Odds and Ends 028
Too much is not enough
Todd Snider: Happy New Year Vol. 1 (Aimless)
Updates of "Beer Run" and "Ballad of the Kingsmen," Jerry Jeff Walker cameo with patter, too many redundancies, and three or four definitive renditions ("Alright Guy [Hill Country Goodbye Story] Alright Guy," "Precious Little Miracles," "Can't Complain," "Too Soon to Tell") ***
Miles Davis Quintet: Live in Europe 1969: The Bootleg Series Vol. 2 (Columbia/Legacy)
There are probably 30-40 Miles albums I'd rather play, but not with Shorter blatting quite so much, or Corea providing a tolerable dose of the fusion I'll come to hate ("Bitches Brew," "Directions" [7.25/69]) ***
Omar Souleyman: Jazeera Nights (Sublime Frequencies)
Studio-recorded before he'd refined his crowd-pleasing wiles in the world marketplace, this dabke for dummies lacks a subtle but crucial quantum of give ("Hafer Bidi Gabrak [I Will Dig Your Grave With My Hands]," "Hot Il Khanjar Bi Gleibi [Stab My Heart]") ***
The Postal Service: Give Up: Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition (Sub Pop)
First three new songs on the bonus disc gave me hope for the next four, which, well, you know (and there are also some pretty decent remixes/remakes!) ("Be Still My Heart," "A Tattered Line of String") **
Omar Souleyman: Dabke 2020 (Sublime Frequencies)
Arguably his most intense record, yet also arguably his most wearying and even sometimes dullest‑-the death-metal effect ("La Sidounak Sayyada," "Lansab Sherek") **
They Might Be Giants: Album Raises New and Troubling Questions (Idlewild)
A "rarities compilation" needn't maintain a surge, but it should peak more than this one does ("Authenticity Trip," "Marty Beller Mask," "Tubthumping") **
Jimi Hendrix: People, Hell and Angels (Legacy)
A superior barrel scrape, with Hendrix's comping behind Lonnie Youngblood worthy of the permanent collection ("Let Me Move You," "Somewhere") **
Fleetwood Mac: Rumours (Warner Bros.)
Live set on this three-CD exploitation might well entrance, outtakes disc will not ("Monday Morning," "Oh Daddy") *
The Uncluded, *Hokey Fright*
Uncluded is Kimya Dawson and Aesop Rock and at first this on-the-run collaboration felt just too fragmentary and I had trouble deciphering chemistry, but each number gets a shade stronger and like most projects associated with Dawson, launches an all-out charm offensive. Damned if Aesop doesn't get on board himself by the end. Irresistible: "Eyeball Soup."
From N.Y. magazine's website:
Editor-in-chief Will Bourne, hired in November, and deputy Jessica Lustig, who started in January, both walked out of the Village Voice this morning, in the middle of making the week's paper, rather than be forced to lay off more staffers. Voice Media Group, which owns the zombie alt-weekly (where I used to work), reportedly demanded that Bourne slice five positions out of the twenty that remain and somehow still make a publication. "When I was brought in here, I was explicitly told that the bloodletting had come to an end," . "I have enormous respect for the staff here and the work they have been doing and I am not going to preside over further layoffs."
"Senegalese singer Youssou Ndour and Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho have been named as the recipients of this year's Polar Music Prize.The pair will each receive one million kronor (£98,600) from the Royal Swedish Academy of Music. Sweden's highest musical honour is awarded annually to both a pop performer and classical artist. The prize is awarded for "exceptional achievements in the creation and advancement of music". The academy recognised Ndour as "not just a singer, but a storyteller, poet, singer of praise, entertainer and verbal historian". "With his exceptionally exuberant band Super Etoile de Dakar and his musically ground breaking and political solo albums, Youssou Ndour has worked to reduce animosities between his own religion, Islam, and other religions," it said."
Unfortunately, he seems to have cancelled the fascinating "Really the blues?" project (it is no longer available from his site). Too bad! I really enjoyed the first volume and was looking forward to the release of the remaining three.
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about the blogger
Starting in 1967, Robert Christgau has covered popular music for The Village Voice, Esquire, Blender, Playboy, Rolling Stone, and many other publications. He teaches in New York University's Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music, maintains a comprehensive website at robertchristgau.com, and has published five books based on his journalism. He has written for MSN Music since 2006.
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