Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Sunburned and Constipated

I listened to the All Songs Considered podcast discussion of The Year's Best Music (So Far) yesterday. I enjoyed the effort even though I don't share the panelists' tastes. NPR Music, the forum's parent, offered a separate list that includes a handful of titles more to my liking. Even so, the sensibilities of these refined list makers is worlds removed from mine. "Sunburned and constipated," I responded when a friend asked how I was feeling yesterday. I blasted a rock station's broadcast of Korn's "Freak On a Leash" and Staind's "For You" during my commute from work last night. No, I don't have a CD player in my car. I don't even have A/C. My affection for disaffected music is undoubtedly related to that issue.

This week's new releases, in order of personal preference: Pat Metheny, Terakaft, Bad Meets Evil (Eminem and Royce Da 5'9"), Aaron Goldberg/Guillermo Klein, Ledisi, , Erik Friedlander, Neil Young, Freddie Hubbard, Junior Boys, Madeleine Peyroux and Black Country Communion.

Marilyn Maye has been hospitalized.

I reviewed Deborah Brown's recent concert at Plastic Sax.

Music industry veteran Steve Popovich died June 8.

Seth Putnam of Anal C*nt has died.

Credentials HIp Hop, a Kansas City hip hop blog, is back on the scene.

Kansas City Click: March Fourth Marching Band performs at Crossroads KC on Tuesday.

Brandi Carlile is Wednesday's opener at Starlight.

Jason Ricci plays Knuckleheads on Thursday.

(Original image by There Stands the Glass.)


bgo said...

Pat's new one is so super great. One could look at the song choices and wonder if he was going to make a mainstream pop record and instead produces one of the most heartfelt recordings of his now long career. Every song is an old friend of mine and to hear him re-imagine them is so damn sweet. It's in the top 10 of 2011 no matter what.

I remember back before he left town and was still I kid, playing with Paul Smith, David Breedlove and Brooks Wright in a group called Four. At a gig they played a tune by Ornette (Broadway Blues) that Pat really loved. Back then he already had it all in place. Bless him.

Anonymous said...

I love it too, BGO. -Bill B.