HAPPY FRIDAY THE 13TH!
SOME NEW RELEASES TO TALK ABOUT!
R.I.P. BOZ BURRELL, JERRY BELSON, BUCK O'NEIL, CORY LIDLE, CBGB
WELCOME BACK SAL!
METS FANS, PLEASE SHUT UP!
And now... NEXT WEEK'S NEW RELEASES!
AEROSMITH - DEVIL'S GOT A NEW DISGUISE. We are happy to hear that these old warhorses have bounced back from their recent health issues, but that is no reason to release the umpteenth greatest hits CD, which they are now citing as the definitive collection. It's got the same 14 tracks that the last 14 best-ofs had, with two additional new tracks which are certainly not going to be worth the price of admission. How's that for a sales pitch!
BADLY DRAWN BOY - BORN IN THE U.K. His first three albums were excellent, but his fourth was so forgettable that we forgot about it until we saw it in a discography. Thankfully, this British singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen-wannabe has bounced back with his strongest release since the About A Boy soundtrack.
THE DATSUNS - SMOKE AND MIRRORS. No US release date has been scheduled yet for the either Swedish or New Zealandish band (we forget which) that Sal calls one of the most exciting live bands he's ever seen in his life. This new import-only record is closer to their hard rockin', Deep Purple-via-MC5 debut than their not-bad-but-somewhat-disappoint
TANYA DONNELLY - THIS HUNGRY LIFE. The former member of Throwing Muses and leader of Belly bounces back with her second solo release, accompanied by what are distributors are calling a stellar band, including Rich Gilbert, Arthur Johnson, Joe McMann, and Joan Wasser. Wow, that's stellar!
GOMEZ - FIVE MEN IN A HUT. Two CD compilation featuring the best of their singles as well as 16 previously unreleased-in-the-US B-sides by the band that Rob calls "the bounce-back band of the year."
ALBERT HAMMOND JR. - YOURS TO KEEP. Import-only release from the Strokes guy with the big head of hair. The last Strokes album was a little disappointing, but we expect him to bounce back with his solo debut, thanks to guest appearances by fellow Stroke Julian Casablancas, Jody Porter from Fountains Of Wayne, Ben Kweller, and Sean Lennon from Cibo Matto.
L.E.O. - ALPACAS ORGLING. Power pop fans will recognize some of the following names: Bleu, Mike Viola, and Andy Stuermer. All contribute to this project which basically takes original material and fashions each song to sound like a lost E.L.O. classic. If you're a fan of E.L.O., Cheap Trick, Jellyfish, and the Candy Butchers, then this record is a must. Bounce.
PRIMUS - THEY CAN'T ALL BE ZINGERS: THE BEST OF PRIMUS. Weirdo punk-funkers-turned-jam-banders release their first anthology. The first couple of records featured such unique tracks as "Tommy The Cat," "Jerry Was A Race Car Driver," and "John The Fisherman." Even if you got off the bus around 1992, as we did, this comp still has the early tracks.
DWIGHT YOAKAM - GUITARS, CADILLACS, ETC. (EXPANDED REMASTER). This classic debut from 1986 gets remastered and now includes ten demos from 1981 on disc 1, as well as Dwight live at the Roxy on disc 2.
MORE 2 CD "DEFINITIVE" COLLECTIONS FROM RHINO/WEA!
BLACK OAK ARKANSAS, FOGHAT, LOVE, and TODD RUNDGREN all get the royal definitive super deluxe 2 CD treatment on these new, inexpensive anthologies. They're all worth picking up.
DIDDY - PRESS PLAY. He's not much of a rapper, but he sure knows how to make money. Among the guest performers are Christina Aguilera, Mary J. Blige, Jamie Foxx, Brandy, Keyshia Cole, Fergie, and Avant. Sounds like the 1962 Mets of the music world.
SARAH McLACHLAN's NEW CHRISTMAS CD OR 4 TYLENOL PM? DISCUSS.
NOT AVAILABLE THROUGH US, BUT BUY IT ANYWAY!
THE CANDY BUTCHERS have been one of NYC's best-kept secrets for over a decade. Their infectious brand of power-pop has won them lots of critical acclaim, if not a lot of sales. Head Butcher Mike Viola has just released MAKING UP TIME, a CD of unreleased Candy Butchers tracks recorded between 1994-98, and it's a winner. Get it from www.mikeviola.com and tell him NYCD sent you!
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UNTIL NEXT WEEK, WE LEAVE YOU WITH THIS:
Tower Records is closing, leaving virtually no music retailers in Manhattan above 52nd St. Lindsey Buckingham and Boz Scaggs, two legends of the rock era, both played Town Hall this week after not touring for years, to 50% capacity, even though the tickets were relatively inexpensive. The major labels are starting to put the kibosh on reissues and archival releases, simply because they're worried there won't be anyplace to sell them. And on the most frightening note, if there's nowhere to sell music and no way to make a living from making music, will the next Bob Dylan or the next John Lennon or the next John Coltrane go into accounting instead of trying to make a career out of music? You may think we're overreacting, but the truth is, this could be the beginning of the end of music as we know it. GO OUT AND SUPPORT THE ARTS! Go to a concert, buy a CD, but get interested again!
Sal & Tony, future storm window salesmen