What the Creative Loafing music team is listening to this Monday to get us through the day and rocket launch the week Click here to check out previous entries.
Mavis Staples, You Are Not Alone (2010)
Excellent new gospel/R&B release from one of the very best vocalists from both of those genres. Wilco's leader Jeff Tweedy produced this fantastic album and created a warm organic atmosphere for Mavis to do what she does best. Her distinctive husky soulful voice has aged well and is still as wonderful as in her days with family act The Staple Singers. I can already tell you this album WILL be on my top 10 best albums of 2010 list. It was easy to determine that upon my very first listen. An instant classic.
Brad Various Artists, Deep Six Compilation (1986)
This release by C/Z Records documents a particular sound that was going on in the Seattle region at the time; includes some of the earliest known recordings by from Soundgarden and The Melvins. Others featured on the comp are the U-Men, Green River, Skin Yard, and Malfunkshun.
The short set from The Black Keys at the Ask-Gary-Amp this Saturday has only left me wanting more. Since I've been playing the hell out of their 2010 release, Brothers, I decided to go back a little bit and give some ear time to singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach's solo release. Nothing on the album is a huge stretch from the Keys, but it's lovely to hear Auerbach have the freedom to play with so many different styles on the same album. From the soft harmonies and acoustic guitar of the opening "Trouble Weighs a Ton, " to "Heartbroken, In Disrepair" with it's sinister chords a la Johnny Marr (The Smiths) circa "How Soon Is Now?", this album doesn't disappoint.
Awesomely orchestrated rock with a message.
Fake Problems, Real Ghosts Caught On Tape (2010)
How many bands can inspire crowd hugs several rows deep at Transitions Art Gallery? Fake Problems can! Real Ghosts Caught on Tape is officially out tomorrow... yay! This happy record is full of good songs that will make the perfect soundtrack as summer turns to fall. Check out "Soulless" and "ADT." Fans will like that "5678" picks up from "1234" from their last record, It's Great To Be Alive. I am looking forward to seeing Fake Problems open up for Gaslight Anthem and Matt & Kim in October.
The latest release from Gainesville's Sister Hazel, Heartland Highway features 12 new tracks that showcase the best of what the band has to offer. According to the press release, band members submitted a few tunes each for consideration and then served as producers for their own songs. The result is a slight eclectic feel, but the band's distinctive sound and style pulls it together. Review to follow shortly.