Archive for November, 2010

New CD Album Releases, 11-30-2010: Black Eyed Peas, Flo Rida, Dinah Washington

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Dinah WashingtonThe Black Eyed Peas are one of the biggest bunches of nothing ever massively sold to the “music” buying public. They are pretty near to utterly devoid of any kind of musical talent. On the other hand, apparently some 11 million people spent money on their last pile of nothing. Oh yes, they are definitely Enemies of the People.

I guess you can’t hold it entirely against them for making crappy records when millions of people are anxious to hand them piles of money. But I will 100% hold it against the record buying public. If you’ve ever spent money on a damned Black Eyed Peas record, you are probably pretty much an idiot who wouldn’t know an actual SONG if it came up and bit your buttocks. Not to put too fine a point on it, but what’s wrong with you window lickers? Do they let you vote? No wonder the country’s so messed up.

Their new pile of nothingness is called The Beginning. Presumably, that would be the beginning of nausea. Their nearest approach here to an “idea” is an utterly unimaginative dance remix of the crappy Jennifer Warnes “Time of My Life” song. I mean, this is the lead single – their best shot. If you can imagine, it somehow goes downhill from there.

By the way, if there’s anybody out there in internet web land interested in actual MUSIC, there’s a very promising sounding Dinah Washington box set, The Fabulous Miss D! The Keynote, Decca and Mercury Singles 1943-1953. That’d be 107 chronologically arranged songs on four CDs. This was before albums, and before 45s. 102 of these were Mercury label 78s, and this represents the bulk of her short career.

fresh new music
Hot Mess Lyrics
Your Song Lyrics
Ellie Goulding
Latin Girl Lyrics
Justin Bieber
Peppermint Winter Lyrics
Owl City
Show Me How You Burlesque Lyrics
Christina Aguilera
Loved Lyrics
Speakers Going Hammer Lyrics
Soulja Boy
Castle Walls Lyrics
Wet Lyrics
Snoop Dogg
Be Original Lyrics

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Here’s the complete list of this week’s major new CD album releases:
The Black Eyed Peas
The Beginning
Pop, Pop-Rap, Dance-Pop

Flo Rida
Only One Flo, Pt. 1
Pop-Rap, Southern Rap

Ronald Isley
Mr. I
Def Jam
Adult Contemporary R&B

Tim McGraw
Number One Hits
Contemporary Country, Country-Pop, Neo-Traditionalist Country, Adult Contemporary

Soulja Boy
DeAndre Way
Pop-Rap, Hardcore Rap

We Can’t Fly
Wall of Sound
Alternative Dance, Club/Dance

Artificial Peace
Complete Session Nov. ‘81
Dischord Records
Punk/New Wave, Hardcore Punk

Niksa Bareza
Mozart: Gran Partita
Classical Chamber Music

Eric Benét
Lost in Time
Contemporary R&B, Urban, Neo-Soul, Smooth Soul, Retro-Soul, Soul

Benvenue Fortepiano Trio
Schumann: Piano Trios Nos. 1 & 3
Romantic Chamber Music

I Am…World Tour
Music World
Contemporary R&B, Pop

The Black Eyed Peas
The Beginning/The Best of the E-N-D
Pop, Pop-Rap, Dance-Pop

Bone Thugs N Harmony
Rise of the Bone (Greatest Hits)
101 Distribution
Hardcore Rap, Gangsta Rap, Pop-Rap, Urban, Midwest Rap, G-Funk

Chrisette Michele
Let Freedom Reign
Def Jam
Adult Contemporary R&B, Contemporary R&B

Cheryl Cole
Messy Little Raindrops
Pop, Dance-Pop

El DeBarge
Second Chance
Adult Contemporary R&B

Arturo Delmoni
A String Quartet Christmas
Listen Records
Christmas Music Arranged for String Quartet

Fefe Dobson
Distribution Pop

Glee: The Music, Vol. 4
Soundtracks, TV Soundtracks, Cast Recordings

David Guetta
One More Love
House, Progressive House, Club/Dance

Heaven 17
Penthouse and Pavement
Caroline Distribution
Punk/New Wave, New Wave, Synth Pop, New Romantic, Dance-Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock

Outta This World
Pop, Pop Idol, Teen Pop, Contemporary R&B

King’s Singers
Bach: Christmas Oratorio
Signum UK
Baroque Choral Music Arranged for Vocal Ensemble and Big Band

Lambchop Boxset [CD/2 DVD]
City Slang
Chamber Pop, Alternative Country-Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alt-Country, Alternative Pop/Rock

Bette Midler
Memories of You
Warner Bros.
Adult Contemporary

Mitchel Musso
William Morris
Teen Pop, Dance-Pop

Simon Rattle
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker [Standard Edition]
EMI Classics
Romantic Orchestral Music

Original Soundtrack
Black Swan
Classical Soundtracks

Graham Parker
Carp Fishing on Valium: The Songs

Simian Mobile Disco
Alternative Dance, Club/Dance

Jazmine Sullivan
Love Me Back
J Records Contemporary R&B

Original TV Soundtrack
The Sing Off: Harmonies for the Holidays
Acappella, Holidays

