a review of cool new music
by Jeff Pinzino
Sinister and smart, this album rolls up noise, attitude, and libido into one explosive package.
Colin Meloy – Colin Meloy Sings Live! (folk)
Shards of poetry presented solo and acoustic in front of an enthusiastic audience. The Decemberists frontman’s hip, melancholy songwriting shines in this stripped-down performance.
Rosey – Luckiest Girl (jazz)
Rosey has a dulcet voice that works surprisingly well with this jazz-inspired set. She’s steady through an appealing range of torch, cabaret, Bossa Nova, and Broadway styles. No jazz standards, but in this case, none required.
Hayes Carll – Trouble in Mind (country)
This is country music that hasn’t sold its soul to
Steve Reich – The Daniel Variations (classical)
It is difficult to imagine what art can say in the wake of terrorism. Reich makes the attempt in this tribute to Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal correspondent gruesomely murdered in
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – Pershing (rock)
When I come across a band with a name this cool, I desperately want the music to be good enough so I can put it in print. Fortunately, this band delivers amiable jangle-pop that’s worth a listen. Nice hooks, breezy tunes. Fun stuff.
In the blog this week: Jackie Green
* highly recommended
! highest recommendation