Monday, April 6, 2009

New Music Monday Night

I'm still getting caught up on some of the albums that I had missed so far this year so I'll post two older releases and then one new one that comes out tomorrow. I will most likely keep this entry short and sweet because I'm on 4 hours of sleep (thanks Toots!) and depressed because UNC appears to be headed for another National Championship (thanks Mich St for showing up!)

Coconut Records - Davy

Coconut Records is actually a solo project of the actor, Jason Schwartzman, who is best known for playing the lead role in the film Rushmore. Originally he was the drummer for the band, Phantom Planet, who had a breakthrough hit with the song California that ended up being the theme for The OC. Davy is the second album that Jason has released under the Coconut Records name and continues his foray into 1960's - Beatlesesque pop. A solid record.

Ben Kweller - Changing Horses

Changing Horses is Ben's fourth studio album and like the previous three albums, has quickly entered into heavy rotation for KG. However, although this album is recommended, it is definitely the weakest of Mr. Kweller's discography. Ben's previous efforts have been more of the rock/pop variety but on Horses the native Texan decided to delve into his Country roots to mixed results. Give the album a shot and if you like it pick up his earlier work because you should like it even more.

Doves - Kingdom of Rust

The songs of Doves (not THE Doves, just Doves) are extremely dramatic and I realize are not exactly commercial or what one might expect to hear on the radio. It is the kind of music that should be played as the credits roll after a good movie. Very cinematic. In fact, when KG gets his movies made he has a Doves song picked out for each of his films. The boys of Doves hail from Manchester, England and in a just world would be sharing stages across the world with the likes of U2 or Coldplay. I have only had the experience of seeing them live on one occasion and would travel great distances to see them again. Kingdom is their fourth studio release and hits stores tomorrow. Checkout 10:03 and tell me it isn't the greatest song that Bono never wrote.

1 comment:

Corbie said...

So, after reading your description of Ben Kweller, I was excited to hear his stuff and hoped that it would satisfy my need for twang. However, since I can't make the link to Homeward Bound play more than one note (over and over and over again), I am going to have to take your word for it that I would like his earlier work better (at least better than this one grating note). Good picks - I hadn't heard of any of them (mostly because I'm a musical loser and I live in a musical rut).