Tuesday, September 15, 2009
If It's Tuesday, It Must Be Street Date: 9/15/09
BIG STAR- KEEP AN EYE ON THE SKY (4 CD BOXED SET)
Super cool boxed set that spans the years 1968 to 1975 and features a treasure trove of...uh...treasures; demos, unused mixes, alternate versions of songs, and a 1973 concert recorded in Memphis. "Back Of A Car" people! "Back Of A Car!"
ACE FREHLEY- ANOMALY
It's been 20 years since the last solo release from the Kiss axeman, in case you were keeping track. I can hear the contemptuous snorts a mile away, but it was Ace who released a kick-ass solo record in 1978, NOT Gene, Paul, or Peter. (Why do I feel like that didn't silence the snorts?)
GORDAN GANO & THE RYANS-UNDER THE SUN
Violent Femmes' leader returns with a very poppy solo effort featuring members of The Bogmen.
BRUCE HORNSBY & THE NOISEMAKERS- LEVITATE
Hornsby gets back to the sound that put him on the map after some musically, if not commercially successful projects with Christian McBride and Ricky Skaggs. Eric Clapton guests.
JAY-Z- THE BLUEPRINT III
International superstar and multi-media mogul, JAY-Z confirms the most highly speculated date in recent music history. Friday, September 11, 2009 is the official release date for the eagerly anticipated BLUEPRINT III. The follow up to JAY-Z's instant classic BLUEPRINT (2001) and the critically acclaimed BLUEPRINT II (2002); BLUEPRINT III is the final installment in the BLUEPRINT series. BLUEPRINT III is a Roc Nation / Live Nation release distributed through Atlantic Records. ''This project is all about pushing the envelope. Being an independent artist, I have an incredible freedom to utlize my unique existing relationship with Live Nation and revive partnerships with great creative teams.''
(what they said)
MARK KNOPFLER- GET LUCKY
Mark Knopfler seems to be in a very melancholy mood on his new release "Get Lucky," with only two songs "You Can't Beat The House" and "Cleaning My Gun" getting above a mid-tempo, and only slightly at that. But that's ok because Knopfler sounds at home on this quiet, and occasionally beautiful collection of songs. Have a listen to "Cleaning My Gun" HERE.
LIVING COLOUR- CHAIR IN THE DOORWAY
After a shakey, 3 song start that tries to fit in everything Living Colour is known forheavy metal, hardcore, rap, funk, and R&B--Vernon Reid and the gang settle down and let the songs do the talking. This is the best thing they've done since their 1988 debut.
ROY LONEY & THE PHANTOM MOVERS- A HUNDRED MILES AN HOUR: '78-'89
Raven presents for the first time on a comprehensive anthology covering the career of one of the great cult artists of American rock n roll: Roy Loney and the Phantom Movers. This is an exhilarating, multi label collection, 28 tracks, and 77 minutes of red hot rock n roll.
MANIC STREET PREACHERS- JOURNAL FOR PLAGUE LOVERS
Manic Street Preachers return with their ninth studio album, Journal For Plague Lovers. The album follows the hugely successful and critically acclaimed 2007 release Send Away The Tigers, and the induction of the band into the NME s Hall Of Fame with their naming as the ''NME Godlike Genius'' for 2008. Produced by Steve Albini and recorded live at Rockfield Studios in Wales during the Winter of 2008, the album features lyrics left behind by former guitarist Richey Edwards across all 13 new tracks. An original piece of Jenny Saville s art is the cover of Journal for Plague Lovers, whose painting graced the cover of 1994 s The Holy Bible . Musically the band draw on their classic Holy Bible sound with elements of Nirvana s In Utero, as well as a delicate, beautiful acoustic side.
MUSE- THE RESISTANCE
This band sounds like all the bands they aspire to be, a little bit of Radiohead, a little bit of Queen and a little bit of Yes. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. I really like what I've heard of "The Resistance."