Lately the CD pile has been swelling to unsustainable proportions. Sweet Talk receives anywhere from 50-75 a week and has been lagging behind separating the wheat from the chaff.
Here is what the last few months harvest reaped; in other words
these are a few of the albums that I can not bring myself to pull out
of the playlist.
Sarah Borges & Broken Singles The Stars Are Out: Everyone
knows the woman can flat out bring the Joan Jett rock, and she has all
the good parts of Sheryl Crow's sound without the LA pop suckdom. The
fact that she is a bona fide Masshole makes her even that more lovable.
Rating: Four Wicked Pissahs
Elvis Perkins In Dearland Elvis Perkins In Dearland: Mr.
Perkins takes a significant leap forward with this batch of well
crafted tracks. A good stew is made from a lot of ingredients and this
album is no different. A little sloppy cajun, a pinch of Pete Seeger,
dash of Tex-Mex, som and a box of lost Kink's demos. While all the
songs are worth inclusion the true standout is "Hey". Much like
his peer M. Ward's recent sound with She & Him, this track is
timeless. A Roy Orbinson tinged banger floating in a dusty crate of
lost 45's from the basement. Go grab it.
Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears Tell 'Em What Your Name Is!
: Ladies and Gentlemen welcome the soul of Wilson Pickett... not
wait....Sharon Jones...uuum, James Brown... hell it's the soul of Joe
Lewis. Yes the comparisons are easy, and his wattage at SXSW was white
hot, but it ain't hype if you can make hips roll and ankles slide the
way these boys do. Blazing down the road alongside the likes of Eli
Paper Boy Reed and The Dap Kings, BJL&TH can make listeners break
out into a sonic sweat just by listening to tracks like "Boogie" &
"Gunpowder." The great Paul Pena would have been thoroughly impressed.
PS - If you can find a copy of the advance, check out "Bitch, I Love
You" for some heavy and hard and "Cousin Randy" for some front porch
Lightning Hopkins which were left off the official release. Some down
and real dirty. Kids beware.