Sound Salvation (Music)
With Steve Pick
Fri Jan 28th 2011 7.00am–10.00am
Time zone: central
Television “Foxhole” from Adventure (4 Men with Beards 1978) —Their first album is justly celebrated as one of the greatest in the history of recorded music - but the second one ain't no slouch itself.Buy it!
Iron & Wine “Me and Lazarus” from Kiss Each Other Clean (Warner Bros. www.warnerbrosrecords.com 2011) N —Now that Sam Beam has figured out music just sounds better when you mix it professionally, he's even started to figure out how to write stronger material.Buy it!
Henry Threadgill Zooid “This Brings Us To” from This Brings Us To Volume 2 (PI 2010) N —I've completely lost touch with Henry Threadgill, one of the greatest composers and improvisers of our time, but here's his latest album sitting on the shelf. Nice.Buy it!
Carolina Chocolate Drops & Luminescent Orchestrii “Knockin'” from Carolina Chocolate Drops/Luminescent Orchestrii (Nonesuch 2011) N —I'm not familiar with the Luminescent Orchestra, but they add some nice touches to the Carolina Chocolate Drops on these four songs.Buy it!
Louvin Brothers “When I Stop Dreaming” from When I Stop Dreaming: The Best of the Louvin Brothers (Razor & Tie 1995) —Charlie Louvin was one of the greats - he passed away the other day, and this is one of his greatest achievements with his brother Ira.Buy it!
Louvin Brothers “I'm Ready to Go Home” from Satan Is Real (CAPITOL 1960) —Beyond the fact that this album has one of the greatest covers of all time, you just have to listen to the singing to know true beauty.Buy it!
Everly Brothers “Love is Strange” from Walk Right Back: The Everly Brothers on Warner Bros. 1960-1969 (Warner Brothers 1993) —Here's a cowbell number I'd forgotten about.Buy it!
The Wild Tchoupitoulas “Brother John” from The Wild Tchoupitoulas (Island Records 1976) —The record that made the Neville Brothers realize they could work all together - and showed off Aaron's cowbell ability.Buy it!
Wanda Jackson “Thunder on the Mountain” from the party ain't over (Nonesuch / Third Man Records 2011) N —When Dylan wrote this, he was thinking 'bout Alicia Keys, but Wanda wants to think about Jerry Lee. Jack White is the wrong producer for Ms. Jackson, but he's the only reason we get a new album from her at all.Buy it!
City Squirrel “Space” from Blow Music Only With Delicate Mad Worship (Red Pill 2011) N —Former St. Louisian Stephan Bayley has an excellent new record - he's got Mitch Easter and Dave Mattacks for a rhythm section, too.Buy it!
David Lowery “I Sold the Arabs the Moon” from The Palace Guards (429 2011) N —I highly recommend you look up David Lowery's blog - he's writing about the songs on the record, and it's fascinating.Buy it!
Abigail Washburn “Bring Me My Queen” from City of Refuge (Rounder 2011) N —This wonderful record was supposed to come out last August, but it got delayed until just about now - she is like no other.Buy it!
Devotchka “All the Sand In All the Sea” from 100 Lovers (Epitaph 2011) N —I love walking into the station and finding a new record I wasn't expecting from a band I quite like - this song sounds very cool.Buy it!
John Renbourn “Weebles Wobble (But They Don't Fall Down)” from Palermo Snow (Shanachie 2011) N —A gorgeous acoustic guitar instrumental seems just the ticket after those last two blasts of adrenaline. And I love the title of this one.Buy it!
Nappy Brown “Two Faced Woman (and a Lyin' Man)” from Night Time Is the Right Time (Savoy Jazz 2000) —This guy had an incredible jump blues vocal style - can't believe I ignored him all these years.Buy it!
Floyd Dixon “Hard Living” from Marshall Texas Is My Home (Specialty 1991) —While Floyd Dixon is best known as a wild rockin' jump blues star, he could nail a tender ballad with the best of them, too.Buy it!