Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Suffering a Neil Hangover!

Sherman jr. and I spent most of last night with 12 Songs. Just love it. For all that it is and mostly for what is isn't. I love the stripped down, intimate feeling of Neil hanging out and singing just for me. I've always been a fan, but this just seals the deal. Please tour with this record Neil. Some small venues, intimate settings and just your guitar. A dream come true! Only cure for a Neil hangover is more Neil.

Sherman jr. is not ignoring the other music released yesterday. In fact, we spent some serious time with the long awaited return of Kate Bush Aerials is her first studio release since 1993's Red Shoes. The result of her hiatus will thrill fans and make some new ones, as well. How do you market someone who has been off the scene for a generation? I think you play to the Tori and Fiona crowd and count on word of mouth to push this record. The first single "King of the Mountain" entered the UK charts at number 4. Not a bad start! The b side on that single is Kate's own version of the Marvin Gaye classic, "Sexual Healing". Interesting choice for Kate, but works nonetheless. The release is a two cd set. Beautiful packaging consisting of great images and gorgeous art deliver the two discs. In the time Kate has been away, she has suffered the death of her mother and has experienced motherhood. This record reflects those personal journeys. It is beautiful. Don't expect a tour or any appearances with this disc. That is not her style. She has agreed to some print interviews and a BBC and NPR interview, but that will be all. Really take a listen to "How To Be Invisible".

Sherman Jr. also spent some time with the latest Leaf release. Sutekh: Born Again: Collected Remixes 1999-2005 is a collection of Sutekh's remix work for Leaf. He could be called the king of minimal house in some circles. His mixes of some tracks by Ammoncontact, Swayzak and Murcof are some of the most innovative around. There are 23 tracks on this double cd set and each one is worth a listen. Glitchy, techy, warm and funky. Great packing on the disc, as well. I am thrilled with this release, but it's Leaf's 10th Anniversary collection that I am itchin' for. Check the Water This sounds like a must have for all of us Leaf fans. That label has been one to watch for a long time and has yet to disappoint. Leaf has a list of artists that are tough to beat in the electronic music world, Colleen, Murcof, Efterklang, Psapp, Hanne Hukkelberg, and Clue to Kalo just to name a few.

This brings me to my Guilty Pleasure track of the day. "Magnet and Steel" by Walter Egan. This 1978 classic has been dropped in several soundtracks and has had a rebirth of sorts. Remember when it turned up in Boogie Nights? He worked with all the best in the 70's. Jackson Browne, Lindsey Buckingham, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris and Don Henley. Here he is during those wild days of the 70's flanked by rock royalty. Yes, Stevie Nicks is rock royalty. Don't argue. There is no other white winged dove. Personally, the ohhhhs and ahhhhs at the start of the song are the real hooks for me! I think I may have kissed a boy at a boy-girl party while this song was playing. Seems like a nice spin the bottle tune!

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