Shot Of Rhythm

[ Friday, June 30, 2006 ]

 

Anticipation

Thanks to NahRight, one of the best audioblogs on the big, bad internet, we now all can enjoy two more tracks from the upcoming OutKast record, IDLEWILD, which drops in late August and - judging by the two songs leaked today and the already-out "Mighty O" - looks to be another genre-bending, roof-shaking embarrasment of riches. Even after all the groundbreaking sounds that Andre 3000 and Big Boi have produced in their Hall-of-Fame career, they still find a way to reinvent. The use of 1930s samples and instrumentation seems to be working perfectly, as does both members' unbelievably keen sense of melody. If these guys aren't the new Lennon and McCartney, I don't know how is.

Count down the days, my friends...

"Idlewild Blues"

"Morris Brown"

"Mighty O"

On the box right now: Julie Roberts, MEN AND MASCARA. The "achin' song" renaissance continues...

Peace...

Dove With Claws [1:50 PM]

[ Wednesday, June 28, 2006 ]

 

If you're looking for me...

...you'll find me watching Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock And Roll, just released on DVD with enough added footage and extended interviews to turn the documentary from a classic rock 'n' roll film into a significant primary source. I've been waiting for this for a long time...

To celebrate, here are four readings from the Old Testament...

"Almost Grown"

"Brown-Eyed Handsome Man"

"Let It Rock"

"Nadine"

On the box right now: Jerry Lee Lewis, A HALF-CENTURY OF HITS, Disc 3.

Peace...

Dove With Claws [1:48 PM]

 

If you're looking for me...

...you'll find me watching Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock And Roll, just released on DVD with enough added footage and extended interviews to turn the documentary from a classic rock 'n' roll film into a significant primary source. I've been waiting for this for a long time...

To celebrate, here are four readings from the Old Testament...

"Almost Grown"

"Brown-Eyed Handsome Man"

"Let It Rock"

"Nadine"

On the box right now: Jerry Lee Lewis, A HALF-CENTURY OF HITS, Disc 3.

Peace...

Dove With Claws [1:48 PM]

[ Monday, June 26, 2006 ]

 

New release round-up

Lots of cool stuff from last week...

-First is Nelly Furtado, whose new album LOOSE, which she made in collaboration with Timbaland, has five or six should-be hits on it, including a couple nice '80s pastiches like the one below, "Maneater." (The record's also got a couple great Portugese-language tracks, which I might put up later on.)

Nelly Furtado - "Maneater," from LOOSE

-Next is Corrine Bailey Rae, a promising young Brit-soul artist who splits the difference between Norah Jones-esque jazz homage and neo-soul. Nothing else I've heard by her is as infectious as this debut single, but I guess that's why they make "singles," don't they? Amazing, and encouraging, that pop formula can still sound this good...

Corinne Bailey Rae - "Put Your Records On," from CORINNE BAILEY RAE

-Next comes Field Mob, who are on their way to being one of Southern hip-hop's best and most reliable artists. Their new record, evocatively titled LIGHT POLES AND PINE TREES, is a little spottier than their first two, but their are plenty of good tracks, most notably this eloquent and affecting meditation on intra-racial color politics.

Field Mob - "Blacker The Berry," from LIGHT POLES AND PINE TREES

-Now we have Old Crow Medicine Show, whose debut album was a monster and whose new, ITunes-only EP offers three tracks from their upcoming second release. The song featured here is the kind of energetic, well-sung bluegrass raver that O.C.M.S. do better than almost anybody. Traditional without being boring, alternative without being snarky, this band is here to stay, and they're gonna make some great records while they're here. Kick up your heels...

Old Crow Medicine Show - "Fall On Your Knees," from DOWN HOME GIRL E.P.

-We close with a double-shot of white-boys-do-Philly-soul, coincidentally released within a week of each other. First is The Yayhoos, a trad-rock supergroup with Dan Baird, Terry Anderson, Keith Christopher and the mighty Eric "Roscoe" Ambel. Like the Traveling Wilburys, the best thing about the two Yayhoos records is their sheer joy, and this cover of "Love Train" puts that front and center. Rock and roll should always sound this celebratory, and as skillful.

After that is the Hacienda Brothers, the "Western soul" band that have just released their second album, which - like their debut - was produced by Dan Penn, who sings back-up on this fine Intruders cover. The album itself is fascinating, with two Penn/Oldham covers and a version of "Life's Little Ups And Downs" next to the original songs, which themselves dance around the nooks and crannies of the country-soul exchange that - as y'all have seen by now - I find kinda important and interesting. Just like the Yayhoos, though, this track goes way beyond concept, as it's well-sung subtlety works perfectly in the steel-and-strings context of a country band.

The Yayhoos - "Love Train," from PUT THE HAMMER DOWN

Hacienda Brothers - "Cowboys To Girls," from WHAT'S WRONG WITH RIGHT

On the box right now: E-40, MY GHETTO REPORT CARD.

Peace...

Dove With Claws [5:11 PM]