Category: Albums of 2011

Todd Rundgren “(Re)Production”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#498 in the Series) is Todd Rundgren, (Re)Production Todd’s (Re)Production is going to get a ton of bad reviews. Why you say? Well, this album just doesn’t come across that well on first listen. Unfortunately, that’s all most reviewers will give to a new disc. Not here, no no no.  I try to give a new release at least three spins before I take out my crayon and loose leaf paper, ok my laptop actually. One thing that we’ve discussed before is how albums that take a little longer to get into are usually the ones that stay with you longer. I feel that way.  That’s the case here. (Re)Production is all covers,...

Glen Campbell “Ghost on the Canvas”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#493 in the Series) is Glen Campbell, Ghost on the Canvas (Surfdog Records) And then it comes to this… Glen Campbell heads into the studio to record one final album before Alzheimer’s disease strips him of his mind and yes, sadly enough, his final days.  Always one of the most under-appreciated musicians, he gives us this final record and it’s simply masterful. Would I feel differently about these songs if his circumstances were different? To be honest? Probably yeah, but that’s all part of the deal here. His illness led to many of these writings. His illness led to many of these words.  You can’t separate one from the other. It’s all part...

Dave Stewart “The Blackbird Diaries”

Today”s Cool Album of the Day (#489 in the Series) is Dave Stewart, The Blackbird Diaries Dave Stewart is a musical Swiss army knife.  Mostly known for being the bearded half of the Eurythmics and responsible for some of the biggest hits of the 80’s including “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” and “Would I Lie to You”, Stewart has come out from behind the mixing board for his first solo effort in ten years.  Toiling in relative post-breakup obscurity, while earning producer credit on Tom Petty’s Southern Accents, Frantic with Bryan Ferry in 2002, Destination Anywhere, for Jon Bon Jovi, the 2010 comeback album for Stevie Nicks, and the recent release by Joss Stone, he still had time...

Dave Alvin “Eleven Eleven”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#471 in the Series) is Dave Alvin, Eleven Eleven  (YepRock Records) December 8th 2009, Dave Alvin & Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys shared a bill together in Los Angeles, California.  Wilson from the nearby suburb of Hawthorne and Alvin from the equally working class town of Downey were both products and interpreters of the “California Dream” and the idealistic mythology of the golden state in the late fifties, sixties, and on into the seventies. While both artists may have helped to create the mythological western vibe, Brian Wilson’s world consisted of surfing, riding around in woodies, and going to the hop on weekends.  Alvin’s world is definitely less utopian and more “Gypsy’s, Tramps...

New Tom Waits Album “Bad as Me” To Be Released Oct. 25th

UPDATE: Last week we told you Tom was going to make an announcement within a week. Well he didn’t disappoint.  The new Tom Waits album, called ‘”Bad as Me” will be released on October 25th. SEE THE VIDEO BELOW. Tom speaks and we get a little preview…. —————————————————— For awhile now there have been rumblings that Tom Waits may have some new music on the way.  Well, something is about to break about all these rumors. This afternoon, Tom announced on his facebook page, that he will have something to say about these rumors, and actually pretty soon. Yeah I guess he could have just said something today, but no, we’ll have to wait a little longer. Today’s he said...

John Hiatt “Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#462 in the Series is John Hiatt, Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns Sometimes it amazes me how long I’ve been listening to music that John Hiatt either wrote for others, or for himself.  I think the first time I ever heard something written by John was when I would listen to my Three Dog Night, Hard Labor album back in 1974.  He was in good company there, ‘T.D.N.’ always chose some great songwriters, Hoyt Axton, Laura Nyro, Randy Newman etc. I also heard some of his songs when listening to my dear Rosanne Cash albums. Her covers of tunes like “Pink Bedroom” and “The Way We Make a Broken Heart” were two of...

Freebo “Something To Believe”

Freebo – Something To Believe In a cluttered world that seems to thrive on excess, self-promotion, and personal and political agendas, listening to Freebo and his new album is like riding on a cumulous cloud of peaceful awareness. Freebo, in the music business since the sixties, has been part of Bonnie Raitt’s band for more than a decade and has become a sought after session musician working with the elite of Rock & Roll aristocracy including Ringo Starr, John Mayall, Crosby Stills & Nash, Maria Muldaur, The Bluesbusters as well as many others. Since embarking on his own Freebo has released four albums of his own cosmic blend of country, rock, soul, and folk, ear pleasing genre defying music....

Dawes “Nothing Is Wrong”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#437 in the Series) is Dawes, Nothing Is Wrong The “mellow mafia” ghosts are definitely haunting Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith along with their canyon-rock band Dawes. The band that recently released their excellent sophomore effort “Nothing is Wrong”, is so entrenched in the Laurel Canyon scene that bred Linda Ronstadt, Stephen Stills, Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, Warren and many others, that they purchased a home in the musical Mecca that is in the hills just north of Los Angeles. With the subject matter of some of their songs along with their country rock-vibe sound, you would think that back in the day they were running around naked like the kids on the cover...

Joe Bonamassa “Dust Bowl”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#431 in the Series) is Joe Bonamassa, Dust Bowl Joe Bonamassa seems to be having a lot of fun these days. He gets to explore his metal head banger side with his dynamic side project Black Country Communion with pals Glen Hughes and Jason Bonham, and is fresh off his excellent 2010 release Black Rock that features a gutsy version of “Spanish Boots”, a surreal reading of Leonard Cohen’s “Bird On a Wire”, and a jubilant rendition of ”Night Life” with his idol B.B. King, and now, in 2011 he gives us Dust Bowl. Upon first blush, this prodigious output rivaled perhaps only by the pre Mandy Moore moved to France Ryan Adams,...

Pat Metheny “What’s It All About”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#409 in the Series) Is Pat Metheny, What’s It All About. What a surprise it was this week when this little nugget showed up.  I didn’t know it was coming but I must say that I’m awfully glad it’s here.  It’s always a good day when Pat Metheny released new material.  Those days now number in the 40s. (How time flies) This one however is a little different. This album, What’s It All About is an album of cover tunes. Yeah, I know that’s become something quite popular, but not by a jazz guitarist doing songs from the late 60s and early 70s. Besides Pat’s wonderful playing, there’s a few things that I...

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