Issue: #365

ALBUM OF THE WEEK

The Rolling Stones "Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out!: The Rolling Stones In Concert TRIPLE CD/DVD/BOOK SET," Abkco

THE HIGH FIVE!!

  • Numinous: The Music of Joseph C. Phillips, Jr. "Vipassana," Numen/American Composers Forum
  • Steve Azar "Slide on Over Here," Ride/Redeye
  • Kaylah Marin "Loving Life," Epiphany
  • Kristina "Offshore Echoes," Patois
  • Matthew Labarge "October," Cynelic Gast

The Beatles "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," Parlophone/Capitol/EMI/Apple

Another in the repressing of the full Beatles catalogue, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, argued to be the best album of all time by Rolling Stone, is another album that the world can always use more of.

This was my introduction to The Beatles, which was possibly the best decision ever made for me. The album is packed full of the eclectic, almost ADD pace of back and forth tones and tempos, setting themselves as the most impressive band in history to do this. Complete with new glossy digi-pack and documentary on the album.

*****Shelton's Single of the Week: "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds"*********

EDITOR'S NOTE: Will make you happy, and that's what music ought to do.

Lorrie Morgan "A Moment In Time," Country Crossing

Soft and smokey country from Lorrie Morgan. "Pop-western" would serve this genre best, but that still misses the charm that comes from tracks like "Are You Lonesome Tonight".

True rodeo love songs. With a vocal approach similar to Elvis' original, this album feels like a dream should. Winner for most likely to be the soundtrack in the next David Lynch film.

The Rolling Stones "Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out!: The Rolling Stones In Concert TRIPLE CD/DVD/BOOK SET," Abkco

Christmas brings a hailstorm of represses, but rarely are they as stunning as this. Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out! is not just a repress: it's an entirely new experience. All together in this boxset are the original recordings, unreleased live tracks, sets from B.B. King and Ike and Tina Turner, and a bonus DVD.

Not enough for you? Take a look at the gorgeous photography book, complete with stories and candid photos of the band in action. The album, as you probably already know, is the work of genius: pure energy and musicianship poured into some of the best music ever written. The Rolling Stones, as one of the best bands in history, are unbeatable, even 40 years after the fact.

******BEST ALBUM OF THE WEEK*********

Shelton's Single of the Week: "Sympathy For The Devil"

Annie and Rod Capps "My Blue Garden," Yellow Room

Male-female duos always have and edge on everyone else. My Blue Garden is a simple folk album, with a bit of Americana thrown in for good nature.

Entirely acoustic, with mostly a simple accompaniment of guitar, banjo, and an occasional fiddle, this album is as beautiful as it is honest. Fantastic album.

Grand Archives "Keep In Mind Frankenstein, " Sub Pop

Indie folk up and comers Grand Archives produce a completely new brand of folk that will, realistically, be catching on in the near future. To be honest, this is pretty far from my cup of tea: too much crooning, nothing really interesting enough to grasp on to, and while emotional, the emotions come closer to apathetic then energetic.

The band wins points for their original sounds (the entire record has an airy quality to it, primarily because of reverbed vocals and endless lead lines), but sometimes doing something new isn't quiet enough.

******ARTIST TO WATCH!!!*******************

Orange "Phoenix" Hellcat

Hellcat has certainly lost its bite over the years. Orange, a pop-rock version of mid-'90s Green Day, is mediocre at best. Yes, solid songwriting, sing-alongs, and even catchy choruses point to a giant thumbs up.

But when you play this genre of music, vapid intentions shine through like that person wearing a suit to a grunge party: you can just tell it doesn't belong. If only this band had gone with Dorothy to find some soul before releasing this album...

Paul Simon "This Better Be Good," Rhino/Warner Bros/Starbucks

Starbucks best invention to date, the "Opus Collection", blows their pathetic excuses for coffee out of the water. This best of Paul Simon collection actually takes his most powerful tracks, both singles and non-singles, and grounds them together in one shining album.

This would be the best place for anyone unfamiliar with Simon, or even those who are sick of filtering through bland tracks and just want the hearty good stuff. Includes such classics as "Me and Julio Down By The School Yard," "Loves Me Like A Rock," "American Tune," and "Sure Don't Feel Like Love,".

