My apologies for today's truncated Tuesday post. This is due to a combination of computer issues and very little to write about in the way of new releases. But here's what we've got, with most commentary pulled from Amazon for your convenience.
ALKALINE TRIO- THE ADDICTION
It's been 11 years since Alkaline Trio released their first full-length album. In that time, they've toured the world, sold over a million records, and expanded their sound radically beyond their original straight-ahead punk style, incorporating production slick enough to earn them mass exposure on outlets like MTV's The Hills. Now with This Addiction, their seventh album and first for Epitaph, the Chicago rockers are heading back to their roots.
JOHNNY CASH- AMERICAN VI: AIN'T NO GRAVE
(My review can be found at ALTERCATION.)
DEADSTRING BROTHERS- SAO PAULO
Deadstring Brothers delve into the grit and sweat of dirty blues scooped from the fields of the Delta and polish it in the toxic waters of the Detroit River; the smell of their motor oil, strong coffee and whiskey-stained beards narcotic. Few bands channel the sonic groove generated at the headwaters of our rock and roll DNA like Deadstring Brothers. (WOW! Wish I wrote that.)
MY PICK OF THE WEEK
JOHN ELLIS & DOUBLE WIDE- PUPPET MISCHIEF
Second release from saxophonist Ellis, with New Orleans' greats Matt Perrine, Jason Marsalis and Brian Coogan rounding out this unique band that offers original material with obvious roots in New Orleans jazz, but with rhythms and attack that could be found in just about any genre of music, including klezmer, funk and even punk. This CD also includes an expanded Double-Wide with the addition of Gregoire Maret on harmonica and Alan Ferber on. trombone
John Ellis is a unique composer, and with the blistering chops of the one and only Matt Perrine on sousaphone (no one can do what this man does on that instrument), the gritty groove of Brian Coogan on organ, and the impossible playing of Marsalis on drums, every second of "Puppet Mischief" will leave you focused.
ESSRA MOHAWK- PRIMORDIAL LOVERS
Ranked by none other than Rolling Stone among the top 25 albums of all time, ‘Primordial Lovers’ is Essra’s acknowledged masterpiece, and it comes here with no less than FIVE bonus tracks! Passionate, poetic, personal, and—despite chord and meter changes seldom heard on “rock” albums—catchy, this album holds up to repeated listening, revealing layer after gorgeous layer.
MORELAND & ARBUCKLE- FLOOD
They are traditionalists and innovators at the same time, influenced by Mississippi blues and traditional country music and bluegrass to Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath! They are the winners of Indie Acoustic Project 2008 CD of the Year award.
BUTCH WALKER- I LIKED IT BETTER WHEN YOU HAD NO HEART
Fifth album from accomplished pop songwriter / producer [Fall Out Boy, Katy Perry, Pink, Simple Plan, Pete Yorn, Weezer] and former member of Marvelous 3 [Freak Of The Week]. Taylor Swift was blown away [via Twitter] by his recent cover of You Belong To Me. (And who doesn't need a record that blows away Taylor Swift.)