/Indie Rock, Lo-Fi, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Pop

Senator Robert Byrd, 1917 – 2010: Goodnight, Exalted Cyclops

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

Generally, I wouldn’t give a rat’s patoot about the passing of some piece of crap Klansman, but Senator Robert Byrd was a special case of putridness as a human being.  Besides being a Klan organizer, he was the longest serving member ever of the US Congress.  That right there gives you a pretty good chance of going to hell. [Go to hell.  Go straight to hell, do not collect $200 million dollars in pork for your constituents.]  I particularly object to his presumption and recognition as a supposed scholarly defender of the US Constitution.  Perhaps most of all, he serves as the perfect irrefutable proof giving the lie to liberals and Democrats who claim to care about black folks and oppose racism.  


But let me interrupt my little rant with a few basic biographical details.  The future senator was born Cornelius Calvin Sale, Jr. in 1917.  His mother passed when he was a year old, after which he was raised by his aunt and uncle Titus and Vlurma Byrd, who gave him their family name.  He was high school valedictorian.  In 1937, he married his high school sweetheart Erma Ora James, who was his devoted wife until she passed in 2006.  He made a living early on in various working class jobs, as a grocery clerk, shipyard welder and butcher.

After making a name by starting a local Klan chapter in 1942 (we’ll get back to that), he was elected to the West Virginia legislature in 1946.  He never in life lost an election.  He was elected to the state senate in 1950.  He was elected to the US House in 1952, where he served until being permanently elected to the US Senate in 1958.  He defeated an incumbent Republican, in substantial part because this Senator Revercomb had a history of supporting civil rights. 

From there, he was easily re-elected all the way up until he passed in June of 2010.  Fifty plus years of tenure would fill several books, but besides just pure longevity he was noteworthy for his hostility to black folks (until he could no longer get away with it politically) and especially for bringing home the pork barrel bucks to West Virginia. 

In the midst of that, he wrote several books about the history of the US Senate.  He waved a copy of the US Constitution around a lot, and was thus accepted as a great scholar and defender of the US Constitution.  He was Senate Majority Leader, then minority and then again Majority Leader from 1977 to 1987.  He spent multiple stints as the Chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Appropriations. From 1989 on, he was President Pro Tempore whenever the Democrats had a majority.  This meant that until he died on June 28, 2010, Robert Byrd was third in line of succession to be President of the United States. 

Alright then, back to ranting.  Basically, I have three points of beef that I wish to address.  One is his Klan membership.  Two, and perhaps more offensive to me personally, is that the biggest unprincipled, pork barrel turd in the history of the US Congress (a pretty substantial distinction there) got to pretend to be the great statesman guardian of the US Constitution.  Beef #3 will be with the media and Democrats and liberals for their two or three faced white washing and excuse making for the guy.

The main thing that got Robert Byrd his start in politics, and the single longest and most defining issue about which he cared was hating black people.  In 1941-42, the 24 year old butcher Robert Byrd organized and chartered a local chapter in Crab Orchard, West Virginia.  He got 150 friends and neighbors to pay $10 membership, plus $3 for the robe and hood.  A big shot klan guy came in from Arlington, Virginia to officially organize their charter and praise young Byrd’s leadership skills. Hey, you should go into politics!  Byrd was unanimously elected Exalted Cyclops, the top local title.  At least these schmucks came up with creative titles.

To be fair, his local group was not known to be actively violent.  There apparently hadn’t been any kind of lynching in West Virginia since around 1931.  Then again, West Virginia is only 3-4% black even in 2010, so there weren’t very many black men around for them to murder.  But still, Byrd was never involved with any lynchings.  Byrd explained years later that it was more of a professional social club of “upstanding people” – doctors and preachers and judges, and that they never preached violence against blacks, Catholics or Jews, who were generally the targets of most Klan groups.  So in fairness, I will grant that Byrd’s hatred of blacks was non-violent.

But hateful to blacks he most certainly was, way beyond even the call of duty for a politician of his time and place.  In a private 1945 letter to the famously segregationist Sen. Theodore Bilbo (D-MS), Byrd said he would never fight in the armed forces “with a Negro by my side.” Byrd wrote, “Rather I should die a thousand times, and see old Glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again, than to see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels.” 

As a US Senator himself, Byrd’s crowning moment was his famous participation in filibustering the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  Byrd personally held the floor for over 14 hours.  As late as 1967, he voted against Thurgood Marshall, the first black justice on the SCOTUS for being black and an integrationist.  To be fair and balanced like Fox News, his later vote against Clarence Thomas might be explained on less egregious partisan grounds. 

By around 1970, the animus against blacks became unsaleable even in West Virginia, and Byrd eventually became serially apologetic and a reliable vote for any kind of civil rights bill in town.  He supported Obama for president in 2008.  Racist cured!

As a final dis-grace note on race, he played the doubtless quite personally traumatic death of his grandson in 1982 for sympathy and absolution. “I came to realise that black people love their children as much as I do mine.”  Oh yes, at the age of 65 it occurred to the Exalted Cyclops/great statesman that black people feel emotions too.  I can just see him alone in the night with his trembling, aged hands struggling to play his own custom version of Sting’s “Russians” song on his fiddle. What if the darkies love their children, too?  I feel a tear welling up in my eye.

Which brings me to my second beef about Byrd being one of the all time worst hack politicians in US history.  He ultimately held no career long political beliefs really at all.  He started out as a “conservative” of sorts.  Based on his 1964 voting record, Americans for Democratic Action rated him 16%.  As he moved into national leadership with the Democratic party, by 2005 the ADA rated him 95%.  He was a staunch supporter of the Vietnam War and a staunch opponent from the beginning of George W Bush’s Iraq War. 