Dinah Washington
The Fabulous Miss D! The Keynote, Decca and Mercury Singles 1943-1953
Vocal Jazz, Traditional Pop, Standards, Jump Blues, Early R&B

Steve Wynn and the Miracle 3
Northern Aggression
Yep Roc
Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Alternative/Indie Rock, Psychedelic, Alternative Pop/Rock

New CD Album Releases, 11-23-2010: Kanye West, My Chemical Romance, The Beatles

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Kanye WestKanye West has My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. This sounds like more of the same, which is to say there might be one or two worthwhile songs amidst all the usual incredibly cheesy self-aggrandizement. The big lead song power displays the natural drama that does work very much in the favor of his best songs. I’m not sure if this is one of them, but I will give him some credit for sampling King Crimson.

The Beatles have a four disc set combining the 1962-66 and the 1967-70 sets. But the big news is that they have finally released the catalogue digitally via the Apple iTunes service. Early indications are that they sold some 450,000 full length albums and two million additional individual tracks in their first week, notably making the Abbey Road recording of “Here Comes the Sun” the #6 seller of everything this week on iTunes.

Music update
Sweet Serendipity Lyrics
Lee DeWyze
Welcome To The World Lyrics
Take Care Lyrics
Like You Like Lyrics
Aggro Santos
Moment 4 Life Lyrics
Nicki Minaj
Something’s Got a Hold on Me Lyrics
Christina Aguilera
Speakers Going Hammer Lyrics
Soulja Boy
Coming Home Lyrics
Diddy-Dirty Money
Get Myself Together Lyrics
Poppin Bottles Lyrics

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Here’s the complete list of this week’s major new CD album releases:
The Hits Collection, Vol. 1
Def Jam
Pop-Rap, Hardcore Rap, East Coast Rap

Pop, Dance-Pop, Party Rap

My Chemical Romance
Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys
Punk-Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Libra Scale
Def Jam
Urban, Contemporary R&B

Body Talk
Pop, Euro-Pop, Club/Dance, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Dance, Dance-Pop

Kanye West
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Def Jam
Pop, Midwest Rap, Pop-Rap

Lloyd Banks
H.F.M. 2 (The Hunger For More)
G-unit Records
Hardcore Rap, Gangsta Rap

The Beatles
Contemporary Pop/Rock, British Invasion, Rock & Roll, AM Pop, British Psychedelia, Folk-Rock, Merseybeat, Psychedelic

Clayton Doley’s Organ Donors
R&B Instrumental, Neo-Soul, Deep Soul, Pop-Soul, Soul Jazz, Soul

Perry Como
The Complete Christmas Collection
Universal Music Canada

Dane Cook
I Did My Best: Greatest Hits
Comedy Central Records
Standup Comedy, Observational Humor, Comedy

Christopher Cross
Christmas Time Is Here

Pilot Talk II
Southern Rap, Hardcore Rap

The Doors
Live in Vancouver 1970
Rhino Album Rock, Hard Rock, Rock & Roll, Proto-Punk

The Dovells
For Your Hully Gully Party/You Can’t Sit Down
Universal Music Canada
Frat Rock, Rock & Roll, Doo Wop

Kevin Eubanks
Zen Food
Mack Avenue
Contemporary Jazz, Smooth Jazz, Jazz-Pop, Crossover Jazz, Jazz Instrument

Eux Autres
Broken Bow Where It’s At Is Where You Ar
Indie Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Fred Frith
Eye to Ear III
Tzadik Records
Film Music, Soundtracks, Experimental, Modern Composition

Broken Dreams Club
True Panther Sounds
Indie Pop, Indie Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Groove Armada
Cooking Vinyl Records

Alan Jackson
34 Number Ones
Sony Music Distribution
Neo-Traditionalist Country, New Traditionalist, Contemporary Country

Go Live
Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Ronan Keating
Universal Distribution

Fela Kuti
27 CD Box: Complete Collection Megaforce

Live at Grimey’s
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock

Nicki Minaj
Pink Friday
Universal/Cash Money
Contemporary R&B, Pop-Rap, Pop, Urban

Morly Grey
The Only Truth
Speed Label
Prog-Rock, Psychedelic, Garage Rock

The National
High Violet [Expanded Edition]
Sadcore, Chamber Pop, Alternative Country-Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Orange Juice
…Coals to Newcastle
Punk/New Wave, Post-Punk, New Wave, Sophisti-Pop

Original Soundtrack
127 Hours: Music from the Motion Picture
Alternative/Indie Rock, Original Score, Soundtracks, Film Music

Omar Rodriguez-Lopez
Rodriguez Lopez
Neo-Psychedelia, Prog-Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Experimental Rock

Dee Dee Sharp
It’s Mashed Potato Time/Do the Bird Universal Music Canada

Jessica Simpson
Happy Christmas
Primary Wave
Christmas, Adult Contemporary, Holidays

The Smashing Pumpkins
Teargarden by Kaleidyscope, Vol. II: The Solstice Bare
Rocket Science
Indie Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Regina Spektor
Live in London
Warner Bros.
Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Live in Berlin
Contemporary Pop/Rock, Adult Contemporary, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter

The Surfers
Sing Hit Movie Songs From the Exotic Islands
Warner Bros.

