Yesterday may have been President’s Day, but today is my national holiday. I have to admit, however, that Tuesday is always my favorite day of the week. It is every bit as exciting as my birthday (more so most of the time), Christmas, and New Year’s Eve combined!
What is so special about today? It’s New Release Day, my friends! Everybody should have this day off every single week! It certainly beats Sunday, especially when there’s no football.
Whether you obtain your music from traditional record stores, chains, Amazon, or even iTunes, this is the day when new product is available for your hard-earned dollars. Because of this joyous fact, the current plan is that every Tuesday I will have a blog post of noteworthy albums worth checking out.
What you won’t see here, though, is chatter about new music that has a giant publicity machine behind it. Nothing against artists such as Rhianna, Bon Jovi, One Direction, and reality show karaoke winners, but their mugs are on enough magazine and newspaper covers that one can’t help but know about their latest projects. They don’t need my help. Hopefully, these posts will help point out towards a few records you would not otherwise know exist.
Of course, the week that I embark on this recurring theme there are few noteworthy releases. Just my luck. Don’t worry, though, as it’s a rare Tuesday I leave the store empty handed. Here are today’s discs worth checking out:
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Push The Sky Away. It’s doubtful there is a harder working man in the music business than Nick Cave. Besides fifteen albums with his longtime Bad Seed collaborators, Cave has recently published a novel, two screenplays, and put together a guitar-centric side project, Grinderman. The two recent Grinderman albums seems to have pushed the “rawk” out of his system, as Push The Sky Away focuses on dark, slow-burning, piano-based material. This isn’t one of those albums where individual tracks jump out at you as instant classics. Instead, one is going to want to go old school and play the entire album in one sitting…and then play it again and again.
Various Artists, Son of Rogues Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs & Chantays. I’ve always been a fan of bizarre tribute albums, and you can’t get more bizarre than this release. Produced by Hal Willner, and executive produced by Johnny Depp and Gore Verbinski, this two disc set features artists such as Shane MacGowan, Robyn Hitchcock, Tom Waits (with Keith Richards), Iggy Pop, and so many more performing old school pirate songs. Ever wondered what the blended voices of Patti Smith and Johnny Depp sound like? Or Michael Stipe and Courtney Love? How about Tim Robbins with Matthew Sweet and The Bangles’ Susanna Hoff? If so, this is the album for you!
That’s really it for this week, but since this is the first new release post I thought I should list a few of the other noteworthy 2013 albums:
Bad Religion, True North
The Bronx, Self-titled
Ron Sexsmith, Forever Endeavour
My Bloody Valentine, MBV
Eels, Wonderful Glorious
Frightened Rabbit, Pedestrian Verse
The Night Marchers, Allez Allez
Camper Van Beethoven, La Costa Perdida
Low, The Invisible Way
Christopher Owens, Lysandre
Yo La Tengo, Fade
Jim James, Regions of Light and Sound of God