Tuesday, April 14, 2009
If It's Tuesday, It Must Be Street Date - 04/14/09
Before I get started, just wanted to say, "THE WAIT IS OVER!" The new Agoraphobic Nosebleed streets today!
NEW RELEASES FOR 4/14/09
BILL CALLAHAN- SOMETIMES I WISH WE WERE AN EAGLE
5 STARS FROM MOJO MAGAZINE!
(I don't get it)
The man behind Smog has a singing voice not unlike Jack Webb. Yes, there is some beautiful music on this release, but it's hard to past the heavy-handed subject matter or Callahan's laughable delivery. Please understand, I don't think everything needs to sound like "Rebel Rebel," but if you want something heartfelt, that doesn't necessarily need a Cadillac of a chorus, buy the William Shatner CD instead. (No, I'm NOT kidding. It's the same thing only better and less pretentious.)
THE DATSUNS- HEADSTUNTS
The 2002 debut from this hard-rocking band from New Zealand was one of my very faves of the year. Think Deep Purple meets The MC5. A couple of misguided releases, including a follow-up with some high profile, but ineffective producing from John Paul Jones, made me all but give up on The Datsuns. With "Headstunts," the band has regrouped and BOY, is it a killer! All the hooks and energy, jam-packed into one 40 minute piece of aluminum. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
JOHN DOE & THE SADIES- COUNTRY CLUB
"In true honky tonk style Country Club is the bastard child of a drunken promise. A post show hang-out between X and the Knitters' John Doe and The Sadies produced the idea to join forces to make an album of country songs. Classic tunes by Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Tammy Wynette and Roger Miller, all get unique treatment by Doe and The Sadies. The album also features four originals; three from The Sadies and one courtesy of the timeless pairing of John Doe and Exene Cervenka." This one is great fun.
JOE JACKSON AT THE BBC
Now available domestically, JJ @ the BBC collects 32 tracks performed live for the BBC, spanning "Look Sharp" to "Night & Day." Kinda like a greatest hits collection with subtle differences that only (read: not even) the die-hard fans will notice.
DUKES OF STRATOSPHEAR (XTC)--25 O'CLOCK & PSONIC PSUNSPOT
The genius of Andy Partridge (and I guess Colin Moulding and Dave Gregory, though I've always had doubts) shines on these tributes to 60's Brit pop and psychedelia; two brilliant side projects released in 1985 and 1987. The Dukes Of Stratosphear were fans of The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Hollies, The Zombies, as well as Arthur Lee, The Byrds and of course, XTC. We now get two beautifully remastered and repackaged reissues that feature bonus tracks and extensive liner notes along with a hardback book.
ALSO RELEASED TODAY:
DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE- THE OPEN DOOR (E.P.)
FASTBALL- LITTLE WHITE LIES (FIRST ALBUM IN FIVE YEARS...in case anyone was counting)
MEDESKI, MARTIN, & WOOD- RADIOLARIANS II
WILLIE NILE- HOUSE OF A THOUSAND GUITARS
JILL SOBULE- CALIFORNIA YEARS (fan funded album produced by Don Was)
BERNIE WILLIAMS- MOVING FORWARD (Backing vocals by Roger Repoz, Ed Kranepool, and Fred Patek)
AND OF COURSE--
Featuring the hit single "Druggernaut Jug Fuck"