Friday, October 13, 2017

3 Songs: On Repeat (Extended Edition)

Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile – “Over Everything” (File this under: almost too good to be true; as the likeminded musicians Barnett and Vile have just released a collaborative album via a collaboration between Barnett’s Milk Records and Matador Records, titled, Lotta Sea Lice.  The excellent album is highlighted by their vocal trade-offs as well as their scruffy, signature guitar work and wordy, narrative lyrical style.  In addition to their excellent originals, they also put their own nonchalant folksy spin on songs from 90’s alt-pop band Belly and Australian singer-songwriter Jen Cloher.  Check out the bluesy, countrified jangle of the standout opening track here.)

William Patrick Corgan – “The Spaniards” (The Smashing Pumpkins frontman has teamed up with producer Rick Rubin for his second solo album, released under his full birth name.  Out today via Martha’s Music/BMG, Ogilala is a mostly acoustic affair with Corgan ditching his trademark dense guitars and angst for soaring, starry-eyed piano and acoustic guitar-led arrangements with cinematic strings and vulnerable lyrics.  Vocally, he has never sounded better.  The album is accompanied by a silent short film, Pillbox, written and directed by Corgan and collaborator Linda Strawberry.  Also, be sure to catch him on his current solo acoustic tour.)

Foo Fighters – “The Line” (Dave Grohl and company recently released their ninth studio album, Concrete And Gold.  Out now on Roswell/RCA Records, the new album finds the band as arena-ready as ever but renewed as well; injecting lead single “Run” and standouts “La Dee Da” and “Make It Right” with loads of energy, heavy riffs and screams.  The album – smoothly produced by Grammy award-winning pop producer Greg Kurstin - is also full of surprising guest spots from jazz saxophonist Dave Koz, Justin Timberlake and Shawn Stockman of Boyz II Men, but it all fits together, with nothing standing out for the wrong reasons; equaling out to be the best Foos album in years!)          

Liam Gallagher – “Wall Of Glass” (The famously arrogant former Oasis frontman recently released his debut solo album, As You Were, out now on Warner Bros. Records.  This collection of songs offers up everything an Oasis fan could want including, very Beatles-esque moments (“Paper Crown”), atmospheric acoustic ballads (“Chinatown”) and psychedelic rockers (“Come Back To Me”) as well as the ballsy, bluesy standout single, “Wall Of Glass”, heard here.)


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