a review of cool new music
by Jeff Pinzino
* George Jones – Burn Your Playhouse Down (country)
Get yourself a big glass of beer to cry in with this one. The renowned honky-tonker gives a set of well-crafted duets with a star-studded array of guests. Jones aims straight for the heartstrings, and hits on nearly every song. This songwriting is strong enough to turn more heads than just the hat-and-boot crowd.
Listen to George Jones “The Window Up Above”
Salme Dahlstrom – The Acid Cowgirl Audio Trade (dance)
Contagious pop grooves with heavy drum beats, samples, and cool-girl vocals. Enjoy this summer party album before the summer gets away from you.
Listen to Salme Dahlstrom “C’mon Y’all”
Dandy Warhols – ...Earth to the Dandy Warhols... (rock)
This band puts catchy songs behind layers of sound -- primarily guitars and electronica with an occasional smattering of other instruments, including banjos, trumpets, and glockenspiels. I may live to regret this comparison -- Sonic Youth meets Duran Duran? Don't take my word for it -- you can actually hear every track from their new album for free at http://www.dandywarhols.com/ts/?account_id=75183 If you really like it, $35 gets you a subscription: a download, CD, concert poster, advance concert sales, 10% of merchandise, and b-sides e-mailed to you throughout the year.
Listen to Dandy Warhols “Love Song”
JW Jones – Bluelisted (blues)
I think I’m late to this party, but it’s a good party, and worth checking out. JW draws on electric blues and early rock & roll with spot-on guitar riffs and
Listen to JW Jones “Can’t Play a Playboy”
Staind – The Illusion of Progress (rock)
For a bunch of guys known primarily for rocking really hard, there’s a lot of finesse to the songs on this album. Big guitars play second fiddle to shadowy, introspective vocals and a tunefulness that’s a rewarding listen. I wish more alternative rock bands set the bar this high.
Listen to Staind “Pardon Me”
Matthew Stubbs – Soul Bender (soul)
Horn-driven old-school soul music. This all-instrumental album shows off Stubbs’ serious guitar fretwork on a set of songs that is screaming to find its way onto a movie soundtrack.
Listen to Matthew Stubbs “Soul Bender”
Jerry Douglas – Glide (bluegrass)
Listen to Jerry Douglas “Bounce”
In The Blog: David Byrne & Bryan Eno
* highly recommended
! highest recommendation