Quite a few "local" releases this week...
Pick of the Week
Lucinda Williams: Blessed (Lost Highway) – Don Was produced. This is her best record in at least eight years. Lucinda’s married now and comes off a bit happier.
Other Releases That Caught My Eye
Alexander: Alexander (Vagrant) – Local alert. Lead singer Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros releases a solo album.
Anna Calvi: Anna Calvi (Domino) – Lots of British buzz for this one. She worked with PJ Harvey’s producer, Rob Ellis. Brian Eno’s come out as a fan.
The Baseball Project: Vol. 2 High and Inside (Yep Roc) – Steve Wynn, Scott McCaughey, Peter Buck and Linda Pitmon are joined by guests Ira Kaplan, Craig Finn and Ben Gibbard. At the Echo on 3/31/11. Listen HERE
James Brown: Singles 10 - 1975 – 1979 (Hip-O) – Getting more into disco during this phase.
Davila 666: Tan Bajo (In the Red) – Puerto Rican garage rockers. At the Blue Star on 3/25/11.
Devotchka: 100 Lovers (Anti) – Eastern European influenced band. At the Music Box on 3/12/11. Listen HERE
Dum Dum Girls: He Gets Me High (Sub Pop) – Four song EP from the girl group loving girls. Features a cover of the Smiths’ “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out.”
Lykke Li: Wounded Rhymes (Atlantic) – The Swede is once again produced by Bjorn Yttling (from Peter Bjorn and John) but moved to LA to write most of these songs. She’s influenced by David Lynch and Neil Young on this record. At El Rey on 3/9/11.
Middle Brother: Middle Brother (Partisan) – The lead singers of Deer Tick, Delta Spirit and Dawes do an alt-country folk record. At the Echo on 4/7/11. Listen HERE
Buddy Miller: Majestic Silver Strings (New West) – Guests include Emmylou Harris, Chocolate Genius, Shawn Colvin and others.
Papercuts: Fading Parade (Sub Pop) – Fourth record from the indie pop guy (now band). This one gets pretty dream-poppy (produced by Thom Monahan). At the Satellite on 4/8/11.
Rainbow Arabia: Boys & Diamonds (Kompakt) – Local alert. Danny (Wiskey Biscuit / Future Pigeon) and Tiffany Preston’s latest record apparently displays a great deal of growth. At the Echoplex on 3/25/11.
Various Artists: Cartagena! (Soundway) – Tribute to the well regarded producer - Curro Feuntes & the Big Band Cumbia and Descarga Sound of Columbia 1962-1972.