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September New Music & More- Rockin' The Suburbs

A little later than usual this month, be sure to check out episode 716 of Rockin' The Suburbs podcast to here me talk about seeing Wilco in Glasgow, some perfect albums by The Afghan Whigs and Screaming Trees, what I think is the best album released this century so far.
After that I get into the new songs I heard in September that inspired me which are:

"Into The Storm" by Cloak
"The Dream And The Dreamer" by Jeremy Ivey
"The Amputees" by Tindersticks
"On Top Of The World" by Mike Patton & Jean-Claude Vannier
"Good To You You" by Kate Teague

Be sure to listen EVERY day.....

Sound & Fury by Sturgill Simpson - Album Review

Imagine for a minute if you will that ZZ Top and Nile Rogers had joined Vangelis in scoring the soundtrack to the sci-fi classic, "Blade Runner". With that combination of styles in your head you can seamlessly slide into the new album from Kentuckian Sturgill Simpson. 

Somewhat of a change from his last album, the superb " A Sailor's Guide To Earth", the new release is accompanied by an anime film on Netflix. Those expecting soulful Amerciana are in for a shock. From the instrumental guitar hero wailings of "Ronin" it is clear that Simpson has set out to follow his own advice on track 5, "Make Art Not Friends" and that we aren't in Kansas anymore.
This is synth laden rock, and unapologetically so. The soundtrack nature explains the abrupt changes between tracks such as from the rocking "Remember To Breathe" into "Sing Along" with its disco beat and heavy synth lines.
Another frantic bass line kicks off "A Good Look&…

Ghosteen by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Album Review

I apologise to no-one for my opinion that Nick Cave is a creative genius, and while often perceived as a depressing listen, I have found the opposite to be true. Take his last album, "Skeleton Tree". 7 tracks of bleakness, followed with a beautifully uplifting finale of a title track that lingers long in the memory.

Three years after that comes a new album, a double no less and I am firmly of the belief that there are very few double albums that wouldn't be improved by being cut to a single disc. Let us see if this can prove to be one of the few exceptions.

After my first listen I thought that this was "Skeleton Tree" part two, with most of the songs being extremely sparse in their arrangements with almost spoken lyrics. "Waiting For You" stands apart the most traditional Nick Cave style song. 
The whole album is almost jazz-like, with a sci-fi soundtrack ambience that is very easy to relax into. "Abattoir Blues" this is not. 

My initial impress…

Ode To Joy by Wilco - Album Review

During my first listen to the eleventh studio from Wilco my initial thought was of the opening moments of the 1997 Neil Young and Crazy Horse live album "Year Of The Horse".
That double disc set opens with an audience member shouting out "they all sound the same", to which Neil replies "it's all one song". By the time the mid point of "Quiet Amplifier" had arrived, I was beginning to think the same thing of "Ode To Joy". "Ode To Sleep" more like!
However, what changed my mind a little was playing the album over dinner last night and seeing that Mrs Powderfingerspeaks was humming along to the songs, even during that soporific four song start. After a few more listens, I started to appreciate the delicate melodies within those initial songs. I had feared that much like their recent Barrowlands show, (full review here) which opened with the first two songs from this album, it was a slow starter and only came to life on "E…