Eclectic singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright follows up 2007’s studio recording "Release The Stars" with "All Days Are Nights". While Wainwright’s voice recalls the late Jeff Buckley, there has always been an added sense of mischief and theatre about his style. This outing features his most stripped back, affecting work to date - Wainwright’s trademark virtuoso piano work the only accompaniment to his emotive vocal style, removing some of the theatrics but leaving an album drenched in style.
This is Gillian’s fifth full length studio album. Welch and her musical partner David Rawlings had not released an album in eight years prior to The Harrow & The Harvest, as they simply didn’t have any songs they liked enough to put out. The struggle of trying to write new material for years and then finally creating a record they liked was the inspiration for the album’s title.
1. The Ballad Of Carol Lynn 2. Don’t Wanna Know Why 3. Jacksonville Skyline 4. Reasons To Lie 5. Don’t Be Sad 6. Sit & Listen To The Rain 7. Under Your Breath 8. Mirror, Mirror 9. Paper Moon 10. What The Devil Wanted 11. Crazy About You 12. My Hometown 13. Easy Hearts 14. Bar Lights
Artist Whiskeytown (Ryan Adams) Title Faithless Street Label Universal IMS 1. Midway Park 2. Drank Like A River 3. Too Drunk To Dream 4. Tennessee Square [Bonus Track] 5. What May Seem Like Love 6. Faithless Street 7. Mining Town 8. If He Can’t Have You 9. Black Arrow, Bleeding Heart 10. Matrimony 11. Excuse Me While I Break My Own Heart Tonight [Bonus Track] 12. Desperate Ain’t Lonely 13. Hard Luck Story 14. Top Dollar 15. Lo-Fi Tennessee Mountain Angel (for Kathy Poindexter) [Bonus Track] 16. Revenge 17. Empty Baseball Park [Baseball Park Sessions] 18. Here’s To The Rest Of The World [Baseball Park Sessions] 19. 16 Days [Baseball Park Sessions] 20. Yesterday’s News [Baseball Park Sessions] 21. Factory Girl [Baseball Park Sessions]
1. Inn Town 2. Excuse Me While I Break My Own Heart Tonight 3. Yesterday’s News 4. 16 Days 5. Everything I Do 6. Houses On The Hill 7. Turn Around 8. Dancing With The Women At The Bar 9. Waiting To Derail 10. Avenues 11. Losering 12. Somebody Remembers The Rose 13. Not Home Anymore
WHITE HINTERLAND - Kairos, Dead Oceans
Kairos is the second full album from White Hinterland, the experimental pop project from songwriter, vocalist and sometime pianist Casey Dienel. In this instance Dienel abandons her piano and pursues accompaniment from minimal, looping electronic arrangements.
Comparisons to The XX and Dirty Projectors have cropped up in text about this band, and you can hear where some of that comes from, but there’s undoubtedly a more simplified, elemental quality to this music that perfectly serves Dienel’s incredibly pure and melodic voice.
Hallways of Always is the result of a shared love of 70s Nashville music from the beautiful William E.Whitmore (remember the fun we had when he played in the shop!!) and Jenny Hoyston (Erase Errata) I was a bit unsure about the idea of Jenny Hoysten guesting with the gravelly voiced, foot stomping, banjo picking, whiskey swigging (and damned right gorgeous) William but I was wrong.This is sheer beauty in musical form.
Wilco’s first studio album in three years has been perhaps the most ardently awaited release of 2007. Eager fans had taken to shouting out pleas for information to bandleader Jeff Tweedy during his recent solo acoustic tour, and the web chatter has been virtually deafening. Sky Blue Sky is as eloquently straightforward as Wilco’s last studio recording, A Ghost Is Born, was daringly experimental. Tweedy’s lyrics deal forthrightly with romantic separation and reconciliation, their bittersweet quality giving way, as the album progresses, to a more uplifting, redemptive mood. Tweedy quite literally banishes the darkness on the penultimate track, the inspiring, gospel-tinged ‘What Light’ - the album’s first single - and concludes with a deeply affecting, ‘til-death-do-us-part lullaby, ‘On & On & On’.
It’s all strummy guitars, tinkling keyboards, big choruses, George Harrison-style slide guitar, and stacked harmony vocals, conjuring aural images of bands such as Love, Wings, and Badfinger. Throughout, the songwriting is tight and focused, making Wilco (The Album) one of the most instantly accessible albums in the Chicago-based group’s catalogue.
Co-produced by Jeff Tweedy, Patrick Sansone, and Tom Schick, Whole Love is Wilco’s eighth studio album, as well as the band’s first release on its own label, dBpm Records. A pair of lengthy songs, including the 12-minute closer, bookend the record. Deluxe CD contains an extra CD Disc 2 (deluxe CD) 1. I Love My Label 2. Message from Mid-Bar 3. Speak into the Rose 4. Black Moon Alt. Version
This DVD contains the complete gig of the Rockpalast Crossroads show in Bonn, plus outtakes and an interview with Robert Fisher. Add some footage from the Orange Blossom Special #9 (2005), a 12-page booklet and a Radio Bremen radio-session (on CD) and you have a lot to watch and hear.This is a great package for any WGC fan, the tracks are utterly stirring. God bless Robert Fisher.
The Sixth Studio album from Willard Grant Conspiracy features contributions from Chris Beckman (The Walkabouts), Dennis Cronin (Lambchop), Steve Wynn (Dream Syndicate), Mary Lorson (Saint Low, Madder Rose) and a cast of thousands. Having spent a fair bit of time in Western European Territories has filtered through to the overall sound on this album with rousing Warren Ellis (Nick Cave/Dirty Three) -esque violin arrangements. Without a doubt their finest work to date.
1. Distant Shore 2. Let It Roll 3. Dance With Me 4. Skeleton 5. Flying Low 6. Breach 7. Crush 8. Mary Of The Angels 9. Ballad Of A Thin Man 10. Lady Of The Snowline
Raw, intuitive and minimal, ‘Paper Covers Stone’ is the ninth album from Willard Grant Conspiracy and a stark contrast to the full orchestration of 2008’s ‘Pilgrim Road’. Yet both records share the same willingness to experiment that has marked the band’s releases right from the very first album, ‘3am Sunday At Fortune Otto’s’ in 1996. ‘Paper Covers Stone’ can be seen, just as with the intransitive results of the game the title of the record is borrowed from, as the latest example in the strange loop that connects them all.