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Friday, March 30, 2007

NEWSLETTER '07 UNLUCKY #13!

QUICK NEWSLETTER TODAY - TONY ON HIS WAY TO LEONARD'S OF GREAT NECK!

BUT ALL THE NEW RELEASE NEWS AND THE OTHER STUFF THAT, FOR SOME REASON, YOU FIND ENTERTAINING!

PICK OF THE WEEK!

FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE - TRAFFIC & WEATHER. Both their debut and followup, Utopia Parkway, appealed to just about everyone who heard them. Even people who only listened to jazz were blown away by the hooks and chops. Their most successful record, Welcome Interstate Managers, had some of their best-written material, as well as some of their most easily dismissable. But after "Stacy's Mom" became their much-overdue hit single and they were no longer hip, people were ready to stick a fork in F.O.W. Many fans figured that the commercial success would have diminished the creative edge that put them a step ahead of so many other power-pop bands. The nay-sayers figured, OK, witty, often hilarious lyrics, great harmonies, '70s pop influences with '80s new wave flourishes -- we get it. Enough. But NO! NOT ENOUGH! Traffic & Weather sounds like classic Fountains Of Wayne, but it also goes a step further, incorporating everyone from Nilsson to the Beach Boys to Todd Rundgren to the Flying Burrito Brothers. Don't count these guys out yet, not by a long shot. This is some of the best-written material you'll hear this side of the Pecos.

BLACK SABBATH - THE DIO YEARS. Ah, the Dio years -- how the mere mention of the name mingles memory with desire. Their first post-Ozzy record, Heaven & Hell, is arguably a hard-rock classic. Their two followups (follows up?), not so much. This collection compiles some of each, with three newly recorded tracks, just in time for Pesach -- and their sold-out reunion tour.

HILARY DUFF - DIGNITY. Dignity is a word that instantly springs to mind when we think of Hilary Duff. (Have you SEEN "Cheaper By The Dozen 2"?) And this is her most dignified album to date.

KINGS OF LEON - BECAUSE OF THE TIMES. First there was Arcade Fire. Then the Killers. Now, the third most overrated band in the history of overrating bands, the Kings Of Leon, release their third not-so-good CD. Buy it now! Only in theaters.

ROBERT PLANT - REISSUES (PHASE 2!). Remastered with bonus tracks, the second half of the "Nine Lives" box set is now available individually. Titles include Dreamland, The Honeydrippers EP, Now And Zen, and Principle Of Moments.

BEYONCE - B'DAY (Deluxe Edition). Just in case you still like CDs, here's another ripoff that's sure to try your patience. This time, you get a bonus disc with THREE brand new, never-released songs, and SIX brand new, never-released songs in Spanish! This is, as our Spanish friends say, "Caca de vaca."

TIMBALAND - TIMBALAND PRESENTS SHOCK VALUE. The Eugene Landy of Britney Spears' life drops his new joint which features collaborations with Justin Timberlake, Nelly Furtado, Fall Out Boy, The Hives and Elton John. Our Yiddish friends refer to this as "trayf."

PAUL MOTIAN, BILL FRISELL & JOE LOVANO - TIME AND TIME AGAIN. The followup to their critically acclaimed I Have The Room Above Hers is just as beautiful, and features some fantastic playing by these three jazz legends.

ALISON KRAUSS - HUNDRED MILES OR MORE: A COLLECTION. Not to be confused with the previously released collection Now That I've Found You, this compiles many of her duets with people like Sting, Brad Paisley and James Taylor, as well as two newly recorded tracks with one of our favorite vocalists, John Waite.

JONATHA BROOKE - CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR. Miss Brooke's last four releases were all in heavy rotation on the NYCD playlist when they came out. She is a brilliant songwriter who has just the right amount of balls to keep her a step ahead of her peers. This new release is a bit harder and poppier than anything she's done before. The catchy title track will keep all you power-popsters singing for weeks.

JARVIS COCKER - JARVIS. The US release of the UK hit. We never liked Pulp, but we thought this was pretty damn good.

LOS STRAITJACKETS - ROCK EN ESPA
├▒OL. It seems that every vintage rock n' roll hit of the '60s had a Spanish counterpart. Here, the 'Jackets, along with Cesar Rosas, Big Sandy, and East LA legend Little Willie G give you their versions of the Spanish versions. Features classics by Arthur Alexander, The Kinks, the McCoys and the Troggs, among many others. As they say in Spanish, "Es muy bueno!"

KERMIT RUFFINS - LIVE AT VAUGHAN'S. Just in time for the New Orleans JazzFest, the ambassador of all things Louis is captured live at his regular stomping ground, Vaughan's in New Orleans. If this doesn't put you in the mood for a little second-lining and parasol-waving, nothing will.

HOT OFF THE PRESSES!!!

One of our favorite records of the last ten years was FREE THE BEES by THE BEES, which many of you bought and loved. And if it wasn't for our friend STEVE WYNN, who turned us on to this wonderful band, we never would have experienced the joy that is The Bees. Now, their long-awaited followup, OCTOPUS, is here! Unfortunately, for now, in small quantities, as it's only available as an import and we only have a few in stock. It can be ordered, but for the ones we have on hand, it's a first-come, first-served basis, so get those emails in NOW!

BUY 'EM ALL! BUY 'EM ALL TWICE! EMAIL US OR CALL (212) 244-3460!

SELL US YOUR CDs! AND DVDs, for that matter. CALL OR EMAIL TO SET IT UP!

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT:

SAVE THE DATE! Sal's band, THE COOL JERKS, is playing on APRIL 20 at 8 PM at DON HILL'S. They're a lot of fun! No pretentious originals, just your favorite R&B cover versions by Sam & Dave, Fats Domino, Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, and even Wet Willie. Come on down and have some fun!

UNTIL NEXT WEEK, WE LEAVE YOU WITH THIS:

Halleljuah, we're a bum!

Your Friends,
Audrey & Flushing Meadows

1 Comments:

Blogger LEE said...

GREAT OpEd piece in the NYT, "Spinning Into Oblivion." So I find you here online, and I'm immediately hooked. I'm the guy who owns thousands of CDs (and records, and tapes) but stopped coming into your store and started buying online... OK, it was actually Record & Tape Traders here in Baltimore where I live. Sorry about that. So maybe I can't meet you in the store like the old days, but I like the humor and the sarcasm and the pithy music commentary so I'll be back for more, and I'll be buying (I still have room for more, although my wife won't let me put up any new shelves). Personally, I don't like downloaded songs - for one thing, most MP3s sound like flat and lifeless (to anyone who actually listens closely) and for another I like the physicality of the actual object. So much so that lately I've been buying '78s on eBay. (Try shipping a boxful of those in the mail sometime - that's why God invented MediaMail.) Even though my one turntable (of three) that plays '78s will only play them 3/4 the way through before it decides to pick up the needle and turn off. (How's that for inanity? Anybody know a good DUAL 1229 repairman in the Balto/DC metro area?)

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