Take That
Universal Import
Alternative/Indie Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Britpop, Alternative Pop/Rock, Dance-Pop

Trembling Blue Stars
Fast Trains & Telegraph Wires/Cicely Tonight, Vol. 1
Elefant Records
Indie Pop, Indie Electronic, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Various Artists
Cameo Parkway Holiday Hits
Universal Music Canada

Various Artists
Next Stop… Soweto, Vols. 1-3
Mbaqanga, South African Folk, African Traditions, Southern African, Township Jazz

New CD Album Releases 11-16-2010: Bruce Springsteen, Kid Rock, Keith Urban

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

young Bruce SpringsteenThe big thing this week has to be The Promise from Bruce Springsteen. This is a 21 song two CD set of songs from the early sessions after Born to Run that eventually became Darkness on the Edge of Town. It contains maybe three otherwise released songs, including a version of “Because the Night” that frankly sounds pale compared the hit Patti Smyth hit.

I have to think that I’m missing something, but this stuff pretty much sounds like nothing to me. I keep thinking that this is stuff he made between his two best albums, right when he’s at prime heat. Yet for all that, there’s nothing new I’m hearing here that’s memorable. Hey, maybe there’s a reason he didn’t put this out for 35 years.

Keith Urban’s new Get Closer consists of a mere eight songs. This may sound like too few, but it’s probably a public safety concern. If someone had to listen to more than eight of these songs together, officials fear that it might make some sensitive individuals suicidal. The guy should certainly be beaten for putting out such bland MOR crap and calling it “country” music. This album is #4 currently at Amazon. Who’s buying this crap? And with this many records, why can’t he buy a couple of decent songs? Also, why can’t he afford a shave or at least a clean pair of jeans and at least a nice clean plain white t-shirt? This guy could use a little visit to Camp Mimi.

Kid Rock has a new album called Born Free. Apparently Kid Rock is becoming more mature and reflective with age. I’m to understand that he thinks he’s Bob Seger now, particularly of the reflective ballad type. Hmm, let’s see. Do I listen to an album of Kid Rock writing meditative ballads reflecting his growing maturity, or blow my brains out with a shotgun? Tough decision.

the latest music
Take Care Lyrics
Take Over Control Lyrics
Playing God Lyrics
Cheat Sheets Lyrics
Poppin Bottles Lyrics
Like You Like Lyrics
Aggro Santos
Pass Me By Lyrics
Keri Hilson
Boots Lyrics
The Killers
Kush Lyrics
Dr. Dre
Happy Christmas Lyrics
Jessica Simpson

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Here’s the complete list of this week’s major new CD releases.
Josh Groban
Classical Crossover, Classical Pop, Adult Contemporary, Vocal Pop, Euro-Pop

Jimi Hendrix
West Coast Seattle Boy: the Jimi Hendrix Anthology
Sony Legacy
Album Rock, Psychedelic, Hard Rock, Blues-Rock, Psychedelic Soul, Acid Rock, Soul

Kid Rock
Born Free
American Trad Rock, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter

Greatest Hits…So Far!!!
Teen Pop, Dance-Pop, Urban, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Pop, Club/Dance, Contemporary R&B

Loud [Clean]
Def Jam
Pop, Contemporary R&B, Dance-Pop

Bruce Springsteen
The Promise
Sony Music
Heartland Rock, Album Rock, Rock & Roll, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Singer/Songwriter

Keith Urban
Get Closer
Contemporary Pop/Rock, Contemporary Country, Country-Pop

Bryan Adams
Bare Bones
Contemporary Pop/Rock, Adult Contemporary, Album Rock

Bee Gees
Mythology: The 50th Anniversary Collection
Contemporary Pop/Rock, AM Pop, Baroque Pop, Soft Rock, Disco, Adult Contemporary

Dave Brubeck
The Definitive Dave Brubeck on Fantasy, Concord Jazz and Telarc
Cool, West Coast Jazz, Piano Jazz, Jazz Instrument

Dave Brubeck
Legacy of a Legend
Cool, West Coast Jazz, Piano Jazz, Jazz Instrument

East Coast Rap, Pop-Rap

The Church
College Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Neo-Psychedelia, Alternative Pop/Rock

The Church
Alternative/Indie Rock, Neo-Psychedelia, Alternative Pop/Rock, College Rock

Concerto Köln
Bach: The Orchestral Suites Berlin Classics
Baroque Orchestral Music

A Day to Remember
What Separates Me from You
Victory Records
Post-Hardcore, Alternative/Indie Rock, Heavy Metal

Lee DeWyze
Live It Up
Contemporary Pop/Rock, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Pop Idol

