Featuring songs inspired by the 2012 death of his mother (Carrie), Sufjan Stevens returns to his indie-folk roots for his newest album.
A new Pop Group album is sure to be a pretty big deal for a pretty small group of people. If I didn't have you at "A new Pop Group album", here's a quick primer: think the funky, political post-punk elements of Gang of Four mixed with the noisy, unhinged elements of Nick Cave's Birthday Party. While you're at it, get 1979's Y, too. It may be a half step below the best Gang of Four or Birthday Party stuff, but "Thief of Fire" and "She is Beyond Good and Evil" are classic tracks.
Lonesome Dove author Larry McMurtry's son is something of a star in his own right, a singer-songwriter in the country/western milieu with eleven albums to his credit.
People seem to like Father John Misty. Perhaps you're one of them. Perhaps you don't know it yet, but if you check out the CD from the library and listen to it, you'll like him, too. It's worth a shot.
San Francisco's indie record store powerhouse Aquarius Records made Jaguya their record of the week, and had this to say, "Baba Commandant (aka Mamadou Sanou) and his band are from the West African state of Burkina Faso (formerly the Upper Volta), and in a true, underground, DIY style, mix up the traditional, tribal Mandingo music of their region with a more modern, electric approach. Baba Commandant, born in 1973, who sings and plays the ngoni (an ancient, traditional lute), has been an active and original presence on the music scene in Burkina Faso for many years. ... It's a cool discovery on the part of Sublime Frequencies, but we bet Baba Commandant & Co. would have been heard sooner or later over here, just due to the tons of rhythmic energy radiating from their music. Yup, they've got plenty of power (there's guitars to go with the ngoni, horns too, and they don't hold back), making for some pretty hot jams. The wide ranging vocals of Baba and his backup singers are crucial too, and together the group really casts a hypnotic spell."
Hey! There's a new Death Cab for Cutie album! Gotta love a band that named itself after a Bonzo Dog Band song.