Wye Oak "The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs (Merge)"
Gotta love the non-couple rockers. Digging into late-era Sonny and Cher? How about those last few Sonic Youth gigs? Well thankfully, as Wye Oak release their 5th album they are truly at a great place for post break-up non-couples rock. Listen to the exciting and funky (YES FUNKY) groove of “Symmetry” or the oh so emotional “Lifer”. This record is so good I might advise a couple bands I know to actually break up (I’m looking at you Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem. Pretty sure Janice has dated both Floyd and Zoot). If you’d dig a more synthy, less alien St. Vincent – have we got some tunes for you! Dig into the title track ”The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs” and know it isn’t too late to send flowers.
Kate Tucker "Practical Sadness"
Kate Tucker is back with a new batch of songs! Practical Sadness “is not slow nor is it sad. It is alive. It is for you.” That’s according to Kate’s words about the album on pledgemusic. So why is she warning you that the album is “not slow” or “sad”? Well, with a name like Practical Sadness, she wants you to know what you’re really in store for. So do we–after all, what is a blurb really but a collection of words that let you know what you are in store for? So what are you in store for? (besides no more use of the term “in store”?) A fantastic collection of Kate’s Petty-esque roots rock, with melodies as timeless as a great pair of jeans, all delivered by Kate’s emotive, smooth voice. Check out “It’s True.”
Various Artists "Eccentric Soul Vol. 20: The Saru Label (The Numero Group)"
For the 20th volume of their esteemed Eccentric Soul series, our pals at The Numero Group turn their ears towards the gritty sounds of Cleveland and The Saru Label. The rust belt grit of “The Cleve” practically flakes off of each of these hard-working tunes. The label was started by the O’Jays Bobby Massey, and each of these tunes makes a strong case for Cleveland being as important as Detroit and Philly, soul-wise. Are the songs a little creaky? A little off-key occasionally? Sure. Are they also great? Yup, they sure are. Take for instance the song “Son In Law,” which definitely should have been the theme song for a show of the same name starring Demond Wilson that would have fallen between his stints as Lamont Sanford on Sanford and Sonand his stint as Oscar Madison on 1983’s The New Odd Couple.