Alexandre Desplat
Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows, Pt. 1 [Original Score] Original Score, Film Music, Soundtracks

Faun Fables
Light of a Vaster Dark
Drag City
Neo-Traditional Folk, Indie Rock, Folk-Rock, Acid Folk, American Underground, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Nelly Furtado
The Best of Nelly Furtado
Alternative/Indie Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Pop, Alternative Pop/Rock

Le Futur Pompiste
Le Futur Pompiste
Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Glee Cast
Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album
Soundtracks, TV Soundtracks, Cast Recordings, Holidays, TV Music

Jimi Hendrix
BBC Sessions [Deluxe Edition] [2CD/1DVD]
Sony Music
Album Rock, Psychedelic, Hard Rock, Blues-Rock, Rock & Roll, Psychedelic Soul, Acid Rock, Soul

Jimi Hendrix
Blues [CD/DVD]
Sony Music
Album Rock, Psychedelic, Hard Rock, Blues-Rock, Rock & Roll, Psychedelic Soul, Acid Rock, Soul

Freddie Jackson
For You
Adult Contemporary R&B

Heart Ache/Dethroned
Hydra Head
Alternative Metal, Post-Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Heavy Metal

Billy Joel
The Hits
Sony Music
Adult Contemporary, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Soft Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Album Rock

Norah Jones
…Featuring Norah Jones
Blue Note
Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Contemporary Jazz Vocals, Vocal Jazz, Torch Songs

Simone Kermes
Colori d’Amore
Sony Classical
Baroque Vocal Music

The Heart of the Nightlife
This Is Music
Indie Electronic, Alternative/Indie Rock, Club/Dance, Alternative Pop/Rock

Annie Lennox
A Christmas Cornucopia
Holidays, Carols, Christmas

Loreena McKennitt
The Wind That Shakes the Barley Quinlan Road Celtic
New Age, Contemporary Celtic, Celtic Fusion, Adult Alternative, Celtic

Navarra Quartet
Peteris Vasks: String Quartets Nos. 1-3
Challenge Classics
Contemporary Chamber Music

5.0 Motown
Pop-Rap, Midwest Rap

Murray Perahia
Brahms: Handel Variations
Sony Classical
Romantic Piano Music

Alan Menken / Glenn Slater
Tangled [Original Score] Walt Disney
Teen Pop, Original Score, Soundtracks

Mia Yrmana Fremosa
Challenge Classics
Medieval Vocal Music

Original Television Soundtrack
30 Rock [Special Collector's Edition] Relativity

Pink Martini
Joy to the World
Heinz Records
Lounge, Holidays

Rascal Flatts
Nothing Like This
Big Machine
Contemporary Country

The Russian Futurists
The Weight’s on the Wheels
Upper Class
Indie Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Electronic

The Sights
Most of What Follows Is True
Alive Records
Alternative/Indie Rock, Detroit Rock, Hard Rock

The Soft Moon
The Soft Moon
Captured Tracks
Indie Rock, New Wave/Post-Punk Revival, Alternative/Indie Rock, Lo-Fi

Not Music
Duophonic UHF
Indie Pop, Ambient Pop, Experimental Rock, Indie Rock, Indie Electronic, Alternative/Indie Rock, Post-Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Twin Shadow
Terrible Records
Indie Electronic, Indie Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Dance

Charlie Rangel, Drama Queen

Monday, November 15th, 2010

I know it’s generally considered bad form and schaudenfreude and whatnot, but I’m enjoying this Charlie Rangel ethics committee hearing drama. It couldn’t happen to a more deserving schmuck – give or take Barney Frank.

Rangel made this big drama queen plea that he’s supposedly being denied the right to counsel in these hearings. This has been going on for two years, and he’s complaining now that it’s a rush to judgment and he isn’t being given a fair chance. He’s out millions of dollars in lawyers, and had to let them go because he can’t pay them and hasn’t had time to create a legal defense fund to help him raise another million dollars to pay for his legal defense for a two day or so ethics hearing. (Would this really cost a million dollars?)

So then, since the poor fellow is being railroaded, the only thing to do was to walk out in protest. He’s a poor, downtrodden victim, I tell ya. Gee, I might almost be sympathetic if he wasn’t one of the most powerful congressman as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee and if he weren’t in trouble for millions of dollars in funny money sideways, forwards and backwards.

Obviously the guy has money, and powerful friends with money. It’s utterly laughable to claim that he can’t conjure up legal representation. It’s an even funnier point to consider that his Harlem constituents just re-elected him and probably will buy this argument.

The obvious point to take from this walkout is that it’s Rangel essentially admitting that he’s screwed. He thought he could do pretty much anything cause he’s chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. But he went way overboard in his hubris, and now he’s screwed. Too bad, so sad.

Rebecca Sink-Burris and Indiana Libertarians Step Up Their Game

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

With apologies for late delivery, I just want to give a quick shout out to my pals in the Indiana Libertarian Party for their 2010 election returns. I’ve got some issues with the national movement, let us say, and I’m basically alumni rather than actively involved at this point but I’m definitely proud of our local people.

