Road Tunes: New Music Releases
What's new in music for the week of 09-25-2012
Web2Carz Senior Writer
Published: September 25th, 2012
ummer’s almost gone,” sang Jim Morrison all those years ago. “Where will we be when the summer’s gone?” Our guess is in much the same place as now, but a little bit colder. And as summer turns to autumn and our memories of carefree days at the beach turn to thoughts of death and decay, let’s all enjoy some of these week’s new releases, none of which feature that late Mr. Morrison.
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THEY SAY: Sixth album from electronic music superstar deadmau5.
WE SAY: Aside from his pretentiously lowercased and alphanumericized name, deadmau5 (so named because he once found a dead mouse in his computer) also makes some of the least interesting electronic music this side of Skrillex. Maybe you have to be under 18 and/or on ecstasy to get it, but if that’s true, I’d rather pop an “e” and listen to the sounds made by a combine harvester.
Green Day / Uno!
THEY SAY: Latest album from punk pretenders Green Day.
WE SAY: Green Day began as part of a third wave of punk music, tailor made for kids not yet born when The Damned went goth. They shamelessly ripped off far better first-wave punk bands like Stiff Little Fingers, and before long rock critics who feared their “hipness” was waning, started to sing the band's praises. Meanwhile, they just kept on sucking.
Lavender Diamond / Incorruptible Heart
THEY SAY: Third album from Providence-based singer/songwriter Becky Stark, who records under the name Lavender Diamond.
WE SAY: More gorgeous, ethereal well-crafted indie pop from Ms. Stark, who’s worked with artists as disparate as She & Him, The Decembrists, and John C. Reilly.
Mumford & Sons / Babel
THEY SAY: Second album from British folk-rockers Mumford & Sons, whose performance on the 2010 Grammy’s brought them international acclaim.
WE SAY: Like many folk-revivalists, Mumford & Sons does little to advance the genre, but instead makes you long to go back to the source and listen the many bands who did this type of music much, much better.
No Doubt / Push and Pull
THEY SAY: Reunion record for Gwen Stefani’s old band.
WE SAY: There’s no doubt that what the world most definitely doesn’t need is another No Doubt record.