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April 14, 2009
New CD Album Releases, 4-14-2009: John Doe, Jill Sobule Looks kinda thin in the new releases this week. Perhaps there's an obscure group in this mess that I've not heard which is utterly brilliant.
The big name this week is John Doe. He started out as some idea of punk rock, and has been highly touted in some quarters for a quarter century. He's now finally worked his way around to making a full-fledged country album, Country Club. But for all the aclaim, and several attempts at listening to him over the years, I for one cannot remember a single song of this guy ever making any impression whatsoever on me personally - though in theory I should be a good audience for him.
This album consists of new arrangements of classic country songs. Naturally, he's going for real country sounds rather than some modern Garth Brooks crap, so that's to the positive. Also, he's somewhat significantly re-arranging these songs. The Bakersfield sound is invoked to explain some of this, which is to the good. But I'm more taken with the bit of Tex-Mex flavor of, for one, "Stop the World and Let Me Off." That gives the classic track a bit of fresh flavor.
Plus, some of these are less than 100% obvious choices. I am particularly pleased to see some props for my beloved Porter Wagoner through his rendition of "The Cold Hard Facts of Life." This is already getting more interest from me than anything else I've heard from John Doe. I will probably have try to get at least one good listen to this bad boy.
Jill Sobule made at least one really good basic pop song a few years back, "I Kissed a Girl." So that gets her at least some consideration. I've listened to all the samples for this new California Years album. They mostly sound okay. I'd go so far as to say that listening to the whole album probably wouldn't fill me with a strong desire to smash the CD into litle pieces. I was at least amused by the final track, "The Donor Song." According to the opening lyric, apparently she was raising money to record the album, and has her repaying donors by singing their names. Don't know that there's really a tune there, but it's at least cute.
Not particularly exciting, but these two albums would probably be at least half-listenable. That's about as good as we're going to get this week in new stuff.
Here's the complete list of this week's major new album releases:
John Doe & the Sadies Country Club Yep Roc Alternative Country, Neo-Traditionalist Country
Grand Duchy Petits Fours Cooking Vinyl Indie Rock
Metric Fantasies Metric/Last Gang Indie Rock, New Wave/Post-Punk Revival
The Rakes Klang V2 New Wave/Post-Punk Revival, Indie Rock, Punk Revival
Silversun Pickups Swoon Dangerbird Alternative Pop/Rock
Roy Ayers Ubiquity He's Coming Verve Soul-Jazz, Instrumental Pop
Gato Barbieri Chapter Two: Hasta Siempre Impulse! Latin Jazz, World Fusion, Free Jazz
Beck One Foot in the Grave [Expanded Edition] Geffen/K/Iliad Indie Rock, Lo-Fi, Alternative Pop/Rock
Tony Bennett/Bill Evans The Complete Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Recordings Fantasy Standards, Ballads, Vocal Jazz, Modal Music, Show Tunes
Art Blakey Soul Finger Verve Hard Bop
The Boy Least Likely To The Law of the Playground +1 Indie Pop
Bill Callahan Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle Drag City Indie Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter
Lars Danielsson Tarantella Act Music + Vision Post-Bop, Modern Creative
Dennis DeYoung One Hundred Years from Now DEP Adult Contemporary, Pop/Rock, Album Rock
Death Cab for Cutie The Open Door EP Atlantic Indie Rock, Indie Pop, Alternative Pop/Rock
Arne Deforce Morton Feldman: Patterns in a Chromatic Field Aeon Contemporary Chamber Music
Diamond Head Am I Evil?: Anthology Castle New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy Metal, Hard Rock
Dntel Early Works for Me If It Works for You II Plug Research Indie Electronic, Indie Rock
Fastball Little White Lies Mega Force Pop Underground, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Pop/Rock
Ella Fitzgerald Ella in Hollywood Verve Vocal Jazz, Traditional Pop, Standards, Ballads, American Popular Song
Josh Freese Since 1972 Outerscope Alternative Pop/Rock
Buddy Guy The Definitive Buddy Shout! Factory Electric Blues, Modern Electric Chicago Blues, Electric Chicago Blues, Chicago Blues
The Handsome Family Honey Moon Carrot Top Neo-Traditional Folk, Alternative Country, Alternative Country-Rock, Indie Rock
Alex Harvey/Sensational Alex Harvey Band Live at the BBC Spectrum Audio Glam Rock, Hard Rock, Album Rock
Angela Hewitt Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier Hyperion Baroque Keyboard Music
The House of Love Live at the BBC Universal Indie Pop, Alternative Pop/Rock, Noise Pop
Freddie Hubbard The Artistry of Freddie Hubbard Impulse! Hard Bop
Ida Maria Fortress Round My Heart Mercury Indie Pop, Alternative Singer/Songwriter
Joe Jackson At the BBC Spectrum Pop/Rock, New Wave, Punk
Keith Jarrett Treasure Island Impulse! Avant-Garde Jazz, Post-Bop, Standards
The Juan MacLean The Future Will Come Dfa Left-Field House, Alternative Dance, Club/Dance, Neo-Electro
Life on Earth! A Space Water Loop Subliminal Sounds Neo-Psychedelia
Medeski Martin & Wood Radiolatians 2 Red Ink Jam Bands, Post-Bop, Avant-Garde Jazz, Jazz-Funk, Modern Creative, Soul-Jazz
The Mission UK Live and Last Eyes Wide Shut Alternative Pop/Rock, College Rock, Goth Rock, Dance-Rock
The Monks Black Monk Time Infinite Zero/American Garage Rock, Rock & Roll
The Monks The Early: 1964-1965 Light in the Attic Garage Rock, Rock & Roll
Lee Morgan Lee-Way Blue Note Hard Bop
Mud Rock On/As You Like It [Bonus Tracks] Glam/7T's Glitter, Glam Rock, Hard Rock
Willie Nile Places I Have Never Been [Bonus Tracks] River House Roots Rock, Rock & Roll, Americana
Noisettes Wild Young Hearts Mercury UK Garage Rock Revival, Indie Rock
Anne Sofie von Otter Bach Archiv Production Baroque Vocal Music
Andre Previn Andre Previn: An 80th Birthday Celebration RCA Red Seal Modern & Contemporary Orchestral & Chamber Music
Maurice Steger Venezia 1625 Harmonia Mundi Renaissance & Baroque Music for Recorder
Papercuts You Can Have What You Want Gnomonsong Indie Pop
Pomegranates Everybody, Come Outside! Lujo Indie Rock