Longtime readers may not realize that last week's post was an historic first for New This Week!
Not to share too much, but as a rule I write this blog every Monday night--after coming home from a hard day at work, enjoying a few TV shows, having a drink or two, and marching out to the garage, where I refuse to call it a night until I've outlined each week's best 10 new releases!
What made last week special? Namely that after writing about two albums...I completely fell asleep in my chair! And the next night, when I aimed to finish the blog, admittedly a day late, I found that I had no memory whatsoever of writing the first two entries!
And like the countless thousands who notified me via private email, I feel it represented my all-time peak as a writer!
Tonight, while I write, perhaps hoping to duplicate that feat, I am listening to the two albums by Paris--the group formed by guitarist Bob Welch upon his leaving Fleetwood Mac in the mid-'70s--and aiming to do even better!
And just wait until I trim my fingernails!
Bon Iver: Bon Iver (Jahjaguwar) I don't think anybody expected one of the week's biggest albums to be by Bon Iver, but lo and behold--after the previous For Emma, Forever Ago, and a staggering amount of drugs, most of America has suffered significant memory loss and will likely consider this to be a new album either by charismatic rockers Bon Jovi or an unexpected reissue by late and lamented AC/DC vocalist Bon Scott! Additionally, they'll probably leave their mailboxes unattended for most of their workday, allowing unscrupulous neighborhood prowlers full access to various bills and bank statements that will allow them to steal their identities! And as the final irony, with their newly forged credit cards, said thugs will march directly to their neighborhood record store--or worse yet, Amazon.com--and purchase this new Bon Iver album! It's kind of the deal you have to make with Satan these days! Cool as heck? You bet! Rascal Flatts, Seal, Delta Goodrem, and the late Eva Cassidy--should enthrall the many who've been faithful since the early days! Highlight here may be the singer's powerhouse duet with Seal on "When A Man Loves A Woman / It's A Man's Man's Man's World," but take it from me--it's all great! Kind of a cool cover, too! I Know You Want Me [Calle Ocho]" clip more than any other during the last five years! That said, I should probably add that my favorite television commercials are those that advertise a line of clothing popularized by Victoria's Secret! Hint to marketing experts: I tend not to buy stuff! Head Over Heels, Landslide, etc.) and have now become collector's items among hard rock aficionados! I'm also into Patio Diet Cola, Spring menthol cigarettes, and Deluxe Reading Toy Company's fantastic Jimmy Jet! And today some girl at Dunkin' Donuts kept staring at me! Seun Anikulapo Kuti & Egypt 80: From Africa With Fury: Rise (Knitting Factory) Fans of Afrobeat and the pioneering work of the legendary Fela Kuti are likely to be thrilled by this masterful album, the second from his youngest son, Seun. Recorded in Buenos Aires and mixed in London with the enlightened assistance of Brian Eno, the lengthy tracks here are sophisticated, energetic, and about the best one could hope for from a performer bearing the Kuti moniker. Superb. Gomez: Whatever's On Your Mind (ATO) The first new album from much-admired UK Band Gomez since 2006--and it should be said they've faded from the spotlight significantly since then--is an excellently played, substantial set that is musicianly, versatile, and as fresh as, say, taking a shower with Irish Spring soap! It doesn't sound like this! Bob Marley, Tosh--who was murdered in 1987--was a talented, fascinating performer whose work deserves this kind of showcasing and much more. Prime stuff: give these a listen. Sister Christian," "(You Can Still) Rock In America," and "Don't Tell Me You Love Me"! But on a practical note, my mom kind of thinks it's a bummer!