Tuesday, June 8, 2010
If It's Tuesday, It Must Be Street Date: 6/8/10 (THE OLD & CRANKY EDITION)
AGAINST ME!- WHITE CROSSES
Here's what my friend G.T. had to say about this:
"Just heard a most horrible song, Against Me!'s (Seriously? An exclamation point? I'm getting old and cranky.) "I Was A Teenage Anarchist" on the radio. If you feel compelled to write a POP song about the subject, then no, you were not."
"I was a teenage anarchist
But then the scene got too rigid
It was mob anekatips.com mentality
They set their rifle sights on me
Narrow visions of autonomy
You want me to surrender my identity
I was a teenage anarchist
The revolution was a lie"
CHRISTINA AGUILERA- BIONIC
Jon Pareles said this, "This is the way to ring tone sales and radio play, until the next sexbot struts off the assembly line."
THE CURE- DISINTEGRATION (3 CD DELUXE EDITION)
"3 CD edition includes a remastered version of the original album and a 20 track disc of outtakes and demos. The third disc contains an expanded version of the live album Entreat, containing live versions of every song on Disintegration recorded during a 1989 three-night stand at London's Wembley Arena. You also get a 20-page booklet with previously unreleased photos and art and a period overview from Cure frontman Robert Smith. Smith is responsible for compiling, producing, and supervising the mastering of the whole shebang."
DEER TICK- BLACK DIRT SESSIONS
Citing Neil Young and Townes Van Zandt as influences, John McCauley, the voice behind Deer Tick, has a raspy drawl that almost works, on this not bad collection of Americana...I guess. I mean...not really. I honestly don't find any of these overhyped "Deer" bands interesting, but I'm trying (and failing miserably) to lose the cranky reputation. This sounded good at the start and got increasingly less listenable.
You could get the whole download for $3.99, should you want it.
(I hate the Fleet Foxes. Just sayin...)
HANSON- SHOUT IT OUT
They write some pretty hooky shit, I'll give'em that. The pop is there, but so is a bit of R&B. Legendary Funk Brother Bob Babbitt makes an appearance, as well. (I didn't turn it off, if that says anything. And I liked it a helluva lot more than "Tinted Windows.")
KRISTEN HERSH- CATS & MICE
My friend A.K. threatened me with this, "If you like anything off this piece of shit, we're through." Well, I can't say I've heard anything, so I'm safe for now.
JEWEL- SWEET & WILD
THE LA'S- CALLIN' ALL (4 CD BOX)
This is just plain offensive! One admittedly classic record in 1991, and over 20+ CD reissues since, featuring remixes, demos, remasters, original running orders, the "Mike Hedges" version, b-sides, UK imports, Japanese imports, 2 CD deluxe editions, and now this---"4 CDs of the band's remaining unreleased rarities & outtake recordings, which are being officially released for the first time on one comprehensive set. Also includes previously unheard live recordings fom London s Town And Country Club in 1989 & The Marquee in 1991. Packaged hardback box with a 60 page booklet with extensive liner notes by journalist and author Will Hodgkinson as well as never seen before photos of the band by Paul Cox. 95 tracks."
This reminds me of the joke, or maybe it was a Simpsons episode, where a new Starbucks opens inside a Starbucks.
TEENAGE FANCLUB- SHADOWS
I've always found Teenage Fanclub to be just a bit overrated...JUST A BIT. Good records all, but nothing ever hit me with the same intensity as Big Star or even Badfinger, who they are so often compared. "Shadows" has some really pretty stuff going on, even if some of it sounds a bit like America. Still, a welcome release, worthy of your time.
VILLAGERS- BECOMING A JACKAL
Villagers are just one man, Young Dubliner Conor J. O'Brien. And this one man show is a beauty from head to tail. There is a bit of an early Paul Simon influence here, both in his voice and his songwriting, at least that's what I'm hearing, and these 11 tracks will seep into your system for good. Great stuff.