Hot off the presses: new music! Better said, new music that is worth your time.
Well, for the first time in over five months, nothing this week that compelled me to give pithy commentary and recommendations on. There may not be much going on this week, but there are three big weeks ahead- stay tuned.
P.S. I really enjoy the cover picture of the new Elbow record more than the record itself, so that’s the pic for the post.
Allah-Lahs – Lahs
Equal parts guitar pop a la Real Estate and aloof stoned-rock riffs a la Nap Eyes, these guys bring my favorite collection of their career yet on Lahs. The underlying guitar riff on “Keeping Dry” is wonderfully melancholy, the bassline is deceptively funky, and the lyrical delivery is a marvelous rhythmic pattern. I dig that song, folks. Instrumentals “Roco Ono” and “Houston” are a couple of zen nuggets as well.
Mark Kozelek & Petra Haden – Joey Always Smiled
More diary-like ramblings set to minimal musical arrangements from Mark. At this point, these recordings are more or less like listening to a podcast where Mark tells us what is on his mind, but Mark and Petra’s lovely duet cover of Huey Lewis & the News’s “The Power of Love” is an actual song – and quite a disarming take on the 80s hit.
Elbow – Giants of All Sizes
“Weightless” is pretty cool, and so is the cover art.
The Dead South – Sugar & Joy
Big Thief – Two Hands