Monday, April 27, 2009

Music Library: Carla Bozulich, Carla Bruni, Carly Simon, The Carpenters, The Carrie Nations, The Cars, The Carter Family

Metal week! Wait, no. This one goes the other way.

Carla Bozulich - The Red-Headed Stranger and Evangelista. The first is Carla Bozulich - she of the mighty Geraldine Fibbers and partnership with Nels Cline - covering Willie Nelson's classic album, track by track. Cline's distinctive guitar is all over this album, and Willie himself shows up to duet with her. Awesome. The latter is a Bozulich's follow-up (her current band now calls itself Evangelista), an emotional chamber-noise album not unlike Scott Walker's recent work. Cline's all over that one, too, although I understand that he's not been a part of the more recent Evangelista work.

Carla Bruni - Quelqu'un M'a Dit and No Promises. Mrs. First Lady of France's not-terrible folk-rock albums. They don't have much going for them, but they're definitely not offensive. Well, the latter album, which reworks Romantic poetry into Jack Johnson-like acoustic guitar jams, is kinda offensive.

Carly Simon - "You're So Vain". I love this song. So sue me.

The Carpenters - The Singles 1969 - 1973. My wife's album. I like "Superstar," but the rest lay on the fromage.

The Carrie Nations - "Sweet Talkin' Candy Man." A neat-o slice of chick-garage from Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls.

The Cars - The Cars. I really like The Cars. I should buy more of their albums. It's bubblegum, but in the best way.

The Carter Family - "Wildwood Flower (1928)," "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean," "Wildwood Flower (1935)," "Keep On The Sunny Side," Longing For Old Virginia: Their Complete Victor Recordings 1934, and Country Music Hall of Fame Series. Man, I wish I had more Carter Family recordings. Talk about your country gold.

"Casey Kasem Loses It" - The famous viral recording of Mr. Kasem at his worst.


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