Tuesday, April 28, 2009
If It's Tuesday, It Must Be Street Date...Even In New Orleans
I could just go on endlessly about the food I've been eating, the music I've been hearing, and the people that have been amusing me, but I know there are many of you Woodsters who are losing patience. So, this truncated post is for you.
NEW RELEASES FOR APRIL 28TH
BOB DYLAN- TOGETHER THROUGH LIFE
Interesting, singer-songwriter releases new record of songs with smart lyrics and melodies. I see good things for this exciting artist.
BEN FOLDS, ET AL- UNIVERSITY A CAPELLA
“Music education has been atrophying,” Ben Folds says. “And yet, at any given school, any number of a cappella groups are getting together a few times a week to rehearse and perform. What’s more is they’re really good.” An idea was born. “If there are thousands of a cappella groups out there,” Ben says, “it must be amazing to sing in them. I wanted to capture that magic.” And so Ben Folds—one part Jane Goodall, two parts Ahmet Ertegun—set out to recruit and record these university a cappella groups. You hold the result in your hands." ALRIGHTY THEN.
MELODY GARDOT- MY ONE & ONLY LOVE
People are calling her the new Norah Jones, which I find irritating. Sure, there are some simlarities--young woman, singer-songwriter, standards--but Gardot's debut was so powerful, she deserves some credit of her own. This record is just as strong.
HEAVEN & HELL- THE DEVIL YOU KNOW
First record in 17 years from the Ozzy-less Black Sabbath. Not bad, if you like this stuff...and I do.
ZACHARY RICHARD- LAST KISS
First English language record in 15 years from the Cajun rebel, "Last Kiss" is produced by another NOLA treasure, the great David Torkanowsky and features guest appearances by both Susan Cowsill and Celine Dion. WHAT? (YES, REALLY.) Richard is hugely popular in Canada.
KERMIT RUFFINS- LIVIN'A TREME LIFE
And speaking of David Torkanowksy, his piano skills are heard all over this new release from another New Orleans fave, Kermit Ruffins. What Ruffins lacks in trumpet skills, he makes up in spades in pure entertainment value. This record is a blast-think Satchmo fronting the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.
DWIGHT TWILLEY- OUT OF THE BOX
The power pop genius from Tulsa returns with an all covers record that pays tribute to his influences. Bands on Twilley's A-list includes, The Beatles, Bobby Fuller Four, T-Rex, AC/DC, and CCR for starters/