Saturday, May 23, 2015

In My Ears 2015 Vol. 8

Various Artists - The Only Folk Collection You'll Ever Need
If you click here, you can see the CD on the publisher site, view the track list and heck, even buy it if you are so inclined. I think a more accurate name might be "If You Are Only Going to Own One Folk Collection, This One is Pretty Rad!" There is not a bad moment on this collection. If I could make one change, I opt to not use the live Pete Seeger version of If I Had a Hammer and go with a studio recording where he isn't announcing the words he's about to sing so the audience may participate.

Tony Bennett/Lady Gaga - Cheek to Cheek
Great record! Bennett is himself and Gaga is just gorgeous as a chanteuse.

Sleater-Kinney - No Cities to Love
After a decade long hiatus from recording, Sleater-Kinney releases their best work yet.

Ex-Hex - Rips
First heard this all female rockers on NPR. Interestingly, the last two listens have been back to back with the all female Sleater-Kinney. Love this debut release from them, looking forward to whatever might come next.

Guster - Evermotion
latest released from this Boston based band that have been around since 1991, but I only learned of them (and fell in love with their sound), in the last couple of years. This is a good record taking their signature sound and keeping it fresh.

Various Artists - Ronnie James Dio: This is Your Life
Usually, a collection like this can be scary...but this one is pretty awesome - even the Tenacious D cover of "The Last in Line". The collection ends with the haunting title cut sang by Dio himself

Bob Mould - The Last Dog & Pony Show
Regardless of where in his career you are listening to, if you are listening to Bob Mould, you are gonna enjoy it - the guy gives it every time.

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