Music Notes: February 2017

February 28, 2017 at 10:58 pm (Uncategorized)

And here’s the sound.

1 The Rolling Stones – Lonesome and Blue

Well, I never thought I’d be writing this – a new Rolling Stones record you should get. Not new material, but covers of old blues from a little off the track. Simply very good. But the surprising thing is the hear of this record is not Keef but Mick. Great singing and harp playing. Now, no one really wants a Stones album of new songs, and we’ve all got fairly complete collections of the hits, but this? Yes please.

2 The Jesus and Mary Chain – “Amputation” 

The lead single from the lads’ first album in 18 years sounds…well…pretty good. Vintage stuff. Dreamy vocals and Velvets meet the Beach Boys drone. Not a retread, but close enough to the classic pattern.

3 The XX – I See You 

Infectious dance pop. Quite a bit more accessible than their previous releases, but still seductive.

4 Hope Sandoval and the Warn Inventions – Until the Hunter

The problem with being in a defining band is that you will always be compared to that band. So, if Hope Sandoval’s work is compared to Mazzy Starr, it’s because we love you Hope. Another blissed-out dreamy record, that keeps you warm on winter nights.

5 David Bowie – Live Santa Monica ’72

There are those who argue this is Bowie’s greatest live album, and it’s hard to disagree.   A great set packed with hits decently recorded. Apparently at one point, to own a bootleg of this was the test for being a true Bowie fan.

6 Courtney Barnett The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas

I really loved Barnett’s debut Sometimes I sit and Think and Sometimes I just Sit.  This release precedes that album, and you can see the process developing. Not to say it’s bad, but it’s not quite there yet. Gems like “Avant Gardener” shine.

7 Son Volt – Notes of Blue

Jay Farrar’s first Son Volt record in four years continues the pattern he’s followed for the past three decades: Songs tinged with world-weary resignation, but containing a germ of resistance. This album adds a little more to the alt-country template with some welcome blues,  and some rockers.

8 The Miamis – We Deliver

Billed as the lost band of the CBGB’s era. The sleeve notes contain glowing testimony from others, like Debbie Harry, who went on to bigger and better things. To be honest, you might see why this didn’t take off. The tunes are mid-70s pre-punk, but in the studio, it doesn’t seem to catch fire. Maybe we missed out  by not being there. Interesting, but not essential.

9 Hinds – Leave me Alone

Charmingly amateurish Spanish garage rock. Nuff said?

10 The Clash – London Calling 

Yeah, I know, old news. But when we saw the Present in New York, there were a couple of Clash songs used in the production. When I got home, I dug out the album to listen again. Stunningly good. If you haven’t listened for a while, do yourself a favour and put it on.

Go listen now.

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