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Dusty Notes

    Meat Puppets reunite their original line-up for new album "Dusty Notes". Since the band debuted in the early ’80s, Curt Kirkwood has continually proven himself to be among the most brilliant songwriters of his generation. Time after time, album after album, he’s demonstrated an extraordinary ability to draw upon various roots and rock styles en route to a unique new vision of what the Meat Puppets can be. His latest contributions, especially songs such as “Warranty,” “On,” “Nine Pins,” “Outflow” could be forgotten gems from Nashville, Bakersfield and Laurel Canyon.

    Dusty Notes also features keyboardist Ron Stabinsky, a jazz-trained virtuoso adept at any style, and Curt’s son Elmo, whose old-school rock-guitar grit ideally complements his father’s spacier explorations. Intuitive, inspired and overflowing with genuine musicianship, it’s the sort of band that can transform what Curt describes as “simple yet engaging” songs into maiden voyages each night on the road. “I can ignore my vocal and listen to the other four guys play,” Kirkwood laughs. “They’re all so good.”

    “The band has been a really, really deep font of creativity,” Derrick said. “Love it or hate it, hit or miss, Curt is just prodigious. They are still living the rock lifestyle; they’re not doing it by half measures. They stayed on the road. These guys are uncompromising. I consider the Meat Puppets to be a national treasure.”

    TRACK LISTING

    Warranty
    Nine Pins
    On
    Unfrozen Memory
    Dusty Notes
    The Great Awakening
    Sea Of Heartbreak
    Nightcap
    Vampyr’s Winged Fantasy
    Outflow

    On Clippety Clop, UK punk turned Athens-area musician Holly Golightly explores songs that reflect her experiences and surroundings. Golightly and her significant other, Lawyer Dave, rescue horses in Madison County, so it makes sense that they'd relate to the folk and popular histories of equine-themed lyrics. Twelve such selections make up what might be the first and only covers album of blues, country and indie-rock songs about horses.

    From swearing like sailors while honoring Jimmie Rodgers' "Mule Skinner" to making alt-rockers Red Red Meat's "Carpet of Horses" sound like alt-country, the couple adds its own twist to each song covered. This juxtaposition between songs' traditional arrangements and Golightly's new musical interpretations keeps conjuring up surprises. Examples include the rockabilly swing on Big Maybelle's "Jinny Mule" and the Vaselines-style indie-pop vibe added to cowboy anthem "I Ride an Old Paint."

    Golightly explores a wide range of musical approaches, making this a broad-reaching introduction for listeners who only know her White Stripes collaboration. For those who share her and Jack White's interest in unearthing musical history, prepare for a primer on everything from the Singing Brakeman to the legendary British race horse Stewball. - Flagpole

    TRACK LISTING

    Mule Skinner
    Two White Horses
    Horses In The Mines
    Pinto Pony
    Black Horse Blues
    Kill Grey Mule
    Carpet Of Horses
    I Ride An Old Paint
    Jinny Mule
    Stewball
    Strawberry Roan
    Mule Train

    The Rat Farm album features the indelible Kirkwood brothers, Cris and Curt. SPIN summed up the hypnotic power by saying, "the interplay of Curt's drowsy vocals and freaky guitar can still induce vertiginous spells." The band also continues with drummer Shandon Sahm, son of the legendary Doug Sahm.

    The highly influential Meat Puppets started as a punk rock band, but established their own unique style, blending punk with country and psychedelic rock. The Meat Puppets later gained significant exposure when the Kirkwood brothers served as guest musicians on Nirvana's MTV Unplugged performance in 1993. The band's subsequent album Too High to Die went gold, selling over 500,000 albums, and became their most successful release. The band reunited in 2006.

    Everyone from Nirvana to Pavement to Stone Temple Pilots cite The Meat Puppets as one of the most significant American bands.

    TRACK LISTING

    1. Rat Farm
    2. One More Drop
    3. Down
    4. Leave Your Head Alone
    5. Again
    6. You Don’t Know
    7. Waiting
    8. Time And Money
    9. Sometimes Blue
    10. Original One
    11. River Rose
    12. Sweet

    First album in 5 years from the legendary hardcore group.

    "This album takes us back to self-produced record shines with Bad Brains' true sense of freedom and musical experimentation, with blends of soulful backgrounds meshed with blistering hardcore and metal riffs, with classic dub," says Darryl Jenifer of Bad Brains.

