With a few oddball exceptions, this week is definitely a jazzy-bluesy sort of week. Come to think of it, there are some records here that have elements of blues & jazz while being freaky at the same time. Feed your ears kiddies.
Porn Sword Tobacco - New Exclusive Olympic Heights (City Centre Offices)/Elec
OK, I'll admit right here that I picked this up because of the title. When you're faced with the giant collection of CDs in the electronica section, racy cover photos and bizarre titles don't hurt. I usually skip the cover pic entries because they're almost never worth it. On the other hand, this band name just resonates with me. As it turns out, Porn Sword Tobacco is full of ambient noise blippery. Sometimes, the music radar just works.
Sugar Ray & the Bluetones - My Life, My Friends, My Music (Severn)/Blues
This is a must-buy for any fan of the blues harp. Sugar Ray Norcia has a long and storied career, working with The Bluetones, Roomful of Blues, Ronnie Earl, and a pile of other blues greats. This album was recorded with the Bluetones and special guests such as Monster Mike Welch, Greg Piccolo, and Duke Robillard. Turn this up very loud.
Kenny Burrell - 75th Birthday Bash Live! (Blue Note)/Jazz
At 75, jazz guitar legend Kenny Burrell still has it with that bluesy vibe. I've been lucky enough to have been enjoying a pre-release version for a while now and let me say, this one's got some inspired play.
Ron Carter - Dear Miles (Blue Note)/Jazz
I haven't picked up anything new by Mr. Carter in years. It would seem that a tribute to the man and ex-boss might do the trick.
The White Stripes - Icky Thump (Warner Bros.)/Rock
Is Jack White some sort of rock & blues revolutionary? Only if you've never listened to 1960's garage rock. On the other hand, the guy's clearly got a great set of ears on him. I look forward to every release because you never know what's gonna happen (well…actually, somebody will bitch about Meg's lack of drum skills. Yeah, they have a point. Ah, who cares?!)
The Polyphonic Spree - The Fragile Army (TVT)/Rock
I can't remember which record of theirs I listened to first but it kind of freaked me out. With equal parts modern ambiance and psychedelic haze, this band can bring on flashbacks from even the most innocent of listeners.