New Releases 10/14
Ray Lamontagne – Gossip in the Grain CD/LP–New Hampshire based songwriter, Ray Lamontagne is set to release his 3rd LP on RCA. Once again paired with famed Ryan Adams’ producer Ethan Johns – chances are, if you liked the last 2 Lamontagne releases, you’ll like the soulful, backwoods tendencies of Gossip in the Grain.
Lucinda Williams – Little Honey CD/LP– Little Honey proves she’s still crushed out on the music. On “Real Love,” amid boogie-rock riffing, she alternately pledges her heart to a guy, a girl and an electric guitar. And “Honey Bee” ranks with Joe Liggins’ 1945 hit “The Honeydripper” as one of the nastiest apiological jams ever (”Now I got your honey,” she hollers, “all over my tummy!”). – Rolling Stone
Lindstrom – Where You Go I Go Too LP– One of this year’s greatest electronic releases, Lindstrom understands everything from Ash Ra Tempel to microhouse — and it’s all implemented over 3 tracks that extend the entire duration of an LP
Townes Van Zandt – Delta Momma Blues/Self-Titled LP Re-issues– Townes Van Zandt on LP? Really? Really? Yup. Yup. Yup. Get em before they fly off the shelves – super limited.
Todd Snider – Peace Queer EP– Nashville’s own Todd Snider delivers a snappy collection of his usual witty roots tunes — further showing there is place for comedy in serious music. If anyone can hold it down for being sly without overdoing it lyrically, Snider would be the man.
The Foreign Exchange – Leave it All Behind CD– The second album from Foreign Exchange — the formerally bi-continental project of North Carolina MC, and nascent soul singer Phonte of Little Brother, and transplanted Dutch producer Nicolay — who take an even deeper turn into spacey soul on Leave It All Behind! Given that Phonte is singing rather than rapping, you’d be tempted to say that Foreign Exchange has left hip hop behind, but hip hop is in the heart and soul — and the group was born of the idea of hip hop as evolving art form — so rhymes or not, it’s hip hop to us. – Dusty Groove
Secret Machines – Self-titled CD– Secret Machines’ main attraction is the more muscular sound, and how it complements the themes. The record is a logical creative step for The Secret Machines; it builds upon the foundation established with their previous albums, showing The Secret Machines have solidified as a band, even in metamorphosis. It’s a nod ahead of, yet not a departure from, the psychedelic rock that has helped make the Dallas-bred NYC transplants a fan and critical darling in the U.S. and Europe. Going forward, the band sees nothing but open skies. – Insound
Crooked Fingers – Forfeit/Fortune CD– Crooked Fingers’ fifth LP, titled Forfeit / Fortune, was produced by Mark Nevers (Andrew Bird, Lambchop, Silver Jews), Alex McManus (The Bruces, Bright Eyes) and Eric Bachmann in Nashville, Denver, and Tucson this past spring, Forfeit / Fortune will be their first release since 2005’s Dignity and Shame (Merge).
I’m From Barcelona – Who Killed Harry Houdini? CD– After two years of touring the world, I’m From Barcelona return with Who Killed Harry Houdini?. The album is produced by Emanuel Lundgren and Fabian “Phatfabe” Torsson and the track “Gunhild” features the talented French singer SoKo.- Insound