************LATE BUT GREAT***********

*******Shelton's Single of the Week: "ME AND JULIO DOWN BY THE SCHOOL YARD"**********

EDITOR'S NOTE: Try to subdue his hormones with common sense - no hope.

Gene Watson "A Taste of the Truth," Shanachie

Honest and straightforward country music. No noodling around here; even from the first note of the song, the music kicks in with what runs through the entire album: honky-tonk tokin' upbeat country like you've heard before. Points for directness and playing what Watson knows is good music. No awards for originality.

Big Pete Pearson "The Screamer," Madesto Blues

Unbelievably impressive. The Screamer, Big Pete Pearson's 2009 breath-taking record, is blues as it should be played: perfectly. The emotion, the tone, the wailing...it is all here, with not a single note out of place.

Heavy on the piano, of course, and highlighting Pearson's voice that was crafted specifically for the blues, this record is not to be taken lightly. Sit down with it, focus on nothing else, and live the experience.

**************MIGHTY MIGHTY**********************

Paper Route "Absence," Universal Motown

With this years rise of electro-trash, it is wonderful to hear some bands doing the synth-rock as well as Paper Route does. In line with Canada's Arcade Fire, Paper Route gives us some dreamy and melodramatic indie rock, with a serious emphasis on the dream.

Intelligent song-writing, little in the way of hooks yet making up for it with massive textures, Absence is a solid album for anyone in the indie rock mood.

*******Shelton's Single of the Week: "SEEING STARS WITH PATTY GRIFFIN"**********

The Pines "Tremelo," Red House

Third release from indie-folk group The Pines. Impressive incorporations of both genres, taking on an entirely original sound, the band balances stripped down instrumentation for intensely technical songwriting.

Finger-picked all the way through, usually with multiple guitars and minimal drumming, Tremolo portrays a new brand of folk worth noting: taking all the good and walking right over all the pitfalls. Solid.

***********LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL*****************

Greg Foresman "Kodiak," Self-Released

Wailing blues rock gives Foresman lo-fi sound character like you wouldn't imagine. Not original by any means, but Kodiak still manages to get a groove going and professing it's dire love of looking in on the dirty south, from way up north.

And that's the sound we get: a contained, pop version of the complete raw nature that we find in Louisana, but played with the same charisma and charm that makes it's counterpart the piece of heaven that it is. Highly recommended.

Various Artists "Maitei America: Harps of Paraguay," Smithsonian Folkways

After a long holiday season this year, the term "harp music" will forever be cemented in my brain as bland background music with little substance. Maitei America breaks all of those notions and shows us another world.

Yup, harp music that is beyond anything you have ever heard. Think the style of Latin American folk, but chords ringing from harps instead of guitars. This is fantastic from beginning to end. I wish every household had this on over Christmas dinner.

************POLITICAL ALBUM OF THE WEEK*******************

******Shelton's Single of the Week: "SONGS MY MOTHER TAUGHT ME"*************

A Laughing Man "A Place for Alice," Secret Silverfish

Describing this as "pop music" is just misleading. The band's double-backing is just manipulative, misguided, and wrong. And I respect them for it. I wouldn't want my music any other way.

Somewhere between alternative and garage rock, A Place for Alice is simultaneously catchy and gritty, sometimes feeling like 70's pop-rock and sometimes more like The Clash. Fun and relatively exciting music. If you want some original and interesting rock music, this comes recommended.

Adelitas Way "Self-Titled," Virgin/EMI

Contemporary hard-rock is something of an anomaly: virtually non-existent aside from a few stranglers, and rarely do any get any real mainstream success. Adelitas Way may have found the loophole here.

While not groundbreaking, they manage to write high-caliber songs (and, adding the best production money could buy, makes an album that sounds phenomenal), which sets a path for fame. Sure, they take notes from bands like Staind and any other rap-metal groups that has created the Ozzfest stage, but the band is set apart with a heavily decreased dose of cheese and pathetic angst.

**************** NEW ALBUM OF THE WEEK**********

Rory Gallagher "Crest of a Wave: The Best of Rory Gallagher DOUBLE CD," Eagle Rock

Renowned blues-rock guitarist Rory Gallagher died in the mid-'90s from an infection brought about due to an organ transplant. This album serves as a wonderful epitaph to the man's memory.

This double CD, collecting his best tracks to date, shows an amazing guitarist with a knack for style in his musicianship, something most will never obtain. I wasn't familiar with him before this CD, but trust me, if upbeat blues rock is your thing, this is a piece of history worth holding on to.

