New music releases for the week of 06-26-2012
Web2Carz Senior Writer
Published: June 26th, 2012
nother week, another batch of new releases for the kids, and some things for the middle-aged former kids who really just don’t get why music just isn’t as great as it was back in the day. You know, when music really mattered, man. When it wasn’t just digital files on your phone. It was a freakin’ lifestyle.
Dali's Car / InGladAloneness
THEY SAY: Second release from the Peter Murphy/Mick Karn collaboration, and the final recordings made before bassist Mick Karn’s death.
WE SAY: Fans of the first Dali’s Car album, which was released in 1984, will find much to love on this EP. In addition to Mick Karn’s incomparable fretless bass playing, there’s the same Middle-Eastern influence, the same sparseness, and even a remake of a song from the first album. A fitting final act for the much-missed Karn.
Electric Prunes / Complete Reprise Singles
(Real Gone Music)
THEY SAY: Singles retrospective for one of the most popular bands of the ‘60s psychedelic era.
WE SAY: The Electric Prunes made some fine albums, but they really excelled on their singles, with “I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)” as the obvious example. This is a great showcase for this too-often overlooked band and would serve as a good introduction for the uninitiated.
Everclear / Invisible Stars
THEY SAY: First album in six years from the Portland, Oregon alt-rock band who came to typify the sound of the ‘90s.
WE SAY: Everclear are currently touring with a full complement of ‘90s bands including Sugar Ray, Lit, Gin Blossoms, and Marcy Playground. And if that doesn’t tell you everything you need to know about them, we don’t know what does.
Flaming Lips / The Flaming Lips & Heady Fwends
THEY SAY: Album of collaborations between the Lips and such luminaries as Yoko Ono, Nick Cave, Bon Iver, Ke$ha, and others.
WE SAY: The title of the new Flaming Lips album is a callback to the classic Screaming Lord Such album Lord Such and Heavy Friends.” That album featured appearances by John Bonham, Jeff Beck, Noel Redding, and Nicky Hopkins. It’s one of the classic albums of the late ‘60s. This is not that. But Flaming Lips fans will love it, and people who shelled out big bucks for these songs on Record Store Day will be perturbed, and for that reason alone we like it.
R. Kelly / Write Me Back
THEY SAY: Notorious R&B singer Kelly returns with the follow up to his 2010 album Love Letter.
WE SAY: On Write Me Back R. Kelly pays tribute to the great voices of the 1970s, including Marvin Gaye, Teddy Pendergrass, Barry White, and others. Here’s what we will say when we write back to R. Kelly: “Thanks, but we’d rather listen to Barry, Teddy, and Marvin instead.”
The Offspring / Days Go By
THEY SAY: Ninth studio album from the Orange County punk rockers, and their first album in four years.
WE SAY: 10,220 is how many days have gone by since the Offspring first formed in 1984. 10,219.99 is how many days it’s been since we’ve wanted to hear anything from them ever again.