Tuesday, August 31, 2010
If It's Tuesday, It Must Be Street Date: 8/31/10
BOBBY BARE JR.- A STORM: A TREE: MY MOTHER'S HEAD
This is a collection of songs that came out of a family fire which destroyed the Bare family house, and left Bobby Jr.'s mother with two broken vertabrae, and Bare himself, one odd little album title. All have recovered, thankfully, and this CD recorded with three members of My Morning Jacket is a pretty nice listen. Hard to pinpoint the sound, but since my least favorite thing about MMJ is Jim James' voice, I'll say it sounds like a really good MMJ album.
RYAN BINGHAM & THE DEAD HORSEs- JUNKY STAR
The Oscar-winning, cosmic cowboy behind the music in "Crazy Heart," returns with more of the same. ACT NOW, and the Amazon download is only $3.99.
GOO GOO DOLLS- SOMETHING FOR THE REST OF US
New release from the original, not as cool but more melodic Gaslight Anthem. These guys once kicked my ass with their 'Mats meets the Stones in CBGBs sound. One power ballad in a shit, Hollywood movie later, and every song since sounds like an HBO promo.
HEART- RED VELVET CAR
Always been a fan of the Wilson sisters, but this one is just dull. I do recommend, for those who missed it, Ann's solo release, "Hope & Glory,"(see that HERE,) where she is joined by some high profile guests like k.d. lang, Rufus Wainwright and Shawn Colvin, for a collection of covers that include Pink Floyd, Lucinda Williams, Led Zeppelin and The Youngbloods.
JENNY AND JOHNNY- I'M HAVING FUN NOW
I really enjoyed "She & Him Volume One," and had been looking forward to "Volume Two." But, the novelty wore off very quickly for me. It was all very cute, and I do love Zooey Deschanel's voice, but it seemed as if she, and Him, M. Ward, worked harder on the style than the substance.
Jenny, as in Jenny Lewis and Johnny, as in Johnathan Rice have hit the nail on the head with this excellent release of sunshine pop and jangly rock. "Hey, you and her, this is how it's done."
PHILIP SELWAY- FAMILIAL
Radiohead drummer releases a not bad, if a bit mopey, singer-songwriter album. I liked it when I listened to the advance a month ago, but knew as I put it on the shelf, I'd never reach for it again.
RICHARD THOMPSON- DREAM ATTIC
I like this man way too much, so any Richard Thompson release is an event for me. What makes this even more exciting is that it was recorded live, making the guitar possiblities endless. (Sorry if that sounds vague, but I haven't received my copy yet.)