Brought to you with the help of the AllMusic Tuesday e-mail. I get these and usually peruse them for another musical venture I work on, but I see albums every week that interest me. I'll try to do this in a stream of consciousness way as I read through it.
First up - Ryan Adams - Ashes & Fire. I'm actually previewing the record on Slacker.com (I have a premium account) and it's PHENOMENAL if you're a Ryan Adams fan. I actually just called my friend Geoff and exclaimed into his answering machine how beautiful "Come Home" is. Go preview that. You'll thank me. I will be buying this album as soon as I scrape the cash together.
The whole album is slow & wonderful. I really can't wait to get this.
Next - Björk - Biophilia. Haven't really cared for anything she's done since the Spike Jonze-directed "It's Oh So Quiet" song & video.
This is some serious art on Biophilia, though. Orchestral pieces, organ pieces, electronic songs. I could check this out, I think, when I'm in the mood for some art rock.
Third up is Mayer Hawthorne - How Do You Do. It's very 60's soul. Very throwback. Decent. Not really my gig, though. I mean, it's good music (to me), I just wouldn't listen to it very much.
Fourth - Joe Jonas - Fastlife. Eh. I mean, I dig the JoBros. They have some fun tunes. (I have kids, that's how I know.) The first song on this record to grab my attention is "Love Slayer". Kind of reminds me of "Dynamite" though, and"Dynamite" is a really good pop song. But this all sounds average to me. Like it's been done before. Because it has.
Fifth is the new Radiohead King of Limbs remix record. Sounds perfect for having some cocktails at that hip club where everything's white & glass & chiffon.
Moving on - Scott H. Biram - Bad Ingredients. I can't ever see his name without hearing my friend Leslie say "Scott Hiram Biram", which always makes me smile. This is some loose boozy country/rock/blues. If you know Scott's previous music, and like it, you'll find plenty to like here as well.
Wow, this is a lot of work, actually. I usually just skim over this list, but there's more I want to cover. I'm interested to hear Crooked Fingers, Eric Bachmann's other band. (His band that I know best being Archers of Loaf. There's a new Erasure record called Tomorrow's World. I always like hearing from them. The amusingly named Five Finger Death Punch. Oh, a new Peter Gabriel record. Someone else I've not really listened to much since, um, the 80's.
I do see new stuff from John Wesley Harding and Joe Henry, a couple of singer songwriters who are typically very different from each other. And Ben Lee, too! I love Ben Lee. I hope this record is good.
I've heard of The Ready Set.
A Rocket from the Tombs record? Is that new stuff? And Yuck is listed on here, but their record has been out for a while. Not sure why it's here too.
Ok, lots of new stuff. I'll see if I can't review more of it. This is tough to do with a full time job, but I'll keep trying. Maybe I should put this off until Wednesday. Or Friday. What do you think? Would you like to hear more from me about the week's new releases? Or just like I did here at the end, pull names of bands I'm familiar with, or want to be familiar with? Let me know in the comments, please. Thanks!