Most particularly, I’m right proud of my old buddy, the articulate and vivacious Rebecca Sink-Burris. She nabbed 5% running for US Senate against Dan Coats. That’s a fairly impressive showing for a third party candidate in a major statewide race. It’s about 4X better than I did running for the same seat last time it was up.

Plus, congratulations are in order for Cheryl Heacox who actually won a seat on the Clay Township Advisory Board in Wayne County.

Then there’s ever-lovin’ Rex Bell, who got 21% in a three way race for a state house seat. He campaigns hard and has gotten pretty good vote totals in other races. Ol’ boy’s going to fool around and end up in the legislature or something. Maybe we’ll send him to DC. The Honorable Representative Rex Bell. I like the sound of that.

I know from years of experience what kind of blood, sweat and tears these people put into trying to drag the country back toward legitimate constitutional governance. Good on ya, mates. XOX

New CD Album Releases, 11-9-2010: Jonathan Richman, Reba McEntire, Quincy Jones, Charlie Louvin, Susan Boyle, Cee-Lo Green, James Blunt

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Jonathan Richman and Tommy LarkinsGood old Jonathan Richman has put out something worth actually spending money on this week, O Moon, Queen of Night On Earth. His early work from the 70s was excellent, but he’s about as good or arguably better now. He’s more mature emotionally and considerably more subtle and sophisticated musically. Imagine if Buddy Holly had made it to 60, and still had his creative spark. That’d put you in the general range of this excellent work.

I’m a little ashamed to admit that I didn’t even think that Charlie Louvin was even still alive, but the Louvin brother has a new album this week, The Battles Rage On. Just from previews, this actually sounds like it would be worth listening to. God bless and preserve the Louvin Brothers.

Split second music update
Heartbreak Down Lyrics
She’s So Fly Lyrics
Hey Baby Lyrics
Monster Lyrics
Michael Jackson
Hollywood Tonight Lyrics
Michael Jackson
Marry Me Lyrics
Hold My Hand Lyrics
Michael Jackson
Pray Lyrics
Justin Bieber
What The Hell Lyrics
Avril Lavigne
Where I’m At Lyrics
Lloyd Banks

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Here’s the complete list of this week’s major new CD album releases:
Susan Boyle
The Gift
Syco Music
Vocal Pop, Pop Idol, Holidays

Loretta Lynn & Friends
Coal Miner’s Daughter: A Tribute to Loretta Lynn
Sony Music Distribution

Cee-Lo Green
The Lady Killer
Neo-Soul, Contemporary R&B

Kid Cudi
Man On The Moon II: The Legend Of Mr. Rager
Left-Field Hip-Hop, Underground Rap, Alternative Rap

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
Damn the Torpedos [Deluxe Edition] MCA
Heartland Rock, Album Rock, Hard Rock, Rock & Roll

Cassandra Wilson
Silver Pony
Blue Note
Standards, Contemporary Jazz, Contemporary Jazz Vocals, Vocal Jazz

Alter Bridge
Roadrunner Records
Post-Grunge, Hard Rock, Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal

Aron Quartett
Preiser RecordsModern and Contemporary Chamber Music

Artemis Quartett
Beethoven: String Quartets Op. 18/1 & Op. 127
Virgin Classics
Romantic Chamber Music

The Big Pink
!K7 Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

James Blunt
Some Kind of Trouble

Bon Jovi
Greatest Hits: The Ultimate Collection
Island Pop-Metal, Hair Metal, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Hard Rock, Arena Rock, Album Rock, Heavy Metal

Kitty Brazelton
Ecclesiastes: A Modern Oratorio
InnovaContemporary Choral Music

Will Never Die
Breaksilence Records Pop-Rap, Screamo, Alternative/Indie Rock

Joe Budden
Mood Muzik, Vol. 4: A Turn for the Worst
Entertainment on Disc East Coast Rap

Jefre Cantu-Ledesma
Love Is a Stream
Indie Rock, Indie Electronic, Experimental Ambient, Experimental Electronic, Alternative/Indie Rock, Experimental Rock, Shoegaze, Alternative Pop/Rock

Cheryl Cole
Messy Little Raindrops
Polydor UK Pop, Dance-Pop

The Concretes
Friendly Fire
Indie Pop, Swedish Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Cradle of Filth
Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa
Peaceville Records
Goth Metal, Speed Metal, Black Metal, Symphonic Black Metal, Heavy Metal

Bing Crosby
The Crosby Christmas Sessions
Universal Music Canada
Traditional Pop, Vocal Jazz, American Popular Song, Holidays, Vocal Pop

Dio at Donington UK: Live 1983 & 1987
Hard Rock, Heavy Metal

Electric Wizard
Black Masses
Rise Above Records
Doom Metal, Stoner Metal, Alternative Metal, Sludge Metal, Heavy Metal

Film School
Hi-Speed Soul
Indie Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

