Apparently the rumors have been true and there is a brand new album from Paddy McAloon and Prefab Sprout. Mostly it harkens back to the classic "Steve McQueen" era and I find it difficult to believe these are new recordings, as Paddy's voice and the musical palette sound little like the last batch of material released by the band. Great stuff.
My old buddies The Bongos have re-joined forces and are ready to release an album that's been sitting in the vault for far too long. Recorded for Island Records in the 90's and never released, this has been remastered and shows where the band was headed when they called it quits, yet doesn't sound a bit dated! Their first recording with final Bongo in place, Steve Scales, Talking Heads' percussionist extraordinaire!
He's been making great records for quite some time. An amazing guitar player who has lived what he writes and sings about and as real as you can find. The new album shipped with a bunch of "radio edits" which further proves how completely irrelevant Terrestrial Radio really is these days. Either play the music as the artist initially intended it or don't play it all.
As I've mentioned once or twice, one of the things I love to do when going for a long drive is dial into my basement and put my full digital library on "random." When you place a half million songs on random some very interesting and sometimes forgotten nuggets emerge. I totally forgot about this alternate mix of one of Marvin's best.
When deciding what to post today I knew this new Mark Lanegan album covers record would start it but all bets came off as soon as his new version of the classic Brecht/Weill song "Mack The Knife" was placed. A timeless classic that has been recorded by so many that I simply had to post a few others. Enjoy!
We'll get back to new stuff next post, including a very cool new Mark Lanagan album. Old favorites are like a favorite comfort food, nothing else will provide their unique nostalgic satisfaction. Here's a few I've cued up lately that continue to do the trick.
Dread is the first word that pops in the old brain when Labor Day comes around for a variety of reasons. There's the obvious impending end of Summer which means the return of the Fall allergies and even worse, the start of the end of my beloved Baseball Season. Even when The Yankees are running away with it, which they certainly are not this year, that same feeling of impending doom approaches my psyche. One thing that always makes life worth living when Summer and Baseball start to fade for me is music. I'm going to try to put off the blues by getting back into sharing some of it with you on a much more regular basis. Going forward there will be music that's new, old, known, unknown, loud, soft and even sometimes sticky, but I'll get back to a more regular schedule of letting you know what I've been listening to in The Basement.
Let's begin with a few new ones.
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