The biggest issue that he was really passionate about was hating blacks.  But he couldn’t even hold on to that.  When the prevailing winds started blowing hard enough the other way, he gave up on even that.  The only thing he was loyal to politically was getting re-elected. 

The people of West Virginia elected this weasel to the US Senate for 50+ years really for one reason:  Robert Byrd very famously brought home the bacon.  That’s greedy behavior of the worst kind, completely ignoring any idea of the good of the nation because he got them lots of money out of the federal till.  I hold this against several generations of West Virginia voters.  Shame on you. 

Robert Byrd spent over 50 years in congress.  Flags flew at half-mast when he died, and he laid in state in the chambers of the US Senate.  However, I’d like someone to show me any substantial positive thing that Senator Robert Byrd ever did for the country in all those decades. 

For beef #2 part B, I mock his pretensions as a supposed defender of the US Constitution.  He carried on talking about it, but in the actual practice he cared not about most of it.  The only thing constitutionally about which he was a stickler was protecting the institutional prerogatives of the US Senate, which was ultimately nothing more than trying to maximize his own personal power. 

He might have had a bit more room to claim that he believed in the US Constitution if he had opposed and ranted against, for example, McCain-Feingold.  He might have gotten a late blooming bit of credibility as a defender of the constitution if he had questioned where President Obama got the authority for his health care scheme or some of his other huge power grabs.  He most certainly did not. 

This brings me to beef #3, and the important one now that this guy is gone, which is the utter hypocrisy and corruption shown by liberal journalists and politicians in the extent of their acceptance and excuse making for this guy.  Byrd eventually figured out that the voters of West Virginia didn’t care a whit about public policy, as it regarded him.  As long as he brought home the bacon, he could be an otherwise staunch conservative and a hawk or a pinko peacenik. 

Becoming a left winger allowed him to buy acceptance and largely unquestioned power within the national Democrat structure and their media apologists – without effecting his re-election votes in West Virginia.  Indeed, the power gained from those ideological shifts just solidified his support among constituents.

This speaks very ill of everyone involved, Byrd, his WV constituents and all the national liberals who gave this Klansman absolution and a coat of whitewash.  Just for a modest representative taste of the basic whitewash, let me pick on Andrew Taylor’s obituary for the Associated Press.  In a 1500 word obituary,  his entire discussion of Byrd’s principle defining political issue was this couple of sentences buried about 2/3 of the way down, “As a young man, we was a member of the Ku Klux Klan for a brief period, and he joined Southern Democrats in an unsuccessful filibuster against the landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act. He later apologized for both actions, saying intolerance has no place in America.”

Byrd pretty much got absolution for being the Exalted Cyclops because he became, by voting record, a hard core liberal.  Then of course there was the business a few years ago where Trent Lott lost his job just for offering a couple of totally innocuous and non-racial sentimental remarks at old Strom Thurmond’s birthday party – and Thurmond was not even in Byrd’s league for being racist.  That’s the level of hypocrisy in race discussion in modern America. 

To reiterate a commonly understood truth, in the truth of reality progressive liberal types largely are not truly interested in the actual welfare of black folks, and other minority groups and poor people.  They stoke their paranoia and worst human instincts by threatening them with racist boogey men and bogus ideas of entitlement, telling them that voting for good caring liberals ie Democrats is their only hope.  Then they buy them off with just enough welfare benefits to keep them votes coming in. 

In the last year as opposition to Obama’s crazy spending has generated the Tea Party movement, every left winger in the land –starting of course with black congressmen – has arisen to denounce them as racists for wanting to think about curtailing government power and spending.  But they were cool with Robert Byrd – the actual Klan guy, cause he was down with the real program of helping keep the Negroes on the plantation, bulwarking the Democrats’ hold on power.

Senator Robert Byrd has passed, but his co-conspirators live on.  Per the John Mellencamp song, “Jim Crow” isn’t dead.  He’s just got a new suit of cloths.

The Exalted Cyclops is dead.  Long live the Exalted Cyclops.
POST SCRIPT 7-2-2010
Here are a few words in defense of the late Senator Byrd from Bill Clinton: “He once had a fleeting association with the Ku Klux Klan, what does that mean? I’ll tell you what it means. He was a country boy from the hills and hollows from West Virginia. He was trying to get elected, and maybe he did something he shouldn’t have done and he spent the rest of his life making it up. And that’s what a good person does. There are no perfect people. There are certainly no perfect politicians.”

Bill Clinton can be a fascinating talker. I mean, there’s a whole book full of asininity in these half dozen sentences. For starters, it is not much surprise that Clinton would consider the desire to win an election to justify almost anything – even being an organizer for the KKK. It is maybe, however, a little interesting that he would admit it publicly like this.

It’s basically a damned lie to say that he had a “fleeting association” with the Klan. He personally organized the local chapter. His words over a period of years indicate great personal malice WAY beyond anything required for electoral purposes, even if you would accept that as an excuse. He got his start in the Klan, and he was bitterly opposed to blacks 20 years later as he led the filibuster against the 1964 Civil Rights act.

And in what way did Byrd spend any part of the rest of his life making up for his Klan activities? A ritual suicide would have been atonement. Short of that, quiting politics, giving all his worldly goods to the poor, and devoting his life to the ministry might qualify as spending his life making up for being in the Klan. Staying in the US Senate for the next 50 years until they carry you out in a fricking meat wagon, however, most certainly does NOT count as spending the rest of your life making up for youthful sins