Tuesday, March 3, 2009
If It's Tuesday, It Must Be Street Date - 3/3/09
NEKO CASE- MIDDLE CYCLONE
Hot on the heels of lead New Pornographer A.C. Newman's somewhat disappointing release "Get Guilty," comes "Middle Cyclone," the new solo record from Miss Neko Case.
A lot less moody and atmospheric than her last release "Fox Possessor Clutches Her Mason Jar," or whatever that record was called, "Middle Cyclone" is an eclectic collection of songs showcasing everything Neko does best, including some cool covers by Harry Nilsson and Sparks. This is a much stronger and more accessible record than her last. Neko Case seems to have located the melody that she lost on the last release.
RAUL MALO- LUCKY ONE
First record of original material in 7 years from the former Maverick and one of the most powerful voices in the biz. Have not heard it, but I like him...just not as much as the ladies, and not when he turns on the schmaltz, which is too often lately.
IAN MCLAGAN- NEVER SAY NEVER
Only available on McLagan's website at first, 'NEVER SAY NEVER," is the ex-Faces most recent record, a record that was written as a way to cope with the recent death of his wife. Now available comercially, "Never Say Never" features special guest Patty Griffin and Mac's killer Bump Band. This is what Ian had to say, "The songs are about loss and obsession. I record in my home studio in Texas. I wrote the title track on Balmoral Beach in Sydney, Australia, staring out at the ocean. Where Angels Hide, which is just me at the piano, was captured in a chapel in central Texas. Patty Griffin guests, Glyn Johns is involved too. Musically it's whatever comes out: rhythm & blues, rock n' roll with a whole lot of soul."
BUDDY & JULIE MILLER- WRITTEN IN CHALK
Here's most of what I wrote for The Huffington Post about this amazing release:
Buddy & Julie Miller have been singing, recording, and producing music together, for each other and for others for over 20 years. On this new collaboration, they have some help from good friends Emmylou Harris, Robert Plant, and Patty Griffin, and what they give us could be the best moments of their illustrious careers.
It took me a few days to get through the whole record because I couldn't get beyond the opening track, Mr. Miller's autobiographical "Ellis County," a big, moving story with a killer melody and even "killerer" harmonies. (mid-February 2009, and "Ellis County" is my favorite song of the year.) When I finally moved on, I found a few more gems, like the Buddy & Robert Plant duet on the Mel Tillis penned "What You Gonna Do Leroy." Plant sounds quite at home doing the Nashville shimmy with Buddy Miller. Then there is "Don't Say Goodbye," Julie Miller's heartbreaker featuring Patty Griffin's harmonies.
Buddy Miller is in Nashville recovering from triple bypass surgery. Get well soon, Buddy.
NASHVILLE PUSSY- FROM HELL TO TEXAS
New collection of Strauss waltzes given that extra kick by "The Pussy." (I know, that sounds like I'm mocking this band. They do kick ass!)
AND OF COURSE, OUR VERY SPECIAL GUEST....
U2- NO LINE ON THE HORIZON
Rolling Stone gives out 5-star reviews faster than Rush Limbaugh can down a box of Yodels, but that doesn't mean this new U2 record doesn't deserve the praise. I've fought to the death, (or at least the cramp) over "Achtung Baby" and it's placement on the all time list of great records, and as much as I loved the last two releases ("How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb" & that other one) from Bono, The Edge, and Aaron and Lanny, "No Line On The Horizon" takes the best of those two releases and adds elements of the early days when the band's sound was driven by the unmistakable tone of The Edge's guitar and the frenetic yet solid thumps of Leonard's drums. This one gets better and better with each listen.
"I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy," "Moment Of Surrender," and the killer first single "Get On Your Boots."
Don't hate them because they are popular.