Tuesday, April 7, 2009
If It's Tuesday, It Must Be Street Date - 04/07/09
BEASTIE BOYS- CHECK YOUR HEAD (2 CD DELUXE VERSION)
The Jascha Heifetzes of hip hop, The Beastie Boys get another one of their classic releases upgraded and loaded. 1992's "Check Your Head" is now remastered and includes a bonus disc featuring remixes and rarities. SO WHATCHA WHATCHA WHATCHA WANT?
ERIC CARMEN- TONIGHT YOU'RE MINE
The fourth and final worthy solo release from head Raspberry finally gets an inexpensive US release. "Tonight You're Mine" finds Eric Carmen abandoning the schmaltz, at least for 2/3 of the record, and rediscovering the power chords that made the Raspberries something Cleveland could be proud of, other than Ken Harrelson. Bonus tracks include the great Beach Boys pastiche "Make Me Lose Control."
DOVES- KINGDOM OF RUST
This is the first album in 4 years from the Manchester lads. One listen to "Kingdom Of Dust," aside from being enough, will make you appreciate Coldplay. Sweeping, Brit-pop is not my cup of tea, but at least underneath the multi-layered treacle that is Coldplay, you will find melody. This Doves record offers none.
FELICE BROTHERS- YONDER IS THE CLOCK
"The Felice Brothers come to us from the Catskill Mountains where a homegrown sound has been working its way through the bloodlines for generations. Titled with a phrase drawn from the pages of Mark Twain, ''Yonder Is The Clock'' is teeming with tales of love, death, betrayal, baseball, train stations, phantoms, pandemics, jail cells, rolling rivers, and frozen winter nights. This is music that hasn't lost sight of the history of the land from which it came, and that quality alone makes The Felice Brothers the next great American band."
Not my words, but I really hadn't any.
THE HOLD STEADY- A POSITIVE RAGE
New live release by a band that I really love to really not like. (I'm trying to use the word "hate" less and less.) CD+DVD Package features the a 17 track live album recorded on Halloween 2007 at Chicago's Metro and a 53-minute documentary DVD that starts out with their first-ever London show and follows the band on their 2006 U.S. tour behind third album Boys & Girls in America.
MOBY GRAPE- THE PLACE AND TIME
From the great SUNDAZED label comes this collection of rarities that features an assortment of tracks cut during the band's heady 1967-1968 heyday. Outtakes, alternates and live tracks abound.
NEIL YOUNG- FORK IN THE ROAD
New record featuring a bunch of those horrible songs debuted on last year's tour. I know! I know! It's Neil Young. But still....jeez. And the new Bob Dylan song sounds like "Black Magic Woman." OKAY! It's okay to say these things. One more--Brian Wilson's "That Lucky Old Sun" was a laugh riot. Okay! Done.