David Kirton "Time For Change," Bird's Eye

Kirton brings us something between r&b and electro-pop. Heavy on the crooning, no lack of dance beats, and a certain requiem for mid-'90s Boyz 2 Men hype, Time For Change should have been entitled "Time For A Reverse".

This poor wording luckily did nothing to detract from his music which, while nothing original, is still worth listening to. Interesting pop music is always a plus, and this heavily produced solo album is solid from beginning to end.

The Submarines "Honeysuckle Week," Nettwerk

Fantastic indie pop from the Submarines. As always, I'm a huge sucker for female fronted up-beat pop music, and Submarines hit the spot for me. Maybe Metric with a broken leg, or The Knife meets Kimya Dawson.

There is a certain cute-factor that shines within this release, but overcomes this shortcoming through incredibly catchy melodies and some unbelievably amazing song-writing. Don't just take my word for it: this album is unbelievable.

"SO NICE GOTTA DO IT UP TWICE" (created by the original NYC D.J., Jocko, 1955)

EDITOR'S NOTE: He drives around aimlessly - feeling there's no way to be in his kind of hell, no way to extinguish a
flame that burns, burns, burns.

Science Fiction Dance Party "Dance With Action," B-Music

As always, B-Music gives us something completely indescribable. In fact, the best description possible is just the name: The Science Fiction Dance Party. One part Dracula's theme, one part creeping rock, and an influence somewhere between traditional ska and surf rock, this album is a complete mindfuck.


With more samples than tracks, I can do nothing more than say that B-Music releases are some of the coolest things to ever come through JSITop21.

******Shelton's Single of the Week: "Why I'm Leaving"*************

Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Strings "Renegades," Delmark

Dark and dreary jazz, with a heavy dose of atonality? Did they make this for me specifically? A bit heavier on the flute than I would have wished, but aside from the self-indulgent moments of out-of-place noodling, this album is exactly what should be coming out of the jazz world.

Each song leaves nothing to be desired. Haunting melodies? Check. Odd tempo? Definitely. Leaves me wanting more? You couldn't even imagine. Get this album if you know what's good for you.

The Flaming Lips "Embryonic," Warner Bros

The soundtrack to the techno-apocalypse. Electronic mayhem rages on with Embryonic, The Flaming Lips major release of 2009. This is what I pray will be the soundtrack to the Blade Runner remake.

Insane digital tones lay somewhat of a backbone for front man Wayne Coyne insane wandering. Energy, emotion, and nothing short of performing in a league of their own, Embryonic will be their saving grace in the face of their next release: a complete cover of The Dark Side of the Moon. God save us all.

***************If You Like Music You're Gonna Love This******************

******Shelton's Single of the Week: "INVINCIBLE"*************

POLITICAL SONG OF THE WEEK

Artist: Cam'ron
Song: "I Hate My Job,"

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Gentlemen we have called you together to inform you that we are going to overthrow the United States government
Do you still think that jet fuel brought down the World Trade Center?

Does anybody else see a problem here?
If the government has nothing to hide why are they so afraid to answer a few questions?
This story does not add up

I'm on a mission to never forget
3,000 people that I've never met
We want some answers and all that we get
Some kind of shit about a terrorist threat
Lies Lies Lies Lies Lies Lies Lies
Surprise surprise

Lies Lies

I'm on a mission to dig up the truth
You think we're stupid and there's no proof
Well let me tell you that the time has come
To pull the trigger on the smoking gun
Lies Lies Lies Lies Lies Lies Lies
Surprise surprise

Lies Lies Lies Lies

Don't listen to me listen to your head
Don't listen
Don't listen to anything, they've said
Don't listen

Lies Lies Lies Lies

America has been hijacked
Not by Al Qaeda, not by Bin Laden
But by a group of tyrants
That should be of great concern to all Americans

I'm on a mission to bring out the facts
You got your stories but they all have cracks
Misinformation, lies and deceit
What made you think that we were all asleep
Lies Lies Lies Lies Lies Lies Lies
Surprise surprise

Lies Lies Lies Lies

Don't listen to me listen to your head
Don't listen
Don't listen to anything, they've said
Don't listen

Lies Lies Lies Lies

Don't listen to me listen to your head
Lies Lies Lies Lies