Tuesday, September 17, 2013

If It's Tuesday, It Must Be Street Date: 9/17/13


There are few records as greasy as Tony Joe White's 1969 debut "Black & White." This is raw rhythm, blues and funk right out of the swamps of Louisiana. 45 years later, Tony Joe White returns on Yep Roc with "Hoodoo." His voice, if you can imagine, is thicker and greasier, but the grooves and the sounds of the swamp have remained the same. Most of this record was cut live, first takes direct to tape, and the band locks in right from the opening smacks of "The Gift." I got lost in this record. Check it out and buy it HERE.


Miss Crow takes a licking and keeps on ticking, and while she may be an easy target for some, I think she's made enough good music in her career to listen each time she releases something new. (Plus, she plays a really great bass guitar.) Released last week, "Feels Like Home" is Crow's stab at country music and it works. It's traditional, full of honky-tonk and booze and tears and it works. If you're not a fan of either Crow or country, don't bother. But if you are, this is pretty good stuff.


Tommy Keene has been a fave of mine since day one. He is power pop with balls, and the guy can write songs with enough hooks to snag a flounder. This time around, he covers some of his faves on "Excitement At Your Feet." Randy Newman, The Bee Gees, the Rolling Stones, Echo & The Bunnymen and Television are just some of the bands that get worked over with Keene's big drums and jangly guitars.  Check out "Ride On Baby" and then go buy the record HERE.

The Elvis Costello & Roots gets the official release today. We've already discussed it, but I'd just like to say, I'm still with it and I still dig it a whole lot. Here is their setlist from their one-off show at the Brooklyn Bowl.

01. Wake Me Up
02. Refuse To Be Saved
03. Stick Out Your Tongue
04. Watching The Detectives
05. Shabby Doll
06. Sugar Won't Work
07. Tripwire - with Diane Birch
08. Spooky Girlfriend - with La Marisoul
09. Cinco Minutos Con Vos - with La Marisoul
10. Ghost Town - with La Marisoul
11. (I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea
12. Walk Us Uptown
13. I Want You
14. Wise Up Ghost
15. Pump It Up

Anyone gets a recording of this, please let me know.


buzzbabyjesus said...

Tony Joe White opened for Creedence Clearwater, who really weren't born on the bayou, and had some fun at their expense. Kind of like David Lee Roth saying that when the Clash had a bottle of Jack Daniels backstage, it was a prop and actually filled with iced tea. This said while on stage between swigs of Jack and high as a kite.

Anonymous said...

The Costello/Roots show is being broadcast a Noon Eastern today on WFUV:


Vintage Grooves said...

Welcome back, Sal! (In addition to the music, I'm admiring your classy new template, too.)


Noam Sane said...

Was listening to the Tony Joe last night...love it, they don't make 'em like that anymore. Except when they do.

The new Clash box sounds great and has some cool stuff, along with some horrible crap that reminds you what happens between the demo stage and the final product.

Speaking of which, that's what the Elvis/Roots record sounds like to me...demos. Give those songs to the Attractions (or even the Imposters) and let them play them, the way music is supposed to be made. I find the sampled grooves boring as crap. Musicians in a room playing songs...that's why the TJ White record sounds so fresh, even though it's nothing groundbreaking.

Sal Nunziato said...

Someone made a comment on the original Costello/Roots post ahout how great The Roots are on Fallon, so why aren't they "playing" on this new record. Noam, you mention sampled grooves.

This is The Roots! They are that tight and that funky. Questlove is so in the pocket, he can't get out.

You don't have to like it. You can think it's boring. I can understand that. But Sly & Robbie aren't lesser musicians because their grooves remained the same for much of their career.

The Roots are musicians and they are playing these songs. (Unless, they aren't and it's all a hoax.)

wardo said...

I keep staring at that Crow cover thinking it's see-through. It's not. Oh well. Back to "No Secrets" it is.

misospecial said...

Yay, you're back...

steve simels said...

Glad you're back, pal.

Anonymous said...

wow - i thought i would have to remain in silence (for liking sheryl crow's stab at country) and let the "pot-shots" fall where they may......it IS pretty good (and very listenable).....you continue to amaze me (especially noting that she can play bass quite well.....not as good as tal wilkenfield but hey.......

A walk in the woods said...

Welcome back!

Dave said...

The first three Tony Joe White's albums are great. I didn't know about "Hoodoo" -- thanks so much for the heads up.