The Floacist
Floetic Soul
Adult Contemporary R&B, Poetry

The Good Ones
Kigali Y’ Izahabu
Dead Oceans Records
African Traditions, East African, Central African, African Folk

The Greenhornes
Warner Bros.
Garage Punk, Garage Rock Revival, Indie Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Garage Rock, Psychedelic, Alternative Pop/Rock

Gregory & the Hawk
Fat Cat Records
Indie Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Martin Haselbock
Humperdinck: Hänsel & Gretel
New Classical Adventure
Post-Romantic Opera

Hawthorne Heights
Midwesterners: The Hits
Victory Records
Screamo, Alternative/Indie Rock, Post-Grunge, Punk Revival, Alternative Pop/Rock

Would It Kill You?
Rocket Science Indie Pop, Indie Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Emo-Pop

7 Sinners Columbia Dragnet Power Metal, Heavy Metal, Progressive Metal, Speed Metal

I Blame Coco
The Constant
Universal Music
Dance-Pop, Pop

The Jam
Sound Affects
Universal International
British Punk, Punk/New Wave, Alternative/Indie Rock, Mod Revival, New Wave

Rock Dust Light Star
Dance-Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Dance, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Urban, Club/Dance, Alternative Pop/Rock, Dance-Pop, Soul

Kompakt Germany
Experimental Techno, Club/Dance, Techno

Quincy Jones
Q: Soul Bossa Nostra
Adult Contemporary R&B, Retro-Soul, Contemporary R&B, Jazz-Rap, Urban, Funk, Soul

The Kinks
Live in London 1973 & 1977

Damian Lazarus
Left-Field House, Club/Dance, Techno

The Best Of Suede
Universal UK Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Charlie Louvin
The Battles Rage On
True North Records Traditional Country, Bluegrass, Contemporary Bluegrass, Country-Folk

Taj Mahal
Music Keeps Me Together/Satisfied ‘N Tickled Too
Beat Goes On
Contemporary Blues

Pyramid of the Sun
Temporary Residence Post-Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Experimental Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Dave Matthews Band
Live in New York City
Jam Bands, Alternative/Indie Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, American Trad Rock

Reba McEntire
All The Women I Am
Contemporary Country, Country-Pop

Roscoe Mitchell & the Note Factory
Far Side
Free Improvisation, Avant-Garde Jazz, Free Jazz, Saxophone Jazz, Jazz Instrument, Modern Creative

Michala Petri
East Meets West: Chinese Recorder Concertos
OUR Recordings
Contemporary Music for Recorder and Orchestra

The Parting Gifts
Strychnine Dandelions
In the Red Records
Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Nothing But a Good Time [Box Set] Enigma
Pop-Metal, Hair Metal, Heavy Metal, Hard Rock

Elvis Presley
Viva Elvis: The Album
Pop, Rock & Roll

Empire [Bonus Disc] DCC Compact Classics
Progressive Metal, Heavy Metal, Prog-Rock, Hard Rock, Album Rock

Jonathan Richman
O Moon, Queen of Night On Earth
Vapor Records
Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Les Shelleys
Les Shelleys
Fat Cat Records
Indie Folk, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Blake Shelton
Loaded: The Best of Blake Shelton
Neo-Traditionalist Country, Contemporary Country, Country-Pop

Shonen Knife
Free Time
Good Charamel Records
Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Pop, Twee Pop, Punk-Pop

Soft Circle
Shore Obsessed
PPM Records
Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Ronnie Spector
Ronnie Spector’s Best Christmas Ever
Bad Girl Sounds
Christmas, Holidays

Summer Camp
Moshi Moshi Records
Indie Electronic, Indie Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

The Tallest Man on Earth
Sometimes The Blues Is Just A Passing Bird
Dead Oceans Records
Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Indie Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Shugo Tokumaru
Port Entropy
Souterrain Transmissions
Indie Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Nothing Fits
In the Red Records
Noise-Rock, Indie Rock, Punk-Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Signing Off
Contemporary Reggae, Reggae-Pop

Ø (Disambiguation)
Post-Hardcore, Alternative/Indie Rock, Contemporary Christian, Screamo, Christian Metal, Punk Metal, Heavy Metal

Various Artists
Now, Vol. 36
Pop, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Dance-Pop, Emo-Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Contemporary R&B, Contemporary Country, Pop-Rap

Various Artists
Now That’s What I Call the 1990s
Alternative/Indie Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Post-Grunge

Various Artists
Upside Down: The Story of Creation Records
Sony Music
Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Various Artists
Impossible Oddities From Underground to Overground: The Story of Wau! Mr. Modo
Year Zero
Ambient House, Ambient Dub, Club/Dance

Lil’ Boosie / Lil’ Trill / Trill Fam / Webbie
All or Nothing
Trill Entertainment
Southern Rap, Gangsta Rap

Noise Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Gary Wilson
Electric Endicott
Western Vinyl Records
Experimental Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Phil Wilson
God Bless Jim Kennedy
Indie Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter

…For the Ghosts Within
Conceptual Art, Avant-Garde Jazz, Chamber Pop, Singer/Songwriter, Urban Folk, Alternative/Indie Rock, Experimental Rock, Vocal Jazz, Standards, Alternative Pop/Rock, Chamber Jazz

The Tea Party Whips A$$, James Watt Republicans and the Rise of the Aqua Buddha

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Boo-ya! The Republicans – particularly the Tea Partying ones – put a hurt on the Democrats in the 2010 elections yesterday. They teabagged a whole bunch of badly deserving Democrats. They won back the US House, and picked up control of 19 state legislative bodies, and a bunch of governor’s seats.

