Sunday, September 15, 2013

Music Library Catch-Up: Boyce and Hart, Nick Cave, Daft Punk, Drive-By Truckers, Haydn, Jason Isbell, Meat Purveyors, Randy Newman

Some quick catch-up reviews.

Boyce and Hart - I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight (1968). Tasty bubblegum from the Monkees' main songwriters! It was filed in the Ts for Tommy Boyce.

Nick Cave - Nocturama (2008). Oh yeah.

Daft Punk - Random Access Memories (2013). Isn't it odd that it has suddenly become an event when Daft Punk releases a record? When did that happen?

Drive-By Truckers - The Dirty South (2004) and Brighter Than Creation's Dark (2007). When I reviewed these guys last time, I was not completely sold on them. I liked some songs and didn't care much for others. But these albums both hit me just right.

Haydn: Three Favorite Concertos (1990). Wynton Marsalis, Yo-Yo Ma, and Cho-Liang Lin. Is Wynton Marsalis a bullshit classical trumpeter? I don't know. This is okay.

Jason Isbell - Live From Alabama (2012). My least-favorite Drive-By Trucker out on his own. I just don't care for his music, y'all. I can even admit that I like some of his songs, but the way he plays them here is slick as greased shit.

The Meat Purveyors - Sweet In The Pants (1998), More Songs About Buildings And Cows (1999), Pain By Numbers (2004), and Someday Soon Things Will Be Much Worse! (2006). Punk-bluegrass band from Austin. Went to see them a few times in the '00s, so I can report that they put on a hell of a great show.

Randy Newman - 12 Songs (1970). My buddy Gary told me he would bet I would like this album or he'd eat his proverbial hat. I like it, man! Don't start cooking the Stetson yet! It's not my favorite thing, but I like it, man.


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