New country music releases

I don’t listen to too much country music, as I am fairly particular about what I like. However I still like a fair amount. I probably started listening to it thanks to Shania Twain, and fellow female country artists of that time. I am thinking around 1995 to the end of the 90’s. To steal the hip hop time period (the golden age of hip hop), that was probably the golden age of female country/pop music. As that was a very influential time. Chely Wright was another singer I listened to when she released Single White Female.

I have been listening to a little old Dolly Parton, and old Tanya Tucker a few months ago. Still much to listen to.

On my Recently Rotated sidebar feature to the left, I listened to Liam Howlett’s Back to Mine album. The Back to Mine were a series of what artists would generally listen to, as oppose to what they were influenced by directly, or what they may DJ as the case may be. He had Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” listed. Definitely some staple country music.

Anyway, on with the new releases.

Speaking of Chely Wright, she has a new album out, it is titled Lifted Off the Ground. It is her first in five years since The Metropolitan Hotel. With the latter she focused more on country than pop/country. I have not heard her new release, however it seems reviews are positive.

Shelby Lynne has a new album out called Tears, Lies, And Alibis. Younger sister Allison Moorer also has a new album out, Crows. She was just on The Tonight Show not with Conan O’Brien a few nights ago.

Finally, I was surprised to see Tift Merritt has a new album after seeing it on the reviews page at BBC. It is due out this Tuesday, it is titled See You On The Moon. It is her fourth. I have not listened to her since her first two releases. And in 2008 she released Another Country.

All of these releases are more traditional country, as opposed to country/pop. The album covers for your viewing pleasure (I always like to associate an album cover with the music):


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Bad Religion quote #8.

Remote control
Three cars for every family
Corruption at the expense of the simple majority

A quick summary of our situation. Like the Dead Kennedy’s compilation album, Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death. We have our conveniences, but at what cost? The above quote from “Too Much To Ask” from Generator.

Read the rest of the lyrics, and listen to Brett’s commentary on recording Generator over at the official Bad Religion site.

Recommended reading, although I have not read it yet, The Value Of Nothing by Raj Patel.

Quick Picks May 21 2010

Night Bugs is Sarah Slean’s second album, and first released on a major label. It was released in 2002. Genre wise I’d say it is adult alternative, somewhere between pop and rock. Think Tori Amos. I do not believe a video was made for this album, however “Sweet Ones” is a very good up tempo track. “Weight” is another good one.

Another mellow album I have listened to recently (slightly more mellow than Sarah Slean) is Maria Taylor’s solo debut, 11:11. Maria Taylor genre wise is more indie pop. The lead off song, “Leap Year” sets the tone of the album nicely as I like to say. I would not really say they are alike, however it is kind of reminiscent of some of Emilíana Torrini’s work. “One for the Shareholder” has slightly more tempo to it than most tracks. It also adds some electronic elements, namely some background beats to back the track. Perhaps aptly titled as the song that would be released as a single. The song title does not come up in the lyrics.

Both are good eine kleine nachtmusik, or any time of the day really!

Bad Religion quote #7

A no brainer for me on this one. It comes from my favourite Bad Religion album (and many others as well), Against the Grain. The song being “Modern Man”. This being my all time favourite Bad Religion quote/song.

My reason for this being my favourite Bad Religion album, aside from it is a really good one, is that I purchased this on vinyl, and there’s something about listening to music on vinyl. And in this case the giant lyric sheet was nice!

I’ve got nothing to say,
I’ve got nothing to do, all of my neurons are functioning smoothly yet still
I’m a cyborg just like you

It continues…

I am one big myoma that thinks, my planet supports only me,
I’ve got this one big problem: will I live forever?
I’ve got just a short time to see
Modern man, evolutionary betrayer, modern man, ecosystem destroyer,
modern man, destroy yourself in shame, modern man,
pathetic example of earth’s organic heritage
When I look back and think, when I ponder and ask “why”?,
I see my ancestors spend with careless abandon,
assuming eternal supply
Modern man.., just a sample of carbon-based wastage, just a fucking tragic epic of you and I.

Moving on, the new Bad Religion live album, 30 Years Live, is out now. It is a free download, and it can be obtained by joining their mailing list. The link to do so can be found here.

I’ll continue with the quotes, hopefully with less time in between. And as I mentioned in the last post about No Control, I’ll definitely be revisiting Against the Grain.

So, again, happy 30th BR, and looking forward to LP 15!

Future (a.k.a. new) music – June 2010

Well, as I mentioned in my last future music post from April 11, Janelle Monáe‘s new album comes out this Tuesday!

The new Nelly Furtado has been delayed, at this moment after summer sometime. The new Danzig, Deth Red Sabaoth, looks like it will be released June 22.

Rah Digga’s Classics looks to be sometime this summer.

Other releases:

M.I.A.‘s interestingly titled /\/\/\Y/\ (Maya using all slashes save for the Y), will be released July 13.

Rye Rye, the Baltimore rapper, and first act M.I.A. signed to N.E.E.T. is scheduled to release her debut soon. She stated June 29 (in a VEVO interview during SXSW 2010), however based on recent tweets of hers, and her Facebook page, from around May 11, I’d guess it may not be that soon, as she is in the studio with The Neptunes.

