Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Top Five New Releases - Tuesday 9/4/07


Top Five New Releases:

[LOCAL] Ferraby Lionheart: Catch the Brass Ring (Nettwerk) – Local singer-songwriter’s debut full-length. The EP was good. See him at the Troubadour on 9/13.

Life on Earth: Look! There Is Life on Earth! (Subliminal) – This is Mattias Gustavvson from Dungen’s solo record (but many of the other guys appear on some of the tracks as does Mia Doi Todd). The CD came out a few months ago, but the vinyl is available today.

Pink Floyd: Piper at the Gates of Dawn 40th Anniversary (Capitol) – Their first album and the only one with Syd Barrett. Obviously if you don’t have it you should pick it up immediately. If you do have it, depends on how much you like it. Capitol releases a two disc CD version with the stereo and mono mixes and a three disc limited edition version with a 12 page reproduction of Barrett’s notebook and a cloth cover designed by Storm Thorgerson. Both versions have been remastered. From the press release: Disc 3 includes bonus tracks, including the following: all the Pink Floyd singles from 1967, ('Arnold Layne', 'See Emily Play', and 'Apples And Oranges'), plus the B sides 'Candy And A Current Bun' and 'Paintbox'. Other tracks are a version of 'Interstellar Overdrive' - Take 2 of the original recording sessions, previously only available on an EP in France - and the 1967 stereo version of 'Apples And Oranges'.

Various Artists: Guilt By Association (Engine Room) – This is a hit or miss collection of indie artists doing covers of their favorite guilty pleasures. Petra Haden’s cover of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” and Luna’s cover of Paul Abdul’s “Straight Up” are a couple of my favorites. Will Oldham (Mariah Carey), Devendra Banhart (Oasis) turn in pretty interesting covers as well.

Various Artists: Home Schooled – The ABCs of Kid Soul (Numero Uno) – This one came out last week, but I missed it. Well done compilation of obscure 1970s kid soul tunes.

Other Noteworthy New Releases:

Manu Chao: La Radiolina (Nacional) – Pioneer of Latin alternative. He appeared on Morning Becomes Eclectic this morning.

Marla Hansen: Wedding Day (Standard Recording) – Classically trained violist who has performed with Sufjan and My Brightest Diamond.

Calvin Harris: I Created Disco (Almost Gold) – For the indie dance crowd. Electro beats likely influenced by Daft Punk and LCD Soundsystem. At the Echo on 9/14.

Heavy Trash: Going Way Out with Heavy Trash (Yep Roc) – Jon Spencer and Matt Verta-Ray get backed up by the Sadies on several of these tracks. At the Echo on 11/10.

The Holloways: So This is Great Britain (TVT) – British band along the lines of Arctic Monkeys.

Reissues:

Townes Van Zandt: Be Here to Love Me soundtrack (Fat Possum) – Great, but depressing singer-songwriter. This is the soundtrack to the documentary with dialogue snippets, live versions and well known tracks.

Townes Van Zandt: For the Sake of the Song (Fat Possum) – This is his debut album with “Tecumseh Valley,” “Waiting Around to Die,” etc. His catalog goes in and out of print all the time, so hopefully Fat Possum will keep these in print.

Digital Only:

Grand Ole Party: Humanimals (Digital only) – See them at the Santa Monica Civic on 10/15. Download “Look Out Young Son

Midlake: Oak and Julian EP (Digital only)

M83: Digital Shades Vol. 1 (Digital only)

1 comment:

Bill said...

That Feraby (or however you spell) it was good at the lil show i saw him at - but he is so little he could probably wear girl jeans.