The Republicans also managed to improve their statistics and appearances for electing minority groups of all varieties. Reagan Interior Secretary James Watts (may God bless and protect him) once famously facetiously bragged on having a government board with “a black, a woman, two Jews and a cripple.” This year, the Republicans have done considerably better than that in multiple ethnic groups.

For starters, they elected two new black Republican members to the US House of Representatives. Allen West is the first black man elected to congress from Florida since the Reconstruction. Tim West in South Carolina beat Strom Thurmond’s son, again the first black congressman from that state since Reconstruction.

The Republicans did especially well in upping their Hispanic contingent. THE big star of the whole election is the newly elected Cuban-American Republican US Senator from Florida, Marco Rubio. This guy could be president one day. He’s young and good looking and articulate, and he’s putting the fear of Yhwh into some Democrats. Also, Brian Sandoval beat Harry Reid’s boy to become governor of Nevada. Plus, Susana Martinez will be the governor of New Mexico. On top of which, there are several new Republican congressmen of Hispanic backgrounds.

One of the top couple of new Republicans who specifically owe Sarah Palin for her critical support is Nikki Haley, the newly elected Indian-American governor of South Carolina. Along with good ol’ Bobby Jindal in Louisiana, that makes two Indian-American Republican governors.

Perhaps best of all, we just elected our first ever Buddhist to the US Senate – from Kentucky of all places. Of course, Rand Paul has to SAY that he’s a plain vanilla Christian. He can’t admit to being a Buddhist, any more than Obama can admit to being Muslim. But we know The Truth. THIS has to be the greatest campaign ad of the 2010 season. Remember though that this ad was supposed to make you want to vote AGAINST him. Rand Paul is apparently in fact a high officer of the mystical Aqua Buddhist sect.

Christine O’Donnell’s loss in the Delaware US Senate race unfortunately denied us the opportunity for our first Wiccan senator (if you don’t count Hillary). It seems that the people of Delaware couldn’t overcome their bigotry against Earth religions. Maybe next time.

But still, it was an exceptional showing. So in celebration of this historic Republican victory, let us borrow a little classic Cheap Trick tribal dance chant “Who D King?” Note Rand Paul in the back, leading the stoners Buddhist chant.
Who d king of the whole wide world?
WE d king of the whole
Buuuuu-dha – buddha, budha

All hail Aqua Buddha!

New CD Album Releases, 11-2-2010: Elvis Costello, Neil Diamond

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

Elvis CostelloThe big enchilada this week is National Ransom from Elvis Costello. It features the presence of T-Bone Burnett and most of the same players from the Sugarcane record. I’m sorry, but this is just utter mediocrity. You can hear where he’s put in the effort in the compositions and the arrangements, but to little avail. There’s very little of interest. I’ve basically forced myself to listen to this a half dozen times, and there’s just really not a memorable composition in the batch. I am THE original EC fan, and if he can’t sell me on the record, that should tell you something.

If you’re new to Elvis Costello, start at the beginning for the first few albums, with My Aim Is True. If you’re a part time Elvis fan looking for something in more recent end, he made an album worthy of his name ie excellent as recently as The Delivery Man in 2004.

Music for the soul
Boing Lyrics
Chris Brown
Stars Lyrics
Nelly Furtado
Hollywood Tonight Lyrics
Michael Jackson
F*ck Wit You No More Lyrics
Trey Songz
Save Yourself Lyrics
My Chemical Romance
No Hands Lyrics
Wacka Flocka Flame
Monster Lyrics
Michael Jackson
There’s A Place For Us Lyrics
Carrie Underwood
Heartbreak Down Lyrics
Looking For Trouble Lyrics
Kanye West

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Here’s the complete list of this week’s major new CD album releases:
Elvis Costello
National Ransom
Hear Music
Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Alternative/Indie Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Country-Folk

Neil Diamond
Sony Music
Soft Rock, Adult Contemporary, Vocal Pop

Good Charlotte
Alternative/Indie Rock, Punk-Pop, Alternative Pop/Rock, Punk Revival

Paul McCartney & Wings
Band on the Run [CD/DVD]
Album Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Soft Rock, AM Pop

Contemporary Pop/Rock, Contemporary R&B, Rap-Rock

Brad Paisley
Hits Alive Arista
Contemporary Country, Neo-Traditionalist Country

Elliott Smith
An Introduction to Elliott Smith
Kill Rock Stars
Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Sadcore, Indie Rock, Indie Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Lo-Fi, Alternative Pop/Rock

