And you'd have to admit, at least he's musically talented! (Seems like that ought to go a long ways for this sort of thing...) He's also pretty charismatic, even if he usually seems like he's imitating Michael Jackson. I don't like almost anything I've heard of his, either, with very few exceptions. But he's good.
If I watch his new group or his Little Richard tribute, I recognize someone musically talented with diverse influences.
If I watch Megan Theeeeeeeeeeeee Stallion, I have a broken remote control and am for some reason unable to stand to change the channel or switch websites.
Very pretty little song from Teenage Fanclub's second pre-album release single. I've just decided to pre-order it. (I'd previously just bought the first single, which I also really liked and linked somewhere in the pages above.)
Not a great past few weeks (months) for new music--and this is where KDS says "it hasn't been a great past few decades for new music"!--but Chicago-born guitarist and singer Ryley Walker released a cool new album, Course in Fable.
It's something you might describe as virtuosic folk-prog, maybe?
Prince's estate is releasing the first fully complete, unreleased studio album from his archives this summer. Welcome 2 America (a terrible title), recorded in 2010, is due in July. There is a deluxe edition that includes a video of a concert from the 2011 tour of the same name. (Prince had released another album in 2010, 20Ten, which had a few pretty good tunes on it, including "Compassion" and the smooth "Lavaux." But it also had the worst clunker of his career, "Laydown.")
The title track has been released in promotion of the album. While the video has some cool pictures, the song is not very exciting.
Cheap Trick released their 20th studio album today, In Another World. And ... it sounds like Cheap Trick, which, for a band 40+ years into its career, is pretty good.
The album's lead-off track, "The Summer Looks Good On You," was released as a single in May 2018, and the cover of John Lennon's "Gimme Some Truth" was released in late 2019, but COVID delayed the release of the long-completed album to now.
Everyone knows I love the late '90s (and briefly early-mid '10s) band Cotton Mather. Their band leader/primary (almost sole) songwriter/singer Robert Harrison is releasing his debut solo album this summer. Here is the first single from it, "Watching the Kid Come Back."
It's a beautiful, almost mournful ballad. You may like it, give it a try!
Polyphonic Spree, a sort-of-band-group-cult(notreally)-ensemble-happening that had a little spurt of semi-prominence in the mid-00s released a cover of the Rolling Stones' "She's a Rainbow." The song is right up their alley. It's also just not that great a song, one of those perfect examples of a 60-90 second idea that drags for over four minutes (both in the original and here).
I haven't pissed off our very own kds in a while, so...
Billie Eilish released a new single from her upcoming album, and between the guitar-based track and actually sung vocal, it's not bad! I still don't like her singing style--that super-close mic'd, hear-every-breath-from-a-soft-singer effect annoys me--but at least this song has a real, live melody. And a kind of nice melody, at that. I'd probably rate it around a 5 on a 10 scale, which is about 3-4 higher than I'd have rated the other songs I've heard from her.
Newly released, a 1999 performance by Alex Chilton (of the Box Tops and Big Star) at a one-off show in Memphis where he was backed by the legendary Hi Rhythm Section. What makes it interesting is, they weren't his band. He had no band. And they hadn't rehearsed. Chilton just called out tunes during the show and they ran with them. Here is a story from the Memphis Commercial-Appeal about it.
I'm pleasantly surprised by Weezer's new album. I'm nearly through my first listen and I've enjoyed just about every song. It's pretty consistent, and it's a quick listen (literally, 10 songs; 30 minutes). The guitar work is very strong, and reminiscent of the 80s. Big, catchy refrains. The vocals are strong and clear. Some single-tracked vocals, which is nice. Compressed, but no autotune (that I could tell over speakers, at least). The production, overall, is very strong. The guitars might be from the '80s, but thank God the snare drum's not! The quality dips a bit in the middle with "Blue Dream" and "1 More Hit". The former relies too much on established riffs and I just don't like the lyrics of the latter. On one listen, I'd probably give it a 7.5 and rank it about on par with Everything Will Be Alright in the End, and behind Blue, Pinkerton, Green, Maladroit, and Red.
Here's about 3/4 of "She Needs Me" to get a feel for it. Probably not the most dynamic, adventurous, or impressive of the bunch, but it's really solid. And, that falsetto section reminds me of BW (even if just a little).
jk: If no one jumps in soon, I'll go for 1997, which is 13 years back from 2010. Fact is, we haven't had a '90s year yet.
Sept 22, 2021 13:46:32 GMT
Kapitan: No, but we do have a whole '90s thread that covered a lot of that territory. (In fact, that's what inspired the idea, to some extent)
Sept 22, 2021 13:52:28 GMT
Kapitan: Not that I'm opposed to a '90s year, mind you
Sept 22, 2021 13:52:58 GMT
jk: I see where you're coming from, Cap'n. I even did a double-take when looking through 1997 albums and songs (these look familiar!). My next suggestion is that we go back 13 years from 1972 to 1959.
Sept 22, 2021 17:04:34 GMT
jk: OK, it's one of the "doldrum years" but it was crammed full of goodies that even register with folks who weren't born for another 20 years. Of course, if anyone has a better idea, I'm all for it.
Sept 22, 2021 17:05:59 GMT
Kapitan: That would make sense; we also haven't really touched the early to mid 80s, which I'm sure people (mostly) recall. And of course EVERY year in the '60s seems loaded...
Sept 22, 2021 17:06:53 GMT
jk: Yes, the early-ish '80s also came to mind. But let's see who else joins in...
Sept 22, 2021 17:08:04 GMT
Kapitan: So far we've had me, jk, kds, and carllove choosing years. Would love to expand that circle.
Sept 22, 2021 17:13:20 GMT
Kapitan: Which, I guess with four of us so far, is more a square.
Sept 22, 2021 17:13:38 GMT
jk: Ha, yes. Sheriff? B.E.? sockit? The Kid?... We'll see.
Sept 22, 2021 17:16:41 GMT
The Cincinnati Kid: I might come up with something. I love those kind of threads, but am terrible in participating. I still haven't posted anything for 2010.
Sept 22, 2021 19:26:41 GMT
lonelysummer: 1959 is a doldrums year? Hmm....
Sept 22, 2021 19:44:28 GMT
jk: That's what they say... you know, that period from *cough* "the day the music died" to the arrival of the British Invasion. Like you, I couldn't agree less with that notion, hence the inverted commas!
Sept 22, 2021 19:52:30 GMT
Kapitan: I assume he means the stereotype that between early rock and roll and the British Invasion, nothing happened. But that it was in quotes (plus his actual comments) make me think it was an ironic usage.
Sept 22, 2021 19:52:54 GMT
Kapitan: Whoops, near-simultaneous post. But it confirms my suspicion.
Sept 22, 2021 19:53:21 GMT
jk: Great minds and all that!
Sept 22, 2021 19:53:34 GMT
sockit: I would like to showcase the year 1983. That's the year I graduated high school and I was all in on what was current.
Sept 23, 2021 0:07:54 GMT
carllove: I was in College then. Sounds like a good year! Go for it! It’s a group effort!
Sept 23, 2021 4:31:48 GMT
carllove: BTW - I’d be down for 90’s years. I like the years being broken out. Meanwhile we can move to 1983 with sockit’s help. 1972 has ended its interest.
Sept 23, 2021 4:34:56 GMT
jk: Agreed on all three counts.
Sept 23, 2021 8:58:00 GMT