The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
“Come Saturday” [MP3]
“Everything With You” [MP3]
“One Moment’s Peace” [MP3]
Dent May and His Magnificent Ukelele
“Meet Me in the Garden” [MP3]
“Tote It to Cleveland, AL” [MP3]
India.Arie’s fourth album, Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics, comes out next Tuesday. The slow and sultry “Chocolate High” is the first single and features Musiq Soulchild. Perfectly timed for Valentine’s Day just around the corner.
Texas singer-songwriter Gretchen Phillips is about to release her first new album in five years. The proudly out lesbian and Texas Music Hall of Fame inductee continues her smart, thought-provoking brand of songwriting on I Was Just Comforting Her. Lead-off track “Red State/Blue State” is an electro-pop ditty with an optimistic message that suits the Age of Obama. It’s in keeping with her desire to explore higher studio production values as well. Phillips says of the new record, “I got hungry for really big production. Not big production for big production’s sake, but to make an album that utilized every instrument and sound that I felt would serve the songs. I decided not to scrimp on my recording budget and not to give myself any time constraints. I wanted to work on it until I was totally satisfied.”
“Red State/Blue State” [MP3]
02/18 Los Angeles, CA @ Genghis Cohen
02/19 Felton, CA @ Don Quixote’s
02/23 San Francisco, CA @ Cafe du Nord
02/25 Eugene, OR @ Sam Bond’s
02/26 Seattle, WA @ SPACE: A Design Build Collective
02/27 Olympia, WA @ ABC House
02/28 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Pizza
Dan Raper handed out an 8 to Black Dice’s 2007 Load Blown, a collection of the band’s 12-inchs released during that year on Paw Tracks. About the Animal Collective labelmates he said: “The coalescing of chaos into something approaching the ordered groove of beat-fuelled electronica serves as an appropriate moment for distinction between Black Dice and those other gnarly Brooklynites, Excepter. Whereas the latter have been playing around with basic songform, setting up and undercutting expectation with an academic, over listenability bent, Black Dice’s noisy grooves have a more identifiable emotion beneath the mess and junk.” Black Dice’s new album Repo drops on April 7th and here is the first single.
Glazin’ [MP3] from Repo [7 April]
Supposedly an ancient supergroup that went their own ways, the master tapes for the BPA sessions were unearthed earlier this year, cleaned up, and are now publicly available. Fantasy is fun, ain’t it? As our review said, “The album’s strongest track is also a cover. ‘He’s Frank (Slight Return)’, originally by the Monochrome Set, appears here with a funkier bassline, abundant handclaps, and almost subterranean vocals from Iggy Pop.” As the video proves, even as a muppet, Iggy can still kick your ass.