Death to False Metal
Alternative/Indie Rock, Punk-Pop, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Power Pop, Alternative Pop/Rock

Marc Albrecht
Korngold: Symphony in F sharp, Op. 40; Much Ado About Nothing, Op. 11
PentaTone Classics
Modern Orchestral Music

Jason Aldean
My Kinda Party
Broken Bow
Contemporary Country

Sunshine Anderson
The Sun Shines Again
Verve Forecast
Adult Contemporary R&B

The Autumn Defense
Once Around
Yep Roc
Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Barn Owl
Ancestral Star
Thrill Jockey
Doom Metal, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Power Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

Measha Brueggergosman
Night and Dreams Deutsche Grammophon
Classical, Romantic and Modern Vocal Music

Mariah Carey
Merry Christmas II You
Adult Contemporary, Urban, Christmas, Dance-Pop, Holidays

Bobby Charles
After a While Crocodile: The 50′s Anthology
High Note
Early Pop/Rock

Joe Cocker
Mad Dogs and Englishmen [Rarities Edition]
Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab Contemporary Pop/Rock, Soft Rock, Blues-Rock

Roscoe Dash
Ready Set Go!
Southern Rap

Dead or Alive
That’s the Way I Like It: The Best of Dead or Alive
Sony Music
Hi-NRG, Dance-Pop, Dance-Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Club/Dance

Dresden Staatskapelle
Bruckner: Symphony No. 8
Post-Romantic Orchestral Music

Brian Eno with Jon Hopkins & Leo Abrahams
Small Craft on a Milk Sea
Experimental Ambient, Experimental, Ambient, Experimental Electronic

The Fall
The Wonderful and Frightening World of the Fall
Beggars Banquet
College Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Post-Punk, Alternative Pop/Rock

Marvin Gaye
Let’s Get It On [Rarities Edition]
Smooth Soul, Motown, Soul, Quiet Storm

James Gilchrist
Schubert: Schwanengesang; Beethoven: An die ferne Geliebte
Orchid Classics
Romantic Vocal Music

The High Dials
Anthems for Doomed Youth
Rainbow Quartz International
Indie Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Home Is the Essence of Christmas
Adult Contemporary R&B, Christmas, Holidays

Angelika Kirchschlager
Angelika Kirchschlager Sings Joseph Marx
Modern Vocal Music

Lazer Sword
Lazer Sword
Innovative Leisure
Dubstep, Neo-Electro, Garage, Club/Dance

Huey Lewis & The News
W.O.W. Records
Bar Band, Contemporary Pop/Rock

The Limiñanas
The Limiñanas
Trouble In Mind
Garage Rock Revival, French, French Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Matt & Kim
Indie Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

John McLaughlin
The Promise
Post-Bop, Fusion, Guitar Jazz, Jazz Instrument, Electric Jazz, World Fusion

Mini Mansions
Mini Mansions
Dangerbird Records
Indie Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

The Minits
Follow Your Heart
Northern Soul, Memphis Soul, Deep Soul, Pop-Soul, Soul

The Neville Brothers
Authorized Bootleg: Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, CA
Funk, New Orleans R&B, Adult Contemporary

The 1900s
Return of the Century
Parasol Records
Indie Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Original Soundtrack
Sound of Music [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] [40th Anniversary Special Edition]
RCA Victor Film Music, Soundtracks, Musicals, Show Tunes

Original Soundtrack
For Colored Girls
Adult Contemporary R&B, Soundtracks, Neo-Soul

Sony Music Distribution
Latin Rap, Pop-Rap

Smokey Robinson
The Solo Albums, Vol. 2
Hip-O Select
Motown, Soul

The Big 4: Live from Sofia, Bulgaria
Warner Bros.
Speed Metal, Heavy Metal, Death Metal

Surf City
Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

The Temper Trap
Conditions Remixed
Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Bjorn Torske
Smalltown Supersound

Save Me, San Francisco [Golden Gate Edition] Columbia
Alternative/Indie Rock, American Trad Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Original Soundtrack
Welcome to the Rileys
Lakeshore Records
Alternative/Indie Rock, Original Score, Soundtracks

Various Artists
Blow Your Head: Dubstep
Mad Decent
Dubstep, Garage, Club/Dance

Various Artists
Cest Chic: French Girl Singers of the 1960s
Ace UK
French Pop

Various Artists
The Golden Age Of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Vol. 12
Ace UK
Early Pop/Rock, AM Pop, Brill Building Pop, Girl Groups, Doo Wop, Surf, Rockabilly, Rock & Roll

Various Artists
London American Label Year by Year 1959
Ace UK
Early Pop/Rock, AM Pop, Traditional Pop

Various Artists
Punk Goes Pop, Vol. 3
Fearless Records
Post-Hardcore, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal

Various Artists
Theme Time Radio Hour 3 with Bob Dylan
Ace UK
Rock & Roll

Alternative/Indie Rock, Punk-Pop, Alternative Pop/Rock, Emo