    Considered to be the "holy grail" of punk rock, Bad Brains are one of the definitive American punk groups who garner the same respect as Sex Pistols, Black Flag, The Ramones and The Clash. It's a return to form for the band that helped define American Punk and Hardcore music.

    TRACK LISTING

    1. Into The Future
    2. Popcorn
    3. We Belong Together
    4. Youth Of Today
    5. Rub A Dub Love
    6. Yes I
    7. Suck Sess
    8. Jah Love
    9. Earnest Love
    10. Come Down
    11. Fun
    12. Maybe A Joyful Noise
    13. Mca Dub

    Holly Golightly And The Brokeoffs

    No Help Coming

      "No Help Coming" is the fourth full-length release by Holly Golightly & the Brokeoffs, and the latest of nearly 30 albums on which the veteran indie icon is featured. But she's quick to dismiss any suggestion that she's refined her approach during her 20 years as a recording artist.

      Indeed, as much as her work has evolved over the years, the London-born, Georgia-based singer/guitarist has maintained a fierce fidelity to the same raw DIY musical principles that first established her as a seminal influence upon multiple generations of garage combos and lo-fi artists. Her current outfit, Holly Golightly & the Brokeoffs, is a stripped-down duo that teams her with Texas-bred multi-instrumentalist and longtime collaborator Lawyer Dave, who contributes guitar, drums and backing vocals.

      On "No Help Coming", Holly Golightly & the Brokeoffs continue to make music that's spare and earthy yet unfailingly tuneful, drawing upon gritty blues, country and rockabilly influences while maintaining an unmistakable personal resonance.

      The new 12-song set, recorded in the twosome's adopted home state of Georgia, features such notable originals as "The Rest of Your Life", "You're Under Arrest", "Get Out of My House" and the swaggering title track, which pack as much of a musical and emotional punch as anything they've recorded. No Help Coming also continues Golightly's longstanding tradition of putting her stamp on unexpected cover material, with personalized readings of country legend Bill Anderson's "The Lord Knows We're Drinking", the mysterious Mr. Undertaker's 1955 rhythm-and-blues cult classic "Here Lies My Love", and Wendell Austin's vintage psycho-country epic "L.S.D. Made a Wreck of Me". The last tune features an appropriately impassioned lead vocal by Lawyer Dave.

      Meat Puppets

      Lollipop

      The legendary Meat Puppets will release their new album "Lollipop" on Megaforce Records.

      Recorded at Spoon's HiFi Studios in Austin, Texas, the album features the indelible Kirkwood brothers, Cris and Curt. SPIN summed up the hypnotic power by saying, "the interplay of Curt's drowsy vocals and freaky guitar can still induce vertiginous spells."

      Also new to this album is the addition of drummer Shandon Sahm, son of the legendary Doug Sahm.

      "Lollipop" is chock full of tunes that run the stylistic gamut. Case in point, the opening keyboard-laced "Incomplete" (that Curt wrote back in 1983, and envisioned as "something that I thought would be good for Elvis or Engelbert Humperdinck in the '60s") and the rocking "Hour of the Idiot," to the sunny ska of "Shave It," and such acoustic country ditties as "Baby Don't" and "The Spider and the Spaceship." And Cris certainly approves of the finished product. "The continuity that runs through Curt's work is just a trip, and how you can reference different parts. I think it's a fairly bitching effort, considering the amount of time we put into pre-work. I think it's indicative of where the band's at right now. It's a fairly fluid moment, and that's a trip, considering how long we've been at it and the band's history. Curt's been at it non-stop, and I'm pleased to be able to provide him with a stable outlet for his art."

      The highly influential Meat Puppets started as a punk rock band, but established their own unique style, blending punk with country and psychedelic rock. The Meat Puppets later gained significant exposure when the Kirkwood brothers served as guest musicians on Nirvana's MTV Unplugged performance in 1993. The band's subsequent album Too High to Die went gold, selling over 500,000 albums, and became their most successful release. The band reunited in 2006.

      Everyone from Nirvana to Pavement to Stone Temple Pilots cite The Meat Puppets as one of the most significant American bands.


      TRACK LISTING

      01. Incomplete
      02. Orange
      03. Shave It
      04. Baby Don't
      05. Hour Of The Idiot
      06. Lantern
      07. Town
      08. Damn Thing
      09. Amazing
      10. Way That It Are
      11. Vile
      12. The Spider And The Spaceship


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