Tuesday, May 18, 2010
If It's Tuesday, It Must Be Street Date: 5/18/10
ROLLING STONES- EXILE ON MAIN STREET
It is arguably the greatest rock and roll album ever, no? (Well, I think so.) I've had advance burns of both CDs in my possession for a week or so, now. I've held them, looked at them, thought about what they would sound like. Yet I've shown discipline. I've shown amazing restraint. I did not listen. This is an event and I wanted to do it up right. I thought, "What if the CDRs don't sound exactly right?" I couldn't take that chance.
I should have the official, big, super deluxe edition in my dirty little mitts sometime this afternoon. I may even put on a dress shirt and slap my face with Canoe. That's when I will listen. I'm not too keen on the fact the Mick (I'm sure it was Mick) insisted on touching up the outtakes a bit. (Lisa Fischer added background vocals on two tracks. ~painful eyeroll~) I guess it will have to do.
BAND OF HORSES- INFINITE ARMS
3rd release and major label debut from the Horses. You can read Joe Caramanica's review HERE--http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/17/arts/music/17choi.html?pagewanted=2&ref=arts.
THE BLACK KEYS- BROTHERS
Produced by Danger Mouse and recorded in Muscle Shoals, "Brothers" is more of the raw, rough, and totally groovy sounds that Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney have created over 5 full-length LPs. I had been hoping for something a little different, given the location of the recording. But no need to complain. If you're a fan of The Black Keys, you will be a fan of "Brothers."
THE DEPRECIATION GUILD- SPIRIT YOUTH
"Low-fi," "buzzy" and "shoegaze" is usually a holy trinity of death for me, but I liked this band's rendition of The Beatles' "Because" so much, I gave "Spirit Youth" a whirl. Plus, truth be told, front man Kurt Feldman, who is also the drummer of indie megastars The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, happens to be the son of a friend, who happened to be the keyboard player in the legendary Cool Jerks. (Remember us?) All that aside, Feldman's song writing has come a long way, with melodies that stand out, though not enough, thanks to the consciously muddy production. Nice sophomore effort, I must say. And you can take a listen to "Because" on a "Weeekend Mix" from October over HERE.
MARY GAUTHIER- THE FOUNDLING
Mary Gauthier pulls no punches. She's a heavy duty songwriter, and this time, it's personal. Really. She was placed in a foundling home at birth, and spent years looking for her birth mother. When she found her, the mother did not want to meet her. (YOU find the single.)
THE JAYHAWKS- THE BUNKHOUSE ALBUM
NEVER BEFORE on CD! This was their debut release, and unavailable for nearly 25 years, only 2000 copies of the original vinyl were ever released! Download available for only $4.99