Another huge week. Springsteen. McCartney. Muddy Waters. Los Lobos. Tom Petty. A hip-top tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Wait, did I just type that?
Hauschka - Versions of the Prepared Piano – (Karaoke Kalk)/Avant
At first I thought this might be a John Cage sorta thing. Turns out to be remixes of a John Cage sorta thing.
Breakin' It Up, Breakin' It Down - Muddy Waters – (Legacy)/Blues
The Hard Again era produced some powerful blues from the man. This concert is a must-have for the Muddy fan. I can't tell what I'm more excited about, Muddy doing "Caledonia," or James Cotton taking on "Rocket 88."
Amanecer - Joey Calderazzo – (Marsalis)/Jazz
I'll admit to be having a pre-release copy of this one. Calderazzo expands on his solo piano concept, at one point adding vocals and acoustic guitar. Really great stuff. That Branford, he's got great taste.
Immersion: Three - Steve Roach – (Project)/New Age
Three discs of ambient, slowly evolving music. Go ahead, stretch that attention span!
In Japan - Chic – (Snapper UK)/R&B
Words cannot describe how much I hated Chic back in the day. Words cannot describe how much of a moron I was for ignoring the guitar coolness of that "Le Freak" funk riff.
Live in Dublin - Bruce Springsteen & the Sessions Band – (Columbia)/Rock
A document (audio and visual) of what a typical Seeger Sessions show was like. Undoubtedly, this is first on my list this week. The show I attended last year was phenomenal, a sort of carnival raveup crossed with E Street intensity.
Acoustic en Vivo - Los Lobos – (Rider's Block)/Rock
Acoustic Los Lobos? Yes, please.
Atomic Yggdrasil Tarot - Daniel Higgs – (Thrill Jockey)/Rock
Thrill Jockey is just one of those labels. They brought me Tortoise and for that I will always in their debt. I should just get it over with and purchase the rest of the catalog.
Eat Me, Drink Me - Marilyn Manson – (Nothing)/Rock
The intensity of Antichrist Superstar wore thin on me. Later on, I was amazed at how much I enjoyed the glam-splatter of Mechanical Animals. I have no idea what he's been up to recently, but I'm takin' a risk on this one.
Memory Almost Full - Paul McCartney – (Hear Music)/Rock
I really liked Sir Paul's last album, Chaos And Creation In The Back Yard. My collection of McCartney is pathetic. In fact, I don't really want to talk about it.
Flirtin' with Disaster Live - Molly Hatchet – (Cleopatra)/Rock
At first I thought this might be an old concert recording with Danny Joe Brown on vocals. Nope. It's more recent. Still, I have a soft spot for the Flirtin' material.
Heart It Races - Architecture in Helsinki – (Polyvinyl)/Rock
Damn, I just love that band name.
Hip-Hop Tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd - Various Artists – (TRB)/Rock
The concept is just so wrong that I just can't help myself.
Highway Companion (Deluxe Edition) - Tom Petty – (Warner Bros.)/Rock
Question: How many times will Josh Hathaway end up buying this record?
Tennessee 2004 - Praxis – (Roir)/Rock
The four words you need to know are: Laswell, Buckethead, Worrell, Brain. Recorded live at Bonnaroo, 2004.
The Rhythmatist - Stewart Copeland – (A&M)/Rock
Long out of print (I have a tape of it somewhere), The Rhythmatist is a great example of Copeland's early soundtrack work.
Carry On - Chris Cornell – (Interscope)/Rock
Cornell's voice can knock a gaping hole in a fortress wall. A while back I heard his dark cover of Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" and was immediately convinced that I'd own this disc.
How Many Stories Do You Read on My Face? - Senti Toy – (CIM)/World
I was drawn in by the title and intrigueing cover photo. Interesting stuff. Sounds like a vaguely Asian (Senti Toy was born in Nagaland, a tribal state in the northeastern tip of India) version of Norah Jones doing Bossa Nova. Sort of.