Haven’t been out too much this month, but here’s this month’s (reduced) listening treats…
1. Michelle Shocked – Arkansas Traveler
A bit of a curiosity this one. Michelle re-invents the blackface minstrel tradition with lots of famous friends including Taj Mahal, Alison Krause and Uncle Tupelo. Worth having for “come a Long Way” and “Prodigal Daughter.”
2. Sinphonic-Man versus Himself
Ah, someone I lost track of. I saw George Westerholm from Sinphonic when we was in a band called Al and George. Then came to know him through a friend. Seriously cool fellow. This is their second album. A mix of surf, rockabilly, punk and other genres. Lots of fun. Heres Fella From Fortune from this album.
3. The Rezillos – “Out of this World”
Saw the re-formed Rezillos a week back. Marvellous show, but read the read the review why don’t cha.? Picked up this little record at the show. Two versions of the song (I prefer the Glass mix) and a cover of the Pretty Thing’ Roselyn. Quite a bargain.
4. Pretty Things – Come See Me
Mentioned these guys in a previous column, but not this album. A greatest hits package is always a mixed bag, but this is a fairly interesting comp tracing their origins in the R&B boom with bands like the Stones and the Yardbirds to their psychedelic evolution.
5. Led Zeppelin – Celebration Day
Gotta say, I’ve never been what you might call a Led Zep fan. When I was a teen, a lot of my mates were into Zeppelin, but the alure of punk did it for me. It might be accurate to say I respect Zeppelin. I do’t own this, but I’ve heard a couple of cuts here and here. If you’re a fan, you already have it. If you’re not, it won’t make you one, but that’s OK too.
Next month… the year in review