Tuesday, October 6, 2009
If It's Tuesday, It Must Be Street Date: 10/06/09
AIR- LOVE 2
French, electro-pop duo made a splash with their 1998 debut "Moon Safari," a record that seemed to strike a chord with everyone, even those not too fond of the electro-pop genre. (I liked it. Really.) Ten somewhat quiet years later, they are back with "Love 2," which is supposedly a return to form. Haven't received a copy, so I can't say too much.
BACKSTREET BOYS- THIS IS US
Jeez, they must be in their thirties by now. Haven't received a copy of this either, but I'm not complaining. Although, you'd be a fool not to recognize the pop perfection of their first few singles, especially "I Want It That Way." (Really. Take a look.)
BUILT TO SPILL- THERE IS NO ENEMY
One of the most popular indie-rock acts of the 90s is back with their first new release in three years. Nice, spacey-but-accessible production. BTS fans will not be disappointed.
PICK OF THE WEEK
ROSANNE CASH- THE LIST
This collection of songs, culled from a list of essential songs given to Miss Cash by her father, Johnny Cash, not only shows the warmth and soul of Rosanne Cash's voice, but the brilliance of her husband and producer, John Leventhal. Guest spots from Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Jeff Tweedy and Rufus Wainwright only add to the already magical album. This is NOT just another covers record. Look for my expanded review later this week at Altercation.
EXENE CERVENKA- SOMEWHERE GONE
First solo album in 18 years from the punk princess, "Somewhere Gone," based on the snippets I've heard (wasn't sent a copy), is an acoustic-based collection of dreamy, alt-country tunes, very reminscent of Neko Case's earlier work. (Or does Neko's early work sound like Exene's latest?)
5 of the German duo's classic LPs get the long-awaited upgrade, with a boxed set featuring their entire output due one month later. Records available this week: "Autobahn," "Radioactivity," "Trans-Europe Express," "Man-Machine" and "Tour de France." Ja!
THIS JUST IN!
NO NEW WILLIE NELSON ALBUM THIS WEE....WAIT...WAIT...SCRATCH THAT.
WILLIE NELSON- SOUVENIRS
30 tracks from his early hits and rarities, to greatest hits recorded live, courtesy of Varese Sarabande.
JOE PERRY- HAVE GUITAR WILL TRAVEL
5th solo release from the Aerosmith axeman, "Have Guitar Will Travel" has some exciting riffage going on, but still suffers from not having a good vocalist, just like his previous four solo efforts. It's one thing to make a conscious effort to not have someone who sounds like Steven Tyler, but it would help if the guy you got had a bit of a personality. And Joe, I love ya, but you make Lou Reed sound like Sarah Brightman.
THE RAVEONETTES- IN AND OUT OF CONTROL
The Shangri-La's meet the Jesus & Mary Chain, that's what you'll hear on this new release from the Danish Duo.
ALSO OUT THIS WEEK:
THE ALIENS- LUNA
Ex-Beat Band members get psychedelic...sort of.
DURAN DURAN- RIO 2 CD COLLECTORS' EDITION
Expanded to include demos, b-sides and remixes and a 52 page booklet. 52 PAGES!!
2. My Own Way
3. Lonely In Your Nightmare (U.S. 12" Carnival EP)
4. Hungry Like The Wolf
5. Hold Back The Rain (U.S. album remix)
6. New Religion
7. Last Chance On The Stairway
8. Save A Prayer
9. The Chauffeur (U.S. Album & EP Remixes)
10. Rio (U.S. album remix)
11. My Own Way(Carnival Remix & U.S. 12" Carnival EP)
12. Lonely In Your Nightmare (U.S. album remix)
13. Hungry Like The Wolf (U.S. album remix)
14. Hold Back The Rain (U.S. album remix)
1. Last Chance On The Stairway (Manchester Square Demos, Recorded August 28, 1981)
2. My Own Way (Manchester Square Demos, Recorded August 28, 1981)
3. New Religion (Manchester Square Demos, Recorded August 28, 1981)
4. Like An Angel (Manchester Square Demos, Recorded August 28, 1981)
5. My Own Way (original 7" version - U.K. single A-side, released Nov. 1981)
6. Like An Angel (U.K. single B-side, released Nov. 1981)
7. Careless Memories (live - U.K. single B-side, released May 1982)
8. The Chauffeur (Sing Blue Silver) (U.K. single B-side, released Nov. 1982)
9. My Own Way (Night Version) (U.K. 12" single A-side, released Nov. 1981)
10. Hungry Like The Wolf (Night Version) (U.K. 12" single A-side, released May 1982)
11. Rio (Night Version) (Dutch 12" Carnival EP, released Sept. 1982)
12. New Religion (Carnival Remix) (Japanese 12" Carnival EP, released Sept. 1982)
13. Hold Back The Rain (Carnival Remix) (U.S. 12" Carnival EP, released Sept. 1982)
MORPHINE- AT YOUR SERVICE
2 CDs of unreleased material from the late Mark Sandman's unique trio.