Wednesday , February 21 2024
Boyd taps into the mainstream, while Saleski and TJ venture into obscuro-world.

New Album Releases 03/04/08: Black Crowes, Carlene Carter, Gutter Twins, Alan Jackson, Stephen Malkmus, Jackson Browne, Doug Wimbish, Autechre, Plus Reissues by Skynyrd, The Doors, Elvis Costello & More

This week's batch of new album releases is a mixed bag to be sure. What you've got here is a little bit of just about everything you can imagine. There are the returns of a few faces who have been missing in action for awhile, some interesting new indie-rock releases, as well as your usual obligatory — but perhaps not-so-necessary — reissues.

Oh, and of course my musical co-conspirators Mark Saleski and Tom Johnson live up to their well-earned reputations as connoisseurs of all things obscure with their respective picks this week.

In other words, it's business as usual.

The biggest buzz out there appears to be for The Black Crowes new album Warpaint, thanks in no small part to the controversy generated by a certain review in Maxim — which was written without the writer actually hearing the entire record beforehand.

The word from those who have actually heard Warpaint (and I'll confess here and now that I haven't received my copy yet), is that it finds the Robinson Brothers returning to the sloppy, yet endearing rock and roll form of early releases like Shake Your Money Maker. Personally, I always loved the Crowes take on the whole Faces-Humble Pie-Exile-era Stones thing, so I can't wait to hear this.

Carlene Carter's appropriately titled Stronger is being described as her most personal record to date, coming as it does on the heels of her experiencing the deaths of her famous parents (Johnny and June Carter Cash for those who weren't aware), as well as her longtime lover. The album is also said to be a return to her musical roots in the country tradition. It was recorded in Nashville, with much of it being a collaborative work with her brother John Carter Cash.

Two new releases that should excite fans of alternative or indie-rock are Real Emotional Trash from Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks, and the latest collaboration between Mark Lanegan and Greg Dulli as the Gutter Twins, Saturnalia. Country fans will likewise no doubt be anxious to hear if Alan Jackson has any new patriotic or 9/11-themed songs on his latest album Good Time. Jackson Browne has a second volume of his Grammy nominated live Solo Acoustic series of records.

There are also deluxe reissue editions of seminal albums by Lynyrd Skynyrd (Street Survivors) and Elvis Costello (This Year's Model) — which in Costello's case at least, makes this something like the 96th time this album has been brought back in a new "definitive version." The Doors vault of live recordings also continues to be scraped bone dry with this week's Live in Pittsburgh 1970.

Saleski's Choice: Doug Wimbish – Trippy Notes for Bass and Remixes

"Big Ears." I've perhaps used this description too many times but, man…it fits! Many of my favorite musicians display this tendency. They draw musical elements from a variety of genres, extract the juice, and then produce a mix that sounds nothing like anything you've ever heard before. Check bassist Doug Wimbish's bio and you'll see the extremes: from playing on Grandmaster Flash's seminal The Message to taking part in the sonic brutality and brilliance of Living Colour. In the middle was Tackhead, another tough to pin down outfit.

I don't know anything about this release save the samples I've listened to. "Trippy" about does it. Sign me up.

Tom Johnson's Pick Of The Week: Autechre – Quaristice

As a long-time fan of the group, I've simply come to expect to be perplexed by what electronic-noise pioneers Autechre put out. And, as it turns out, the more perplexed I am upon immediate inspection of the new material, the longer I tend to be interested. First reaction may simply be "Jesus, what is this?" but something always calls me back. After multiple listens, something starts to jell. Somewhere, under the layers of twisted aural wreckage, there lies uncommon, awkward beauty. Despite giving a listen to the previews on I still don't really know what to expect – except the old cliche of the unexpected.

Here are all of this week's new album releases courtesy of All Music Guide:

IDM, Experimental Techno, Glitch

The Black Crowes
Silver Arrow
American Trad Rock, Southern Rock, Blues-Rock

Carlene Carter
Yep Roc
Neo-Traditionalist Country, Roots Rock, Contemporary Country

The Gutter Twins
Sub Pop
Alternative Pop/Rock

Alan Jackson
Good Time
Contemporary Country

Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks
Real Emotional Trash
Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter

Cannonball Adderley
Sextet in New York
Hard Bop, Soul-Jazz

Eric Alexander
Prime Time: In Concert
Modal Music, Post-Bop, Modern Creative

American Horn Quartet
Myths & Legends
MSR Classics
Contemporary Music for 4 Horns

Autistic Daughters
Uneasy Flowers

Todd Barry
From Heaven
Comedy Central
Observational Humor, Standup Comedy

Go Away White
Cooking Vinyl
Post-Punk, Goth Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Black 47
United For Opportunity
Celtic Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

Born Ruffians
Red Yellow & Blue
Indie Rock

Martyn Brabbins
Cyril Scott: Symphony No. 1; Cello Concerto
Modern Music for Orchestra

