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CD Reviews:
New Music: Weezer, Ani Di Franco, Martin Gore, Little Steven and more...

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

Posted: Friday, January 29, 2021

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Checking out this week's new music releases (all subject to change)...

Album of the Week: Weezer dials down the guitars on "OK Human" (Crush Music/Atlantic), featuring piano and strings prominently throughout the classically tuneful pop arrangements populating its change-of-pace 14th studio album. ("Here Comes the Rain" is a particular favorite.) Another album, “Van Weezer,” is due out this spring.

Album Title of the Week: Ira B. Liss Big Band Jazz Machine, "Mazel Tov Kocktail" (Tall Man Productions)

Did Ya Know?: Fraternity was the late Bon Scott's band before he joined AC/DC for a legendary run. The band has compiled its brief tenure into "Seasons of Change -- The Complete Recordings, 1970-1974" (Cherry Red)

New & Noteworthy:

Selwyn Birchwood, "Living in a Burning House" (Alligator);

Celeste, "Not Your Muse" (Polydor);

Ani Di Franco, "Revolutionary Love" (Righteous Babe);

Martin Gore, "The Third Chimpanzee" (Mute);

Langhorne Slim, "Strawberry Mansion" (Dualtone);

Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul, "Macca to Mecca" (Wicked Cool/UMe);

Lucero, "When You Found Me" (Liberty and Lament/Thirty Tigers);

Steven Wilson, "The Future Bites" (Arts & Crafts);

Also Out:

Accept, "Too Mean to Die"

Alabama Slim, "The Parlor" (Cornelius);

Alostmen, "Kologo" (Strut);

Chris Baio, "Dead Hand Control" (Glassnote);

The Besnard Lakes, "The Besnard Lakes are the Last of the Great Thunderstorm Warnings" (FatCat);

Black Pistol Fire, "Look Alive" (Black Hill/Round Hill);

Breaking In a Sequence, "Acronym" (self-released);

Bright Siders, "A Mind of Your Own" (Smithsonian Folkways);

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, "New Fragility" (CYHSY/Secretly);

The Dead South, "Served Live" (Six Shooter);

The Dirty Streets, "Rough & Tumble" (Alive Naturalsound);

Will Downing, "The Song Garden" (self-released);

Luper Dupree, "Rain Hat Day" (self-released);

Harakiri For the Sky, "Maere" (AOP);

Lava La Rue, "Butter-Fly" (Marathon Artists);

Lights, "6 Feet Apart" (Position);

Luper Dupree, "Rain Hat Day" (self-released);

Mariza, "Mariza Sings Amalia" (Nonesuch);

Meer, "Playing House" (Karisma);

Mercy, "Forever" (Human Music/Distrokid);

Robert Miller, "Summer of Love (2020)" (Cakewalk);

Nechie, "Shady Baby" (Interscope);

Nopes, "Djork" (Magnetic Eye);

Tamar Pahek, "All Bets Are Off" (Kill Rock Stars);

Arlo Parks, "Collapsed in Sunbeams" (Transgressive);

Prettymuch, "Smackables" (Sire);

Lawrence Rothman, "Good Morning, America" and "Not A Son" (KRO);

Les Sabler, "Tranquility" (New Vista);

Mando Saenz, "All My Shame" (Carnival/Empire);

Saugeye, "Saugeye" (Horton);

Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, "Bernstein Reimagined" (MCG Jazz);

Taco Tapes, "Trad is Rad" (AST);

2K Baby, "The 2K Stimulus" (Warner);

VanJess, "Homegrown" (Keep Cool/RCA);

Various Artists, "NOW That's What I Call Music! 77" (NOW Music);

Ghalia Volt, "One Woman Band" (Ruf);

Werewolves, "What a Time to Be Alive" (Prosthetic)

W.E.T., "Retransmission" (Frontiers);

Lily Winwwood, "Time Well Spent" (self-released)

From The Vaults:

Alice in Chains, "Facelift: 30th Anniversary Edition" (Warner);

Beachwood Sparks, "Beachwood Sparks Deluxe (20th Anniversary Edition)" (Curation);

David Bowie, "David Bowie" (UMe/Decca/Deram);

Byzantium, "Halfway Dreaming: Anthology 1969-75" (Grapefruit/Cherry Red);

Fancy, "The Complete Recordings" (Lemon/Cherry Red);

Tommy James and the Shondells, "Celebration: The Complete Roulette Recordings 1966-1973" (Grapefruit/Cherry Red);

The Killers, "Imploding the Mirage: Deluxe Edition" (Island);

Gary Lucas, "The Essential Gary Lucas" (Knitting Factory);

The Mamas & the Papas, "If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears" (Geffen/UMe);

Bob Marley, "Songs of Freedom: The Island Years" (Tuff Gong/Island/UMe);

John Mayall, "The First Generation 1965-1974" (Snapper);

Partynextdoor, "Colours" (OVO Sound);

St. Germain, "Tourist (20th Anniversary Travel Versions)" (Rhino/Parlophone);

Taylor Swift, "Forever is the Sweetest Con" (Republic);

Various Artists, "Birth of Soul: Los Angeles Special" (Kent/Ace);

Various Artists, "For the Good Times: The Songs of Kris Kristofferson" (Ace);

Various Artists, "Golden Age: 25 Years of Signature Sounds" (Signature Sounds);

Various Artists, "Lost Innocence: Garpax 1960s Punk & Psych" (Big Beat/Ace);

Various Artists, "Our New Orleans (Expanded)" (Nonesuch)

New Music Videos:

Queen + Adam Lambert, "Live Around the World" (Hollywood)

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