Feel Like Going Home (Music)
Wed Jan 8th 2014 7.00am–10.00am
R=listener request. N=music new at the station. L=local music. Your purchases using the Buy it! links
Time zone: central
Minor Alps “Waiting For You” from Get There (Barsuk Records www.barsuk.com 2013) —80. Nada Surf frontman Matthew Caws and singer/songwriter and ex-Blake Baby Juliana Hatfield with a surprisingly consistent debut.Buy it!
Shannon Whitworth “You Are in Love” from High Tide (Redeye 2013) —78. Fans of Americana-tinged pop, ala Brandi Carlile, might find much to like in Ms. Whitworth, formerly of the quasi bluegrass Asheville, N.C. band the Biscuit Burners.Buy it!
Pretty Little Empire “Master Plan” from Pretty Little Empire (Extension Chord Records 2013) L —77. Recorded with David Beeman of Old Lights, this is a bigger, denser third album from one of St. Louis' finest rock bands.Buy it!
The Head and the Heart “Another Story” from Let's Be Still (Sub Pop 2013) —75. I wouldn't call this a sophomore slump, as the band still has charisma and tunes, but it would have benefited from some editting.Buy it!
Nikki Hill & Deke Dickerson “Feelins” from Soul Meets Country! (Major Label 2013) L —71. A great cover of the Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn classic. This EP came completely by surprise, and though its only four songs, it features the Bo-Keys (Howard Grimes!) and makes my Best of list easily.Buy it!
Ha Ha Tonka “Staring at the End of Our Lives” from Lessons (Bloodshot Records www.bloodshotrecords.com 2013) —69. Raised in the age of reason, It was a sepia season. Steinbeck sang an anthem and we knew what it meant.Buy it!
Eleanor Friedberger “Echo Or Encore” from Personal Record (Merge www.mergerecords.com 2013) —64. Not all of the songs on this album are keepers but the best are some of my favorite pop songs of 2013.Buy it!
Half Knots “Bridge” from Proof (self 2013) L —62. Led by the songwriting and singing of Danny Kathriner, this short and poignant record is one of the strongest and most underrated local releases of 2013.Buy it!
Neko Case “That’s Who I Am” from Ghost Brothers of Darkland County COMP (Hear Music 2013) —61. A wildly uneven collection -- as you'd imagine -- but this is one of my songs/performances of the year.Buy it!
The Belle Sounds “Rockingham Lane” from The Belle Sounds (self released 2013) —55. I love it when album comes out of essentially nowhere, grabs me and refuses to let loose. That's the case with the first album from Noëlle Hampton and André Moran.Buy it!
The National “Pink Rabbits” from Trouble Will Find Me (4AD 2013) —54. "High Violet" was so good (my favorite National album) that the follow up was sure to leave me wanting more. In this case, however, it's not a pink rabbit, apparently a cocktail of Tequila, Nestle Quick Strawberry Milk and Kahlua.Buy it!
Ransom Note “Georgia” from Big Soul (Tower Groove Records 2013) L —53. Please someone outside of St. Louis. Please pay attention to this band. Hell, they'd probably settle for someone outside of South City.Buy it!
Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones “Long Time Gone” from Foreverly (Reprise 2013) —52. A tribute to the Everlys' 1958 Cadence classic "Songs Our Daddy Taught Us." Poignant, even and understated. As more tribute albums ought to be.Buy it!
Glossary “Nothing Can Keep Me Away” from Long Live All Of Us (This is American Music www.thisisamericanmusic.om 2013) —50. A really fine, soul-shaped album by the ever-productive Glossary. This one came out at the very beginning of the year, and I think it was pretty much forgotten about by the known universe.Buy it!
Cave States “Find a Way” from The Great Divide (Undertow 2013) L —47. Danny Kathriner and Chris Grabau, blending their voices and songwriting beautifully on this first album under the name Cave States.Buy it!
John Paul Keith “There's a Heartache Going Round” from Memphis Circa 3AM (Big Legal Mess Records / Fat Possum / Hostess 2013) —42. In town Friday night with Amy LaVere (and Will Sexton!) as part of Motel Mirrors.Buy it!
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