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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.

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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/Last Gang
Indie Rock, New Wave/Post-Punk Revival

The Rakes
New Wave/Post-Punk Revival, Indie Rock, Punk Revival

Silversun Pickups
Alternative Pop/Rock

Roy Ayers Ubiquity
He's Coming
Soul-Jazz, Instrumental Pop

Gato Barbieri
Chapter Two: Hasta Siempre
Latin Jazz, World Fusion, Free Jazz

One Foot in the Grave [Expanded Edition]
Indie Rock, Lo-Fi, Alternative Pop/Rock

Tony Bennett/Bill Evans
The Complete Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Recordings
Standards, Ballads, Vocal Jazz, Modal Music, Show Tunes

Art Blakey
Soul Finger
Hard Bop

The Boy Least Likely To
The Law of the Playground
Indie Pop

Bill Callahan
Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle
Drag City
Indie Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter

Lars Danielsson
Act Music + Vision
Post-Bop, Modern Creative

Dennis DeYoung
One Hundred Years from Now
Adult Contemporary, Pop/Rock, Album Rock

Death Cab for Cutie
The Open Door EP
Indie Rock, Indie Pop, Alternative Pop/Rock

Arne Deforce
Morton Feldman: Patterns in a Chromatic Field
Contemporary Chamber Music

Diamond Head
Am I Evil?: Anthology
New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy Metal, Hard Rock

Early Works for Me If It Works for You II
Plug Research
Indie Electronic, Indie Rock

Little White Lies
Mega Force
Pop Underground, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Pop/Rock

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Ella in Hollywood
Vocal Jazz, Traditional Pop, Standards, Ballads, American Popular Song

Josh Freese
Since 1972
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
Baroque Keyboard Music

The House of Love
Live at the BBC
Indie Pop, Alternative Pop/Rock, Noise Pop

Freddie Hubbard
The Artistry of Freddie Hubbard
Hard Bop

Ida Maria
Fortress Round My Heart
Indie Pop, Alternative Singer/Songwriter

Joe Jackson
At the BBC
Pop/Rock, New Wave, Punk

Keith Jarrett
Treasure Island
Avant-Garde Jazz, Post-Bop, Standards

The Juan MacLean
The Future Will Come
Left-Field House, Alternative Dance, Club/Dance, Neo-Electro

Life on Earth!
A Space Water Loop
Subliminal Sounds

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
Blue Note
Hard Bop

Rock On/As You Like It [Bonus Tracks]
Glitter, Glam Rock, Hard Rock

Willie Nile
Places I Have Never Been [Bonus Tracks]
River House
Roots Rock, Rock & Roll, Americana

Wild Young Hearts
Mercury UK
Garage Rock Revival, Indie Rock

Anne Sofie von Otter
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

You Can Have What You Want
Indie Pop

Everybody, Come Outside!
Indie Rock

Prefuse 73
Everything She Touched Turned Ampexian
Left-Field Hip-Hop, IDM, Glitch, Experimental Techno

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Live 1969
Folk-Rock, AM Pop, Folk-Pop

Siouxsie & Banshees
Kiss in the Dreamhouse [Bonus Tracks]
Polydor UK/Ume
College Rock, Post-Punk, Alternative Pop/Rock, Goth Rock

Siouxsie and the Banshees
Post-Punk, Alternative Pop/Rock, College Rock, Punk

Jill Sobule
California Years
Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

Sun City Girls
Napoleon and Josephine: Singles, Vol. 2
Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Cowpunk, College Rock

Dance Mother
Indie Rock

Trick Pony
The Best of Trick Pony
Warner Bros.
Contemporary Country, Neo-Traditionalist Country

Various Artists
Honey and Wine: Another Gerry Goffin and Carole King Song Collection
Brill Building Pop, Teen Idol, Surf, Early Pop/Rock, AM Pop, Rock & Roll, Folk-Rock, Doo Wop

Various Artists
New Rubble, Vol. 4: Utopia Daydream
Past & Present
Indie Rock, Alternative Folk, Alternative Pop/Rock

Johnny Varro featuring Ken Peplowski
Two Legends of Jazz
Mainstream Jazz

Phil Woods
The Children's Suite
Jazzed Media

A Society in Which No Tear Is Shed Is Inconceivably Mediocre
Luaka Bop
Indie Rock, Lo-Fi, Alternative Pop/Rock, Bossa Nova

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