James Blood Ulmer - Bad Blood in the City: The Piety Street Sessions (Hyena)/Jazz
Ulmer continues in his new tradition of deeply felt, raw blues. Though it's a collection of songs about hurricane Katrina and associated issues, I'm really interested in his take on Bessie Smith's "Backwater Blues." Oh, and some wicked guitar.
Michel Petrucciani - Piano Solo: The Complete Concert in Germany (Dreyfus)/Jazz
I don't own any Petrucciani recordings. Why? Apparently, stupidity. I mean, the man was a phenomenal talent. The situation (lack of Petrucciani, not the stupidity) will be addressed with this expanded edition of the 1997 concert recording.
The Bad Plus - PROG (Heads Up)/Jazz
I love this band. Sure, sometimes the covers seem too jokey (Rush's "Tom Sawyer"), but they have a ton of ideas and the chops to pull it off. Oh, this is the second release this month to feature Tears For Fears' "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" (the other was by Patti Smith). What's up with that?
Johnny "Guitar" Watson - Hot Little Mama (Music Avenue)/Blues
I came to the song "Hot Little Mama" via Roomful of Blues and somehow have never heard the original.
Poodle Lynn - Country's All I'll Ever Be (Deep South Prod)/Country
This is the country music you never hear on "country" radio. No big hat pretense, just the real thing. That and a cover of The Who's "Squeeze Box."
Dale Watson - The Little Darlin' Sessions (Koch)/Country
Now of course, I don't know when I pick this disc up that Watson is protesting its release. Apparently, the songs were not finished to his liking but the label doesn't care. After discovering this fact, I'll go back to the store and buy From The Cradle To The Grave, which has been on TheList™ for a while. By the way, Watson is also the real deal. No suburban faux-country here. Not one bit.
Grand Buffet - The Haunted Fucking Gazebo (Fighting)/Rap
I'm probably not buying this one, but dang...just love that title. On second thought, after looking at some bio material, I might pick this up just because of their indie rap, selling-CDs-by-hand nature.