I've never been a Nas or a Hold Steady fan, so it's slim pickings this week....
Noteworthy Records Released on 7/15/08:
Daedelus: Love to Make Music To (Ninja Tune) – “Guests include Grammy Award-winning rapper Paperboy, producer Michael Johnson (The Lilys, Holopaw), Taz Arnold and Om’mas Keith (Sa-Ra), N’fa (1200 Techniques crew), and chanteuse Erika Rose.” See him at the Airliner on 8/6/08.
The Hold Steady – At the Avalon on 7/30/08.
John Mellencamp – At the Greek on 7/31/08.
Nas – Weiss reviewed this for the LA Times. At the Roxy tonight or the Glen Helen on 8/9/08.
Something I missed last week:
Billy Joel: The Stranger 30th Anniversary (Sony Legacy) – This one got played a lot in my cousins’ van when I was growing up and it remains Joel’s best selling studio album. “Just the Way You Are” (Record of the Year at the Grammys), “Only the Good Die Young” and “Always a Woman” were the big hits. According to Wikipedia, in 2003, it was ranked #67 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. The two disc version of this reissued contains a live concert from 1977. The three disc version adds a DVD with a performance on the Old Grey Whistle Test and a 30 minute documentary on the making of the album.