a review of cool new music
by Jeff Pinzino
* La Plebe – ¡Hasta La Muerte! (Spanish rock)
Boisterous, political punk-en-español. The lyrics switch back and forth between English and Spanish, but the guitars are so loud you won’t even notice. A horn section opens the throttle even further, to where it’s hard to keep from bouncing around the room while you listen.
* Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Is Is (rock)
Crashing guitar and Patti Smith-inspired vocals drive this EP. Raw production gives the band’s sound a jagged edge. Four out of the five songs here are gems.
Preservation Hall Jazz Band – Made in
Riders in the Sky – Public Cowboy #1: A Centennial Salute to the Music of Gene Autry (country)
Faithful remakes of some great old cowboy tunes. Gene Autry helped put the “western” in country & western, and Riders in the Sky keep the campfire flame alive. Full vocal harmonies, strings, accordion, and even some lightning-fast yodeling characterize these classic arrangements.
* highly recommended
! highest recommendation