Tuesday, May 19, 2009
If It's Tuesday, It Must Be Street Date - 05/19/09
LADIES & GENTS, HERE ARE TODAY'S NEW RELEASES
TORI AMOS- ABNORMALLY ATTRACTED TO SIN
The return of the slightly twisted, swine-nursing singer-songwriter should have some people excited. Rolling Stone called her last release, "American Doll Posse," her "best record in years." Let's see if she can keep it up with this, her tenth release.
CHRIS BARRON- PANCHO & THE KID
Barron's voice is well-known as the singer of two of the catchiest singles of the 90s, "Little Miss Can't Be Wrong" & "Two Princes," by one of the more melodic jam bands to hit the scene, the Spin Doctors. After a brief Doctors reunion a few years back, Barron is back on his own with his second solo release. His voice is sounding better than ever on a collection of songs that to me, sound a bit like the first two Wallflowers record. Nice stuff...if you like The Wallflowers. (I don't so much, but I do like this Chris Barron record.)
NICK CAVE REISSUES
Newly remastered and expanded, 4 Cave titles "FIRST BORN IS DEAD," "FROM HER TO ETERNITY," "KICKING AGAINST THE PRICKS," AND "YOUR FUNERAL & MY TRIAL" now all feature a 5.1 surround mix, as well as appropriate B-sides and rarities. Good job!
ERIC CLAPTON & STEVE WINWOOD- LIVE FROM MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
The unofficial Blind Faith reunion of 2008 gets documented in its entirety on a 2 CD set. (also available as a DVD) Great sound and playing here. The mix of the CD is superb, with all the instruments mixed warmly up front. Highly recommended for the versions of "Voodoo Chile" and "Can't Find My Way Home" alone! (Not "Can't find My Way Home Alone," but....ah whatever)
GREEN DAY- 21ST CENTURY BREAKDOWN
Follow up to 2004's Best Rock Album of The Year, "21st Century Breakdown" follows the "rock opera" format of "American Idiot" by offering up three acts- "Heroes & Cons," "Charlatans & Saints," and "Horseshoes & Hand Grenades." And speaking of rock operas, check out the iTunes bonus tracks, which include an absolutely BRILLIANT version of The Who's "A Quick One, While He's Away."
LENNY KRAVITZ- LET LOVE RULE: 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION
Music journalists' favorite punching bag, Lenny Kravitz, gets his groundbreaking (that's right, groundbreaking) debut remastered and expanded to included 6 bonus b-sides and demos, as well as a bonus disc featuring a live concert from 1989. Maybe it's a tad dated, but still worth owning.
ALEX MCMURRAY- HOW TO BE A CANNONBALL
20 years ago, more than half of this record would have been all over the radio. Singer-songwriter McMurray knows how to break a heart and tickle a funny bone, most of the time in the same song. Part Tin Pan Alley, part Ray Davies, a little bit of Tom Waits, and a whole lotta hard New Orleans living, makes for one of my favorite records of the year. Get it HERE! You won't be sorry. Don't believe me? Check out some tracks in this ZIP FILE.
TRUE BLOOD SOUNDTRACK
Perfect musical companion to the just released First Season of HBO's True Blood on DVD, the 14 tracks that make up this collection include some New Orleans classics from Allen Toussaint, Dr. John, and Lee Dorsey, as well as a brand new track from one of my fave Louisiana artists C.C. Adcock. Also includes great tracks from Ryan Adams, Lucinda Williams, The Flying Burrito Brothers, The Watson Twins and more. And let's not forget the title track that is NOT by Chris Isaak, but one Jace Everett.
ALSO OUT TODAY:
SCOTT H. BIRAM- SOMETHING'S WRONG/LOST FOREVER
"Dirty old, one man band" Austin blues. Sounds ok to me.
JARVIS COCKER- FURTHER COMPLICATIONS
I love this. From All Music:
"Most bands hit the big time immediately and fade away, or they build a dedicated following and slowly climb their way to the top. Pulp didn't follow either route." Second solo release from Pulp leader.
IRON & WINE- AROUND THE WELL
2 CDs of unreleased material.
KIM WILDE- KIM WILDE
New remaster. First time on CD since 1988. Boy did I love this record in 1981. "Chequered Love" kicked ass and "Kids In America"...well...that was pretty legit, too.
AS WELL AS...
BUSTA RHYMES- BACK ON MY B.S
And speaking of Kim Wilde--