Thursday, April 3, 2008

Casual Listening 4-4-08

Casual Listening

a review of cool new music

by Jeff Pinzino

April 4, 2008

* Funky Kidz Various Artists (jazz) released March 4, but too good to ignore.

An A-list of New Orleans funkmeisters give a Big Easy makeover to familiar tunes. Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk doing Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah? If you've got kids, you can't not get this album.

Lalo Mora – Le Canta a Mexico (world)

This musical-geographical tribute to Mora's native Mexico features a series of beautifully sentimental corridos, each an ode to a different region of the country. Honeyed harmonies and traditional style help make this a keeper.

Matthew Ryan – Matthew Ryan vs. The Silver State (rock)

Rugged songwriting in an alternative country vein. Raspy-throated vocals, literate lyrics, and a band that balances acoustic and electric guitars over a set of slow rockers. Ryan Adams fans will feel at home here.

Sun Kil Moon – April (rock)

Quiet, introspective folk and troubadour rock. Sun Kil Moon echoes the fragility of British folk icon Nick Drake in uncanny ways.

Van Morrison -- Keep it Simple (rock)

Easygoing blues and R&B. Morrison's at a point in his career where he doesn't have to prove anything to anybody, including himself. He's just singing music he loves, and it shows.

In the blog this week: R.E.M., Moby, The Sword, 25 Years of “Thriller”

* highly recommended

! highest recommendation

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Hi Jeff / CL,

On behalf of Lost Highway Records, many thanks for plugging Van Morrison's new album and, if your readers want good quality, non-pirated, preview tracks, full versions of "That's Entrainment" and "Behind The Ritual" (along with album track samplers) are available for fans and bloggers to listen to (and link to) on Lost Highway's web-site at .

Up-to-the-minute info on Keep It Simple and Van’s 2008 shows is, of course, also available on and and, for a limited period, you can still hear Van's exclusive BBC sessions and interview at
Thanks again for your support.