NEWSLETTER '07 #20!
ONLY 19 MORE DAYS UNTIL NEW McCARTNEY STINKER!
SQUEEZE, CROWDED HOUSE REUNITE FOR SUMMER TOUR; QUARTERFLASH & COCK ROBIN CONTINUE RUN AT THE NEVELE
MANY NEW RELEASES!
EXCLUSIVE! 1ST PICTURES OF JERRY FALWELL, ADOLF HITLER & TY COBB IN HELL!
and now... THE NEWSLETTER!
THE BRAVERY - SUN AND THE MOON. Our press release said that the Bravery spent a whole eight months working on their second album. We remember a time when it took Don Henley eight months to properly mic the castanets on "Hotel California." These boys made a name for themselves with their not-bad debut, and this record will either get them back on top or get them on the bill with Quarterflash and Cock Robin at the Nevele.
JEFF BUCKLEY - SO REAL. A 14 track best-of featuring songs from all 1 1/2 of his albums, plus live tracks from his three live records and alternate takes from his two posthumously released outtakes records, AND a brand new outtake which is a cover of the Smiths' "I Know It's Over!" We look forward to Sony's Essential Jeff Buckley CD, due out sometime next year, which will feature these same tracks, less one outtake. Barrel scrapers rejoice!
TONY'S PICK OF THE WEEK (THAT HE HASN'T HEARD YET)!
ROBERT DRASNIN - VOODOO II. In the late '50s, Drasnin made one of the greatest exotica albums of all time, "Voodoo!" Martin Denny and Les Baxter never made a better album in the genre, and that's the truth. Now, almost 50 years later, Drasnin has finally made the sequel. And no, I haven't heard it yet, but apparently he did it right. No Pro Tools, no synthesized conch shells, just real people recording real instruments on analog tape. This should be a winner. (Sal: "And I'm not allowed to listen to the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Fine...")
ERASURE - LIGHT AT THE END OF THE WORLD. Moderate-to-wildly successful pop duo release their ninth (or possibly 16th) record of dated, soulless synth-pop. (Note to all of Tony's Asian friends: Sorry, Sal made me write that.)
SAL'S PICK OF THE WEEK (WHICH HE HAS HEARD)!
FICTION PLANE - LEFT SIDE OF THE BRAIN. Their debut release, "Everything Will Never Be OK," was one of my faves of the year in 2003. This exciting new band, let by Joe Sumner, the son of legendary English professor (and future hell-dweller) Gordon Sumner (that's Sting for you laymen), has all the excitement the Police left behind when Sting took up faux-jazz, an all-yogurt diet, and sex with plants. High-energy rock n' roll reminiscent of early Police, with smart lyrics and super-catchy melodies. They're opening for the Police on their $250-a-ticket tour, so get there early and get your money's worth!
MAROON 5 - IT WON'T BE SOON BEFORE LONG. More songs that will make you want to smack that guy in the face, along the lines of "She weeeeeeeeeeeellllllllll, be luuuuuuhhh-uhhhved."
THE NATIONAL - BOXER. The only thing more offensive than a Republican saying global warming doesn't exist because it's 50 degrees out today is referring to the National as "the greatest rock n' roll band since the E Street Band." This band has sold out the Bowery Ballroom for, like, 97 nights based on a handful of OK records. What's with the hype, people? Just stop it.
JOAN OSBORNE - BREAKFAST IN BED. One of the best voices in music today still has not reached her potential. Her all-covers record, "How Sweet It Is," could have been the one to show off Osborne's killer pipes. Unfortunately, the safe production turned a great idea into an OK album. She's trying her hand at it again with this new release of'70s soul covers, featuring a killer band that includes Ivan Neville and Tracy Wormworth (whose fine bass playing was a standout on the Waitresses' "Christmas Wrapping" single). We love Joan enough to give her a fourth second chance.
OZZY OSBOURNE - BLACK RAIN. "Euuuuhhhh, zzhhhuuughh wittthhhha bloody hard rock fgmihhiilll... Zack Wylde guitars... firwenaggkkklll... Kelly, pudddown those bloody pills.... grhhheennndwuvvv...."
HEY, DO YOU LIKE JAZZ? SO DO WE! HERE ARE SOME NEW RELEASES!
MICHAEL BRECKER - PILGRIMAGE. The late great legend's final album features the all-star band of Pat Metheny, Herbie Hancock, Brad Mehldau, John Patitucci, and Jack DeJohnette. We have not heard it yet, but honestly, how could you say anything bad about Michael Brecker?
BILL CHARLAP TRIO - LIVE AT THE VILLAGE VANGUARD. Charlap, with his Washington rhythm section, doing what they do best at the legendary Village nightclub. We have not heard it yet, but honestly, how could you say anything bad about Michael Brecker?
CHICK COREA & BELA FLECK - ENCHANTMENT. Chick & Fleck (and the Knicks and the Hawks and the Bucks -- first person to email us with the reference gets a copy of the CD!) combine for their first ever collaboration. We have not heard it yet, but how can you say anything bad about Willis Reed?
VICTOR GOINES - LOVE DANCE. A dear friend of Wynton Marsalis, but we won't hold that against him, because he's one of the great sax players in the jazz game. This new release features the same quartet that was on his last brilliant record, "New Adventures" (Peter Martin, Reuben Rogers and Gregory Hutchinson).
ABBEY LINCOLN - ABBEY SINGS ABBEY. Jazz legend's new record has a unique sound that features guitar virtuoso and multi-instrumentalist (not to mention Bob Dylan's occasional right hand man) Larry Campbell running the show. Miss Lincoln may not be for everyone, but her voice is still sounding remarkably vibrant.
ORDER ONE! ORDER TWO! AWW, HECK, ORDER 'EM ALL! EMAIL US OR CALL (212) 244-3460!
ONE MORE THING ABOUT THIS NEW McCARTNEY CD...
OK, we know the guy wrote "Yesterday," "For No One," "Maybe I'm Amazed," and "Hey Jude." For those songs alone, Pauly should get a pass. But let's not forget, he also wrote "Biker Like An Icon," "Frozen Jap," and "Mumbo," as well as the lyric "And I acted like a dustbin lid." This new record makes the aforementioned crap sound like Gershwin. If there is one review in any of the popular rags that gives MEMORY ALMOST FULL anything but 1 1/2 stars, you'll be hearing from our lawyers. (Actually, we don't have any lawyers. You'll be hearing from our uncles.) McCartney must be stopped! Sir George Martin, please make that phone call. You're the only one who can intervene.
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HEY! DO YOU LIKE STEELY DAN?
Sal has ONE AWESOME SEAT for Monday night's show (5/21), Row A, in the loge, on the aisle. He'd like face value but he'll accept reasonable offers. EMAIL OR CALL!
UNTIL NEXT WEEK, WE LEAVE YOU WITH THIS:
We're sorry if we offended anyone with our Jerry Falwell joke. We meant no disrespect. He was a good man.*
The Brothers Glib
*No he wasn't.