Not a great week in new music, but I do want to pick up the Neil Halstead...
Records Released on 7/29/08
Records I’ve Heard:
James Jackson Toth: Waiting in Vain (Rykodisc) – He was the leader of Wooden Wand & the Vanishing Voice. His first solo record features Nels Cline, Carla Bozulich as well as members of Vetiver and Deerhoof. It’s less freak folk and more straight ahead singer-songwriter, but there are some interesting songs on here.
Download “Doreen” and “Look In On Me” and “Beulah the Good”
Wild Sweet Orange: We Have Cause to Be Uneasy (Canvasback) – They’re playing Lollapalooza this weekend and getting ready to tour with What Made Milwaukee Famous.
On My Shopping List:
Neil Halstead: Oh! Mighty Engine (Brushfire) – I’ve been a fan all the way back to Slowdive and including Mojave 3. What I’ve heard of this one sounds similar to his last solo record. They’re just good, acoustic songs with occasional pedal steel thrown in. Very pleasant, unassuming stuff. At the Hotel Café on 8/28/08.
Other Noteworthy New Releases:
George Carlin – his final comedy album, the HBO special was good
Alice Cooper – At the Wiltern on 9/4/08
Steve Cropper and Felix Cavaliere
Matt Pryor – the frontman for the Get-Up Kids and New Amsterdams. At the Troubadour on 8/16/08.
Scars on Broadway
Sonic Youth live EP – structured improve piece with Mats Gustaffson and a member of Merzbow
Takka Takka – (mp3)
U2 box set – each of the band’s first three albums is expanded to two discs
The Walkmen – digitally through Amie Street for $5, CD to follow; At the Troubadour on 8/21/08 & 8/22/08
Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot vinyl reissue (and I own two copies of the old edition, d’oh)
Andre Williams & the New Orleans Hellhounds (mp3 and mp3)