Jackson Browne
Solo Acoustic, Vol. 2
Inside Recordings
Folk-Rock, Singer/Songwriter

George Cables
Morning Song
Hard Bop, Post-Bop, Modern Creative

Cadence Weapon
Afterparty Babies
Underground Rap, Alternative Rap, Garage Rap/Grime

Johnny Cash
The Definitive Collection
Mercury Nashville
Traditional Country

Chatham County Line
Yep Roc
Alternative Country, Neo-Traditional Folk, Contemporary Bluegrass

Eddy Clearwater
West Side Strut
Electric Chicago Blues, Modern Electric Blues, Soul-Blues, Rock & Roll

Elvis Costello
This Year's Model [Deluxe Edition]
British Punk, New Wave, Singer/Songwriter, Rock & Roll, Pop/Rock, Punk

Days of the New
The Definitive Collection
Post-Grunge, Alternative Metal, Alternative Pop/Rock

The Doors
Live in Pittsburgh 1970
Album Rock, Hard Rock, Rock & Roll

Kathleen Edwards
Asking for Flowers
Alternative Country-Rock

A Consequence of Design
Metal Blade
Power Metal, Neo-Classical Metal, Progressive Metal

The Felice Brothers
The Felice Brothers
Team Love

Flogging Molly
Side One Dummy
Punk Revival, Punk-Pop

Sascha Funke
Bpitch Control
Techno, Ambient Techno, Club/Dance

Helena Noguerra
Fraise Vanille
French Pop, Film Music

Howlin Rain
Magnificent Fiend
Neo-Psychedelia, Acid Rock, Rock & Roll, Indie Rock, Hard Rock, Blues-Rock

Jean Michel Jarre
The Complete Oxygene
Progressive Electronic, Electronic

Kelley Polar
I Need You to Hold on While the Sky Is Falling
Left-Field House, Indie Electronic, Alternative Dance

Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King
Blood Brothers
Modern Electric Texas Blues, Electric Texas Blues, Modern Electric Blues

Indie Rock

Lil' Flip
All Eyez on Us
Real Talk
Dirty South, Southern Rap, Hardcore Rap, Gangsta Rap

Lynyrd Skynyrd
Street Survivors [Deluxe Edition]
Album Rock, Boogie Rock, Southern Rock, Arena Rock, Hard Rock, Blues-Rock, Rock & Roll

Michael McDonald
Soul Speak
Universal Motown
Adult Contemporary, Pop/Rock, Blue-Eyed Soul

Miss Kittin
Nobody's Bizzne
Techno, Neo-Electro, Electro-Techno, Club/Dance

David Russell
Air on a G String
Baroque Music for Guitar

Adam Summerhayes
Gypsy Strings
Traditional Melodies Arranged for Two Violins & Orchestra

Mark Pickerel and His Praying Hands
Cody's Dream

The Archive: Live, Lost & Found
Fast Life
East Coast Rap, Hip-Hop

The Ruby Suns
Sea Lion
Sub Pop
Indie Pop

The Raymond Scott Quintette
Swing, Third Stream

Ashton Shepherd
Sounds So Good
MCA Nashville
Contemporary Country, Country-Pop

Naked Acid
Dream Pop, Indie Rock

Various Artists
Cage: The Number Pieces, Vol. 5
Contemporary Music for Two Pianos

Various Artists
Conquer the World: The Lost Soul of Philadelphia International Records
Philadelphia International/Le
Smooth Soul, Pop-Soul, Quiet Storm, Philly Soul, Urban, Soul, Disco, Funk

Various Artists
Don't Stop: Recording Tap
Post-Disco, Club/Dance, Urban, Old-School Rap

Various Artists
The Sound of Philadelphia: Gamble & Huff's Greatest Hits
Philadelphia International/Le
Smooth Soul, Pop-Soul, Quiet Storm, Philly Soul, Urban, Soul, Disco, Funk

The Waco Brothers
Waco Express: Live and Kickin' at Schuba's
Americana, Alternative Country, Alternative Country-Rock, Indie Rock

What Made Milwaukee Famous
What Doesn't Kill Us
Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Strangers Almanac [Deluxe Edition]
Americana, Alternative Country-Rock, Roots Rock

Jim White
Transnormal Skiperoo
Luaka Bop
Americana, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Folk

David Wilcox
What Are?
Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter

Mary Lou Williams
A Grand Night for Swinging
Standards, Classic Jazz, Stride, Post-Bop, Swing, Bop

About Glen Boyd

Glen Boyd is the author of Neil Young FAQ, released in May 2012 by Backbeat Books/Hal Leonard Publishing. He is a former BC Music Editor and current contributor, whose work has also appeared in SPIN, Ultimate Classic Rock, The Rocket, The Source and other publications. You can read more of Glen's work at the official Neil Young FAQ site. Follow Glen on Twitter and on Facebook.

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