Tuesday, June 23, 2009
If It's Tuesday, It Must Be Street Date - 06/23/09
SHAWN COLVIN- LIVE
Singer-songwriter Colvin releases her second live CD, which is a 15 song collection of her hits (?) and most famous (?) album tracks. Shawn is incredibly entertaining in concert, and her storytelling and between song banter is often just as entertaining as her singing. My guess though, is that this collection will not feature Colvin's skill as a raconteur, just the tunes.
DEER TICK- BORN ON FLAG DAY
One of the many "deer" bands releases its follow-up to the critically acclaimed debut, "War Elephant." That's right...Deer Tick.
DEF LEPPARD DELUXE
Accident-prone, hairband legends see two of their biggest blockbusters get the DEEE-LUXE treatment. "Adrenalize" and Pyromania" get remastered with bonus discs full of rarities tacked on for good measure.
DINOSAUR JR.- FARM
More than 20 years later and J Mascis is still buzzing and whining. CD comes two ways, regular and with a bonus, 4 track e.p..
DON HENLEY- VERY BEST OF CD/DVD
There is no doubt in my mind that Don Henley possesses one of the most beautiful singing voices in the history of music. But, I will never forgive him for writing "Dirty Laundry," and one of the most horrifying and douche-chill making moments in music:
"KICK 'EM WHEN THEY'RE UP! KICK'EM WHEN THEY'RE DOWN! KICK'EM WHEN THEY'RE UP! KICK'EM ALL AROUND!"
Blow it our yer ass, Henley. (Yeah I know. Walden Woods, Desperado....but still.)
LITTLE RICHARD REISSUES
A few years back, Rhino Handmade released a limited edition 3 CD set that featured all of Little Richard's output for the Reprise label. His flawless impersonations of Johnny Carson and Richard Nixon are still so....oh wait...that's Rich Little.
Here's AMG's breakdown of the criminally underrated Reprise material:
The Rill Thing and the albums that followed it -- 1971's King of Rock 'n' Roll and 1972's The Second Coming all followed the same musical blueprint and aesthetic: Little Richard opened his music up, slowing things down on occasion, varied his arrangement and styles, and wrote powerful, memorable new songs, while carefully picking songs from Hank Williams, John Fogerty, and the Beatles to showcase the scope of his music. Sure, there still was the familiar piledriving rock & roll, but it was part of a mosaic of American roots music that proved that Little Richard could do it all.
The Rhino Handmade piece is long out of print, but Collectors' Choice has reissued the three CDs--"King Of Rock N Roll," "The Rill Thing " and "Second Coming" individually and all three are worth your time.
PATTERSON HOOD-MURDERING OSCAR (AND OTHER LOVE SONGS)
Head Drive By Trucker, Patterson Hood is joined by most of the DBTs as well as his legendary dad, David Hood for his new solo release that has been 15 years in the making. Sounds a lot like the Drive By Truckers.
R.E.M. - RECKONING (2CD DELUXE EDITION)
More remastering and repackaging, this time the boys from Athens, GA see their second album get the goods.
REGINA SPEKTOR- FAR
"Regina Spektor's gold album Begin To Hope was honored as one of Rolling Stone's Top 50 albums of 2006. Far, her much anticipated follow-up, once again spotlights Spektor's daring piano pop,
vocal acrobatics and offbeat wit. Utilizing four esteemed producers-Jeff Lynne (ELO, The Traveling Wilburys), Mike Elizondo (Dr. Dre, Eminem), David Kahne (Paul McCartney, The Strokes) and Garret 'Jacknife' Lee (Weezer, R.E.M.) Spektor combines rich soundscapes with evocative and intricately structured melodies and a remarkable gift for crafting intelligent, refreshingly honest odes to life."
I've sampled the whole record and if quirky is your cup of tea, this is for you. I hate quirky.
ALSO RELEASED TODAY:
THE LEMONHEADS- VARSHONS
New covers CD inspired by cassettes given to Evan Dando by Butthole Surfer Gibby Haynes, and featuring the vocal stylings of Kate Moss & Liv Tyler. (This one wrote itself)
THE MARS VOLTA- OCTAHEDRON
New, "quieter" release from the leaders of the progressive metal/experimental rock/post-hardcore/punk metal/ neo-psychedelia genre.
DREAM THEATER- BLACK CLOUDS & SILVER LINING
New release from the neo-prog/prog-metal/heavy prog/pseudo-intellectual, white, Anglo-Saxon botanist, Rush- wannabee Zeppelin wannabees.
ISAAC HAYES- HOT BUTTERED SOUL
New deluxe edition of soul classic featuring new remastering, new liner notes and two bonus tracks.