Tuesday, May 10, 2011
If It's Tuesday, It Must Be Street Date: 5/10/11
WARREN HAYNES- MAN IN MOTION
For what seems like an eternity, Warren Haynes has been on the road, either with The Allman Brothers or his anything goes jam band, Gov't Mule. There was a period, late 90s until about 2006, where a Gov't Mule show was an absolutely must for me. It was just about guaranteed that you'd hear a full spectrum of music, with fine chops from all involved, not to mention the occasional special guest. But then the set lists, which included Haynes originals mixed with covers by anyone from Elton John and King Crimson to The Beatles and Led Zeppelin, started to become rote, and the performances started to lack fire. Haynes was working too much and it showed. Mule needed to be put on hiatus.
Now comes his first solo studio recording since his debut in 1993, and "Man In Motion" is a killer. Heavily influenced by the southern soul and blues Haynes listened to growing up, with Little Milton being his main focus, this record is the perfect combination of Haynes, then and now. With a band that includes George Porter Jr. of The Meters on bass, Terence Higgins, alumnus of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band on drums, and Ron Holloway on sax, Haynes delivers Memphis soul, tweaked and extended just enough to remind you that the man has not forgotten his employers.
Right now, you can get this as a $3.99 download over at Amazon. I'd do it, if I were you.
THE CARS- MOVE LIKE THIS
It looks, feels, and sounds like The Cars, but that's just not good enough. "Move Like This" is the new release by the new, old Cars, not to be confused with the New Cars. Ric Ocasek's voice sounds young and alive and the production is slick. Problem is, the songs are lousy. Nothing here has anything remotely as exciting as those killer hits from 70s, especially not "Keep On Knocking," the boring and very inferior rewrite of "You're All I've Got Tonight." (Though, "Too Late," the first single is not bad.) Even Eliott Easton's always tasty guitar playing seems to be in short supply. Halfway through this disappointing comeback, I forgot it was even playing.
BUY IT HERE--http://www.amazon.com/Move-Like-This-Cars/dp/B004NTMNB8/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1305030143&sr=1-1
BOOKER T. JONES- THE ROAD FROM MEMPHIS
One friend's early comments about this record led me to believe I was about to listen to a real snoozer. I'm thrilled to say, I do not feel the same. Backed by the always reliable ?uestlove & The Roots, the legendary Booker T. Jones delivers the...(I hate this phrase like I hate the phrase "perfect date movie, but I'm using it anyway)..."soundtrack of the summer."
"The Road From Memphis" is one groovy track after another. Jones' signature organ sound and The Roots' in the pocket grooves help create one happy record. Yim Yames (of My Yawning Yacket) turns in an inspired vocal on "Progress," a song that back in the day, would have been blaring out of every beach transistor on every blanket. Yet another cover of Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy," works as an instrumental, as does Mrs. Lauren Hill's "Everything Is Everything." Even the 104 year old Lou Reed delivers on his ode to "The Bronx." I love this record.
Check out "Progress."
BUY IT HERE
ALSO OUT THIS WEEK
RAPHAEL SAADIQ- STONE ROLLIN'
Follow-up to Saadiq's 2008, essential retro-soul release "The Way I See It," "Stone Rollin'" continues the journey, only misses the mark one too many times. You'll feel a little Sly & Motown here, but the songs are less focused, and at times, sound unfinished.
RANDY NEWMAN- THE RANDY NEWMAN SONGBOOK VOL. 2
The man, his material and a piano...again. Why not?
SLOAN- THE DOUBLE CROSS
I never got on board the Sloan train, and you think that I would have. It's pop music, with jangle and harmony, and lots of hooks. Yet somehow, the band has always eluded me...until now. I'd like to hear from any Sloan fans out there. Let me know how you feel about "The Double Cross," because I think it's great, so I'd like to know what I was missing.
The great Terry Adams is BACK! The new NRBQ album, "Keep This Love Goin'" is a good ol' good one, and right now, only available at NRBQ.com
"Keep This Love Goin'" is a compact powerhouse of classic Q moments, sweet Beatley pop, and off-kilter grooves. It is reminiscent of the Q's finest hours, like "Tiddlywinks" and "Scraps." Run, don't walk to your keyboard, and order this baby!