Wednesday, November 26, 2008

New Music Releases - 11/18/08

Kinda slept on this, but the Femi Kuti is worth picking up. Belle & Sebastian isn't a slam dunk, but diehards should enjoy it.
New Music Releases 11/18/08:

Records I’ve Heard:
Belle & Sebastian: The BBC Sessions (Matador) – Features BBC radio sessions from 1996 to 2001. Some of the performances pre-date the recorded version and have different arrangements. Most interesting are the four previously unreleased tracks from the last days of Isobel Campbell’s tenure in the band. I wouldn’t classify them as lost treasures, but fans will enjoy them (one is a really fun tune about the Go-Betweens). This collection isn’t a good introduction to the band, but diehard fans should dig it.

Note: There’s a limited edition double CD version with a bonus disc featuring songs from a December 2001 show in Belfast. It features some interesting covers, but unfortunately it doesn’t come with the vinyl version.

Femi Kuti: Day By Day (Mercer St. / Downtown) – The timing couldn’t be better for Fela’s oldest son to put out his first record in seven years. Positive Force, his 17-piece backing band, smoothly fuses Afrobeat, jazz, reggae and soul. Recommended. At the House of Blues on 1/23/09

Other Noteworthy Releases:
Alaska In Winter
Anathallo – Anticon
Bring Me the Horizon – Epitaph
Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan
David Cook – American Idol winner
Sammy Hagar
Kieran Hebden & Steve Reid
Earl Scruggs – live at the Ryman
Senior Coconut
Stereophonics – best of
Max Tundra
Various Artists – The Complete Motown Singles Volume 11A – 1971
Various Artists – Gonzo (Hunter S. Thompson) soundtrack
Nimrod Workman – Drag City
Andy Yorke – Thom’s bro

1 comment:

stanhalen said...

I picked up the Belle & Sebastian when it was released (bought the 2-disc limited edition). I gave it a listen immediately, started with the 2nd live disc, but it rubbed me the wrong way (though i did like the BBC tracks). So I put it down and will listen to it again soon with hopefully fresh ears.