Last, Never Ever Least: New Releases June 21
Spending the Friday paycheck down at Kemp Mill Records. Again.
Drivin N Cryin – Live the Love Beautiful (Drivin N Cryin Records)
It’s no game; this veteran Georgia band is releasing its first album in 10 years. Relative youngster Aaron Lee Tasjan brings his classic rock sensibilities to the producer’s chair.
Fruit Bats – Gold Past Life (Merge)
Frontman Eric D. Johnson describes his songs as “existential make-out music.” It’s folky and poppy and, if you’re lucky, maybe something more.
Hot Chip – A Bath Full of Ecstasy (Domino)
There’s something about this London electronic band’s pop music that makes us want to get up and dance. There’s also something about it that makes us want to put on neon-colored clothes and tons of hairspray.
Jim Lauderdale – From Another World (Yep Roc)
Lauderdale is the definition of a “musician’s musician.” He’s worked with so many artists of note, earned mountains of respect in the biz, even scored a couple of Grammys, but fame and fortune have eluded this singer-songwriter despite 31 previous albums. Let’s change that with No. 32!
Chuck Mead – Close to Home (Plowboy)
If you like the classic sounds of honky tonk and rockabilly, Mead (co-founder of Americana band BR5-49) will transport you to a time when a the reverb from a Gretsch hollow-body guitar and a some vocal twang could combine to form something magical.
Willie Nelson – Ride Me Back Home (Legacy)
This is the 69th album by the country legend! It’s another collection of worldly wisdom delivered by a man who has lived the life and keeps on living it.
Himesh Patel – Yesterday Soundtrack (Capitol)
A new film by director Danny Boyle imagines a world where only one person remembers the Beatles. And so of course he records and performs their songs and becomes more popular than Jesus. This is the sci-fi fantasy of every Fab Four tribute band that has to schlep from town to town playing in front of crowds who know the songs all too well.
Prince – Originals (Rhino/Warner)
Remember back in the ’80s when Prince was so great that he could give away hit songs to others to record. Now you can hear his original demos of those songs, including “Jungle Love,” “Manic Monday,” “The Glamorous Life” … Need we go on?
The Raconteurs – Help us Stranger (Third Man)
Jack White got the band back together! No, not that band. The other band. Be more specific? The first band he put together after the White Stripes formed, but before they broke up. Anyway, it’s the first Raconteurs album in 11 years. And it rocks, but we probably didn’t need to tell you that.
Titus Andronicus – An Obelisk (Merge)
Speaking of rock, all hail Patrick Stickles and Titus Andronicus! This new album is filled with loud guitar-bass-drums, full-on energy, smart wordplay and … and … and … Bob Mould as producer. … Sorry, just passed out for a moment.
Two Door Cinema Club – False Alarm (Glassnote)
Electropop from Northern Ireland already sounds quirky. And then you listen to this trio’s fourth album, and your preconceived notions are confirmed.