Iowa denizen Joe Price sings and plays old-time, rough-hewn, country blues with a nasty metal slide that makes his gee-tar ring. His guitar playing wife Vicki joins in and sings in a complementary fashion. The duo’s new CD Rain or Shine features lots of downright nasty licks and gut-thumping rhythms. They may not be doing anything that hasn’t been done before, but these musicians bring forth the blues in all its rural beauty. These six songs offer solid proof.
El Guincho released Alegranza in 2007, garnering many comparisons to Panda Bear’s Person Pitch, also released that year. Now he returns with an EP of South American covers, titled Piratas de Sudamerica. The dense, lo-fi production remains as with previous efforts but his foray into covers now means a more-defined sense of structure on songs originally recorded by Miguel Matamoros and Felix B. Caignet, among others.
The record was recorded by El Guincho (real name: Pablo Díaz-Reixa) in his Barcelona apartment, paying deep homage to the salsa cuts he had grown up listening to with his dad. Piratas de Sudamerica is the first of a series of EPs which will be released on limited edition 12” vinyl concurrently with his main albums. This first EP can currently be listened to in full on Soundcloud.
El Guincho’s second album Pop Negro will be released in the Autumn.
Klaxons Surfing the Void
Releasing: 23 August (UK)
British psych rockers offer up their latest album this August in the UK while the US release date remains up in the air. There are already two videos to sample the new music though. Videos and stream after the jump.
02 Same Space
03 Surfing the Void
04 Valley of the Calm Trees
06 Extra Astronomical
07 Twin Flames
09 Future Memories
10 Cypher Speed
Radiohead’s drummer Phil Selway has an album approaching in August titled Familial. And kindly enough, he has offered up a free MP3 for anyone who signs up for his mailing list. “By Some Miracle” isn’t even three minutes long, but it’s the quality that counts. It shows that Selway, in addition to keeping time with one of the better rock bands of our time, has a natural knack for songwriting. Hopefully the rest of Familial will measure up.
Legendary British metal band Iron Maiden posted a link recently to download a “preview” track from their upcoming studio album The Final Frontier, slated for release in August. This will be the band’s 15th studio album, three decades after their self-titled debut. The preview song, titled “El Dorado”, will be the second track from the new album, and it clocks in at nearly seven minutes.
While initially excited about hearing a new song from one of my favorite bands, after an email discussion with a friend and fellow metal fan, I started to have some doubts. Iron Maiden has had an incredible career, but the last two releases have hardly had the same energy and depth of earlier work. Regardless, I downloaded the track from the band’s website.
Upon first listen, I thought about the positives first. The song has all of the trademarks of a good metal song: raw, heavy guitar riffs, a tight rhythm section, and lyrics full of mythical imagery. I found myself nodding my head or rapping my fingers along to the beat numerous times. Afterwards, however, I was left with one nagging question, and that question wiped out any of the positives I just named.
Why does it sound like American thrash metal?
This isn’t the Iron Maiden that I know. The band’s trademark sound—Bruce Dickinson’s inimitable vocals, intricate guitar work by Adrian Smith, Dave Murray, and Janick Gers, all laid down over Steve Harris’ galloping bass lines and Nicko McBrain’s drums—only presents itself in a few brief instances on “El Dorado”. - As a Maiden fan, and a metal fan in general, I found myself wanting more. Perhaps that’s one of the pitfalls of being in a band like Iron Maiden. The bar is set so high that it’s hard for to match up to what’s been done in the past. I hardly expected another “Run to the Hills”, “Aces High”, or “Wasted Years”, but I expected something better than this. I will admit that after listening to “El Dorado” half a dozen times, it’s started to grow on me, and perhaps when I listen to the remainder of the album this song will sound better to me. For now, I’ll rate this one on the low end, with hopes that I’ll change my mind after hearing The Final Frontier in its entirety this summer.