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April 13, 2010
New CD Album Releases, 4-13-2010: Tom Lehrer, Jeff Beck, Natalie Merchant Not much big and new this week, but let's just take a minute to dig on the genius of The Tom Lehrer Collection. This collection features 26 cuts, largely recorded in the 1960s. This has pretty much all the obvious cuts. By his count, for being such a well known name over many years, he only published 37 songs.
Best of all, this comes with a bonus DVD including live 1967 performances in Oslo of, among other classics, "The Masochism Tango" and my personal springtime anthem "Poisoning Pigeons in the Park." Sweet.
"If, after hearing my songs, just one human being is inspired to say something nasty to a friend, or perhaps to strike a loved one, it will all have been worth the while." - Tom Lehrer
Emotion & Commotion is the first new album from Jeff Beck in seven years. I wouldn't think of Beck as a big time commercial artist, but I note that he is as high as #4 currently at Amazon.
The #1 seller at Amazon at the moment is Leave Your Sleep from Natalie Merchant. This two CD set is based on musical adaptations of 19th and 20th century British and American poetry. What I'm hearing sounds pretty listenable, though I'm not sure how memorable any of it will prove to be. It has just a little bit of Renaissance fair flavor to it, but not to a stilted degree.
Here's the complete list of this week's major new CD album releases:
Jeff Beck Emotion & Commotion Rhino Album Rock, Guitar Virtuoso, Jazz-Rock, Hard Rock, Instrumental Rock, Blues-Rock
Jason Castro Jason Castro Atlantic Contemporary Singer/Songwriter
Coheed and Cambria Year of the Black Rainbow Sony Music Emo, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal, Punk-Pop
MGMT Congratulations Sony Music Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Pop, Neo-Psychedelia
Natalie Merchant Leave Your Sleep Nonesuch Records Alternative/Indie Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Neo-Traditional Folk
Tony Allen Secret Agent World Circuit Afro-Beat, West African, Nigerian, African Traditions, Funk
Antena Bossa Super Nova LTM Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
Bobby and Blumm A Little Big Sound Of A Handshake Indie Electronic, Indie Pop, Ambient Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Post-Rock
Harlan T. Bobo Sucker Goner Records Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Country-Rock
Braid Frankie Welfare Boy Age 5 Divot Records Emo, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
Laura Bell Bundy Achin' and Shakin' Mercury Nashville Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Contemporary Country, Country-Pop
Cancer Bats Bears, Mayors, Scraps & Bones Good Fight Post-Hardcore, Alternative/Indie Rock, Heavy Metal
The Nels Cline Singers Initiate Cryptogramophone Avant-Garde Jazz, Modern Creative, Guitar Jazz, Jazz Instrument
The Contrast God of Malfunction Wicked Cool
D.R.I. Crossover: Millennium Edition Beer City Records
Disappears Lux Kranky Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
Dosh Tommy Anticon Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
Lila Downs y la Misteriosa Lila Downs y la Misteriosa en Paris: Live a FIP World Village South American Traditions, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Alternative/Indie Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Cumbia, Latin Folk
Cesaria Evora Radio Mindelo: Early Recordings Columbia/Sony Western European Traditions, African Traditions, West African, Morna, Fado, Cape Verdean
Family Rise...The Very Best of Family Rebecca Art Rock, British Psychedelia, Psychedelic, Prog-Rock, Blues-Rock
Liza Ferschtman Works for violin solo by J. S. Bach & Ysaye Challenge Classics Baroque & Post-Romantic Violin Music
Serge Gainsbourg/Jane Birkin Jane Birkin/Serge Gainbourg: Je T'Aime...Moi Non Plus Universal Distribution Baroque Pop, French Pop, Cabaret, French Rock, French, Western European Traditions
Gucci Mane The Burrrprint 2 HD Asylum Dirty South, Gangsta Rap
Matthew Hawtin Once Again, Again Plus Records Ambient Techno, Techno