Archive for March 9th, 2012

Jay Farrar, Will Johnson, Anders Parker and Yim Yames – New Multitudes (2012)

Although New Multitudes is bound to draw some comparisons to Mermaid Avenue — the similarly Woody Guthrie themed project from Wilco and Billy Bragg from about a decade ago — the timing for a record like this couldn’t be better.

Fred’s Country Fried Rock: Hank Williams III, “Thrown Out of the Bar” (2006)

If there’s a poster child for the underground country movement, it’s Hank III. If you want to talk about a guy that does what he feels, no matter what it is, here’s your guy.

As Howard Jones preps for new UK tour, he offers a free live track for download

Howard Jones has posted a free download of a live version of “Like To Get To Know You Well” — originally a No. 4 hit in 1984 on the UK Singles Chart — as he gears up for an eight-date April swing through the UK.

Guilty pleasures: The B-52s – With The Wild Crowd – Live In Athens, GA DVD/Blu-ray (2012)

Depending on your point of view, Athens, Georgia’s B-52s are either the greatest party band of all time, or quite possibly the gayest — and I mean that in the most non-homophobic, politically correct sort of way.

Half Notes: Eraldo Bernocchi, Harold Budd, Robin Guthrie – Winter Garden (2012)

Benocchi, Budd and Guthrie isn’t so much a trio as it’s a partnership: Harold Budd taps out sparse, ethereal notes from his classical piano, Robin Guthrie surrounds it with supplemental instrumentation (mainly guitar and keyboards) and sound architect Eraldo Bernocchi plays electric piano and along with Guthrie applies the finishing coast of varnish with soothin washes of synthesized sound. IfRead More

Harmsen and Garces – 52 Min & 52 Sec (2012)

Saxophonist Rafael Garces and pianist Eric-Jan Harmsen, it seems, couldn’t be more different. In the case of their stellar new live jazz recording 52 Min & 52 Sec, that’s a good thing.

The Friday Morning Listen: Mephista – Entomological Reflections (2004)

Is music created using electronics (samplers and other related studio wizardry) intrinsically less emotional than that created with “real” instruments?