Mark it down, guys: October 19th, the day KVNF started getting in Christmas albums. Not to worry, the airwaves won't be jingling for at least another month, I imagine. But with NPR's piece, New Holiday Songs: A Smart Career Move, we can ponder just why it is so attractive for every man, woman and child with access to a mic (read: every man, woman, and child) to record a bit of their own xmas cheer.
In the malevolence of Ty Segall's 2012 album onslaught (this is #4 if you include his tasty, old-time-high-fi collaboration with White Fence), Twins is the most organized- like a less-severe natural disaster. As the cover depicts, we're still in for a mind-bend, but it's as if some of the sheer fuzz was combed & suited by NASA in preparation for a space launch.
<font color="red"><strong>Menahan Street Band / The Crossing</strong></font>
Thomas Brenneck of the Menahan Street Band says it best, "The Crossing is music to an unreleased Sergio Leone western starring the Wu Tang set in 1992."
<font color="red"><strong>Ty Segal / Twins</strong></font>
In the malevolence of Segall's album onslaught (this is #3 for 2012), Twins is the most organized, like a less-severe natural disaster.
<font color="red"><strong>Frankenweenie Unleashed!</strong></font>
An indie-pop packed soundtrack for the black & white stop motion remake by Tim Burton of his '84 short film of the same name. It's cute & expected, but with a few tracks not to miss.
Danny Elfman does an indie-pop packed soundtrack for the black and white stop motion remake by Tim Burton of his 1984 short film by the same name. It's cute and expected, but with a few tracks not to miss.
<font color="red"><strong>Cody ChesnuTT / Landing on a Hundred / CC</strong></Font><P>
A bonafide Soul Brother with the pipes, the lyrics, a 10 piece band, truth & confession on tap & 12 extremely cool tracks recorded in Memphis. Listen closely.
<font color="red"><strong>The Floacist / Presents Floetry: Re:Birth / Shanachie</strong></Font><P>
Celebrating the 10 year anniversary of Floetry, the sound is sultry, soulful, jazzy & irresistible.
<font color="red"><strong> Wanda Jackson / Unfinished Business / Sugarhill</strong></Font><P>
Touted by the likes of Dylan, Springsteen & Adele, the gal can still rock it with the twang & swagger of a veteran.
<font color="red"><STRONG>Ed Robinson / Written in Stone / EZ</Strong></font><P>
The Jamaican Singer, Songwriter, Drummer, & Producer has made a stellar release in the traditional Reggae sound.
<font color="red"><strong>Various Artists / First Came Memphis Minnie / Stony Plain</strong></font><P>
A Loving Tribute to a real Queen of the Blues featuring Maria Muldaur, Bonnie Raitt, Koko Taylor, Phoebe Snow, Rory Block, Ruthie Foster & more!
If I were a fire hydrant I would need to be turned off. I am gushing like one over this album. This is some of the best stuff Van has done in a while. Back on the Blue Note label he does Jazz, Blues, his own soul and sometimes all of them all together. I dare you to find a cut you don’t like!
<font color="red"><strong>Van Morrison/Born To Sing: No Plan B/ Exile</strong></color>
<font color="black"><br> He's back as singer, performer, writer, & producer on twelve outstanding tracks!</color>
<font color="red"><strong>The XX/ Coexist/ Young Turks</strong></color>
<font color="black"><br> A catchy follow up to their '09 debut album. Coexist lacks the other-worldly originality of their debut, but none of the soul.<color>