After a period of somewhat taking Sugar for granted, the recent remastered editions of its albums have been a forceful reminder of how stunning Bob Mould’s post-Hüsker Dü band is to me. Though he lacked Grant Hart as a songwriting foil, Mould’s laser-hot focus in his Sugar work never makes me want for someone to come in and help pick up the slack. Sugar’s 1992 debut Copper Blue has always been a favorite, and ever since the deluxe edition hit it’s been receiving considerable renewed attention via my iPod.
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Ultraísta is the new project from Nigel Godrick (who is known for his work with Radiohead and Atoms for Peace), Joey Waronker (also worked with Atoms for Peace as well as Beck) and the vocalist Laura Bettinson. Their new track “Bad Insect” is available to stream now in advance of the release of their self-titled album is out October 2nd on Temporary Residence. You can also check out the video for the previously released “Smalltalk” below and visit their website here to get more information or hear “Static Light”.
Soul singer extraordinaire Bettye LaVette returns with her latest album entitled Thankful N’ Thoughtful on 25 September, releasing via Anti- Records. The new album features a wide range of cover tunes, including songs penned by Bob Dylan and Neil Young, as well as takes on tracks originally recorded by Gnarls Barkley and the Black Keys. Yesterday LaVette’s cover of Ewan MacColl’s “Dirty Old Town” from 1949, which was also made famous by the Pogues in later years, saw premieres on Spinner and the Huff Post.
Britain has a highly successful export sector these days and, yes, it’s pop. Our UK friends know a little something about this of course. Of late, it’s been a long line of exceptional female singers: Adele, Amy Winehouse, Duffy, Joss Stone, Emil Sande, Lily Allen among many others and now comes Lianne La Havas, who is already getting big-time critical praise for her new album Is Your Love Big Enough?. Today is her 23rd b-day and to celebrate she just premiered the video for new single “Forget”. As ever, British pop reigns supreme.
The Souljazz Orchestra‘s upcoming album Solidarity releasing 18 September via Strut Records is a delicious mix of summery semba and samba that’ll have you getting jiggy on the dancefloor. But there are some serious ideas behind the warm jams. The group has just released a stream of “Cartão Postal”, which looks at the contrast between the glitzy beach tourist resorts and the surrounding poverty of the locals. It’s music for your body and head. The group will tour North American in the late autumn and tour dates are below the jump.