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Overlooked Alternatives: new releases for June 14, 2005

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Maybe you’re looking for something else to buy this week because you are, like me, doing everything in your power to avoid buying copy-protected albums (cough – Foo Fighters – cough.) As luck would have it, the record labels are here to support you in your time of need:

New Releases

Brian Eno: Another Day On Earth – Eno’s first vocal, “pop”-based album since 1990’s overlooked classic (in my opinion) Wrong Way Up with John Cale and 1992’s Nerve Net (which gets reissued in a couple weeks with bonus tracks,) Another Day On Earth finds Eno in much more ambient territory than one might expect from the description. Comparison’s to Nerve Net are likely more fitting, but it’s really more like Eno’s work with Jah Wobble on Spinner – with vocals – than anything else he’s done.

Pernice Brothers: Discover a Lovelier You – More indie-pop goodness from the Pernice’s, who seem to have been entirely ignored by lovers of great, simple pop-rock. This, their fourth album, promises to add some more great melodies to their canon. Those who enjoy the likes of Wilco’s more upbeat moments, the National, Jason Falkner, and Brendan Benson are encourage to check these guys out – if you haven’t already.

Daniel Lanois: Rockets – U2, Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, and Willie Nelson all have one thing in common: at one point or another, they’ve entrusted their music to producer Daniel Lanois, whose name is synonomous with the distinctive lo-fi, reverb-laden sound he’s fond of crafting. His early 90s album For the Beauty of Wynona is as good as, and in some cases, better than those of the big names he’s worked with. Rockets is a stop-gap solo album released between his previous album, the spotty Shine, and his upcoming album (due in July,) consisting of rarities and live tracks.

Ry Cooder: Chavez Ravine – Cooder makes a run for the border, taking on the Mexican-American culture that is another fixture of his interests. Los Lobos’ David Hidalgo is featured on vocals for one track. It’s not such a stretch to imagine Cooder making this succeed like his Cuban-related output.

Paul McCartney: in Red Square: A Concert Film (DVD) – Filmed in 2003, McCartney is “Back in the (former) USSR” (c’mon, you know I had to do it) for the first time since the Beatles were banned from the country in the 60s. You know what a dangerous thing those Beatles were. Featuring a Beatles-heavy setlist (thankfully,) this isn’t quite a concert – they don’t use the term “film” in the title for no reason. Some may find themselves a bit annoyed at the repeated interruptions of the documentary aspect of the film, but McCartney’s been kind enough to include a bonus concert of uninterrupted material (not the same show, however.)

Reissues/comps/etc.

Stewart Copeland: Orchestralli – We all know what Sting’s been up to since the Police breakup, and some people are aware that Andy Summers is now a respected jazz guitarist, but few people have followed drummer Stewart Copeland’s post-Police career. Now’s your chance to catch up, as Copeland compiles entries from his extensive catalog of film scores as well as an accompanying DVD.

Miles Davis: Round About Midnight (Legacy Edition) – You had to know there was no way Columbia had exhausted their Miles/Coltrane-related releases with that big 6-disc boxset a few years ago, and here’s the proof. Disc one is the album we all know and love augmented by four alternates (which, I assume, are lifted from that boxset,) but disc two is an entirely previously unreleased entity on its own which will warrant the second purchase (or third, or fourth, depending on how many times you’ve been suckered into buying reissues of this album) – a ten-track live recording of the first great Miles quintet, one track of which also includes Thelonius Monk.



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  • HW Saxton

    I was never a fan of Daniel Lanois until
    I heard him play guitar on the 2002 CD
    “Don’t Give Up On Me” by Solomon Burke.

    He plays this reverbed out,scuzzy, swamp
    blues styled guitar on the Bob Dylan
    penned tune “Stepchild”. It goes just so
    totally against the grain of the song
    that it works perfectly. F’ing genius.

  • http://www.livejournal.com/users/djradiohead DJRadiohead

    I got the new Pernice Brothers’ CD yesterday (the magic of the preorder). It’s very different from their last album and it is growing on me.

  • http://www.thebeautifullull.com Tom Johnson

    Hey, DJR, I preordered to (to get the nifty-sounding screenprint) but didn’t get mine yet. “Different,” huh? I worry about that label with a band like this . . .

    And HW: Lanois’ “thing” is using cheap equipment – he often records instruments played through practice amps and the like. His “touch” certainly isn’t for everybody, but when it works, it’s pretty amazing.

  • http://www.livejournal.com/users/djradiohead DJRadiohead

    Tom, that is kind of strange. I got an e-mail from Ashmont that the pre-orders were mailed last Friday. Odd yours did not yet arrive. The little screenprint thingy is not quite so nifty but I was going to get the album one way or the other so I went ahead and pre-ordered it. I am planning on writing a review of it here in the next couple days – you’ll have to check it out after you hear it and we can compare notes.

  • BRICKLAYER

    I’m all about the new As I Lay Dying and Life of Agony discs! \m/,

  • http://www.thebeautifullull.com Tom Johnson

    DJR, my Pernice Bros. disc arrived yesterday. I agree on the screenprint – not quite what I was expecting, but it was free – but the little I got to hear of the album was fantastic. I’ll be looking for your review and hopefully will actually have something substantive to say by then. :-)

    BRICKLAYER, how are you going to find time to listen to these new discs in between listening to Cattle Decapitation?

  • BRICKLAYER

    Tom, you make a good point, sir. I shall forgo these purchases and put the hard earned money towards my children’s college education. Or a new set of really loud exhaust pipes. Or a new tattoo.

  • http://www.thebeautifullull.com Tom Johnson

    The tattoo’s probably the best investment. The kids will take that money to college and then what? You’ll never get any return on that investment. Exhaust pipes are good, but what if you sell your car? Another lost investment. But a tattoo of a dragon or a scene from a Bruce Lee movie, or maybe just a Slayer logo, that’s there for life. Now that is a wise investment choice.

  • http://www.livejournal.com/users/djradiohead DJRadiohead

    I listened to “Discovering a Lovelier You” again today. I have made it all the way through the disc five times or so. I am getting close to the point where I feel comfortable committing words to screen in the form of a review.