Archive for May 13th, 2013

New Music Monday: R.E.M., Del-Lords, Suicidal Tendencies, Christian McBride, Blue Murder

New Music Monday: R.E.M., Del-Lords, Suicidal Tendencies, Christian McBride, Blue Murder

A pair of big-selling 1980s albums from either end of the rock spectrum get the deluxe reissue treatment, one the then-emerging indie-rockers R.E.M. and the other the confirmed pop-rock stars Huey Lewis and the News.

Matt Parker – Worlds Put Together (2013)

Vimeo. Matt Parker’s debut album Worlds Put Together is appealing, but in an odd way. Perhaps that’s because on this record, the tenor and soprano sax practitioner is a paradox.

Larry Williams – That Larry Williams (1978; 2013 reissue)

The last recordings of an early rock legend had none of the crunchy grit of “Dizzy Miss Lizzy.” Instead, Larry Williams reimagined his sound (and with “Bony Moronie,” one of his most famous songs) as ass-shaking 1970s funk bombs.

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “Real World” (1992)

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “Real World” (1992)

The wish to dive headlong into the future, to face whatever comes and to rise above it all: that theme presents itself in so many Springsteen tunes. Hell, the entire Born To Run album was built on that idea.