a review of cool new music
by Jeff Pinzino
! Aterciopelados – Rio (Spanish rock)
Aterciopelados play a sort of acid rock en español – artsy, psychedelic, and immensely hip. Guitar, bass, drums, and tenor-range vocals are refracted through a prism of sonic effects, and augmented with everything from tabla and ocarina to Tuvan-style singing. This one will split your mind open.
Listen to Aterciopelados “Gratis”
* Bohren & Der Club of Gore – Dolores (New Age)
Breathe deeply and empty your body of tension with this cycle of slow, atmospheric pieces. Electric organ, vibraphone, and spare drums characterize the sound. Bohren & Der Club of Gore has invented a new genre that is the opposite of heavy metal: weightless metal.
Listen to Bohren & Der Club of Gore: Schwarze Biene (Black Maja)
* Eleanor Murray – For Cedar (folk)
Simple as it comes – a sweet-voiced woman with a guitar. Solitary, melancholy, beautiful.
Listen to Eleanor Murray’s “For Cedar” here
AC/DC – Black Ice (rawk)
This legendary guitar rock combo has been scoring high on the bombast-o-meter for decades. Their newest album is true to form. Shuffle it on your iPod, and you’d mistake the songs for deep cuts from earlier albums. This is a worthy AC/DC record, although I’d skip the trip to Wal-Mart and listen to it for free on their website:
Listen to AC/DC’s Black Ice here
Serious country with a raw edge and attitude. His foul mouth dressing-down of the Grand Ole Opry is classic. This is alternative country in the same sense that his grandfather was an alternative to the highbrow country of his own day.
Listen to Hank Williams
* highly recommended
! highest recommendation