a review of cool new music
by Jeff Pinzino
! Left Lane Cruiser – Bring Yo’ Ass to the Table (blues)
Left Lane Cruiser’s high-voltage blues sound is downright nasty. Blistering electric slide guitar and leering vocals distill old-school
* Kate Nash – Made of Bricks (rock)
Pop nouveaux with a British accent and attitude to spare. Nash gossips story-songs of modern love, and lack thereof. Lilly Allen fans should be jumping at this one.
Rhonda Vincent – Good Thing Going (bluegrass)
Solid bluegrass, country, and a dose of Western swing. Vincent’s voice manages high-lonesome and low-down styles with equal finesse. Vibrant roots music.
Zoom – Love Junket (jazz)
Exhibit A in the case to resurrect the jazz vibraphone ensemble. Organ and drums accent strong vibes work with straight-ahead takes on funky and familiar tunes by Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell, and Neil Young.
In the blog this week: How to make a record for kids, Lupe Fiasco, Mago de Oz.
* highly recommended
! highest recommendation