Tuesday, June 9, 2009
If It's Tuesday, It Must Be Street Date - 06/09/09
BLACK EYED PEAS-THE E.N.D. (ENERGY NEVER DIES)
Advanced hype is calling this "the" album of the summer. I'm calling it "an" album of the summer. There was a time when the Black Eyed Peas were considered an important and socially conscious group of rappers. In walks new member Fergie, something called "My Humps," and now they are just over-produced crossover crap......that sells in the trillions.
A supergroup (?) of sorts featuring a Van Halen-less Van Halen (Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony), Joe Satriani, and Red Hot Chili Pepper Chad Smith. Haven't heard a note, but their performance on Conan was pretty mediocre. Embarrassing, really.
PETER HOLSAPPLE & CHRIS STAMEY- HERE AND NOW
The first collaboration in almost two decades by the acclaimed songwriters of The dBs features another pop legend, Branford Marsalis on two tracks. ''With pop this piercingly pure, and Everlys-worthy harmonies to boot, The dB's songwriting team has put together another instant classic''---Blurt. Count me in.
KASABIAN- WEST RYDER PAUPER LUNATIC ASYLUM
After a promising debut, Kasabian lost a bit of steam with their sophomore release "Empire." Let's see if these Stone Roses wannabes have another good one in them.
RHETT MILLER- RHETT MILLER
Third solo release from Mr. Old 97 is not quite as strong as his last release, "The Believer," but that would be asking a lot, since it was one of my favorite records of 2006 and featured one of the most heartbreaking ballads I have ever set ears on, "Meteor Shower." But "Rhett Miller," the album, is fantastic nonetheless, with some more of the brilliant songwriting and hooks Miller has come to perfect.
PROCOL HARUM REISSUES
First 4 classic releases "PROCOL HARUM," "SHINE ON BRIGHTLY," A SALTY DOG, " and "HOME" have been remastered (yet again) and expanded with as much as 11 bonus tracks on each. These have been band-approved and truly sound exceptional...yet again.
SONIC YOUTH- THE ETERNAL
Seminal band that I respect but never understood, returns with a new and "inspired" John Agnello produced effort. Music aside, there aren't many people as nice as Thurston Moore.
ALSO OUT THIS WEEK
BROTHERS OF THE SOUTHLAND- S/T
Bo Bice (American Idol, I think), Jimmy Hall (Wet Willie), Henry Paul (The Outlaws), and Steve Gorman (The Black Crowes) among others, get their red neck on.
DIRTY PROJECTORS- BITTE ORCA
Internet phenoms release their follow-up to their critically acclaimed, but truly awful debut, "Rise Above."
NANCI GRIFFITH- THE LOVING KIND
First release in 5 years from the respected, singer-songwriter.
MORRISSEY- MALADJUSTED AND SOUTHPAW GRAMMAR EXPANDED
new b-sides, new pics, new essays, new artwork, same sad artist. (I do like the new artwork)
ROLLING STONES REMASTERS, PHASE TWO
More like Phase 22. 'EMOTIONAL RESCUE," "SOME GIRLS," "TATTOO YOU," AND "UNDERCOVER" now bear the UME label logo and sound louder. Make sure your amp goes to eleven and your old ones will be just fine. STOP THE MADNESS.
VANMAKT-AD LUCIFERI REGNUM
AND I QUOTE, "The second follow up of Sweden's evil mongers Vanmakt has a more distinct and mature sound. The trademark sound of Vanmakt is hate filled contempt towards organized religions which is backed by 666 demonic speed blazing throughout its entirety." Second follow-up? Throughout its entirety?
Did I mention that fercocktah Black Eyed Peas record?
Also, first person to send me MP3s of Stiv Bators "Swinging A Go Go" and The Brains indie single version of "Money Changes Everything," gets copies of the new Dinosaur Jr. and Placebo CDs, assuming you want them