Thursday, January 19, 2006

Do I hear a trend?


Just finished listening to the new solo release from Jenny Lewis. Is it just me or are we creating a new trend? Instant classics perhaps?! The moment I first heard the new Cat Power, I felt that this was a classic album that would long be a favorite. That exact same feeling washed over me when I listened to Rabbit Fur Coat from Jenny Lewis with the Watson Sisters (available Jan. 24th on Conor Oberst's Team Love Label). Lewis is the front woman for Rilo Kiley and has followed up their successful '05 with a solo disc that has been written and produced in a style reminiscent of classic Bob Dylan. I have always been a fan of Lewis' vocals, but nevermore than on this album. Harmonizing with Chandra & Leigh Watson, Lewis exhibits a beauty and sincerity with both her songwriting and vocal styling. One minute she has your heart breaking the next you are struck with a touch of fear. The album length is a mere 38 minutes, with 10 of the 12 songs written by Lewis. She is joined by Ben Gibbard, M. Ward and Conor Oberst on a cover of the Travelling Wilbury's "Handle With Care". Lewis takes the lead Tom Petty portion and breathes a freshness into this song as only she can do. This album is at times country, folk and an even some gospel, but as a whole, it is pure soul. Can someone we just learned about a few years ago already sound like a veteran? I think so. Here is your reason to fall in love with Jenny Lewis. Look for a tour this spring!

A few things to share with Seattle and those of you outside the city who may be wondering what's been happening out here. Check out Blue Room Seattle. A new weekly podcast of all that is happening in music and art in the city. Sounds like a great way to expose yourself to all the creativity in the city! Also, check out OseaO Worldwide Internet Radio for some great archived house, funk, soul and more. Great sets from the likes of Mike Huckaby, Mike Grant, Theo Parrish and many of Seattle's own to peruse and enjoy! This is a listener supported site made available of all!

Just discovered a site with some incredible DJ sets that you should check out! Five Grand Stereo has a set by Phonique (Poker Flat) from December '05 that is out of this world! They are dedicated to bringing you both new and veteran artists and are all about the music! New shows are posted on Tuesdays! Fresh new website coming soon, as well.

Just the other day someone posed the question "if you were to buy one Nina Simone album, what would it be?" Personally, she can do no wrong, so any release is a good one. Unfortunately, many of them are out of print now. There is a new collection that has been released that would be a great start for anyone. The Soul of Nina Simone on Legacy Recordings DualDisc. This could serve as a greatest hits for the diva. This includes a 60 minute audio collection of some of Simone's finest performances including Feeling Good; In the Dark; Since I Fell For You; Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood; To Love Somebody; My Man's Gone Now; I Think It's Going to Rain Today; My Baby Just Cares for Me; I Want a Little Sugar in my Bowl; Save Me; The Look of Love; I Get Along With You Very Well (Except Sometimes); Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues; Nobody's Fault But Mine; Porgy and Bess Medley. The "flipside" of the audio disc is a bonus DVD which features 30 minutes of footage that includes her television debut on the Ed Sullivan Show, as well as, soul stirring performances at the Harlem Festival in 1969. There really is a Nina Simone song to fit your every mood. She is an artist that should always be within arm's length of everyone!

Just heard a bit of the soon to be released William Orbit disc, Hello Waveforms. Gorgeous! It's been way too long!!!

One more day until the weekend! You can do it! I know you can! If not, behold Boy On A Stick as a Thursday treat!

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