SiaWe Are Born, June 22 (Wikipedia June 7, her recent tweet is June 22).
Sarah HarmerOh Little Fire, June 22.
HelmetSeeing Eye Dog, June 22.
StarsThe Five Ghosts, June 22.
Kylie MinogueAphrodite, July 2.
Sophie Ellis-BextorStraight to the Heart, August 2.

Bad Religion quote #6

Comes from No Control. Another two for one post. And I am sure I’ll be revisiting No Control once I have gone through the major releases.

Big bang, big crunch, you know there’s no free lunch.
Kneel down and pray, here comes your judgment day.
Big crunch, you know, it’s gonna be quite a show.
What goes around always comes around, yeah.

I could not resist this quote as it gives me the opportunity to tie in astonomy with Bad Religion.

For those that do not know, The Big Bang is the widely accepted theory of the beginning of the Universe and everything. The Big Crunch, not as widely accepted, however similar to the Big Bang, being the beginning, while the Big Crunch is the end. The Big Crunch, as Wikipedia puts it, “is one possible scenario for the ultimate fate of the universe.”

I am far from an expert in astronomy, or cosmology. However from what I have read, one theory is that the Big Bang, and Big Crunch could be a cyclical thing. That is, that we could be living in the second or third, etc. universe. Perhaps eventually it will collapse again (Big Crunch) and start all over again. This came to me with the last line of the quote, what goes around comes around. The karma type quote.

“Big Bang” was written by Brett Gurewitz, and your guess is as good as mine as to what it actually means. I kind of see it as we are all on this planet, for the most part taking it for granted, going about our lives. In time (a LOT of time!) humans will no longer exist (as with Planet Earth). Unrelated, but perhaps sooner than we would like if we do not remedy things.

Finally, I’ll add a quote from the title track which ties into the above.
And it is a Bad Religion quote from “No Control”, yet they have borrowed the quote for the song.

There’s no vestige of a beginning no prospect of an end.

It is credited to James Hutton from 1795 (read more at Google Books, albeit partial view). Not a surprise that Greg Graffin wrote the song, as Hutton “was a Scottish geologist, physician, naturalist, chemist and experimental farmer” (Wikipedia again). Greg Graffin of course has a Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology, although his “dissertation was officially a zoology Ph.D” (Wikipedia) and he calls himself a “a doctor of Zoology” (The BR Page).

Bad Religion quote #5

Track 3 from side two of Suffer, or track 11 overall (for the compact disc folks), “Part II (The Numbers Game)”. Suffer, being the first of four albums from Bad Religion’s classic period.

I chose this song, as it is fairly unique with the numbers being sung.

A couple of fairly bleak quotes, however in order to improve the world, we have to recognise, and address, the negatives.

Think of them what you will.

It’s superficial progress, they call it liberation
With opiates of silicon, big brother schemes to rule the nation

We’re one nation under God, we stand above the rest
With mighty high technology, we’re never second best

Album page and Brett’s commentary on recording Suffer, at badreligion.com

Additional linkage:

Bad Religion new album diary

Bad Religion quote #4

I’m tired of this city, all this toil and strife.
Trying to cross the boulevard, playing Frogger with my life.

The above quote comes from the Back to the Known ep. The title of the song is “Frogger”, and indeed, it comes from the 1981 video game.

It is a Bad Religion quote I have liked for a long time. It is fairly obvious in meaning, as it can be read in a literal fashion.

A deeper meaning is all the cars he has to avoid to try and cross the street, the detritus of society. That being what is physically there. The toil and strife, which is not as inanimate as the physical objects, yet it still must be avoided in Frogger fashion.

Finally, as this ep contains arguably the greatest Bad Religion song, “Along the Way”. I’ll add the entire lyrics and urge everyone to check out the song, and this entire ep for that matter.

I refuse to abuse what is kind to the Muse,
But it’s there and it’s happening to me along the way.
As we go through the snow, we cannot forget our foes,
But the dinner’s always waiting at the table ‘long the way, yeah.

What you see, not for me, isn’t what you planned to be,
But you’ll have what you wanted in the end along the way.
And we’ll try as we cry and our brothers pass us by,
To be strong through the ages of our tears along the way, yeah.

Now we grow as we show that the morals we must know
Will be shapen and mistaken by the falls along the way.
But forget, don’t regret, to find love and happiness
Unless you’re willing to be strong when they are gone along the way.

Like Tommy, you are free, and you will not follow me,
Until we see each other once more on the path along the way.

Jay-Z Plagiarism?

I can not call myself a Jay-Z fan, I am just not a fan of his rapping voice, however as a music fan, I can appreciate he is a good MC.

With that in mind, I am not actually saying he plagiarised, or stole, or was inspired by, I am just pointing out the similarity.

One of his newest singles, “On to the Next One”, ever since I first heard it, and perhaps heard of it, it reminds me of the Foo Fighters song “All My Life” (from One By One, 2002), which ends with “Done, done, and I’m on to the next one” many times, with slight variations.

I could not find any credit to the Foo Fighters for that track. I would not be surprised if, even if unconsciously, inspiration came from the Foo Fighters.