The best album that came out this week was Superchunk’s "I Hate Music," which is as good as any of the 10 albums the band has released in its career. Thanks to NPR, we are able to listen to the new Neko Case album and the latest bootleg series from Bob Dylan, which features outtakes from his 1970 album "Self Portrait."
Compiled here is a list of what this author has been listening to this week.
What have you been listening to?
Chattanooga’s proggy math rockers Monomath have released a new four-song EP called "An EP." The band is composed of Gabe Barrett (guitar), Chris Lanza (drums) and Brian Hennen (bass). Support the local folks.
After my favorite blog announced its closure last week, I started searching the Internet for other blogs that might tickle my ears. We Listen for You is a blog based in the U.K. What I love most about the format is the collection of new music. This week, writers delivered a collection of their favorite tracks of the month. My favorite of the bunch was this track below by Crash Avenue called "Sally Go Round the Sun."
London Grammar, "Interlude"
I came across this song by a band called London Grammar. Their debut album, "If You Wait," will be available Sept. 10. This track, "Interlude," is a beautiful gateway into the fall season. I think you’ll be hearing more of this band in the near future.
Ty Segall, "Sleeper"
There may not be a more prolific musician/songwriter today than rocker Ty Segall. His latest album, "Sleeper," has earned an impressive 8.2 from Pitchfork. The site calls the album "... his most focused ... with every song's tone easily flowing into the next, and it's also one of his best." An artist who is consistently full of surprises has created a fluid album that could be considered one of the year’s best efforts after multiple listens.
Laura Veirs, "Warp and Weft"
Singer/songwriter Laura Veirs has an amazing sense of phrasing. Her latest album, "Warp and Weft," finds the 39-year-old feeling wispy and maybe a little on edge. Veirs wrote these songs during her recent pregnancy and recorded at the 8-month mark. Highlights include "The Sun Song," "Dorothy of the Island" and "America." Oh yeah, buy the physical album and you get some origami. Cool.
Tedeschi Trucks Band, "Made Up Mind"
Nooga co-worker James Harrison turned me on to the new album from powerhouse couple Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks. The album, "Made Up Mind," absolutely smokes with that Americana blues sound we’ve come to know and love from the duo. Trucks’ guitar playing is tight on tracks like "Part of Me." However, it’s Tedeschi’s voice that stands out. Her tone and phrasing are reminiscent of Bonnie Raitt in her prime. This is an incredible album. Her voice resonates strongest on the title track and "Sweet and Low." Derek Trucks is a lucky man to have that voice sing him to sleep at night.
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