It might be hard to imagine what collaboration between an best-selling memoirist and English professor and a Grammy award winning country singer-songwriter might sound like. Kin: Songs by Mary Karr & Rodney Crowell, released this June is just that. Superbly crafted, the album tells a story of family from the perspective of love and loss.
David Lynch must know something we don’t. There’s a name for people like him; not director, not writer, not producer, but auteur. Lynch has stamped his distinctive, confusing mark on everything he’s created, from the TV series Twin Peaks to the films Mulholland Drive, Blue Velvet, Eraserhead and others. Even Dune. He’s supreme leader of the cult following his works have achieved. And now Lynch has placed his finger firmly into yet another pie, this time of the musical variety.
Dr. John, born Malcolm John Rebennack, knows New Orleans like no other. The gritty and growly music legend’s lengthy career has perfected the voodoo’d blend of N’awlins blues, funk, and rock n’ roll for which he is renowned. Locked Down, his latest album – produced by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach – was released earlier this year and keeps the voodoo strong.
A band sound is only as big as its members’, and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes are huge. The ten members are all a whirl of roving horns and myriad strumming stringed instruments, whistles, claps, shouts, and percussion upon drums, hands, and anything else.
Spirtualized, the neo-psychedelic outfit with Jason Pierce (J. Spaceman) at the center. Formed out of the ashes of Pierce's previous group, Spaceman 3, Spiritualized has been creating grand, lush panoramas of space rock, deeply influenced by soul, gospel, and all things Velvet Underground.
The talented Rufus Wainwright's newest album, Out of the Game, departs slightly in style from his earlier body of work. Although there are some classic heart-felt ballads to be sure, the track Montauk being a case in point, the record as a whole feels danceable and more radio friendly.