THE A-LIST (?)
A-HA...AIR SUPPLY... ASIA...
A career retrospective from A-Ha, and new music from Air Supply and Asia, in case you were wondering what happened to these bands once MTV stopped playing music.
MICHAEL BOLTON- ONE WORLD, ONE LOVE
To express my joy over Michael Bolton's current record deal with Motown, words...just... won't...come. Stay tuned for a video of my interpretive dance, followed by some violent weeping. (Anyone interested in sending me a list of some wonderful artists without a record deal? I'll post it.)
COURT YARD HOUNDS- S/T
The Dixie Chicks sans "troublemaker," release a thoroughly pleasant, if a bit unsurprising collection of country-tinged pop tunes. It's pleasant...thoroughly.
JUSTIN CURRIE- THE GREAT WAR
New release from the man behind (or in front of) Del Amitri. "The Great War" doesn't always cut it. But Justin Currie's smart songwriting and soulful voice makes this record worth your time.
THE FLAMING LIPS- DARK SIDE OF THE MOON
Sitting comfortably in my Top Ten of most overrated bands, The Flaming Lips have teamed up with Stardeath & The White Dwarfs (pinch me), Henry Rollins and Peaches for my early vote for "Most Unlistenable Record Of The Year." Yes, I know the original is barely tolerable at this point in time, but for Pete's sake, write your own material and fuck that up instead. In a related story, David Baldacci is poised to release his new novel, "Huckleberry Finn."
THE HOLD STEADY- HEAVEN IS WHENEVER
Speaking of my Top Ten overrated bands, The Hold Steady and their painfully annoying and affected lead singer Craig Finn are back with another collection of songs that sound...at least to me...no different and not much better than John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band. I just don't get it.
RICHARD JULIAN- GIRLS NEED ATTENTION
New release from singer-songwriter who cut his teeth in the downtown NY scene with the likes of Marshall Crenshaw and Norah Jones.
CAROLE KING & JAMES TAYLOR- LIVE AT THE TROUBADOUR (CD/DVD)
Over 150 hit songs, 50 million albums sold, and a half dozen grandchildren combined, these two legends are currently on tour, though this souvenir was recorded in 2007.
NEW PORNOGRAPHERS- TOGETHER
5TH record of incredibly infectious pop from A.C. Newman, Neko Case and friends.
FRANK SINATRA & ANTONIO CARLOS JOBIM- THE COMPLETE REPRISE RECORDINGS
The brilliant 1967 collaboration, it's follow up session from 1969 which became Side One of 1971's "Sinatra & Company," and three additional tracks which have never seen the light of day on an official release, get remastered for this excellent release.