Wilco’s recovery from “The Album” (aka The Lazy, Contract Fulfiller We Turned In To Casually Move On With Our Careers) begins with the self-released “I Might”, a 45 single due out in July, followed by a formal release of their 8th full-length record, “The Whole Love” on September 27th. Each being released on their own label, dBpm Records: first mentioned by Jeff Tweedy about 10 years ago referencing post-YHF recordings. Some of those recordings are included on Wilco The Book.
Boys Like Jason has been knocking around the internets for a short while now, giving away originals and choice covers. This year and last has been very fertile for BLJ’s Alex Danger Stewart, self-releasing 9 originals as a 20 minute long ‘full-length’, “I Hope It Never Stops Raining”, along with a few daring, classic cover songs on the side (The Beatles “A Day In The Life”, Elton John’s “TIny Dancer”, VU’s “Waiting For The Man”).
Damion Davis, singer-songwriter, of Mana Kintorso, and his band mates have been working on a full length with Micky Rosenquist (Miles Nielsen, Cameron McGill, Snaggs, Cory Chisel, etc.) at his Rockford, IL, area studio for the better part of 2011. They’ve recently released an advance 3-song E.P. titled, “Frisbees Love Fishes”, featuring should-be-hit, “Fishes R Vicious”.
â€¦ while the rest of the world listens to Bon Iver’s new release, “Bon Iver”, I’d like to take this important, timely moment in history to remember the first sexy band with a Bon in its name to come from a hard-working, middle class background that wasn’t afraid of pop, metal, guitar wankery, Jersey soul or synths either; BON JOVI.
Record labels struggling for marketing ideas should talk to Margot & The Nuclear So And So’s.
The Muppet Movie Soundtrack broke the barriers between contemporary adult pop music, folk, classical, ragtime-saloon and children’s music. Keep in mind, this is long before Randy Newman became the post-Reagen era, American composer of choice for children’s movies. Jim Henson’s vision and appreciation for creating a world of fiction that dabbled in adult emotions couldn’t have been better suited for a writer like Paul Williams in the 70s.
Taylor Goldsmith, songwriter of Dawes, hit the mark with this year’s collaborative release ‘Middle Brother’. He, his brother, and bandmates have been pretty busy themselves. The band is currently backing Robbie Robertson (The Band) at his request for his 2011 release. “How to Become Clairvoyant”. Anticipation for “”Nothing is Wrong”, the sophomore release, couldn’t be higher for this Los Angeles folk rock band.
“Suck It And See”, the 4th album by Alex Turner’s Arctic Monkeys returns to sunnier territory after the paranoid, Homme produced (and under-appreciated) “Humbug”. This outing is slower paced than the previous releases but it’s also the most inviting, providing any doubters an opportunity to discover what Britain’s been buzzing on for years already.