One of the biggest drawbacks to a complete system shutdown is the sheer volume of new material that awaits the return. I'm not complaining, well... not really, but there are only so many hours in a day. Here's a smattering of some new things that crossed my speakers this week.
I've long regarded him as the premiere Rock lead vocalist and have been dying to hear this one. "The Royal Sessions" is an extraordinary recording which captures the music in its pure form—live band and vocal takes as performed together at Royal Studios by Rodgers and an all-star roster of legendary musicians. The band is a dream lineup of those who played on the original hits dating back to the 60's. The classic rhythm section includes Reverend Charles Hodges (Hammond B3), Michael Tolls (guitar), LeRoy Hodges Jr. (bass), "Hubby" Archie Turner (Wurlitzer), Steve Potts and James Robertson Sr. (drums), The Royal Horns and the Royal Singers.
Just in time for Valentine's Day, the folks at Concord have commissioned a love songs sampler with modern artists recording their favorite love songs. To be honest, this could have really sucked... but it is actually quite wonderful. Although "cover records" seem to abound these days, this is one set you shouldn't ignore.
One of the nicest guys I've ever had the pleasure to meet and a simply amazing musician with a career that spans more than half a century. This new album finds him in what I've always felt is his best setting. By himself in front of an audience. Here's a track written just for him by his dear friend Tom Waits.
Can't believe I went more than a month without posting but I've been in dental reconstruction hell, as well as very busy at work. That said, here's a few new and old things that I've been cranking in the Basement Studio recently.
I've been waiting for this one for quite a while and it was worth every second of anticipation. I've already listened twice through the entire set and I haven't been this blown away by a new record since Radiohead's "The Bends." Absolutely brilliant, thoroughly original and unquestionably essential. Get this record the second you can. Here's two reasons why...
I have been very ill for the last week but everything is looking good now. Here's some random tunes, new and old worth checking out. We'll begin with one of my favorite new releases, the new effort from Low.
My Morning Jacket return with "Circuital"
Speaking of My Morning Jacket, this Jim James collaboration with Booker T. Jones is my absolute favorite new song!
I think this is their best song to date.
Robert Plant reminded me about this great old Small Faces track.
Sometimes I really need to hear a little Dino to brighten my day.
Finally, since I missed posting on Mother's Day, let's close with this tear-jerker.