NEWSLETTER '07 #15!
KURT VONNEGUT, DON IMUS, SAL & TONY'S 15 MINUTES R.I.P.
SOME NEW RELEASES!
BE NICE TO US, OR YOU MAY WIND UP AN OP-ED!
SAL AND TONY ON iTUNES? YES! LISTEN TO OUR PODCAST!
SAVE THE DATE! 4/20! COME SEE SAL WITH THE COOL JERKS!
and now... NEXT WEEK'S NEW RELEASES!
DAVID BOWIE - YOUNG AMERICANS (CD/DVD COMBO). We wrote about this a couple of weeks back when it was an import, but it is such an amazing release that we want to mention it again now that it's out here in the States. Even though it contained Bowie's first #1 hit, 1975's Young Americans was never considered anything more than a failed experiment. But as the years passed, so did many more phases of Bowie's career. By the time of his "bad pop musician" phase of 1987, his "white soul man" phase was starting to look pretty damn good. So now we have the album remastered, but the key is the bonus DVD with the 5.1 Surround mix. Now, many of you may not have a Surround Sound system, so you may stop reading -- if you haven't already deleted this newsletter. If you do have 5.1, this is what it was made for. The mix is perfect, the sound is phenomenal, and we guarantee, no matter how many times you've heard this record, it'll be like you're hearing it for the first time. PLUS it has the entire 30 minute Dick Cavett appearance from '75, which is a real hoot.
COWBOY JUNKIES - AT THE END OF PATHS TAKEN. The new album from the band that just keeps making new records. We have many friends who are fans of the Junkies, and we're very happy for them. We, on the other hand, find them snooze-a-riffic, and have had more fun with an old David Frye album, a bottle of Phisohex, and our neighbor's dog, Foamy.
AVRIL LAVIGNE - THE BEST DAMN THING. "Avril Lavigne" ain't kiddin' nobody. She's April Levine from Canarsie. Everybody knows this. What kind of name is "Avril"? Isn't that something you take for a headache? "Damn, I feel a migraine coming on, gimme two Avrils."
NINE INCH NAILS - YEAR ZERO. Hot on the heels of the best record of his career, Trent Reznor jumped right back into the studio and recorded this gem, which only took him two years instead of the usual five. Admittedly, not much different in sound than anything he's done before, but as we said about "With Teeth," he's managed to take an aggressive sound and make it mature enough for adults.
THE NOISETTES - WHAT'S THE TIME, MR. WOLF. Creating a buzz with their EP from a few years back, this record has the potential to be #1 in the hipper-than-thou department for at least a week. Pretty soon, they'll be selling out Brazilian soccer stadiums just like Arcade Fire, while Marshall Crenshaw continues to deliver milk in Ho-Ho-Kus for rent money. We love you, Marshall.
MICHAEL PENN - PALMS & RUNES & TAROT & TEA. "Smilin' Mike," the clown prince of rock music, gets compiled, featuring all his hit, with some album cuts and demos.
JOSEPH ARTHUR & THE LONELY ASTRONAUTS - LET'S JUST BE. Another introspective singer-songwriter blah blah blah blah. Enjoy.
RYAN SHAW - THIS IS RYAN SHAW. We haven't had the pleasure of hearing this yet. We've been told by people we respect that Ryan Shaw is the real thing. Working with producers Jimmy Bralower and Johnny Gale, Shaw covers some deep soul favorites by such greats as Wilson Pickett and Bobby Womack, as well as songs by obscure artists, the names of whom we don't know yet.
ORDER THEM ALL OR YOUR MATTRESS IS FREE! CALL (212) 244-3460 OR EMAIL!
WE'RE ON iTUNES! AND IT'S FREE!
We don't care that iTunes is designed to put us out of business, or that our speaking voices sound like George Jessel after a gallon of orange juice. You get to hear us comment on 12 upcoming artists, one of whom was very good! Go to the "podcasts" section of iTunes, click on "Music," and our show, Next Big Hit, should be easy to find. If that's too complicated, you can go straight to their website. Our show is Week 10. Enjoy, paisan!
DO YOU LIKE GOOD MUSIC (YEAH YEAH), THAT SWEET SOUL MUSIC (YEAH YEAH)?
Don't forget, NEXT FRIDAY, APRIL 20, THE COOL JERKS, featuring none other than NYCD's SAL NUNZIATO banging on whatever happens to be lying around onstage, including the drum set, will be playing DON HILL'S. Two sets, starting at 8:00. Have fun!
SELL US YOUR CDs & DVDs! We give you money, you give us discs. Great deal, right? Call or email!
UNTIL NEXT WEEK, WE LEAVE YOU WITH THIS:
How do you get 65 old women to shout out "Son of a bitch"? Get one old woman to shout out "Bingo."
Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Acker Bilk