Tuesday, September 9, 2008
If It's Tuesday, It Must Be Street Date
For the nine of you out there who still buy CDs, here's some of what's hitting the street, Tuesday, 9/9.
JOAN BAEZ- DAY AFTER TOMORROW
Celebrating her 50th year in the recording biz, the folk legend gets a hand from the great Steve Earle to produce a new record of covers, featuring songs by Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, Patty Griffin, and Earle himself. Feeling good about this one.
GYM CLASS HEROES- THE QUILT
I paid no mind to this band after their first two releases. Why? Lazy. But leader Travis McCoy charmed the pants off of me as a guest on "Live From Daryl's House," the brilliant internet-only show from Daryl Hall. (you MUST check it out HERE) Now, I want to hear what the Gym Class Heroes have to say.
JOAN OSBORNE- LITTLE WILD ONE
Joan doesn't make bad records. Joan has a voice like no other. Joan is the shit! And this record of all new material is worth your time.
JOHN PHILLIPS- PUSSYCAT
Long lost record from Papa John was to be the first release on Rolling Stones Records. Produced by Mick & Keith and featuring Mick Taylor and Ronnie Wood, this finally sees the light of day. (Haven't heard a note, so I can't really comment.) How can it be bad? Stones, Mamas & The Papas. (Drugs and the fact that it's remained unreleased for 30 years, that's how.)
RARE EARTH- FILL YOUR HEAD
3CDs, 5 albums-- a totally great tribute to the groundbreaking Rare Earth, and one that finally brings together all of their Motown studio albums in one place! Long out of print, this release from Hip-O Select, the boutique "limited run" label from Universal Music, brings together EVERYTHING from this band who is known for their hits "Get Ready" and "I Know I'm Losing You," but unjustly not lauded for their unique brand of psychedelic soul. What REALLY would have been cool is if UMG actually kept this as a limited edition so that the suckers who dropped $75 a couple of months ago, would not feel like such douchebags now that it's being released commercially for less money.
JULES SHEAR- MORE
See earlier post below. BUY THIS!
STEVE WYNN- CROSSING DRAGON BRIDGE
Damn, Steve! You're spewing out product faster than Angelina Jolie. Well, thank goodness it's quality material and has nothing to do with Jon Voight. Another CD I highly recommend.
PICK OF THE WEEK
ANAT COHEN- NOTES FROM THE VILLAGE
Anat Cohen is simply sublime. Few jazz artists have moved me in recent years the way Miss Cohen does. She plays the clarinet as if it was bendable. She feels it, and the horn seems to respond as if it had a heart of it's own. On this new release, Anat and company offer a musical palate that is a welcome change from the not-so-musical "showoffyness" of so many young jazz artists.
From the pulsing opening groove of "Washington Square Park," to the joyful dirge of "A Change Is Gonna Come," Anat Cohen seems to have lived it all at such a young age. (I could be wrong, but I think she just turned 11. I could be wrong.)
"Notes From The Village" is a very smart and solid release.