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  1. Teek

    Power Pop

    This is my favorite long running thread and I returned recently from SXSW where I witnessed some transcendent power pop highlights - including a mid-day set by Ben Kweller and a Big Star Third tribute featuring Jody Stephens, Chris Stamey, Mitch Easter, a string section and a host of guest stars that was a little wobbly but truly inspiring. But even more thrilling was a jam-packed show by the almost original dB's quartet (bassist Gene Holder couldn't make the trip but was replaced by Mitch Easter) which featured such fan favorites as "Love is For Lovers", "Neverland" and "Big Brown Eyes". They also did 4-5 new songs from an upcoming album, Falling Off the Sky, that did nothing to tarnish their legacy. The second to last show I saw in Austin was Peter Case and Paul Collins performing songs by The Beat, The Plimsouls and The Nerves. The Beat's debut album is a power pop masterpiece and they must have done 6-7 songs from it. It was a little weird to attend what is arguably the music industry's most influential new music showcase (SXSW) and see a band performing only songs from 30 years ago, but boy do those songs hold up. It's such a narrow audience that treasues these songs, but the "mature" crowd had ear to ear grins. Over the weekend I picked up the new one (Leaving Atlanta) by Gentleman Jesse, who seems to have lost his Men but retained his uncanny knack for jittery guitar stoked romps that are instantly memorable. On first listen, it reminds of I'm The Man-era Joe Jackson fronting The Plimsouls.A must have for power pop lovers. http://www.douchemasterrecords.blogspot.com/
  2. No kidding! Wow is this a great album. It reminds me so much of Lone Justice's debut, striking just the right chord between traditional country sass and the torn and frayed edges of indie rock. Great recommendation.
  3. Teek

    Achtung Baby

    That's about 5 1/2 cds too many.
  4. Just back from seeing Whitmore In Philly tonight and the show was mesmerizing. His big voice and delivery reminds me of a cross between Warren Zevon and John Gorka, with a little of Willy DeVille's soulfulness on some of the more pensive songs. Thanks for the info on his older releases - now I need everything.
  5. This is one of my favorite records of the year so far and my first Whitmore disc. What's the next one I need to get?
  6. Teek

    Middle Brother

    Don't know if any of you checked out Middle Brother, but the new Dawes album, Nothing is Wrong, is a Laurel Canyon valentine. For those who place those first four Jackson Browne records on some mystical higher plane (and really... who doesn't), this is the album you've been waiting for since The Pretender. You can stream for free here: http://music.aol.com/new-releases-full-cds/spinner#/1
  7. Here's the 10 I've played the most so far this year. I am stone in love with that Middle Brother disc. Middle Brother - Middle Brother Ron Sexsmith - Long Player Late Bloomer The Head And The Heart - The Head And The Heart Anthony D'Amato - Down Wires Dave Hause - Resolutions Dropkick Murphys - Going Out in Style Ezra Furman & The Harpoons - Mysterious Power Jason Isbell - Here We Rest Hayes Carll - KMAG YOYO The Rural Alberta Advantage - Departing
  8. Teek

    Middle Brother

    Middle Brother - the rare "supergroup" whose album is better than anything by their respective parent groups. Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes) handles the sad sack breakup songs (who crushed that boy's heart?) and Matthew Vasquez (Delta Spirit) locks down the soulful, wild-eyed heartbreaking heartthrob spot. But the star of the show is Deer Tick's John McCauley, from the tender opener "Daydreaming" to the raucous new-wave rockabilly of "Middle Brother", not to mention the playful left field cover of Replacements' rarity "Portland". Early contender for album of the year. Currently on tour with full sets by Middle Brother, Dawes and Deer Tick. I can't imagine a better bar show lineup this year. Check them out here: http://www.middlebrother.com/ http://www.myspace.com/middlebrothermusic http://www.facebook.com/middlebrother?ref=ts
  9. Definitely get Trace. It's certainly closer to American Central Dust than No Depression. And in "Windfall" and "Tear Stained Eye", it's got two of the best songs of the last 15 years... by anyone. There are a few rockers, but they're closer to a hybrid of Tom Petty and The Band than punk rock, even if "Route" and "Drown" pack quite a punch. The only cover is the album closer "Mystifies Me", a beautiful ballad fron Ron Wood's debut solo disc, I've Got My Own Album to Do. For my money, Trace is the best record to come out of the whole Uncle Tupelo/Son Volt/Wilco/Jay Farrar/Jeff Tweedy camp. Uncle Tupelo's Anodyne is a close second. Definitely get Trace.
  10. Two Cow Garage - the pride of Columbus, OH and a great band with a punny name, release Sweet Saint Me tomorrow. It's a fierce and tender rock and roll record. Fans of bands like The Replacements, Bruce Springsteen, The Hold Steady, Old 97's, Lucero, Gaslight Anthem and Slobberbone should find much to love here. Sweet Saint Me, along with Titus Andronicus' The Monitor, are (IMO) the tow best rock records of the year. http://teenkicks.blogspot.com/ http://www.suburbanhomerecords.com/2010/10/01/tppo-two-cow-garage-sweet-saint-me-lpcddeluxe-set/
  11. Nice idea for your Dad! Two horn-heavy groups that have caught my attention lately are Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings and Fitz and The Tantrums.
  12. Andy - thanks for the plug. Or were you referring to the song? Because that's pretty good, too.
  13. Thanks for the link - I'm really looking forward to this album. The duet with Laura Marling is wonderful.
  14. Here's why The New Pornographers are great - the final track, "We End Up Together", sounds like a mash-up of classic Yes and Animal Collective, two bands I actively dislike, and yet they still manage to fashion a wonderful, woozy, hook-filled ode to the joys (and sorrows) of finding yourself right back where you started.
  15. I've seen much hand-wringing regarding the new album from THS loyalists - mostly that Heaven is Whenever isn't Separation Sunday or B&GIA. And I think that's Marty's point - do you grade HiW on a Hold Steady scale (it's a C/C+) or a 2010 scale (B+/A)? Great review, too.
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