The dogs on this street howl because they understand if I could take one moment into my hands, what I'd do is take today off and wait for UPS to bring my copy of the Bruce Springsteen Darkness On The Edge Of Town deluxe box set and watch/listen to it all. That's exactly what I've done. Vacations are for going places and that's what I'm doing. I believe in "The Promised Land" and I'm going to let Bruce take my ass there today.
There are a lot of great titles out this week so I'm going to pause my Bruce fanboy gushing to highlight a few o' them and come back to the Bruce goodness waiting for me. TheWifeToWhomI'mMarried counts herself among the Josh Groban fans out there. He has a new album out produced by :: wait for it :: Rick Rubin. Groban co-wrote some of these songs with a personal favorite of mine, Dan Wilson. I'm also going to highlight Lee DeWyze's Live It Up as a personal favor to my friend HippyGirlHeather. I wouldn't experience souldeath like this for just anyone.
I also want to highlight an album that is being issued/re-issued/released this week that I've had for a while. Singer/songwriter Rusty Willoughby's Cobirds Unite is available in physical and digital media all over the world and web now and you really should hear it. Visqueen frontwoman and funniest person I've ever had the privilege of meeting in person Rachel Flotard delivers backing vocals and multi-instrumentalist/composer Barrett Martin is also all over the record. This is a seriously beautiful album. Let's not let this sweet record be a secret any longer!
I'm also really excited about Jim Byrnes' Everywhere West. I've been listening to this for a bit and I'll have a review of it soon. In the meantime, let me point you in the direction of Jordan Richardson's thoughts on the record. Great stuff, folks. This is another album that shouldn't be lost in the flood.
We have a new slew of Jimi Hendrix releases out today, most notably West Coast Seattle Boy: The Jimi Hendrix Anthology, a new box set of rarities and previously unreleased material. I'm going to get this set but I'm waiting on it. Money is tight and the Springsteen set wasn't cheap. Not only that, there's a box set coming out next week more expensive than Springsteen or Hendrix but so mandatory it's not even funny. We'll discuss that next week. So the Hendrix box set looks interesting and I'm eager to hear some of these outtakes, rarities, demos, and other recordings. There is also a re-issue of the BBC Sessions, Woodstock, and Blues collections previously available before Hendrix's sister moved the catalog to Sony's Legacy label. I already own them and don't plan on re-buying any of them.