Tuesday, February 10, 2009
If It's Tuesday, It Must Be Street Date - 2/10/09
Anybody got Grammy fever? How about Grammy plague? Whatever you got, here are a few more things to get. Some good new releases today.
DAN AUERBACH- KEEP IT HID
First solo release from Black Key Dan Auerbach doesn't stray too far from the raw and gritty sound of his band, but does add a few more elements of the music that has influenced him. A fantastic solo debut that touches upon Memphis soul, Chicago blues, and some 60's psychedelia. Great stuff.
BEASTIE BOYS-PAUL BOUTIQUE (20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION)
Arguably the best hip-hop album ever recorded, "Paul's Boutique" gets remastered and repackaged with a few additional songs. This will be a hard sell to the non-believers, but the true genius of sampling and rhyme has never been executed with such grace and intelligence as this hall of fame record by The Beastie Boys.
JORMA KAUKONEN- RIVER OF TIME
Produced by the great Larry Campbell, and featuring a stellar cast of musicians that includes Levon Helm, the legendary guitarist returns to the acoustic sound that made "Blue Country Heart" such a standout.
VAN MORRISON- ASTRAL WEEKS LIVE
Here is a document of the historic performance from the Hollywood Bowl in November. This is $338 less than seeing it live at the Beacon Theatre, and with the CD there's a 50/50 shot Van will show up.
VINCE TAYLOR- JET BLACK LEATHER HAIR
Everyone knows The Clash's version of Taylor's "Brand New Cadillac" found on "London Calling," but not many have heard his version, or anything else by the rocker who David Bowie referred to as one of the influences for the Ziggy Stardust character. Great compilation from the ACE label of the UK, this disc covers all phases and all labels of Vince Taylor's career.
INDIA.ARIE- TESTIMONY VOL.2: LOVE & POLITICS
Acoustic, neo-soul princess follows her successful "Testimony Vol.1: Life & Relationship" with this new collection of breezy soul tunes. Look for Volume 3, "Chips & Salsa," before year's end.
LILY ALLEN- IT'S NOT ME, IT'S YOU
Cute, British troublemaker's sophomore release includes the first single, "Fuck You," a bouncy romp with some cool samples and a chorus right out of a John Hughes' movie.
I want to thank the good Lord for making me a Yankee fan. Really. Thanks.